Piel Canela Pictures, LLC
(917) 842-6415 phone
LOS ANGELES, CA 90068
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. In 2022, Michelle directed the action feature film, "Switch & Bait" shot on location in Belgrade, Serbia. Starring Otmara Marrero ("Start-Up") and Katie Clarkson Hill ("Hanna"). The film is about two women on a high speed chase across the country reminiscent of “Thelma & Louise” and is currently in post-production.
Michelle strives for authenticity, drawing from her Latinx experience and achieves a nuanced representation 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. Her directorial debut, "Cinnamon Skin” shot on location in Cuba, won eight jury prizes including “Best Produced” at the Academy-qualifying Holly Shorts Film festival and “Best Short of the Year” at New Filmmakers LA.
She wrote and directed the feature, "Woman of the House", a female-centric dramedy which premiered at the Laemmle at NoHo Cinefest 2021. A semi-finalist at Academy-qualifying Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, it won the audience choice award at the Mystic Film Festival 2021.