Jill Freidberg is a documentary filmmaker, oral historian, radio producer, and youth media educator.
Freidberg has edited, directed, shot, and/or produced five award-winning feature-length documentaries, three national PBS series, countless documentary shorts, several oral history projects, and a handful of radio features. 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's current project is 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 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).