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Melissa Eidson

Adjunct Associate Professor

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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. It will be distributed first with Docsville and this spring. She has also been working on a narrative short film: Aura, which exposes sex trafficking, and will be completed this spring. Her next documentary project, Metamorphosis, is focused on the environment, currently in development and partially funded. She teaches Documentary Image in the spring as well as Studio Writing and HMS 101/201: Literary and Critical Studies.


MA: English Literature CUNY: Hunter College

Slow Fashion, Aura, and Metamorphosis