Since 2000, Michelle has worked as a producer, director, cinematographer and editor based in Austin, TX. Her work has been Emmy-nominated and has played on PBS, at SXSW, and internationally. In 2010, she began directing a documentary about domestic sex trafficking, American Love Story, which has been awarded three grants, including an Austin Film Society Grant. Michelle received her MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas, where she was nominated for the Princess Grace Award for directing. Her short film, Complicit, screened at the Austin Ballet and Zilker Park, where the score was performed live. Michelle was the editor on Canine Soldiers, a 3D documentary about Soldier Handlers and their Military Working Dogs. Canine Soldiers premiered at the Austin Film Festival in 2016 and won the audience award at the Beloit International Film Festival.
Michelle has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. As a filmmaker, Michelle's work is often described as beautiful and deeply moving. Her films are said to be experiences that inspire new points of view, connection and compassion. Michelle's strength is uncovering the hidden wholeness of communities and the people within them. She believes that films can encourage healing when people are empowered to share their own stories.
American Love Story: A Community In Search of Freedom, 90 minutes (Writer/Director/Editor) Complicit, 19 minutes (Writer, Director, Editor), Princess Grace Nomination Canine Soldiers, 65 minutes (Editor), Audience Award - Beloit International Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, PBS The Wildlands, 15 minutes (Editor), Lonestar Emmy Nomination, PBS Peace Love Happiness, 8 minutes (Writer, Director, Editor), short doc for John Paul Dejoria’s foundation Starring Adam West, 98 minutes (Field Producer – Austin Unit), San Luis Obispo International Film Festival Haunted Texas, 28 minutes (Editor), PBS Tru Country Concert Series, Season One (Producer, Director), RFD-TV Barbecue: A Texas Love Story, 65 minutes (Co-Writer, Production), Emmy Nomination, SXSW
2017 Audience Award - Beloit International Film Festival, Canine Soldiers 2013 Shamrock Foundation Grant Recipient, American Love Story
2011 Austin Film Society Grant Recipient, American Love Story
2011 Dina Sherzer Award, Complicit
Trinity University - keynote speaker, Campus Sexual Assault Awareness - 2014, 2015, 2016
Slave Free City Summit - guest speaker, "Impacting Your World through Creative Advocacy" - 2013
UT School of Social Work - guest speaker, Understanding Narratives in Human Trafficking - 2012
Trade In Hope - speaker at different events on human trafficking awareness and creative advocacy - 2010 to present