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Hey, I'm Michelle!

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.

My Projects

Docket 32357

New York Series
Drama

A high profile case gives Alex, a gifted lawyer, the rare opportunity to ascend to the elite in his profession and he is willing to achieve

80%

This project got the green light!

Red Star

Santa Monica Feature
Documentary

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

100%

This project got the green light!

Bring Me an Avocado

San Francisco Feature
Drama

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

113%

This project got the green light!

Second Assault

Los Angeles Short
Documentary

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

113%

This project got the green light!

The Mouse and The Lion

New York Short
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.

88%

This project got the green light!

Jalisco

Los Angeles Short
Action, Adventure

Female heroes are seldom, but there is no one like Jalisco. A Latina heroine who is a deadly folklorico assassin with blades released fro

80%

This project got the green light!

"Too Many Bodies: Place Called Us" A Music Video about Gun Reform

Los Angeles Music Video
Drama, Experimental

A girl walks through a high school magically resurrecting those hurt by gunfire in a dance.

85%

This project got the green light!

Projects I'm Supporting

The Mouse and The Lion

New York Short
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.

88%

This project got the green light!

Second Assault

Los Angeles Short
Documentary

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

113%

This project got the green light!

Bring Me an Avocado

San Francisco Feature
Drama

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

113%

This project got the green light!

The Atavist

Pittsfield Feature
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.

292%

This project got the green light!

Interference

New York Short
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.

85%

This project got the green light!

Self Portrait

New York Short
Drama, Experimental

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

112%

This project got the green light!

Forbidden Steps

Los Angeles Feature
Global Celebration, Family

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

101%

This project got the green light!

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

Los Angeles Series
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!

88%

This project got the green light!

The Benefits of Gusbandry

Portland Series
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

103%

This project got the green light!

Avowed

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Shorts Program

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

116%

This project got the green light!

Half the Picture

Los Angeles Feature
Documentary

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

82%

This project got the green light!

F*ck Yes Series

Los Angeles Series
Romance, Comedy

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

133%

This project got the green light!

Devoti Tutti

Catania Feature
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.

135%

This project got the green light!

A Queen For The People

New York Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

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

104%

This project got the green light!

Ordinary

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Shorts Program

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

83%

This project got the green light!

Red Star

Santa Monica Feature
Documentary

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

100%

This project got the green light!

PERFECTION

Feature
Drama

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

89%

This project got the green light!

Movement + Location

Brooklyn Feature
Sci-Fi

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

80%

This project got the green light!

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