Vivian Kleiman

Compadre Media Group

Vivian Kleiman is a Peabody Award-winning producer/director/consultant known for challenging subjects and edgy filmic approaches. She is currently director/producer of No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics. Recently she received the prestigious Eureka Fellowship, an invitation-only award from the Fleishhacker Foundation. A longtime collaborator with filmmaker Marlon Riggs, she helped film his landmark experimental documentary Tongues Untied, produced Color Adjustment, and supervised the posthumous completion of his final film Black Is…Black Ain’t. She Executive Produced the Academy Award-nominated documentary short Last Day of Freedom; Maquilapolis; Strong; and First Person Plural, among others. Additional awards include: National Emmy Award, Outstanding Individual Achievement (nomination); IDA Outstanding Achievement Award; and Organization of American Historians Eric Barnouw Award. As an educator, she taught at Stanford University’s Graduate Program in Documentary Film & Video Production for 8 years.  She also served as  the Inaugural Mentor of the James Yee Mentorship Program at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).