Melissa is documentary filmmaker from Northeast Mexico. She moved to New York City with The Fulbright Scholarship in 2011. Her documentary, The Coalmen, about the harsh working conditions of coal miners in Mexico, was awarded at Monterrey International Film Festival in 2010. She worked as a documentary film promoter organizing screenings in the Metropolitan Museum of Monterrey, and events such as Documentary Film Week in the cities of Monterrey and Zacatecas, in Mexico. In NYC, she worked for brief periods at the production company Quit Pictures, POV and UnionDocs. As an independent filmmaker she focuses on issues of health, gender, education, and immigration. She holds a MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College, CUNY, and a MS in Communications and BA in Marketing from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico.