Melissa Hacker is a filmmaker who works with memory, history, family and loss. Melissa 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’s video Venus was featured in the group exhibition "Objects of Devotion and Desire: Medieval Relic to Contemporary Art," and received special accolades in the New York Times review of the show. The three channel video Letters Home screened at the New York, Washington DC, and Toronto Jewish Film Festivals.
Melissa is currently directing 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, and Digital Arts Studios. Melissa is also a wandering professor, most recently at Yangon Film School in Myanmar, and a freelance editor of two Academy Award nominated documentaries. Melissa is President of the Kindertransport Association, a not-for-profit organization based in the United States. She is the first member of the second generation to serve as President.