BEING MICHELLE w/ Rosalie Fish (Open Caption)
Michelle, a deaf person with autism, survived incarceration in a system that refused to accommodate her needs. Her trajectory changes when she meets Kim Law, a blind volunteer life coach. Today, outside of prison, Kim and Michelle are unraveling Michelle’s history and telling the story of Michelle’s traumatic childhood and her adverse experiences in the criminal justice system. Michelle finds her voice and strength, and her artwork serves as her own depiction of the trauma she survived as well as a means to her recoveryAbout the Director:Atin Mehra was born and raised in Varanasi, India and currently resides in Los Angeles. His own personal struggles with abuse and discrimination in India drew him to stories of marginalized individuals and communities. Atin lived and worked in India until 2005, when he moved to the United States with his wife, Mae Thornton Mehra. In 2007 he started his own production company, Orange Kite Productions. Being Michelle is Atin’s directorial debut."A heartbreaking story of injustice and a broken system that fails the people who most need it. Michelle appears to be a ray of light amid all the darkness that surrounds her. What Michelle had to endure is astounding, and her resilience inspiring." –BendFilm Team
For Rosalie Fish, Indigenous student-athlete and activist, running isn’t just a sport — it’s how she represents the strength and resilience of indigenous women within her tribe and beyond. As we look forward to #IndigenousPeoplesDay, we are honored to share Rosalie’s story in our second episode of “Who is a Runner” – a docu-series collaboration with Brooks Running.Director's Bio:Tim Kemple graduated from college, "moved into" an old RV and wandered the world climbing rocks. Somewhere in there he picked up a camera, and years later, he can still climb 5.14, but is far more well-known for his iconic images of world-class athletes in wild places for clients such as The North Face, Dodge Ram, BF Goodrich, Mitsubishi, Farm Credit and Amtrak. In recent years, he has gone deep into VR and 360 content for Jaunt VR, Yeti, TNF, Eastman and others, developing a rare early fluency with VR. He also thrives helming light and fast film crews, informing an epic yet intimate, authentic style apparent in recent digital campaigns for BF Goodrich, Eastman, The North Face and Macy's.Faith Briggs is a documentary filmmaker, creative producer and podcast host passionate about sharing contemporary stories from diverse communities. Both behind and in front of the camera, she works with brands, non-profit organizations, institutions and individual creatives to create media representative of the world we live in and the better one we are working together to create.