Mimi Pickering

Whitesburg, Kentucky, United States


Mimi Pickering is an award-winning filmmaker and director of Appalshop’s Community Media Initiative. Located in the Kentucky coalfields, Appalshop is in its fifth decade using cultural organizing and place-based media, arts and education to advance social justice, environmental sustainability, and economic equity. Pickering is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her film "The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man" was selected by the Librarian of Congress for inclusion in the prestigious National Film Registry. Other documentaries include "Chemical Valley" (broadcast on POV), which focuses on the reality of environmental racism and the implications of the Bhopal disaster for residents surrounded by the WV chemical industry. Most recently Pickering and Anne Lewis completed "Anne Braden: Southern Patriot," a documentary on the life and legacy of this white Southern woman who became a legendary civil rights leader, journalist, teacher and mentor to three generations of social justice activists.

As Appalshop CMI Director, Pickering directs and produces for "Making Connections News: Diversifying Appalachia’s Future," a multi-media collaboration with WMMT-FM exploring sustainable and just economic options for renewing Appalachia (www.makingconnectionsnews.org).