Melody London has edited classic independent features, mainstream Hollywood films, and documentaries. Her films have won top prizes at Cannes and Sundance, and Best Picture from the National Society of Film Critics. One (Stranger Than Paradise) was selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry of the most important American films. Her work with legendary American independent director Jim Jarmusch resulted in several of his best-known films (Stranger Than Paradise, Down by Law, Mystery Train, Coffee & Cigarettes). She recently edited Risk, a feature-length Showtime documentary about Julian Assange by Oscar-winning filmmaker (and MMW alumni) Laura Poitras; Wonder Women, about the organizers of the 2017 Women’s March in Washington; and Heart of a Dog, the acclaimed HBO documentary directed by Laurie Anderson.
Her other editing credits include Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB, The Wannabe (co-produced by Martin Scorsese), New York, I Love You, Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry, Art in the Twenty-First Century (PBS), Novocaine (starring Steve Martin), Frank Whaley’s Sundance award-winning directorial debut Joe the King, Exposed (starring Keanu Reeves), and Sundance multi-award winner Angela (directed by Rebecca Miller). She was given a residency at the famed Yaddo Colony to edit her documentary Dharma Power this summer. She has also directed films including The Mary Gibson Henry, a feature documentary about the renowned botanist, and Lost, which was financed by the American Film Institute.
Melody has taught film at both California Institute of the Arts and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is on the Board of Directors of Eurica Media Lab, formed to help global communication between underprivileged youth through the use of film.