Mimi Pickering

Mimi Pickering

Mimi Pickering is an award-winning filmmaker and the director of Appalshop’s Community Media Initiative (CMI). Established in 1969, Appalshop is a media, arts and education center located in the Appalachian coalfields of Kentucky. Appalshop’s Community Media Initiative (CMI) provides digital storytelling workshops, community media training and production, and assistance in developing communication strategies in support of policy change and social justice organising.

Pickering’s media practice interweaves elements of personal narrative, memory, community and culture to present and represent people and their stories in their own contexts. Her documentaries often feature women as principle storytellers, focus on injustice and inequity, and explore the grassroots efforts of people to address community problems and organise for positive solutions. Pickering has been a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two Kentucky Arts Council Artist Fellowships. She has been awarded media production grants from the American Film Institute and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, and her documentaries have been included in the Library of Congress’ Nation Film Registry and screened on PBS.

Pickering is currently working with young women from eastern Kentucky to create and distribute media which tells their stories of reproductive health issues in the region (www.ekrhp.org). She is also collaborating with Appalshop community radio station WMMT-FM on the creation of a multimedia story bank exploring alternatives to a regional economy dependent on mineral extraction (www.makingconnectionsnews.org). Pickering also serves as the lead trainer in the US for the PlaceStories digital storytelling program and web platform.