SE01 E20 Michael Mankowski

Filmmaking and Flames: The Importance of Coming Back Home Again

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In this episode, writer, producer, owner-operator of Alien Kow Inc., and creator of Back Home Again, Michael Mankowski chats with Dr. Joti Samra about the beginning of his career in filmmaking and his many accomplishments and awards achieved due to his commitment to bettering his community and spreading messages through animated films. Michael shares his experience through the devastating Fort McMurray forest fires including the passion behind his incredible animated documentary, Back Home Again that highlights his involvement and support for everyone impacted by the fires.

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About Michael

Michael Mankowski is born and raised in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo. Owner and operator of Alien Kow formerly known as Wood Buffalo Productions, an Alberta, Canada based award winning production house. A graduate of University of Lethbridge Bachelor of Management and Vancouver Film School 3D & Animation Program. Working towards a Masters in Stop Motion at BAU Design College of Barcelona. 

In 2017 Michael won an award for Excellence in The Arts by the RMWB and Arts Council Wood Buffalo. In 2016 WBP won a Leadership Award by RMWB and YYM Magazine.  Satisfied clients include: Vice Media, Stuart Olson, Shell Canada, Bell Let’s Talk, Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, Nexen, United Way, Canadian Red Cross, CMHA and Fort McMurray Firefighters Association. WBP created a series of videos for United Way Fort McMurray that helped raise 7 million dollars for local non-profits. In 2014 winning recognition as the most profitable United Way Campaign in North America per capita. 

Michael has also produced passion projects on the side, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was the winner of the Best Short Film award at the Alberta Film and Television Awards in 2016.

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