Michaela O’Brien is a documentary filmmaker and photographer from Boston, Massachusetts pursuing her MFA in Duke University’s Experimental and Documentary Arts program. For the past five years she has worked at Northern Light Productions, a premiere non-fiction and documentary media outlet, where she served as an Associate Producer, Cinematographer, Production Manager, and Archival Researcher. Michaela has worked on documentary broadcast specials for outlets such as the Investigation Discovery Channel and on award-winning audiovisual installations and interactive videos for a variety of acclaimed museums such as the The Mob Museum in Las Vegas, NV and the Laogai Museum in Washington, DC. Her freelance video and photographic works are often ethnographic and observational in quality and have been featured in film festivals and galleries nationwide. She received her BA in Sociology and International Studies from Boston College and has studied filmmaking and photography at The New England School of Photography and the New England Institute of Art. She is currently directing and producing In Crystal Skin, an independent documentary shot in Bogotá, Colombia, that traces the lives of four individuals challenged by Epidermolysis Bullosa, a severe and inherited skin disorder. Please visit www.incrystalskin.com and www.themobphoto.com for more information.