Author: Michele Meek

Michele Meek

Michele Meek, PhD is a writer, filmmaker, educator, founder of, and a former publisher of The Independent. She published the books Independent Female Filmmakers: A Chronicle through Interviews, Profiles and Manifestos and The Mastermind Failure Club. For more information or to contact her, visit

Articles Written by Michele Meek:

10 Filmmakers to Watch: Complex Movements

At the intersection of community organizing, design, hip-hop and electronic music, architecture, film, and theater, Complex Movement‘s latest project Beware of The Dandelions is a science fiction parable in which the audience plays the role of post-apocalyptic survivors and unlocks the untold stories of their community. The project takes the form of a mobile art installation… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch: Kate McCartney & Kate McLennan

Julia Child may have been pioneered cooking show humor, but co-creators and co-performers Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan have taken cooking hilarity to the brilliant level it deserves. Hence, they join The Independent’s 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016. Their web series, The Katering Show, chronicles the journey of an “intolerable foodie” (McLennan), and her anti-foodie food intolerant… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016: Joel Hodge & Evan Glodell

In 2011, Evan Glodell and Joel Hodge partnered to make the film Bellflower, with Glodell writing, directing and acting, and Hodge working as DP. The film, with a budget of about $17,000, became acclaimed for its stunning action-packed cinematography, resulting from their own hand-made camera built exclusively for the film. Now, Glodell and Hodge have again partnered on… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016: Paisley Smith

Paisley Smith’s recent documentary film Peace, Daal, & Partition, which won Best Documentary at the 2015 First Look Film Festival at the Directors Guild of America, explores the impact of the Partition of India and Pakistan on three generations of women in her family. But then she discovered Virtual Reality (VR), working with the “Godmother of VR” Nonny de la Peña… Read more »

Tribeca 2010: Melanie Schiele on “Delilah, Before”

After working in various capacities as writer, director, producer and cinematographer on over 20 student shorts as part of New York University’s Tisch Asia in Singapore, Filmmaker Melanie Schiele makes her directorial debut with the short Delilah, Before. The film captures a turning point in the lives of three generations of women as a young… Read more »

Tribeca 2010: Michael Creagh on “The Crush”

As an “ad man by day,” filmmaker Michael Creagh had been “tinkering with ideas and scripts” for several years before acting on his dream. His debut film The Crush tells the story of an eight-year-old boy (played deftly by Creagh’s son) in love with his teacher. When the boy’s gift of a toy ring is… Read more »

Tribeca 2010: Mary Robertson on “Missed Connections”

Have you ever felt your eyes lock with someone across a crowded subway, only to wish later that you had ripped through the crowd to get some digits? You’re not the only one. Director Mary Robertson’s short film Missed Connections documents a few of the loves lost and found on Craigslist’s “Missed Connections” classifieds. With… Read more »

Best of the Shorts: Tribeca 2010

At the movies, I want to laugh out loud, clutch my armrest in terror, weep uncontrollably, and be amazed. I’ll admit my standards are high and past Tribeca Film Festivals have been serious enablers of my lofty expectations. So I suppose it was inevitable that one year I would be a tad disappointed by their… Read more »