INTERVIEW WITH MELISSA HICKEY

NI-NI

a film by Melissa Hickey

Born on the Texas border, Melissa Hickey is an award-winning filmmaker with a bachelor’s in Anthropology from Columbia University and a master’s in Directing from the American Film Institute. She is the recipient of the Daniel Petrie Scholarship, the Women in Film Scholarship, and the Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence. Her thesis film, Ni-Ni, premiered at Clermont Ferrand, won a number of Jury and Best Short awards, and was recognized by the DGA with a Diversity Award for Best Female Director. Following graduation, Melissa was one of five directors out of AFI, the only woman, selected to helm a commercial short for the Sony Be Moved Campaign.

She has since shadowed on THE BRIDGE (Season Finale/John Dahl); BOSCH (Season Finale/Tim Hunter) and as an inaugural member of the Ryan Murphy Television Half Foundation Mentorship Program, most recently shadowed Gwyneth Horder Payton on FEUD (Season Finale). She is currently taking part in the 2017 Women in Film Mentoring Program working under Vicki Dummer, Head of Current Series Programming, ABC; and also developing her first feature film, IT’S ABOUT BOBBY COLLUM, an Academy Nicholl’s Fellowship Semifinalist.