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Michelle Martinez

Michelle has been writing stories and making films since her childhood. She is a writer, director, actor, and editor. Michelle has worked in production departments for television as well as feature films.

She studied acting at Stella Adler Studios (NYC) and the Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles. Her directorial work ranges from short documentaries to narrative fiction. In 2017, she received the Best Student Director Award for her dark comedy, The Mourning After at Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival. Her most recent project is Hit Me Up, a short coming-of-age film that earned the Carole Fielding Grant from the University Film & Video Association.

Michelle has a BFA in Filmmaking from Montclair State University. Upon graduation she and her creative partner, Muhyi, both earned Excellence in Directing Awards from Montclair State University in recognition of their thesis films.

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Amatullah'Muhyi Ali

Amatullah'Muhyi (Muhyi) was introduced to filmmaking as a career at Teaneck Community Charter School. Due to severe budget cuts to her district, Muhyi had to halt her studies as a filmmaker until college. Becoming a graduate of Montclair State University with high honors and achieving her BFA in Filmmaking and minor in Psychology, Muhyi intends to make great change in the industry. 

During her collegiate experience Muhyi directed 4 short films and produced 8. Including Undefined: A Muslim-American Musical (2017), and Hit Me Up (2017). Which received much acclaim including, Excellence in Directing, Skip Lievsay Post-Production grant and Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner accredidation. 

It has been a beautiful journey and Muhyi is grateful for all the people who have helped her along the way. Muhyi hopes AfroTwin will become international, seeking to expose the success of the diversification of media.