Meissa headshotMeissa Hampton is a writer and filmmaker focused on telling stories with positive social and cultural impact.  Borrowing the name from her first book of poetry, she founded One Pair of Shoes Pictures, a company intent on promoting inspired contributors to filmmaking and drawing audiences with works that speak to our emotion, our intellect, and our era.  She serves as the company’s managing director and is currently completing her feature documentary A Social Cure which documents the HIV/AIDS crisis in South Africa and the burgeoning potential of our technologically empowered social networks to effect positive change.  She expanded from acting, writing, and producing to directing feature films.  She most recently founded A Social Cure, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of educational events, screening, and distribution of media intent on effecting positive social change. She is an active member of New York Women in Film Television (NYWIFT) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and a founding member of the Urban Artists Collective and the Indies Lab, NYC.  She has been repeatedly awarded for her performances by judges and audiences in national, international, commercial, and independent film festivals.  She is a published poet and credited screenwriter.   Her poetry has been awarded by the Academy of American Poets, and her studies were awarded scholarship under the Ford Colloquium.