#DFNYFocus On: Melanie Wise – Producer, Stuntwoman, Actress

(Founder of The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival, Producer & Actress in horror-action film, “Hanah’s Gift”)

Q: Which film do you love that might surprise people?
MW: Serenity.  Should have been a huge hit.  I LOVE Joss Whedon.  Great cast with lots of differently strong women – not all of them kicked ass, but they were equal members of the team and equally invaluable.
Spy.  I absolutely adore that fact that Paul Feig turned pretty much every female stereotype on its ear & did so with a very deft comedic hand and excellent direction.
Galaxy Quest – funny as hell and I love to laugh my ass off!
Q: If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of film?
MW: Katharine Hepburn and George Clooney would have rocked a romantic comedy.
I think Denzel and Sandra Bullock would be great in a thriller, suspense, or comedy film!
For action, me and Arnold! 😀
Q: Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?
MW: There’s a ton of them.  But if I have to pick one, V for Vendetta.  Not only did it have a woman character who discovers she is not helpless in the world, but the whole movie was about personal empowerment against impossible odds.  Great action, inspiring dialogue that forces one to look at some pretty transparent boxes we live in. Can’t beat that!
Q: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?
MW: I would absolutely LOVE the M134 handheld mini-gun used in Predator by Jessie Ventura and Bill Duke!!! I want to mount that to the top of my Bronco for all the terrible Los Angeles drivers!!!
Q: Is there any subject matter which you would not make a film about?
MW: Anything that glorifies violence against weakness.  I won’t do a movie where women are just weak things wringing their hands in fear, whining about how bad things are or hoping bad things go away and  where the women need saving as well as the only men are cast as bad guys who hurt women.  There are great men out there and strong independent women out there.  Show more of both please!

Melanie Wise’s IMDB Page:

Bio: Artemis Film Festival Founder – An accomplished actress and stuntwoman, Ms. Wise has been acting professionally for over a decade. As lead actress of the award-winning horror-action film, Hanah’s Gift, Ms. Wise won best actress at the IndieFest Film Festival. Her character was so popular with young women that it spawned two fan clubs in Southern California. Standing six-feet tall, a former basketball standout and licensed physical trainer, Ms. Wise possesses a presence and charisma that is groundbreaking in feature films — more Clint Eastwood than girlfriend-next door. Ms. Wise is also an accomplished producer having overseen the production of two indie feature films as well as multiple shorts and commercials. She is an adept video and sound editor, graphic designer, 2D motion graphics designer, and specializes in polishing troubled projects.

#DFNYFocus is a new series from Daily Flick NY focusing on the personal film tastes of Screenwriters, Directors, Producers and other individuals working in the film industry



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