In addition to his explorations in still photography Mike has also ventured into documentary film making over the last decade.
In 2000, he financed and produced Spirit of the Maya, a short promotional film that illustrates the diverse cultural and topographical landscapes of Maya Guatemala. The film, directed by Leslie Iwerks, was intended to be the precursor to a large format feature film to document the beauty and integrity of indigenous Maya traditions in the face of modernity. Although the feature film was never produced, Spirit of the Maya continues to be used to educate visitors.
In 2002, he partnered once again with director Leslie Iwerks to embark on the short documentary Recycled Life. The film focuses on the generations of workers, known as guajeros, who have made their living recycling trash in the Guatemala City garbage dump. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2007, Recycled Life has generated worldwide interest, and has helped to raise over $3 million for Safe Passage, a nonprofit organization that provides services for the children of.