Born in Miami in 1975, to a Cuban mother and Ecuadorian father, Michelle moved to NYC at 18 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 was the theatrical trailer and TV campaign producer for films including, “Chicago”, “Gangs of New York”, “Confessions of A Dangerous Mind” and most other Miramax films released between June 2000-2002. In 2002, she decided to leave Miramax to pursue an editing career in documentary and non-fiction TV. Michelle has edited over fifty episodes of non-fiction TV series 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) among others. Piel Canela is her directorial debut.
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 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.