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Melody Gilbert

Melody Gilbert is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and educator from St. Paul, Minnesota who has worked in film and television for 20 years. Her most recent independent documentary, A LIFE WITHOUT PAIN ( premiered (in competition) at the 2005 South By Southwest Film Festival ( Her controversial documentary, WHOLE (, which is about people who want to become an amputee, premiered at the 2003 Los Angeles Film Festival (in competition) and has been seen at festivals, in theaters and on more than a dozen television stations worldwide including the Sundance Channel and TV2Denmark. WHOLE is available on NETFLIX. Her debut independent documentary, MARRIED AT THE MALL ( has also screened worldwide. Ms. Gilbert is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She is also the 2004 IFP/McKnight Foundation Artists Fellow for filmmaking. When she's not making documentaries, she teaches students how to make them. She was an adjunct professor and lecturer in broadcast journalism and documentary production at the University of Minnesota for seven years, and she has taught documentary boot camp classes for IFP/Minnesota, the Walker Art Center and in Romania and Kyrgzstan. Ms. Gilbert is currently a visiting professor at Carleton College teaching documentary filmmaking.


Melody Gilbert, Adrian Danciu & Matt Ehling

Melody Gilbert was the primary cinematographer for A LIFE WITHOUT PAIN.

Adrian Danciu (additional cinematography) is an award-winning cinematographer originally from Romania where he worked for TVR (public television in Romania) for over a decade. Now living in Minnesota, he is a freelance cinematographer for National Geographic Explorer, KARE-TV and TPT (Twin Cities Public Television). .

Matt Ehling (additional cinematography) is a director of photography, producer and editor with over 12 years of film and video production experience. His production company, ETS Pictures, provides ENG crews for documentary field production. Matt has also edits and produces his own documentaries as well as promotional and industrial films.


Charlie Gerszewski and Todd Grabe

Charlie Gerszewski (online editor) edits documentaries, commercials and music videos. He was the editor for A LIFE WITHOUT PAIN, WHOLE and MARRIED AT THE MALL. Currently he works as an editor at Channel Z, a post-production company in Minneapolis.

Todd Grabe (offline editor) edits documentaries and promotional videos. He is currently working with David Eberhardt (Slamdance award-winner for LONG GONE) on his new film. Todd is president of his own post-production company, Sprocket Post (

Associate Producer/Researcher

Rita Beatty

Rita Beatty is an award-winning producer who is currently an executive producer at KARE-TV in Minneapolis. She was the researcher and associate producer for WHOLE and MARRIED AT THE MALL. Ms. Beatty won a national I.R.E. (Investigative Reporters and Editors) along with Ms. Gilbert for a short documentary about how the U.S. government sprayed innocent citizens of Minneapollis with toxic chemicals in the 1950's. That piece prompted a national investigation led by the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone.

Production Assistant

Carrie Bush

Carrie Bush has had a variety of careers, from teaching physics to being a rock climbing instructor. She has lived and worked in South America and California where she became an avid longboarder. When she realized her calling was making movies, she packed it all in and moved back to Minnesota and enrolled in film school. Carrie is now directing and producing films, including her own indie short called "Sift."

Post Audio

Paul Dahlseid

Paul Dahlseid has more than 20 years in the audio business. A LIFE WITHOUT PAIN was mixed at his studio Pure Sound, Inc.


Oscar Oboza

Oscar Oboza is known as the best colorist in the midwest. He works at Hi-Wire in Minneapolis.

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