Melanie McLean Brooks

Melanie McLean Brooks

  • 1st year in Industry: 2003


Melanie began her career behind the lens as a media relations officer in the US Air Force and then a freelance photographer New York. She worked under living legends Annie Leibovitz and Mark Seliger before moving into film production.

Melanie is a documentary filmmaker, focusing on food politics and gender issues.  Her most recent short documentary, Big Hips, Big Dreams, has screened at numerous film festivals around the county, including Big Sky Documentary Film Fest in 2018.  Her current production is a food-focused documentary, Eating the Enemy, featuring sushi chef Bun Lai.

As a director of photography, she has lensed Dykes, Camera, Action!; The Reign of Sasha Velour; Sincerely, Alaska and field stories for Comedy Central’s The Opposition. Melanie and her husband, Ryan Brooks, founded Flying Giant Productions in New York City several years ago to produce branded content and advertisements that skew towards sustainability and social good. She received her Bachelors in Journalism from Rutgers University and a Master of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in social documentary film.  Melanie, Ryan, their dog Zoe and Flying Giant Productions recently relocated to sunny Denver, Colorado.