Michael was inspired at an early age by movies that delivered both commercial excitement and an artistic, emotional experience. The son of a pilot and an artist, Michael graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006 with a BA in Film/Video.


In 2007, Michael was selected as one of the top 50 out of over 12,000 Directors world-wide for the FOX TV show ON THE LOT, executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Michael has directed music videos for artists including Apl.de.Ap of The Black Eyed Peas, and had a short film premiere nationally on The Syfy Channel. He has directed commercials for clients including The Yankee Air Museum, Volkswagen and Falcon Motorsports, as well as national TV spots for Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and The U.S. Air Force/Air National Guard.


A “hands-on” director ever since picking up his first camera, Michael tells stories through impactful imagery, sound and style to create the same type of movie-going experiences that have always captured his imagination.

Michael B. Chait Directing Reel 2017

Director's Selective Work

Yankee Air Museum “Where Heroes Have Flown”

Yankee Air Museum “B-52: Three Generations”

Mike P. “Big City” Music Video

Winner 2017 Telly Award

Falcon Motorsports “Falcon F7”

Winner 2014 Telly Award

Apl.de.Ap of The Black Eyed Peas “Mama Filipina”

122nd Fighter Wing “Blacksnakes”

Winner 2014 Telly Award

War Birds Sizzle Reel/Test Footage

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