Michael Collins

is an Emmy nominated filmmaker and the founder of Thoughtful Robot Productions. In 2005 he directed Caught in an Injustice, a one-hour documentary broadcast on Spanish national television that received Special Mention at the 15th International TV3 Actual Awards. In 2010, Michael’s short film, Gerthy’s Roots, won the Belief Matters Award and was selected for the Media that Matters collection. In 2011, Give Up Tomorrow premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize for Best New Director. The film went on to screen in over 75 festivals in 40+ countries, winning 18 major awards including seven Audience Awards, four Human Rights Awards and the Activism Award at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival. It was Emmy-nominated for Best Investigative Journalism and nominated for a Grierson Award in the UK. Michael’s most recent feature, Almost Sunrise, opened theatrically in select US cities, followed by a PBS national broadcast in November 2017. It was nominated for an Emmy® Award in 2018 for Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary.


Caught in an Injustice, 2005; Gerthy’s Roots, 2010; Give Up Tomorrow, 2011; Almost Sunrise, 2017; Voices of Resilience, 2017.

Give Up Tomorrow (18+)

Philippines, 2011, colour, 96 min.
Director: Michael Collins
As a tropical storm beats down on the island of Cebu, two sisters leave work and never make it home... Simultaneously a murder-mystery and an expose of endemic corruption in the Philippines today, “Give Up Tomorrow” looks intimately at the case of Paco Larranaga, a student accused of killing two sisters in July of 1997. In a way that is both specific to the country and disquietingly universal, the film exposes a Kafkaesque extravaganza populated by flamboyantly crooked public officials, cops on the take, and a frenzied legal and media circus. “Give Up Tomorrow” is also an intimate family drama focused on the near mythic struggle of two angry, sorrowful mothers who have dedicated more than a decade to executing or saving one young man.


Tribeca Film Festival – Best New Documentary Director; Galway Film Fleadh – Human Rights Award; Asian Film Festival of Dallas – Advocacy Jury Award; Salem Film Fest – Editing Award; Movies that Matter Festival – Audience Award; Traverse City Film Festival – Activism Jury Award; Anchorage International Film Festival – Best Documentary.