Amanda Micheli, founder of Runaway Films, is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated director whose authentic, character-driven stories often feature women bucking the odds in a male-dominated world. In her latest film, HALFTIME, international icon Jennifer Lopez lays bare her evolution as a Latina, a mother, and an artist, taking agency in her life and using her voice for a greater purpose. HALFTIME opened the 2022 Tribeca film festival before its world premiere on Netflix.
Amanda first made a splash in 1995 with JUST FOR THE RIDE, about the legendary cowgirls who founded the first professional sport in America, which garnered her a student Oscar and International Documentary Association Award. Her 2005 documentary feature DOUBLE DARE explored the struggles of the blue-collar stuntwomen who take the hits for Hollywood stars. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was an audience favorite at festivals worldwide before its PBS and theatrical release.
In 2008 Amanda earned an Academy Award nomination for LA CORONA, which followed an unlikely beauty pageant in a Colombian women’s prison. Her 2018 film VEGAS BABY, which examines the complexities of America’s fertility industry, earned an Emmy nomination for PBS. Her other credits as a producer and cinematographer include SLOMO, THIN, CAT DANCERS, and MY FLESH AND BLOOD.
Amanda has also been a visiting lecturer at Stanford, a Creative Director at MasterClass and a proud member of the US Women’s Rugby Team.