Marie-Michèle Jasmin-Bélisle is a Montreal-born, California-based writer, director and cinematographer with a passion for period dramas and mythical realism. Marie-Michele's career began with dance films ("Grey Matter"), surrealist narratives ("Desert Haiku"), film-poems ("Ashes to Light"), branded fashion and documentaries ("The Drum Will Never Stop”).
She then made the jump to writing and directing narrative work with her first costume drama, “Women of the West”, which gathered a few awards. In fall 2022, she wrote and directed another period drama, a proof-of-concept for a series called ”Witches of New York”, and produced visuals for Japanese artist Kirilola for her Tokyo concert of "White Tiger" in December 2022.
Marie-Michele was a featured artist at the International Symposium of Electronic Arts, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and has screened at film festivals worldwide. Awards include 'Best female director', 'Best Cinematography', 'Best Series Pilot' and a nomination for 'Best featurette' for her period drama 'Women of the West', 'Best music film' (Tracce Cinematografiche, Italy) and 'Best Cinematography' (Arte Non Stop, Buenos Aires) for her short 'Helix'.
Her latest feature "Ojibwa Warrior" is set to begin the festival circuit in spring 2023 with the Academy Award qualifying Palm Springs documentary film festival and the 42nd Minneapolis International Film Festival. She is currently working as a creative consultant and co-editor on feature docs for Double Edge Theater and the Santa Fe Opera. MM's work can be found at the NYU Film and Video center, the Smithsonian, the Cinema Guild and has been licensed by A+J and Vice Media.