About 371 Productions

We make media projects and engagement campaigns that contribute to our common good.

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.

 

371 Productions
 
220 E. Buffalo Street, suite 402
 
Milwaukee, WI  53202
 
email us: info “at” 371productions.com
 
 
 
 
 
 

Publicity Picture of Brad LichtensteinBrad Lichtenstein

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: The Long Arc, about Congressman John Lewis and unsolved civil rights era murders; The Last Jews of America, about disappearing Jewish communities; 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.

Inspired by As Goes Janesville, he led the team that built BizVizz, a mobile app and website that gives users instant access to corporations’ effective tax rate, campaign contributions and government subsidies. With over 32,0000 users and a dozen partners, from United for a Fair Economy to US-PIRG and the AFL-CIO, BizVizz is a proven corporate accountability tool. Brad is working with a virtual reality developer on a new tech project centered around inspiring empathy.

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.

Before making his own films, Brad associate produced FRONTLINE’s Peabody award-winning presidential election year special, Choice ’96, and Lumiere Production’s PBS series, With God on Our Side: The History of the Religious Right. With Lumiere, he produced and directed André’s Lives, a portrait of the “Jewish Schindler;” “Safe”, about domestic violence, “Caught in the Crossfire”, about Arab-Americans after 9/11, and the BBC/Court TV co-production of Ghosts of Attica, about the infamous 1971 prison uprising and aftermath, for which he was awarded a Dupont- Columbia Award for Excellence in Journalism. His film, Almost Home, a PBS Independent Lens documentary about people who live and work in an elder-care community, continues to be featured in workshops on aging and caregiving 5 years since its premiere broadcast. Brad’s work is supported by the Blue Mountain Center, The Brico Fund, Creative Capital, Helen Bader Foundation, the HKH Foundation, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), the International Documentary Association, the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Retirement Research Foundation, the Sheldon and Marianne Lubar Foundation, and the Tides Foundation.

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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morganMorgan Johnson

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.

paulPaul Kjelland

is the Office and Engagement Coordinator at 371, working on a few projects in development including a radio series addressing gun violence.  Paul is a visual artist and member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, an international decentralized network of visual artists that produce 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.

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Colin Sytsma

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.

devon-150Devon Cupery

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.

 

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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.

Interns- Fall 2014

kari Kari Garon

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.

 

52279_10100172014553337_3548328_o (1)Jimmy Gutierrez

will be graduating this semester from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BA in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies. He has contributed to community news outlets such as Milwaukee Public Radio (WUWM), Urban Milwaukee, and UWM’s Media Milwaukee. Jimmy’s passion for storytelling is fueled by people working to creating positive change in our communities. Jimmy will be working with 371 Productions as an intern on the Precious Lives series to assist in uncovering the backgrounds behind gun violence

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Ian McManama

Ian McManama is an upcoming graduate from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, with a B.A. in Film/Video/New Genres. He is a senior member of the school’s Production Club, which helps educate film students in the pre, principal, and post production work that goes in to making a short film. He’s also active Habitat for Humanity, mostly remodeling houses in the Madison, WI area. He is currently helping with post-production work on Last Jews of America, a film about dwindling Jewish communities throughout the United States.
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Shana Wilson

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.

JulianneJulianne Pope

Julianne Pope is finishing up her undergraduate degree in Public Relations and Speech Pathology at Marquette University this semester.  Julianne enjoys giving back to the community and currently volunteers at The Adult Learning Center, providing adults with the knowledge and skills necessary to earn their G.E.D.  Outside of school Julie is a foster parent for dogs searching for new homes that have been saved from shelters by Adopt Me Rescue. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska she has fully embraced Milwaukee and is constantly searching for the next best thing

 

 PaulWbioPaul Wiehagen

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.

 

People We’ve Worked With On Recent Projects

Brian Glazer

served as 371′s executive producer from 2007 to 2013. His career in film and television includes producing many shows for television including are forthcoming food show and the 3rd season of the acclaimed Sundance Channel series, Iconoclasts. Additionally, he oversaw post-production for FLOW: For Love of Water which was selected for competition in the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Throughout his career, he s worked on such diverse projects as Will Play Extra, a docu-series he developed for IFC about a casting agency and the commercial production industry; four shows for VOOM S Gallery HD profiling artists Barton Benes, Deborah Kass and Patricia Cronin and the art and architecture of New York s famed Woodlawn Cemetery; and Ghetto Sims, an animated sketch for the hit Comedy Central series Chappelle’s Show.

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.  

Leslie Simmer

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.

Nicole Docta

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.