Jill Freidberg is a media artist, documentary filmmaker, oral historian, radio producer, and youth media educator.
Freidberg's current projects are Wa Na Wari, a center for Black art and stories, in Seattle's Central District; and the Shelf Life Community Story project, an oral history collective that is using neighborhood stories to interrupt the narratives of erasure that accompany gentrification and displacement. Shelf Life recently released a ten-episode podcast.
Freidberg has edited, directed, shot, and/or produced five award-winning feature-length documentaries, three national PBS series, countless documentary shorts, and a handful of radio features. Her work includes the grassroots hit, This is What Democracy Looks Like, about the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, and Sandy Cioffi's searing film, Sweet Crude, about indigenous resistance to resource exploitation in the Niger Delta.
Between 2003 and 2008, Freidberg worked primarily in southern Mexico, producing, directing, and editing two award-winning documentaries. It was during this time that she got to interview her greatest hero, the late Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano.
Freidberg teaches documentary film production, oral history, and audio storytelling at the University of Washington Bothell. Prior to joining the University of Washington, she taught in the Film and Video Communications program at Seattle Central Community College, where she instructed second-year students in directing, production, story development, writing, and editing. She also mentors for Reel Grrls, teaching media production and media literacy to girls between the ages of 12 and 18.
Freidberg received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oregon (1990) and a Certificate of Excellence in Film Production from the Vancouver Film School (1994).