Melissa Henry


Melissa Henry

Melissa Henry is an artist and filmmaker. Her latest film, Run Red Walk, premiered April 2011 at the Smithsonian National Museum the American Indian Film + Video Festival, and was awarded Best Short Subject at the 2011 Les Prix Présence Autochtone in Montreal. Her previous film, Horse You See, was voted Best Children's Film at the 2009 Talking Circle Film Festival, and has been shown at the Smithsonian Institution, the Autry National Center and UCLA Film and Television Archive, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, All Roads Film Project Santa Fe, and ImagineNative Film Festival among many others. Her trilogy of Navajo animals will be completed with A History of Navajo Wool: As Told by Baa Baa, currently in production.    Melissa was a winner of the National Geographic All Roads Seed Grant in 2009, and received two New Visions/New Mexico Contracts Awards in 2007 and 2008. In 2006 she was chosen as a Sundance Institute Ford Foundation fellow. In 2005 she received a scholarship to attend the IAIA Television and Film Summer Workshop.   Since 2004 Melissa works independently through her own production company, Red Ant Films. She holds an M.A. from the University of Maryland and teaches video production at the University of New Mexico.    

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Filmmaker and Artist
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I attended the Vision Maker Media's Producers Workshop in Minneapolis in early September. This was my first time in the workshop. 

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I received valuable professional information about working as a documentary producer during the Media for Change workshop with Molly Murphy from Working Films on August 19 of this year. I am fundamentally a writer, director, cinematographer and editor, but I will be making my first foray into documentary producing for an upcoming project in my company, Red Ant Films.

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