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STATELESS, the latest film from Michèle Stephenson, documents the struggle of those families affected by the 2013 legisl...
07/15/2021

STATELESS, the latest film from Michèle Stephenson, documents the struggle of those families affected by the 2013 legislation stripping citizenship from Dominicans of Haitian descent. Tune in on July 19 at 10pm! #StatelessFilmPBS https://to.pbs.org/3ivjigv

A grassroots campaign by a young attorney in the Dominican Republic takes center stage in Michèle Stephenson’s latest fi...
07/12/2021

A grassroots campaign by a young attorney in the Dominican Republic takes center stage in Michèle Stephenson’s latest film, STATELESS, a documentary about Dominicans of Haitian descent struggling in the wake of 2013 legislation stripping them of their citizenship. Broadcasting July 19 on PBS! #StatelessFilmPBS

A grassroots campaign by a young attorney in the Dominican Republic takes center stage in Michèle Stephenson’s latest film, STATELESS, a documentary about Dominicans of Haitian descent struggling in the wake of 2013 legislation stripping them of their citizenship. Broadcasting July 19 on PBS! #StatelessFilmPBS

Rooster and chickens cross the street in downtown Miami. Feels like the Caribbean.  @thrdhrzn  @pamm @radastudionyc  Tha...
06/27/2021

Rooster and chickens cross the street in downtown Miami. Feels like the Caribbean. @thrdhrzn @pamm @radastudionyc Thank you all for a very lively screening and Q & A for STATELESS. It’s only the beginning. Be back in Miami for more important engagement. @lookylookypictures @indyamoore @inculturedco

Rooster and chickens cross the street in downtown Miami. Feels like the Caribbean. @thrdhrzn @pamm @radastudionyc Thank you all for a very lively screening and Q & A for STATELESS. It’s only the beginning. Be back in Miami for more important engagement. @lookylookypictures @indyamoore @inculturedco

06/20/2021

Proud of you, son. Awesome tour of downtown NYC using Kinfolk AR monuments.

FORBES REVIEW—-In Tribeca’s Virtual Arcade we found the first of our most awesome experiences, “The Changing Same,” from...
06/18/2021

FORBES REVIEW—-In Tribeca’s Virtual Arcade we found the first of our most awesome experiences, “The Changing Same,” from Scatter and Rada Studio. Scatter has been in the festival previously with the first most awesome experience “Blackout” (2017). Directors Yasmin Elayat (“Zero Days VR”), Michèle Stephenson, and Joe Brewster, used Depthkit Studio, a portable multi-camera volumetric capture solution, to create a new version of reality: a dreamlike version of the physical world, where time and location melt into an infinite pop culture whirlwind, to tells the terrifying story of how the law is used to convict a man already the victim of racism before he is even accused. What the hapless Kafka-esque hero is accused of, no one knows, and no one cares. When you’re black, and a cop decides you have a bad attitude, it is the end of your life or, if you’re lucky, life as you know it. The system takes over. And there’s not a damn thing you can say or do. Submit, and be smothered. Or don’t submit, and be smothered. You can cry out at the rude irony, you can laugh at it, you can ridicule it, fight, or not fight. It doesn’t matter. Because you don’t matter. The end is brutally preordained. I am still thinking about this piece. I walked in this guy’s shoes. And I didn’t like it one bit. And that is the most awesome thing I experienced at Tribeca this year. This is the first in a three part series that will eventually be available in the Oculus store.

FORBES REVIEW—-In Tribeca’s Virtual Arcade we found the first of our most awesome experiences, “The Changing Same,” from Scatter and Rada Studio. Scatter has been in the festival previously with the first most awesome experience “Blackout” (2017). Directors Yasmin Elayat (“Zero Days VR”), Michèle Stephenson, and Joe Brewster, used Depthkit Studio, a portable multi-camera volumetric capture solution, to create a new version of reality: a dreamlike version of the physical world, where time and location melt into an infinite pop culture whirlwind, to tells the terrifying story of how the law is used to convict a man already the victim of racism before he is even accused. What the hapless Kafka-esque hero is accused of, no one knows, and no one cares. When you’re black, and a cop decides you have a bad attitude, it is the end of your life or, if you’re lucky, life as you know it. The system takes over. And there’s not a damn thing you can say or do. Submit, and be smothered. Or don’t submit, and be smothered. You can cry out at the rude irony, you can laugh at it, you can ridicule it, fight, or not fight. It doesn’t matter. Because you don’t matter. The end is brutally preordained. I am still thinking about this piece. I walked in this guy’s shoes. And I didn’t like it one bit. And that is the most awesome thing I experienced at Tribeca this year. This is the first in a three part series that will eventually be available in the Oculus store.

