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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

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.

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.

June 2020 Commemorative Month

May 13, 2020
June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month! The anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which were a response by mostly trans and gender non-conforming people of color to police violence, is now celebrated by queers, trans and non-binary folks, same-gender-loving folks, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and all those questioning/exploring their gender and sexuality.

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. 

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. 

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.

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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