Big Mouth Productions

Big Mouth Productions At Big Mouth we have something to say. We create films that tell compelling stories and support the efforts of those who want to make their voices heard.

At Big Mouth Productions we have something to say. We're a team of seasoned filmmakers (Marilyn Ness and Katy Chevigny) who can help get your story told. From our independent documentary features to commissions for non-profits and foundations, we believe (well told,) every day stories can have a big impact on the world around us. We know how to make movies and we can help you make yours. We also offer consultancies to filmmakers on everything from budgeting to fundraising to production and post.

05/06/2020
Michelle Obama

Watch #Becoming, now streaming on Netflix ↓

Last year while visiting my old high school, Whitney M. Young in Chicago, I met with a group of remarkable young women on the cusp of finishing school and figuring out who they are becoming. Elizabeth wasn’t sure why she was selected to meet with me that day. She didn't believe her story mattered. But as you will see here, her story is amazing and so is she. Elizabeth inspired me, and I think she will inspire you, too. I can’t wait for you to tune in to BECOMING, now out on Netflix. #IAmBecoming

05/05/2020
Michelle Obama

BECOMING premieres on Netflix tomorrow ↓

In the film BECOMING, you will get to know an extraordinary young woman named Shayla, who I met while spending time with the girls at beGirl.world in Philadelphia. Watching Shayla get ready for school with her energetic, loving mother and brother, I was reminded so much of my own family growing up––the laughter, support, and sacrifices are all so familiar. I love seeing Shayla discover the power of her story, and I cannot wait to see how it unfolds. In the film, she says that she wants to be successful, but also hopes to have a positive impact on somebody. Well, she already has. I’m inspired by Shayla and so grateful to her for sharing her story with us. #IAmBecoming

05/04/2020
Michelle Obama

WATCH! The trailer for BECOMING was released this morning, ahead of the film's Netflix premiere May 6. netflix.com/title/81122487

Today, I’m thrilled to give you a sneak peek of BECOMING before it premieres on Netflix this Wednesday, May 6. This movie tells my story, from my childhood on the South Side of Chicago to my life today—and it celebrates the stories of so many people I met along the way. My journey has taught me that if we stay open—if we share what’s important to us and listen carefully to what others share about their own lives—we find our strength, and we find our community. I am so grateful to everyone who has shared their story with me over the years. They have inspired me, given me strength, and helped me find my way. I hope you enjoy the film and that it reminds you of the power and importance of your own story. #IAmBecoming

Dawn Porter has been sequestered at her home on Martha’s Vineyard since mid-March. But even though she can’t leave the s...
05/04/2020
Film production is shut down but documentaries are still being made. Here's how

Dawn Porter has been sequestered at her home on Martha’s Vineyard since mid-March. But even though she can’t leave the small Massachusetts island, production on her next documentary has yet to cease. Here's how via Los Angeles Times:

From a look at Barack Obama's White House photographer to a personal production on the streets of Germany, many documentaries are still in production during quarantine thanks to technology, smaller crews and archival footage.

DOCLANDS Documentary Film Festival
05/01/2020

DOCLANDS Documentary Film Festival

DocTalk From Home: Director Profile

Kirsten Johnson, Dick Johnson Is Dead

Kirsten Johnson is a cinematographer and director interested in addressing the changing dimensions and urgent ethical challenges of documentary camerawork. Her film, Cameraperson, premiered at Sundance in 2016, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, won the National Board of Review “Freedom of Expression” prize, and was awarded three 2017 Cinema Eye Honors, including Outstanding Nonfiction Feature. Her short, The Above, premiered at the 2015 New York Film Festival and was nominated for the International Documentary Association Best Short Award. Johnson’s notable camerawork can be seen in Citizenfour, The Invisible War, Pray The Devil Back To Hell, Fahrenheit 9/11, Ladies First, The Oath, and Deadline.

04/30/2020
Charm City

Charm City premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Join us FRIDAY, MAY 1 for a Facebook Live chat + Q&A to catch up with several folks from the film. They have lots of updates to share. (Click "Interested" on the event below to receive a reminder).

Marilyn Ness Hayley Goodrich Council President Brandon M. Scott Sara Giustini Lt Colonel Mo Brown SNF Parkway Theatre / Maryland Film Fest Maryland Public Television Independent Lens | PBS Amy Letourneau

04/27/2020
Netflix

Beyond thrilled to finally share this new project that the team at Big Mouth Productions produced along with our partners at Higher Ground Productions!

Here is a moment from Becoming, Nadia Hallgren’s new documentary about Michelle Obama, releasing globally on May 6

Dick Johnson Is Dead
04/15/2020

Dick Johnson Is Dead

Cowabunga, dude! We’re part of Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival slate of films. https://bit.ly/3afBByy

Dick Johnson Is Dead
04/13/2020

Dick Johnson Is Dead

Dick Johnson advocates for toes, masks and social distancing. 🦶👟😷❤️

Films, foods, games, hobbies — what are you enjoying during the quarantine?

