American Love Story: A Community in Search of Freedom is Michelle's first feature film to direct. A labor of love, the film is a hybrid documentary-narrative that has been shot over the course of six years. By following Jessica, a survivor of domestic sex trafficking, American Love Story explores how modern slavery is perpetuated in the United States within our cultural systems and attitudes. As Jessica journeys across the US, advocating for survivors, she joins a small group of Austinites determined to end human trafficking in their city. They form an ambitious plan to engage every city sector, and in doing so, discover the power relationships have to create lasting solutions and reclaim human dignity. American Love Story has been awarded three grants, including an Austin Film Society Grant. The film is currently in post-production.
Credits: Writer, Director, Camera, Editor