06/18/2021

Forbes Magazine REVIEW of THE CHANGING SAME———————————————————
In Tribeca’s Virtual Arcade, we found the first of our most awesome experiences, “The Changing Same,” from Scatter and Rada Studio. Scatter has been in the festival previously with the first most awesome experience “Blackout” (2017). Directors Yasmin Elayat (“Zero Days VR”), Michèle Stephenson, and Joe Brewster, used Depthkit Studio, a portable multi-camera volumetric capture solution, to create a new version of reality: a dreamlike version of the physical world, where time and location melt into an infinite pop culture whirlwind, to tells the terrifying story of how the law is used to convict a man already the victim of racism before he is even accused. What the hapless Kafka-esque hero is accused of, no one knows, and no one cares. When you’re black, and a cop decides you have a bad attitude, it is the end of your life or, if you’re lucky, life as you know it. The system takes over. And there’s not a damn thing you can say or do. Submit, and be smothered. Or don’t submit, and be smothered. You can cry out at the rude irony, you can laugh at it, you can ridicule it, fight, or not fight. It doesn’t matter. Because you don’t matter. The end is brutally preordained. I am still thinking about this piece. I walked in this guy’s shoes. And I didn’t like it one bit. And that is the most awesome thing I experienced at Tribeca this year. This is the first in a three part series that will eventually be available in the Oculus store.

Proud of this production.  Hope your adrenaline flows when you about on the headset!
06/04/2021

Proud of this production. Hope your adrenaline flows when you about on the headset!

Check out the most ambitious volumetric film to date! The Changing Same: An American Pilgrimage is an official selection of #Tribeca2021. Experience all 5 Storyscapes projects via Virtual Arcade In-Person or At Home w/ @MuseumOR for users with any VR headset: https://tribecafilm.com/festival/immersive/virtual-arcade#film-changing-same-episode-1-2021

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05/28/2021

Bask in the elegance that is Rada Studio!
With “The Changing Same” and “Traveling the Interstitium,” selected for Sundance Film Festival 2021.

“Our work is an expression of our own personal mission to use visual storytelling to better understand our complicated experiences as Black people navigating American society.”

Check out their films at: https://radastudio.org/work/

@radastudionyc @sundanceorg

https://youtu.be/H1nddYTMeOsExploring the stigmas Black girls face as they grow up within and outside their community. A...
02/16/2021
For Our Girls: A Conversation with Black Women

https://youtu.be/H1nddYTMeOs
Exploring the stigmas Black girls face as they grow up within and outside their community. A love letter to Black daughters, mothers share their concerns with how they are shaping and impacting their daughters’ independence.

THE CONVERSATION SERIES REMIX explores the current catharsis we are living through, in the U.S. and around the world. Through three short, powerful character-driven films, we dive into how the current uprising is impacting our communities, and where we find ourselves five years after Ferguson. Through a combination of interviews, symbolic b-roll, cell phone footage, archival material, and graphics, we create a vibrant collage of people’s lives and experiences, which powerfully frame and illustrate the reckoning that is happening around us.

Produced in association with Rada Studio: https://radastudio.org

Exploring the stigmas Black girls face as they grow up within and outside their community. A love letter to Black daughters, mothers share their concerns wit...

02/14/2021

We are screening at the RAI Festival (Royal Anthropological Institute) and we are excited to be apart of this discussion of the global impact of colonialism and white supremacy. Let's Go!

Photos from Scatter's post
01/31/2021

Photos from Scatter's post

Wondering where you can watch STATELESS? At the Boston Latino International Film Festival running 9/27-9/29—and tickets ...
09/15/2020

Wondering where you can watch STATELESS? At the Boston Latino International Film Festival running 9/27-9/29—and tickets are on sale now. Head over to bluff.org to learn more about programming and events. And don’t forget to get your STATELESS tickets! [Image reposted from @bliffestival]

Thank you, @blackstarfest and jurors, for awarding Stateless with the prize for Best Feature Documentary✨Shoutout to dir...
08/27/2020

Thank you, @blackstarfest and jurors, for awarding Stateless with the prize for Best Feature Documentary✨Shoutout to director @michele_0608, co-producers @onf_nfb, and everyone who’s helped tell this story. (Pssst: You can watch the trailer on @vimeo!)

07/31/2020
TED

We aspire to follow Congressman Lewis's commitment to social change. R.I.P.

In his interview with the late Congressman John Lewis, Bryan Stevenson asked the civil rights leader what he'd like to be remembered for. This is what he said.

Watch their full conversation here: http://t.ted.com/CS23owu

Rada Studio was honored to document and witness this historic meeting of minds.
07/20/2020
The fight for civil rights and freedom

Rada Studio was honored to document and witness this historic meeting of minds.

Civil rights leader and longtime US congressman John Lewis spent his life fighting for freedom and justice for everyone. In this illuminating conversation with lawyer and activist Bryan Stevenson, Lewis discusses the essential importance of voting, shares encouraging words of wisdom for the generati...

