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About Mel


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About Mel


Growing up in a tavern in rural Wisconsin, I learned to hug girls and listen to A LOT of stories.


Four years on a nuclear ballistic submarine during the cold war shaped my world views, leading to my becoming an independent documentary film maker telling human stories of suffering - and beauty. Travels to SE Asia and other war torn countries have furthered my compassion, giving voice to those impacted by wars.

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I thrive on experiencing different cultures and the stories they generate.  My recreational activities further my adventurous and inquisitive nature. People pushing the limits to develop new forms of artistic expression have driven my filmmaking.  I'm inspired by the sensuality generated through dance and music, which has led me to be videographer and editor for aerial and contemporary dance troupes.


If you wish to commission a specific film, or work collaboratively with me on a project, or would like to have me show one or more of my films to a class or other audience, please contact me here by email or phone 801.712.6116

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Festivals TV & LECTURES


Festivals TV & LECTURES


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What Lights Nate


What Lights Nate


Fire Tornadoes, twirling 30 foot sparklers and BIG things that go kaboom!  Just a normal day in Nate’s world.  What Lights Nate is an inspirational film that documents the personal journey of fire artist Nate Smith and the creative process by which he comes to grips with his own fear and anger, culminating in art forms that bring joy and happiness to Nate and others.

The film contains startling images of Nate’s art and of the environment of which he creates it including the renowned arts festival, Burning Man. This documentary teaches us that beauty can be found in everything around us.

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Film Details

  • Film Length – 36 minutes
  • The DVD is Standard Definition and has 2 special features
  • (special feature music provided by F-SPACE)

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Sub Conscious


Sub Conscious


This a story about experiencing life underseas with 140 crew members on-board the USS Benjamin Franklin, a nuclear ballistic submarine during the cold war. Our mission was simple - be ready to launch 16 nuclear missiles, which had the capability of destroying more than 200 cities. Crazy, you bet ya!, and we had 41 of these subs during the entertaining years with the Russians. Interviews with former shipmates across the U.S., stock footage and animation provide a good dose of insight, humor and politics. Feature-length, High-Definition.

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The Long Haired Warriors


The Long Haired Warriors


This award winning documentary tells the compelling stories of Vietnamese women who were soldiers, activists and prisoners of war during the American war in Vietnam.

These women universally express the conviction that their stories can provide a common thread of compassion to bind the wounds that divide people in the U.S. and Vietnam. They feel a particular bond with American wives and mothers who have shared their pain and fought similar battles to preserve the values of home, family, and tradition against the corrosive influences of war, greed, and ‘progress.’

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Film Details

  • Film Length – 60 minutes

  • Filmed in Vietnam between 1991-1997

  • Mastered from16mm film and video

  • DVD is Standard Definition

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The Life of Dorothy Eppstein


The Life of Dorothy Eppstein


This heartfelt documentary chronicles a Renaissance woman whose diverse career spanned over fifty years including – a WWII aviator in the WASPS (Women Air Service Pilots), a builder of a Frank Lloyd Wright home, a mother of five, a peace activist, a counselor for the Veterans Administration and a book author.

Film Details

  • Film Length – 45 minutes
  • Film locations include the Kalamazoo Air Museum in Michigan and the Frank Lloyd Wright designed community of homes
  • Mastered from digital video and 8mm film
  • DVD is Standard Definition
 

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Mel's Selected Shorts


Mel's Selected Shorts


These six short films, produced over a span of twenty years, are as unique as the subjects that inspired them. Touching on subjects of social and political consciousness, world culture or the mundanity of day to day life all are imbued with the wry eye of a playful storyteller.

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Utah Aerial


Utah Aerial


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Testimonials


Testimonials


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Contact


Contact


By Phone 801.712.6116

WorldStoriesFilm@gmail.com

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