Michael A. Pinckney is the founder and managing director of Black Noise Media, a full service production house based in New York City. He got his start over twelve years ago under the tutelage of filmmaker Spike Lee and soon after joined The Director’s Guild of America.
Pickney’s latest project is also his feature film debut, “You’re Nobody til Somebody Kills You”, a gritty crime thriller Executive Produced by his mentor Spike Lee and being distributed by Locomotive Distribution. But Pinckney has over 10 years experience as an assistant director. He’s directed films and television series such as The 25th Hour, 7th Heaven, The Best Man, Law & Order, Inside Man and the Academy Award nominated film Precious in which he was nominated for a DGA award along with the director Lee Daniels. In addition to TV and film, Mr. Pinckney has directed short films, commercials, music videos and PSA’s for clients such as Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Nike, Microsoft, Burger King, Goodwill Industries, The NY GIANTS, Select Media, Youth Communications, Def Jam and 4mm Games.
He won an award for Excellence in Media from The Black Men’s Film Conference for his HIV film “The Candy Store” and toured the film festival circuit with films from his short film collection.
He consistently speaks at high schools and colleges which prompted him to start The Black Noise Foundation, the non-profit arm for Black Noise Media as a tool to give back and help nurture young aspiring filmmakers. Under Pinckney’s leadership Black Noise Media currently has a wide range of film and television projects in various phases of development.