Unicorn Stencil Documentary Films has produced four feature-length documentaries, all directed by Chad Freidrichs.



Combined, these films have played at prestigious film festivals throughout the world, including SXSW, Los Angeles Film Festival, Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival, Chicago Int'l Film Festival, and BAFICI. They have had theatrical releases, been broadcast internationally, been acquired by the permanent collections of renowned museums, and won major film and historical awards.


All out of a tiny home office in Columbia, Missouri.



Chad Freidrichs

Director, Producer, Editor, Camera, Sound Design, Colorist, Visual Effects, Archival Transfers


Chad has performed nearly every technical task – except music production – on every film he has produced, including The Experimental City (see list above).


Largely self-taught, Chad has been making documentaries since 2002, and TV commercials even longer.  From 2007 to 2012, he was Assistant Professor of Digital Filmmaking at Stephens College in Columbia, MO.


He is currently on sabbatical from making his own films, but is assisting other filmmakers in completing theirs.


If you have a great project (any form, but especially documentary), but are facing the daunting costs and complexities of post-production, and are interested in having Chad help complete your film (fine edit, graphics, sound, color, archival, delivery, trailer), please contact him at

Jaime Freidrichs



Jaime has served as producer and, occasionally, co-writer on each of Chad's films. She is also his number one fan.


Professionally, in addition to filmmaking, Jaime was most recently the first director of the Missouri Women’s Business Center, helping women start and grow their own successful businesses. She has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, primarily focused on fundraising and grant-writing (which has also been put to use for our documentaries) and is an adjunct instructor at the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, teaching about the nonprofit sector.


In addition to film and nonprofits, Jaime is passionate about travel, and has an online travel agency, Romp Travel, and blogs at



Brian Woodman



Brian previously worked with Chad and Jaime as a producer on The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.


He received his Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies from the University of Kansas.


He is the Curator of the Washington University Libraries' Film & Media Archive in St. Louis and has taught a number of documentary-related courses at Washington University and Webster University, including Documentary and Social Change, Cinema Verite and Direct Cinema, Civil Rights and Social Protest in Documentary Film, and Narrative and Historical Storytelling.


He also serves as Documentary Programmer for the St. Louis International Film Festival.




Benjamin Balcom



Benjamin has composed the scores for three of our films, including The Experimental City and The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.


He works out of Chicago and Los Angeles, and has over a dozen years experience collaborating with artists, filmmakers, creatives and advertising agencies in varying roles including engineer, performer, producer, arranger and composer.


He has scored a number of films in addition to Unicorn Stencil's, and has composed and licensed music for television and advertising.


If you're looking for a gifted and versatile – and wonderfully patient – composer for your project, we couldn't recommend him more highly.  Feel free to get in touch with him at



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In addition to film and nonprofits, Jaime is passionate about travel, and has an online travel agency, Romp Travel, and blogs at