I make films about real people and real events because I believe that everyone has an interesting story in them if you will just take the time to get to know them.
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.
Best Documentary Short Film
You are Me & I am You
El Paso Media festival
El Paso, TX
2022
Official selection
You are Me & I am You
Bozeman International Film festival
Bozeman, MT
2022
Best Documentary Short, Best Directing in a short
You are Me & I am You
Oceanside International Film Festival
Oceanside, CA
2022
Official Selection
You are Me & I am You
Navarra International Film Festival
Pamplona
2021
Official selection
You are Me & I am You
Cine Las Americas International Film festival
Austin, Tx
2021
Official Selection
You are Me & I am You
Morehouse College Human rights Film festival
Atlanta, G
2021
Official Selection
You are Me & I am You
Woods Hole Film festival
Woodshole, MA
2021
Official Selection
You are Me & I am You
Still Voices Film festival
Ballyman, Co
2021
Official Selection
You are Me & I am You
North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival
Fargo, ND
2021
Official selection
You are Me & I am You
Hot Springs Documentary Film festival
Hot Springs, AR
2021
Semi-Finalist
You are Me & I am You
Dumbo Film Festival
New York, NY
2021
Best Documentary Short
You are Me & I am You
Lake Travis Film Festival
Austin
2021
Official Selection
You are Me & I am You
Bentonville Film Festival
Bentonville, AR
"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world." ~ Neil Gaiman
"The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be." ~ Socrates
I make films about real people and real events because I believe that everyone has an interesting story in them if you will just take the time to get to know them.
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