After six years of studying mathematics, Melanie Ruiz turned to documentary filmmaking to rekindle her creativity. She loves to be behind a camera, editing a story or designing a webpage and is currently using these skills for organizations including the BBC and Al Jazeera America. She is also doing associate producer and editor work on a feature-length documentary in San Francisco. When she’s not shooting, editing or watching films, she can be found upside down in yoga studios, at home knitting or enjoying time with with her three-legged Great Dane, Castor. Melanie has earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UC Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in mathematics from UW – Madison and a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley. She grew up in Denver, Colorado and has called San Francisco home since 2009.