According to the 2012 US Census, African-Americans were the second largest minority group in the United States, at 43.9 million.To celebrate the diversity of the African American community, browse our films in our African and African American Studies Collection.
The lived experiences and unique perspectives of actors with disabilities are often excluded in the representation of disability onscreen. Through interviews, observational footage, performance, and archival media clips, three actors with disabilities currently working in Hollywood address the struggle for access and inclusion as well as the authenticity of representations of disability in the media.
Get a free New Day film of your choice* if your name is drawn from new Facebook “likes” between now and Jan. 31. Just go to our Facebook page, “like” us, and you will be eligible to have your name drawn at random from our new “likes.” If you win, we will contact you to find out which film you would like to receive for free. Of course, all of our Facebook fans get the latest news on New Day screenings, awards and new films from our more than 100 filmmaker-members.
*Films by the following makers are not included in this offer: Rick Goldsmith, Robert Richter, Robin Hessman and Bryan Single.
There are many reasons to make documentary films, one of which is to promote social change. “Be under no illusion: the tenacity, commitment and perseverance of the compassionate few can change the world,” says Susan Sarandon, one of this year’s judges for the Puma Creative Impact Award. This conviction and belief in the power of film fits into the mission of New Day Films to illuminate, challenge and inspire. New Day is proud to be represented for the second year in a row as once again one of our films was nominated for the prestigious Puma Creative Impact Award.
Each year, five finalists from around the globe are chosen based on the criteria of having the most positive impact on society or the environment. Last year, New Day’s Bag It, about the devastating environmental impact of plastic bags, was a finalist. This year, our new title Give Up Tomorrow was among the five finalists (on November 14th, Puma announced that Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing won the award.)
Director Michael Collins and Producer Marty Syjuco of Give Up Tomorrow with Puma Creative Impact Award jury member Susan Sarandon
Directed by Michael Collins and produced by Marty Syjuco, Give Up Tomorrow exposes shocking corruption within the Philippines’ judicial system, focusing on one of the most sensational trials in the country’s history. Paco Larrañaga, a 19-year-old student, was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of two sisters despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence. The film sparked a remarkable campaign to overturn the ruling, which resulted in Paco’s transfer from the Philippines to Spain, where he is currently in an open prison. The film inspired the founding of the Innocence Project Philippine Network.
The Puma Creative Impact Award panel of judges is comprised of a rotating jury from the worlds of film, the arts, academia, social change and journalism. Judges have included Susan Sarandon, Gael Garcia Bernal, Ricken Patel (Avaaz), Danny Glover, Kumi Naidoo (Greenpeace International), Morgan Spurlock, and Queen Noor of Jordan. Nominees this year, in addition to Give Up Tomorrow and The Act of Killing, were Bully, The Invisible War and The Interrupters.
Each film team was asked to demonstrate how they created increased awareness of an issue, and how they produced changes in individual and societal attitudes and behaviors. The jury also considered the films’ political and corporate impacts, both locally and globally. A BritDoc spokesperson had this to add, “Great documentaries enrich the lives of individuals. They have a unique ability to engage and connect people, transform communities and improve societies.”
I had the opportunity to chat with the producer of Give Up Tomorrow, Marty Syjuco, about what being a finalist meant to him and his team. “We have been on the campaign trail for two and a half years now since we premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival,” he said. “What makes this award so special is that it celebrates real impact in the world, making this a one-of-a-kind event. We made the film to make a difference and to save an innocent man’s life, so the fact that Puma and BritDoc recognized and appreciated the actual social impact, and not just the filmmaking and craft, is really tremendous.”
To view Give Up Tomorrow’s impact report, click here.
You can also view a video about the Give Up Tomorrow outreach and engagement campaign by clicking here.
Please join us at the 2013 National Media Market — an amazing, four-day bonanza of media content! Held in beautiful Charleston, SC, this year’s market runs from Nov. 3rd - 7th. Attending the NMM is a great way for us to meet our customers in person, and to find out more about what you need. It’s also a tremendous opportunity for media librarians and educators to meet each other, and to see the latest content from a wide range of media distributors. To show you how much we want you to come, we will offer a 20% discount on all New Day titles to NMM attendees. Many other vendors offer similar discounts, so the savings usually cover the cost of attendance. We will be in suite #222. Hope to see you there!
As New Day dives into educational distribution in the digital age, our filmmakers are experimenting with interactive storytelling tools for the classroom that can compliment and enrich our catalogue of feature films. One example is LandofOpportunity, a new experimental web-based platform I’m developing that features interactive content from multiple New Day filmmakers. Rooted in post-Katrina New Orleans, LandofOpportunity is an ongoing exploration of the often contentious process of urban redevelopment in the face of crisis/disaster. Through perspectives that travel across media platforms including a film and now an interactive site, the project explores a fundamental question: What kinds of communities do we want to (re)build in the 21st century?
