Human Pictures

Human Pictures Human Pictures is a movement dedicated to creating progressive media. We produce films, documentaries and advocacy campaigns.
Human Pictures is a movement dedicated to the creation of progressive media. We produce films, documentaries and socially responsible advertising campaigns. Our goal is to inspire and promote personal and collective transformation.

10/30/2018
Dedication of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice

We are immensely proud to have produced this short piece with the Equal Justice Initiative commemorating the The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. On April 26, 2018, the space was blessed and unveiled to the world. Today it is more urgent, more relevant than ever. If you haven't had a chance to visit the Memorial and the The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, it is a truly transforming experience.

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04/30/2018

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04/24/2018
Abbeville - Lynching in America

"You ask anybody in this country to name one African-American lynched between 1877 and 1950, and they can’t give a single name." -Bryan Stevenson, on the importance of creating a consciousness about our history and telling the truth.
We worked alongside the Equal Justice Initiative on this short film about the lynching of Anthony Crawford in order to stress the need to confront this history. This piece will be featured at The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration opening this week in Montgomery Alabama.

In 1916, a black farmer named Anthony Crawford was brutally lynched in Abbeville, South Carolina. One hundred years later, the Crawford family returns to the town…

Over the past year we have been working with the Equal Justice Initiative on a series of film projects on issues of raci...
04/23/2018
Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration

Over the past year we have been working with the Equal Justice Initiative on a series of film projects on issues of racial violence and mass incarceration.
On Wednesday we willl have the privilege to attend the opening of the The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. It is amazing to play a small role in the
work of this incredible organization.
In the words of Bryan Stevenson:
"It takes a little a bit of courage to tell the truth, but when it's done right, there's something so much better on the other side".
This museum is a courageous step in telling the truth about our nation's history of racial injustice with the hope of reconciliation.
Over the next couple of days we'll be sharing some of the work we have done for EJI and we hope the many of you will make the trip and see it live in the museum.

https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/museum

Slavery didn't end. It evolved.

Human Pictures
02/16/2018
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A few months back we had the fortune to work with Doria DeeJohnson -- who understood the need to recognize and rectify history in the fight for justice. Unfortunately we received news of her passing two nights ago.

Our short film, Abbeville, an homage to her legacy and activism will be showcased at the MoMa Doc Fortnight this Saturday at 7:30PM.

Rest In Power DorDee Johnson

Equal Justice Initiative

A few months back we had the fortune to work with Doria DeeJohnson -- who understood the need to recognize and rectify h...
02/16/2018
Doc Fortnight 2018: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media | MoMA

A few months back we had the fortune to work with Doria DeeJohnson -- who understood the need to recognize and rectify history in the fight for justice. Unfortunately we received news of her passing two nights ago.

Our short film, Abbeville, an homage to her legacy and activism will be showcased at the MoMa Doc Fortnight this Saturday at 7:30PM.

Rest In Power DorDee Johnson

Equal Justice Initiative

Film series. February 15–26, 2018. Doc Fortnight, MoMA’s annual international festival of nonfiction film, returns for its 17th year with 12 days of innovative approaches to documentary filmmaking. Featuring a diverse assortment of features and short films from across the globe, the festival con...

As we drove to Buenaventura to begin shooting, we learned of the murder of another community leader, Temístocles Machad...
01/29/2018

As we drove to Buenaventura to begin shooting, we learned of the murder of another community leader, Temístocles Machado. He fought for his people and his territory and against the continued dispossession of their ancestral lands in the name of "development".
#Nomaslideressocialesasesinados

01/25/2018
Abbeville - Lynching in America

We are happy to announce that our short film, Abbeville: Lynching in America was selected as a finalist for the Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) Creative Impact Award. Coproduced with the Equal Justice Initiative.
Watch below ✊🏾

In 1916, a black farmer named Anthony Crawford was brutally lynched in Abbeville, South Carolina. One hundred years later, the Crawford family returns to the town…

It was a true honor to work alongside the The Fortune Society and some of their bad ass clients and staff on this video ...
11/15/2017
Give Hope | The Fortune Society

It was a true honor to work alongside the The Fortune Society and some of their bad ass clients and staff on this video celebrating the powerful role that fortune has played for now 50 years. Please consider supporting this wonderful org.

GIVE HOPE Upon his release from prison, Rodney was a “man in pain.” After serving 32 years, Sam was seeking a safe place while reentering the community. Following her incarceration, Brittany acutely felt the stigma of her justice history. The Fortune Society gave them hope, community, and a fresh st...

Death by a Thousand Cuts Film winner at the 2017      Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Series! Best Changing Planet F...
09/29/2017
2017 Film Competition

Death by a Thousand Cuts Film winner at the 2017 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Series! Best Changing Planet Film :)
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Juan Carlos Castaneda, Juan E Yepes

09/06/2017
Make The Road New York

Abolishing DACA is not about jobs, it's not about security, it's certainly not about the economy. If DACA is terminated it is about racism, xenophobia and the push for a white supremacist agenda. It just does not make sense.
We stand with DACA. Estamos con los Dreamers. Make the Road New York

Friday November 20, 2015 wasthe one year anniversary of then president Obama announcement of immigration relief for more than 4M undocumented immigrants in this…

08/28/2017
Upworthy

Human Pictures and the Equal Justice Initiative working together to stress the need to confront our history.

