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Summary

Melissa is a passionate and creative director/writer. She received her M.F.A. from Brooklyn College's Film and Television department. Her feature, thesis documentary, The Sambodi Project, was awarded Best Director by the faculty. Her short films have been featured in The 30 Under 30 Film Festival, Brooklyn College Faculty Select Film Festival, and The Nameless Film Festival in NYC. She was awarded a BAFTA scholarship and membership as well as a membership with Film Fatales NYC for her achievements. Melissa founded and is the director of Riot Girl Productions, a full service video production and post-production company bringing to life both narrative and documentary content through creative storytelling. 

 Selected projects

Producer

gingersnap media, llc
july 2016july 2016

Produced short documentary, "Natamycin," about natural preservatives.

director 

nyc hot jazz festival at central park summerstage
june 2016june 2016

Directed and produced promotional video for NYC Hot Jazz Festival at Central Park Summerstage.

Associate Producer

The Conversation with amanda de cadenet
Apr 2016May 2016

Interview with Jane Sanders. 

Director

Riot Girl Productions lLC
Mar 2016May 2016

Uncharted: Greenwich House of Music

Director of a live music promotional series for non-profit organization, The Greenwich House.

Assistant Director

Media2entertainment
Mar 2016Mar 2016

The Real Life Adventures of Aquaman. Short comedy film. In post-production.

Interview Host

tribeca film center
Feb 2016Feb 2016

Interviewer for feature narrative film, Ceresia, premiere at Tribeca Film Center.

Assistant Director

Philm it.
Sep 2015Oct 2016

Assistant director for feature film, Blue Blood and Broke.

Executive Producer

riot girl productions llc
Aug 2015Sep 2015

Laura and Pete's Wedding. Wedding videography.

Director

Riot Girl Productions LLC
Jun 2014May 2015

The Sambodi Project. Documentary feature. Recipient of Best Director award from the Brooklyn College Faculty.

Director of Photography

BCTVR
Sep 2013May 2015

Director of Photography of the following Brooklyn College MFA thesis and shorts: 

The Housewarming Party, A Voyage Far, Lean In, A Part of the Main, & Bitten.

Assistant Director

bctvr
Oct 2014Apr 2015

Assistant directed the following live multi-camera events for BCTVR:

American Music, Hypoxia Metal Show, Media Nights, & Poets on Poets.

Director

riot girl PRODUCTIONS LLC
Nov 2014Dec 2014

"Fit Girl"- documentary short. 

Director

riot girl productions LLC
Nov 2014Nov 2014

"Maybe if we Try" music video for artist Leila Hegazy.

Director

riot girl productions llc
Sep 2014Sep 2014

The Underground. Live multi-camera music production for television.

Director

riot girl productions LLC
Apr 2014Jun 2014

Powder. Short narrative film. Recipient of Audience choice award from the Brooklyn College Faculty Select Film Festival.

Director

Riot Girl productions LLC
Mar 2014Mar 2014

Solitary Confinement. Short narrative film. Commissioned by non-profit organization CAIC, Incarcerated Nation Campaign to create a PSA on solitary confinement. 

Director

riot girl productions LLC
Nov 2013Dec 2013

Nevermore. Short narrative film. Selected into the Brooklyn College Faculty Select Film Festival.

Education

M.F.A

Brooklyn College
20132015

Film & Television Department. 

Cum Laude.

B.A

State University of New York at Purchase College
20092013

Major: Cinema Studies

Minor: Screenwriting

Summa Cum Laude.

High School Graduate

Hackley School
20052009

Honors.

Skills

Writing

Screenwriting, proposal writing. 

Film editing

Proficient in Adobe Premiere Pro and Creative Cloud Suite, Final Cut Pro 7/X, iMovie, iDVD, Photoshop, Pro Tools, Celtx, Final Draft

content branding

Experience with marketing and branding through social media.

language

Proficient in written and spoken Spanish.

Conversational in written and spoken French and Italian.

Affiliations

BAFTA 

Film Fatales NYC