Mel Halbach is a director and producer of films that focus on topics of human interest. His latest film, What Lights Nate, documents the personal journey of artist Nate Smith and his fire vortex performances at the Burning Man Arts Festival in Nevada.
Over the past 15 years, much of this work has involved producing documentaries in developing countries. Mel’s travels to Vietnam between 1991-1997 culminated in his award-winning documentary The Long Haired Warriors. This documentary brought to light the lives Vietnamese women who were soldiers, activists and prisoners of war. The Long Haired Warriors was selected for screenings at over a dozen national and international film festivals and aired on selected PBS stations in the US.