Melissa Koch — Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor

Melissa Koch is an independent documentary filmmaker who tells stories about the human condition from marginalized points of view. Her feature-length directorial debut, The Red Tail (2009), has screened at numerous international film festivals and markets including the Galway Film Fleadh, DOK Leipzig Market, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) Docs-For-Sale, Sheffield Doc/Fest Videotheque, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, and DocuFest Atlanta, and has been broadcast on PBS affiliates across the US. Koch has also directed several short documentary films and has a Master of Arts in Social Documentation/Documentary Filmmaking from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In addition to filmmaking, Koch has worked with community & arts organizations for the past 12 years including the genderBLUR collective, Femme Mafia Twin Cities, District 202, Youth Farm and Market Project, and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.