Festival Year: 2016, 2020, 2021

Michelle Aguilar

Roles: Director

As a Documentary Filmmaker, Michelle is committed to social equality and fair representation of marginalized populations. She believes a documentary project directly reflects the relationship between the filmmaker and those being filmed, thus, her work explicitly represents the trust, commitment, and reverence she has established with those who share their story with her.

Michelle makes films with the intention of connecting people, alleviating ethnocentrism, and providing visual and narrative evidence to help people learn about the world in which we live, consequently sparking a reaction, probing questions and exploring the idea of social change. By harnessing the power of narrative visuals and technology, she hopes to contribute to an art that provides an accessible and entertaining avenue for people to learn, grow, connect, and act.

Michelle earned an M.A in Social Documentation from the University of California, Santa Cruz and have produced numerous non-fiction multimedia projects in cultures and communities across the world. She lives in South Lake Tahoe, Ca.


Festival Year: 2016, 2020, 2021


No Place to Grow

(US, 2019, 27min)