Biography

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Michele Spitz of Woman of Her Word is a media producer, voiceover

artist, public speaker, and longtime philanthropist most passionate about advocating for media accessibility and disability inclusion and awareness. Michele is dedicated to selectively funding audio description post production accessibility grants to ensure that media content is equally accessible to

low vision and blind audiences. She has 8 years experience of producing, narrating, consulting, and project managing audio description assets for

film, broadcast, digital media, film festivals, museums, educational content, promotional and fundraising media. Woman of Her Word funds audio description production for a significant percentage of the 80+ hand selected media projects to date with which her company has chosen to be aligned. Michele promotes media accessibility awareness and audience inclusion through ongoing public speaking engagements, thought provoking panels and educational settings. For the past 3 years, she has taught the RespectAbility Audio Description Summer Lab for professionals with disabilities in media. Michele will be guest lecturing in the Fall 2021

semester at NYU Tisch, Emerson College and Montclair University in addition to teaching an Audio Description Advocacy course for Montclair in the Fall 2022 semester.  

A partial list of panels and presentations include the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Panel, Gotham, DOC NYC, IDA Getting Real ‘20 Conference, Film Independent, New York Film Festival, MVFF, ReelAbilities NY & LA Disability Film Festivals, Women in Film Los Angeles (WIF LA), SAG-AFTRA LA, New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), Diamond and PBS. Michele is often called upon to participate as a presenter conducting media accessibility workshops, seminars for multiple film and media organizations. Michele was the impetus consulting with the Motion Picture Academy that resulted in the 1st ever Audio Described Broadcast of the 93rd Academy Awards. The Motion Picture Academy Archives along with the Academy Margaret Herrick Library will house Woman of Her Word’s personal audio described library of ongoing film content and select sample production materials for research and educational purposes.  

Woman of Her Word was the first to initiate and fund British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) scholarships for graduate film students with disabilities, originate and fund annual finishing film media accessibility grants for NYWIFT and WIF LA, instate and underwrite tuition for students with disabilities to attend the biannual American Council for the Blind Audio Description Institute, as well as fund assistive performing arts audience technology. She produced and narrated the audio description for the 41st and the upcoming 42nd Media Access Awards ceremony making the virtual event platform equally accessible to visually impaired audiences. She consulted with the upcoming 2021 SOVAS Awards helping align the first time ever audio description narration categories and will also be curating and moderating an AD panel for their Career Expo. Michele’s forthcoming endeavors aspire to design media accessibility impact campaign fellowships. 

Michele is unique in that she is committed to working very closely with every film client to enlist their participation in advocating and promoting their film production’s accessibility assets and furthermore advise on implementing and incorporating the audio description deliverables throughout all distribution and exhibition platforms for the shelf life of the film. For 8 years, Michele has traveled extensively between San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York to ascertain and merge together East and West Coast media and cultural arts accessibility philosophies and methodologies. In 2022, she will be expanding her travel to the UK periodically to further her research and experience in media and arts accessibility approaches.      

A handful of highlights of Michele’s multimedia portfolio include films such as Dealt, Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, The Great 14th: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama in His Own Words, Pavarotti, The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, Carole King and James Taylor: Just Call Out My Name and 2022 Lucy & Desi Documentary. Michele also audio described The Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Museum Exhibit, The Senses: Beyond Vision.  

Woman of Her Word’s pledge is unwavering in the pursuit for inclusion in media and the arts. Michele’s very presence is a unifying force which results in equality for the communities that she serves.  

Michele’s press coverage and interviews include The Hollywood Reporter, Variety Magazine, SF Chronicle, NBC and many others. 

"My life's work is my heart's work." 

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