Melissa was a producer on the widely acclaimed feature film, "The Vast of Night", which was acquired by Amazon Studios and released on Amazon Prime in 2020. It became an instant critic and audience favorite following a highly successful two week drive-in (thanks to covid-19) theater run, making numerous “top films of 2020” lists. During it's festival run, the film screened at top festivals around the world including TIFF, Slamdance and Edinburgh. It won the Audience Award at Slamdance, the Jury Prize at Overlook and garnered a Spirit Award nomination.
Melissa is a long-time successful creative entrepreneur in both the music and film communities. In her 20’s she was a maverick in the music scene in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX where she owned and operated several award-winning live music venues. In 2002, she began working in film on a variety of TV and film productions for FOX, ABC, NBC, TOUCHSTONE, and LIFETIME as well as many independent production companies. In 2012, she released her first feature-length documentary on the 1960’s teen garage rock scene called "Teen A Go Go" as director and producer. It screened at music and film festivals around the world and was on Netflix for 2 years.
In recent years she has been producing on a variety of independent scripted films, as well as documentaries, including as a producer in 2017 on the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary series for the feature-length documentary "What Carter Lost". In June of 2022, Melissa wrapped post production on the anticipated dramedy "Chocolate Lizards" starring Thomas Haden Church, Rudy Pankow, Carrie-Anne Moss and Bruce Dern.
Several of the recent films she has produced have screened at festivals such as SXSW, USA Film, DIFF and other notable festivals around the country.
Melissa is director/producer on the award winning grant-supported documentary short "You are Me & I am You", which is currently in fit's 2nd year of festivals.