Why We Remember

January 4, 2022
The August night sky was set ablaze with the terrifying glow of torches clenched by members of an angry mob. A surreal demonstration unfolded as chants rang out, “Jews will not replace us.” As much as this march of hate resembled a scene from 1940 Nazi Germany, it inexplicably took place just four years ago in Charlottesville, Virginia. This display of unabashed anti-Semitism would culminate in the murder of Heather Heyer, age 32, when a self-proclaimed Neo-Nazi slammed his speeding car into a crowd of counter-protestors.

Meet New Day: LeeAnn Dance

January 4, 2022
I suppose I was destined to end up first in journalism and then making documentaries.  I realized at a young age that I was sensitive to injustice, whether it was my brother tricking me into a phone call to the wrong number, or one country “colonizing” another. Injustice made me mad, and it’s what drew me into journalism. I also wasn’t content to think local, and my first real-world experience was as a freelancer in East Africa. I was a lot less risk-averse then.

These Two Personal Films Highlight Resilience and Remembrance for Universal Human Rights Month

November 23, 2021
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was signed by member nations on December 10, 1948. For the first time, it set out fundamental human rights to be universally protected. The 30 rights and freedoms set out in the UDHR include the right to asylum, the right to freedom from torture, the right to free speech and the right to education. It includes economic, social and cultural rights, like the right to social security, health and education. It also includes civil and political rights, like the right to life, liberty, free speech and privacy.

Meet New Day: Nat Ruiz Tofano and Todd McGrain

November 20, 2021
When we were in graduate school, what brought us together was a strong belief that art can touch each of us in a way that ideas and intellect alone cannot. I (Todd) am a sculptor, artist, and filmmaker and have worked for many years creating sculptural monuments to birds that have been victims of human-caused extinction. I (Nat) am an independent documentary film producer and programmer for the documentary field.

Meet New Day: Myles Matsuno

November 18, 2021
I am a filmmaker born and raised in Los Angeles who is passionate about telling stories that carry meaningful and empowering messages. Growing up in a mixed household, (My father is Japanese, and my mother is Mexican), I was taught, at a very young age, to value education, inclusion, and art. The films I make revolve around universal themes that I personally value and can relate to.

Join us in celebrating New Day Films' 50th Anniversary

October 27, 2021
NEW DAY FILMS 50TH ANNIVERSARY FOUNDERS CELEBRATIONPlease find the panel recording from this wonderful event on YouTube with closed captions!Panel with Audio Description.Panel without Audio Description.Information about the event:Virtual event: Friday, November 12that 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET/11:00 am - 12:30 pm PTRSVP @

Important Films in Support of Reproductive Justice

September 20, 2021
As the volatile and deeply personal issue of abortion becomes headline news yet again, New Day Films reaffirms its support for women, trans, and non-binary people in their struggle for sexual freedom and reproductive justice. 

Care for All: Films Promoting Health Equity

September 18, 2021
The elastic band from one of my many facemasks is finally stretched out beyond repair. After eighteen months of wearing this mask to protect myself and others from the COVID-19 virus, it is time to finally discard this faded and worn, but familiar accessory to my everyday wardrobe. I have been fully vaccinated for six months, and with the privilege of my expanded freedom comes the stark reality of the many who are not so fortunate.

Meet New Day: Joe Phelps and Rosemary Smith

September 18, 2021
We began working together in 2018. I (Joe) spent early years in the music industry as a drummer and band leader, but later started a marketing company centered on a team-based structure and integrated marketing communications. In 2015 I launched the Getting Better Foundation, which focused on supporting media literacy education in schools and legislative efforts, building trust and resilience, and reducing polarization and racism. The film, TRUST ME, was a clear next step in our mission. 

Congrats Rodney Evans and Alice Elliott for Being Inducted into the Academy

July 8, 2021
Special congrats to our very own Rodney Evans and Alice Elliott for being added to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as new members in 2021. We're so proud of them for achieving one of the highest honors as filmmakers. Learn more about the 2021 Inductees to the Academy here.