MELINDA JAMES

Director of Photography

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melinda@aboutherfilms.com
Based in Los Angeles, CA

Member of the International Collective of Female Cinematographers and The Authority Collective.


Commercial/Branded Content
2019
Benefit Cosmetics: ‘Boss Brows’ Campaign
1-800-Flowers: ‘Make Mom Feel Loved’ Mother’s Day Commercial

2018
OwlNWood: ‘Beautiful Things’ Campaign
Pandora: Sounds Like Pride with Troye Sivan
Pandora: Shawn Mendes Breaking Genres
Pandora: Janelle Monáe Gets Real in VR
Pandora: Ne-Yo - Literally, Literally - “Good Man”
Pandora: Trippie Redd - The Sauce - "Dark Knight Dummo"
Pandora: Rich the Kid - The Sauce - "New Freezer"
Pandora: Meghan Trainor - Thumbs Up Thumbs Down
shesaid.so: Madame Gandhi - Women in Music

2017
Pandora: Sounds Like You: 2017 
Pandora: Cigarettes After Sex - Thumbs Up Thumbs Down
Pandora: Lil Yachty - The Sauce - "On Me"
Pandora: G-Eazy - Literally Literally - "The Beautiful & Damned"
Pandora: Miguel - Thumbs Up Thumbs Down - "War & Leisure"
Pandora: Poppy - Thumbs Up Thumbs Down - "Poppy.Computer"
Pandora: Kelly Clarkson - Thumbs Up Thumbs Down - "Meaning of"
Pandora: Ty Dolla $ign - Thumbs Up Thumbs Down - "Beach House"
Pandora: Macklemore - Literally, Literally - "Gemini"
Pandora: Questlove Supreme ft. Too $hort
Pandora: Kia Niro - Smarter Way to Go - Director
Pandora: Western Union - Making Dreams Come True ft. Phillip Phillips - Director
Pandora: LVCVA Presents: Dillon Francis - Camera Operator

2016
Pandora: Kingsford Presents Barbecue Beats with Johnnyswim - Camera Operator
Pandora: Kingsford Presents Barbacue Beats with Eli Young Band - Camera Operator

Short Narrative
2017   Snow Mountain - Dir By: Ed Ntiri
2016  Xanh - Dir By: Sal Tran

Short Documentary
2019
Oklahoma is Black - Director and Director of Photography
2019   Nay - Director and Director of Photography [Premiered at Outfest Fusion for their 1 Minute Film Competition]

2016
Pandora: Steve Aoki - Epic Journey - Camera Operator

2012
16 Seeds - Dir. By: Melinda James
People Live Here - Dir. By: Susie Smith - Additional Photography

Music Video & Short Music Films
2019   Denitia - “Be There” - Director and Director of Photography [Premiered on TomTom Magazine]
2018   Queens D. Light - "Flavor of Green" [Premiered at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive]
2017    Angel in the Infinite - Dir By: India Davis [Premiered at the Brava Theater in San Francisco]
2016   Mara Hruby - "Wee Small Hours" [Premiered on NPR Music]  

Video Installation
2019   Oklahoma is Black - 3 Single Channel Installations - Oklahoma Contemporary
2019   To Have and To Know - Single Channel Installation - Photoville LA

Lectures and Panels
2018   "Inclusivity Now" MOPLA, The Line Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
            "When Women Disrupt" University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
            "Women in Film" Compton College, Compton, CA
2017   "LunchTime Talks" Camp Reel Stories, Oakland, CA
            "Guest Lecture: Social Justice for Social Media" Bay Area Video Coalition, San Francisco, CA
2016   "Filmmaker Roundtable @ QWOCFF" Brava Theater, San Francisco, CA
            "SocDoc 10th Anniversary Panel" UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
2013   “Food Justice and Health” [Guest Facilitator] SF County Jail, San Francisco , CA
            “My Art, My Culture” Betti Ono Gallery, Oakland , CA

Awards and Grants
2017   Bay Brilliant: KQED Arts Women to Watch
2013   SF Masterminds 1st Place grant recipient
2012   Florence French Award recipient
2012   Alumni Association Award for the Division of the Arts recipient

Education
2012    M.A. in Social Documentation | UC Santa Cruz, CA
2008   B.A. in Psychology & Sociology | CSU Chico, CA

Employment
Current
Freelance Director of Photography at About Her Films. Los Angeles, CA
Previous
Creative Video Producer at Pandora. Oakland/Los Angeles, CA
Video Production Artist at GoPro. San Mateo, CA
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