REQUEST A GOOD TALK WITH MICHELLE STEINBERG
Michelle Grace Steinberg, M.S. is an independent filmmaker based in Oakland, CA and founder of Underexposed Films. Michelle is the director, producer, cinematographer, and primary editor of A PLACE TO BREATHE (2020) and BEYOND RECOGNITION (2014) in partnership with producer Robyn Bykofsky. A PLACE TO BREATHE premiered at the San Francisco Documentary Film Festival in September 2020 and is currently on the festival circuit. It won the Interfaith Documentary Award at the 2020 St. Louis International Film Festival. The film did a two-week theatrical run at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco, CA. BEYOND RECOGNITION is currently broadcasting nationally on Public Television and won Best Short for the 2015 San Francisco Green Film Festival, as well appearing in numerous other festivals internationally, including Wild & Scenic, Cinequest, and DC Independent. In 2012, Michelle produced, directed, filmed, and edited her first film BURIED VOICES. The film screened at the American Indian Film Festival as well as other festivals, conferences, and grassroots venues; it is used as curriculum at several universities. Aside from filmmaking, Michelle is the Nutritionist and Herbalist at Street Level Health Project, a Spanish bilingual free clinic, where she has been running her integrative medicine services in conjunction with the healthcare team there since 2009. She was on the board of directors of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved from 2016-2020, and won the American Herbalist Guild 2015 Award for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. Michelle originally hails from Washington, D.C. and received a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Anthropology from Wesleyan University and a Master's degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport.
Upon request, the filmmaker can be accompanied by either individuals featured in the film who are themselves immigrants serving as Medical Providers or Community Health Workers in their own communities, or those in leadership roles at either of the two clinics featured in the film. These individuals can speak to both their own experiences and best practices for culturally-responsive, community-led healthcare models.