Michelle Esrick


Michelle Esrick

Filmmaker, Poet, Activist

Michelle Esrick is an award-winning filmmaker, poet & activist.

Esrick directed and produced the multi-award winning film, The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin’,  premiered on Showtime, PBS and Netflix. The New York Times hailed, “Saint Misbehavin’ is an unabashed love letter to the world that defies the cynicism of our age.” (2011)

Esrick Executive Produced the Netflix Original film, Ram Dass, Going Home which was short listed for an Academy Award. (2017)

She directed the music video, LET’S RISE! CNN called LET’S RISE an anthem for the March For Our Lives Movement. (2018).

Esrick’s recent film, CRACKED UP premiered at DOC NYC Film Festival (2018). In CRACKED UP we witness the impact adverse childhood experiences can have across a lifetime through the story of Saturday Night Live veteran, Darrell Hammond. Esrick helps us understand trauma, addiction and recovery in a new light, breaking down barriers of stigma and replacing shame with compassion and hope.

In September 2018, Esrick and Hammond met with Congress to share their experiences to inform the connection between adverse childhood experiences as a root cause to substance abuse. Nine provisions for trauma informed care were added to the bill and on October 24th, 2018 the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act was signed into law.

CRACKED UP has been featured in Psychology Today, VARIETY, New York Magazine, Huffington Post, Vulture, The Washington Post, The New York Post, The Daily Beast, NPR’s All Of It with Alison Stewart and on CNN.

Learn more about Michelle and CRACKED UP at crackedupmove.com.

Michelle lives in New York City.

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