BFA, School of Visual Arts
MCGD, Waikato University (New Zealand)
Melissa Edmon’s documentaries and short films have won acclaim in numerous film festivals and showcases. GIBTOWN – about the town in Florida that serve as an off-season and retirement home for thousands of carnival and circus show people – has also been nationally broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens.
Melissa has taught filmmaking for 15 years at such schools as The School of Visual Arts in New York, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and most recently UCOL School of Photography, Arts and Design in New Zealand.
- “New Mexico Women in Film Scholarship”—LAST REMEMBRANCE (work-in-progress screenplay)
- NZIPP Professional Photography Award—STEAM MACHINES
- Florida Motion Picture and Television Association: 6 Crystal Reel Awards, including Best Documentary, Best Directing and Best Editing—GIBTOWN
- Certificate of Merit, San Francisco International Film Festival—GIBTOWN
- Gold Plaque, Chicago International Television Competition—GIBTOWN
- New York State Council of the Arts grant—GIBTOWN
- Induction into the Museum of Broadcasting, Chicago, Illinois—GIBTOWN
“I encourage students to be creative, think ‘outside the box’ and follow their instincts. Although filmmaking has always been a highly technical medium, it is the concept and strong storytelling that I emphasize in my classes. A diverse knowledge of film history and the classics of cinema are crucial to a student’s own filmmaking practice.”
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