Melissa Johnson is a writer and filmmaker living in Venice, California. She is best known for her award-winning feature documentary, No Look Pass, about a Burmese lesbian basketball star, currently airing on Showtime. No Look Pass was recently selected to participate in the highly celebrated 2014 American Film Showcase, sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the University of Southern California. Johnson has written popular first-person essays for The New York TimesSalon.com and the Boston Herald, including the inspiration for "Love in the Time of March Madness," which smashed traffic records for Salon.com. (The story presented in this animated short film is true, based on Johnson's real-life misadventures.)  

She is currently making a documentary about 6'8" basketball phenomenon Brittney Griner playing her first season as a professional in China. Her previous experience includes co-producing a 30 for 30 film for ESPN alongside John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood) about track superstar Marion Jones. As Senior Producer for Comedy Central and BBC America, Johnson ran websites for hit television shows including The Colbert Report and Top Gear. She also co-created an original web series called The Worst Speeches of All Time that premiered on ComedyCentral.com in August 2009 and has garnered a million views to date. (Press materials)

The 9-minute "Love in the Time of March Madness" will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19. 

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