Melody Gilbert


Public bio

Melody Gilbert has directed, produced, shot (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). She is also a producer for other documentaries that she feels passionate about, including the James Beard award-winning THE STARFISH THROWERS (2014) and WOMEN OUTWARD BOUND (PBS/21018).

Six years ago Melody moved to Eastern Europe where she taught filmmaking on the faculty at American University in Bulgaria. She recently moved back to the U.S. where she is working on two new films while she travels around the world tutoring emerging filmmakers, most recently in Kosovo, Bulgaria and Moldova.

Melody has been awarded numerous grants to support her work from the Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board and she also won a prestigious McKnight Foundation Filmmaker Artist Fellowship.

Melody Gilbert Filmography (Director) 
2002 Married at the Mall
2003 Whole
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