Executive Produced by Naomi Osaka

presented by

Breakwater Studios & The New York Times Op-Docs with support from Hana Kuma

Told by her daughter Wendy, MINK! chronicles the remarkable Patsy Takemoto Mink, a Japanese American from Hawaii who became the first woman of color elected to the U.S. Congress, on her harrowing mission to co-author and defend Title IX, the law that transformed athletics for generations in America for girls and women.

Select Festivals, Screenings and Awards

  • Vimeo Staff Pick
  • Short of the Week
  • HollyShorts Film Festival
  • Hawai’i International Film Festival
  • San Diego International Film Festival
  • Boston Asian American Film Festival
  • SF Doc Stories


About the director

An Academy Award® winning short documentary director and entrepreneur, Ben Proudfoot is the creative force behind Breakwater Studios. The studio’s work has been recognized by the  Academy Awards®, The Emmys, The Peabody Awards, Critics Choice Documentary Awards, The James Beard Awards, the Sundance Film Festival, Telluride, and the Tribeca Film Festival among others. Proudfoot was named one of Forbes “30 Under 30” for his leadership and innovation in the brand-funded documentary space. He hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Proudfoot is an accomplished sleight-of-hand magician and has performed at The Magic Castle in Los Angeles.