Don't forget! More webinars from Firelight Media, International Documentary Association and ITVS  April 6-7 to learn the...
04/05/2020

Don't forget! More webinars from Firelight Media, International Documentary Association and ITVS April 6-7 to learn the basics of applying for various U.S. Small Business Administration programs. Learn more and sign-up: https://bit.ly/3aLiE7R

Attention, filmmakers! Firelight Media, International Documentary Association and ITVS are hosting webinars to discuss t...
04/03/2020
Webinar: Apply for Federal Coronavirus Relief as a Filmmaker

Attention, filmmakers! Firelight Media, International Documentary Association and ITVS are hosting webinars to discuss the basics of applying for various SBA programs under the coronavirus relief legislation:

Friday, April 3rd, 9am-10am ET
Friday, April 3rd, 12pm - 1pm ET (ASL interpretation available for this session)
Monday, April 6th, 3 pm - 4 pm ET
Tues, April 7th, 12pm - 1pm ET

Friday, April 3rd, is the first day that small businesses can apply for federally-funded relief programs recently passed by Congress (Small Business Administration). Experts have advised that all small businesses (regardless of being an LLC, S-Corp, sole proprietor, or independent contractor) should...

Thanks Full Frame Documentary Film Festival for continuing to celebrate new docs and filmmakers! #DickJohnsonIsDead
03/31/2020

Thanks Full Frame Documentary Film Festival for continuing to celebrate new docs and filmmakers! #DickJohnsonIsDead

Attention #FullFrame fans! We're proud to announce this year's lineup for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. While we won’t be able to watch the films together, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating these brilliant films and the filmmakers behind them. The lineup is now live at fullframefest.org/2020-lineup. #FullFrameFest

Playbill put together a list of documentaries that capture some of the most fascinating and legendary entertainers, writ...
03/21/2020
17 Must-Watch Documentaries for Broadway Musical Fans | Playbill

Playbill put together a list of documentaries that capture some of the most fascinating and legendary entertainers, writers, and musicals in Broadway history.

These essential documentaries capture some of the most fascinating and legendary entertainers, writers, and musicals in Broadway history.

The MIPTV market in Cannes has also canceled its latest edition, while the Cannes Film Festival hasn't announced any cha...
03/18/2020
Cannes Lions Festival Postponed Until October Due to Coronavirus

The MIPTV market in Cannes has also canceled its latest edition, while the Cannes Film Festival hasn't announced any changes to its plans.

"We have made the decision to move forward with our contingency plan and the festival will now take place from Oct. 26 to 30, organizers said.

A little good news in uncertain times! Congratulations to the talented Jamie Boyle for persevering with her important fi...
03/11/2020
Abigail Disney's Fork Films Reveals Documentary Grant Recipients

A little good news in uncertain times! Congratulations to the talented Jamie Boyle for persevering with her important film, of which we're proud to be part. Stay tuned for more news!

Heaps of gratitude to Abigail Disney and Fork Films for investing in important stories that deserve to be told.

"Each of these films is provocative, inspiring, complex, nuanced and artistically adept," said Disney of the ten projects. "I am so proud of every single one of them."

Our new documentary Dick Johnson Is Dead (from director Kirsten Johnson) screens at True/False Film Fest this weekend — ...
03/05/2020

Our new documentary Dick Johnson Is Dead (from director Kirsten Johnson) screens at True/False Film Fest this weekend — it'll be heaven to back in Columbia, Mo.!

Join us this weekend at True/False Film Fest → https://bit.ly/2IdlwOk #DickJohnsonIsDead

And he included documentarian Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson, Dick Johnson Is Dead) on the list of 20 directors who are p...
02/25/2020
IndieWire

And he included documentarian Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson, Dick Johnson Is Dead) on the list of 20 directors who are pivotal to the future of cinema.

Ari Aster. Robert Eggers. Chloé Zhao. Alma Har’el. These are the directors Bong Joon Ho is loving right now.

"Cameraperson, Kirsten Johnson’s poetic, meditative exploration of the moral pitfalls and complex artistry of nonfiction...
02/15/2020
Watching the watchers: how Cameraperson enriches the act of filming | Sight & Sound

"Cameraperson, Kirsten Johnson’s poetic, meditative exploration of the moral pitfalls and complex artistry of nonfiction filmmaking, reflects on the lessons she’s learned over the past two decades as one of the pre-eminent cinematographers in American documentary."

“Observing people in the context in which they’re under a great deal of pressure, we often see their humanity,” says Kirsten Johnson. It’s a neat manifesto for her practice as the leading American documentary cameraperson – for example, on Laura Poitras’s exploration of the US whistle-bl...

