I started the J. Gary Mitchell Film Company around 1970 and in the early 1990’s with the advent of the Internet I created EMPOWERKIDS.COM. From the beginning, I was clear about using my filmmaking skills to help create change. The women’s movement made a deep impression on me. I seemed to resonate with virtually everything they were about. I was not just making movies, I was helping make our world a better place.

Cutting to the chase: I have produced and directed over 70 short films with the help of many creative people. To the writers, Camera crew and all the other talented people who have helped me, I owe a great deal.

Most of these films have been for children, and all have been in some way focused on a contemporary social issue. I have built a career in educational films with tough social issues like Rape, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, AIDS and, of course, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention. My films have won numerous awards including an Academy Award Nomination for Best Short Subject Documentary.



J. GARY MITCHELL: His puppets fight pedophiles // Willamette Week – July 23, 2008



  • Golden Babe Award – Chicagoland Educational Film Festival
  • Parent’s Choice Award
  • National Council on Family Relations
  • Golden Plaque Award – Chicago International Film Festival
  • Red Ribbon – American Film Festival
  • CINE Golden Eagle
  • Columbus International Film Video
  • Nat’l Council on Family Relations
  • Silver Apple Award – National Educational Film & Video Festival
  • American Film & Video Festival
  • International Children’s Film Festival of India
  • Birmingham International Educational Film Festivals