Michelle Grace Steinberg, Producer/Director/Cinematographer/Co-editor
Michelle is an independent filmmaker based in Oakland, CA on Chochenyo Ohlone land. Michelle creates documentaries that expose underreported stories with an accountability to the communities most impacted by them.
Michelle Steinberg grew up in Washington D.C. and received her Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University after completing an honors thesis in Cultural Anthropology on mainstream stereotypes of Indigenous artists in the Southwestern arts market. She took classes in film theory and video production at various institutions. In 2000, Michelle co-founded the San Francisco Independent Media Center. She was concurrently the long-time publicist at Alternative Tentacles Records and a freelance writer.
Michelle spent several years teaching English as a Second Language with Oakland and South San Francisco Unified School Districts and organized a collective to teach free ESL classes at several community agencies. She then graduated with her Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. Aside from filmmaking, Michelle is currently a part-time nutritionist/herbalist at a bilingual community free clinic that she founded in 2009 in Oakland, CA, where she currently resides. She also plays bass guitar and drums, and was in several bands with which she released two albums.
In 2012, Michelle produced, directed, wrote, photographed, and edited Buried Voices, in collaboration with the Native individuals whose story it details. The film has so far screened at the American Indian Film Festival and the L.A. Skins Festival, as well as the California Indian Conference, the Bioneers Conference, the Human Rights Summit at San Francisco State University, and it is currently used as curriculum at several universities. In addition, the film has screened at various grassroots community venues.
Via <a href=”http://www.underexposedfilms.com/”>Underexposed Films</a>, Michelle creates documentaries that illuminate underreported stories with an accountability to the communities impacted. She is the project director of Beyond Recognition, but sees the film as a collaborative effort that will weave together the varied and vast experience that all of those participating bring to the table.