Alyson is an artist and filmmaker from Southern California, currently obtaining her Bachelor's of Arts with Honors from California State University, Long Beach. As a queer woman of color, she is passionate about telling stories of underrepresented communities. With an emphasis in Creative Nonfiction Production for film and through her research in the CSULB Honors program, Alyson makes art that also serves as social commentary. Alyson also has a unique proficiency and passion for working in the art department from her background as a theater and set design student. With a wide array of on-set experience and commitment to visibility in film, Alyson aspires to make meaningful contributions within the film industry and beyond.
Melyssa Ferrato is a screenwriting student in her fourth and final year here at the Beach. As a woman in the film industry, Melyssa feels passionately about her work and using it as a tool to uplift and empower other women. In the past, Melyssa has worked as a writer’s assistant for a student run writer’s room project. The project has since premiered at the Chinese Theatre. Outside of school she is also involved in her sorority, having served in multiple officer roles. As an ambassador, Melyssa hopes to make a difference within the FEA department and to be a helpful resource to her fellow students.
Banner image by Soo "Cherry" Ahn