A graduate of Carleton College with a B.A. in English, Melissa Young pursued graduate work in Latin American Studies, and has lived and worked in several Latin American countries. She worked as a cabinetmaker for 15 years, and taught woodworking at Seattle Central Community College. In 1986, disturbed by the U.S. support for war in Central America, she organized the Seattle to Nicaragua construction brigade that built a school in a rural community. Video from that project provided the basis for the first program in a series by Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin on Central America. Soon after, Young and Dworkin founded Moving Images Video Project, an organization that has produced and distributed documentary films that encourage peace, justice and environmental preservation for nearly two decades. Created to increase understanding in the United States of political and social issues in Central America, Moving Images expanded to address the AIDS epidemic, labor rights and childcare, international relations in the post-cold-war era, and the implications of new genetic technologies. Young and Dworkin produced the We the People video in collaboration with the Positive Futures Network in 2003-2004.
Moving Images productions have been honored with two CINE Golden Eagles, and major awards from the National Educational Media Network, Women in Film/Seattle, and the Chicago, Houson, Columbus, Northwest, and Prix Leonardo film festivals. In recent years the major media have become more consolidated and less diverse. But Moving Images continues to provide a strong and relevant independent media voice, always emphasizing the public interest, and remaining on the cutting edge of environmental, human rights, and global justice issues.
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2006