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Melissa McNerney is an actress and film producer currently based in Tampa, FL. Born and raised in Orlando, Melissa began her journey as an actress like many of her peers: on stage. After moving to NYC, where she earned her BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College, Melissa made her stage debut in an original theatrical series titled The Human Variations.
From 2009-2013 she co-developed the 4-piece site-specific project in New York with colleagues from her alma mater, alongside director Ellen Orenstein (The Seagull with Alan Cumming). Other favorite stage roles include Ma Joad in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Major Barbara in George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara. After joining the Screen Actors Guild in 2011, Melissa shifted from theatre to TV, playing small roles on shows including The Good Wife, All My Children, and Boardwalk Empire.
In 2015, her family life relocated her to Florida, where she quickly began working in the film, television, and commercial market. Her commercial work includes dozens of regional and national spots for many recognizable brands in the U.S. Recent film credits include Michelle in Celebrity Crush, directed by Oliver Robins (Poltergeist, Airplane II) and Chloe in Fingers (with Michael St. Michaels, The Greasy Strangler), both with anticipated festival runs with possible distribution in 2019.
Melissa’s work as a producer includes the sci-fi pilot, Mirrors, where she also played the supporting role of Angela Logan, and the feature film Buckets of Blood (working title), which was produced entirely in the greater Tampa Bay area. She recently completed work on the 1930’s feature Draupadi Unleashed and with additional projects in the pipeline for 2018 and 2019, she anticipates a busy season of work both in front of and behind the camera.
With a passion for supporting women working or seeking careers in the entertainment business, Melissa currently holds a chair position in the Tampa chapter of Women in Film and Television where she hopes to make an impact on the organization and its amazing members. She also works with local businesses and filmmakers to encourage production development in the state of Florida.
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The Global Peace Film Festival is hosting a short film contest for 3 to 5 minute films that feature the origins of Central Floridians, the subject’s heritage and what living in Central Florida means to them. Selected films will be shown in the Global Peace Film Festival (September 17-23). A jury will award the overall winners. The best film will receive a cash award of $1000; the best student film will receive a scholarship to Actuality Media Bootcamp. Submission is free, submission deadline is August 30th. For complete details and submission form visit the Global Peace Film Festival website, peacefilmfest.org/fusionfest.html