Melissa Hacker is a film and video maker who made her directing debut with the documentary My Knees Were Jumping; Remembering The Kindertransports, which was short-listed for Academy Award nomination, seen in film festivals, museums, television, and in universities worldwide. Melissa is currently directing Ex Libris, an animated documentary on her Austrian grandfather’s life and bookplate collection. Honors received include a Fulbright Artist-in-Residence award in Vienna, and residencies at Yaddo, VCCA, Playa, Willapa Bay AIR, Escape to Create, Saltonstall, the Millay Colony and Digital Arts Studios, Belfast NI. As a freelance editor, Melissa has edited two Academy Award nominated documentary films, Sister Rose's Passion and The Collector of Bedford Street as well as documentary programs for MTV's True Life series and National Geographic Television, as well as Beyond Conviction, a feature documentary on restorative justice that aired on MSNBC and was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Melissa is also a wandering professor, at New York University Film School in New York and Havana, Cuba, Hunter College, and Yangon Film School.