Melanie Wood has written, directed, produced, and executive-produced a wide variety of current affairs and documentary programs. Her work as producer and documentary filmmaker reflects not only the pulse of the times, but the voices of those who inhabit them. Her work pursues themes that strike a personal chord, and indeed affect all of us in some way.
Melanie’s produced and directed two documentaries on the borderlands between the internet and the human spirit. Her documentary A Stranger In Our Home, the disturbing tale of two teenage victims of internet predators, has been extremely popular for both broadcasters and educators around the world. The groundbreaking documentary O.com, on cybersex addiction, was a finalist at the New York Festival. It also won the Platinum Award at Worldfest-Houston, the Jury Award at the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival and was selected to screen at the Montreal World Film Festival. Her documentary, School Of Secrets, presents a tale of truth – and its consequences – in the story of a Vancouver teacher and the teenage girls he seduced. School Of Secrets premiered on The Lens on CBC Newsworld and won a Remi Award in Houston and a Gracie Award in New York for Best Documentary under 60 minutes.
Wood’s international documentary credits also include To Have and To Hold, profiling the victims of stalkers, The Sweet Assassin revealing the devastating effects of diabetes in the First Nations community, On Wings and Dreams: The Men Who Built Canada’s Airlines an historical documentary for Global Television, and Chasing The Cure: Brett Finlay, Man Against Microbe, a one hour science biography in a series for Paperny Films broadcast on Discovery Health. She also directed two documentaries for the Knowledge Network’s Child & Youth Mental Health issues series: Struggle for Control: Child and Youth Behaviour Disorders and Fighting Their Fears: Child And Youth Anxiety.
Recently Melanie produced Carbon Hunters, a film by director Miro Cernetig for CBC, and BBC International. She also produced and directed The Difference Makers: with Rick Hansen, a prime time mini documentary series for Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium. She is currently producing Liberia’77 in association with Knowledge Network. Liberia’77 is the personal photographic journey of director Jeff Topham that examines how despite time, war, distance and culture photography connects us all.