Melissa Mergner

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08/20/13    Photos

Newport Jazz Festival 2013: Portrait Series

Portrait photos taken by Melissa Mergner of artists backstage during noted jazz festival

01/29/12    In Person

Esperanza Spalding: New Thing at Newport

Video interview with the bassist/singer/bandleader who talks about the legacy of Newport, as well as about jazz and music education

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12/27/10    News

Louis Armstrong House Museum Puts Archive Online

Collection includes thousands of recordings, photos and documents by and about the legendary trumpeter

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08/15/10    Photos

Jamie Cullum: A Man in Motion

Images by Melissa Mergner of Jamie Cullum’s performance at the 2010 CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival

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About Melissa Mergner

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Melissa Mergner, filmmaker and photographer, has been making documentary films since she was 12 years old. She has written and directed several short documentaries, including: “Legacy of Peace” about Japan’s atomic bomb victims, “Woody Guthrie: Voice of the Common Man” about the legendary singer-songwriter, “Invisible and Invaluable” about the plight of farm workers, “The President as Commander-in-Chief” about the importance of foreign affairs in the presidential election, “Speaking Truth to Power” about farm labor activist Baldemar Velasquez, and “Forgotten War, Unforgettable Aftermath” about the Korean War. Her films have won awards or have been shown at over 50 film festivals across the U.S.

She also produced a video for Velasquez’s song “Song for Urbano,” about the tragic death of a migrant farm worker in North Carolina and a podcast, “Call to the Fields” about Velasquez’s account of working for a week in the tobacco fields. Her essay about the need for peace between North and South Korea, “Peace for Halibeoji,” won a 2nd place prize in the 2007 essay contest sponsored by the Fund for the Future of Our Children and she also received a leadership grant from that organization to make a film about her Korean grandfather and the issue of reunification in Korea to be completed in 2013. She also traveled to India in the summer of 2008 to produce a film about child trafficking in India. She was a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar at New York University, where she studied film at the Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to working on dozens of student film projects, she worked as an intern with Alex Gibney's Jigsaw Films and with Hearst Digital Media.

Based in Brooklyn, NY, she is currently working on several film projects while freelancing with various film and production companies.

Melissa Mergner joined the JazzTimes community on Aug 10, 2010