Date of Birth
30 April 1965, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Mini Bio (1)
Melissa Haizlip is an award-winning filmmaker born in Boston and raised in the US Virgin Islands, Connecticut and New York. Melissa is the 2016 Artist in Residence at the National Black Programming Consortium, a 2016 Flaherty Seminar Fellow, and also participated in the 2015 ARC NALIP Diverse Women In Media Residency. She is a Chaz and Roger Ebert Producing Fellow, and an alumnus of Film Independent's Project: Involve, Firelight Media Documentary Lab, and the PGA Diversity Workshop. Melissa attended Yale University. She produced You're Dead to Me (2013) directed by Wu Tsang, about a grieving Chicana mother coming to terms with the loss of her transgender child on Día de los Muertos. The film won Best Short at the 2014 Imagen Awards, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora, Everybody's Beautiful (Geneva), LesGaiCine Madrid, and Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival (Los Angeles). It has screened at over 50 festivals and museums, including the PBS Online Film Festival, the British Museum, Outfest, Frameline38, Palm Springs International ShortFest, San Diego Latino Film Festival, MIX New York, Mexico, and Brasil, Can[Be]Gay (Tenerife, Spain), LA ShortsFest, HollyShorts, and the NYWIFT Women Calling the Shots program at Hamptons International Film Festival.
In 2009, Melissa founded Shoes In The Bed Productions, an independent film production company producing cinematic works of non-fiction with an emphasis on diverse new voices and filmmakers of color. The company's first feature-length documentary, Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip and the Birth of Black Power TV screened a work-in-progress at IFP's Spotlight on Documentaries during Independent Film Week, and at the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. Melissa's two-channel art films have been funded and exhibited by the Hammer Museum's Los Angeles Biennial, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Clifton Benevento Gallery in SoHo, NY. Melissa received the 2015 Media Projects Production Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the 2015 Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund Grant from the International Documentary Association for Mr. SOUL! She has also received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Black Programming Consortium, Firelight Media, and ITVS. She is in production on Mr. SOUL! and the sci-fi feature A Day in the Life of Bliss (2017) directed by Wu Tsang.
She lives and works in New York.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous
Daughter of authors Shirlee Taylor Haizlip and Harold Haizlip.
Niece of actress Mauryne Brent.
Married to Don Wildman.
Has worked with Gregory Hines in two films and danced with him on Broadway.
Grew up in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Went to Yale.
Loves to swim, and is SCUBA certified.
Danced with Mikhail Baryshnikov in The Gershwin Gala for Great Performances on PBS.
Is related to both jazz pianist Billy Taylor and the late television producer Ellis Haizlip.
Directing and producing a documentary about her uncle Ellis Haizlip, the pioneering producer/host of the groundbreaking black arts television series "Soul!".
Los Angeles CA, USA: In production on the Mr. SOUL! documentary for PBS with several independent film projects in development. [September 2013]
Los Angeles, CA, where she is directing and producing a documentary about her uncle Ellis Haizlip, the pioneering producer and host of the groundbreaking PBS television series "Soul!" [January 2010]