Emergence Pictures

Emergence Pictures

logo2Who is Emergence Pictures?

Emergence Pictures is multi-platform video/film production company founded by award-winning documentary filmmaker, Dawn Mikkelson.

We team with the top visual artists in the region and internationally including directors of photography, editors, graphic animators, and digital media experts that bring fresh vision to each of our productions.

Emergence Pictures and our clients are dedicated to an emerging world view. Locally, nationally and globally there are inspiring organizations, businesses and individuals who have the vision and perseverance to create emerging paradigms, business practices, and services that make this world a better place to be. We align ourselves with those who have the vision to make a holistic and lasting difference. We are known for our emotionally-charged and thought-provoking approach to storytelling through film and video. We believe that the power of film and video is in its ability to make a lasting impression on the head and heart and that is how we approach each new project.

Clients Include: Aeon, Animal Humane SocietyBike Walk Twin Cities, City of Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support, Clean Water ActionCRF USA, DAP, Girl Scouts of MN & WI River Valleys, Global Citizens Network, HIRED, Himle Rapp, Home for Life, Lori Jacobwith, MN Council of Nonprofits, MN Literacy Council, MN Recovery Connection, NAMI-MN, Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation, Springboard for the Arts, Sundance Family FoundationWellShare International, and many more . . .

Our Founder: Dawn Mikkelson
With a strong focus on the creation of media content for social change, Mikkelson is both an award-winning media producer and documentary filmmaker whose accolades include the International 2011 Pachamama Award Winner in the Possible Futures Film Contest (out of a field of 317 films from 44 countries), being named a 2010 McKnight Fellow for Filmmaking, and selected as one of AV Multimedia Producer’s 2004 National “Top Producers Showcase”. 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 four award-winning feature-length documentary films, Treading Water: a documentary and THIS obedienceGreen Green Water, and The Red Tail. She is currently in production on her fifth, Risking Light, a global documentary which profiles individuals who have found the humanity in the very persons they thought they could never forgive.

In recent years, Mikkelson has consulted with independent filmmakers and nonprofits, as well as assisted nonprofit staff on creating their own videos and authentic storytelling campaigns. A former television news reporter, Mikkelson has taught documentary storytelling as adjunct faculty at Ottawa University, Kansas and at IFP Minnesota.

Location: Red Wing, MN, USA

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