Suzanne Mitchell is a series producer and director of documentary feature films, docu and reality series, and cutting-edge content for streaming platforms. Her projects have garnered two Emmys, two Gracie Awards, an Omni Intermedia Award, and a Cine Golden Eagle. Her film Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde won numerous awards, including an Audience Favorite and Best Documentary before its nationwide theatrical release. Running Wild was hailed by the New York Times as "a grand documentary" and by the Village Voice as "inspiring in the best possible way." Suzanne is the Series Producer for the 13th Season of Discovery's landmark reality program Gold Rush.
Dividing her time between New York and London, Suzanne is a Supervising producer for real-crime series on hulu, and Oxygen. For RAW-TV, Suzanne played pivotal roles as the US Field Producer on NETFLIX's The Most Hated Man on the Internet, and a soon-to-be-released feature crime film for Netflix. Other recent documentaries include: Atomic Cover-up , using never-before-seen color and B&W film shot during the immediate aftermath of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; Guinea Pig Diaries takes an unfiltered look into the lives of guinea pigs and the people who adore them, breed them, show them, and rescue them; and Pratt in the Hat , a portrait of the inimitable Frances Pratt, who from beneath her hundreds of wide-brimmed hats, shares her eight decades' worth of wisdom and experience as a black woman in America.
Suzanne has collaborated with Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple on a variety of films: New Passages, The Presidential Summit, The Hamptons, Woodstock: Now & Then, Force of Nature , where she traveled to South Sudan to present the humanitarian work of philanthropist Ellen Ratner, and Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation , which took Mitchell to the oil-soaked Gulf Coast, the slums of Haiti, the drought-ravaged West, and the highly contested political races of 2012.
Mitchell produced two comprehensive historical series -- ABC's The Century and A&E's The Millennium Biography Special , which included exclusive interviews with renowned scientists including Hans Bethe, business leaders including Steve Jobs, and celebrities including Robin Williams. Her work as an independent producer for Oprah Winfrey includes The Oprah Winfrey Show : Martin Luther King Special (2008) and The Freedom Riders Special (2011). Recruited by AT&T to create cutting-edge web programs, Mitchell developed, supervised and produced over a hundred episodes of The Hugh Thompson Show , an online variety show melding science, technology, art, history and entertainment.
Suzanne's directing credits also include two short films. brickhead EARTH , at Burning Man (2015) following renowned sculptor James Tyler as he sets out to erect an 8,000-pound brick sculpture in one of the harshest environments on earth. ED chronicles a 100-year-old symphony conductor in a meditation on what it means to grow old. Added to her production credits she produced and supervised the outreach and distribution strategy of the feature doc Borderline , an experiential film challenging the stigmatization of the critical mental health issue, borderline personality disorder. Suzanne has served as the filmmaker in residence at the Woods Hole Film Festival and regularly offers guidance to independent filmmakers on DIY distribution.
As the Supervising Producer for HBO's 13-part series docu-drama G-String Divas , Suzanne oversaw the production and budget of this multimillion-dollar project, and followed this with her role as Executive Producer of A&E's extraordinary expose documentary Fatal Fathers , examining the deaths of pregnant women at the hands of their partners. For her six PBS documentaries focused on women, Mitchell was awarded two Gracie Awards and one Emmy.
In 2019 Suzanne secured production on a 6-part series exploring systemic poverty in America. Across all 50 states and Puerto Rico, this series followed young fellows as they traversed the U.S. gathering stories and data for one of the most influential research studies on immobility.
Suzanne's skills as a filmmaker have guided her successes in the non-profit sector. Serving as the Board Chair of Rivertown Film , a New York based independent film society, she also founded a thriving 501c3 environmental grassroots organization ROSA4Rockland.