Mimi Freedman
Board Member

Mimi Freedman is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She began writing, producing and directing for nonfiction television after receiving her masters degree in Film History, Theory and Criticism from UCLA. Since then she has created more than fifty films, television specials and series episodes for Turner Classic Movies, A&E, American Movie Classics and Lifetime.

In 2007, Mimi’s film Brando, a 2-part documentary produced for Turner Classic Movies, received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Nonfiction Special. Brando has screened at Cannes, Tribeca, San Sebastian and dozens of other film festivals around the world. Other projects include the critically acclaimed Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool, the 2-hour A&E Biography special Elvis: Return to Tupelo, the Jewish Image Award-winning Backstory: Gentleman’s Agreement and the A&E Biography Charlie Sheen: Born To Be Wild, which received a Prism Award for its accurate portrayal of drug and alcohol addiction.

In May of 2008, Mimi was a judge for the Tupelo Film Festival. In past years she has also served on the nominating committee for the International Documentary Association Awards. She is currently a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Nonfiction Caucus of the Writers Guild of America, and the International Documentary Association. She has worked as a volunteer for the 2008 No on Prop 8 campaign, a precinct captain for the 1992 Democratic Presidential Campaign, and a fundraiser for the Lyric Opera of Toledo.


Mimi started her career in the opera business, working as a director and stage manager before making the transition to film and television. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan.