Michele Meek founded NewEnglandFilm.com, an online magazine, directory and festival website that has become a leading resource for filmmakers in the region, and she led the transition of the 30-year-old magazine, The Independent, to the nonprofit organization Independent Media Publications where she remains a board member.
Her successes have been lauded in Inc. Magazine, National Public Radio, The Boston Globe, and Rhode Island Monthly.
Michele’s most recent film, Imagine Kolle 37, a short documentary-fiction hybrid film about two girls who imagine their way to a real Berlin adventure playground is currently screening at festivals across the country.
She has written and directed several award-winning narrative and documentary short films, including Red Sneakers, which won the 2nd Place Children’s Film Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and screened at numerous film festivals across the country, including the Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival, the Woods Hole Film Festival and the New Hampshire Film Festival.
Since 2008, her films have screened at the Anthology Film Archives in New York, Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge, and the Somerville Theater in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Imagine Kolle 37
Film (Documentary, Short, Adventure, Family and 1 More) Director Two girls imagine their way to Kolle 37, a real adventure playground in Berlin, Germany. Recently called "the mother of all Berlin playgrounds" by The New York Times, Kolle 37 enables children to build and climb three-story wooden structures, make fire, and use hammers, saws and axes. Founded in 1990, Kolle 37 invites young people ages six through sixteen, without their parents, to embrace risky play in the 'adventure playground' under the loose supervision of playworkers. Although about 1,000 adventure playgrounds exist in Europe, there are only a few in the U.S. where the concept of 'free play' is becoming an endangered concept. But adventure playgrounds not only encourage young people to play outdoors in all seasons, they also provide children a chance to face risk, learn skills, and build confidence. Ultimately, 'Imagine Kolle 37' poses the question-can we, as Americans, imagine Kolle 37, which in fact is a real children's playground in Berlin?
Film (Short) Director Red Sneakers is a short film about nine-year-old Cassie and her little brother Tommy who go through a series of after-school babysitters leaving their frazzled working mom with few options. They end up at the apartment of Mrs. Feinstein, a cold, rigid woman who goes to great lengths to keep her spoiled son separate from the other kids. However, she's met her match in Cassie who finds a way to subvert her control and payback the shoddy treatment! Written by Michele Meek
Film (Drama) Miscellaneous Crew In this earnest, unflinching drama, sisters unite in the face of their father's constant abuse. The story unfolds in a small Texas town as Shelley's senior year in high school draws to a close. She divides her time between studying and caring for her younger sister Tanya, who has just blossomed into a beautiful young woman and is eager to explore her burgeoning sexuality. Though they have a stepmother, she is cruel and abusive, leaving Shelley to be Tanya's prime source of nurturing. Their father Carl is in Mexico hiding out from the cops. Trouble and tragedy ensue when he returns.