Researcher and Filmmaker
M. Melody Koebler is a Mexican-American researcher and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. in Film Studies from The American University of Paris, France. Melody has worked as a documentary filmmaker (Emerging Director Award from Adobe Systems, Le Festival de Cannes 2006), development analyst for NBC Universal and with film festival programming committees for Slamdance, Los Angeles Film Festival and AFI Fest. Her insights as a storyteller, analyst and curator inform her research and weave together a lifelong pursuit to explore the complexities of social behavior and interpersonal relationships, whether they be through behavioral science research or representation in cinema. She is passionate about understanding how culture is informed by technology and the role it plays in people’s lived experience. Her research interests include immersive technologies (virtual reality/augmented reality/mixed reality), human-computer interaction and social robotics. As a graduate student at the Freie Universität Berlin, Melody is currently engaged in qualitative research related to social VR. Her article on privacy issues related to virtual reality was published in the 2017 peer reviewed Journal of Visual and Media Anthropology (Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 51-63).
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