Melissa Beatriz is a Uruguayan-American filmmaker, community journalist, and researcher based in Philadelphia. She produces documentaries that center racial and immigrant justice, advocates for inclusive media, and writes about community-based arts. She uses digital media and cultural production to co-create narratives in collaboration with bilingual, immigrant, communities of color. Melissa is a 2019 Leeway Transformation Awardee. She has also received support from Doc Society Good Pitch Local Philadelphia, Leeway Foundation, Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival Scholars, and Sundance Institute New Frontier Philadelphia Day Lab. She has written for online publications including WHYY, Broad Street Review, Generocity, and Politic 365. Melissa is a co-founder of ¡Presente! Media, a collective of Latinx storytellers that produces bilingual journalism and documentaries.