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Los Angeles, California

Michelle Kantor is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Cinefemme, a non-profit dedicated to empowering female filmmakers since 2002. She is an award-winning director, producer, writer and editor dedicated to advancing women in the professional ranks of cinema. She often hires all-female crew and supports other women filmmakers through her community advocacy work. Michelle does casting work for advertising agency BBDO, has numerous producing credits in the indie feature world, and frequently collaborates with artists, rock bands, and circus performers. In 2014, she won Best Music Video at LA Femme Film Festival. She worked for World of Wonder Productions as casting editor and talent handler on “Gay for Play Starring RuPaul.” Other industry credits include HBO, FYI, Logo, OWN, The History Channel, Sony, Universal, MJA Advertising, and NASA. Michelle's distinctions include the Best Music Video at LA Femme Film Festival, Goldfarb Award for Best Student Film, Thunen Memorial Scholarship from the Illuminating Engineers Society, and funding from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation for Cinefemme. She holds an MFA in Cinema from SFSU, and BFA in Film Production from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Michelle is also a certified paralegal, artist, mother and monthly contributor for Ms. in the Biz. The youngest daughter of political refugees who fled Communist Czechoslovakia in the 1960’s, Michelle is currently producing two projects about her family's historic escapes: Red Star (her debut feature film) documents her father's return to the former Eastern Bloc on the 50th anniversary of his escape, and The Rebel is a narrative feature now in development.

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The Mouse and The Lion

New York • Drama, Romance

When a stranger collapses on her doorstep in the thick of a blizzard, a young woman makes a choice that will unravel a lifetime of secrets.


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Second Assault

Los Angeles • Documentary

Twelve years after being sexually assaulted on her college campus, Jillian embarks on a journey to confront the past.


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Bring Me an Avocado

San Francisco • Drama

When a violent encounter leaves Robin in a coma, her family ventures to maintain normalcy for her children while managing their own grief.


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The Atavist

Pittsfield • Adventure, Sci-Fi

A young woman travels to the past, but when the things she leaves alter history, she must get them back to save the future.


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Interference

New York • Drama, Thriller

A violent altercation between a police officer and a black man left one person dead. A couple passing by must decide what they believe.


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Self Portrait

New York • Drama, Experimental

A young woman reflects on the authenticity of her parents marriage in a staged dinner scene revealing three individual perspectives.


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Forbidden Steps

Los Angeles • Global Celebration, Family

A Muslim police officer stuck between his dancer daughter & orthodox father must grapple with ties to tradition & his own American dream.


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Her-POW! New Adventures of Vintage Comic Book Heroines!

Los Angeles • Action, Other

All new live-action adventures from 3 heroines from the Golden Age of comic books: The Woman in Red, The Veiled Avenger, and Ghost Woman!


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The Benefits of Gusbandry

Portland • Comedy, LGBTQ

Love is so gay. One Woman, One Man, a lot of weed, a little crying and NO sexual attraction whatsoever. "Hilarious, irreverent.." - OUT.com


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Avowed

Los Angeles • Drama, Shorts Program

A young nun to be struggles to understand why her patient lacks sentience. A film about disability, feminism, and tested faith.


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Half the Picture

Los Angeles • Documentary

HALF THE PICTURE is a feature documentary about working women directors in Hollywood.


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F*ck Yes Series

Los Angeles • Romance, Comedy

F*ck Yes! is what affirmative consent sounds like. Sex made hotter. SoSFW (sort of Safe For Work.)


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Devoti Tutti

Catania • Documentary

Saint Agatha of Catania was killed for resisting the advances of a Roman governor. Her story has always been told by men — until now.


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A Queen For The People

New York • Documentary, LGBTQ

Bob the Drag Queen's career is on the rise. Where the hell she off to next?


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Ordinary

Los Angeles • Drama, Shorts Program

Recently diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Janie, ventures to LA where she finds freedom inspired by a friendship with the fantastical Pixie.


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Red Star

Santa Monica • Documentary

Fifty years ago, one man escaped Communist Czechoslovakia by swimming the river to freedom. RED STAR will retrace his journey.


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PERFECTION

• Drama

PERFECTION is an independent feature film about an unlikely love story that proves we are more than our scars...


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Stuck In Mute

Minneapolis • Drama

A young woman, suffering from Selective Mutism, is faced with a situation where she must speak or face the consequences.


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Movement + Location

Brooklyn • Sci-Fi

A woman in Brooklyn learns the hard way that you can't always leave the past behind you.


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