As a Latina writer and director, the immigration stories of my parents are a source of inspiration. I enjoy telling character driven stories that are universal and set them in exotic locations to transport the viewer to their homelands.
Company
Piel Canela Pictures, LLC
Born in Miami to a Cuban mother and Ecuadorian father, Michelle Salcedo moved to New York to attend Columbia University and graduated in 1997 with a B.A. in Film Studies. She was immediately hired by Miramax Films where she worked in the film marketing department for five years. She produced theatrical trailers and TV campaigns for over thirty films including Academy Award winner “Chicago”, and Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York”.
Her first feature screenplay, “Maria” was finalist for the screenwriting lab at the Sundance Institute in 1997. Since 2002, she’s edited over fifty episodes of non-fiction T.V. including BBC’s “What Not to Wear” and “While you Were Out”, Emmy award winning, “A Baby Story” (TLC), “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style” (Bravo), “Tough Love” (VH1) and “Dale con Ganas” (Univision).
Her directorial debut, “Piel Canela”, was shot entirely on location in Cuba in 2018 and is currently being submitted to festivals worldwide.
  • Director (3 Credits)
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  • Writer (3 Credits)
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  • Producer (2 Credits)
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Official Selection
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San Francisco Latino Film Festival
San Francisco
2019
Jury Award - Honorable Mention
Piel Canela - (Cinnamon Skin)
Indie Pasion Film Festival
Miami
2019
Official Selection
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New York Latino Film Festival
New York
2019
Jury selection - Finalist
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San Diego Latino Film Festival
San Diego
2019
Jury Award - Best Short, Jury Award - Best Actress
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Lady Filmmakers Film Festival
Los Angeles
2019
Jury Award - Best Produced Short
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Holly Shorts Film Festival
Los Angeles
2019
Audience Award 2nd place
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Chicago Latino Film Festival
Chicago
2019
Audience Award 2nd place
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Chicago Latino Film Festival
Chicago
2019
College
Columbia University
Film Studies
19931997
High School
Braddock Senior High
19901993
Birth Date
February 16, 1975
Birth City
Miami
Current City
Los Angeles
Hometown
Miami
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
Latina
“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old. They grow old because they stop pursuing dreams,” - Gabriel García Márquez
As a Latina writer and director, the immigration stories of my parents are a source of inspiration. I enjoy telling character driven stories that are universal and set them in exotic locations to transport the viewer to their homelands.
Company
Piel Canela Pictures, LLC
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