MELINDA JAMES

Director of Photography

COMMERCIAL         MUSIC        NARRATIVE         CV        INFORMATION
melinda@aboutherfilms.com
Based in Los Angeles, CA

Member of the International Collective of Female Cinematographers

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

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

2017
Pandora: Sounds Like You: 2017 - Director of Photography
Pandora: Cigarettes After Sex - Thumbs Up Thumbs Down - Director of Photography
Pandora: Lil Yachty - The Sauce - "On Me" - Director of Photography
Pandora: G-Eazy - Literally Literally - "The Beautiful & Damned" - Director of Photography
Pandora: Miguel - Thumbs Up Thumbs Down - "War & Leisure" - Director of Photography
Pandora: Poppy - Thumbs Up Thumbs Down - "Poppy.Computer" - Director & Director of Photography
Pandora: Kelly Clarkson - Thumbs Up Thumbs Down - "Meaning of" - Director of Photography
Pandora: Ty Dolla $ign - Thumbs Up Thumbs Down - "Beach House" - Director of Photography
Pandora: Macklemore - Literally, Literally - "Gemini" - Director of Photography
Pandora: Questlove Supreme ft. Too $hort - Director of Photography
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 - Director of Photography

2016
Xanh - Dir By: Sal Tran - Director of Photography

Short Documentary
2016
Pandora: Steve Aoki - Epic Journey - Camera Operator

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

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

Live Performance
2017
Pandora: Passenger - "Somebody's Love" - Pandora Sessions - Director of Photography
Pandora: Iration - "Back Around" - Pandora Sessions - Director of Photography

2016
Pandora: Colbie Caillat - "Runnin" - Pandora Sessions - Director of Photography
Pandora: Ingrid Michaelson - "The Way I Am" - Pandora Sessions - Director of Photography
Pandora: Blind Pilot - "Packed Powder" - Pandora Sessions - Director of Photography
Pandora: Ziggy Marley - "Weekend's Long" - Pandora Sessions - Director of Photography
Pandora: Ben Harper - "Call It What It Is" - Pandora Sessions - Director of Photography
Pandora: Tor Miller - "Carter & Cash" - Pandora Sessions - Director of Photography

Recent 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

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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