Philly born and bred Mike A. Pender is an internationally honored filmmaker with a few dozen projects under his belt. Pender honed his craft while studying Film & Media Arts at Temple University. He has worked with the talents of Bobby Seale, Patti LaBelle, Jermaine Dupri, David Mann, Chubb Rock, and Sean Stockman of Boyz II Men.

His most acclaimed short film, “The Negro Zone” a satirical look at stereotypes of Black men in America was featured in a national college tour and is now required viewing at The University of Wyoming in the Education department. Pender back at it again with his international award winning web series, “Swing”. “Swing” is the story of an aspiring musician recently released from prison in 1945 Philadelphia. When he is presented with the opportunity to achieve his dream in three days he finds himself caught between crooked cops, a vengeful gangster and a mysterious figure. The first three episodes are now available to rent or buy at

“I love shooting in Philly. We have a lot of talented people, unique and beautiful locations. Working with my talented cast and crew usually the most exciting part.”