Melanie Perkins McLaughlin

Consulting Producer

Melanie Perkins McLaughlin is a documentary filmmaker with over 20 years in film production. She has worked on films for HBO, PBS, ABC, A&E, The Discovery Channel, and The History Channel. Perkins McLaughlin’s independently produced 2007 film Have You Seen Andy? was broadcast on HBO and won a National Emmy Award for Best Investigative Journalism.

That same year, Perkins McLaughlin received a prenatal diagnosis: her third child had Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) and a congenital heart defect. Perkins McLaughlin is in development on a feature length documentary (work in progress) Accepting Grace, that shares the experience of life with Down syndrome from a family perspective —including prenatal diagnoses.


The perception of intelligence is a powerful force in the systematic segregation, maltreatment, and unfulfilled potential of hundreds of millions of individuals with disabilities in the U.S. and worldwide. The documentary film project Intelligent Lives (working title) explores how the segregation of people with intellectual disabilities became the norm, why this segregation is slowly being dismantled, and how some people with intellectual disabilities are blazing a bold new path.

Melanie Perkins McLaughlin