Corra Films

Corra Films 197 Grand St., Suite 7W New York, NY 10013 (212) 965-8600
Corra Films is the birthplace of “living cinema” – collapsing the boundaries between art and life. Our company was founded in 1994 by filmmaker Henry Corra, a protégé of documentary pioneer David Maysles. Corra’s work has inspired a generation of non-fiction filmmakers. Under his direction, we are a passionate ensemble of New York’s most innovative talent. Our films are seen by millions around the world: in theaters, on television, and across the web. They provoke profound engagement and dialogue. We make groundbreaking and award-winning non-fiction features. We help the top global brands define themselves with real people tv commercials and branded content. We lead the charge on the most urgent advocacy campaigns. And, always, we help powerfully unique individuals leave lasting and timeless legacies.

It's personal. We forge real relationships with our subjects and their stories, connecting in ways our audience can directly sense. We are on a mission to do work that transforms ourselves, our subjects, and our audience.

World-Renowned Filmmaker Henry Corra, Creator of “Living Cinema,” Reaches the Unreachable with New Documentary Project “...
05/28/2019
World-Renowned Filmmaker Henry Corra, Creator of “Living Cinema,” Reaches the Unreachable with New Documentary Project “Unlocked”

World-Renowned Filmmaker Henry Corra, Creator of “Living Cinema,” Reaches the Unreachable with New Documentary Project “Unlocked”

World-renowned Filmmaker Henry Corra of Corra Films, best known for his unique brand of nonfiction “Living Cinema,” is currently working on an incredibly compelling new documentary project entitled “Unlocked.” In and around St. Augustine, Florida, teenagers and young adults are connecting to...

We are thrilled about this piece in Shoot Magazine this week. In case missed it check it out.
04/25/2019
World-Renowned Filmmaker Henry Corra, Creator of “Living Cinema,” Reaches the Unreachable with New Documentary Project “Unlocked”

We are thrilled about this piece in Shoot Magazine this week. In case missed it check it out.

World-renowned Filmmaker Henry Corra of Corra Films, best known for his unique brand of nonfiction “Living Cinema,” is currently working on an incredibly compelling new documentary project entitled “Unlocked.” In and around St. Augustine, Florida, teenagers and young adults are connecting to...

02/28/2019
NYC DOH Smoking = Suffering :30

Really excited about the launch of our new campaign for NYC DOH, Smoking = Suffering. Smoking kills about 12,000 New Yorkers every year, but from today through March 7, you can apply for free nicotine patches and lozenges by visiting nysmokefree.com. Check out our lead ad below!

This is "NYC DOH Smoking = Suffering :30" by Corra Films on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

01/10/2019
Unlocked Teaser

With UNLOCKED, Henry Corra attempts to reach the unreachable with his unique brand of non-fiction filmmaking known as Living Cinema. "Everything I do is about making deep connections with people - any kind of person - on film," says Corra. His work-in-progress UNLOCKED is as much a laboratory as a film.

In and around St. Augustine, FL, teenagers and young adults are connecting to the world in a way that nobody around them thought was possible, including their families. A group of severe autistics are speaking their first words. They’ve lived their entire lives in a kind of exile, unable to translate thoughts into speech. UNLOCKED is a film about walking out of this prison into the bright sunlight.

For years, it was conventional wisdom that the form of autism they suffer from precluded all forms of communication. Doctors and caregivers assumed the idea of communication—of forming complex thoughts and making them known to others—was an impossibility. Many still do. The families of the people documented in UNLOCKED have discovered that although these people cannot speak coherently, what they can do is type. Sitting at a keyboard, their thoughts come pouring out, a lifetime of previously unheard utterances forming a deluge. The results are staggering. As Lanier, one of the major characters in the film, put it in her first typed message, “I am in here. I have always been in here.”

UNLOCKED: WORK-IN-PROGRESS
“I’ve spent my life looking for deep human connections on film,” Corra says. “And now we’ve found an entirely new way to do it. We’re trying to create an aesthetic platform that promotes empathy for our characters, and a way to take them seriously on their own terms. They have a lot to say, and we’re helping them to use film language to say it.”

