Feature Stories

Filmmakers grapple with War and Propaganda

May 9, 2022
Propaganda and misinformation are playing a key role in Russia's imperialist invasion of Ukraine. This includes pro-Russia sentiment coming from within the US, which is especially dangerous in our increasingly siloed media echo chambers. Artists and filmmakers can play a huge part in pushing back against propaganda that justifies imperialism around the world. 

Please join New Day Films for the DC Environmental Film Festival (DCEFF)!!

March 17, 2022
For the second year in a row, New Day Films is partnering with the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival, the largest environmental film festival in the world, to bring to your home five thought-provoking films. Each film tackles environmental challenges we face on this magnificent planet.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Still Here, Still Strong: New Day Films Celebrates 50 Years of Great Filmmaking

January 13, 2021
Poised to celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2021-2022, New Day Films is the oldest continuously functioning member-owned film cooperative in the world. Its existence is an extraordinary feat of economic democracy wedded to filmmaking excellence that remains devoted to human rights and distributing progressive social change-making media. The 50th year will be celebrated with a historic retrospective of 50 films that will be accessible on digital platforms and travel the country as soon as in-person events are possible again.

2020 Vision: Documentary Filmmaking in a Global Pandemic

November 27, 2020
The weirdest year of our lifetime has hit its twelfth month. It is a good time to reflect on pandemic-plagued, economy-busted, politically-polarized 2020. What did you lose? What did you gain? How did you accommodate the world’s bizarre conditions?When these questions were put to New Day filmmakers some surprising – even inspiring – answers emerged. While precautions prevailed over productivity and making movies slowed, creativity didn’t cease. People who devote their lives to telling stories for the betterment of society don’t let a pandemic stop them. 

Vote… as Though Your World Depends on It

September 21, 2020
This is the most important presidential election of our lifetimes!I’ve now heard that alarm 13 times in my lifetime. I don’t believe it’s ever rung more true.  According to the current occupier of the White House, Don Trump, if his opponent wins the country will be taken over by “violent anarchists, agitators and criminals” who will threaten “the American way of life.” For challenger Joe Biden, this election is nothing short of “a battle for the soul of America.” 

Whose Lens Defines the Center: 'Decentering' Social Justice Filmmaking

August 18, 2020
We all watched as the last few breaths of life were choked out of an unarmed George Floyd. As this horrific travesty was broadcasted across our televisions and social media, the rage that was building from the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless other Black lives erupted into protests and marches across the globe. 

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