Mike Day is a Scottish director and cinematographer. Formerly a lawyer, Day founded Intrepid Cinema in 2009 before heading out into the North Atlantic on a boat to make his first documentary, THE GUGA HUNTERS OF NESS, commissioned by the BBC. 

While at sea filming, Day met a group of Faroese sailors, which lead to the creations of his next film, THE ISLANDS AND THE WHALES. The film went on to win multiple awards and picked up the 60th CINE Golden Eagle Award, a BAFTA nomination, and a Peabody Award award (2017).

Day was listed as one of “10 Filmmakers to Watch” by Filmmaker Magazine, with films funded and supported by the Sundance Institute, San Francisco Film Society, The Filmmaker Fund, Creative Scotland, Danish Film Institute, and many others. His films have screened with broadcasters worldwide including the BBC, ARTE, ZDF, NRK, DR, and POV on PBS, with theatrical releases in the US, UK, and around Europe and Australia.


(Visiting Faculty teach for the MFA in Film Program on an ad hoc and irregular basis.)

Selected work

Amalia Ulman

Faculty, MFA in Film

Dan Schrecker

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Film

Mamadou Dia

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Film

Lucrecia Martel

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Film

Malik Vitthal

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Film

Laura Colella

Core Faculty, MFA in Film