Filmmaker Bios

Michael CollinsDirector Michael Collins is the founder of Thoughtful Robot, a New York City-based production company committed to telling compelling social justice stories that galvanize change. In 2005 he directed Caught In an Injustice, a one-hour documentary broadcast on Spanish national television that received Special Mention of the Jury at the 15th International TV3/Actual Awards. In 2006 he completed Life Is a Celebration, a short film that followed a group of New Yorkers traveling to India to attend the world's largest spiritual gathering. In 2010, his short film Gerthy's Roots, about a community driven reforestation initiative in Haiti, was granted the Mandela Day Tribeca All Access Award. Give Up Tomorrow marks his directorial feature film debut. Collins graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor of arts degree from its College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Marty SyjucoOriginally from the Philippines, Producer Marty Syjuco moved to New York City in 2000 and worked at USA Films and Focus Features, where he booked the theatrical releases of independent, commercial and Academy Award ®-winning films. In 2004 he took a leap of faith to pursue his passion: documentary filmmaking. In 2005, he co-produced the one-hour documentary Caught In an Injustice (directed by Michael Collins), which was broadcast on Canal Cuatro on Spanish national television. The evolution of the story and the acclaim the film received in Spain spurred him to expand it into a feature-length documentary. He spent the next six years in production on Give Up Tomorrow. Syjuco graduated from De La Salle University in Manila, with a bachelor of science in business administration.