Melissa Anderson Sweazy
1...relishes the day she meets Hilary Swank and can ask her: has anyone ever told you you look like Melissa Sweazy?
2. Melissa's father resembles the late Robin Williams and she regrets not traveling to LA with her dad and trashing a hotel room for the sole purpose of starting one of the weirdest celebrity gossip stories ever.
3. Her last name is pronounced Swee-zee but she will not correct you if you call her Mrs. Swayze.
4. She will flinch if you call her ma'am. She still isn't used to that, and she's been back in the south 9+ years.
5. She is an award winning screenwriter: the script for THE DEPARTMENT OF SIGNS AND MAGICAL INTERVENTION won the grand prize at the Vail Festival, first in its category at Nashville, and top honors at Nantucket where the prize was a luncheon with David O'Russell. Who thought at first she was Hilary Swank.
THE DEVIL IN REVERSE was a finalist at the Austin Film Festival. Her feature-length screenplay NESSUN DORMA, commissioned by director Matteo Servente, was accepted into the Venice Biennale and IFP's No Borders.
6. Her second film, The DEPARTMENT OF SIGNS AND MAGICAL INTERVENTION, is currently playing in festivals around the world. Next up, Oaxaca!
7. Her essays have been published in Babble.com, Babble's first anthology Dirt is Good For You, and McSweeneys.
8. Her book Veiled Remarks: A Curious Compendium for the Nuptially Inclined is out of print. But the website is adorable. www.veiledremarks.com
9. She delivered a TedX Memphis Talk entitled "If You love them Let them Go: A Hypocrite's Guide to Free Range Parenting"
10. She is a professional wedding and portrait photographer.
11. She is a mediocre dancer, but that didn't stop her from starting Rhythm Nation, a weekly choreography class devoted to the classic MTV videos of yore. BBD's Poison was a highlight.
12. Blogger called her blog Thoroughly Modern Medusa a "Blog of Note." You know, back when people blogged.
13. She's for hire. She directs music videos and she ain't scared of the number 13.
Wanna make a movie or music video?
Let's chat! I'm a narrative-based writer/director who loves creating stories from your stories.
Contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
Want me to take your picture?
Check out my portfolio at masweazyphotography.com or follow me on Instagram/MSweazy. I'm available for portraits and weddings.