Our work and rates are rooted in the recognition of power dynamics at play in the historical and present day distribution of resources, … to this end we utilize a sliding scale enabling us to collaborate with organizations of all budgetary sizes.
We are a small, but mighty full service production house. From 2-minute viral social media campaign videos to feature length documentaries, from 6 figure budgets to shoe strings, we love to create striking cinematic stories that advance our movements for justice and liberation.
SOCIAL IMPACT VIDEOS
Striking, concept-driven videos, designed to hook your audiences and drive deeper engagement across social media platforms and real-world screenings. Our social impact videos are generally 1 – 2.5 minutes in length with dynamic text animations, bold motion graphics, and rich social movement imagery.
DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS
Clear, concise and compelling footage captured in real-time of the people, places and ideas that shape our communities. Scripted, shot and edited from start to finish with your organization and audiences in mind, with final projects averaging 7-10 minutes of viewing time.
NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS
Artful glimpses into the pressing moments of our times with final projects averaging 7-20 minutes of viewing time. Scripting, shooting and editing will be done in collaboration with your team and the greatest care from our crew.
From start to finish we’ll create a feature length documentary that fully bears witness to the human experience while still honouring the nuances of our Movement(s), histories and identities. Feature length documentaries average 60-90 minutes of viewing time and generally require an intensive ~1-2 years of filming and editing to complete a cinema quality film that is ready for festivals and distribution.
Every organization is different, that’s why we offer both stand alone video planning and planning coupled with on-the-ground film production by our crew. If your needs are better met with a road map that your team can execute alone, we’re committed to building the plan with you and being available remotely for practical consultations on bringing it to life.
We’ll work with your team to understand the past, present, and aspirations of your work. Together we’ll craft a multi-month/year customized strategy using film as a practical and proactive platform for power building and manifesting your long term goals.
In collaboration with your team we’ll use information you already have on hand such as your organizational calendar including but not limited to fund-raising and fiscal milestones, campaign cycles etc. looking 6 months plus ahead to build a cohesive videography plan that anticipates and responds to organizational goals and preferences of your audience(s)/community.
VIDEO MEDIA BANK
Taking your video storytelling capacity to the next level requires a breadth of well-organized multimedia content that you can quickly access when you need it. We work with groups to develop video media banks on cloud-based file storage platforms like Google Drive where all video assets can be gathered and organized.
Whenever possible we also encourage opportunities for developing shared video media banks with other partners / allies to further amplify our collective storytelling capacity.
Your staff, your leaders, your community- with all the tools and know-how to create beautiful short form films. We’ll assemble a customized, affordable camera bundle that equips staff and organizational leaders with the gear and coaching to meet basic on-going filming needs for direct actions, basic short interviews, and social media content.
We believe that film creation should be a profoundly affirming process that allows us to truly see ourselves and our power. We work with groups at conferences, gatherings, and retreats to transform filmmaking into a transformative facilitated experience that also produces remarkable content.
Part story circle, part filmmaking lab – this immersive experience allows us to leverage the collective brilliance and storytelling capacity that is present in any convening and channel that into video content that can be drawn-on for months and years to come.
Mekahel ‘Ki’ Francois:
Social justice rooted film production and distribution
Mekahel ‘Ki’ François is a Southern Black *Queer man with an analysis and aesthetic shaped by equal parts Gospel, gumbo, and rhythm & blues. Having traversed the pulpit and politics standing with union and faith communities, after attending seminary he merged his gifts into social justice rooted film production and distri- bution. Previous films include short form narrative and concept driven pieces for non-profit, social justice, and civc groups including the Center for Social Inclusion at Facing Race, 350,org, and Sister Love. Currently serving as Associate Producer and Assistant Editor, IcoNick Justice is his first feature length documentary.
*Queer as poetically refined by Brandon Wint
Honing the craft of filmmaking in service of social movements
Spencer has directed, filmed, and edited over 100 short films for government agencies, social movements, non-profits, artists, and businesses. He is currently in post-production on two major documentary projects, IcoNick Justice, and Life in the City of Dirty Water. Spencer’s footage appeared in the award-wining documentary, Rumble: The Indian’s That Rocked The World and is also featured in a permanent exhibition at the new Royal Alberta Museum.
Spencer’s work focuses on film as a storytelling medium for social impact and transformation. Through collaborations with Black Lives Matter, Idle No More, Fight for 15, and the climate justice movement, he has honed the craft of filmmaking in service of social movements. Spencer thrives at the intersection of scripted and unscripted content that amplifies the raw emotion and breathtaking power of people rising up to transform their communities and the world.