Melody Gilbert


Public bio

MELODY GILBERT ( is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and educator who has directed, produced shot and edited six independent feature documentaries since 2002 (see list below or go to to see trailers of each). All of her films have screened at major film festivals, in theaters and on television worldwide, including the Sundance Channel, PBS, TF5 France, RTL Germany, YLE Finland and many more. She directs, shoots, produces and edits most of her films. The Documentary Channel calls her "one of the most fearless filmmakers in contemporary documentary cinema." Currently (2013), she is producing a new documentary called "The Starfish Throwers" ( that recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign for completion funds. FRITZ: THE WALTER MONDALE STORY (2008) DISCONNECTED (2008) (made with students at Carleton URBAN EXPLORERS: INTO THE DARKNESS (2007), A LIFE WITHOUT PAIN (2005) WHOLE (2003) MARRIED AT THE MALL (2002) Melody has been awarded numerous grants, including a Jerome Foundation award, two Minnesota State Arts Boards grants and a McKnight Foundation Artist Filmmaker Fellowship. When she's not making documentaries, she teaches students how to make them. Ms. Gilbert has taught documentary production courses at Carleton College, University of Minnesota, CVA (College of Visual Arts), IFP Minnesota Center for Media Arts, the Walker Art Center and in Romania and Khyrgzstan. She is also a board member of IFP-MN and MN-WIFT. Most recently she was teaching documentary filmmaking and multimedia journalism at the American University in Bulgaria.