Projects

Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

Mavis!

The first feature-length documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, the Staple Singers. Read more…

Tell Me Something

What can you learn from the world’s best documentary filmmakers? In our new book Tell Me Something, we’ve asked 60 filmmakers we admire for one piece of advice. Then we took their picture. Tell Me Something is a creative manual and an inspiration generator. Read more…

Brooklyn Tech Triangle

Commissioned by the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the DUMBO Improvement District, Brooklyn Tech Triangle is a short video profiling new initiatives to help grow the tech and creative industries in the greater Downtown Brooklyn area. Watch now…

The Landfill

The Landfill is a short film directed by Jessica Edwards and Gary Hustwit, produced as part of the Focus Forward Films three-minute film initiative. The Landfill premiered a the Sundance Film Festival and shows the beauty and potential of the stuff we throw away. Watch now… 

Tugs

Set against the backdrop of one of the world’s busiest harbors, Jessica Edwards’s short documentary Tugs is an ode to the hardest working boats on the waterways and the people who pilot them. Lyrically realized, Tugs admires the legacy and longevity of the boats and the strength of their position in the country’s history and future. Watch now…

Seltzer Works

In the early 1900s, thousands of seltzer deliverymen criss-crossed the nation, schlepping heavy glass bottles full of fizzy water to millions of thirsty customers. Today, with only a handful of deliverymen left in the country, the siphon machines at Gomberg Seltzer Works don’t turn like they used to. Most of the old customers have passed on (or moved to Florida). But there are still bubbles being made by third generation seltzer filler Kenny Gomberg. In Jessica Edwards’ award-winning debut film Seltzer Works, the last bottler in Brooklyn fends off the supermarket seltzer take-over and honors this simple drink’s place in history. Watch now…