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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.

New Day on May Day: Films Focused on the Fight for Labor Rights

April 27, 2020
May Day, also called International Workers’ Day, celebrates the world’s working classes. In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, society’s unsung heroes now include grocery store workers, garbage collectors, maintenance crews and of course health care staff. The front lines of their battles may expose them to the deadly virus, often without adequate protective gear or hazard pay. Suddenly our nation depends upon the very people deemed not worthy of making $15 an hour.

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.

Six Meaningful Films for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

March 25, 2020
The intergenerational impact of childhood abuse is the subject of Wrestling Ghosts, Ana Joanes’ recent documentary. In this intimate portrait, Joanes allows us to be with the main character, Kim, as she learns how the very damage that she was subjected to as a child plays out now in her relationships with her own children.  Kim shares deeply personal moments and invites us into her counseling sessions to witness her journey towards healing.

Earth Day Turns 50

March 25, 2020
April 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In addition to celebrating life on Earth, Earth Day was founded to alert humanity to the need for preserving and renewing the threatened ecological balances upon which all life depends. For me, Earth Day has taken on new meaning as I witness (and feel) the overwhelming evidence that atmospheric, geologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now being drastically altered by our human activity. 

New Day Co-Founder Wins an Oscar!

February 20, 2020
We are thrilled to congratulate Julia Reichert, the co-founder of New Day Films, on her momentous Academy Award win for the film American Factory with Steve Bognar. Spanning five decades, her work has centered on the American working class, as well as gender and social issues confronting contemporary America. This is a much-deserved recognition for a pioneering filmmaker! Learn more about Julia and her earlier films by visiting her filmmaker profile.

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. 

10 Ways New Day Changed the World in 2019

January 1, 2020
by Isabel Hill Schools, libraries, community organizations, and government agencies use New Day films every day to expand awareness on important, relevant issues.  New Day films continue to be catalysts for change, and as 2019 comes to a close, we wanted to highlight a few of the ways our films have had an impact on the world.

Meet New Day

January 1, 2020
by Robbie Leppzer Robbie Leppzer

Meet New Day

November 16, 2019
Willow O'Feral's film Break the Silence is an intersectional, inclusive portrait of 18 women's lived experiences in regards to sexual and reproductive health.

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