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Amanda Micheli, founder of Runaway Films, is an Oscar-nominated director and a celebrated cinematographer. Her latest film VEGAS BABY premiered at the Tribeca Film festival and will be released to the public in 2017.

Amanda earned an Oscar nomination for LA CORONA, which follows an unlikely beauty pageant in a Colombian women’s prison. LA CORONA premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before airing on HBO. She also directed and shot DOUBLE DARE, which explores the lives of two Hollywood stuntwomen. DARE premiered at Toronto and was broadcast on PBS before its theatrical release. Featuring interviews with Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, and Lynda Carter, it won numerous festival awards and is an audience favorite worldwide. Her first film, JUST FOR THE RIDE, about the legendary cowgirls who founded the first professional sport in America, won a student Oscar and International Documentary Association Award and premiered on the prestigious PBS series “POV” in 1996.

In 2014, Amanda produced SLOMO, which was Oscar-shortlisted and won best short at SXSW and the International Documentary Association. She also co-directed ONE NATION UNDER DOG for HBO, which won a TV Academy honor for “Television with a Conscience” and THE SAVE for ESPN. She was producer and cinematographer on THIN, the award-winning HBO film about anorexia. Also for HBO, she was producer and cinematographer on their top-rated documentary, CAT DANCERS, and supervising producer on BRAVE NEW VOICES, a series about teen poetry.  Other cinematography credits include: Morgan Spurlock’s premiere episode of 30 DAYS (FX), MY FLESH AND BLOOD, (HBO), THE FLUTE PLAYER, (PBS) and WITCHES IN EXILE.

Amanda is a graduate of Harvard University and was a member of the top U.S. women’s rugby team for over a decade. While pursuing feature-length projects, she has directed commercial work for clients including Nike, Google, Adobe, Verizon and the U.S. Air Force. She is a past visiting lecturer at Stanford’s MFA film program and a current member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and the Director’s Guild of America.

Producer Serin Marshall began her career at the award-winning Moxie Firecracker Films, where she worked on numerous HBO films premiering at Sundance, including SHOUTING FIRE: STORIES FROM THE EDGE OF FREE SPEECH, THE FENCE, and the 2012 Emmy-nominated BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD. She also associate produced THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH AUNT DIANE (HBO), and was an archival producer for WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES (PBS). She has produced news stories for the GlobalPost, true crime stories for the Discovery Network, and recently produced “The Switch” for the Center for Investigative Reporting. Before turning to film, Serin worked as a researcher at the Yale School of Management, and as a Princeton-in-Asia Fellow in Thailand. She is a graduate of Brown University.