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, 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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Film

Spit it Out  (work in progress)

Super 8mm, Color, Sound

A personal, intimate short detailing what growing up with a speech impediment is like for the filmmaker

$hithole Paradise  (work in progress)

Super 8mm, Color, Sound

A comment on tourism in Hawaii, particularly on the

historic Waikiki strip in Honolulu

Call Me Back  (work 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 pure and natural state

Exhibitions &                              Upcoming
UPDATE: Due to Covid-19, Shorts Program 6 of the Portland International Film Festival had to unfortunately be cancelled.
2020 
Oregon Filmmaker Series: Creative Vision (Presented by the Oregon Media Lab hosted by the Hollywood Theatre) - Aquí
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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