Michelle Esrick Biography

Michelle Esrick is a filmmaker, activist, actress and poet. Michelle seeks to be of service in her everyday life and is attracted to projects and people that are concerned with making a positive impact in their communities and around out the world. Michelle has worked on a number of documentaries about art, music and social change, including two-time Academy Award©-winner Barbara Kopple’s film, My Generation, about the three Woodstock Festivals. Michelle has also created and produced such notable events as “Activism With A Sense Of Humor,” starring Wavy Gravy, at Theater for the New City in NYC (2001), “Poems Not Fit for the White House” at Lincoln Center, featuring Arthur Miller, Mos Def, Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory (2003), and “Unconventional Heroes: An Evening of Performance to Honor Courageous Resisters,” with Steve Earle and Odetta (2004). Michelle and her production crew filmed Wavy Gravy over a period of 10 years (1999 – 2009), collecting never-before-seen footage and creating a story that focuses on Wavy’s commitment to making a difference in the world and having fun doing it. The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin’ premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2009 and won several awards and much acclaim on the film festival circuit. The film was released theatrically in 2010 to rave reviews and inspired audiences all over the country. Michelle is currently working on several exciting projects through her company, Ripple Effect Films.