Melissa Hibbard

Melissa Hibbard is a filmmaker and photographer. She earned her BA in Moving Image Arts in 1996 from the College of Santa Fe where she studied documentary filmmaking.  Upon graduation, she moved to Los Angeles and worked in the film industry as an art director on feature films for five years.  Over the last ten years, she has produced four documentaries under Fictionville Studio, a production company she co-founded with partner, Hamid Rahmanian: BREAKING BREAD (2000), which premiered on PBS and SIR ALFRED OF CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT (2001).  Both have been well received by the media and worldwide audiences. SHAHRBANOO (2002) premiered on PBS station WNET where it received among the highest ratings for an independently produced documentary. THE GLASS HOUSE (2008), produced in association with the Sundance Channel, premiered at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam in November 2008 and the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, and received the Human Rights Award (OSCE, Docufest) and Best Feature Documentary (Dallas Video Fest).  In 2003, she co-established a non-profit organization – ARTEEAST – its mission statement to promote the arts and cultures of the Middle East and it’s worldwide diasporas in the United States; she was a board member and the ArteEast Online Director through 2007. In 2009, Melissa founded Fictionville Media, a documentary distribution service aimed at helping filmmakers self-distribute their own works.