An award-winning independent filmmaker from Hawaii, Kimberlee Bassford has a passion for social issue and cultural stories. She produced, directed, wrote and co-edited Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority, a one-hour documentary for national public television that explores the life and times of the late U.S Representative Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first woman of color in Congress and co-author of the landmark Title IX gender equity legislation. Most recently, Bassford was a producer on Unnatural Causes (2008), a four-hour national PBS documentary series and public engagement campaign that investigates our disturbing socioeconomic and racial disparities in health.
She was also a producer on the three-hour PBS documentary series “The Meaning of Food” (2005), which explores the social significance of food in the United States. Bassford is a graduate of Punahou School and holds a BA in psychology from Harvard University and a Masters in Journalism from the University of California Berkeley. She owns Making Waves Films LLC, a documentary production company in Honolulu.
Director: Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority
Winner of the Audience Award for best documentary – Hawaii International Film Festival 2008
In 1965, Patsy Takemoto Mink became the first woman of color in the U.S. Congress. Seven years later, she ran for the U.S. presidency and co-authored Title IX, the landmark legislation that opened up higher education and athletics to America’s women. video