Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel.
INTO DUST tells the extraordinary true story of Perween Rahman, a women who worked tirelessly to protect the rights of Pakistan’s poor, and paid the ultimate price. Set against the backdrop of a global water crisis, Perween’s story highlights the dangers of what can happen when our water starts to run out.
Directed by Jamie Boyle.
When a young woman turns to the camera for refuge, she ends up with a firsthand account of what will become the deadliest man-made epidemic in United States history. Filmed over thirty years, ANONYMOUS SISTER is director, Jamie Boyle’s chronicle of her family’s fall into opioid addiction, providing a poignant and timely study of what it means to experience life in all its beauty and pain.
Co-directed by Jerry Risius and Beth Levison
Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Art Cullen and his family fight to unite and inform their Iowan farming community through their biweekly newspaper, The Storm Lake Times—come hell or pandemic.
Dark clouds hang over the cornfields of Storm Lake, Iowa, which has seen its fair share of change in the 40 years since Big Agriculture came to town. Farmers blow their life savings on new equipment they hope will keep their livelihoods intact. Migrant workers flock here—welcome and not—for their slice of the American Dream. The people of Storm Lake confront a changing and precarious existence. Enter: Art Cullen and his family members who deliver local news and editorials on a shoestring budget for their 3,000 readers. This paper means a fighting chance for their beloved hometown, and by hook or by crook, they’ll make the most of it. There’s simply too much at stake.
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Roll Red Roll
Directed by Nancy Schwartzman.
Roll Red Roll is a true-crime thriller that goes behind the headlines to uncover the deep-seated and social media-fueled “boys will be boys” culture at the root of high school sexual assault in America.
As both an educational tool and a catalyst for social and behavioral change, Roll Red Roll is uniquely poised to incite conversations with students, leaders and activists working to eliminate gender violence. At the heart of this campaign, we’ve opened up a national dialogue that engages men and boys including fathers, coaches, and teens, to get involved in the work to prevent gender-based violence and shift culture.
Download the educational resources here.
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Abortion Helpline, This is Lisa
Directed by Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater and Mike Attie.
At Philly’s abortion helpline, cruel legislation determines who has access to abortion.
In just 13 minutes, Abortion Helpline, This is Lisa draws a clear picture of why the Hyde Amendment urgently needs to be repealed. The film is tangible tool for abortion funds that rely on small indvidiual donations to sustain their efforts, as well as advocacy organizations who appeal directly to lawmakers. The campaign works directly with abortion helplines to use the film to raise funds, to amplify the work of reproductive justice organizations and to educate the public more broadly about the Hyde Amendment and its ramifications, through a partnership with the National Network of Abortion Funds.
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Belly of the Beast
Directed by Erika Cohn. Produced by Angela Tucker, Nicole Docta and Christen Marquez.
An exposé of human rights abuses in women’s prisons, highlighting modern-day eugenics & reproductive injustice.
This film was made in collaboration with and shaped by people inside prison. Our work strives to center the leadership of formerly incarcerated people even when prison access is limited – this is a guiding principle of our impact campaign. Together we worked to raise awareness about modern-day eugenics practices and galvanize action to end them; support reparation campaigns for sterilization survivors, as well as other legislative efforts; improve healthcare for those inside prison, as well as marginalized populations who experience reproductive injustice in the free-world; educate audiences who have not been directly impacted by imprisonment about our criminal justice system and those who are incarcerated; and provide training for medical professionals about the history of systemic racism and eugenics in medicine, and how it manifests today.
Directed by Sam Feder, produced by Amy Schoulder.
DISCLOSURE is an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender.
In this transformative moment, people across the country are talking about trans lives and looking for ways to support trans communities. Google Trends data shows that searches for “black trans lives matter” were ten times higher in 2020 than any other year. DISCLOSURE provides a framework for critical conversations with students, lawyers, judges, grassroots activists, human resource departments, and the entertainment industry. The film’s unique trans filmmaker fellowship models how to create equitable life chances for trans people. The impact has been far-reaching and will continue to push the needle at a time when the country is hungry and open to learning like we have never seen before. DISCLOSURE is both an educational tool and an instigator of social change, confronting the history of transgender representation to show the roots of stereotypes and stigma. The DISCLOSURE impact campaign provides context to uplift the multifaceted experiences of trans people.
Read more about the impact of DISCLOSURE in Vanity Fair.
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All Skinfolk, Ain’t Kinfolk
Directed by Angela Tucker.
News footage, campaign advertisements and archival audio and video help detail the story of the 2017 mayoral runoff in New Orleans as it comes down to two very different candidates — Desiree Charbonnet and LaToya Cantrell.
Red Owl provided support for an ongoing engagement and impact campaign, in addition to producing a discussion guide and lesson plan, authored by teacher Vivett Dukes. Learn more about the campaign and download the resources here: https://www.asakfilm.com/conversationstarter
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Harbor from the Holocaust
Directed by Violet Du Feng.
The story of nearly 20,000 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II, to the Chinese port city of Shanghai.
The engagement campaign for Harbor from the Holocaust worked to share the largely unknown story of the Shanghailanders and to increase public knowledge about how Jewish refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe came to seek refuge in Shanghai by drawing audiences to the film’s broadcast through events and tune-in; to foster cross cultural connection and inspire conversation amongst local communities about the history of the Shanghailanders.by partnering with local stations to engage their communities and creating a discussion guide for others to be able to use the film; To encourage conversation about the little known events of the film and the story’s themes of tolerance and cultural coexistence as a lens through which to explore current events and the ongoing highly contentious discussion around immigration in the U.S. today.
Executive produced by Charlotte Mangin and Sandy Rattley.
An innovative series of 26 animated documentary shorts featuring unsung and extraordinary women from the turn of the 20th century who changed America.
Our team supported impact operations for the series, collaborating with PBS stations and community partners on events held (virtually) in Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, California, Virginia, South Carolina, New York and D.C. The Red Owl team also produced a series of DIY screening kits providing resources for partner events.
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Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops
Directed by Jenifer McShane.
Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops is an intimate portrait of two Texas police officers who are helping change the way police respond to mental health calls.
We work with community partners in the mental health advocacy and public health sectors to implement community events that serve their goals. The Red Owl team also produced a mini discussion guide for the film and is currently producing a webinar for chapters of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
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Youth v. Gov
Directed by Christi Cooper.
The story of America’s youth taking on the world’s most powerful government. Since 2015, twenty-one plaintiffs, ages 11 to 22, have been suing the U.S. government over their constitutional rights to a safe climate system.
Our team worked with Will Jenkins in collaboration with Vulcan Productions on a research report to inform the design of a strategic impact campaign for the film, interviewing more than 20 leading experts in the field.
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Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
Alongside Will Jenkins and Michon Boston, the Sundance Institute commissioned Red Owl for a research report regarding the landscape of documentary film and impact related to gun violence prevention. Forthcoming in 2021.