Mimi Fuenzalida was born in Santiago, Chile and spent her early years in both Chile and Argentina. In her twenties, she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her passion for photography & film.
Mimi developed her work being mostly self-taught, yet in recent years, she received a grant to study at the Global Cinematography Institute and has had the opportunity to study with a diverse group of DP’s, including Gale Tattersal, Yuri Neyman and Vilmos Sigmund, ASC.
She started her film work creating ‘legacy documentaries’ for private families and has moved on to work on projects such as second unit camera work for the Discovery Channel series Border Battles (2 episodes). She has filmed, directed, and edited several unique projects for individual clients, including an interview with director Greg Yaitanis for the book project, ‘Act or Die,’ a video for “Truth and Consequences” author Laurie Sandell featuring and exclusive interview with Andrew Madoff, the documentary “A Time for Transformation” and a project produced for the Herb Ellis estate commemorating the legendary jazz guitarist. Fuenzalida filmed and edited a documentary investigating the cutting edge detoxification work done at the McCombs Center for Health (2011) and filmed the "My Satus is Not a Secret" project which sought to humanize the experience of those affected by AIDS.
Utilizing her fluency in English & Spanish she has directed and shot projects such as the promotional short “Providencia:Building a bio-cultural capital of the Amazon” (2013), filmed in the Amazon in Ecuador with a group of architects from UCLA & PUCE. While working with VIMBY (Mark Burnett Digital Studio) Mimi directed several National commercials for both, English and Spanish-speaking markets.
As a photographer, her commercial work has appeared in Elle Decor, Departures and various digital media venues.