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|Born||May 29 1970
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Pen name||VJ Mixxy|
|Occupation||Filmmaker, photographer, activist, multimedia artist, writer and video technologist|
|Period||Late 20th/early 21st century|
|Genre||Web, documentary films|
|Subject||Social justice, video activism, equality, sex, feminism|
|Notable works||ManifestA: Young Women, Feminism and the Future|
Melissa Ulto (born 1970), also known as VJ Mixxy, is a filmmaker, photographer, activist, multimedia artist, writer and video technologist whose work explores social justice, video activism and equality. She is currently a freelance producer for Multo.com, a full service broadcasting and branding agency.
- 1 Early and personal life
- 2 Career
- 3 Overview of Major Works
- 4 Awards, nominations and selections
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Early and personal life
Ulto was born in Los Angeles, California and was raised in Northern Ontario. She attended Humber College in Ontario, before moving to New York City in 1991 to care for family. Forced to abandon her Directing and Theatrical Production degree at Humber, she later enrolled at New York University as a liberal arts major where she expanded her documentary skills at Columbia University's Center for New Media Teaching and Learning.
After moving to NYC, Melissa was hired as tech support in Viacom's broadcast arm. Shortly after that, Melissa started her professional career in filmmaking working for MTV Networks in production, working on promo segments, specials and promos for MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon. Three years after, she moved on to working as a Production Manager for Todays Feature, an advertising agency. Towards the end of the decade, she became the senior systems administrator at About.com, where she was in charge of a prepping for Y2K.
She then went on to become a Senior Digital Video Specialist at Columbia University's Center For New Media Teaching and Learning in 2001, leaving in 2003. Not much is known of Ulto between 2003 and 2006. Between 2006 and 2007, she worked for Ruff Nation Films as an Editor and Animator, ibrido as a Director of Production and National.tv as a Freelance Video Editor. In 2007, she became the Director of Production for Online.tv, where she was tasked with building a $250,000 production suite.
Overview of Major Works
FIGMENT 2013 Installation - Play & Draw (2013)
An interactive installation with Guillaume Lauzier and VJ DoctorMojo (Mark Alan Johnson) involving live projection and projection mapping for exhibit attendees. The installation allowed attendees to interact with the installation by using an iPad drawing app. The installation was also entirely livestreamed, although interactivity via livestream was not available.
VH1's The Gossip Game Debate (2013) Ulto produced the livestreamed pre-show debates for VH1's The Gossip Game leveraging Oovoo as the backbone for the livestream.
Armory Installation - The History of the Armory (2007)
Melissa was charged with creating, designing and producing an installation of four video segments for the Armory. The installation, developed alongside Pentagram Designs, ran for a total of 6 months.
Death Before Dishonor (2006)
Death Before Dishonor was a documentary which took viewers on an behind the scenes look at the 'Stop Snitching' movement from the perspective of the Hip Hop community. With a budget of $100,000, Death Before Dishonor successfully premiered in December of 2006.
Awards, nominations and selections
|Mandatory Service||Best Short Documentary||Tribeca Film Festival||Won|
|All The Ladies Say||Official Selection||Miami Pro-Am Urban Arts Expo||Won|
|All The Ladies Say||Official Selection||Man Up’s Campaign Exhibition “Through Our Lens” at Central Park West Gallery||Won|
|All The Ladies Say||Official Selection||Is Hip Hop History Conference at CUNY CWE||Won|
|All The Ladies Say||Official Selection||Man Up Campaign at Maysles Cinema||Won|
|All The Ladies Say||Official Selection||Northeastern University Hip-Hop Festival||Won|
|All The Ladies Say||Official Selection||B-Girl BBQ - Alice Arts Fundraiser, Oakland CA||Won|
|All The Ladies Say||Official Selection||East Harlem International Puerto Rican Film Festival at Museum of City of New York||Won|
|All The Ladies Say||Official Selection||Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center||Won|
|All The Ladies Say||Official Selection||Manchester's Contact Theater, UK||Won|
|All The Ladies Say||Official Selection||B Supreme Women's Hip Hop Festival, London, UK||Won|
|All The Ladies Say||Official Selection||University of Wisconsin - Breaking The Law Festival||Won|
|All The Ladies Say||Official Selection||Bronx Museum||Won|
|The Art of Love & Struggle||Official Selection||Pan African Arts & Film Festival||Won|
|The Art of Love & Struggle||Official Selection||Hip Hop Odyssey Film Festival||Won|
|The Mighty Humble Blueberry||Best Home Grown Short||Garden State Film Festival||Won|
|The Mighty Humble Blueberry||Codes Pro Media ReelHeart Award||ReelHeart International Film Festival||Won|
|The Mighty Humble Blueberry||Official Selection||Gloria Film Festival||Won|
|The Mighty Humble Blueberry||Official Selection||NJ International Film Festival||Won|
|The Mighty Humble Blueberry||Official Selection||Independents Film Festival (Tampa, FLA)||Won|
|Melissa Ulto||Nomination - Video Blogger||Shorty Awards||Won|