D-Facto Film Studio owner Michelle Paymar is an award-winning producer, director, writer, cinematographer, and editor whose work has aired on major network and cable channels including CBC, MTV, NBC, ABC, PBS, CNBC, Discovery, Travel Channel, and AMC. Paymar's most recent film, the documentary feature "From Cairo to the Cloud" has screened at 35 festivals around the world.
Paymar's honours include two CINE Golden Eagle Awards, a Gold Camera Award at the US International Film Festival, A Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival, and a Silver Award from the New York Festivals. Her films have screened at the Chicago International Film Festival, the San Francisco and Los Angeles International Film Festivals, Torino Festival in Italy, Kinotek Gottingen in Germany, the South Asian International Film Festival in New York, the San Francisco and Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals, and many others. Paymar received a Master of Fine Arts in Film Directing from the American Film Institute and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley.