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Melina Kiyomi Coumas is an award-winning experimental filmmaker from the island of O'ahu, now based in the Pacific Northwest. With a BA in Film Studies, her focus is in filmmaking while also pursuing interests in photography and writing. Her work has screened both locally and internationally. She shoots primarily on celluloid film formats, exploring themes surrounding memory, identity and perception.

 

Melina currently works as a Freelancer for arts organizations, film festivals and productions offering services in coordinating, outreach, artist support, and programming. 

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Film

水母 (work in progress)

16mm, Color, Sound

Spit it Out (work in progress)

Super 8mm, Color, Sound

A personal, intimate short detailing what growing up with a speech

impediment was like for the filmmaker and how it continues to affect her 

to this day.

$hithole Paradise  (2020)

Super 8mm, Color, Sound

A comment on over-tourism in Hawaii, particularly along the historic Waikiki strip in Honolulu. An advertised “Paradise,” Waikiki has become an epicenter for drugs and crime. Once a powerful sacred place for Native Hawaiians, now a dirty playground for tourists.

Call Me Back  (2020)

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

short becomes a mediation on loss and haunted spaces. Originally made

just for family.

Aquí (2019)

16mm, Color, Sound

An exploration of what home means to a multicultural young woman.

In Spanish with English subtitles.

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 pure and natural state

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Exhibitions &                          Upcoming

2022  Made in Hawaii Film Festival
          Peripheries Experimental Film + Video Festival
          Experimental Films Online
          Fisura International Festival of Experimental Film + Video
2021  VASTLAB Experimental Film Festival 
          Engauge Experimental Film Festival
          NW Film Forum's Local Sightings Film Festival  *
Best Experimental Short Award Winner*
          Tacoma Film Festival
          POW Film Festival
          Analog Cookbook Issue 4
          Experimental Forum 
          Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Festival
          Feel The Reel International Film Festival
          Humboldt International Film Festival  *
Experimental Audience Choice Award Winner*
          Portland International Film Festival
          Oregon Short Film Festival  *Best Experimental Short Award Winner*
          Women's International Film Festival (Honorable Mention)
2020  Oregon Filmmaker Series: Creative Vision, presented by the Oregon Media Lab
          Engauge Experimental Film Festival
          NW Film Forum's Local Sightings Film Festival
          Northwest Filmmakers' Fest  (cancelled due to Covid)
          Feel The Reel International Film Festival
          LightBox Gallery - Fantastic Film Show
          Black Box Gallery - Black + White Exhibition
2019  Boathouse Microcinema - Feeling Exposed Group Showcase
          Portland Unknown Film Festival
          NW Film Forum's Local Sightings Film Festival
          Boathouse Microcinema - Works In Small Gauge Group Program
          Experimental Film Forum  (Honorable mention)
          Short To The Point Film Festival
          Moscow Shorts International Film Festival
          Portland Underground Film Festival
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