Named to AV Multimedia Producer’s 2004 National “Top Producers Showcase”, Mikkelson is both an award-winning media producer and documentary filmmaker. From National PBS broadcasts to being selected as a Featured Video Podcast by iTunes, Mikkelson’s work in film and video has received international acclaim across broad delivery platforms. Mikkelson has completed three award-winning feature documentaries. Her second film, THIS obedience, won numerous festival awards and was distributed for national PBS broadcast by American Public Television. Mikkelson premiered her third documentary, Green Green Water, in October of 2006 in Toronto. The film is currently touring festivals around the world and has broadcast on PBS affiliates and Free Speech TV.
A former television news reporter at an ABC affiliate, Mikkelson graduated magna cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi, with departmental honors from the University of Minnesota in Political Science and Women’s Studies and a minor in Music. Mikkelson has spoken at numerous festival panels on documentary filmmaking, GLBT and environmental issues, as well as speaking at colleges and universities across the country. Dawn is also a film instructor and has served as adjunct faculty at Ottawa University and is currently teaching Documentary Storytelling at IFP/Minnesota.