Michelle has a degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College and an MBA from UCLA Anderson with a specialization in Entrepreneurship. She has held a variety of jobs throughout her professional life, including marketing assistant at a wind-energy company, sales manager at a real estate firm, bartender, historical tour guide, and improv comedian. Michelle joined Brainstorm Media, her family’s business, in 2012. Working at Brainstorm, Michelle counted many industry vets as her mentors (including her father, Meyer Shwarzstein), and quickly learned the ins and outs of independent film distribution. Michelle grew from her role managing Brainstorm’s video-on-demand and digital sales into leading the acquisitions and marketing for the company’s growing all-rights distribution business by 2016. In 2023 she became the CEO of the company, leading a team of passionate, smart, dedicated people who share her enthusiasm for creative and collaborative distribution.