Melina Coumas is an experimental filmmaker from Oahu, Hawaii. With a BA in Film Studies, her focus is in filmmaking while also pursuing interests in photography, fiber arts and writing.  Her work has screened both locally and internationally. She shoots primarily on celluloid film formats, exploring themes surrounding memory, heritage, representation and perception.

 

She was recently the Production Manager & Associate Producer at XRAY Television in Portland, Oregon where she also curated the NW Celluloid program. She is now the Films Manager of the Filmed by Bike Film Festival.

Photography
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Portraits

$hithole Paradise  (In Progress)

Super 8mm, Color, Sound

A comment on tourism in Hawaii, particularly on the

historic Waikiki strip in Honolulu

On Our Way  (In progress)

Super 8mm, Color, Sound
Using the last voicemail her Grandmother left on her phone, the

short becomes a mediation on loss and haunted spaces

Aquí (2019)

16mm, Color, Sound

An exploration of what home means to a multicultural young woman

Day Off Vibes (2018)

16mm, Color, Sound

A rumination on the pressures of being productive

Obsidian Glaze (2016)

Super 8mm, Color, Sound

A mysterious entity attempts to communicate with strange images

Reverie At Noon (2016)

16mm, Color, Sound
Inspired by the summer heat and a newfound obsession with ASMR

A Ritual Phantasm (2015)

Super 8mm & 16mm, Color, Sound
Super 8mm footage was
an experiment shot in 2015 with 16mm hand painted segments made during a 2016 workshop with Japanese experimental filmmaker Makino Takashi

 

Kaigan (2015)

Super 8mm, Color, Sound

An attempt to remove tourists from a tropical landscape, returning it to its natural state

Film
Exhibitions &                         Upcoming
UPDATE: Due to Covid-19, Shorts Program 6 of the Portland International FIlm Festival has to be postponed.  Aquí will hopefully be screening later this year at the Portland Art Museum - stay tuned!
2020  Engauge Experimental Film Festival - Official Selection - Aquí
          NW Film Forum's Local Sightings Film Festival - Official Selection - Aquí
          Portland International Film Festival - Official Selection - Aquí
          Feel The Reel International Film Festival - Official Selection - Aquí
2019  Boathouse Microcinema - Feeling Exposed Group Showcase
          Portland Unknown Film Festival - Official Selection - Day Off Vibes
          NW Film Forum's Local Sightings Film Festival - Official Selection - Day Off Vibes
          Boathouse Microcinema - Works In Small Gauge Group Program
          Experimental Film Forum - Honorable mention - Day Off Vibes
          Short To The Point Film Festival - Official Selection - Day Off Vibes
          Moscow Shorts International Film Festival - Official Selection - Day Off Vibes
          Portland Underground Film Festival - Official Selection - Reverie At Noon
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