Cassidy Friedman, owner/director of Stories Matter Media, established himself as a storyteller first as an award-winning news reporter, before transitioning to directing and producing documentaries as a way to engage more creatively with each story.
He has directed a score of documentary shorts, including “Unstill Life”, Official Selection of the 2014 Long Island International Film Expo and The SoCal Creative & Innovative Film Festival.
Current projects include three feature-length documentaries: Soledad follows three men seeking a second chance as the nation explores reforming its prison system, Circles tracks a pioneer of the Restorative Justice movement in Oakland schools, and Las Chavas follows the only orphanage for girls in Honduras.
Cassidy is a fellow of CIFF’s Points North Fellowship, Film Independent’s Fast Track program, and Film Independent’s Documentary Lab. His films have won grants from the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorenz Doc Fund, Pacific Pioneer Fund and Center for Investigative Reporting. His prior work as a journalist earned him the Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2009.