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Michelle Kantor is an award-winning director, producer, and writer. She directed an episode of television for Time Warner Desportes (Galaxy Confidential), and successfully crowdfunded $25K of production funds on Seed & Spark for her debut feature film, Red Star. The youngest daughter of political refugees who fled Communist Czechoslovakia in the 1960’s, she is producing two projects about her family's historic escapes, including a feature documentary (in post) and narrative feature adaptation (in development). Michelle won Best Music Video at La Femme Film Festival in 2015 for "Highway to Yodel-Ay-Hee-Huuu" and is directing a music video for beauty influencer and Lady Gaga MUA, Tara Savelo. Michelle founded Cinefemme as a graduate student at San Francisco State University, has served as Executive Director since 2007, and is dedicated to advancing women in the professional ranks of cinema. Her numerous industry credits showcase Michelle's wide variety of filmmaking skills, including producing over 10 radio and media campaigns with BBDO for Assertion Films (AFI's Dream Fearlessly Campaign), Logo’s “Gay for Play Starring RuPaul,” HBO, FYI, OWN, World of Wonder, The History Channel, Sony, Universal, MJA Advertising, and NASA. Michelle's distinctions include Best Music Video at LA Femme Film Festival, Goldfarb Award for Best Student Film, and Thunen Memorial Scholarship from the Illuminating Engineers Society. She holds an MFA in Cinema from SFSU, and BFA in Film Production from the University of Colorado, Boulder. A creative force who can do it all, Michelle is an expert at executing visions from conception through distribution.