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Hey, I'm Dawn!

River Falls, Pierce County

2015 Emmy Award winning producer and 2010 McKnight Filmmaking Fellow Dawn Mikkelson’s work has been seen on PBS, OUTtv, and Free Speech TV, and has screened at numerous international festivals including the Galway Film Fleadh, Cambridge Film Festival, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, DocuFest Atlanta, Leipzig DOK Market, American Indian Film Festival, Planet in Focus, and Washington DC Environmental Film Festival. Mikkelson has completed four award-winning independent feature documentaries, The Red TailGreen Green WaterTHIS obedienceand Treading Water: a documentary, which illuminate larger societal issues while creating understanding through the intimate stories of individuals.

 

A former television news reporter at an ABC affiliate, Mikkelson often speaks and writes on issues around documentary filmmaking and social justice for MPR (Minnesota Public Radio) and at festival panels, colleges, and universities. Mikkelson has taught Documentary Film as Adjunct Faculty at Ottawa University in Kansas, as well as at IFP Minnesota. In 2006 Mikkelson’s film, Hope for Recovery: Understanding Mental Illness (produced in collaboration with Twin Cities Public Television and NAMI-MN) won the Eric Sevareid Award by the Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA).

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Aloha

Los Angeles • Drama, Family

Aloha follows one new mom's quest to find the perfect birth announcement after the delivery of her baby doesn't go quite as planned.


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The Atavist

Pittsfield • Adventure, Sci-Fi

A young woman travels to the past, but when the things she leaves alter history, she must get them back to save the future.


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BROTHERS

New York • Drama, LGBTQ

A group of transgender male friends live, love and bind in Brooklyn.


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Invisible

New York • Documentary

Driven by his mother’s fight against Fibromyalgia, filmmaker Nick meets an athlete, an advocate, & a migrant, while worried about his health


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Interference

New York • Drama, Thriller

A violent altercation between a police officer and a black man left one person dead. A couple passing by must decide what they believe.


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Breasts

New Orleans • Drama

When a working mother mentions to her male co-worker that she has to pump her breasts, he slaps her with a sexual harassment complaint.


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Self Portrait

New York • Drama, Experimental

A young woman reflects on the authenticity of her parents marriage in a staged dinner scene revealing three individual perspectives.


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Lady Parts Justice in The New World Order

Chicago • Comedy, Documentary

Lizz Winstead's band of Merry Pranksters defends reproductive rights in this documentary by award-winning filmmaker Ruth Leitman.


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An Act of Terror

Charlotte • Drama, History

The true story of Virginia Christian, a 16-year-old African American girl accused of murder in the Jim Crow South.


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Exposure

Pepin • Romance, LGBTQ

Two women set off on separate journeys of self-reflection and contemplation. What happened between them? How did the relationship die?


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Half the Picture

Los Angeles • Documentary

HALF THE PICTURE is a feature documentary about working women directors in Hollywood.


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F*ck Yes Series

Los Angeles • Romance, Comedy

F*ck Yes! is what affirmative consent sounds like. Sex made hotter. SoSFW (sort of Safe For Work.)


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Mrs. Drake

Denver • Drama

It takes courage and strength to raise a child but it's constant doubt that consumes a parent.


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The Language of Laughter (working title)

Los Angeles • Documentary, War

Set in Zaatari Refugee Camp, this timely tale explores a remarkable friendship between two young women—a Slovakian clown and a Syrian refuge


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Custodian

Los Angeles • Animation, Fantasy

The macabre account of a man whose inner demons drive him to seek redemption in the aftermath of bloodshed.


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Pin Up! The Movie

Boulder • Documentary, Transmedia

Dangerous. Sexy. All American Girl.


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Rez Comedy

Red Lake • Documentary

Two Native American Comedians from different reservations head West to break into the comedy mainstream. Soundtrack by Charlie Parr.


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Shadows of the Valley

El Paso • Documentary

When cartel wars erupt in the Valley of Juarez, a man must risk his life to rescue orphans hiding in the shadows of the Valley of Death.


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A punk Daydream

Los Angeles • Documentary

Indonesia has one of the biggest punk scenes in the world, amidst poverty, pollution and oppression.


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Time Well Spent

Kailua-Kona • Documentary, Sport

A story of four boys who go on the surf trip of a lifetime to discover their worth, and that your past does not define your future.


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The Great Flip-Off

Philadelphia • Documentary, History

Facing extinction, the last extreme circus bareback riders unite for one final, death-defying performance.


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Risking Light

Saint Paul • Documentary

A mother embraces her child’s killer. A torture survivor ponders revenge. What is harder, or more crucial, than forgiving the unforgivable?


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Don't Talk About the Baby

Washington • Documentary

There shouldn't be a stigma surrounding miscarriage, stillbirth or infertility. This has happened to someone you know--Let's talk about it.


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The Hard Way

Missoula • Documentary

An inspiring story about an 89-year-old trail runner who does things the hard way to maintain purpose, momentum and vitality.


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Rideout: One Last Summit

Chiang Mai • Documentary

The story of a man leaving home to go home.


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A Queen For The People

New York • Documentary, LGBTQ

Bob the Drag Queen's career is on the rise. Where the hell she off to next?


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THE NOISE MADE BY PEOPLE

Seattle • Drama, LGBTQ

When you have been silenced, all you hear is noise.


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Ordinary Women

San Francisco • Animation, History

Feminist Frequency's new video series about defying stereotypes, challenging the status quo, and being extraordinary.


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Kinesthesia

Los Angeles • Drama, Shorts Program

Frustrated at her inability to accurately remember a particular time of happiness in her life, Minny sets out to find it again.


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Radical Roots: The Story of a Food Revolution

• Documentary

In the 70s radical youth created an explosion of food co-ops, only to be torn apart in a war over what- and who- their revolution was for.


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See You On the Other Side

Seattle • Romance, Sci-Fi

Love is a superpower.


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