Director of Photography


photo: marie alyse rodriguez
I’m a Black/Thai filmmaker with a primary focus in cinematography. My aesthetic embodies a visual style that is minimal and intimate. My personal work is centered around women and QTPOC communities and extends to other marginalized experiences. Over the years I’ve shaped a body of work that puts these underrepresented communities at the forefront, as keepers of their own images. That same care forms the foundation for each and every project I take on.

Based in Los Angeles, I’ve created short films, music videos, and commercials that have debuted on The Root, Essence, NPR Music, Participant Media, and has been screened at Blackstar Film Festival, Frameline Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Outfest & Outfest Fusion, SF Urban Film Festival and Oklahoma Contemporary.

  • UCSC Alumni Magazine - Melinda James: ‘The Language of Film’: Read.
  • VoyageLA - Meet Melinda James: Read.
  • Picture Lock Radio: Ep. 127 - Oklahoma is Black - DC Black Film Festival/BlackStar Film Festival - Listen.
  • KQED Arts - Women To Watch: Melinda James: Read.
  • SF Weekly: Artist of Day – A feature on Finalists of the Masterminds contest: Read.
  • Interview with Read.
  • Interview with Oakland North: Read.

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