Emerging filmmaker Easmanie Michel visited the Africana center on November 10, 2016 to meet with a seminar class taught by Professor Carole Boyce Davies, titled Black Women Writers: Books to Screen. The discussion centered around Michel's upcoming film project, based on Haitian-American, award-winning author Edwidge Danticat's short story, Caroline's Wedding. The story examines the experience of a young Haitian-American girl living in 90s Brooklyn as she stradles her mother's world of Haitian traditions and her Americanized sister's life in the midst of her wedding to a non-Haitian man. Michel is working to bring the story to the big screen.
A Sundance Screenwriter's Lab finalist, Michel has worked continuously in the film and television industry since 2004. She is currently working with Stanley Nelson, an award-winning, Harlem-based documentary filmmaker, and has previously worked on films including Transporter and Hoot. Television projects have included Miami Ink and Miami Vice. Michel has also produced and directed several short films, including Minutes to Say Hi.
Caroline's Wedding is her first feature. Michel, who has a Master's Degree in Cinema Studies from New York University and a B.A. from Florida International University, was motivated regarding her interest in black women's writing and filmmaking during a class on Caribbean women writers taught by Professor Boyce Davies.