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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. 

Transgender Awareness Month

October 29, 2020
In the month of November, we focus on transgender communities, trans survival, and trans liberation. This year’s Transgender Awareness Week is from November 14 through November 20, a time set aside specifically to highlight stories of trans and nonbinary people. New Day is proud to share several important and relevant films from our collection.

Why Decolonize Thanksgiving

October 29, 2020
I acknowledge that I reside in the homeland of the Muwekma Ohlone people who continue to live and thrive in the San Francisco Bay Area today. For most of my life, it never occurred to me to conduct a land acknowledgement during Thanksgiving. After all, the holiday was always about turkey, stuffing, family gatherings, and had a vague association with these people called “Pilgrims.” Like most Americans I had been indoctrinated into a whitewashed and largely false version of history.

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.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 25, 2020
This October is the United States’ 75th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time to celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities and likewise to learn about issues facing those with disabilities. The observance coincides with the 30th anniversary of the passage of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. New Day celebrates these important milestones by highlighting films made by disabled filmmakers. 

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.” 

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.  

September 2020: Commemorative Months

August 18, 2020
September 2020: A Look Back at Hurricane Katrina Through FilmFifteen years ago on the morning of August 29th, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the coast of Louisiana, bringing death and destruction particularly to residents of New Orleans. To honor those impacted by this devastating event, New Day highlights several relevant films from our collection.

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. 

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.

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