What does this mean? Beyond broadcast, beyond film festivals, beyond radio…we want to inform our audiences and encourage them to use our work to make the world better. How do we do that? We partner with community groups, non-profits, companies, organizations and others who want to use our work to make a difference. We collaborate on events that bring people together, create calls to action so audiences can get involved with the issues we raise, organize summits around solutions to problems, create resources like curriculum and discussion guides — anything is possible.
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is the president of 371. He is an award-winning filmmaker who’s recent film, As Goes Janesville, was nominated for a national News and Doc Emmy. It tells the story of laid-off workers and leaders in a Wisconsin GM town trying to reinvent their lives amid GM’s collapse and a civil war over unions. It premiered on the PBS series Independent Lens in October of 2012.
Coming in May of 2015 to PBS is Penelope, about a nursing home that performs the Odyssey from Penelope’s point of view. This past summer 371’s Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff premiered on Al Jazeera America’s Fault Lines. After several broadcasts there and on sister network, Al Jazeera English, the film screened over 50 times in the state of Wisconsin. Each screening brought audiences together with environmental experts, tribal representatives, economic development specialists and others to discuss the impact of the potential mine.
Brad’s company is developing new docs: American Reckoning, about unsolved civil rights era murders told through the stories of the son of an assasinated NAACP leader and Congressman John Lewis; The Last Jews of America, about disappearing Jewish communities in far flung parts of the US; and When Claude Got Shot, a new film about gun violence from the pov of the victim and the shooter. For Kartemquin, he is also a director for a 6-hour series for Al Jazeera America called Hard Earned about Americans trying to get by on low wages. It will premiere in March of 2015.
In his first foray into radio, Brad is leading the team producing Precious Lives, a 2 year, 100-part story series about young people and gun violence in Milwaukee. The stories will be heard on WNOV, the black talk radio station in the city; WUWM, the public radio station in town; and as a weekly podcast on the homepage of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. With over 40 community partners, the project will launch in January of 2015.All of Brad’s work is focused on impact beyond broadcast. For instance, Brad’s film Almost Home, about the residents and staff of a nursing home trying to make itself more humane, continues to bring the message of “culture change in long term care” to people who will soon find themselves caring for an older parent or friend. That film premiered also on the PBS series Independent Lens.
Brad’s company, 371, also does work for select clients like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Public Allies, City Year, Planned Parenthood and Marquette University.
Brad taught documentary production for 5 years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he founded doc|UWM, a documentary film center that provides students with professional documentary experiences. Brad’s films can be seen in theaters, at festivals, in museums, and on television all over the world. He is active in his community, volunteering for his synagogue board, various Department of Aging committees, the Creative Alliance of Milwaukee and Milwaukee Film.
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is an Associate Producer at 371 Productions. Currently, she is producing a film on small Jewish communities throughout the United States that are on the brink of extinction. Morgan has worked as an Assistant Director on an independent film by Katherine Nero entitled For the Cause (2013). As a production assistant with Kartemquin films in Chicago, she shot and edited a short on the story of Kartemquin’s first camera, as told by Gordon Quinn. Additionally, Morgan freelanced in Chicago’s sports entertainment industry for Comcast Sportsnet and WGN Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks broadcasts. She worked on the BET News documentary “Second Coming,” which chronicled efforts to reelect President Barack Obama. Morgan has a BS in Radio/Television/Film from Northwestern University. She stays engaged in community outreach through the “SWAGG” youth group that she developed in her hometown and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
is the Engagement Director for Precious Lives. As a member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, an international decentralized network of visual artists, he has produced work with and for social and environmental justice movements. He is a co-founder of the Riverwest24, an annual 24 hour bicycle race and community project in Milwaukee entering it’s eighth year. Other projects include co-curating a lecture series called Night School that combines academics, activism, and the arts to explore cohesive understanding and strategies to issues facing Milwaukee and beyond. Paul is also a co-founder of a mobile experimental cultural and independent media center called ReciproCITY. He was a 2013 Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellow and his visual artwork can be found in various collections and public places, including on permanent display at the Villard Square Library in North Milwaukee. Paul has a BFA in Photography from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
is a producer of our doc about a mine in Northern Wisconsin, which we’re producing for Al Jazeera America. He started as an intern and soon became a production associate at 371. He records sound and oversees archival footage research for many projects, including As Goes Janesville. He helped to produce “Everyone Leads,” a short video to promote the work of Public Allies CEO Paul Schmitz. He associate produced a series of videos for City Year and a video that tells the story of Spark!, a consortium of museums using their collections to help people with dementia share the arts with their families and care givers.
is a producer at 371 Productions, recently producing Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff, our investigative doc for Al Jazeera America’s award-winning documentary series “Fault Lines”. Previously Devon worked as lead researcher for 371’s BizVizz project, the first mobile app to make corporate tax & campaign finance data accessible. Devon graduated from Brown University with a BS in Environmental Science. A violinist and guitar player, Devon has played in music ensembles ranging from classical orchestras to Spanish guitar, bluegrass and klezmer groups.
is producer of Precious Lives – an ongoing radio series about gun violence in Milwaukee. Stories air weekly on WUWM. Prior to 371 Emily worked at KCAW in Sitka, Alaska where she reported on a range of stories, including Native American fishing traditions, scientific discoveries about ice age goats, and the unlikely path of Alaska’s newest Orthodox bishop. Her work has also aired on NPR and Alaska Public Radio Network. Emily was trained in documentary radio production at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. She graduated from Colby College with a BA in Economics.