The making of the film has itself been a part of the journey, so the film, in a sense, is about the process of making it. The characters have come to depend on it, anticipating and preparing for the next shoot. For UNLOCKED, Corra and his crew have developed a striking visual vocabulary. They’ve set up a studio that eliminates sensory overload—“a connection space,” as Corra calls it—in which the characters type their thoughts. As they do, the words scroll in large type across screens suspended in front of them, a subtle amplification of their voices.

UNLOCKED will be a testament to the power of cinematic language, as well as the culmination of these pioneering methods. As the progenitor of Living Cinema, Corra eschews the verité approach favored by traditional documentaries, instead collaborating with his subjects so everyone plays an active role in deciding how the film will unfold. Will this approach allow him to truly reach the unreachable?

Vimeo link to teaser found here: https://vimeo.com/295246914

This is "Unlocked Teaser" by Corra Films on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Karl made a friend! @karlfs #nyccinematographer
11/27/2018

Karl made a friend! @karlfs
#nyccinematographer

Henry Corra and team on location in ATL for new Mercedes campaign. #filmmaker #nycfilm
10/25/2018

Henry Corra and team on location in ATL for new Mercedes campaign. #filmmaker #nycfilm

#drone #nycfilm #filmmaker #filmmaking
09/26/2018

#drone #nycfilm #filmmaker #filmmaking

I’m being followed by a moonshadow #nycfilmmaker #nycfilm
09/25/2018

I’m being followed by a moonshadow #nycfilmmaker #nycfilm

On location at Mel’s Drive In, Sunset Blvd Hollywood. #nycfilm #nycfilmmakers #sunsetblvd #filmmaking
07/18/2018

On location at Mel’s Drive In, Sunset Blvd Hollywood. #nycfilm #nycfilmmakers #sunsetblvd #filmmaking

Jacksonville School for Autism
05/25/2018

Jacksonville School for Autism

THANK YOU to the team at Corra Films for stopping by JSA today! This group is doing a neat story on our very own Matthew to highlight his many incredible talents and accomplishments. Keep up the great work Matthew, and thanks to the film crew for helping spread #AutismAwareness, #AutismAcceptance, and the many #AutismAccomplishments of our wonderful kiddos!

Time to make the (Craft) Doughnuts! Corra films on location in St Augustine.Photo credit @karlfs #unlocked #nycfilm #fil...
05/23/2018

Time to make the (Craft) Doughnuts! Corra films on location in St Augustine.
Photo credit @karlfs
#unlocked #nycfilm #filmmaking #filmmaker #doughnuts #florida

We Were Not Orphans: Stories from the Waco State Home
05/15/2018

We Were Not Orphans: Stories from the Waco State Home

John L. Smith

Say hello to our new twin 48TB G-Speed Shuttles, for an upcoming doc feature! Anyone got any ideas for nicknames? Curren...
04/26/2018

Say hello to our new twin 48TB G-Speed Shuttles, for an upcoming doc feature! Anyone got any ideas for nicknames? Currently leaning towards calling them Apollo and Artemis. #nycfilm #nycpost #postproduction

#bts. Photo credit Leslie Hale Weed. #filmmaker #filmmaking #nycfilm
04/23/2018

#bts. Photo credit Leslie Hale Weed. #filmmaker #filmmaking #nycfilm

We got the chance to interview Little Italy mainstay Lou Di Palo of Di Palo’s Fine Foods from our short doc “A Quiet Rev...
04/09/2018

We got the chance to interview Little Italy mainstay Lou Di Palo of Di Palo’s Fine Foods from our short doc “A Quiet Revolution” #filmmaker #filmmaking #littleitalynyc #nycfilm

#behindthescenes with Henry Corra on #nyc Department of Health shoot. You can’t hide from the camera forever, Henry! #fi...
04/02/2018

#behindthescenes with Henry Corra on #nyc Department of Health shoot. You can’t hide from the camera forever, Henry! #filmmaker #filmmaking

more #BTS from our most recent #NYC DOH shoot!
03/26/2018

more #BTS from our most recent #NYC DOH shoot!

