Melanie has over two decades of experience in the film industry with an uncanny ability to recognize talent and with the knowledge to develop the right projects for that talent. As former Vice President of Acquisitions and Marketing at Gravitas Ventures, she played an integral role in the growth of the new paradigm of independent distribution. With the ability to release a film in theaters, in over 100 million homes in North America and over one billion worldwide on the same day, Gravitas is now one of the leading distributors in the marketplace for indie films. Under her watch, she sub-licensed over 150 films to Warner Bros. Digital Distribution with over 40 receiving a pre-theatrical or day & date theatrical/VOD release. In 2014 Gravitas began releasing their high profile films directly to the industry with Melanie overseeing the theatrical & marketing campaigns for such films as BAD JOHNSON, PING PONG SUMMER, 4 MINUTE MILE, THE LONGEST WEEK, FELONY and the Austin Film Festival world premiering documentary 21 YEARS: RICHARD LINKLATER, which she also retains a Producer credit.
Prior to Gravitas, Melanie was the Artistic Director at the Jackson Hole Film Institute and also worked on a notable slate of independent films including James Merendino’s SLC PUNK! and Kristine Peterson’s SLAVES TO THE UNDERGROUND, which were both official selections at the Sundance Film Festival.
Melanie has produced several short films including SAVE ME, the directorial debut of two-time DGA nominated director Jennifer Getzinger (MAD MEN, MASTERS OF SEX). SAVE ME is the project that brought Melanie and her Fishbowl Films producing partner, Diane Becker, together and they have since produced DETOUR, Fishbowl’s first feature film. DETOUR received a day & date theatrical/VOD release, reaching 100+ million homes in March of 2013 and continues to be available on numerous iVOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, among others. Fishbowl Films has a number of projects in various stages of development and as Melanie transitions into producing full time, she’ll put her marketing and distribution expertise to work not only on Fishbowl Films projects but as a consultant and/or PMD (Producer of Marketing & Distribution) for independent film.