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Melissa Eidson

Adjunct Associate Professor


In addition to being an Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt Institute, Melissa Eidson is a filmmaker. Her first documentary El Barrio, is about life in the Tepito neighborhood of Mexico City, and was screened at the Berlin and Cannes film festivals, and won the Best Documentary and Founder’s Choice Award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. Her second documentary, No Son Invisibles: Maya Women and Microfinance was screened at Cannes, Torino, Roma, Guadalajara, Tehran, Seattle Latino, Del Rey Beach, and Dubai film festivals, and has been acquired by many university libraries and is held within the Ethnographic Collection of Alexander Street streaming provider. Her 3rd documentary, Slow Fashion, is about cultural appropriation and sustainability in the fashion industry, and was filmed in Southern Mexico, India and Laos. It has just premiered at the International Human Rights Festival: this human world, in Vienna Austria.  She has just finished a narrative short film: Aura, which exposes sex trafficking. Her next documentary project, Metamorphosis, is currently in development. She teaches Documentary Image and HMS: Literary and Critical Studies I and II.


SMU undergrad

BADA at Baliol College, Oxford University

MA: English Literature CUNY: Hunter College

Slow Fashion, Aura, and Metamorphosis