Talent Guide

Cassidy Friedman

  • Discipline:Director
  • Program Year:Documentary Lab 2015, Fast Track 2014, Grants and Awards 2015


Cassidy Friedman first established himself as a storyteller first as an award-winning news reporter for over 10 years (Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in Journalism, 2009; 1st Place, Daily Newspaper Series- Idaho Press Club, 2007; 1st Place, Serious Features Report, Idaho Press Club, 2006), before transitioning to directing and producing documentaries as a way to engage more creatively with each story. His work has been featured on CNN, Yahoo!, The Huffington Post, NBC Bay Area, sfgate.com, Bay Citizen, CBS 5 Eye on Blogs, SF Appeal, The San Jose Mercury News, and The Santa Cruz Sentinel. He has directed a score of documentary shorts, including “Unstill Life,” Official Selection of the 2014 Long Island International Film Expo and The SoCal Creative & Innovative Film Festival.

Current Project



Three men painfully seek rehabilitation through a radical process of cathartic storytelling before getting released from one of California's most violent and overcrowded prisons.