Member Profiles

Meet New Day: Melina Tupa

January 13, 2021
My film, The Search, explores Estela de Carlotto’s 37-year search for her long-lost grandchild after her daughter, Laura, was kidnapped and murdered during the Argentinean dictatorship that lasted from 1976 to 1983. In 1979, Carlotto became a member, and then President, of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, an organization that worked to find the 500 children that were either kidnapped or seized from women in detention during the military dictatorship. 

Meet New Day: George Bogdanich

December 8, 2020
I am a journalist, filmmaker, writer, former campaign consultant for several members of Congress, and former Illinois press secretary for presidential candidate Gary Hart.  My focus has been on labor and politics, and I have written for a number of publications including the Chicago Sun Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Nation, the Progressive, the Illinois Times, and the Huffington Post. Most recently, I turned to film to elevate and publicize an important story that has received very little attention from news organizations.

Meet New Day - Jillian Karole and Ahmed Mansour

October 29, 2020
“We formed our production company, Philistia Films, to work together on innovative projects that bring awareness to stories that are often untold.” Ahmed, born and raised in a refugee camp in Gaza Strip, Palestine, is a documentary filmmaker who has worked as an organizer, translator, and guide for international journalists. His film work centers on issues affecting the Holy Land and the Palestinian diaspora. Jillian is a film producer focused on marketing and distributing socially-engaging documentaries.

Meet New Day: Meghan Shea

September 18, 2020
I’m a documentary filmmaker with a focus on health and gender equity. With my partner, I co-founded Persistent Productions and have been living between Boston and Singapore for the past ten years. Since quarantine, I’ve returned to my roots in Massachusetts and am learning to live in one place.  

Meet New Day: Michael Rowley

August 17, 2020
I am a Dallas-based documentary filmmaker who focuses on underrepresented stories to bring awareness, equity, and justice to our interconnected and global society. My work is often described as experiential, emotionally-driven and defiant.

Meet New Day - Eva Lewis

June 10, 2020
In 2013, I moved to Arivaca, Arizona, the border community in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, which is the subject of my film Undeterred. The desert is awe-inspiring, beautiful and deadly. Men and women die every day attempting to cross it. When visiting the area, you are confronted at every turn with the ubiquitous military-style presence of the Border Patrol. Living here is a daily struggle in reconciling the competing realities of small town life and the death and suffering of the border.

Meet New Day: Sylvia Johnson

May 13, 2020
I am a ‘Third Culture Kid’, which basically means that I grew up moving in and out of different countries, and that my identity is transnational as a result. The camera has always been a tool for me to translate some of the myriad experiences that I’ve had to others. 

Meet New Day: Rodney Evans

April 27, 2020
I am a Brooklyn-based independent filmmaker who has been making narrative and documentary films for over twenty years, including Brother to Brother (Sundance Special Jury Prize in Drama) starring Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) and The Happy Sad starring LeRoy McClain (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Charlie Barnett (Russian Doll). I also teach film production, directing and screenwriting classes at Swarthmore College.

March 2020 Meet New Day

March 25, 2020
As a long-time community activist and descendant of two former World War ll Japanese American incarcerees, making ALTERNATIVE FACTS: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 was a deeply personal project.

Every Month Should be Black History Month

February 1, 2020
In the face of a long history of white filmmakers telling Black people’s stories, often in damaging ways, Black perspectives offer the potential to restructure American consciousness. For example, artists like Ava DuVerney (The 13th, When They See Us, Queen Sugar, A Wrinkle in Time), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) have changed the cultural landscape over the past few years, bringing Black struggle, Black futurism, Black imagination, and Black desire into the mainstream through distinctly Black voices. 

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