Making Media for the Common Good

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    —- Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff —-

    In case you missed it, our documentary Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff is screening in venues around Wisconsin. (See our trailer.)

    See our Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff page for upcoming screenings and more on the film. To organize a screening in your community, contact
    devon [at] 371productions.com.

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    Hard Earned: Kartemquin Films six part series for Al Jazeera America about Americans working low wage jobs

    Brad is one of several directors on a six-part television series about five hard-working Americans striving to keep their families fed, housed and healthy while dealing with the reality of high living expenses and low wages.  Scattered across the country, these families are struggling as our country’s working poor, for whom the American dream remains increasingly out of reach and bare survival is an everyday crisis.  Living day-to-day and week-to-week, these Americans work to escape the cycle of poverty and make something better of themselves and their families. Every paycheck received and each milestone reached is hard earned.

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

  • Precious Lives

    A weekly 2-year radio & podcast series launching mid-January, 2015!

    Precious Lives is a  multi-part radio series and engagement campaign being produced in association with WUWM, WNOV, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, and a wide range of community partners. The series will feature the stories of young people and gun violence. We apply a public health lens to help listeners understand the full scope of the problem: who are the victims and the shooters; how are the weapons obtained; and what can we change about the environment that animates violence in our city?

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

  • 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.

     

  • Penelope   Coming to PBS in May 2015!

    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!