The new documentary “Queen Mimi” follows the 88-year-young Marie “Mimi” Haist, a charming, magnetic homeless woman who lived for 20 years in a Santa Monica laundromat. She captivated many people who walked through the laundromat, greeting customers and often helping them fold their clothes. She soon made friends with such famous personalities like Zach Galifianakis (“Bored to Death,” “Baskets”) and Renée Zellweger (“Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Cold Mountain”), who eventually pooled their resources together and bought and furnished an apartment for Mimi. “Queen Mimi” follows five years in the life of Mimi, her troubled history with her family, and her inspiring story about maintaing optimism in the face of dire circumstances. Watch an exclusive clip from “Queen Mimi” above featuring Mimi dance and briefly sing Celine Dion’s “I’m Alive.”
“Queen Mimi” has screened as such film festival as the Sarasota Film Festival, the Manhattan Film Festival, and the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. It’s directed by Yaniv Rokah, an actor who worked as a barista across the street from Mimi’s laundromat. After getting to know Mimi and learning about her fascinating story, Rokah decided to shoot a documentary about her life. Hisya acting credits include “World War Z,” the web series “Kendra,” and CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles.” “Queen Mimi” marks Rokah’s directorial debut.
XLrator Media will release “Queen Mimi” into theaters this Friday May 13th.