ok Episode 31: Dawn Mikkelson and Forgiveness – Do the Work with Jay & Becca
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Episode 31: Dawn Mikkelson and Forgiveness

December 07, 2016

We have another of Jay’s All Stars on this week’s episode–Dawn Mikkelson. Dawn is an amazing human being and I promise you are going to be incredibly inspired by her and her work. She is a documentary film maker and her most recent film, Risking Light, focuses on the topic of forgiveness. And not your ordinary, “you ate the last of the cheese” type of forgiveness. We are talking about, “you murdered my son,” level forgiveness.

During the podcast we talk about Dawn’s journey through the film’s production and working with Jay. We talk about forgiveness and the power it contains. There are so many great takeaways from this one!


A frequent contributor for Twin Cities PBS (TPT), 2015 Emmy Award winning producer, and 2010 McKnight Filmmaking Fellow Dawn Mikkelson’s work has broadcast and screened internationally. Festival screenings include: 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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