Melissa Kosar

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Gender FEMALE
Occupation Filmmaker
Introduction Born and raised in Chicago, Kosar knew she wanted to be a filmmaker after watching a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of "Back to the Future II" in 7th grade. Her motivation as a filmmaker is to take the audience on a ride bridging the gap to create a connection from audience to screen. "The reason why I love filmmaking is to create a world to take the audience to through story, conflict and character." Influenced by directors Michael Mann and David Fincher, she also looks up to women's basketball coach, Pat Summitt. Kosar grew up playing basketball at the age of 5 and continued through her undergrad where she was recruited. She began coaching while a sophomore in high school right up until she moved to attend graduate school. Kosar combines her knowledge of the game into her methods as a director. She feels the role of a director is similar to that of a coach: "striving to have all the players work together as a unit focusing on the same goal." With 2 award-winning short films, Kosar’s most recent short has been circulating the film festival circuit. While being mentored by a prominent television director, Kosar is currently in development on several projects.