Melina McKinnon | CEO
Since 1999, Melina has been collaborating with filmmakers across the world to bring their collective visions to the screen. Film, Finance and Filmanthropy are the hallmarks of her career. As a mission-driven and award-winning filmmaker, Melina hails from South-Africa and proudly hangs her hat in Dallas, Texas.
Melina has a passion for bringing musicians to the screen and has a trifecta partnership with Dallas mega director, King Hollis, together they have created music docs for Universal Music’s Blue October, Sony Music artists Bowling for Soup, and Austin rocker Bob Schneider.
Under the Movies with a Mission banner, Melina and her husband Michael Cain have produced films such as: the Sundance and HBO award-winning feature-length documentary TV Junkie, Faces of Addiction, Angels and Autism, Torey’s Distraction and Images of Independence.
As a complement to her production work, Melina is also focused on film finance and served as an Executive Producer on the Steve Jobs bio-pic Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher. Her brainchild is the Filmanthropy Fund of the Dallas Foundation which brings philanthropists and filmmakers together to produce socially relevant and impactful films.
Melina co-founded FilmMatters – a film and panel symposium which focuses on the common challenges filmmakers, activists and non-profit organizations often face in the long journey to making a “movie with a mission.”
Currently, Melina has several documentaries in production including Stanley Marcus, Miracle Fishing, and The Starck Club.
Concurrent to her filmmaking career, Melina spent a decade with the non-profits Arts Fighting Cancer and the Dallas Film Society. During her tenure, she was responsible for managing the Deep Ellum Film Festival, Santa Monica Drive-in at the Pier, the Goth Ball, and the Lone Star Drive-in and she served on the start-up team for the Dallas International Film Festival as Director of Development.
Melina received a MBA in Finance from the Cox School of Business at SMU.