About 371 Productions

We make documentaries, videos, technology projects, and engagement campaigns that contribute to our common good.

 

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, emmy-nominated As Goes Janesville, 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.

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 nearly 30,0000 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’s latest film, Penelope, tells the story of a nursing home that heroically takes on the challenge of making an original play based on Homer’s Odyssey. His 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. He is currently developing a film about race and reconciliation in the American South and in production on 3 projects: a documentary about small Jewish communities in far-flung places across the US that are on the verge of extinction; an hour of a 6-hour series about American trying to get by on minimum wage; and an investigative doc about a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin. 371 also does work for select clients like Public Allies, City Year, Planned Parenthood and Marquette University.
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 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 primarily a visual artist and organizer collaborating with a range of social and environmental justice organizations and movements.  He is a co-founder of the Riverwest24, an annual 24 hour bicycle race and community project in Milwaukee entering it’s sixth year.  Other projects include curating visual art within the Riverwest Public House and co-curating a lecture series there 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. Paul is 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.

devon1Devon Cupery

is a producer at 371 Productions, working on our film about a mine proposed for Wisconsin’s north woods. Previously Devon worked as lead researcher for 371’s BizVizz project, the first mobile app to make corporate tax & campaign finance data accessible. She also does freelance web design for local businesses & non-profits. Before coming to 371 she worked for a Milwaukee-area environmental consulting firm. 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.

EForman_PhotoEmily Forman

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- Summer 2014

Kayla ParkerKayla Parker

is an intern at 371 Productions. She is currently finishing her Masters thesis at the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University and is the Education Screening Assistant for the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival. Her background is in broadcast journalism, but she found her passion for documentary filmmaking during her time as an undergraduate at Emerson College. She has worked in research and production on documentary projects for “American Experience” on PBS and for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also spent two years in Helena, Montana creating educational videos as an Americorps VISTA for the Montana Legal Services Association. While she does miss the mountains, she is incredibly happy to be here in Milwaukee working with the amazing people at 371 Productions.

marquis2Marquis Williams

is an intern at 371 Productions currently studying communication and english at UWM. He has always been involved with mentoring youth to a successful path. He has volunteered for various organizations and events such as Lead to Succeed, G.R.E.A.T program, Polar Plunge and walks/runs for autism which are often organized by his Fraternity Beta Sigma Omega, Inc. With confidence in his writing abilities, Marquis has presented his creative writings for events like poetry unplugged and Lyrical Sanctuary. Deeply saddened by the gun violence throughout Milwaukee, Marquis will be working with 371 on our “Precious Lives” Series.

headshotKerease Epps

is a recent graduate of Northwestern University. She doubled majored in African American Studies and Social Policy. Her most recent accomplishment has been her completion of her first year as a Teach For America Corps Member where she teaches fourth grade in Detroit, Michigan. She has served in a number of leadership positions from Chapter President of her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. to President of Minorities in the Pursuit of Law. She has worked in a series of fields that range from an operations consultant at Bunya Sacco a microfinance organization in Mayuge, Uganda to Education and Opportunity Intern for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.

Colleen-0275Colleen Black

is an intern at 371 Productions. She is currently a student at Marquette University pursing a degree in Digital Media. Driven by her passion for giving others a voice, Colleen has produced and edited various documentary-style pieces about people who have overcome personal obstacles in their lives. Her latest documentary, Playing Favorites, reveals local Milwaukee artist Tyanna Buie’s moving story behind her art. Besides creating documentary work, Colleen worked as the Assistant News Director at Marquette Television. Outside of creating media she spends time working with various nonprofits in Milwaukee, such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. You can view her narrative and documentary work on her vimeo account.

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.