Impact Producer (AUS)
The Ripple Effect of PTSD
Kym Melzer is a filmmaker who is passionate about telling authentic stories that reach global audiences across multiple platforms and motivate community engagement. Her work spans across documentary, factual and educational. She has a strong background in producing documentary film series with social impact.
In 2013, as an undergraduate at Griffith University, Kym co-produced Sold Out, a 9-part documentary film series of short stories about how to have a career in the music industry. The series is entertaining and educational, featuring interviews artists ranging from the emerging all female hip hop band Sneeky Picnic to award winning musicians such as Powderfinger's Ian Haug with twenty years industry experience.
In 2014, as part of her Griffith University Honours degree, Kym completed Coming Home, a 5-part documentary film series about Australian veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). During production Kym became interested in the impact of PTSD on the families of veterans, and established strong connections to the community.
In 2016, as part of her Griffith University doctoral studies, Kym completed Part One of The Ripple Effect of PTSD. The films were screened at Griffith’s Nathan, Gold Coast and Logan campuses as part of Mental Health & Wellbeing week. Part One of this series has been disseminated through the Australian Defence Force, RSL Queensland and PTSD support groups and three films in the series have officially been selected for three international film festivals.
Kym’s doctoral exegesis titled, Disruptions in Documentary Filmmaking: Exploring Participants Experience, explores the participant’s experience across all stages of film production, including the community outreach phase. As part of her research into exploring the participant’s experience in the filmmaking process, Kym attended the Veteran Film Festival 2016 with film participants Kirsty and James Greenshields.
Kym is currently in production for Part Two of The Ripple Effect of PTSD-TRIPLE ZERO. This series will focus on the families of first responders - such as police, firefighters and paramedics - and target the wider community of emergency services. The Ripple Effect of PTSD-TRIPLE ZERO is a broadcast quality production and will be pitched to telecasters in 2017.