Director / Producer
Cassidy Arkin is an award-winning episodic and feature documentary director and producer dedicated to telling the rich, diverse stories of people through investigative and creative storytelling. A profound lover of culture and community, her work often explores music, ethnicity, and social movements. As a director and producer, she creates compelling narratives both in fiction and non-fiction, to feel intimate and cinematic to chronicle a journey.
Notable credits include Hulu, Unsung, CBS Networks, Getty Images, and ABC Networks, among others. With her natural curiosity and infectious enthusiasm, Cassidy Arkin continues to push boundaries and create impactful content that leaves a lasting impression on viewers worldwide.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS SALUTE: NABJ AWARD
Received joint awards from the National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence as the producer for Best 2015 National Diversity PR & Marketing Campaign won in the TV & Best PR categories.
J. WALTER THOMPSON NEW YORK, INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Received the 2014, Innovators of Change Award because of her efforts to inspire, educate, encourage, and actively promote diversity as a TV producer and through her personal story LITTLE BROWN GIRL. The award acknowledged her efforts to make a difference in the lives of African-Americans and people of color in New York City and around the world.
Became the leader and a participant in a Russian-American exchange program sponsored by Alameda County Office of Education and Kurchatov Institute of Nuclear Energy in Troitsk, Russia. She lived in the Moscow area living with Russian families and touring Russia and in turn hosted four young Russian women in her own San Leandro, California home. Was student coordinator speaking to civic bodies about the exchange and Russian-American relations and spearheading fund-raising activities.
She also became deeply involved as a volunteer with Girls, Inc. of San Leandro, and became a seasoned workshop presenter and counselor in the area of sex education and abuse prevention for teens. She received a major Reader’s Digest Career Key Divisional University Scholarship upon graduation, in part for her work with Girl’s Inc., and as part of the awards conference presented a sample teen workshop at a conference in Beverly Hills.
IFP NEW YORK DOCUMENTARY UNIT, STUDENT HONOREE
The recipient for an award for participating in a workshop that focused primarily on documentary. The program helps documentary filmmakers navigate the industry, develop new audiences, and encourage close interaction between all participants. Introductions were made to industry executives and filmmakers in documentary.
THE EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE, Washington State
Graduated from Evergreen State College, Olympia Washington with a B.A. in Political Science with a multimedia emphasis.
UNIVERSITY OF CARMEN DE LAS CUEVAS, Spain
Universidad De Carmen De Las Cuevas, Granada, Spain. Studied Spanish language and culture, Flamenco dance and ethnography.
BYTIC LABS, Russia
Studied at the Bytic Newspaper & Computer Lab Troitsk, took courses in journalism, history & culture in Russia.
PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA
An active member of the Producers Guild of America and board member for PGA’s Diversity Committee.