A native of metro-Detroit, Mitch McCabe is an award-winning artist, filmmaker and educator whose work spans narrative, documentary and experimental film– and the many areas in between. McCabe is a most recently the 2019 recipient of the Sarah Jacobson Award, and is a fellow of the Flaherty Seminar and a six-time fellow of the MacDowell Colony. Her work has been supported by MASS MoCA, Yaddo, Princess Grace Foundation, LEF Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Djerassi Foundation, iPark Foundation, SPACE Gallery and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Her first film, PLAYING THE PART premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, won a Student Academy Award and screened at over a hundred festivals including New Directors/New Films, where Stephen Holden of New York Times called it “enthralling.” Her short films, SEPTEMBER 5:10PM, HIGHWAY 403, MILE 39 and TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN have screened at Sundance, New Directors/ New Films, New York Film Festival, two nominated for student Academy Awards. Her experimental goth “featurette” film THIS CORROSION premiered at the Norway Film Festival and Anthlogy Film Archive in New York, and played at several underground festivals. Her HBO documentary YOUTH KNOWS NO PAIN premiered at the Lincoln Center, was nominated for a WGA writing award at AFI-Silverdcos Film Festival and screened at IDFA, among other festivals. Justin Chang from Variety called the film a “lively, candid and thoughtful piece, which avoids the fashionable alarmism of so many social-issue docs..”
She has worked extensively as cameraperson and producer of series for A&E, CBS, Discovery, OWN, TNT, Lifetime, Bravo and Spike. Her work as a director/producer in the branded content space includes clients like Verizon, Chrysler and Unilever.
As an educator, Mitch is currently an Assistant Professor at the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. Formerly, she was a Visiting Professor of Film Production at Trinity College and an Assistant Professor at the BFA film Conservatory at SUNY-Purchase College. Over the years she lectured as a visiting artist and held workshops and seminars at dozens of universities and institutions, including Sundance Institute/Echo Park Film Center, New York University, Whitman College, Detroit Free Press, University of Montana, University of Iowa, Harvard College, Sweetbriar College, Lafayette College, and Vassar College, among others. She received her BA from Harvard College and her MFA from NYU’s Kanbar School of Film and Television
You can watch YOUTH KNOWS NO PAIN onAmazon (re-titled by DVD licensors as MAKE ME YOUNG).