Making Media for the Common Good

  • Image by Hank Willis Thomas

    Image by Hank Willis Thomas

    Precious Lives:

    A 100-part Radio Series about Gun Violence

    Sustaining the memories of young people lost by gun violence; making our city better in their names.

    Precious Lives is a  multi-part radio series and engagement campaign being produced in association with WUWM and a wide range of community partners. The series will feature the stories of young people in the Milwaukee area we have lost to gun violence, including both homicide and suicide. We have many community partners who will help us make an impact with this project.

    Listen to “In Harm’s Way”, the story that inspired us, by Kathleen Horan at WNYC.

  • mining_productionNew film about what could be the world’s largest open pit taconite mine heads into production.

    Al Jazeera America Fault Lines has commissioned a film from us about the controversial proposed taconite mine in the Penokee Hills of northern Wisconsin. If the mine is approved it would be the largest open pit taconite mine in the world. But there are many who don’t want to see that happen, from the Bad River and other Indian tribes to residents and activists in northern Wisconsin. On the other hand, Governor Scott Walker and the Republican-led legislature have made the mine a centerpiece of their jobs agenda.

    You can follow our progress on our Facebook and Tumblr pages.

  • jewish filmThe Last Jews of America tells the story of disappearing Jewish communities

    Last Jews takes the audience into the unknown world of small Jewish communities living on the verge of extinction. Over 1 million of America’s Jews are in small towns that once thrived but have seen their populations dwindle as children leave for greener pastures in bigger cities. Exploring the themes of faith and community in the 21st century, our film takes you to Butte, Montana, Laredo, Texas, and Latrobe, Pennsylvania where you are sure to ask “there are Jews there?”

    Take a peek behind the scenes by following our Facebook and Tumblr pages.

     

  • Almost Home

    ALMOST HOME is a feature-length, cinema verité documentary chronicling a year in the life of a vibrant and revolutionary retirement community in America’s Midwest. ALMOST HOME is a feature-length, cinema verité documentary chronicling a year in the life of a vibrant and revolutionary retirement community in America’s Midwest. ALMOST HOME rescues real stories of aging — frightening, tender, funny, surprising and honest — from an exile of denial.

    Buy The Film Here

  • Penelope

    What happens when a nursing home decides to throw out the bingo boards and take on the Odyssey instead? Penelope: The Documentary tells the story of how residents, some with severe dementia or wheel-chair bound, collaborate with playwright Anne Basting and Sojourn Theater to create “Finding Penelope”, a play reinterpreting Homer’s Odyssey to tell it from Penelope’s point of view. As we learned, some heroes stay at home!