Born in Venezuela and raised in South Florida, Melanie is a director and filmmaker determined to diversify the voices of media through powerful stories that merge social impact with magic and light. She has worked on commercials, music videos, documentaries and short series– not limited by the medium to create stories that shift culture. She is relentless to make 2020 the year her Miami-based feature film goes into production.
Melanie is a 2019 Ryan Murphy Half Initiative Mentee and a two-time Directors Guild of America Student Jury Award recipient for her films South Arcadia St. and STAND. South Arcadia St., which she wrote and directed, was featured as Tribeca Film Festival’s Short of the Week as an official 2015 BAFTA Student Awards Finalist and featured at a Screen Actor Guild Showcase.
Melanie completed her MFA at the University of Southern California in Film and Television Production.
She currently serves as the chair of the Human Rights committee for Young Entertainment Activists.
Representation of complex characters that celebrate diversity/ mergers in culture, gender, mixed-abilities and sexuality.
Strong female, non-binary, trans characters and leads. Characters not bound to limitations of gender roles, identities and expression.
Every project should be a safe place for collaborators to be bold and push creative boundaries in how to tell the story.
Every story should speak to a deeper truth we can relate to or a truth we should unlock our minds to. Characters, stories and process should be and feel honest.
Storytelling is our avenue to ignite awareness. After all, 'Cantadoras' or storytellers have always had the grand responsibility to pass down the wisdoms and insights of our ancestors in enchanting and thought-provoking ways.
The crew and all involved in the creative process should also represent different backgrounds and experiences. From pre-production until completion-- all should feel welcome, safe and supported.