• Melanie La Rosa, Producer/Director

How To Power A City is directed and produced by filmmaker Melanie La Rosa. Melanie began filmmaking in the relentlessly DIY San Francisco film world. Her first film, Sir: Just A Normal Guy, about the female-to-male transition of a her friend Jay, screened internationally at dozens of film festivals and events, won awards from the Berkeley Film and Video Festival, Western Psychological Association, and generated important discussion about gender transition at a time when it was rarely portrayed in the media. It is now included in the permanent collections of dozens of prestigious universities. Melanie's second film, The Poetry Deal: a film with Diane di Prima, about the most famous woman writer of the Beat generation, was recognized with support from highly competitive funders including the New York State Council for the Arts, The Puffin Foundation, The Eastman Fund, and the Brooklyn Arts Council. As a producer, she has worked on PBS series and NPR programs, and has worked as an editor and shooter on documentaries that have screened internationally and throughout the United States. She currently teaches media production at Pace University. More about her work here.

Producers/Field Producers:

  • Toni De Aztlan
  • Andrés Otero 


  • Benjamin Bode
  • Pablo Camacho 
  • Toni De Aztlan
  • Senetchut Floyd
  • George Heckard
  • Kay Hannahan
  • Kyle I. Kelley
  • Stephen Koss
  • Andrés Otero 
  • Alex Zielinski


  • Yasmin Mistry 

Production Assistants:

  • Aaron Benally
  • Irene Mercado
  • Anthony Parker
  • Nicholas Ostrander
  • Natasha Tamate Weiss

UX intern:

  • Irene Mercado

Thank You!

  • Michael Allegretti
  • Johanna Campos
  • Sean Collishaw
  • Victoria Estevez
  • Bimol Karmakar
  • Victor Manibo
  • James Siquiera
  • Paul Ziek

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