Since 1998 Little Minx has championed the careers of outstanding filmmakers who innovate with both creativity and intelligence. As a certified woman-owned production company, we have embraced diversity in our roster, crews, and staff for 22 years. This philosophy of inclusion is more than our mantra—it’s our mission. It’s the reason the company was founded, and it remains the most essential part of everything we do.
Melanie Chartrand was born in a small town in Texas to a depression era sharecropper father and a British hippie. Never quite fitting in she found her escape in books, film and her mother’s stories of hitchhiking across Europe. This sense of adventure fused with her love of history and politics and led her to a career in photojournalism where she lensed both shifts in global power as well as highly personal narratives of forgotten voices. Her transition to film was the natural extension of her longing to express the subtle complexity of human experience.
Marc Chartrand was born in Montreal, Canada. Initially destined for professional ice hockey, his father’s Kodachromes of global travel spurned his imagination with images of cultures and customs he’d never imagined. His love for philosophy and psychology, the postrock bands he was playing in at the time, and his career as a photojournalist found symbiosis in his early work as an editor, cinematographer and eventually director, where he explores the aesthetic consequences of free will acting in a deterministic universe.
Together, Marc and Melanie marry a diverse array of perspectives that conjoin their passion for thinking about art as emergent social psychology with their technical backgrounds as photographers, editors and cinematographers. As filmmakers, they thrive to explore the emotional moods, aesthetic tones and metaphysical meanings embedded within personal narratives.