Born in Venezuela and raised in South Florida, Melanie is a director and filmmaker determined to diversify the voices of media through powerful stories and innovative platforms. She is a 2019 Ryan Murphy Half Initiative Mentee and is in development for a feature documentary with Lunacy Productions. She has directed the Plain White T’s music video: “Land of the Living” and is out pitching a Miami-based feature film.
Melanie is 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 in the Human Rights committee for Young Entertainment Activists.
Representation of complex characters that celebrate diversity in culture, gender, mixed-abilities and sexuality.
Strong female characters and leads.
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.