Launching this month, LandofOpportunity is an experimental web-based platform that merges compelling multimedia storytelling with data, research, and calls to action in one collaborative interactive space. Users can explore and dive deep into short “layered” videos that connect the dots between the people and processes that are shaping the past, present, and future of our urban landscape. The platform is also tool for fostering cross-sector collaboration between educators, mediamakers, advocates and others working toward (re)building more just, inclusive and democratic urban communities. From New Orleans to New York, Boston and Detroit, the site (now in Beta) will allow partners in sister cities to create and curate multifaceted stories highlighting a diversity of perspectives on the complex issue of urban equity. In a groundbreaking collaboration, the site will feature content created by multiple New Day filmmakers, including me (Luisa Dantas, with Land of Opportunity), Kelly Anderson (My Brooklyn), Mark Lipman (Gaining Ground), and Jay Arthur Sterrrenberg (Stages), and covers such diverse topics as post-disaster rebuilding, gentrification, community land trusts and participatory budgeting.
“There was so much information that was important to the story of Downtown Brooklyn that was just too dense for a film, including planning documents, reports by non-profit organizations and coverage of the events by print media,” said Kelly Anderson, director of My Brooklyn. “We also had a lot of great footage that we couldn’t fit into the film. LandofOpportunity allowed us to create a multi-layered experience for viewers where they can stop and explore ideas in the film more deeply.”
The site will provide new opportunities for educators, students and researchers. “What struck me about the content was the availability of primary source material that can be cited and used in other research/projects, as well as the potential for conversation starting,” said Angelica Das, Associate Director of the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University. “As resource material, I could see this being used as historical evidence, in libraries and beyond.”
One of the great joys of building the LandofOpportunity platform has been the opportunity to feature the work of mediamakers, storytellers and educators from around the country, who are exploring the issues of urban equity and post disaster rebuilding through a variety of perspectives and approaches. It’s been especially important to work with fellow New Day filmmakers who are committed to engaging audiences in a thoughtful way around these complex issues.
In November, there is a national effort to raise awareness of the children in foster care waiting to find permanent families. It is also a month to reflect on the diaspora of adoptees around the world, birth and adoptive families. New Day films offers diverse point of view and intimate stories on national adoption as well as international adoption from China, Korea and Guatemala.
Armed conflict has killed 2 million children, disabled 4 to 5 million, left 12 million homeless, and orphaned more than 1 million in the past decade. 40 million children below the age of 15 suffer from abuse and neglect. Violations of Human Rights are many. The films in our Human Rights and Global Concerns collection explore the good, the bad and the ugly.
Deaf Jam is the story of deaf teen Aneta Brodski’s bold journey into the spoken word slam scene. In a wondrous twist, Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in the Queens section of New York City, eventually meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. The two women embark on a collaboration/performance duet creating a new form of slam poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the Deaf.
The Dictator in the Dock is a 23-episode short film series that includes exclusive access to an online educational hub. It brings viewers into the courtroom as former dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt stands trial for genocide and crimes against humanity in Guatemala.
Justice for my Sister follows one Guatemalan woman during her three-year battle to hold her sister’s killer accountable. She encounters many obstacles: a police record that is missing, a judge who is accused of killing his own wife, and witnesses who are too afraid to testify. In the end, it is one of the few cases of domestic violence murder that results in conviction in the last decade in Guatemala.
Sins Invalid witnesses a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists. Since 2006, its performances have explored themes of sexuality, beauty, and the disabled body, impacting thousands through live performance.
According to the White House, three women in the Unites States lose their lives every day as a result of domestic violence. We have a series of films about domestic violence in the U.S. as well as abroad:
Domestic Violence and Law Enforcement
by Peter Cohn
Three Cities, Three Departments, One Common Goal. A companion to New Day’s “Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America,” the 20-minute film explores best practices in three jurisdictions: Duluth, MN, home of the influential “Duluth Model;” Baltimore, MD, home of an infamously high crime rate; and the South Bronx, the nation’s busiest domestic violence patrol area.
Men are Human, Women are Buffalo
by Joanne Hershfield
Approximately 44 percent of women in Thailand have indicated that they have suffered sexual, physical, and emotional abuse by a partner or a stranger.Lifting the veil of silence that has long surrounded domestic violence in Thailand.
by Emile Bokaer
In just 15 minutes, In Circles offers direct access to the experiences of convicted sex offenders, and to the incredible group that helps them reintegrate into society.
November - Native American Heritage Month
November is the National Native American Heritage Month, during which we commemorate the rich cultural legacy and remember the contributions of Native Americans to our country. Our collection of Native American Studies includes films about native communities in Hawaii, Alaska as well as the Hopi, Lakota nations.