#BTS Photo of our most recent shoot for NYC DOH. Credit: Amar Productions
03/22/2018

#BTS Photo of our most recent shoot for NYC DOH. Credit: Amar Productions

On location in New Delhi with Henry Corra and Maneet Emmi Kataria. What a weird, interesting day we had.
12/12/2017

On location in New Delhi with Henry Corra and Maneet Emmi Kataria. What a weird, interesting day we had.

10/26/2017
Mercedes-Benz USA

one of our favorites from this campaign - thanks to Charmaine Minniefield - Artist!

Spelman College Lecturer & Artist Charmaine Minniefield shares her passion for Atlanta arts and culture and helping students find their voice through art.

CC: Charmaine Minniefield - Artist

09/22/2017
American Cancer Society: Isabel (:60)

Thinking of Isa and her family today. What a courageous soul; we were so lucky to know her.

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08/29/2017
Mercedes-Benz USA

Got to work with some incredible Atlanta Falcons players on this one. Thanks, Matt and Devonta!

Watch as our brand ambassadors Matt Ryan & Devonta Freeman discuss what it takes to succeed - on and off the field.

07/18/2017
Mercedes-Benz USA

More from our most recent collaboration with Mercedes-Benz USA and Merkley+Partners!

Bearings Bike Shop. See how this nonprofit uses bikes to aid the youth of the Atlanta community.

07/14/2017
Mercedes-Benz USA

Really thrilled and excited that our latest campaign with Mercedes-Benz USA and Merkley+Partners is rolling out on their page as they share more about their partnership with the city of Atlanta. Check it out here:

Strength, hope, inspiration, but above all, greatness lives here. Proud to call Atlanta our home.

02/22/2017
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TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY: This was Henry's directorial debut on HBO's THE MAKING OF THE SWIMSUIT ISSUE. Watch as Christie Brinkley gets charged by an elephant in Kenya! Always looking for that dramatic arc :)

Telling that both GREY GARDENS and FAREWELL TO HOLLYWOOD are being used as "yardstick" films for The Times to talk about...
02/10/2017
Review: ‘Left on Purpose’ Follows a Man Who Plans to Kill Himself

Telling that both GREY GARDENS and FAREWELL TO HOLLYWOOD are being used as "yardstick" films for The Times to talk about this controversial new doc today.

This documentary focuses on Mayer Vishner, a man who has decided to end his life, and finds the filmmaker in an uncomfortable position.

02/02/2017
St. Baldrick's Foundation

Very excited to have directed this wonderful campaign for our friends at the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

What do the words oncologist, MRI and neuroblastoma have in common?

8-year-old Scott explains what they are & why he knows them.

Let's take childhood back from cancer. Join us: http://bit.ly/Scott-ChildhoodVid

Action shots...a preview of our latest campaign, thanks to set photographer Gulce Kilkis Photography
01/26/2017

Action shots...a preview of our latest campaign, thanks to set photographer Gulce Kilkis Photography

A quiet moment on set yesterday with our new friend Cheyenne.
01/10/2017

A quiet moment on set yesterday with our new friend Cheyenne.

Corra Films's cover photo
11/15/2016

Corra Films's cover photo

There are so many shots of crew members setting up shots and sequences where (filmmaker) Dominik reveals himself filmed ...
09/15/2016
Nick Cave Faces Tragedy In Illuminating, Intimate ‘One More Time With Feeling’ – Venice Film Festival Review

There are so many shots of crew members setting up shots and sequences where (filmmaker) Dominik reveals himself filmed by somebody else while filming them, and they take on much deeper meaning when the bereaved reveal their own need for narrative, their need to construct and create in order to see themselves in new ways.

Andrew Dominik’s documentary isn’t just for Bad Seeds fans.

