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Don't Tell Me I'm Beautiful

Filmed in Montenegro, Romania, and the U.S., "Don't Tell Me I'm Beautiful" is a poetry film made for the poem of the same name by American poet Eliot Michl. Michl narrates her poem and appears in various stages of her life throughout the film.

  • Eliot Michl
  • Eliot Michl
  • Michelle Sander
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  • Runtime:
    1 minute 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 4, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Montenegro, Thailand, United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
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  • Arts in Nature Festival
    United States
    August 25, 2018
    Pacific Northwest Premiere
    Official Selection
  • JukeBack Poetry Film Festival
    Fort Collins
    United States
    October 19, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Findlay University Multimedia Wing
    Findlay, OH
    United States
    April 5, 2019
    Multimedia Section
  • All Together Now: A Celebration of Art, Film, & Music
    Detroit, Michigan
    United States
    April 26, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Newlyn Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    April 6, 2019
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Lincoln Short Film Festival
    United States
    May 3, 2019
    Great Plains Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Eliot Michl

Filmmaker and poet Eliot Michl's work utilizes a found-footage approach and explores temporalities, ideas of home and womanhood.

In 2017, she directed her first poetry film, Don’t Tell Me I’m Beautiful, which first screened in the US at the Seattle’s Arts in Nature festival. The film was chosen as an Official Selection of the 2018 Juteback Poetry Film Festival. The film was chosen again as an Official Selection of the 2019 All Together Now Festival of Fine Art and Short Film in Detroit, Michigan. The film was named an Official Selection at the Newlyn International Film Festival in Cornwall, England. The film was then selected to be screened in Findlay University's new multimedia wing. Most recently the film was named an Official Selection at the Lincoln Short Film Festival in collaboration with the Cube Art Project.

Michl’s second release, the micro-film School of Life was named an Official Selection at the 2018 Miniature Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada.

Her film, Lost Sock Collection was named an Official Selection at the 2019 Manchester International Film Festival in Manchester, United Kingdom, and again at the SHORT to the Point Film Festival in Bucharest, Romania. The film received an Award of Distinction from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Artists for Artistic Direction.

Michl’s latest film release Return of the Unchartable Soul was named a Semi-Finalist at the Cadence Video Poetry Festival and selected to be printed as a poem with film stills in the University of Kent’s literary magazine The Menteur and screen at the Paris School of Art and Culture this summer in Paris, France.

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Director Statement

My visual work utilizes mostly found footage and explores themes of home and timing. My work is inextricably threaded with abstractions of feminism and nostalgia.