festival program / Documentary Achievement Award

They Call Me Dr. Miami


Dr. Miami (a.k.a. Michael Salzhauer) is the most famous surgeon in America. Millions of loyal followers from around the world tune in daily as he live streams graphic plastic surgery procedures on social media - all with the enthusiastic consent of his self-proclaimed "beauty warrior" patients.

Celebrated for his outrageous social media persona and boasting a patient waiting list that's two years long, his private life is quite different than one may expect. After he leaves a lively day's work of Brazilian butt lifts, breast augmentations and choreographed snapchat videos, he's a devoted husband, father to five children and an Orthodox Jew who observes the Sabbath.

Taking place primarily in Bal Harbor, They Call Me Dr. Miami is a fascinating look at a man who's both traditional and controversial. In this captivating documentary, we see Michael grapple with the reality of selfie culture and the controversy his videos stir up in the plastic surgery community…all while trying to balance a kosher home life with a larger-than-life public image.

This screening is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and sponsored by the Canadian Consulate and Telefilm Canada.

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SilverSpot Cinema 13

SilverSpot Cinema 13

Director Bio

Jean-Simon Chartier is a Canadian producer and director. He's directed six documentaries: Encountering Burning Man (10), Alléluia (12), Marchands de Bonheur (15), Playing Hard (18), Corps à la carte (18) and his latest film, They Call Me Dr. Miami (20).

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Jean-Simon Chartier
  • Cast
    Michael Salzhaeur

Film Info