Melissa Gregory Rue writes, directs, and produces films and series that highlight neglected social issues to inspire compassionate action on our planet. In 2020 her short drama “Esperanza’s Turn” screened in 22 festivals around the globe and won 7 Awards including the Rising Star Award at the Colorado International Activism Film Festival. Currently she is preparing for the world premiere of her first feature documentary, Live Out Loud. She also co-produces Connectivity Project, a documentary series about people and organizations making a positive impact on our interconnected world. She is a juror and a board member for the McMinnville Short Film Festival.