Hyperallergic
02/13/2020
Hyperallergic

Hyperallergic

In "Dick Johnson Is Dead", Kirsten Johnson pens a mischievous love letter to her father.

The Bustle piece includes reflections from Oscar-winning Julia Reichert (co-director of American Factory).
02/12/2020
4 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Directors On Sexism, Conflict, & The Future Of Film

The Bustle piece includes reflections from Oscar-winning Julia Reichert (co-director of American Factory).

“Congratulations to those men,” Issa Rae said wearily via live stream last month as she and John Cho announced this year’s Oscar nominees for best director, a category in which — yet again — not a single woman was recognized. Since 2011 only one…

02/03/2020
Sundance Film Festival

Sundance U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Innovation in Nonfiction Storytelling: Dick Johnson Is Dead.

Saturday night we celebrated the 2020 Sundance Film Festival award winners in Park City. Check out the full show now!

During the awards, we also announced Tabitha Jackson as our new Festival Director. In her new role, Jackson will oversee the Festival’s overall vision and strategy. Read more: bit.ly/2tqj5Es

Female-led films including "Promising Young Woman" and "Dick Johnson Is Dead" will drive viewers' and critics' conversat...
01/28/2020
The Atlantic

Female-led films including "Promising Young Woman" and "Dick Johnson Is Dead" will drive viewers' and critics' conversations for the rest of the year, writes The Atlantic's David Sims.

"A few days into my movie-crammed expedition to the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, I had an idle thought that I realized was a surprising one: I had yet to watch a film directed by a man."

Dick Johnson Is Dead
01/27/2020

Dick Johnson Is Dead

We’re alive and kickin’ with gratitude this morning to EVERYONE who helped make last night’s Sundance Film Festival premiere so special!

What if you could make your loved ones live forever? Dick Johnson Is Dead is Kirsten Johnson’s delirious and desperate a...
01/22/2020

What if you could make your loved ones live forever? Dick Johnson Is Dead is Kirsten Johnson’s delirious and desperate attempt to keep her aging father alive. In this effort she turns to the magic of cinema to kill him, resurrect him, and celebrate his last years on earth.

Premiering at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

(Produced by Big Mouth Productions producers Katy Chevigny & Marilyn Ness)

Dick Johnson Is Dead
01/14/2020
Dick Johnson Is Dead

Dick Johnson Is Dead

#23 Dick Johnson Is Dead: "It won’t be a surprise if this is a masterpiece." (The Film Stage)

Dick Johnson Is Dead
01/06/2020
Dick Johnson Is Dead

Dick Johnson Is Dead

"Kirsten Johnson, the cinematographer and documentarian whose idiosyncratic memoir, Cameraperson, was one of the greatest films of the past decade, has made a movie about preparing for her 86-year-old father’s imminent death."

(via Vulture)

Cameraperson
12/16/2019
Cameraperson

Cameraperson

An extraordinary list! We're honored Cameraperson made the cut. Make sure to follow Dick Johnson Is Dead — Kirsten's new documentary that premieres next month at Sundance Film Festival.

12/10/2019

Join us Dec. 12 for a LIVE chat with Kimberly Reed, director of Dark Money.

Check it out! Big Mouth Productions is heading back to Park City with Dick Johnson Is Dead, from director Kirsten Johnso...
12/04/2019
Dick Johnson Is Dead

Check it out! Big Mouth Productions is heading back to Park City with Dick Johnson Is Dead, from director Kirsten Johnson and producers Marilyn Ness and Katy Chevigny.

Big news! Dick Johnson Is Dead premieres at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, from director Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson) and producers Marilyn Ness and Katy Chevigny.

10/26/2019
E-TEAM

E-TEAM

Five years ago this week, E-TEAM premiered on Netflix and the world was introduced to the heroic work of Anna Neistat, Ole Solvang, Fred Abrahams and Peter N. Bouckaert.

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We're a team of seasoned filmmakers (led by Marilyn Ness and Katy Chevigny), who can help get your story told. From our independent documentary features to commissions for non-profits and foundations, we believe (well told,) every day stories can have a big impact on the world around us. We know how to make movies and we can help you make yours. We also offer consultancies to filmmakers on everything from budgeting to fundraising to production and post.

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Would someone that is involved with the July 27th showing of Dark Money in Santa Monica please contact California Clean Money Campaign. I sent a message to Kimberly Reed but she may not have seen it. We would like to talk with someone about helping get the word out as well as perhaps providing insights into Dark Money in California. We passed AB 249, the California DISCLOSE Act last year and are working on AB2188, the Social Media DISCLOSE Act this year. email [email protected] or private message me directly. Thanks