Hey, I'm Dawn!

River Falls, Pierce County

Committed to stories that unite and inspire, while creating a film and television industry that represents our diverse world.

Award-winning media producer and documentary filmmaker whose accolades include 2018 and 2015 Midwest Regional Emmy Awards, being named a 2017 Kickstart Diversity Award Recipient by Big Vision Empty Wallet and a 2010 McKnight Fellow for Filmmaking, and selected as one of AV Multimedia Producer’s 2004 National “Top Producers Showcase”.

Mikkelson premiered her fifth feature, RISKING LIGHT, in Competition at the 2018 Cinequest Film Festival, listed by both the San Francisco Chronicle and Mercury Sun as one of the Top 10 films of Cinequest. The film has received strong reviews across the United States and Australia, screening at festivals including the Cleveland International Film Festival, Melbourne International Documentary Film Festival, Chania Film Festival (Greece), and being awarded "Audience Favorite" at the Big Water Film Festival and "Best of Fest" and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. RISKING LIGHT had its US Broadcast premiere in spring 2020 through American Public Television.

Mikkelson’s work has been seen on PBS, OUTtv, and Free Speech TV, and has screened at international festivals including the Galway Film Fleadh, Cambridge Film Festival, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Leipzig DOK Market, American Indian Film Festival, and Washington DC Environmental Film Festival. Mikkelson has completed four award-winning independent feature documentaries, THE RED TAIL, GREEN GREEN WATER, THIS OBEDIENCE, and TREADING WATER: A DOCUMENTARY. A former television news reporter, Mikkelson has often produced for TPT (Twin Cities PBS) and documentary content for brands and causes around the world.

Dawn is a proud member of the Minnesota Chapter of Film Fatales.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Maine Noir

Waldoboro, Maine Film Feature
Drama

A modern noir about a woman who discovers a lot of money hidden in the walls of the house she inherited. Problem is, someone wants it back.

102%

This project got the green light!

Paris is in Harlem

New York City, New York Film Feature
Drama, Musical

A multi-character mosaic set in 2017, on the day the infamous Cabaret or No Dancing Law was repealed in NYC.

111%

This project got the green light!

Aloha

Los Angeles, California Film Short
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.

81%

This project got the green light!

The Atavist

Pittsfield, Berkshire County Film Feature
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.

292%

This project got the green light!

BROTHERS

New York City, New York Series
Drama, LGBTQ

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

108%

This project got the green light!

Invisible

New York City, New York Film Feature
Documentary, Science

Nick decides to help his mom fight Fibromyalgia, a misunderstood syndrome labeled a woman’s disease, then unexpectedly confronts it himself

127%

This project got the green light!

Interference

New York City, New York Film Short
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.

85%

This project got the green light!

Breasts

New Orleans, Louisiana Film Short
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.

105%

This project got the green light!

Hutterite

Sioux Falls, South Dakota Film Short
Drama

Marigold, a young girl living in a Hutterite Colony must choose between her life in the commune and the freedom of the outside world.

90%

This project got the green light!

Self Portrait

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Experimental

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

112%

This project got the green light!

Lady Parts Justice in The New World Order

Chicago, Illinois Film Feature
Comedy, Documentary

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

105%

This project got the green light!

An Act of Terror

Charlotte, Mecklenburg County Film Short
Drama, History

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

150%

This project got the green light!

Exposure

Pepin, Wisconsin Film Feature
Romance, LGBTQ

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

100%

This project got the green light!

Half the Picture

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Documentary

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

82%

This project got the green light!

F*ck Yes Series

Los Angeles, California Series
Romance, Comedy

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

133%

This project got the green light!

Mrs. Drake

Denver, Colorado Film Short
Drama

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

84%

This project got the green light!

Dreams of Daraa

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Documentary

Hanadi dreams of a safe home for her family, but that means fleeing Syria with her daughters and finding her kidnapped husb

100%

This project got the green light!

Custodian

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Animation, Fantasy

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

101%

This project got the green light!

Pin Up! The Movie

Boulder, Colorado Film Feature
Documentary, Transmedia

Dangerous. Sexy. All American Girl.

101%

This project got the green light!

Rez Comedy

Red Lake, Beltrami County Film Feature
Documentary

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

100%

This project got the green light!

Shadows of the Valley

El Paso, Texas Film Feature
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.

145%

This project got the green light!

A punk Daydream

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Documentary

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

101%

This project got the green light!

Time Well Spent

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii County Film Feature
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.

101%

This project got the green light!

The Great Flip-Off

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Feature
Documentary, History

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

128%

This project got the green light!

Risking Light

Saint Paul, Minnesota Film Feature
Documentary

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

100%

This project got the green light!

Don't Talk About the Baby

Washington, District of Columbia Film Feature
Documentary

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

95%

This project got the green light!

The Hard Way

Missoula, Montana Film Short
Documentary

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

103%

This project got the green light!

Rideout: One Last Summit

Chiang Mai, Roi Et Film Feature
Documentary

The story of a man leaving home to go home.

100%

This project got the green light!

A Queen For The People

New York City, New York Film Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

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

104%

This project got the green light!

THE NOISE MADE BY PEOPLE

Seattle, Washington Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

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

102%

This project got the green light!

Ordinary Women

San Francisco, California Series
Animation, History

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

103%

This project got the green light!

Kinesthesia

Los Angeles, California Film Short
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.

141%

This project got the green light!

Radical Roots: The Story of a Food Revolution

Minnesota, United States Film Feature
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.

83%

This project got the green light!

See You On the Other Side

Seattle, Washington Film Short
Romance, Sci-Fi

Love is a superpower.

111%

This project got the green light!

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