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Melissa Hacker



Division of Humanities and the Arts


Media Communication Arts

Affiliated Departments

Media Arts Production


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  • Profile


    Melissa Hacker is an independent filmmaker and freelance film editor who has edited two Academy Award nominated documentary shorts, SISTER ROSE'S PASSION and THE COLLECTOR OF BEDFORD STREET. She has edited documentary programs for HBO, MTV's True Life series, National Geographic Television, ABC's Turning Point,  and the PBS/BBC AMERICAN CINEMA series and was one of the editors of THE ENDURANCE: SHAKLETON'S LEGENDARY ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION, a feature length documentary for Britain's Channel 4 television which was nominated for two BAFTA Awards.  BEYOND CONVICTION, a feature documentary on restorative justice won the Audience Award at the Woodstock Film festival and aired on MSNBC.

    Melissa made her directing and producing debut with the documentary MY KNEES WERE JUMPING; REMEMBERING THE KINDERTRANSPORTS which was in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for Academy Award nomination. For her current film, EX LIBRIS, Melissa has received a Fulbright Artist in Residence Award, residencies at Yaddo, Playa, Saltonstall, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, as well as grants from the New York State Council for the Arts and the Austrian National Fund.

  • Education

    Melissa has an M.F.A. from Hunter College CUNY's Media Arts Program, a B.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Film Institute, and has taught at NYU, Hunter College, Columbia University, and a documentary filmmaking workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

  • Courses Taught

    Editing, Digital Production
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