about Helen De Michiel
I am an independent film and media maker. (link to wikipedia)
Since 1983 my work has ranged from film and television to media installation and transmedia projects. I’ve made award-winning documentary and fiction works, produced programming for public television and created community media projects with youth. My films and video works are included in several museums around the country, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
My most recently completed project is the episodic transmedia documentary Lunch Love Community, that explores the story of how the citizens of Berkeley came together to change school food and launch a movement.
I also write about issues in public media and the arts. I am working on a new book project about how the deeply-rooted values of the media arts have a central role to play in the changing digital era.
From 1996 – 2010 I was the National Director and Co-Director for The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, and from 2002-2007 I served on the Board of Directors for The George F. Peabody Awards for Electronic Media.
I have my MFA in film and visual arts from the University of California, San Diego. Most recently, I have been Visiting Scholar at the University of Oregon, and will join the new Dept. of Critical Media Practices at The University of Colorado in January 2016.
I study Spanish every day, lift kettlebells and take care of my family in Albany, California. My favorite quote now is what Leo Lerman said about Maria Callas…”the most haunting voice I have ever heard, filled with lost joys, permeated with present despairs.”