Michael Pope

Michael Somervell Pope (born September 27, 1963) is an award-winning American underground filmmaker and multi-media artist best known as the auteur of the feature film and event Neovoxer.

Michael Pope
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Michael Pope on set
Michael Somervell Pope

(1963-09-27) September 27, 1963 (age 56)
OccupationFilm director, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1994–present

Neovoxer is an experimental, non-dialogue feature film and an event that includes a live performance of its musical score and sound effects, site-specific installation and tableau vivant. Pope was writer, director, editor as well as, actor, designer, and one of the composers of the project.[1] With this, he spearheaded the volunteer efforts of over 200 artists and artisans[2] in what he describes as a "Collective creative action".[3] Neovoxer was the first film by an American director to screen at the P1: International Biennial in the Czech Republic (2004), and earned him a Tanne Award for Outstanding Achievement (2000),[4] which recognizes artists with outstanding achievements in their field.

Pope shot, cut and directed the music videos for long-time collaborators The Dresden Dolls, as well as directing their first live concert/documentary DVD "Live: In Paradise" and numerous multi-media events under the Dresden Dolls banner. Pope also directed the music video series “Who Killed Amanda Palmer: A Surrealist Mini Mystery” in conjunction with the album and book release of the same name.

Pope has received artist's residencies from E|Merge Interdisciplinary A.I.R. (2013),[5] the Mobius Artists Group for Experimental Work in All Media (2001/2002),[6] and the Experimental Television Center,[7] (2000). His video art has shown at 31 Grand Gallery (NYC 2007/2008) curated by artist Barnaby Whitfield,[8] as well as numerous site-specific installations in collaboration with The Nu Dance Theater (NYC/PARIS 2008).

In 2009, Pope was commissioned by the Boston Pops to create a new film piece for their New Year's Eve show by Amanda Palmer. The film The Old & The New[9] starred Jeremy Geidt and his wife.[10][11]

In 2008, Pope traveled to Tehran as part of cross-cultural artist project "Send My Love To Iran"[12] founded by BriAnna Olson

He has made commercial music videos for Ben Folds, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets and many other bands. His music videos are in international rotation including MTV, LOGO and RAGE and have seen premieres on People, Spin, Jezebel and Pitchfork websites.

In 2016, Pope began a new independent movie/transmedia project, SYNEMATIKA, by creating a "3-dimensional script" as a site-specific installation in a 2400-square foot industrial space in Kingston, NY. The creation of the script was done as a 30-day lockdown endurance art piece, after which it was opened to the public for viewing and photographed to become a graphic "shooting bible" for the eventual movie.[13]


Born and raised in New York City, Pope is a self-taught filmmaker. He claims an eclectic collection of life experiences that fuel his creative work: a childhood of dyslexia and truancy and a widely varied career track as bike messenger, house painter and phone sex operator have proven to be the training ground for his film making.

He made his first films on Super8 when he was 7 years old.

Director: FilmographyEdit

Director: Music VideosEdit

Fine Art: ExhibitionsEdit

  • College Med: Journal Showcase (2009)
  • 31 Grand Gallery (2008)


  1. ^ Helar, Ondrej (2004-04-13). "NEOVOXER - unique European premiere of film avant-garde theater". Metalopolis. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  2. ^ Perry, Jonathan (2003-04-04). "An Endless Project Reaches A Milestone". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 4 April 2003. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  3. ^ Pope, Michael. "Neovoxer". The Misadventures and Moving Pictures of Michael Pope. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Michael Pope Tanne Award Recipient". The Tanne Foundation. 2003.
  5. ^ "EMerge 2013". Earthdance.
  6. ^ "Mobius". Archived from the original on 2008-05-15.
  7. ^ "etc home | The History Project". Experimentaltvcenter.org. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  8. ^ "Barnaby Whitfield". Gitana Rosa.
  9. ^ a b Michael Pope (2013-08-06). "The Old & The New". Vimeo.com. Michael Pope. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  10. ^ http://www.bso.org/bso/mods/perf_detail.jsp?pid=prod3500019
  11. ^ Bryce Lambert (2010-01-02). "Amanda Palmer and the Boston Pops". Boston lowbrow. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  12. ^ BriAnna Olson. "Send My Love to Iran". Sendlovetoiran.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  13. ^ Burdick, John (September 29, 2016). "Michael Pope's Synematika: The 3D Script at Kingston's Shirt Factory". Almanac Weekly. Ulster Publishing. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  14. ^ Zea Barker (2008-04-15). "Bony Lil's Distraction". Vimeo.com. Zea Barker. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
  15. ^ Zea Barker (2008-04-15). "Bony Lil's Creation". Vimeo.com. Zea Barker. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
  16. ^ Amanda Palmer (2011-01-12). "Map of Tasmania". Vimeo.com. Amanda Palmer. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
  17. ^ http://www.fluttreffect.com Archived 2005-06-17 at the Wayback Machine

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