Mike Sargent


MIKE SARGENT is currently chief Film Critic for WBAI RADIO’s weekly daytime film review program, REELWORLD, and host of WBAI’s popular late night radio show, NITESHIFT Mike was also the host & creator of ARISE ON SCREEN Arise Networks weekly global movie review & interview show and is the first African-American hosted film review television show ever. Additionally Mike is a monthly guest critic on Neil Rosen’s film review show Talking Pictures on NY1 on TWC.
Sargent is a nationally quoted film critic whose quotes have been used in national television, print and radio advertising campaigns. He is also a founding member of both the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Black Film Critics Circle ( BFCC ). The BFCC holds the distinction of being the only organization developed by and catering to the needs of African American media professionals who critique movies and cover the film industry.
Mike is also an established writer and director. His writing and directing debut feature film, Personals (aka Hook'd Up) starred Malik Yoba (of NY Undercover and Why Did I Get Married) and Stacey Dash (of the film and TV show Clueless) and comedian Jim Gaffigan. Personals was the opening night film at Los Angeles’ Pan African Film Festival in 1999. The L.A. Times called the film “both entertaining and provocative.” The film was distributed theatrically in 2000-2001 by the independent urban film distributor FILMLIFE/BFFA.
A graduate of the High School of Art & Design and Parson’s School of
Design as an Illustrator, Mike Sargent started his career in Theatre
and Film as a sound designer. He was nominated several times for the
prestigious Audelco Award for excellence in Sound Design. From there
Mike went on to write, produce and direct radio drama and audio books,
adapting the works of such acclaimed Science-fiction authors as Isaac
and Arthur C. Clarke and has been the recipient of a series of
grants to develop his feminist- science-fiction play Nemesis. As an
Illustrator he has also has done storyboards for a number of film as
diverse as horror film BRAIN DAMAGE by Frank Henenlotter and recent
thrillers ILLEGAL TENDER & THE MINISTERS by Franc. Reyes.

Mike has recently returned to filmmaking and is currently editing BAD BOYS: A Documentary. This is a six years in-the-making in-depth, investigative film that examines why women and society in general are in love with Bad boys through out history. He has also created the website www.badboystories.com that is a standalone component as a place intended for women to share their stories with each other in hopes of having a greater understanding of why they do it – get involved with those bad boys -- & whether it is helping or holding them back -- whether it is empowering or diminishing their power – whether the attraction to bad boys is nurture or nature.