Through the Woman of Her Word Audio Description Grant, Michele Spitz will sponsor and voice the audio description production for all future NYWIFT Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant recipients. This grant will allow for the films selected to be made accessible for the low vision and blind audiences.
Michele Spitz of Woman of Her Word is a voiceover artist, public speaker, and philanthropist most passionate about advocating for media accessibility and disability awareness. Michele is dedicated to selectively funding audio description post production accessibility grants to ensure that media content is equally accessible to low vision and blind audiences. She has 7+ years experience of producing, narrating, consulting, and project managing audio description assets for film, broadcast, digital media, film festivals, museums, educational content, promotional and fundraising media.
Woman of Her Word funds audio description production for a significant percentage of the 75 hand selected media projects to date with which her company has chosen to be aligned. Michele promotes media accessibility awareness and audience inclusion through ongoing public speaking engagements, thought provoking panels and educational settings. A partial list of such panels include the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Affiliated Panel, DOC NYC, New York Film Festival, ReelAbilities Film Festival, Film Independent, IDA Getting Real ‘20 Conference, Women in Film Los Angeles (WIF LA), SAG-AFTRA LA and New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT). Michele is called upon as a guest lecturer for film and media programs in universities. She currently sits on the advisory board as the film accessibility specialist for the upcoming 2021 Blind Film Festival.
Woman of Her Word was the first to initiate and fund British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) scholarships for graduate film students with disabilities, originate and fund annual finishing film accessibility grants for NYWIFT and WIF LA as well as fund assistive audience technology. She most recently produced and narrated the audio description for the 41st Media Access Awards ceremony making the virtual event platform equally accessible to visually impaired audiences. Michele’s forthcoming endeavors will include designing media accessibility impact campaign fellowships.
Michele is unique in that she is committed to working very closely with every film client to enlist their participation in advocating and promoting their film production’s accessibility assets and furthermore advise on implementing and incorporating the audio description deliverables throughout all distribution platforms for the shelf life of the film. For the past 7+ years, Michele has traveled extensively between San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York to ascertain and merge together East and West Coast media and cultural arts accessibility philosophies and methodologies. In 2021, she will be expanding her travels to the UK to further her research and experience in media and arts accessibility approaches.
Some of the few highlights of Michele’s media portfolio include Dealt, Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama in His Own Words, Pavarotti: Genius is Forever, The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, and soon to be released Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit.
Woman of Her Word’s pledge is unwavering in the pursuit for inclusion in media and the arts. Michele’s very presence is a unifying force which results in equality for the communities that she serves.
Learn more at www.womanofherword.com
How to Apply
The Woman of Her Word Audio Description Grant is provided to recipients of the Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant. Apply for the Loreen Arbus Grant.