Jordan Melamed spent eight years in the chaos of the Chicago Commodity Exchanges, betting on everything from Soybeans to Gold. He left his career as a trader to attend the directing program at American Film Institute. Melamed's thesis film, A Corner in Gold, a semi-autobiographical story about a trader on the edge, won numerous awards including a Student Emmy for Drama from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and played at film festivals worldwide including The Emerging Filmmaker's Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. Melamed spent a year working closely with child psychologists and doing extensive research as he developed his first feature film Manic. The film, starring Don Cheadle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, tells the story of a violent teenager placed in a juvenile mental institution against his will. Melamed coupled experienced actors with kids who had spent time in adolescent units and shot the film on digital video in an abandoned institution. Manic premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and has played at the Seattle Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.
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