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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.

Mother's Day

May 4, 2021
Mother’s Day was first conceived in the 1850s when Ann Reeves Jarvis, a social activist and community organizer, put together “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” to provide assistance and education to reduce disease and infant mortality. At around the same time, Julia Ward Howe, another activist, as well as abolitionist and suffragette, wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation - a call to action for mothers to work toward world peace. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Meet New Day: Baldwin Chiu and Larissa Lam

April 30, 2021
We are a Chinese American husband-wife filmmaking team from California who are passionate about empowering and educating others through film. We are actively working to broaden the way American history is taught and discussed so that it is more inclusive of the Asian American experience and other underrepresented groups. Prior to becoming a film director, I (Larissa) worked in the music industry for 20 years as a singer-songwriter and composer for projects like The Oprah Winfrey Show.

AAPI Heritage Month 2021: Words Matter

April 28, 2021
My father grew up in a rural American community with scorching hot summers, wide open fields and spectacular sunsets, which left a fleeting glow on the swaying tule reeds of the near-by river.  Despite the challenges of being poor and having immigrant parents who spoke little English, there was reason for optimism as he looked forward to the rite of passage of his approaching high school graduation. Then on December 7th 1941, a country that he had never visited, but shared ancestral ties with, bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States entered World War II.

Women’s History Month

February 26, 2021
March is Women’s History Month. It is a time to recognize the struggles, celebrate the achievements, and encourage the study of the vital (and often unacknowledged) role of women in US History.Taking the Heat, a film by Bann Roy, tells the courageous story of one woman who took on the New York City Fire Department in a landmark lawsuit and paved the way for women to become firefighters for the first time.

The Envelope Please...

February 26, 2021
With apologies to Alfred Tennyson: In the Spring, a young filmmaker’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of… awards. Yes, ‘tis the season of the Academy Awards, with nominations to be announced late March and the televised extravaganza a month later. 

Meet New Day: Olga Lvoff and Victor Ilyukin

February 26, 2021
We (Olga Lvoff and Victor Ilyukhin) have been friends for many years.  We met in college in Moscow and then found ourselves at the same graduate school in the United States. We share the same interests and have a mutual understanding of an artistic and ethical approach to documentary filmmaking. So, we came together to make our first collaboration on an important and often misunderstood mental condition, dissociative identity disorder (DID).

Voices of Black Filmmakers

January 29, 2021
As we enter Black History Month 2021, it is essential to not only highlight the amazing collection of African American Studies focused films of New Day, but to center and lift up the thoughts and feelings of the Black filmmakers who directed and produced these extraordinary stories. I had the pleasure of interviewing four immensely talented and inspiring filmmakers who are shedding light on the multi-dimensional experiences of Black people in the United States.

February: National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

January 29, 2021
National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is a time to elevate conversations with and about our community members with intellectual disabilities, to reflect their value and recognize the obstacles they face.Mimi and Dona, a film by Sophie Sartain, takes us into a mother-daughter relationship and reveals the challenges aging caregivers face when caring for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Meet New Day: Lisa Molomot

January 29, 2021
I am a documentary filmmaker based in the American Southwest. Since immigration issues are front and center here, my most recent documentaries focus on immigration and immigrant communities. My new award-winning short, Soledad, is a unique look at the asylum process told firsthand by an asylum seeker from Central America. This brave woman, along with an all-women legal team, fight for Soledad’s right to gain asylum in this country.

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