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Melissa Beatriz Skolnick-Noguera is a documentary filmmaker, media artist, and writer. Her work focuses on the intersection of the arts, social justice, and community organizing. Since 2010, she has worked with grassroots groups and media arts organizations throughout Philadelphia, with roles in communications, development, community engagement, film programming, and production. Some of these organizations include Taller Puertorriqueño, Media Mobilizing Project, Scribe Video Center, BlackStar Film Festival, PHL Latino Film Festival, and the Reentry Think Tank.
Her documentary work has been supported by Doc Society’s Good Pitch Local Philadelphia 2018, Double Exposure Scholars program 2018, Sundance Institute’s 2017 New Frontier Philadelphia Day Lab intensive, and the Public VR Lab. She is a Leeway Foundation Art & Change (2019, 2012) and Window of Opportunity (2017) grantee, and an MMP Movement Media Fellow (2014). She is a member of several media collectives, including Brown Girls Doc Mafia and CAMRA.
She has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on macro-level policy. She is currently a joint Research Fellow/PhD student in the Communication and Social Welfare programs at Penn.