Hacker has worked as an editor for
National Geographic Television and the PBS/BBC American
Cinema series. She is a graduate of New York
University Film School and teaches there. She has
been an assistant editor on many documentary
films including the popular Paris is Burning,
the 1988 Academy Award winner The Ten Year
Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round
Table; Indians, Outlaws and Miss
Angie Debo, a documentary film for the PBS
history series The American Experience; and L.A.
is Burning for the PBS series Frontline.
Melissa grew up on feature film sets
watching her mother work as a costume designer,
(Ruth Morley designed costumes for Miracle
Worker, Taxi Driver, Annie Hall,
Tootsie, and many other classic American
films) learned much on every documentary film she
worked on, and has long felt compelled to make
this film. My Knees Were Jumping;
Remembering the Kindertransports is
her directorial debut .