Independent Documentaries

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Original feature-length films

Our work is rooted in documenting the intimate lived experiences of real people navigating complex social, environmental and economic issues with authenticity, integrity and artistry. We partner with leading documentary filmmaking teams like Kartemquin Films and Big Mouth Productions to bring the greatest storytelling craft to every film. We design and launch strategic outreach and distribution campaigns to ensure maximum reach and impact. Our latest feature-length film, CITY OF TREES, was an official selection at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, DC/Yale/Princeton Environmental Film Festivals, Annapolis Film Festival, was broadcast on PBS' Emmy-nominated series America ReFramed, and distributed to educational markets through Cinema Guild.


MessyTruth4.pngOriginal documentary series

We produce documentary series that tell people-centered stories in an episodic format. THE MESSY TRUTH WITH VAN JONES, co-produced with Magic Labs Media, is a three-part series focused on modeling honest, respectful dialogue amidst the divides of the 2016 presidential election (seen by more than 4 million people on Facebook and aired on CNN.com during the final days of the election season). Through a collaboration with Chicago-based Kartemquin Films, we served as field producers for the DC Metro-area storyline for HARD EARNED, a landmark six-part series following families living on low wage incomes (aired on Al Jazeera America).

Portfolio: Independent Documentaries

The Messy Truth
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The Messy Truth

Digital mini-series. A 3-part web series focused on modeling honest, respectful dialogue amidst the divides of the 2016 presidential election. Co-produced with Magic Labs Media.

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City of Trees
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City of Trees

Feature-length film. A complex tale of social justice, urban forestry and community politics. Broadcast on the PBS series America ReFramed, produced in association with Kartemquin Films and Magic Labs Media.

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Project SING
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Project SING

Feature-length film (in production). An inspiring group of older people in DC’s Fort Lincoln neighborhood attempt to address the root causes of isolation amongst their peers.

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Kramer & Sons
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Kramer & Sons

Short film (in production). A story about one small, independent DC butcher shop and an immigrant family’s journey to establish respect, dignity, and community.

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Voices from Within
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Voices from Within

Feature-length film. A participatory film made with five residents of Saint Elizabeths psychiatric hospital. Co-produced with Video Diary Productions.

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Fly By Light
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Fly By Light

Feature-length film. A story about urban teens confronting the entrenched abuse, violence and neglect cycles of their past through an outdoor peace education program. Produced by One Common Unity.

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Hard Earned
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Hard Earned

6-part broadcast series. A series about getting by on minimum wage in America. Produced by Kartemquin Films for Al Jazeera America.

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Porchfest
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Porchfest

Short film. One neighborhood in NW DC comes together to create a unique street fair and transform the street's row house porches into community showcases of food, art, music and culture.

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Community Harvest
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Community Harvest

Short film. A celebration of the natural and cultural harvests of our community, documenting the dramatic transformation of a forgotten vacant urban alley into a public garden and collaborative green space.

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