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Insignia Films

Insignia Films The Films of Stephen Ives, Amanda Pollak, Lauren DeFilippo. A documentary production company that creates films that engage with our past and illuminate our present.

For more than twenty years, Insignia Films has been creating documentaries that explore America's past, engage with its present, and illuminate who we are as a nation and what we believe. Dedicated to dynamic storytelling that entertains and inspires even as it informs, our work has garnered consistent critical acclaim and has been honored with recognition from the Academy of Television Arts and S

For more than twenty years, Insignia Films has been creating documentaries that explore America's past, engage with its present, and illuminate who we are as a nation and what we believe. Dedicated to dynamic storytelling that entertains and inspires even as it informs, our work has garnered consistent critical acclaim and has been honored with recognition from the Academy of Television Arts and S

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Congratulations to our very own, Gene Tempest, for winning a WGA award!So exciting to see her incredible talent recogniz...
03/21/2022

Congratulations to our very own, Gene Tempest, for winning a WGA award!

So exciting to see her incredible talent recognized and we are elated to share in her victory. Bravo!

We are so excited to be nominated for 'Best Documentary Podcast' for this year's Ambies alongside these fantastic nomine...
02/16/2022

We are so excited to be nominated for 'Best Documentary Podcast' for this year's Ambies alongside these fantastic nominees. Thank you to our creative team, WGBH & PRX, for helping us shed light on these veterans' beautiful stories.

We are beyond excited to announce that our film, AILEY, is now available to stream on Hulu! Being able to bring this mas...
01/12/2022

We are beyond excited to announce that our film, AILEY, is now available to stream on Hulu! Being able to bring this masterpiece into everyone's homes, especially during these continuing uncertain times, has brought us so much joy. Go stream on Hulu now!

You can now watch Ailey from the comfort of your home! We are so excited for the broadcast of Ailey: Documentary premier...
01/11/2022

You can now watch Ailey from the comfort of your home! We are so excited for the broadcast of Ailey: Documentary premiering tonight on PBS American Masters.

In American Masters: Ailey, discover the legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey whose dances center on the Black American experience with grace, strength and beauty. Featuring previously unheard audio interviews with Ailey, interviews with those close to him and an intimate glimpse into the Ailey studios today.

Check your local listings to find what channel to tune into and watch! #PBSForTheArts

11/23/2021

Although our series, American Veteran, ended last week, we have been expanding these incredible stories across multiple mediums. We are so excited to announce our adjoining podcast, American Veteran: Unforgettable Stories, hosted by Phil Klay and in association with PRX. This podcast goes deeper into the first-person narratives from the men and women who’ve served and sacrificed for their country. The first six episodes are live, with new ones dropping every Tuesday! Listen wherever you get your podcasts.

How can veterans and civilians find common ground?On American Veteran, veterans of all backgrounds reflect on their “ser...
11/16/2021

How can veterans and civilians find common ground?

On American Veteran, veterans of all backgrounds reflect on their “service after service” and ask how we can move America forward together. Tune in to the fourth and final episode tonight on PBS, hosted by J.R. Martinez #AmericanVeteranPBS

Hollywood war stories always seem to end with the hero’s triumphant return. In reality, life after the military is often...
11/09/2021

Hollywood war stories always seem to end with the hero’s triumphant return. In reality, life after the military is often less certain.

Some veterans recall the joy upon returning home, while others are left carrying a heavy burden, wondering “What is my purpose?”

Tune in TONIGHT at 9/8c on PBS to see veterans speak about their experiences in coming home. #AmericanVeteranPBS. Tonight's episode is hosted by Wes Studi, who before becoming the award winning actor he is today, volunteered for active duty during the Vietnam war.

11/02/2021
American Veteran - Episode 2: "The Mission"

Military life shapes people in profound, unexpected ways. Tonight, hear the stories from veterans who have experienced war firsthand and hosted by @senduckworth. Tune in at 9/8c on @PBS and the PBS video app. #AmericanVeteranPBS

10/26/2021
American Veteran

STARTING TONIGHT “American Veteran” traces the veteran experience through a four-part broadcast and streaming series on PBS and PBS.org. Featuring testimony from a diverse group of nearly 50 veterans – young and old, enlisted and officers, men and women, from all five branches of the military, and more – the programs offer powerful personal stories of service.

09/24/2021

"Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is more interesting."- Wiliam Randolph Hearst.

