Michal – Short Bio

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Michal Lavi is an independent filmmaker who lives and works in Calgary, Alberta Canada. She has written, directed and produced four short films: Tying the Not; Arithmetic – Annie’s Life in Numbers; I Liked You Better Before; and Glue. Her films have screened in many international film festivals including Sofia International Film Festival, Flickers – Rhode Island, Raindance, Montreal World, Whistler Film Festival and Soho Film Festival among others. For a full list of festival screenings, awards and nominations click here.



3 – The number of times she attended university before graduating with a degree she doesn’t like.


27 – The number of restaurants she was fired from as a waitress for making witty comments, acute (albeit unsolicited) opinions, and spilling hot Spaghetti Bolognese on someone’s lap.

1 – The number of jobs she held a job that  made her mother proud. She no longer works there.

1 – The number of times she went to a fortune teller to ask if she should quit her cushy job and pursue her dreams of becoming a filmmaker. The cards said no.


5 – “excellent communication skills”,  the number of languages she can curse in fluently.

1,687,432 – estimated number of times she has been lost.

0 – Her sense of direction in percentage.

1 – The number of times she had been skateboarding.

67 – The number of days her leg was in cast after breaking her tibia and fibula

9 – The number of pins she has in her left ankle.

7 – The number of tests she took before getting her driving license.

6 – The number of traffic signs she is certain of their meaning


4 – The number of things she procrastinates about: writing, exercising, dieting, flossing. 4 – The number of things she never puts off: thoroughly cleaning her ears after a shower, eating chocolate every day, reading the weekend paper, scrubbing toilets before guests arrive. 8 – The average number of books she takes on a flight in case the plane crashes and she needs to pass the time until she is rescued. She also carries  two newspapers and several magazines. 76 – The number of her pet peeves. Top 5: book jacket readers, slow talkers, low talkers, people who take the elevator one floor down, gluten-free people and their miserable looking crackers. 1 – The number of times she has asked herself  - “What’s the purpose of it all and what’s my part in this crazy thing called life and the universe?” – before fully understanding that there is no meaning and the belief that she may have a ‘calling’ that she owes to herself to fulfill is not only ludicrous but also too self assured for her style, so she stopped right there and then.