Melody Gilbert has directed, produced, filmed (and sometimes edited) seven feature-length documentaries since 2002 (www.frozenfeetfilm.com). Her films are noteworthy for featuring a rare intimacy with her subjects as she unearths previously hidden worlds. She works mostly solo and has the ability to get people to reveal their innermost thoughts, whether it’s the family of a child who can’t feel pain (A LIFE WITHOUT PAIN/SXSW), a former Vice President of the United States (FRITZ: THE WALTER MONDALE STORY/PBS), or a physically healthy person who wants to become an amputee (WHOLE/Sundance Channel). Her most recent film, SILICONE SOUL, a film about love, secrets and the future of human relationships, premiered at the Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival in 2018, screened at DOC NYC and will be broadcast on the Starz network in October 2019.
Melody is also a producer for other documentaries that she feels passionate about, including the James Beard award-winning THE STARFISH THROWERS (2014), AMERICAN HEART (2015/PBS), WOMEN OUTWARD BOUND (PBS/21018), BENEATH THE INK (2018/nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Short Documentary in 2019), and LOVE THEM FIRST (2019).
In 2011, Melody moved to Eastern Europe where she taught filmmaking and multimedia journalism on the faculty at American University in Bulgaria. She recently moved back to the U.S. where she has been working on two new films while she travels around the world tutoring emerging filmmakers, most recently in Kosovo, Bulgaria and Moldova. She has also served on juries at various festivals, including Dokufest (Prizren), Cronograf (Chisinau), Sofia International Film Festival (Bulgaria).
Melody is also a passionate educator and has been on the faculty at Carleton College, University of Minnesota, and served as a visiting professor at Columbia College (Chicago) and is a Fulbright Specialist. Currently she is teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota. In September of 2019, Melody will begin teaching full time as a professor at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.
She is the founder and chair of the Film Fatales chapter of Minneapolis, the founder and organizer of Docuclub Minnesota (for rough cut screenings), and she has been on the board of Film North and MN Women in Film and Television.
Melody has been awarded numerous grants to support her work from the Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board and she was the first recipient of the prestigious McKnight Foundation Filmmaker Artist Fellowship.
Melody Gilbert Filmography (Director Only)
2002 Married at the Mall
2005 A Life Without Pain
2007 Urban Explorers:Into the Darkness
2008 Fritz: The Walter Mondale Story
2011 Tami Tushie's Toys (short)
2016 The Summer Help
2018 Silicone Soul (www.siliconesoulmovie.com)