SelectED FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARIES

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DARK MONEY

2018
A century ago corrupt money scarred Montana’s democracy and landscape, but Montanans voted to prohibit corporate campaign contributions. Today, after the Citizens United ruling, dark money floods elections nationwide, but Montanans are standing up to stop history from repeating itself in a struggle that has the potential to change the way elections happen nationwide. Premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Kimberly Reed, Director
Katy Chevigny, Producer
Marilyn Ness, Consulting Producer

CHARM CITY

2018
During three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, CHARM CITY delivers an unexpectedly candid, observational portrait of those left on the frontlines. With grit, fury, and compassion, a group of police, citizens, and government officials grapple with the consequences of violence and try to reclaim their future.

Marilyn Ness, Director
Katy Chevigny, Producer

Simon Mendes, Associate Producer

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CAMERAPERSON

2016
A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home with the director: Kirsten Johnson weaves these scenes and others into her film Cameraperson, a tapestry of footage captured over her twenty-five-year career as a documentary cinematographer. Through a series of episodic juxtapositions, Johnson explores the relationships between image makers and their subjects, the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex interaction of unfiltered reality with crafted narrative.

CAMERAPERSON premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, was short-listed for an Academy Award, nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, won the National Board of Review "Freedom of Expression" prize, and was awarded three 2017 Cinema Eye Honors, including Outstanding Nonfiction Feature. CAMERAPERSON was named one of the Top Ten Films of 2016 by The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Kirsten Johnson, Director
Marilyn Ness, Producer

Katy Chevigny, Consulting Producer

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TRAPPED

2016
At least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by the age of 45. 4 in 10 unwanted pregnancies are terminated by abortion. What would happen if access to care for these cases completely disappeared? TRAPPED, a film from Dawn Porter, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. TRAPPED is a recipient of a 2017 Peabody Award and 2017 Silver Gavel Award.

Dawn Porter, Director
Marilyn Ness, Producer

Katy Chevigny, Consulting Producer

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E-TEAM

2014
Driven by the high-stakes investigative work of four intrepid human rights workers, E-TEAM offers a rare look at their lives at home and dramatic work in the field. Using a cinema verite approach, our camera embeds with the investigators as they piece together the actual events that take place in various troubled spots around the globe. E-TEAM premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the coveted Cinematography Award in the U.S. Documentary Competition. The film is a Netflix original and was nominated for two News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

Directors: Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman
Marilyn Ness, Producer


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1971

2014
The FBI was unaccountable and untouchable until 1971, when a group of ordinary citizens uncovered its illegal domestic spying programs. On March 8, 1971, The Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI, as they called themselves, broke into a small FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, took every file, and shared them with the American public. Never caught, forty-three years later, these everyday Americans – parents, teachers and citizens – publicly reveal themselves for the first time and share their story in the documentary 1971. This film was awarded IDA's ABCNews VideoSource Award for best archival footage, won Cinema Eye's Spotlight Award, and broadcast on PBS's Independent Lens in May 2015.

Producers: Marilyn Ness and Katy Chevigny

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BAD BLOOD

2010
Through the eyes of survivors and family members, BAD BLOOD chronicles how a “miracle” treatment for hemophilia became an agent of death for 10,000 Americans. Faced with evidence that pharmaceutical companies and government regulators knew the product was contaminated with deadly viruses from the 1960s through the early 1990s, the hemophilia community launched a powerful and inspiring fight to right the system that failed them and to make it safer for all.

Marilyn Ness, Director and Producer

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ELECTION DAY

2007
Forget the pie charts, color-coded maps and hyperventilating pundits. What's the street-level experience of voters in today's America? In a triumph of documentary storytelling, ELECTION DAY combines 11 stories — shot simultaneously on November 2, 2004, from dawn until long past midnight — into one. Factory workers, ex-felons, harried moms, Native American activists and diligent poll watchers, from South Dakota to Florida, take the process of democracy into their own hands. The result: an entertaining, inspiring and sometimes unsettling tapestry of citizens determined on one fateful day to make their votes count.

Katy Chevigny, Director

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DEADLINE

2004
Illinois, Fall 2002: Governor George Ryan faces shocking findings about flaws in his state's capital punishment system that call his long-held beliefs into question. Suddenly, he must make one of the most difficult decisions of his life — to ignore this disturbing evidence, or to transform the entire Illinois capital punishment system. The stakes of this decision are the lives of over 170 people, and Ryan's own political career. And he has only a few months to issue his final decision. DEADLINE captures the ensuing dramatic series of events as they unfold.

Directors: Katy Chevigny and Kirsten Johnson