Mikaela Shwer (2019) is an award-winning filmmaker and editor based in Los Angeles. Her feature documentary about undocumented activist Angy Rivera, “Don’t Tell Anyone/No Le Digas a Nadie,” broadcast on PBS/POV in the fall of 2015 and was honored with the George Foster Peabody Award. In 2016, she partnered with PBS SoCal and KCPT on The Re:Dream Project, a national campaign exploring the American Dream, where she directed, produced and edited eight stories of people in Los Angeles and what the American dream means to them. She is an associate of the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and has worked in post-production for Blowback Productions and Steeplechase Films in New York.
During her time at the Logan Nonfiction Program, Mikaela will work on editing her new documentary, “The Kids Are Not Alright.” The film examines the federally unregulated, multibillion-dollar “troubled teen” industry in the United States and the long-lasting effects of “tough love” therapy on the generations of children who have experienced it.