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; ItzhakHow Sweet the Sound - The Blind Boys of Alabama, CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion, Lives Well Lived, Dealt, Capturing the Flag, and Becoming BulletproofCommercially released films include Pavarotti: Genius is ForeverThe Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years, and Miss You Already. She also 

video described The Great Muppet Caper  for Disney Cable. Upcoming film releases include Bee

Gees Documentary, Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, Best Summer Ever, and Children of the Inquisition

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 DreamsActors for AutismThe Miracle Project, Axis DanceDeaf West Theater, Deaf Film Camp, Positive Exposure 109SFJAZZ, Jewish Community Center San Francisco (JCCSF) Arts & Ideas, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, and Osher Marin Jewish Community Center (JCC) Senior ExcursionsMichele also supports LightHouse for the BlindGuide 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

(NYWIFT) and NY ReelAbilities; she spoke on post production accessible media including audio description and captioning for filmmakers. As a member of NYWIFT, Michele serves as a judge on

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 Documentarfilm 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 MagazineSan Francisco Examiner, PRN.FMKWMR, 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.

"My life's work is my heart's work." 

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