Come see the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about one of its most notorious manipulators. Premieres Monday at 8/9c on @americanexperiencepbs #CitizenHearstPBS

06/02/2021
AILEY - Official Trailer

Artist. Icon. Activist.

Watch the official trailer for the latest from Insignia Films: Jamila Wignot's electrifying AILEY, an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. In theatres July 23rd.

Four years in the making, we are incredibly proud to share this project with the world!

Red Heaven won the Big Sky Award (a film that artistically honors the character, history, tradition and imagination of t...
03/03/2021
Here are the winners at the 2021 Big Sky Documentary Film Fest

Red Heaven won the Big Sky Award (a film that artistically honors the character, history, tradition and imagination of the American West) at this years Big Sky Documentary Film Festival! 💥 ⭐️

Jury statement: “Using personal accounts of life in isolation, the film explores the psychological and emotional challenges astronauts will face on extended space exploration voyages. That the themes of the film speak so well to our collective experience of isolation — both the loneliness and the oppressive closeness of confinement — is just a graceful coincidence, providing an opportunity for us to reflect on the joy and madness of being cooped up for a year.”

Thank you for the wonderful honor!

The award winners for the 18th annual, all-virtual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival were announced on Thursday night.

Our film Red Heaven won Best Feature Direction at the Boston Sci-Fi Fest! Congratulations to co-directors Lauren DeFilip...
02/22/2021
Awards SF46 — Boston SciFi

Our film Red Heaven won Best Feature Direction at the Boston Sci-Fi Fest! Congratulations to co-directors Lauren DeFilippo and Katherine Gorringe.

There are still tickets available to join our virtual screening of Red Heaven at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. ...
02/17/2021
Red Heaven | Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

There are still tickets available to join our virtual screening of Red Heaven at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. The film is available to screen from this Saturday, Feb 20th until Feb 23rd, and tickets are only $10. We look forward to joining you virtually for this event!

In preparation for the first human mission to Mars, six volunteers take part in the ultimate dress rehearsal, living inside a year-long NASA simulation to understand the effects of isolation on the human mind. A shockingly prescient film for the current moment, RED HEAVEN is a testament to the human...

Red Heaven, directed and produced by Lauren DeFilippo and Katherine Gorringe is having it's Northwest Premiere at Big Sk...
02/11/2021
Red Heaven | Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Red Heaven, directed and produced by Lauren DeFilippo and Katherine Gorringe is having it's Northwest Premiere at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival on February 20th. Stream virtually from home from 2/20-2/23 as it competes in the BIG SKY AWARD competition, for films that artistically honor the character, history, tradition and imagination of the American West. Get tix below!

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival celebrates the art of nonfiction film by giving voice to the powerful ideas that come forth in documentary. The festival is an important international platform, blending our inspiring Rocky Mountain setting with filmmaking of exceptional merit and artistic innov...

Congratulations to Ailey: Documentary director Jamila Wignot on being signed to CAA! So proud and honored to have worked...
02/04/2021
'Ailey' Director Jamila Wignot Signs With CAA

Congratulations to Ailey: Documentary director Jamila Wignot on being signed to CAA! So proud and honored to have worked with you on our latest documentary. 💃🏿 🕺🏿 🖤 💛 🧡

'Ailey' Director Jamila Wignot Signs With CAA 12:00 PM PST 2/3/2021 by Mia Galuppo FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME Adam Kurnitz Her Sundance doc was recently picked up by Neon. CAA has signed documentarian Jamila Wignot, who recently premiered her latest Ailey at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Wignot pr...

Ailey: Documentary cinematographer, Naiti Gámez, sat down with Filmmaker Magazine to discuss filming our new documentary...
02/02/2021
“It Was Important Always to Keep the Spirit of Dance”: DP Naiti Gámez on Ailey | Filmmaker Magazine

Ailey: Documentary cinematographer, Naiti Gámez, sat down with Filmmaker Magazine to discuss filming our new documentary on #AlvinAiley.

"It was important always to keep the spirit of dance, and Ailey’s energy, in our approaches to the filming. For the dance rehearsals, we really focused on capturing the nuances of the bodies and the flow of the dancers’ interactions with one another.... For the sit-down interviews, we knew we wanted the sets and subjects to really shine and feel majestic." - Naiti Gámez, Director of Photography.

Read more about their process:

Jamila Wignot's Ailey explores the life of seminal choreographer Alvin Ailey in poetic manner. With a heartbeat as studied as Ailey's jazz-dance that made him famous. DP Naiti Gámez tells us about the magic of capturing dance on film, and the ephemerality of shooting with no possibility of retakes....

