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 2017

Mindy Johnson



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 womens roles in animation and film history, Mindy frequently writes and speaks on early cinema, animation, womens history, and creativity. Her ongoing research and groundbreaking discoveries continue to cast light on the invisible narrative of womens 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, 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. A longtime professor of film and animation, Mindy teaches cinema history, aesthetics and intercultural film, within the Los Angeles area.


A groundbreaking and game-changing book that examines the unsung women artists whose contributions defined the legendary animated classics of our time.



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Tinker Bell – An Evolution
Ink & Paint – The Women of Walt Disney's Animation
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Groundbreaking and game-changing,
Ink & Paint – The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation examines the unsung women artists whose contributions defined the legendary animated classics of our time. Mindy's landmark volume lifts the lid on the never-before-explored world of hand-rendered artistry of Ink & Paint and tracks women's advancement into virtually every discipline of animation, forever changing what we thought we knew about animation and cinematic history.

Mindy’s critically acclaimed volume,
Tinker Bell – An Evolution, explores
nearly 100 years of animation artistry and pop culture chronicling the development of everyone’s favorite fairy. Honored with consecutive Family Choice Awards, this lush fairy tome features never-before-seen artwork and photographs, this chronicle of all things Tinker Bell is a must for everyone who knows that “all it takes is faith, trust and pixie-dust!”

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