Marina Michelson is a director, writer, and actor focused on female-driven films that defy expectations of what female films should be—beautifully dirty, visceral stories that capture truth and inspire radical thought.
Her extensive acting training, including study with the Atlantic Theater Company, Steppenwolf Company West, Lee Strasberg Studio, and a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, makes her adept at holding space for her actors through quiet, meditative moments that allow for rich, grounded performances. As an actor, her favorite credits include the lead role in Should’ve Kissed, which premiered as the opening selection of the Jeonju International Film Festival, and the lead in Amy Herzog’s After The Revolution at the Chance Theater, praised by the LA Times as full of “grace and grit.” Acting is an ongoing practice in empathy that fuels her desire to tell stories that expand people’s capacity for compassion.
Her films share a strong visual style and flair for textured worlds that immerse the audience in the characters’ shoes. Her directorial debut, the short film Eureka!, can be seen on IndieFlix Shorts through Amazon Video. Other credits include the short film face time, shot entirely over video chat, and the web-series The Postcard Project, which premiered on Hello Giggles. Her latest short film, Biophilia, which she wrote & directed, is now playing festivals after premiering at the 2018 Brooklyn Film Festival where it garnered the Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Screenplay. She is the recipient of a 2019 artists residency at the Helen Wurlitzer Foundation in New Mexico.
She currently resides in Los Angeles where she co-owns a community-oriented coffee shop alongside her family called Paper or Plastik Café, and volunteers regularly with Akasa, an organization that provides a wellness curriculum of gardening and healthy cooking to low-income youth.