Rave reviews continue to flood in for Ailey: Documentary! Watch our 2nd Sundance Film Festival screening today or if you...
02/01/2021
'Ailey' Film Review: Enigmatic Dance Legend Gets His Due

Rave reviews continue to flood in for Ailey: Documentary! Watch our 2nd Sundance Film Festival screening today or if you are in Atlanta, see the film in-person at the Plaza Atlanta off-site venues!

“[The] enigmatic dance legend gets his due… a thorough and evocative documentary… Ailey succeeds at painting him as a complex figure.” - Carlos Aguilar, The Wrap.

Sundance 2021: Jamila Wignot's portrait of the incomparable Alvin Ailey honors the work but remains mystified by the man

We are so excited to announce that Ailey: Documentary has found a home with US distributor NEON!“On behalf of Insignia F...
02/01/2021
NEON Acquires Jamila Wignot’s Documentary ‘Ailey’ – Sundance

We are so excited to announce that Ailey: Documentary has found a home with US distributor NEON!

“On behalf of Insignia Films and the entire creative team behind AILEY, we couldn’t be happier to be partnering with NEON,” said producer Lauren DeFilippo of Insignia Films. “NEON has such an incredible slate of films that we’re proud to become a part of, and we look forward to working with them to bring Jamila Wignot’s beautiful rendering of Alvin Ailey’s inspiring and necessary story to audiences nationwide.”

We can’t wait to bring the film to more audiences! 💃🏿🕺🏿💃🏿

NEON has made its second acquisition of the Sundance Film Festival with Jamila Wignot’s Ailey, about dance legend Alvin Ailey. The film debuted at the festival yesterday in the U.S. Documentary Com…

Incredible reviews are already flooding in from our latest film Ailey: Documentary at Sundance Film Festival.“A hypnotic...
01/31/2021
‘Ailey’ Review: A Solemn Tribute to a Dance Auteur Who Paid a Price for Genius

Incredible reviews are already flooding in from our latest film Ailey: Documentary at Sundance Film Festival.

“A hypnotic, immersive portrait of the visionary choreographer… A moving archive of his most momentous achievements.” - Jude Dry, IndieWire.

Missed out on our world premiere? Watch the second screening tomorrow 2/1 at 10am!

Sundance: The legendary choreographer revolutionized modern dance and wove the soul of Black America into his movements.

Thank you to Sundance Film Festival for an incredible world premiere. If you missed our Q&A with Insignia Films’ Lauren ...
01/30/2021
Sundance Film Festival 2021 Q&A for Ailey - festival.sundance.org

Thank you to Sundance Film Festival for an incredible world premiere. If you missed our Q&A with Insignia Films’ Lauren DeFilippo, Director Jamila Wignot and more you can view it on YouTube:

Alvin Ailey was a visionary artist who found salvation through dance. Told in his own words and through the creation of a dance inspired by his life, this im...

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01/30/2021

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Today is the big day, our world premiere screening at #Sundance! An Insignia Films production directed by Jamila Wignot. We're honored to bring you into Alvin Ailey's visionary world thru his own words and work inspired by his life. #AileyFilm

Thank you Screen Rant for featuring Ailey: Documentary! We are so honored to have worked with director Jamila Wignot on ...
01/28/2021
10 Women-Directed Films Premiering at Sundance 2021

Thank you Screen Rant for featuring Ailey: Documentary! We are so honored to have worked with director Jamila Wignot on this film and proud that our collaboration is playing in the US documentary competition at Sundance Film Festival.

Just a couple more days until to our world premiere on January 30th at 12pmET!!

Sundance Film Festival 2021 will be hosting its annual premiere of selected features and documentaries online. Here are some women-directed films.

We're excited to announce that Ailey: Documentary is partnering with Dogwoof on international sales. We couldn't think o...
01/28/2021
Sundance: Dogwoof Snaps Up ‘Ailey,’ ‘Captains of Zaatari’ (EXCLUSIVE)

We're excited to announce that Ailey: Documentary is partnering with Dogwoof on international sales. We couldn't think of a more perfect home for the film and are so thrilled to be working together. #AileyFilm #InsigniaFilms 💃🏿 🕺🏿

London-based sales agent Dogwoof has snapped up Sundance-bound documentaries “Ailey” and “Captains of Zaatari.” Directed by Jamila Wignot (“Axios,” “Street…

"“It is a wonderful tribute to a man who died too young and who broke so many barriers in the arts world while pioneerin...
01/27/2021
Sundance 2021: Four documentaries, one narrative highlight Utah connections to festival slate; Tumbleweeds for Kids selections | The Utah Review

"“It is a wonderful tribute to a man who died too young and who broke so many barriers in the arts world while pioneering ways to bring storytelling into contemporary dance,” - Geralyn Dreyfous, Utah Film Center." - The Utah Review

Thank you to all of our partners who made Ailey: Documentary possible. We couldn't have done it without you and can not wait to celebrate the world premiere with you all (virtually) at this years Sundance Film Festival.

