Marilyn Freeman is a media artist and writer with a passion for 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 Practices
- Literary & Cinematic Storytelling
- Synthesizing Disparate Idea
- Working Across Differences
- Fostering Strengths in Others
- Teaching & Workshops
Wovie, Inc. | Olympia, WA | 2000 – present
Co-Founder. Chief Strategist, Project Director, Media Artists & Writer
Stewards partnerships and indie projects. Works hand-in-hand with public, private and nonprofit organizations to design and produce digital media solutions that meet a wide variety of outreach, informational, educational, advocacy and public relations needs. Serves as Producer, Writer and Director of creative content, coalescing and managing robust production and development teams project-by-project.
State of Washington, Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech)| Olympia | 2015 – present
Senior Strategist & Producer, Electronic Media & Digital Content | January 2015 – August 2018
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 all new public and Intranet sites, branding and communications protocols, and guided the agency’s communications for its 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 | 2013 – 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.
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