ABOUT WOMAN OF HER WORD: Professional voiceover artist, public speaker, advocate and philanthropist, Michele Spitz is dedicated to making the world accessible to people of all
communities by providing her vocal talents to filmmakers, publishers, event and speaking venues, and charitable organizations. Wherever Michele's voice is, her heart is also;
short and full-length documentaries, feature films, museums, educational programming, corporate and fundraising videos, audio manuals, and public service announcements.
As a philanthropist, Michele has been providing post production audio description grants to multiple filmmakers, production companies, film festivals, museums, nonprofits and media entertainment organizations. She is most passionate about
her audio description production and voiceover narration allowing access for low vision and blind
audiences to equally experience film, digital media, and the cultural arts. Michele is unique in
that she works very closely with every client to ensure that the highest quality asset is delivered and implemented on all distribution platforms for the life of the film. For the past seven years, Michele has traveled extensively between New York and Los Angeles to ascertain and merge together East and West Coast media and cultural arts accessibility philosophies and methodologies. In 2021, Michele
will be expanding her travels periodically to the UK to further her research and experience in media and arts accessibility approaches.
She has voiced over 70 projects including the documentary features; Itzhak, How Sweet the Sound - The Blind Boys of Alabama, CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion, Lives Well Lived, Dealt, Capturing the Flag, and Becoming Bulletproof. Commercially released films include Pavarotti: Genius is Forever, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years, and Miss You Already. She also
Since 2014, she has sponsored and voiced the audio description for select films annually for
Superfest: SF International Disability Film Festival and provided the same annually for ReelAbilities:
NY International Disability Film Festival since 2015. She was a panelist and sponsor for the opening of the 2018 ReelAbilities: LA International Disability Film Festival. She frequently video describes annual fundraising gala videos for disability organizations. Michele also provides in-kind audio description
production grants to prominent museums, such as the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
in 2018. She is currently positioning and allocating new accessibility grants to additional museums.
Michele personally underwrites hundreds of patron attendance tickets, artist interactive programs and
assistive audience technology for the performing, visual and cultural arts world. These underwriting
programs serve disabled, senior, veteran, and underserved communities. She is a supporter of Broadway Dreams, Actors for Autism, The Miracle Project, Axis Dance, Deaf West Theater, Deaf Film Camp, Positive Exposure 109, SFJAZZ, Jewish Community Center San Francisco (JCCSF) Arts & Ideas, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, and Osher Marin Jewish Community Center (JCC) Senior Excursions. Michele also supports LightHouse for the Blind, Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB), Helen Keller Services for the Blind, and That Man May See.
In February 2016, Michele served on a panel co-hosted by New York Women in Film and Television
the annual Disability Awareness Film Panel and the Post Production Documentary Film Panel. She originated and sponsored the first annual grant providing audio description and closed captioning for the NYWIFT Disability Awareness Films awarded, now in its fourth year and initiated the same grant
for Women in Film (WIF) in 2019. As of July 2018, Michele has also created the first audio description production grant for the NYWIFT In-Kind Post Production Documentary film selected. These women filmmakers are awarded at the annual NYWIFT MUSE Awards. Michele has been the Voice of God (VOG) announcer for the 2018 and 2019 NYWIFT MUSE Awards. She is frequently invited to make appearances for presentations and Q&A sessions at various cinema screenings.
Michele continues to promote and pursue thought-provoking media accessibility panels. In 2019
and 2020, she has conducted audio description educational labs for RespectAbility. From 2021-2023, Michele will be underwriting student tuition for the Audio Description Institute summer program for aspiring describers. She has participated on panels for Film Independent, Women in Film LA (WIF),
55th New York Film Festival (NYFF), ReelAbilities LA Film Festival, and multiple cinema screenings. Educating future media makers to incorporate inclusive mindsets has been an important focus of hers. In 2016, Michele initiated and sponsored the first British Academy of Film and Television Arts New York (BAFTA) Media Graduate Studies three year scholarship program at Feirstein School of Cinema designated for film students with disabilities.
The multiple aspirations and advocacy of Woman of Her Word have been featured in interviews
with the Hollywood Reporter, Variety, NBC Bay Area Proud, Marin Arts & Culture Magazine, San Francisco Examiner, PRN.FM, KWMR, KPOO radio programs, and multiple podcasts. The select catalog of films and digital media for which Michele voiced the audio description are listed on IMDb, and can be experienced in cinemas, via broadcast such as PBS, DVD, educational outlets
and streaming platforms such as iTunes, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and HBO Max.
Michele's commitment is unwavering in the pursuit for inclusion in the arts. Her very presence is
a unifying force, which results in equality of experience to the communities she serves.