Born in Venezuela and raised in South Florida, Melanie D'Andrea (MeD'A) is a director and filmmaker determined to diversify the voices, stories and platforms of media. She has received two Directors Guild of America Student Jury Awards, one for her short film South Arcadia St. and another for her documentary Stand. South Arcadia St., which she wrote and directed, is also an official 2015 BAFTA Student Awards nominee.
MeD'A believes in forward-thinking collaborations and compelling media that expand our awareness of one another. She is directing a documentary about a South Los Angeles health clinic fighting to disrupt the grave state of the healthcare system. MeD'A completed her M.F.A. at the University of Southern California in film and television production and has worked on projects that range from fiction films to documentaries, radio, and multimedia installations.
MeD'A has worked with organizations such as BBC, PBS, Boston Philharmonic, Miami Art Museum, The National Science Foundation, Interacting with Autism, and the Knight Center for International Media.