A Métis/Algonquin filmmaker, actor, and curator, Michelle's goal is to use film & new media as a tool for social change. She is interested in exploring how sound and image can transform space to create a visceral experience that lends itself to greater cultural awareness and understanding. Her films have been described as "visual poems exploring humanity," and are often experiments of creative form expressed from a personal point of view.
In 2018, Michelle was awarded a Field of Vision Filmmaker Fellowship under Laura Poitras and Charlotte Cook. Through FOV she created the short film Nuuca - an exploration of how extractive industries exacerbate rates of violence against Indigenous women and girls. Nuuca premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival before screening in competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and the Berlinale Generation 14+ program.
In 2017, Michelle was the director and showrunner of the breakout Viceland documentary series, RISE. The 8-part series explored Indigenous resistance movements across the Americas, culminating in a two-part documentary documenting the Indigenous-led occupation of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the Dakota Access Pipeline. RISE premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary Series, as well as a Reel Screen Diversity Award.http://www.streelfilms.com