From the under ten minute Flash Films to the Thug TV Series and Cultivate Empathy with Me Virtual Reality Multimedia Installation and the Uncanny Valley Girl Projects, Michelle's filmmaking style is unmistakably her own and always an exploration of what makes us most human.
Pinfeathers was screened in Seattle and favorably reviewed in The Stranger, Seattle Times, and the New York Times who described it as having "a Salammbô-like decadence ..." Pinfeathers received the silver plaque award from the Chicago International Film Festival. It is also archived as part of the permanent viewing library at Scarecrow Video in Seattle, Washington, the largest video and film archive in the United States. Scarecrow described Pinfeathers as "...disturbing and dream-like."
Pinfeathers was selected by AFI to be one of only 13 films included in the Tribeca Reframe AFI Collection.
Pinfeathers is still watched and treasured by many.
How does a brutal thug who sees his victims as cardboard cutouts make his way to empathy and compassion? What are the micro-moments of that transformation? Like Breaking Bad in reverse--a corrupted man becoming uncorrupt.
Angelo's story is the storyline/character focused on in the first season.
Each season is the same sequence of events from another character's P.O.V.
Each widens out view of the clearing of the Los Angeles' 'corridor.'
Every season ends with the same night of the L.A. uprising (L.A. riots).
Virtual Reality & Multimedia Installation