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Post Screening Moderator, New Wave

Melissa Bisagni

Moderator

film curator, consultant and festival programmer

Melissa Bisagni is a film curator, consultant, and festival programmer specializing in Indigenous and Asian American film. She is currently the Festival Director for the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival. Melissa is also a member of the Four Quarters Collective along with Nzingha Kendall, Joanna Raczynska, and KJ Mohr and a contributing partner in the Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival Organizers Collaborative. She served for 15 years as the Film and Video Program Manager at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, where she continues to work in Museum Learning and Programs. Melissa’s other passion, education equity, has given her the opportunity to work with other parents and community leaders advocating for children in DCPS through district-wide Head Start, Kindred Communities and DC PAVE.