Esaú Meléndez

  • Media Arts/Emerging Practices
  • Chicago, IL

Director/Producer: Esau Melendez studied film & video at Columbia College in Chicago and soon after began working with the Spanish Broadcast Network, Telemundo and WYCC. He has directed and produced various commercials and music videos with his production company, Clandestino Films Inc. The award-winning documentary “Immigrant Nation!: The Battle for the Dream” was featured on PBS nationwide and was funded by Latino Public Broadcasting in 2010. He was part of the WGHB Producers academy in 2013, a fellow of Kartemquin diver voices in 2015, and a classic member of New Day films. Esau has produced short documentary series for WTTW’s project Pilsen: My Neighborhood and Firsthand: Segregation which illustrates stories of people who makes a positive impact in the community. He has featured on Times magazine for his short LPB/PBS documentary “Todos Unidos y yo” for the web series “Latinos are essential“ during covid crisis. He is currently about to release two documentaries about the mural movement in Chicago titled “Bronzeville Mural Virtual Tour” and “Pioneering Women Muralists of Hyde Park”. He also working on directing and producing a new LPB-funded documentary “El Campo” for PBS’s new media initiative.