Michele Forman is a documentary filmmaker and Director of Media Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, an interdisciplinary minor she co-founded in 2003. Forman gained her experience as an executive in feature films at Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks where she was responsible for the acquisition and development of new projects. Forman served as associate producer on Mr. Lee’s Academy Award-nominated film 4 Little Girls, a feature-length documentary for HBO about the bombing of the Sixteenth Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. Since 1997, Forman has been directing and producing documentary projects for film and television, earning an Emmy nomination in 2001. Her current film is slated to tell the stories of same-sex families in Alabama after the ground-breaking U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on marriage.
Forman began her film work at Harvard University, where she double-majored in English and filmmaking. She also serves as Chair of the Board of Sidewalk Film Festival, now in its 17th year.