Melissa Lohman Wild first picked up a video camera as a teenager at a community access station in her hometown of Somerville, Massachusetts and she has been involved in image-making ever since. She studied media theory and production at Hampshire College, where she produced her thesis documentary, Look This Way, and received a B.A. in 1992. After college she worked for several years in independent film production in New York City, working in the art department on such films as Steve Buscemi’s Tree’s Lounge, Jim McKay’s Girlstown, and Hal Hartley’s Henry Fool. In 2000 Melissa began teaching documentary video production to New York City public high school students while enrolled in the Media Studies graduate program at New School University, where she produced her graduate thesis film, Grandpa’s Apartment and received an M.A. in 2002. Melissa continues to make short films and to teach youth media through Downtown Community Television Center. While film-making is her vocation, Melissa is happiest when she is cutting up pieces of paper and glueing them together. Her crafty interests include collage, mail art, and screen printing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, son, and cat.