Untold stories in a whole new light.


Michelle Grace Steinberg is an independent filmmaker based in Oakland, CA. Michelle creates documentaries that expose underreported stories with an accountability to the communities most impacted by them.

Michelle is the director, producer, primary cinematographer, and co-editor of A PLACE TO BREATHE (2019) and BEYOND RECOGNITION (2014) in partnership with producer Robyn Bykofsky.  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. 

In 2012, Michelle produced, directed, photographed, and edited Buried Voices in collaboration with the Native American individuals whose story it details. 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.

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. Aside from filmmaking, Michelle is a nutritionist and herbalist at Street Level Health Project, a Spanish bilingual integrative free clinic. She is on the board of directors of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved and won the American Herbalist Guild 2015 Award for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

Project Partner: 

Robyn Bykofsky