Hey there, I'm Melissa and I'm a documentary film director and co-founder of Long Haul Films. My purpose as an artist is to make films that inspire people to see the world differently. I'm passionate about pushing forward diverse voices in my work, and exploring how innovation and creativity are changing our world.
I set the vision for Long Haul Films, where we're in production on two documentary features: "Restarting the Motor City" is the story of the entrepreneurs, artists and activists who are reimagining Detroit and creating a new blueprint for cities everywhere. "Letting Go of Adele" is an intimate, character-driven documentary about the incredible relationship between a sick woman and the world's first cardiac service dog.
When I'm not working on those projects, I can be found collaborating with innovative people and companies to produce commissioned short and long form video content that educates, connects and engages.
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Documentary by Long Haul Films Director Forward-thinking business leaders are pushing the limits of innovation and fostering Boston's New Economy -- challenging tradition across the city's ever-evolving landscape, calling for a fresh approach to city infrastructure and policy, changing the face of the education ecosystem, and so much more. How will Boston's infrastructure, education systems, and workforce adapt as tradition makes way for innovation? Find out what Boston's top influencers believe is shaping what comes next.
24 Hours At The South Street Diner
Documentary by Long Haul Films Co-director The South Street Diner (formerly known at the Blue Diner) has been a fixture in Boston’s historic Leather District ever since two brothers, returning from the war, built it in 1943. Over the years it’s been a mainstay for Big Dig construction workers, an upscale flashback and now hosts after-hour customers as Boston’s only 24/7 restaurant. Filmmakers Melissa and Tom Dowler spent 24 hours filming in the diner, and 24 Hours At The South Street Diner is the result. Along the way, they meet diner regulars, first-time patrons, late-night club kids and past owners, all with a story to tell about why the diner means so much to them. In a city known for its past history, 24 Hours At The South Street Diner is the story of a living, breathing cultural landmark, nestled in a quiet corner of downtown.
Letting Go of Adele
Film by Long Haul Films and Streetwise Media Co-director Marty has an untreatable heart condition that makes her faint. She wakes up from fainting on the street, in ambulances, in hospital beds and even in front of her 3-year-old son's nursery school class. Then along comes Adele, the world's first cardiac alert dog, who can sense when Marty's heart is overworked and stop her from fainting. For 9 years, Marty and Adele's lives are inseparable, but as Adele approaches retirement, how will Marty come to terms with letting go of the dog who saved her life?