CSUN CTVA Alumna Wins Oscar for ’20 Days in Mariupol’ Documentary

  • Three men and three women in formal dress stand on a red carpet.

    Michelle Mizner (center) holds her Oscar statuette. The CTVA alumna was a producer and editor on the Best Documentary Feature. Photo: personal.

CSUN alumna Michelle Mizner ’07 (Cinema and Television Arts) is now an Oscar winner, after the film she produced and edited won “Best Documentary Feature” at the 96th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 10, 2024.

20 Days in Mariupol” is an account of the first days of war after Russia invaded the Ukrainian city. It documents the experiences of Associated Press video journalist Mstyslav Chernov and a team of journalists who arrived in Mariupol hours before Russian troops landed.

Mizner, along with her colleagues, accepted their awards on stage at the glittering awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Chernov gave an emotional speech about his homeland and the war that began in February, 2022.

Mizner, a producer and editor on the film, is a senior documentary editor and producer at the PBS series “Frontline” in Boston. She has produced numerous projects for the series including podcasts and interactive documentaries, of which three have been News and Documentary Emmy award winners.

The film was a joint production of the Associated Press and PBS.

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