"Melissa's work is delightful and soulful."
Sandra Bowie, Managing and Administrative Director, Department of Drama, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.
"There is no doubt about Melissa's talent."
Lynne Honickman, The Honickman Foundation, Philadelphia.
In 1992 Melissa Hammel produced an acclaimed documentary about “International Security and the Environment” which won accolades from the U.S. General Accounting Office. The success of this first endeavor set Melissa on a path that would intersect, in varying capacities, with CNN, PBS, BRAVO, Sundance Channel, Plum TV, Albert Maysles, Chip Cronkite, Pete Seeger, Russell Simmons, Joe Lovett, Washington Mutual and many film festivals.
Wanderlust, Melissa’s student film, won a Warner Bros. Pictures Film Production Award, traveled to festivals nationally, and was awarded "best young filmmaker" at the Narrowsburg International Film Festival in 1999. It aired on the Sundance Channel through 2004.
Melissa has worked as a producer, videographer and editor. She was awarded a Cine Golden Eagle in 2002 for her role as producer/director of a commercial piece about New York City Neighborhoods. Melissa's 25 minute documentary, Ilona, Upstairs, is the winner of multiple awards including HBO's "Audience Award for Best Short" at the Provincetown Int'l Film Festival, The "Spirit of Moondance" award, and has been distributed for broadcast in 50 states on Educational Television. Additionally, Ilona, Upstairs airing nationally on Plum TV.
Melissa earned a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.