Three years and six countries later, Michelle returned to New York to complete her undergraduate studies at Hunter College/CUNY in photography and film and went directly into the Graduate Film Program at NYU/Tisch School for the Arts where she was awarded The Walter Manley and David Golden Scholarships. She was an IFP/New York Project Involve Honoree and directed six short films and four original plays that have premiered and played in various festivals. She then spent 5 years in LA working for ICM’s below-the-line department and in commercial production at Furlined.
In 2008, she co-wrote an action/drama feature set in Brazil with the DGA-award winning director Nicolai Fuglsig. In 2009, her original script “Needle” about a young woman who aspires to win a DJ battle to escape her troubled home was accepted into the IFP (Independent Feature Project) Emerging Narrative section during Independent FIlm Week. Alicia Keys and Miramax/Disney optioned the script for development. Miramax folded right before green light. In 2010, she adapted a true story into a feature script for producers Rocklin/Faust based at Alcon Entertainment (The Blind Side). At the same time, Michelle returned to Europe, via Australia, and took up residence in Andalucia, Spain where she began writing a true crime script called “Canción Rural (Farm Song)” set in her local village of Alhama de Granada.
She freelances internationally as a commercial treatment writer for top directors, ran her first marathon in Rome this past March, travels regularly, and co-owns an ultra-marathon events company that produces two major international ultra races in the area and is developing a third in Iceland for 2014.