Mindy Johnson

Mindy Johnson is the recipient of the
2020 ASIFA–Hollywood Animation Educators Forum Faculty Grant and the

2019 Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Film Scholar Award
for her continued research into the women of early animated cinema.


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Mindy Johnson has a talent for discovering intriguing stories that cast a light on the human experience. She deftly takes her readers on extraordinary journeys into unexplored realms of our collective past.

— Speaker Series, Los Angeles


Mindy Johnson

Award-winning author, historian, filmmaker, educator, musician and more, Mindy Johnsons creative accomplishments reflect the diversity of her talents and experience. 

A leading expert on women’s roles in animation and film history, Mindy frequently writes and speaks on early cinema, animation, women’s history, and creativity. She was recently honored with the 2020 ASIFA–Hollywood Animation Educators Forum Faculty Grant and the 2019 Academy Film Scholar Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Grant Foundation, for continued research and writing on the contributions of the earliest women within our collective animated past. Her groundbreaking discoveries continue to cast light on the invisible narrative of women’s presence within the first century of the motion picture industry. 


Mindy has produced record-breaking global campaigns, creative content, exhibitions and events for a growing list of clients including: The Walt Disney Company, AMPAS/Oscars.org, WNET/American Masters, The Walt Disney Family Museum, Bing Crosby Enterprises, Stage Nine Productions, SiriusXM Radio, and Horipro Entertainment. 


In addition to her film expertise, literary efforts and consulting, Mindy is also an award-winning playwright, songwriter, composer, and contributing artist on several internationally acclaimed recordings and published compositions. Mindy teaches cinema history, aesthetics and intercultural film within the Los Angeles area, including a first-of-its-kind course on the history of women in animation, based on her continued ground-breaking research, at CalArts – California Institute of the Arts, in Los Angeles, and Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.


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