NO LOOK PASS is an identity quest film that follows Emily Tay's transition into adulthood between her senior year at Harvard (where she ranks 23rd nationally for assists thanks to her signature move, the no look pass) into her first year playing professionally in Europe. Emily's Buddhist parents risked everything to emigrate from Burma in 1980 to Los Angeles' Chinatown and expect Emily to return home after graduation and comply with an arranged marriage. But Emily must follow her own American Dream, which means moving to Germany and falling in love with a U.S. servicewoman living under Don't Ask Don't Tell. After feeling like an outsider her entire life, Emily struggles to become a leader, not just a star and faces the terror of telling her parents who she really is. The storyline of Emily's tribulations and history is told in parallel with her pursuit of two consecutive championships. Basketball is a means to an end greater than simply winning games; it is the stage upon which she works through, and ultimately declares, her strength and inherent self-worth. Emily relies on her best friend and teammate, Katie, who follows her across the Atlantic. A white, 6'3'' diva from Maine, Katie is the yang to Emily's yin and provides considerable comic relief. Emily's two coaches — at Harvard and in Germany — likewise add color, drama and humor to the film. NO LOOK PASS is a story about opportunity and identity, the loss that accompanies growth, and the courage required to live the life you imagine.
Melissa has taken leadership roles in documentary film, television, web production, and digital marketing over the past ten years. With the launch of High Hip Productions in January 2008, Melissa directed and produced the short documentary film, Act As If, about Harvard women's basketball coach Kathy Delaney-Smith and her positive life philosophy. Act As If played in 10 film festivals nationwide with acknowledgement in The New York Times and The Boston Herald. Alongside director John Singleton (Boyz in the Hood) Melissa recently co-produced a documentary for ESPN's acclaimed 30 for 30 series about former track star Marion Jones which premiered on November 2, 2010 called Marion Jones: Press Pause. As Senior Producer and Digital Director for Comedy Central, BBC America, and Spike TV, Melissa ran websites for hit television shows including The Colbert Report and Top Gear. She also directed and produced over 100 shorts and segments for these networks, earning a 2009 Webby Honoree for BBCAmerica.com. Melissa worked as Assistant to the Director and Assistant Editor on the documentary film, Class Act, directed by Sara Sackner and Executive-Produced by Morgan Spurlock following his Academy Award Nominated film, Super Size Me. Class Act won the Best Feature at the Artivist Film Festival and First Place, Best Documentary at Rhode Island Film Festival in 2006. Keeping in touch with her digital media roots, Melissa co-created an original web series called, The Worst Speeches of All Time that premiered on ComedyCentral.com in August 2009 and has garnered 900,000 views to date.