This documentary short, directed by Michelle Fiordaliso, tells the story of Pakistani activist, Sabeen Mahmud, founder of Karachi performance space T2F, and how she affected the life of American actress/writer Fawzia Mirza.
Weaving verité footage with the penultimate interview of Mahmud, the film shows Mahmud and Mirza’s lives intersecting in a transformational way. Mahmud’s message of peace, empathy, and self-expression lives even after her tragic murder.
The film has shown in over 40 festivals around the world, has won four awards, and was featured by Frameline Shorts as their film of the month to honor International Women’s Day in March, 2018
Had Enough, written by Michelle Fiordaliso, was produced and directed by Alexandra DeFurio and Peter Hastings for the Colchester 60hr Film Challenge. Filmmakers are tasked with writing, casting, shooting, and editing a film in 60hrs. Out of 3,500 submissions, Had Enough was amongst the 15 finalists that screened at the Colchester Film Festival.
The film tells the story of whether we should hold out for our ideal of love, or just accept love when it arrives.
Semi-finalist for the 2018 Cinequest Screenwriting Award.
Based on the real-life experiences of writer Michelle Fiordaliso, Positive is a 30-minute dramedy (pilot) about Julia Magliano, a young social worker driven to fight AIDS in a NYC Catholic hospital while fighting her own battle with bisexual feelings and a crisis of faith. Think Girls meets Nurse Jackie.
With the revival of Angels in America and Boys in the Band, we are hungry for the narrative legacy of this critical time in history. Positive tells the story of AIDS from the perspective of the healthcare workers.
Is a live performance-piece where strangers bring their quandaries and conundrums and are given a hand-typed prescription in haiku form.
Looking for a way to connect deeply with strangers, Michelle considered taking a job as a tollbooth worker or a cashier at a Starbucks, but instead came up with Rx Haiku which combines her love of vintage typewriters, poetry, people, and the medical world.
A conceptual art series of mixed-media art that premiered in a solo show in 2014 and playfully commented on the use of prescription medication in America.
As a licensed psychotherapist with over 25 years experience, Michelle felt that many of the desired effects of psychotropic medications could be achieved through cognitive and behavioral changes, all of which have no side effects besides a greater sense of well-being.
All paintings have been sold. Commissions are available.
Twice published in The New York Times Modern Love Column, Michelle’s non-fiction writing has also appeared in numerous other publications including The Hollywood Reporter, The Huffington Post, and Self.
Michelle also co-wrote Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Ex (Sourcebooks, 2009) and appeared as a relationship expert on TV and radio shows including Today, Tyra Banks and Oprah Radio.