Michele Jouse


“You always have to keep working. You just have to keep doing whatever you can to nurture and ignite that fire within you because I really, really believe that everything we do is so important and really contributes to a more compassionate society. You know, art matters, what we do matters, so just keep doing it because it’s worth it.”

Welcome back to Nothing Shines Like Dirt Episode 70. Elise and Lesley sit down with Documentary Filmmaker Michele Jouse. They discuss her doc series on Netflix HAPPY JAIL, people are more than a headline and boarding school is wild!


Michele Josue is an Emmy award-winning Filipino-American director. Her critically acclaimed feature-film debut Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine is the winner of 10 Best Documentary and Audience Choice Awards from festivals worldwide and boasts a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film won the Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Special Class Special” in 2016. Michele has traveled around the globe with Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine as a guest speaker for various schools, universities, and organizations and represented the United States government overseas as a U.S. State Department Speaker.