Easmanie Michel has worked continuously in the film and television industry since 2004. She's currently working with Stanley Nelson, an award-winning, Harlem-based documentary filmmaker. Michel has worked on films including Transporter and Hoot. Television projects include Miami Ink and Miami Vice. Michel has produced and directed several short films, including Minutes to Say Hi.
Caroline's Wedding is her first feature. Michel has a Master's Degree in Cinema Studies from New York University. She received a B.A. from Florida International University.
"During my childhood, I would hear these stories, and as I grew older, I disagreed them as superstitions. My mother, though, never really stopped living in this magical world, and only during my undergrad when I became a student in the African New World Studies program at Florida International University did I understand the power of her belief and how these beliefs allowed her to navigate the world around her despite her poor, immigrant status.
This African New World Studies program focuses on the people in the African diaspora with courses that not only analyzed Africa's history and its current conditions, but the lectures also explored Caribbean identity, religion, and literature. It was during my time in this program that I was introduced to the writings of Edwidge Danticat."
Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous award-winning books, including Brother, I'm Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award and a National Book Award finalist. Breath, Eyes, Memory was an Oprah Book Club selection. She writes for the New Yorker and other publications on topics related to Haiti and Haitian-American culture and social issues.
Danticat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. When she was two, her father, Andre, immigrated to New York. Two years later, her mother, Rose, joined him, leaving Edwidge and her brother to stay with her aunt and uncle for several years.
At 12, she joined her family in Brooklyn and from that point on, began writing about the emotional and psychological challenges facing immigrants.
Her work, starting with the short stories she wrote as a teenager, focus on the disorientation felt by immigrants and the deep bonds between mothers and daughters. The plight of Haitians and the Haitian Diaspora are strong themes in all her work.
Danticat atteneded Barnard College, where she received a BA in French literature. In 1993, she received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Brown University. Her stories have been published widely including in the New Yorker and The New York Times.
The Farming of Bones was an American Book Award winner and The Dew Breaker was a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and the winner of the inaugural Story Prize. In 2009, Danticat was awarded a MAcArthur Fellowship, commonly known as a "genius gram."
Danticat, who lives in Miami, is married and has two daughters.
Please watch Easmanie Michel's interview with Ms. Danticat HERE.
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