Melissa Finell

| March 10, 2015


Melissa Finell

Originally from New York, Melissa Finell received her B.A. in women’s studies at Smith College and studied sketch comedy writing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. She worked on numerous productions such as Sex and the City 2, Gossip Girl, The Son of No One starring Al Pacino, HBO’s How to Make it in America, and Ringer. Melissa was also an associate producer of Madeleine Olnek’s award-winning feature Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, which premiered at Sundance 2011.

Now living in Los Angeles, Melissa is an M.F.A. candidate in film directing at UCLA and is in post-production on her first feature film, Sensitivity Training, which was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant. In 2014, Melissa was named a Fellow in Directing for Film Independent’s “Project Involve,” and won a directing award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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Disaster Preparedness

A hurricane pulls a couple out of their comfort zone and drops them at the crossroads of commitment, disaster and the art of being prepared. A short film by Melissa Finell.

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Series Producer
Lisa Landi

Associate Producer
Julia Shackelford

Peter Borg

Zaldy Serrano
Christina Zee White

Original Music
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John Andrieni

Kevin Cooke
Marie K Lee

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Aldo Mora-Blanco

Sarah Hoffner

On Air Promotion
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William Lowery
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Sandy Schonning

Executive Producer
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