The Rada Studio filmed this iconic meeting between these two civil rights giants in November. The conversation was rivet...
07/18/2020

The Rada Studio filmed this iconic meeting between these two civil rights giants in November. The conversation was riveting and prophetic. R.I.P

The Rada Studio filmed this iconic meeting between these two civil rights giants in November. The conversation was rivet...
07/18/2020

The Rada Studio filmed this iconic meeting between these two civil rights giants in November. The conversation was riveting and prophetic. R.I.P

06/09/2020

We may be a day late 😬but we celebrate you nonetheless. Happy Birthday to the legendary, timeless, boundary pushing Nikki Giovanni. It has been an honor to capture your legacy and spirit over the past few years and we cannot wait to share Rada’s latest feature film, Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project. HBD Nikki 🥳👩🏿‍🚀

Reposted from Jet Magazines JetSuite series

06/05/2020
Q&A for Stateless

Making global connections in our movement to #defendblacklives. We had a passionate live Q & A this week with Rosa Iris Diendomi Alvarez and our team - connecting the dots, speaking our truth and #changingthenarrative.

https://vimeo.com/425978607

June 3, 2020, Hot Docs Online Film Festival. Live discussion with filmmaker Michèle Stephenson and Rosa Iris Diendomi. Also participating are producers Jennifer…

Our partner Michèle Stephenson posted the below this morning. Let’s keep disrupting as we also try to heal. Our narrativ...
05/28/2020
Michèle Stephenson on ‘Stateless’ and the Battle of Narratives – Point of View Magazine

Our partner Michèle Stephenson posted the below this morning. Let’s keep disrupting as we also try to heal. Our narratives are at the center of this fight. It’s a bit disconcerting to continue to get some pretty awesome coverage for our film, STATELESS, while our communities burn around us. Acknowledge the pain and continue the fight for our children and for our ancestors.

http://povmagazine.com/articles/view/michele-stephenson-stateless-interview-hot-docs

It's been a really difficult week on a community and individual level. And I continue to question my role and purpose on social media platforms. Don't post as much as I used to. Mourning the violence this week as my son just turned 19 on Tuesday... got him a bicycle for his birthday because he feels such a strong need to be free and alive. Needing to acknowledge my position of privilege while also being afraid for my sons. This morning I cried, and then thought about our diaspora. Thank you Rosa Iris Diendomi Alvarez and thank you Juan Teófilo Murat Javier. Maybe coverage like POV Magazine below can help just a little bit to keep the pressure we so desperately need alive for our African diaspora as we fight global anti-black hatred.

Michèle Stephenson discusses Hot Docs’ Special Jury Prize winner for Canadian features, Stateless.

From the hometown newspaper!
05/21/2020
Michèle Stephenson remporte le Prix spécial du jury au Festival Hot Docs

From the hometown newspaper!

La cinéaste d’origine sherbrookoise Michèle Stephenson a remporté le prestigieux Prix spécial du jury au Festival canadien du documentaire international Hot Docs, grâce à son documentaire Apatrides, portant sur la haine raciale entre Haïti et la République dominicaine.

05/14/2020
Stateless Trailer

THE 2020 HOT DOCS AWARDS ANNOUNCED -STATELESS WINS JURY PRIZE:

“Director Michèle Stephenson has created a powerful and nuanced exploration of the lives and struggles of Dominicans of Haitian descent. The stories of those fighting for justice are woven together with evocative poetic sequences and intimate personal moments, resulting in a poignant portrait of people determined to resist centuries-old forces of racism and oppression.”

Thank You Hot Docs!

Trailer to our latest feature documentary, STATELESS. Through the grassroots campaign of electoral hopeful Rosa Iris, director Michèle Stephenson's new docum...

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Back in 2006, the Rada Film Group began as a partnership between husband and wife team Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson with a mission: To create compelling visual stories that provoke thought about the complex multicultural world we exist in.

This commitment was made ​before the creation of the company. “Our work is an expression of our own personal mission to use visual storytelling to better understand our experiences as people of color navigating American society.” Trying to balance family life with their artistic passions during the intervening years leading up to the creation of the Rada Film Group, Michèle and Joe produced narrative films, documentaries and new media that challenge and inspire audiences across the world to think critically about their own place and roles in society.

Our approach to visual storytelling is intimate while simultaneously giving voice to larger issues that directly affect communities of color. “In our work we try very hard to avoid clichés about our communities and attempt to scratch beneath the surface to where answers are not always easy,” says Brewster. “We use the art form to explore our ambivalence about issues and question our own and our subjects’ points of comfort. It is in those grey areas that art is created and where change can be affected for us as individuals as well as for the constantly shifting communities we reside in.”

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