Mike Shum


Mike Shum (b. Denver, CO, 1985) is a journalist and filmmaker who specializes in cinematography and production. Shum’s work explores the ways in which we perceive and define home within contexts of historical and cultural struggle. Through documentary film, Shum draws people into the complicated nature of empathy as a way of featuring the spectrum of human experience from abuses of institutional power to individual trauma. Growing up a son of Hong Kong immigrants, Shum seeks to relate his own struggle with defining home through his body of work.

In 2015, Shum was a finalist for the 2015 National News and Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Interview with the New York Times for his work in Iraq. In 2017, he produced and served as director of photography for the Tribeca Film Festival’s Audience Award-winning film, Hondros — a documentary on the life and work of famed photojournalist, Chris Hondros, now available on Netflix.

Most recently, Shum was director of photography on the Wall Street Journal and PBS Frontline film, Predator on the Reservation — a documentary about a doctor who preyed on children for over twenty years within the Indian Health Services. Shum and his team were finalists for the 2020 National News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Documentary.

In addition to these collaborations, Shum works with renowned media organizations like BBC, Al Jazeera Witness, Time Magazine, and National Geographic. He is also building a commercial and fiction portfolio for artistic endeavors to come.

American Voices: A Nation in Turmoil
FRONTLINE presents a post-election special on the lives, fears and hopes of Americans in the chaotic months leading up to the historic presidential contest.
November 17, 2020