This documentary short tells the inspiring story of two Pakistani women: Sabeen Mahmud, founder of Karachi performance space T2F, who paved the way for American actress/writer Fawzia Mirza to perform her one-woman show across Pakistan, one month before Mahmud's tragic murder.
Weaving verité footage with the penultimate interview of Mahmud, conducted by Mirza three months before Mahmud was murdered, the film shows Mahmud and Mirza’s lives intersecting in a transformational way. Mahmud’s message of peace, empathy, and self-expression lives on—in Mirza and others—even after her untimely death.
A short film written by Michelle Fiordaliso.
Working on the AIDS unit of a NYC hospital is like going to war, only with a much more colorful and comedic cast of characters.
Positive is a 30-minute dramedy (pilot) about Julia Magliano, a young social worker driven to fight AIDS in a NYC Catholic hospital in the early 90’s, while fighting her own battle with bisexual feelings and a crisis of faith. Think Girls meets Nurse Jackie. Based on the real life experiences of writer, Michelle Fiordaliso.
Michelle began working at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in NYC in August, 1993 after graduating NYU’s Social Work Program. She had 3-4 patients die everyday on her caseload. She was 20 years old. She comforted patients, mothers, lovers, friends, and was appointed Clinical Director of the first Women’s AIDS Clinic in the US. Being exposed to so much death so young, altered the course of her life. How did she hold onto hope when she’d seen so much loss? How did she stay “Positive”?
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No Side Effects was a conceptual art show that playfully commented on the use of prescription medication in America. It premiered in 2014 in a solo show at Semi Precious in Santa Monica and went onto be included in a group show at the Jeanie Madsen Gallery, also in Santa Monica. All paintings have been sold. Commissions are available.
Twice published in The New York Times Modern Love Column. Non-fiction writing has also appeared in numerous other publications including The Hollywood Reporter, The Huffington Post, and Self.