Marie ‘Mimi’ Haist may not be a household name, but to Santa Monica, California locals, she’s considered royalty, of sorts. This spring, her inspiring story will be told in the documentary Queen Mimi, arriving April 15 from XLRator Media. Today we have an exclusive look at new photos, along with the first trailer for this new film, which shows how a homeless woman inspired the likes of Zach Galifianakis and Renée Zellweger.
When you feel like a queen, even a laundromat can be a palace. Marie ‘Mimi’ Haist defied her adulterous husband and moved onto the streets in her 50s, living in parking lots and doorways until finding her “home” one stormy night between rows of washers in a Californian laundromat. Encouraged to stay by a more than generous laundry owner, Mimi’s ‘the past is the past’ philosophy endeared her to regular fluff and fold clients and, after more than 20 years, Mimi has made some unlikely friends, ranging from local loves to Hollywood A-listers Zach Galifianakis and Renee Zellweger. Filmed over 5 years by barista/actor/director Yaniv Rokah while he worked at a cafe across the street, Queen Mimi is the story of an unlikely hero.
Now 90, Mimi reminds us to never give in and never give up, and that if you ever find yourself in the gutter, to never stop looking at the stars. Her celeb friends Zach Galifianakis and Renée Zellweger love her for her charm and quick witted personality. She’s made such an impact on their lives that Zach Galifianakis has provided her with her own apartment and mobile phone and Renée Zellweger even furnished her apartment. Her new found fame has led to features in Entertainment Weekly and Buzzfeed.
First time director Yaniv Rokah was a barista at a local coffee shop that Mimi would often frequent. After becoming fast friends and inspired by her story, Yaniv Rokah decided to make the documentary to explore why Mimi has been so influential to so many lives and who she really is. Yaniv Rokah is also an actor who has appeared in World War Z and the USA miniseries Dig.
In addition to our exclusive photos and the trailer, we also have the first poster for Queen Mimi, which has been given an April 15 release date by XLRator Media. The documentary will be going up against Barbershop: The Next Cut, The Jungle Book and Criminal in wide release, and Green Room, Colonia and Sing Street in limited release. Take a look at the first trailer and poster to learn all about the inspirational life of Queen Mimi.