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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. 

Back to School?

July 29, 2020
Kiely Quinn, New Day Intern, contributed significantly to this piece.---“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” The Christmas-time tune, originally crooned by Andy Williams in 1963, gets plucked from mothballs every August. As parody, the big-box office supply store Staples appropriates the song for the theme of its back-to-school television ads. Childlike parents cavort in shopping carts down the store’s aisles, gleefully collecting school supplies in anticipation of the end of summer vacation. 

Know Your Ethical Guidelines for Documentary Filmmaking

June 19, 2020
Editor's note: As Black Lives Matter protests unfold in the country around us, a blitz of media has rushed out onto the streets to capture this historic moment. Due to the urgency of the times, it's easy to overlook the nature of this media-- whose perspective it's being told from, what stories are being prioritized, and the tenor of its language. To address these issues, we've invited accomplished New Day filmmaker/educator Daryl Jones to share his thoughts on what it means to be a filmmaker working in a community that is not your own.

Legendary New Day Filmmaker Robert Richter Presents Online Retrospective

June 10, 2020
Free film festival to run from late May through end of October

FOOD: Choosing What’s Right

June 10, 2020
As supermarket shelves look sparser and lines outside food banks get longer, Covid-19 has increased our awareness of food sources and production.  A strain on our supply chain and dangerous situations within production plants demand that we rethink our farming practices and production and distribution systems.  This pandemic has put us in closer contact with farmers in our communities and could offer a radical opportunity for choosing and supporting different ways to manage food.

Celebrating Asian America in the Age of COVID-19

May 13, 2020
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and, as much as I look forward to celebrating the contributions of Asian Americans, this year feels noticeably different.  For much of my life, I felt Asian Americans were making progress in this country.  I celebrated Asian Americans winning political seats, observed many slowly but surely rising up the ranks in various industries, and even witnessed my mother and father receive a formal apology and reparations for the unjust incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. 

Jerry Givens Rest in Peace, Rest in Power

April 27, 2020
It is with great sadness that we share the news of Jerry Givens’s death. At one of our earliest screenings, at a Human Rights Film Festival in Los Angeles, an audience member asked, “What are among your biggest surprises filming this documentary?Without hesitation Maggie answered, “Never in my life did I imagine I’d be calling an executioner my friend.”And a friend Jerry Givens became, indeed.

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