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Melissa Langer

Melissa Langer

Documentary Film and Video
B.A., History, Carleton College

About

Melissa was born and raised in Washington, DC.  She holds a BA in History from Carleton College and has worked for the Philadelphia Film Society, the People's Production House, and Creative Time in New York. For the past several years she has made media for permanent museum installations around the country while producing and editing In Crystal Skin, an independent film shot in Bogotá, Colombia, that traces the lives of four individuals challenged by a rare inherited skin disorder. 

She is currently directing My Aleppo,  co-written by a young Syrian family in Pretoria as they attempt to preserve memories of their home city as it is decimated by war. Her short films have screened at Hot Docs, SXSW, and Big Sky.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS:

UFVA Carole Fielding Grant, 2015


My Aleppo 

HD Video

JUNE, 2015
VIDEO DURATION: 18:17 MIN.

After fleeing the civil war in Syria and relocating to another continent, a young family struggles to preserve their ties to the ancient city of Aleppo.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Student Doc Award, Sheffield Doc Fest, United Kingdom, 2017
Best Student Documentary, ARRI IDFA Award, 2016
New Visions Short  Winner, Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival, 2016
59th San Francisco International Film Festival, 2016
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2016


Terms of Intimacy 

image of two people cuddling from the film Terms of Intimacy by Melissa Langer

hd video

JUNE, 2014
VIDEO DURATION: 8:34 MIN.

A glimpse into the emerging industry of professional cuddling.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Brooklyn Film Festival, 2015
SFDocfest, 2015
Northside Festival, 2015
SXSW Film Festival, 2015
Pravo Ljudski Film Festival, Sarajevo, 2015
Ethnografilm, Paris, 2015
AUBG Film Festival, Bulgaria, 2015


Treasure Island 

image from the film Treasure Island by Melissa Langer and Elizabeth Lo

hd video

Co-directed by Elizabeth Lo
MARCH, 2014

Children living on a former naval base contemplate the radiation buried around their homes.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2015
Brooklyn Film Festival, 2015
SFDocfest, 2015
CAAMFest, 2015
Hot Docs, 2015


Hauled Out 

16mm black and white film

DECEMBER, 2013
VIDEO DURATION: 4:22 MIN.

A Captain and his two-man crew ready their boat and their minds before the onset of crab season.

 

Events

June 13, 2015

free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
June 12, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Auditorium
March 18, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Auditorium
December 10, 2013

Free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building

Related News

Nov 27 2015 | IDFA website
Melissa Langer, 2015 MFA graduate of the Documentary Film and Video Program in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University, recently won the ARRI IDFA...