Michelle Espinosa is a Los Angeles native and Directing Fellow graduate of The American Film Institute where she was the Mary Pickford and Remy Martin Foundations Grants recipient, interviewed in American Film magazine and by New York Times who described her award winning short film, Pinfeathers, as having a “Salammbô-like decadence ...”
She was also featured in American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award broadcast on CBS.
Her first film, Silence, was showcased by The Director's Guild of America theater in Los Angeles for several years and presented by L.A. Film Forum. She is the writer of When Rent is Due, a play which premiered at New City Theater in Seattle and author of All the Leaving, a novel.
Her films, Silence and Pinfeathers, screened in Seattle and were favorably reviewed in “The Stranger” and “Seattle Times.”
Pinfeathers is the recipient of a Silver Plaque at Chicago International Film Festival.
Michelle is a volunteer member of the Los Angeles City Mayor's Crisis Response Team, called on scene by Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Police Department to assist witnesses and family when there is a fatality or large event like multi-casualty incident. At the C.R.T.'s request, she developed "Communication and Conflict Resolution in a Crisis for CRT" (CCRC for CRT).
As a monthly facilitator and team lead with Alternatives to Violence Project, a process by which inmates at a state prison learn communication, coping skills, and deeper self-awareness as an alternative to violence, Ms. Espinosa spends three days a month facilitating AVP for twenty inmates.
As a practicing mediator and facilitator with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office for seventeen years, Ms. Espinosa has coached for mediator’s training and U.C.L.A. Law School Mediation classes. She also coaches middle school peer mediators in L.A. schools and has been lead facilitator for several large public dialogues in L.A., including a series of Rampart police division public meetings
Unique traits: I will make it happen. It's my gift.
Silver Plaque at Chicago International Film Festival
American Film Institute