Melissa Gregory Rue Plus


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As a child, I dreamed of becoming a writer but not in a million years did I think I would become a filmmaker. I grew up roaming the fields of my grandfather’s cattle farm in Bourbon County, Kentucky. No one I knew owned a video camera, much less worked in the film industry. Thankfully I had some inspiring English teachers and devoted parents who kept me engaged in a variety of extracurricular activities. I read a ton, got the acting bug and gathered what experience I could in my high school drama club and as an extra for commercials. Later I talked my way into Miami University (Ohio) to study theater. Not far into the program, I realized I wasn’t cut out for acting and switched my major to English Literature. My senior year I took a mind-blowing German Cinema class and got a lead role in a student film. That’s when the light bulb went off—I wanted to make films and be on the other side of the camera. But I also wanted to eat and pay my bills. At that point, film school sounded like a sure route to destitution. So I moved to Oregon and worked as a teaching assistant at Portland State University while earning my M.A. in English Literature. I went on to direct the writing centers at Marylhurst University and Clark College and eventually landed a full-time job as an English Instructor at Portland Community College. More than a decade after the light bulb went off, I started filmmaking classes at The Northwest Film Center. I juggled teaching and film school for several years before completing their certificate program in 2011. Since then I’ve written short films, produced and directed narratives and documentaries, and freelanced as a cinematographer. I’m currently writing a screenplay and working as cinematographer on a feature documentary. When I’m not making films, I teach writing and literature at Portland Community College and encourage others to follow their dreams.

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  1. Darcy Miller
  3. Molly Preston
  4. Zsuzsanna Mangu
  5. Shelbi Roake
  6. NW Film Center School of Film
  7. Cassie Cohn
  8. Aaron Nelson (ANC)
  9. stephanie hough