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 their native locations to transport the viewer to their homelands.
Company
Piel Canela Pictures, LLC
Michelle Salcedo, named Best New Filmmaker of the Year in 2020 by NFMLA, is an award winning writer/director with over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry. Michelle strives for authenticity, drawing from her Latinx experience and achieves a nuanced representation of the Latin American diaspora in her storytelling. Her filmmaking style is highly cinematic, influenced by auteurs like Kieslowski and Iñarritu. Born in Miami, of Cuban and Ecuadorian descent, she moved to New York to attend Columbia University and graduated with a B.A. in film studies. She worked at Miramax Films producing theatrical trailers for over 30 films including Academy Award winner, “Chicago” and “Gangs of New York”. She’s edited over fifty episodes of non-fiction T.V. for networks: Bravo, TLC, VH1, MTV and Univision. Her directorial debut, "Piel Canela/Cinnamon Skin" shot on location in Cuba, started its festival run in 2019, so far winning seven jury prizes including “Best Produced” at the Academy-qualifying Holly Shorts Film festival and an audience award at the Chicago Latino Film Fest. She wrote and directed a feature, "Woman of the House", a female-centric dramedy, currently in post-production. By creating compelling, character-driven work in TV and Film, Michelle hopes to empower future generations of Latina filmmakers to express their unique visions.
  • Writer (5 Credits)
    Woman of the House2021
    Feature
    Cinnamon Skin (Piel Canela)2019
    Short
    Piel Canela (Cinnamon Skin)2019
    Short
    Piel Canela - (Cinnamon Skin)2019
    Short
    Piel Canela - Cinnamon Skin2019
    Short
  • Director (5 Credits)
    Woman of the House2021
    Feature
    Cinnamon Skin (Piel Canela)2019
    Short
    Piel Canela (Cinnamon Skin)2019
    Short
    Piel Canela - (Cinnamon Skin)2019
    Short
    Piel Canela - Cinnamon Skin2019
    Short
  • Producer (4 Credits)
    Woman of the House2021
    Feature
    Cinnamon Skin (Piel Canela)2019
    Short
    Piel Canela - (Cinnamon Skin)2019
    Short
    Piel Canela - Cinnamon Skin2019
    Short
  • Acting (1 Credit)
    Piel Canela - Cinnamon Skin2019
    Short
Official Selection
Piel Canela - (Cinnamon Skin)
San Francisco Latino Film Festival
San Francisco
2019
Jury Award - Honorable Mention
Piel Canela - (Cinnamon Skin)
Indie Pasion Film Festival
Miami
2019
Official Selection
Piel Canela - (Cinnamon Skin)
New York Latino Film Festival
New York
2019
Jury selection - Finalist
Piel Canela - (Cinnamon Skin)
San Diego Latino Film Festival
San Diego
2019
Jury Award - Best Short, Jury Award - Best Actress
Piel Canela - (Cinnamon Skin)
Lady Filmmakers Film Festival
Los Angeles
2019
Jury Award - Best Produced Short
Piel Canela - (Cinnamon Skin)
Holly Shorts Film Festival
Los Angeles
2019
Audience Award 2nd place
Piel Canela - (Cinnamon Skin)
Chicago Latino Film Festival
Chicago
2019
Official Selection
Piel Canela - Cinnamon Skin
New York Latino Film Festival
New York
2019
Two Jury Awards - Best Short and Best Actress
Piel Canela - Cinnamon Skin
Lady Filmmakers Film Festival
LOS ANGELES
2019
Jury Award - Best Produced Short
Piel Canela - Cinnamon Skin
Holly Shorts Film Festival
LOS ANGELES
2019
Audience Award 2nd place
Piel Canela - Cinnamon Skin
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 their native locations to transport the viewer to their homelands.
Company
Piel Canela Pictures, LLC
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