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In each of our showcases, you’ll meet 3-5 New Day Films' filmmakers or film teams who have either recently joined New Day or who are established members who have released a new film in the past year. Each segment will include a short excerpt from a new release followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.
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NOVEMBER 17th "MEET THE FILMMAKERS" Showcase #3 featured:
VISION PORTRAITS -- directed by Rodney Evans
Short synopsis: A feature the chronicles the creative process of blind and low vision artists including a photographer, dancer, writer and the film's director
About the filmmaker: Rodney Evans is an award-winning fiction and documentary film writer, director and producer who has been creating films for over two decades. His debut fiction feature Brother To Brother won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize in Drama. The film garnered four Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best First Film, Best First Screenplay, Best Debut Performance for Anthony Mackie and Best Supporting Actor for Roger Robinson. His latest feature documentary, Vision Portraits, celebrated its World Premiere at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival and won the Award for Best Documentary at Frameline-The San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival in 2019 and the Award for Artistic Achievement at Outfest 2019. It played theatrically in major U.S. cities from August to October 2019. It aired nationally on America ReFramed and screened virtually for a week at the Whitney Museum in July 2020. Other documentary credits include The Unveiling, Close To Home and Two Encounters. Rodney was recently honored with the 2019 Frameline Award for Career Achievement and is a 2020 Sundance Momentum Fellow.
THE SEARCH -- directed by Melina Tupa
Short synopsis: The Search is a 24-minute film that explores Estela de Carlotto’s 37-year search for her long-lost grandchild after her daughter was kidnapped and murdered during the Argentinean 1976-1983 dictatorship.
About the filmmaker: Melina Tupa is an award-winning Argentinean and Brazilian journalist and documentary filmmaker, who specializes in human rights and Latino issues. She holds a Bachelor in Journalism from UCA and a Master of Journalism degree from UC Berkeley, focusing on Documentary Filmmaking.
MASSACRE RIVER: THE WOMAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY -- directed by Suzan Beraza
Short synopsis: Pikilina is a Dominican-born woman of Haitian descent. Racial and political violence erupt when the country of her birth, the Dominican Republic, reverses its birthright citizenship law and she is left stateless, along with over 200,000 others.
About the filmmaker: Suzan was born and raised in the Caribbean. Broadcast includes - Independent Lens, PBS, World Channel, Lincoln Center. BAG IT - winner of the Britdoc Impact Award, televised in over thirty countries. URANIUM DRIVE-IN - Sundance Institute, Good Pitch and Hot Docs Pitch Forum. Documentary Excellence by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. MASSACRE RIVER - ITVS funded, Latino Media Market, Points North Fellowship, and IFP Spotlight on Documentaries. Suzan became Festival Director for Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado in 2017.
TRUST ME -- executive produced by Joe Phelps with impact producer Rosemary Smith
Short synopsis: Explores how the lack of media literacy is causing problems with mental health, confirmation bias, politics and other issues. Offers guidance to help combat mis- and dis-information -- how to properly consume media.
About the filmmaker: Joe D. Phelps’ career has evolved from drummer, to band leader, to producer, to CEO of an LA marcom agency, to founder of the Getting Better Foundation -- while adding the challenges and pleasures of planting trees and producing “Trust Me”, the documentary.
FAR EAST DEEP SOUTH -- directed by Larissa Lam & produced by Baldwin Chiu
Short synopsis: A Chinese-American family’s search for their roots leads them to the Mississippi Delta, where they stumble upon surprising family revelations and uncover the racially complex history of early Chinese immigrants in the segregated South.
About the filmmakers: Larissa Lam directed the award-winning documentary Far East Deep South. She was part of the Smithsonian’s History Film Forum Emerging Filmmakers Lab and has been featured on NBC News, PBS and NPR. She is also a speaker who has presented at TEDx, Leadercast, Yale, MIT, UCLA and other universities. Baldwin Chiu and his family are the subjects of the award-winning documentary Far East Deep South, on which he served as producer. He graduated from the ACT One film producing program and previously produced documentary, Finding Cleveland. He was previously a spokesperson for the Intel engineering campaign, “Stay With It.”
