Melissa Kent grew up in Washington, D.C., New Jersey and Los Angeles. As a Theater major at UCLA, she was first exposed to the world of editing while an intern at Entertainment Tonight. 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.
Melissa has edited three feature films for director Sanaa Hamri: the indie romantic comedy Something New starring Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, and Just Wright starring Queen Latifah and Common. Her most recent film in theaters was American Pastoral, Ewan McGregor's directorial debut.
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.
She has always strived to work in a wide variety of genres, including romance (The Age of Adaline, The Vow); comedy (Four Christmases; co-edited with Mark Helfrich); intense psychological drama (An American Crime); a 3D dance movie (Make Your Move); and thrillers (Captive, and the upcoming Traffik).
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 life together. It screened at 36 festivals worldwide and can now be streamed online.
Melissa is married to concept designer, Scott Robertson. She feels truly fortunate to be working in a field she enjoys so deeply.