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Melissa's spec EASY OUT is a finalist in the Script Pipeline competition 2018.
EASY OUT is a quarterfinalist in the Page Screenwriting Awards.
EASY OUT is a semifinalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship.
EASY OUT is currently a second rounder in the Austin Screenplay competition.
Jamie is an African-American teenager grappling with his sexual identity on the night Barrack Obama is elected president and Proposition 8 - the voter initiative to eliminate same-sex marriage – is passed.
When one of his friends initiates the bullying of an openly gay classmate, Jamie uses his wits to try and prevent it, but when things don’t go the way he predicted, he is forced to face his fears head on.
CHANGE explores the irony of Prop 8 passing on the very day that Barack Obama broke historic barriers to become our first African American President. It's a beautiful, heartbreaking story that is sure to reignite the frustration and disappointment that so many Californians felt that next morning.
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"It's not often that a short can take on something approaching the narrative scope of a feature and succeed, but 'Change' does just that and more."
John Korn, The Bay Citizen