Born in Toronto, Melisa Brittain is a settler scholar currently living, teaching and creating collaborative video art in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. There she co-founded KingCrip Productions, an activist video collective, with Danielle Peers. Melisa learned video making through hands-on experimentation with KingCrip collaborators, and with the help of local video and media arts organizations: FAVA (Film and Video Arts Society Alberta of Alberta) and the Intermedia Research Studio (Dept. of Sociology, University of Alberta).
Melisa uses video as an extension of critical thought: as a method of exposing normative ideas, images and identities, and of documenting and exploring new modes of resistance. Melisa’s collaborative work has screened at major international festivals, as well as at local activist, arts and academic events across North America. Festival screenings include Frameline: San Francisco LGBT Film Festival; Out On Screen: Vancouver Queer Film Festival; Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival; Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival; Picture This International Disability Film Festival; REELOUT Queer Film & Video Festival; Queer City Cinema: Queer Arts Festival of Regina; Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival; Balancing Acts: Calgary's Annual Disability Arts Festival; Exposure: Edmonton's Queer Arts & Culture Festival.
(Dis)placed: Indigenous Youth and the Child Welfare System
2017, 42:00 minutes, colour, English, French subtitles, Closed Captioned
2009, 30:50 minutes, colour/B&W, English
2008, 07:37 minutes, colour, English, with English subtitles