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Melissa V. Murray

Melissa V. Murray was born and raised in Harlem, NY. She fell in love with writing and cinema at the age of nine. At the age of 15, she enrolled at the Ghetto Film School in the South Bronx, where she created several original short films, screened her first narrative work at Lincoln Center and wrote the 2007 Thesis Project script, which was produced on​location in Paris, France.

Since then, Melissa has worked for several production companies including: Lee Daniels Entertainment and Cinetic Media, where she has gained both on-set experience as well as some of her business acumen.
Melissa also acted as the resident editor from 2011-2013 at Digital Bodega (GFS' inh​ouse production company), where she has edited and directed videos for major clients such as Jordan Brand, Wieden+Kennedy, Hershey's and Deep Focus. She recently went to Chicago to direct UK band, Alt-J's latest music video "Taro," which had her working closely with Oscar nominated director, David O. Russell, the band's creative director.

In 2012, Melissa opened her own production company, The Cynical Owl, where she has written and directed several original short films, and is currently in development on their first feature. Her mission as an artist is to feature dynamic characters and stories that wholly encompass the Black American experience.

Short film credits

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United States | May 2014 | 5:54
A young couple's experimental night of passion turns out to be the worst night of their lives.
Information on this profile is provided by the person and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 3 Sep 2014