Talent Guide

Mikaela Shwer

  • Discipline:Director, Editor
  • Program Year:Documentary Lab 2020


Mikaela Shwer is an award-winning filmmaker and editor based in Los Angeles. Her feature documentary about undocumented activist Angy Rivera, Don’t Tell Anyone/No Le Digas a Nadie, broadcast on PBS/POV in the fall of 2015 and was honored with the George Foster Peabody Award. She is an Associate of the Investigative Reporting Program Workshop at UC Berkeley and a Logan Nonfiction Fellow. Her career also spans years of working in post-production, working with Blowback Productions and Steeplechase Films in New York and currently Chain Camera Pictures in Los Angeles.

Current Project

The Kids Are Not Alright


Despite decades of documented abuse, thousands of children across the United States are held in cult-like reform programs with little to no oversight. The Kids Are Not Alright takes an investigative look at this controversial industry.