Michele Meek is an entrepreneur, filmmaker and educator.
In 2015, she co-founded ShelfDig, a Providence company that helps local stores compete with online shopping.
She also founded NewEnglandFilm.com, an online magazine, directory and festival website that has become a leading resource for filmmakers in the region for independent filmmaking in the northeast, and she led the transition of the 30-year-old magazine The Independent to the nonprofit organization Independent Media Publications where she remains a board member.
Her successes have been lauded in Inc. Magazine, National Public Radio, and The Boston Globe.
Michele is currently in post-production on Imagine Kolle 37, a short documentary-fiction hybrid film about two girls who imagine their way to a real Berlin adventure playground.
She has written and directed several award-winning narrative and documentary short films, including Red Sneakers, which won the 2nd Place Children’s Film Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and screened at numerous film festivals across the country, including the Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival, the Woods Hole Film Festival and the New Hampshire Film Festival.
Since 2008, her films have screened at the Anthology Film Archives in New York, Kendall Square Cinema in Boston, and the Somerville Theater near Boston.
Educator & Scholar
Michele earned an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department and a Teaching Assistant in the Gender and Women’s Studies program at the University of Rhode Island. She has taught film, literature and gender studies courses at colleges including Emerson College, Boston College, Massachusetts College of Art, and University of Rhode Island.
She has presented academic papers at conferences including the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference and the Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, and will be presenting at the International Girls Studies Association conference. She has published in the Tennessee Williams Annual Review, the Journal of Popular Film and Television and Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, and she co-edited the book The Independent’s Guide to Film Distribution (2014).
Michele received the 2005 Baldwin Award for Alumni Recognition in Film & Video by Boston College and the 2000 Image Award for Vision and Excellence by Women in Film & Video New England.
She has received numerous grants for her academic work, including a Center for Humanities Graduate Research Grant, Beaupre Hope and Heritage Award, and Enhancement of Graduate Research Award at the University of Rhode Island.