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Melinda James Guest Filmmaker
April 2, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pmFree
Melinda James, Cinematographer
UCI DIGIFILM GUEST FILMMAKER WEEK
Join us for a Zoom conversation with cinematographer Melinda James. Melinda will talk about her approaches to visual storytelling and working with directors and actors. After the conversation, we will have 15 minutes of Q&A. This talk is part of our Guest Filmmaker Week and is made possible with the generous support of UCI Illuminations, and produced in partnership with DigiFilm Society at UC Irvine.
The event is free and open to the public.
Space is limited. RSVP below.
Zoom link will be emailed at 12:15pm on the day of the event.
Melinda James is a Black and Thai cinematographer whose work encompasses documentaries, narratives, installations, commercials, and music videos. As a kid growing up in Yuba City, California, she enjoyed looking through toy viewfinders; it wasn’t until much later that she realized cinematography is not just about looking, but about building points of connection. Centering her work on women, QTBIPOC, and underrepresented communities, Melinda is drawn to the process of unearthing the nuances of people’s everyday lives. She believes a good image is the starting point for communication, but it’s in the space between images where dialogue happens.
Most recently, Melinda DP’ed and co-directed, “Oklahoma is Black” a poetic portrait of Black life in Oklahoma City which was nominated for Best Documentary Short at BlackStar and DC Black film festivals. She’s worked with Hulu, Netflix, Disney Channel, FX, and Pandora. Melinda was included on a list of “Mind Blowing Cinematographers” by Emmy Rossum & Free The Work, awarded an ASC Vision Mentorship with John Simmons, ASC, and is a member of the International Collective of Female Cinematographers.
PHOTO CREDIT: Lily Glass
Digital Filmmaking is a Department of Art program in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine. The DigiFilm program is focused on developing diverse voices, diverse stories, and unique approaches to filmmaking.