ArtsEventFilmNewsPreview Sundance 2021: Four documentaries, one narrative highlight Utah connections to festival slate; Tumbleweeds for Kids selections By Les Roka - January 27, 2021 0 114 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp EDITOR’S NOTE: Part II summarizes the films and programs from Sundance 20...

The countdown begins! Just one week until Ailey: Documentary our new film by Jamila Wignot has its world premiere in the...
01/23/2021

The countdown begins! Just one week until Ailey: Documentary our new film by Jamila Wignot has its world premiere in the US Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival! Get your ticket and join us virtually. We are thrilled to share #AlvinAiley’s incredible life story with you.

Our latest production Ailey: Documentary is having its World Premiere in only two weeks at the #Sundance film festival i...
01/16/2021

Our latest production Ailey: Documentary is having its World Premiere in only two weeks at the #Sundance film festival in the US Documentary Competition.

📣 Here's how to get your ticket to join us virtually!

1. Go to https://tickets.festival.sundance.org/
2. Scroll down to Single Film Ticket and then click "Select a screening"
3. Scroll down to our film: Ailey (if you want to join us for the official World Premiere make sure to click the “January 30th” date)
4. Click Select Film and complete the check-out process

We can’t wait to share Alvin Ailey’s remarkable story with you.

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01/07/2021

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01/07/2021
Ailey: Documentary

Tickets go on sale TODAY for the world premiere of our film Ailey: Documentary at #Sundance 2021. Follow the film's page to keep up to date with all announcements.

AILEY was a visionary artist who found salvation through dance. Confronted by a world that refused to embrace him, he set out to build one that would. Premiering at Sundance 2021!

It's the 60th anniversary of "Revelations", and the #Ailey dance company is hosting a FREE online season since in person...
12/21/2020
The Ailey Company Meets the Challenge of This Lost Season

It's the 60th anniversary of "Revelations", and the #Ailey dance company is hosting a FREE online season since in person performances can't occur. A perfect prelude to our World Premiere of #AileyFilm at #Sundance in 2021!

In a pandemic year, Ailey celebrates the 60th anniversary of its cornerstone, “Revelations,” and premieres two fine new works, one by Jamar Roberts.

Thank you Okayplayer for including our documentary by Jamila Wignot, #AileyFilm, in your list of 10 movies you can't wai...
12/18/2020
10 Movies We Can't Wait to See at the Virtual 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Thank you Okayplayer for including our documentary by
Jamila Wignot, #AileyFilm, in your list of 10 movies you can't wait to see at #Sundance 2021!

A scan of the movies that are already buzzing ahead of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Movie theaters may be generally out of the cards for the time being, but that's not stopping Sundance Film Festival from rolling out a 2021 program. For the first time ever, the festival is taking the virtual

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We preview the PBS four- part docu-series "American Veteran." Producer & Director Leah Williams, & two of the film's contributors, Marine Veteran Greg Cope White & Marine Vietnam Veteran Judge Michael E. Jackson join Jenna Flanagan. Insignia Films
Check out this great press about “Can You Bring It” and “Ailey”, two documentary films about these preeminent choreographers, Bill T. Jones and Alvin Ailey, open in theaters now! Twin documentaries spotlight dance legends Ailey and Jones: https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-arts-and-entertainment-dance-documentaries-fb534a7fe4caf55fe90096807b8f6fd1 Experience Jamila Wignot’s dazzling portrait of Alvin Ailey at Angelika Film Center and Film at Lincoln Center starting this Friday, with filmmaker Q&A’s after select screenings. Insignia Films NEON Ailey: Documentary #CanYouBringIt #AileyDocumentary #ChangeTheParadigm
🙏🏽 Thank you Sundance Film Festival audiences for joining the world premiere screening of AILEY! It's an honor to pay tribute to a true visionary through our film. Please follow Insignia Films and sign up now for email updates on #AileyFilm. 💌 http://bit.ly/GetAileyEmails