Melissa Kent grew up in Washington, D.C., New Jersey and Los Angeles. Having studied piano and dance from the age of 5, she was a Theater major at UCLA and an intern at Entertainment Tonight when she was first exposed to the world of editing. Within three years of graduating, she had her first editing credit on Gregory Nava’s multi-generational feature film My Family. That film was executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola which led to Melissa collaborating with him on numerous projects, including serving as co-editor on John Grisham’s The Rainmaker, and editing Eleanor Coppola’s behind-the-scenes documentary, HBO First Look: Francis Coppola Directs The Rainmaker, as well as Sofia Coppola’s directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides.
Having spent a year at design school, plus stints in a rock band and as a swing dancer, Melissa’s wide variety of interests has led her to work in nearly every genre of film, including romance (The Age of Adaline, The Vow, Something New); comedy (Four Christmases, Just Wright); teen dramas (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, crazy/beautiful, The Outsiders–2005 director’s cut), true crime (Traffik, Captive, An American Crime); sci-fi (Supernova); dance movies/musicals (The Fantasticks, Crossroads, Make Your Move 3D). Recently, Melissa edited Ewan MacGregor's directorial debut, American Pastoral.
Her work in television includes A Raisin in the Sun (Emmy nominee – best made-for-TV movie, 2008) and The Reagans (Emmy nominee – best made-for-TV-movie, 2004) for which she was nominated for an A.C.E. Eddie Award.
In her time between editing projects Melissa directed an award-winning 14-minute short film, Bernie and Rebecca, about a couple on a blind date who imagine a not-so-perfect future together. It screened at 36 festivals worldwide and can now be streamed online.
Melissa has three films being released in 2019: The Dirt, directed by Jeff Tremaine and based on the book by Mötley Crüe, is streaming on Netflix, The Intruder, a thriller directed by Deon Taylor and starring Dennis Quaid, hit theaters in May, and American Son, directed by Kenny Leon and starring Kerry Washington, based on the Broadway play, will premiere on Netflix Nov. 1.
Melissa is married to concept designer, Scott Robertson. She feels truly fortunate to be working in a field she enjoys so deeply.