Melissa Gregory Rue is a filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. She grew up on a farm in Bourbon County, Kentucky and won her first julep cup at a 4-H speech contest when she was in grade school. Rue survived adolescence by listening to heavy metal, writing bad poetry, and watching Woody Allen movies every weekend. After completing a B.A. in English Literature and studying everything from Geology of U.S. National Parks to German Cinema at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, she moved to Oregon with hopes of becoming a writer. She earned her M.A. at Portland State University, became an English professor, and went on to study filmmaking at The Northwest Film Center. Rue makes documentaries, short narratives, and freelances as a cinematographer. She is an adjunct writing instructor at Portland Community College.