Michelle is a Métis producer, director, actor, activist, and festival programmer. Most recently, she produced the award-winning documentary Jackpot (Global/CanWest). Jackpot premiered at the 2009 Hot Docs International Film Festival and garnered two Golden Sheaf Awards (Best POV Documentary, Best Emerging Filmmakers). She is currently developing a dramatic television series that she co-created with HBO Canada/The Movie Network, as well as feature documentary that she will also be producing and co-directing (in development with Canwest Media), and producing/co-directing a limited series based on John Ralston Saul’s bestselling novel “A Fair Country” (White Pine Pictures). Prior to this, she mentored for two years under acclaimed filmmaker, Peter Raymont, and has written/researched for the films: Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma (White Pine/NFB/2008 Sundance Film Festival/IDFA), Reel Injun (Rezolution/CBC), and The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards Broadcast (NAAF/APTN). Her short film Tomorrow, which she produced, wrote and directed, was commissioned by LIFT / 2007 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival and screened as part of Winnipeg Cinematheque’s retrospective on Emerging Female Directors programme.
As an actor, Michelle has appeared on stages and screens across Canada. She is currently co-starring with Adam Beach in the comedy series Moose TV (Winner of CFTPA Indie Award for Best Comedy Series), and is reprising her role as ‘Trish’ in season three of the internationally syndicated series Paradise Falls (Showcase/ Here Network U.S.A.).
Michelle is a guest artist and mentor for The Crossing Gibraltar Project, (a creative training program for refugee youth in Toronto), and Project One Generation (a film training program for Aboriginal youth), as well as a partner artist for McGill University’s, National Network for Mental Health Research proposal to develop a Network for Aboriginal Health Research. She is also working with The Ontario AIDS Network to produce and direct an educational documentary about the challenges faced by people living with HIV/AIDS.
Michelle was named the 2008 Astral Media Mentorship Award Recipient by WIFT and Astral Media, and was nominated for the prestigious Don Haig Award (2008) for her contributions as an emerging filmmaker. She has been featured as a “Humanitarian and Artist to Watch” on APTN’s 7th Generation, and is a member of The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, The Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television, Women in Film and Television (WIFT), The Association of Canadian Film, Television & Radio Artists, and a graduate of Concordia University (BFA Theatre Performance & Film Studies).