Melina Coumas is an experimental filmmaker from the island of O'ahu now living in Portland, Oregon. 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, identity 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.

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Film

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 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 Originally made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

Exhibitions &                              Upcoming
2021  Humboldt International Film Festival
2021  Portland International Film Festival - Official Selection
2021  Oregon Short Film Festival - Official Selection + Best Experimental Short Award Winner
2021  Women's International Film Festival - Honorable Mention
2020  Oregon Filmmaker Series: Creative Vision (Presented by the Oregon Media Lab)
2020  Engauge Experimental Film Festival - Official Selection
2020  NW Film Forum's Local Sightings Film Festival - Official Selection
2020  Northwest Filmmakers' Fest - Official Selection (cancelled due to Covid)
2020  Feel The Reel International Film Festival - Official Selection
2020  LightBox Gallery - Fantastic Film Show
2020  Black Box Gallery - Black + White Exhibition
2019  Boathouse Microcinema - Feeling Exposed Group Showcase
2019  Portland Unknown Film Festival - Official Selection
2019  NW Film Forum's Local Sightings Film Festival - Official Selection
2019  Boathouse Microcinema - Works In Small Gauge Group Program
2019  Experimental Film Forum - Honorable mention
2019  Short To The Point Film Festival - Official Selection
2019  Moscow Shorts International Film Festival - Official Selection
2019  Portland Underground Film Festival - Official Selection
Contact
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