Kari Garon is an Intern at 371 Productions, conducting research on the histories of the civil rights movements in Natchez, Mississippi. She is currently finishing her doctoral coursework at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in the Urban Education – Social Foundations of Education program. Her research and professional background includes community and arts education, and consultancy; around subject matters such as race, inclusion, and (trans)national identity building in relationship to individual perceptions of belongingness. Her past projects have included research on “soft incarceration” and post-9/11 immigration policy’s intersections with private sector prison systems. Additionally, Kari is an artist who makes prints and illustrations.
Shana Wilson is currently a full-time student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee pursuing a degree in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies. She is an alumni of UW-Milwaukee’s Upward Bound program, a spoken word poet, a part-time worker at Captel Inc., and an occasional volunteer worker within the community. She is determined to make positive changes within the community by encouraging voices that need to be heard to share their stories. Shana is an aspiring journalist who is motivated to open the lines of communication locally and, in time, internationally. She constantly seeks knowledge and plans to use it to make contributions towards a progressive society. As the number of victims to local gun violence increases, full stories behind these crimes are rarely brought into the public eye. Shana will be working with 371 Productions as an intern on the Precious Lives Series to assist in uncovering the backgrounds behind gun violence.
Nicole Baxter currently a full time student at The Art Institute of Wisconsin in pursuit of a BA in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production. She aspires to be a writer for television shows and to one day create her own series. She enjoys learning, being around people who strive to make positive contributions, and who support young people beginning their career. Her goal is to make a long-standing positive impact with her career.
Paul Wiehagen recently completed his undergraduate work in International Affairs, Economics, and Spanish at Marquette University. He enjoys traveling as much as possible, and has lived in Latin America on several occasions both to study, as well as to participate in volunteer work. As an intern with 371 Productions, Paul will be utilizing his interest in economic policy to research and collect data used to update the BizVizz corporate accountability app. In his free time, he enjoys biking, as well as writing and recording music on guitar and other instruments.
Brian has overseen development and production for a variety of shows including TLC s series Cover Shot; Too Hot Not To Handle, a documentary special about Global Warming for HBO; the highly regarded Barbara Walters Special and intimate look at adoption, Born In My Heart: A Love Story; Fat Like Me, an ABC special about childhood obesity; and The Way Home, a pilot for the Hallmark Channel about reconciliation and forgiveness. He has managed production on Three Sisters, the HBO documentary about one family s battle with the ALS (Lou Gherig s disease); and he managed production and the national theatrical rollout for Gay Sex in the 70s, director Joseph Lovett s critically acclaimed feature documentary chronicling gay life in New York during the post-Stonewall and pre-AIDS era. He was Head of Broadcast Development & Production at Lovett Productions for six years. He continues to work as a freelance producer on a variety of television commercials, industrials and independent and Hollywood features. Among the most notable projects he s worked on was the feature film Unbreakable, directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Brian holds a B.A. in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. He resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, daughter and dog.
edited As Goes Janesville, for which we are eternally grateful. Kartemquin’s Editorial Director as well as Senior Editor on staff, Leslie has worked at Kartemquin Films in various capacities for over ten years. She has edited with Steve James on the ESPN film No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson. Other recent experience includes editing the Emmy-nominated In the Family by Joanna Rudnick for which she received the Best Editing win at the “Best of the Midwest Awards.” In 2005 Leslie was co-editor with Steve James on theaward-winning feature documentary The War Tapes and from 2001-2004 wore dual hats on the seven- part PBS series The New Americans as both Series Story Editor and Post Production Supervisor. In 2004 she took on the role of development producer for the “Odyssey Project” segment of series-in- development The Learning Chronicles. She was a co- editor and Post Production Manager for Future/Now Films’ MC5*ATT and a Post Production Technical Advisor for the feature doc Reel Paradise. While acting as Post Production Manager on the Life Stories series, she was also a Co-Editor for the “Quitting” episode. She was Post Production Manager onStevie, Refrigerator Mothers, and 5 Girls. Leslie’s work as Assistant Editor on Vietnam Long Time Coming is what originally brought her to Kartemquin, and she also contributed additional editing to that film. Leslie got her BA in Communication/Theater Arts (Phi Beta Kappa) from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. She did graduate work in film at Columbia College, Chicago, where she began her long and passionate relationship with the Avid. When not in the edit room, she enjoys travel, good food and liquor, long naps on the beach, and helping animals.
worked with us from 2008 to 2013, rising from intern to become the managing producer of 371 and the co-producer of As Goes Janesville. She co- produced and edited Chosen Towns: The Story of Jews in Wisconsin’s Small Communities, which was made with doc|UWM. She also co-produced and co-directed A King in Milwaukee, a short documentary about David Greenberger who talks to people with dementia and turns those conversations into music, which he performed with the Paul Cebar Ensemble live at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee. She is currently producing a series of videos for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as well as contributing to a number of projects for clients that range from Marquette University to City Year.