Multi-Emmy Award winning director/producer/editor and story consultant. 2010 McKnight Filmmaking Fellow, Dawn Mikkelson’s work has broadcast and screened internationally. Festival screenings include: DOC NYC, Cucalorus, Mill Valley Film Festival, Heartland International Film Festival, Sound Unseen, and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Mikkelson has completed seven award-winning independent feature documentaries, the most recent are MINNESOTA MEAN and FINDING HER BEAT, two follow-documentaries celebrating powerful women.

A former television news reporter at an ABC affiliate, Mikkelson has taught Documentary Film as Adjunct Faculty at Ottawa University in Kansas, as well as at Film North. Most recently she served as Broadcast Content Manager at WDSE|WRPT in Duluth, MN. Over her time at WDSE the station and it’s productions quadrupled their Regional Emmy Award Nominations and received national acclaim by NAJA (Native American Journalist Association).

Based in Lake City, Minnesota, Mikkelson is a proud member of the Film Fatales and the DPA (Documentary Producers Alliance), as Co-Representative of the Midwest Region and Member of the Ethics Committee.