Michelle Salcedo



Michelle Salcedo is an award winning director with over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry. Born in Miami to a Cuban mother and Ecuadorian father, Michelle Salcedo moved to New York to attend Columbia University and graduated in 1997 with a B.A. in Film Studies. She was immediately hired by Miramax Films where she worked in the film marketing department for five years. She produced theatrical trailers and TV campaigns for over thirty films including Academy Award winner “Chicago”, and Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York”.

Her first feature screenplay, “Maria” was finalist for the screenwriting lab at the Sundance Institute. Since 2002, she’s edited over fifty episodes of non-fiction T.V. including BBC’s “What Not to Wear” and “While you Were Out”, Emmy award winning, “A Baby Story” (TLC), “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style” (Bravo), “Tough Love” (VH1) and “Dale con Ganas” (Univision).

Her directorial debut, “Piel Canela”, was shot entirely on location in Cuba in 2018. "Piel Canela" started its festival run in March 2019, so far winning a jury prize for "Best Produced Short" at the Academy Award qualifying Holly Shorts Film Festival, an Audience Award at the Chicago Latino Film Festival, two jury awards at Lady Filmmakers film festival : Best Short and Best Actress in a Short Film, and a jury prize, "Honorable Mention" at Indie Pasión Film Festival in Miami. "Piel Canela" was also a finalist at San Diego Latino Film Festival and an official selection at HBO's New York Latino Film festival and San Francisco Latino Film Festival.

She is currently entering post-production for a feature, Woman of the House, a dramedy shot on location in Rhode Island July 2019. 

Robert Primes (ASC)

(Director of Photography)


Robert Primes, ASC has been a Hollywood-based Director of Photography since 1975. In 2008 he was awarded the President’s lifetime achievement award from the Society of Camera Operators. His feature credits include Baadasssss! with Mario van Peebles, Bird on a Wire with Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn, The Hard Way with James Woods and Michael J. Fox, Money Talks with Charlie Sheen and Chris Tucker, A Murder of Crows with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Aspen Extreme. Episodic television work includes Nightstalker, MDs, (ASC cinematography award), Felicity (Emmy for cinematography and ASC award nomination), Young Americans, Quantum Leap and Thirtysomething. Pilots include Sleeper Cell (Emmy nomination for cinematography), 1/4 Life, Georgetown (w/ Helen Mirren), Reasonable Doubts (ASC award nomination), Malibu Shores, The Pastor’s Wife, Golden Gate, All Together Now, and Get Smart. His television movies include My Antonia (Emmy for cinematography and Cable Ace nomination), Harrison: Cry of the City (Emmy nomination for cinematography), Sandy Bottom Orchestra and Sealed with a Kiss. He has served as a vice president and treasurer of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), from 1994 through 2005. He serves on the national executive board of the International Cinematographers Guild. He designed and taught the cinematography lab at the American Film Institute and has lectured at UCLA, California Institute for the Arts, the North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Texas. He championed the rights of cinematographers and directors to have their work presented as it was originally created and, with Martin Scorsese in Washington D.C., lobbied members of congress on Artists Rights issues.

Dan Kneece

(Camera Operator) 


Dan started filming motion pictures at age 13 when his mother bought him a Super 8 camera. In 1979, while finishing his Master's in Media Arts at the University of South Carolina, Dan began his professional career shooting news at WIS-TV in Columbia, South Carolina. Soon thereafter he was taught Steadicam by inventor Garrett Brown which lead to a 28 year career as a Steadicam Operator and an ongoing professional relationship with Director David Lynch on films such as Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart and Mulholland Drive. Dan's skills evolved into expertise as an "A" Camera Operator on major film, television, commercial and music video productions such as Jackie Brown and Phone Booth. He worked with the best in the business and learned from them all. Dan now uses his knowledge, extensive film making experience and incredible eye to excel in his work as Director of Photography.

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