Michael Coleman - Film Director & Cinematographer

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John Muir - Coming Home (2016) is a short film directed by Michael Coleman a Martinez, California native inspired by the writings of naturalist, author and early advocate of wilderness preservation John Muir.

Many of the locations featured in the film are authentic to Muir's life including his home in Martinez, California, northeast of Oakland and Muir Woods National Monument just north of San Francisco, California. Muir's original writings and books were shot at his home including the windmill that accompanies the 2,600-acre fruit orchard that surrounded his families property and John Muir's desk in the "Scribble Den".

Muir was perhaps this country's most famous and influential naturalist. If it weren't for John Muir and his writings, we probably would not have Yosemite National Park as we know it today. He was also involved in the creation of the Grand Canyon, Kings Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Mt. Rainier National Parks. Additionally, his writings about Alaska led to further preservation of the landscape over time. Because of his influential writings and role in the creation of multiple parks, he is often called "The Father of Our National Park System."

John Muir was born on April 21, 1838 and Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22nd.

This short film was featured on Sierra ClubOutside Magazine and San Jose Mercury News culminating 300K+ impressions.


The Journey Home (2016) is a short film directed by Michael Coleman and inspired by President John F. Kennedy's famous speeches at Rice University on September 12, 1962 and before congress on May 25, 1961. These speeches were meant to persuade the American people to support the national effort to land a man on the moon and return him safely to earth.

NASA's overall human spaceflight efforts were guided by Kennedy's speeches; Projects Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo were designed to execute Kennedy's goal. His goal was achieved on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong stepped off the Lunar Module's ladder and onto the Moon's surface.