Melanie La Rosa
Melanie is an award-winning filmmaker, an experienced producer with a wide range of technical and creative skills. She is also a dedicated educator and currently Assistant Professor at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY.
Melanie’s documentaries focus on social issue stories and have generated critical acclaim and applause at film festivals. These include: “Sir: Just A Normal Guy” (2001), which was released to acclaim as a sensitive first-person portrait of a widely misunderstood area of human experience; and “The Poetry Deal: a film with Diane di Prima” (2011), which was embraced by di Prima’s fan base as a rare glimpse into this avant-garde poet’s storied life. Both films have screened nationally and internationally, and are in wide educational distribution. “Sir” won two awards and “The Poetry Deal” has been widely cited in literary and scholarly research, and is in the libraries of the nation’s most prestigious universities.
Recognition for her films and other work includes grants from the New York State Arts Council, the Eastman Fund, the Brooklyn Arts Council, The Puffin Foundation, The Yip Harburg Foundation, and the Solutions Journalism Project. She was an IFP Project Involve Fellow. Her celebratory video about the historical importance of LGBTQ literature, An LGBTQI Book Saved My Life (2014), made for the Lambda Literary Awards, was featured to outstanding reviews on www.Advocate.com.
Beyond her own filmmaking, Melanie also worked for Emmy- and Peabody-award winning journalist Maria Hinojosa at Futuro Media Group, as a Special Projects Producer, creating multi-platform media events for the NPR show Latino USA and the PBS series America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa. She guides student teams to produce short videos for prominent organizations, including for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (a 5-minute documentary now screening in the Museum’s kiosks and for guests), and for Teatown Lake Preserve (nine short documentaries about their programs, including EagleFest and Mission Eel:possible). She has worked in crew roles such as post-production supervisor, cinematographer, and colorist on documentaries screening at the New York Film Festival, Full Frame Film Festival, and the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival.
Melanie earned an MFA in Film and Media from Temple University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and now lives in New York City, after stints in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Washington D.C.
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