OCTOBER 21st "MEET THE FILMMAKERS" Showcase #1 featured:
WAKING DREAM -- directed by Theo Rigby
Short synopsis: Waking Dream weaves together the stories of six undocumented young people as they sit in limbo between deportation and a path to citizenship. They know their fate must go one direction and they are fighting for their future in America.
About the filmmaker: Theo Rigby is a director, cinematographer, and interactive storyteller based out of San Francisco. He has been creating stories focusing on the immigrant experience in the United States for over the last decade and is the founder of iNation Media.
REFUGE(E) -- directed by Sylvia Johnson
Short synopsis: Refuge(e) traces the incredible journey of two refugees, Alpha and Zeferino. They each fled violent threats to their lives in their home countries and presented themselves at the US border asking for political asylum, only to be incarcerated in for-profit prison for months on end. They represent thousands more like them who can't tell their stories.
About the filmmaker: Sylvia is a filmmaker and impact strategist who was born in Bolivia and raised in six different countries in the Americas. She is a National Geographic Explorer, a Fulbright Scholar, and an organizer for racial equity and abolition. Her films have screened at film festivals around the world, US Congress, the Department of Interior, Rubin Center for Visual Arts, SITE Santa Fe, on The Atlantic, and at dozens of universities and civic institutions.
WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME? -- directed by Kimi Takesue
Short synopsis: In this mesmerizing, poetic journey through contemporary Uganda, award-winning filmmaker Kimi Takesue travels through the vibrant streets of Kampala to the rural quiet of Hope North, a refuge and school for survivors of civil war. By exploring the interplay between the observer and observed, this memorable documentary confronts the outsider's gaze and the challenges of cross-cultural representation.
About the filmmaker: Kimi Takesue is an award-winning filmmaker and recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships in Film. In 2018, she was awarded the prestigious “Breakthrough Award” and fellowship from Chicken and Egg Pictures. Takesue’s films have screened extensively at festivals/museums internationally including Sundance, Locarno, New Directors/New Films, SXSW, Rotterdam and the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) and have aired on PBS, IFC, and the Sundance Channel.
HOW I LIVE -- directed by Meghan Shea
Short synopsis: How I Live follows the journeys of four children with cancer in Guatemala, El Salvador, Myanmar and Egypt and Ghana. Following them from diagnosis through treatment, the complex issues facing patients, families and healthcare providers emerge. The film documents the difficulties of accessing cancer treatment in low resource settings while providing examples of how global collaboration can lead to increased survival rates and closing global health inequities.
About the filmmaker: Meghan Shea is a filmmaker with a focus in healthcare, social issues and the arts. She produces and directs films that leverage the power of storytelling to create social change. As the founder of Persistent Productions, she oversees their documentary projects and social impact campaigns.
UNDETERRED -- directed by Eva Lewis
Short synopsis: The story of enforcement along the US/ Mexico border and how it functions. Through intimate portraits, raw footage and artful animation, Undeterred shows how life in one small town has changed and how local residents have organized to resist.
About the filmmaker: Eva Lewis is an independent media maker based in Arivaca, AZ, a community on the U.S./Mexico border. She is involved in local struggles to organize for border justice and spends her time documenting those struggles
NOVEMBER 4th "MEET THE FILMMAKERS" Showcase #2 featured:
WITH A STROKE OF THE CHAVETA -- directed by Pam Sporn
Short synopsis: With a Stroke of the Chaveta takes viewers into the legendary cigar factories of Cuba to witness the survival of the collective reading of literature while tabaqueros roll cigars. We learn how through "la lectura de tabaquería" cigar workers have been entertained, educated, and maintained a sense of class solidarity.
