Helen De Michiel  

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT + PARTICIPATORY MEDIA SPECIALIST
 

I am a Bay Area-based director, writer and producer whose media making work  moves across independent film and television to media installation and transmedia projects. I produced The Independents and Alive TV for pubic television, have created several innovative community media projects with youth, and write  regularly about issues in the public media and arts field.  My films are included in museum collections across the country.

I’m working on a new book project now with my co-author, Patricia Zimmermann, and developing a new film essay on how the objects that people collect or cast off open up the shifting mysteries of history, memory and identity.

I offer consulting and coaching for filmmakers on their creative process and distribution goals. My work as an artist, advocate, and educator focuses on bringing together groups and individuals to spark dialogue and create impact across media and communities.


1996-2010  Served as the Executive Director and then Co-Director of NAMAC, The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture

1998  Started Thirty Leaves Production

2002-2007  Was on the Peabody Awards Board of Directors