Melissa Johnson

Venice, California, United States


Melissa Johnson is a writer and filmmaker living in Venice, California. She is best known for her feature documentary, NO LOOK PASS, about a female Burmese basketball star currently airing on Showtime which won numerous ‘Best Documentary’ awards at film festivals nationwide. NO LOOK PASS was recently selected to participate in the highly celebrated 2014 American Film Showcase – sponsored by the U.S. State Department and The University of Southern California.
 Melissa will travel to Laos in the fall of 2014 to host screenings and workshops for The American Film Showcase. Her popular first person essays have appeared in The New York Times, Salon.com, and Boston Herald, including the inspiration for her autobiographical animated film, LOVE IN THE TIME OF MARCH MADNESS, which smashed traffic records for Salon.com. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014 where it won The Best Online Short Film Award – it is currently playing in film festivals worldwide. Melissa recently completed a documentary for the acclaimed ESPN Nine for IX Series about 6’8’’ basketball phenomenon Brittney Griner playing her first season as a professional in China. BRITTNEY GRINER: LIFESIZE premiered in June 2014 at the Los Angeles Film Festival began its broadcast on ESPN in July 2014. Her previous experience includes co-producing a 30 for 30 film for ESPN alongside John Singleton (Boyz in the Hood) about track superstar Marion Jones. As Senior Producer for Comedy Central and BBC America, Melissa ran websites for hit television shows including The Colbert Report and Top Gear. She also co-created an original web series called THE WORST SPEECHES OF ALL TIME that premiered on ComedyCentral.com in August 2009 and has garnered a million views to date. Melissa is a 2001 cum laude graduate of Harvard University where she captained the women’s basketball team.