About Zoe

Zoe Malen is passionate about artistic expression and creativity. Various forms of art like music, painting, fashion, crafting, photography, graphic design, and film have always been important to her. She expresses her creative style with thought-provoking pieces that sometimes seem strange or odd. 

Outside of creative hobbies, Zoe is very passionate about advocating for the environment, social justice, and mental health. She loves animals, traveling, thrifting, and spending time with loved ones.

She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a journalism major, an emphasis in film and media production, and a minor in videography. She ended her college career as the President of the UNR National Press Photographers Association chapter, Photo Editor for The Nevada Sagebrush, and visual intern with KUNR Public Radio.

She currently serves as a co-founder of the film production company, GoodKid. The newest short film about inevitable change and talking with your inner child titled 'Don't Tell My Mother,' was directed by Zoe and released in May 2024. Previously, the documentary she directed titled  'Love Letter to Life' navigates Iman Dimalanta's life, a 21-year-old cancer survivor who found strength in journaling her experience. This film won Zoe Malen an award for Best Directing. 

Awards & Recognition 

  • Marilyn Newton Outstanding Student in Visual Journalism - 2024 Savitts Awards, Reynolds School of Journalism
  • Seven Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Brands to Support - top 20 for the 2024 Hearst Multimedia Narrative Storytelling Award
  • Love Letter to Life - Award of Excellence, Student Documentary Competition: BEA Festival of Media Arts 2024
  • Love Letter to Life - Best Directing, RSJ Student Documentary Film Festival 2023
  • Love Letter to Life - Best Animations/Motion Graphics, RSJ Student Documentary Film Festival 2023
  • Good Kid Productions - Invited to participate in the Cannes Film Festival 2023
  • ICON - 2nd Place for Best Film in Reno, 48 Hour Film Project 2023
  • ICON - Best Poster, 48 Hour Film Project 2023
  • Dazed - Official Selection for First-Time Filmmaker Sessions by Lift-Off Global Network 2023
  • Trial - Official Selection for First-Time Filmmaker Sessions by Lift-Off Global Network 2022
  • Trial - Official Selection for Emerald Peacock 2022
  • 2021-2024 Reynold's School of Journalism Dean's List
  • 2020 - 1st Place State Champion (Independent Business Plan) - Las Vegas
  • 2019 - 2nd Place Finalist (Business and Merchandising Operations Research) - Las Vegas
  • 2018 - 2nd Place Finalist (Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research) - Las Vegas


  • The Nevada Sagebrush
  • KUNR.org
  • Insight Magazine
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • The Hitchcock Project
  • Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal

Contact Info

instagram: @zoe.digital
twitter: @zoemalen_

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