Melissa Dowler is an award-winning film director and co-founder of production company Long Haul Films. Melissa directs character-driven narrative and documentary dramas that explore connection, transformation and self-discovery.
Adele and Everything After, Melissa’s debut feature documentary, tells the emotional story of a woman with an untreatable heart condition and the service dog who saves her life. The film premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival and went on to garner multiple awards and was released by Gravitas Ventures in early 2018. Melissa is currently in post-production on Restarting the Motor City, a documentary about Detroit, and developing narrative short romantic drama Twin Flames and narrative coming of age feature Falling in London.
Melissa’s work has been screened on television, online and at events and film festivals including Dances With Films, IFF Boston, NorthWestFest, and Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival. When not making her own films, Melissa travels the world directing documentary-inspired branded content about artists, entrepreneurs and inventors for companies such as Thomson Reuters, Highland Capital Partners, Siemens and Techstars.
In 2015, fueled by her desire to move the needle on women’s representation in the film industry, Melissa co-founded She Sees, which has a mission to inspire the next generation of diverse female filmmakers through mentorship-based educational programs.