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Melba Williams

Melba Williams

About

Melba came to Palo Alto from Washington, DC where she worked as an associate producer in health and educational programming. Before Stanford, she co-produced the short film Whispers, an official Sundance Selection and IFP Gordon Parks Award recipient, and began producing Waterwoman, a personal documentary on learning to swim. Melba received her BA from Howard University's Department of Communication and is originally from Nashville, TN.

 

Mend

digital video

JUNE, 2004
VIDEO DURATION: 22 MIN.

Obstetric fistula is a little known condition that yields a woman incontinent after a prolonged and difficult labor, leaving her alienated from her marriage, family and community. Mend captures the hopeful journey of two young women traveling across Eritrea, for the surgery that will repair their bodies, and restore their lives.

 

A Thousand Words

16mm color film

JUNE, 2003
VIDEO DURATION: 8:23 MIN.
Explores the effects of war and silence on a family. Through the use of old home movies, photos and interviews with her father and brother, the film recounts the filmmaker’s personal journey of uncovering family history.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

POV, PBS Broadcast, 2005
Honorable Mention, Angelus Student Awards,  2003
Sundance Film Festival, 2003
Columbia College Student Documentary Competition, 2003
 

Gold In Our Soul

digital video

Co-directed by Richard Harris, III
MARCH, 2003
VIDEO DURATION: 8:24 MIN.

Gold teeth, gold cars, gold chains... What in the world is the fascination with gold? Through the voices of engaging and quirky characters, Gold In Our Soul looks at the history, movement and use of gold throughout the African-American community.

 

Danielle

16mm black and white film

DECEMBER, 2002
VIDEO DURATION: 4:34 MIN.
Danielle covers the emotional response of pregnancy through the eyes of a teenager.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

NextFrame, UFVA's Touring Festival of International Student Film & Video, 2003