About the filmmaker: Pam Sporn is a Bronx based documentary filmmaker, educator, and activist. She loves listening to people tell stories about standing up to injustice in their own unique, subtle, and not so subtle, ways. A pioneer in bringing social issue documentary making into NYC high schools in the 1980s and 1990s, Pam substantively contributed to the growth of the youth media movement. In addition to DETROIT 48202: CONVERSATIONS ALONG A POSTAL ROUTE, Pam’s work includes the documentaries CUBAN ROOTS/BRONX STORIES, WITH A STROKE OF THE CHAVETA, REMEMBERING THE MAMONCILLO TREE, and DISOBEYING ORDERS: GI RESISTANCE TO THE VIETNAM WAR. Pam has received numerous grants and awards including: JustFilms/Ford Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, CUNY Caribbean Exchange, and the Bronx Council on the Arts.
SOLEDAD -- directed by Lisa Molomot
Short synopsis: Soledad weaves live action and animation to tell the story of a woman from Central America who fled gang violence to seek asylum in the U.S., and shows what life is like for those imprisoned in detention centers while they await their day in court.
About the filmmaker: Lisa Molomot is an award-winning Tucson-based filmmaker who produces and directs social justice documentaries across North America. Many of her recent works, Missing in Brooks County, The Cleaners, Safe Haven and Soledad, have focused on immigration and immigrant communities. She has also produced films about public education. Her hugely popular film School's Out has been an integral part of the worldwide movement to provide outdoor education for young children, and her recent short film Teaching in Arizona is an inside look at the teaching crisis in that state. A graduate of the American Film Institute, Lisa Molomot is an American documentary filmmaker and editor whose work has aired on the PBS series POV, Independent Lens, and America Reframed, and has been seen at film festivals all over the world, including Sundance and SXSW.
ALTERNATIVE FACTS: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 -- directed by Jon Osaki
Short synopsis: ALTERNATIVE FACTS: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 tells the untold story of false information and political influences which led to the World War ll incarceration of Japanese Americans. The film also examines the parallels to the targeting of groups today and similar attempts to abuse the powers of the government.
About the filmmaker: Jon Osaki is an award-winning filmmaker who has directed and produced promotional, educational, narrative, and documentary films. His films have been screened at film festivals, community events and national conventions across the country. Jon views filmmaking as an opportunity to amplify his lifelong pursuit of social justice and equity.
CODESWITCHING: RACE AND IDENTITY IN THE SUBURBAN SCHOOLHOUSE -- produced by Mike Mascoll
Short synopsis: CodeSwitching: Race and Identity in the Suburban Schoolhouse is a mashup of personal stories from African-American students, spanning two generations, who signed up for voluntary busing to attend better-resourced suburban schools. It explores shifting race relations in the suburban-urban axis, teen self-perception, and the role gender plays in fitting-in.
About the filmmaker: Mike Mascoll is an up-and-coming director and producer, creative director and founder of LEV Media Group. His 1st film in NEW DAY FILMS, On The Line highlighted one the longest voluntary school desegregation programs in the country and its’ historical impact on the city of Boston. His latest film, CodeSwitching: Race and Identity in the Suburban Schoolhouse , takes an intimate look at the life experiences of 5 generational students and their personal encounters as they navigate self-awareness and cultural boundaries.
HURDLE -- directed by Michael Rowley
Short synopsis: Hurdle reveals a riveting story emerging from the actions of Palestinian youth living under military occupation. Sami and Mohammad teach the creative practices of parkour and photography to the youth of their communities as a means to overcome seemingly inescapable obstacles.
About the filmmaker: Michael Rowley is an emerging documentary filmmaker from Dallas, Texas who aims to document underrepresented stories in an effort to bring awareness, equity and justice to an interconnected and global society.
About New Day Films
New Day Films sustains the ideas that inspired its formation in 1971 - collaboration, hope and social change. Since its formation in 1971, New Day Films has operated as a collective and is democratically run by more than 100 filmmaker members. Our management team is elected from the membership, and every member plays an important role in operations. Today, New Day Films is the oldest continuously functioning film cooperative in the world – an extraordinary feat of economic democracy wedded to filmmaking excellence. It is poised to celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2021 with a historic retrospective of 50 films that will travel the country and be accessible on digital platforms.