We are honored to announce that our film THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MCKINLEY NOLAN is part of the permanent collection at The ...
08/24/2016
Making a Home for Black History

We are honored to announce that our film THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MCKINLEY NOLAN is part of the permanent collection at The Smithsonian's new National Museum Of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Tremendous validation for McKinley Nolan and the Nolan family and friends.

http://corrafilms.com/2014/10/01/the-disappearance-of-mckinley-nolan-2010/

Watch full movie on iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, Fandor and Sundance

The vision and the challenges behind a new museum on the National Mall.

Kate Plays Christine, which opens at the IFC Center on August 24, is billed as a documentary, a term that is particularl...
08/18/2016
Kate Lyn Sheil Takes on the Role(s) of a Lifetime in 'Kate Plays Christine'

Kate Plays Christine, which opens at the IFC Center on August 24, is billed as a documentary, a term that is particularly porous and destabilized here.

The title of the film that I'm discussing with its star, a tall, pensive young woman in jean shorts who is sitting across from me, is a simple declaration: Kate Plays Christine. But within this seemingly irreducible statement exist enormous complexities, beginning with the subject of the sentence. K...

DAYS IN THE VALLEYa new film by Henry Corra and Jeremy Medoff"A beautiful film about the joy of being a child amid the a...
08/02/2016

DAYS IN THE VALLEY
a new film by Henry Corra and Jeremy Medoff
"A beautiful film about the joy of being a child amid the anguish of adults." - Eric Miles Williamson, Author of East Bay Grease and Welcome to Oakland. COMING SOON ...

Corra Films and MBUSA: Brand therapy.
08/01/2016
Corra Films and MBUSA: Brand therapy. 

Corra Films and MBUSA: Brand therapy.

Our company was founded in 1994 by filmmaker Henry Corra, a protégé of documentary pioneer David Maysles. Corra’s work has inspired a generation of non-fiction filmmakers. Under his direction, we are a passionate ensemble of New York’s most innovative talent.

Henry Corra at The Paris Review Summer Issue release party last night! Pictured here with Molly and Nina Channing and ph...
06/23/2016

Henry Corra at The Paris Review Summer Issue release party last night! Pictured here with Molly and Nina Channing and photographer Jan Baracz.

Corra Films supports Sally Berger, a brilliant, innovative, film curator with a keen eye and enormous integrity. Sally h...
06/21/2016
Petition Launches in Support of Fired MoMA Curator Sally Berger | In the Air | BLOUIN ARTINFO Blogs

Corra Films supports Sally Berger, a brilliant, innovative, film curator with a keen eye and enormous integrity. Sally has been a champion of creative non-fiction at MOMA for scores of filmmakers including exhibitions of our films, GEORGE, UMBRELLAS, FRAMES and SAME SEX AMERICA. We stand united with our esteemed friend and colleague.

In the Air - The supporters for Sally Berger are starting to speak out. The former Assistant Curator of Film at the Museum of Modern Art was fired by the ...

Henry Corra and Jeremy Amar, scurrying up and down the LA coast these past two weeks for an amazing shoot with our frien...
05/31/2016

Henry Corra and Jeremy Amar, scurrying up and down the LA coast these past two weeks for an amazing shoot with our friends at MERKLEY + and MBUSA! Now lean in.

BTS - 2016
05/17/2016

BTS - 2016

NYiT
04/22/2016

NYiT

Congratulations to director Chloe Sevigny, editor Sophie Corra and the entire cast and crew of #kitty #chloesevigny for ...
04/20/2016
Instagram photo by Chloe Sevigny • Apr 19, 2016 at 3:01am UTC

Congratulations to director Chloe Sevigny, editor Sophie Corra and the entire cast and crew of #kitty #chloesevigny for their official selection in the Cannes Film Festival. Chloe and Sophie, a couple of hale and hearty New England girls, braved the deep freeze of winter and some spotty heating at the Corra Films factory (Winter coats. Indoors. See your breath) to edit this beautiful and slightly disturbing debut short. We are proud.

See this Instagram photo by @chloessevigny • 3,087 likes

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