Michele Meek

About/Bio

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Dr. Michele Meek is a filmmaker, professor, writer, and creative entrepreneur.

Filmmaker

Michele’s most recent film, Imagine Kolle 37, a short documentary-fiction hybrid film about two girls who imagine their way to a real Berlin adventure playground is currently screening at festivals across the country.

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 Cambridge, and the Somerville Theater in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Educator & Scholar

Michele is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University. Her research interests include film and media studies, cultural studies, literature, and girlhood studies. Her essay “‘It Ain’t For Children’: ‘Shame-Interest’ in the Adaptations Precious and Bastard Out of Carolina was recently published in Literature/Film Quarterly, and her essay “Lolita Speaks: Disrupting Nabokov’s “Aesthetic Bliss” was published in Girlhood Studies  In addition, she is currently editing a forthcoming compilation Independent Female Filmmakers: A Chronicle through Interviews, Profiles, and Manifestos to be published by Routledge. She has also 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).

She earned her MFA in creative writing with a specialization in screenwriting from Emerson College and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Rhode Island. In her dissertation project, Consent Puzzles: Narrative Ambiguities of Girls’ Sexual Agency in Literature and Film from the 1990s, she investigates post-second wave feminist era films, literature, and media representations that depict what she calls “consent puzzles,” or ethically and aesthetically ambiguous depictions of girls’ sexual consent.

She has presented numerous academic papers at conferences including the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, the Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, and the International Girls Studies Association conference.

Entrepreneur

Michele Meek founded NewEnglandFilm.com, an online magazine, directory and festival website that has become a leading resource for filmmakers in the region, 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, The Boston Globe, and Rhode Island Monthly.


Awards

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 research, 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.