Marilyn Freeman is a media artist and writer with a passion for public service, contemplative and nonfiction media art, technology and golden-era film director, Dorothy Arzner. Freeman’s work and research include the relationship between the personal and transpersonal in nonfiction media art, the video essay as a contemplative, creative, and critical form, and the history and relevance of publicly-sponsored media art. She is the recipient of multiple Artist Trust Media Arts Fellowships.
Known for –
- CinemaDivina | short films for contemplative practice | video essays
- Shots Fired | about a school shooting | short documentary
- Mercy | a road trip leads to the origins of racism | video essay
- WA State Videos | more public service films
- Sophisticated | about golden-era film director Dorothy Arzner | feature-length screenplay
- Group | a women’s therapy group | experimental feature film
Excels at –
- Nonfiction Media Art
- Contemplative Creative Practice
- Literary & Cinematic Storytelling
- Synthesizing Disparate Idea
- Working Across Differences
- Fostering Strengths in Others
- Teaching & Workshops
State of Washington, Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech) | Olympia | 2015 – present
- Senior Strategist & Producer, Electronic Media & Digital Content | January 2015 – present
Freeman launched and leads the State’s new award-winning video services—WaTech’s first new business—including related strategic partnerships and distribution strategies all in support of customer agencies. See https://vimeo.com/channels/watechproductions
- Senior Strategy Advisor & Communications/Creative Services Director | July – December 2015
With legislative authority enabling the new agency only twenty-minutes before midnight on June 30th, Freeman led the teams that lit up WaTech by 6am on July 1 with a new logo, a new public site, a new Intranet site, new communications protocols, and guided the agency’s first six months.
State of Washington, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) | Olympia, | 2013 – 2015
- Senior Strategy Advisor & Communications Director | September 2014 – 2015
Highlights include helming creation of a statewide Strategic IT Framework, speechwriter for the State CIO, strategic communications for Governor Inslee’s request to create a new central technology agency, facilitator of monthly CIO Forum, director of agency videos and websites.
- Senior Information Technology Policy and Management Advisor | July 2013 – Aug 2015
One of a three-person team responsible for policy, oversight, analyses and budget prioritization of major IT investments for 88 state agencies —a portfolio of more than $500 million—and formal briefings on IT policy, strategies and major IT projects for the Technology Services Board and legislative staff.
The Evergreen State College | Olympia, WA | 2009 – 2013
- Faculty, Writing and Media Arts
Recruited to bolster the media arts and writing curriculum, Freeman collaborated with faculty teams to design and teach full-time, multi-quarter, foundational and advanced interdisciplinary arts programs including Evergreen’s signature, year-long media arts programs, Nonfiction Media and MediaWorks.
Wovie, Inc. | Digital Media Arts Studio | Olympia, WA | 2000 – 2010
- Co-founder/Strategic Director | Producer/Director
Eager to experiment with new media in the late 90s, and in response to the dearth of rich media content online, Freeman created the first “wovie”—movie for the web—using bandwidth-efficient animation tools. The result: Wovie, Inc., for which Freeman spearheaded strategic partnerships, served as project director and as a principle member of the studio’s creative team working with public agencies, private businesses and nonprofit organizations to design and produce video and digital media solutions that met a wide variety of outreach, public relations, educational, advocacy and informational needs.
Washington State Department of Information Services (DIS) | Olympia, WA | 1991-99
- Director, DIS Interactive | 1995-99
Appointed to innovate a new technologies division, Freeman first created Washington Interactive Technologies and evolved it into DIS Interactive—a suite of services that included videoconferencing, live satellite broadcasting, web design, applications development and video productions (studio and field-based). She also helmed DIS Communications, and the notable strategic initiatives, K-20 Network and Access Washington.
- Special Technology Initiatives, Assistant to the Director | 1993-95
- Developed a statewide video telecommunications strategic plan, approved by the Information Services Board (ISB), which authorized Washington Interactive Technologies/DIS Interactive.
- Senior Policy Advisor for Video Telecommunications | 1991-93
Provided statewide oversight of video telecommunications projects.
National College Television, Inc. (NCTV) | New York, NY | 1988-1991
- Executive Vice President & General Manager | 1989-1991
The privately owned cable television programming service, NCTV, provided original and acquired programming for college TV channels nationwide. Responsible for all day-to-day operations and an annual operating budget of $22 million, Freeman managed programming and production, affiliate relations, network operations, marketing and creative services.
- Senior Vice President, Programming & Production | 1988-1989
Responsible for all programming including original productions—talk shows, news, music video shows, health and fitness shows—as well as co-productions with a number of colleges including the graduate media programs at UCLA and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the television department at American University in DC, and the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at the Washington State University.
Campus Network | New York, NY | 1983-1988
- Senior Producer, Anchor, Segment Producer & Field Reporter | 1986-88
Produced half-hour national collegiate newsmagazine show, Campus America
- Director of Network Technologies | 1983-1985
Established and technically outfitted a network of U.S. colleges and universities for satellite-delivered Ku-band information and entertainment programming service.
Campus Entertainment Network | New York, NY | 1981-1983
- Director of Network Technical Development
Managed the technical coordination of satellite-delivered, pay-per-view, big-screen events— including the Broadway shows and major concerts—at college campuses nationwide.
M.F.A. | Interdisciplinary Arts | Goddard College, Plainfield, VT | 2009
Concentrations: Creative Nonfiction, Religion, Experimental Media Arts
B.F.A. | Theater | Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA | 1979
Concentrations: Writing, Acting, Directing