This community is acknowledging the terror of their past to make a better future. (via Equal Justice Initiative)

08/11/2017
Abbeville - Lynching in America

If you haven't had a chance to see it. Here is out latest project with the Equal Justice Initiative. ABBEVILLE: LYNCHING IN AMERICA. The extraordinary journey of a family overcoming a century of silence to expose the truth.
https://vimeo.com/215548117

The extraordinary journey of a family overcoming a century of silence to expose the truth. Produced with the Equal Justice initiative, this is a film about the…

08/08/2017
Locked Out

On the topic of an ineffective system of mass incarceration and its revolving door. Our award winning short film, Locked Out.

Holden is just one of the 2.4 million people who was entrapped within the criminal justice system. After his release from prison he does all he can to make it in…

08/04/2017
Glimpses of Haiti

Take 4 mins. Take a breath. And watch this beautiful film; a glimpse of Haiti in SloMo all shot on the iPhone 5s during the filming of Death by a Thousand Cuts Film
https://vimeo.com/88489495

Haiti’s harsh reality can obscure the humanity behind every day living. Glimpses Of Haiti gives us a peek into the beautiful and hard lives of the Haitian…

07/26/2017
Pierre

Today we received the tragic news that the life of our friend Pierre Saint Jean was cut short. He was our rock and protector while we were filming with Malteser International in Cite Soleil. Pierre was an entrepreneur and overall good guy who deserved so much more. May there be Barbancourt where you are now.
Hasta luego mon ami.

Malteser International

07/17/2017
Equal Justice Initiative

It's difficult to state how privileged we feel to work with the Equal Justice Initiative and how proud we are to support their invaluable work for justice.
This is a film about the importance of commemorating, remembering and disrupting history. As Bryan Stevenson states, we won't be able to move forward until we acknowledge our history and address it.
#WeAreHere

The extraordinary journey of a family overcoming a century of silence to expose the truth.

Cult of Mac selected three pictures from the IPPAWARDS to write an article on. The photograph that Juan Carlos Castaneda...
07/02/2017
The stories behind three of the best iPhone photos of the year | Cult of Mac

Cult of Mac selected three pictures from the IPPAWARDS to write an article on. The photograph that Juan Carlos Castaneda took in Standing Rock was one of them. Joining him are Dina Alfasi with her magical picture of a man on a bus and Brendan Ó Sé's portrait of a dock worker's hands in Jakarta.

Thank you for writing this article David Pierini.

https://www.cultofmac.com/490592/the-stories-behind-three-of-the-best-iphone-photos-of-the-year/

Three of photographers recognized in the 2017 iPhone Photography Awards share stories behind their winning images.

We are psyched to announce that our own Juan Carlos Castaneda is the winner of the IPPAWARDS - iPhone Photography Awards...
06/26/2017

We are psyched to announce that our own Juan Carlos Castaneda is the winner of the IPPAWARDS - iPhone Photography Awards (The America I know category) for one of the his powerful photographs of the Standing Rock #nodapl Stop Dakota Access Pipeline protests this winter. We are immensely proud of Juan Carlos, who will be receiving his award at this year's Aspen Ideas Festival.
http://www.ippawards.com/2017-winning-photographers/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Winners%20of%20the%202017%20iPhone%20Photography%20Awards%20Announced-B&utm_content=Winners%20of%20the%202017%20iPhone%20Photography%20Awards%20Announced-B+CID_bc1287c41c508c5695ce54b7f985f06e&utm_source=EMAIL%20MARKETING&utm_term=2017%20Winning%20Photographers

It fills us with pride to announce we've been selected as part of the new Vimeo channel curated by Lena Waithe with our ...
06/20/2017
Lena Waithe curates her favorite films by LGBTQ+ artists

It fills us with pride to announce we've been selected as part of the new Vimeo channel curated by Lena Waithe with our video Miss Diamond, which profiles the amazing powerhouse, Shagasyia Diamond.

“This short is so touching and so human and so vulnerable. I also love the camera movement. The attention to detail is beautiful and pulls me in immediately".
- Lena Waithe

Master of None’s Lena Waithe shares LGTBQ+ docs and short films that inspire.

Death by a Thousand Cuts Film
05/25/2017

Death by a Thousand Cuts Film

One year ago we premiered Death by a Thousand Cuts at Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto. What a year it's been! I never would guessed the film would appear in more than two dozen international film festivals, win 5 festival awards, screen nationally in the Dominican Republic over 50 times (that's a lot of Q&A's), help bring about a significant improvement in the Dominican Ministry of Environment, and ignite what we hope will be a lasting dialogue about the importance of protecting natural resources. Glad to have the opportunity to work with such an awesome team on this project.

#hotdocs #toronto #participantmedia #univision #dbatcfilm #sustainabledevelopment #deforestation #dominicanrepublic #haiti #rainforest #tbt

05/11/2017
Daniel & Fabián's Story

Daniel and Fabián are both construction maintenance workers, fathers, husbands and former undocumented immigrants. When Daniel and Fabián joined their co-workers in demanding fair treatment and the right to unionize, their employer fired them and had them evicted. But LiUNA Eastern Region stood with them.
We are proud to stand with the Unions and share the short film we produced for LiUNa.
https://vimeo.com/212987857
http://bit.ly/2qFcz6m

Learn More: http://www.liunaeasternregionmain.com Daniel and Fabián are both construction maintenance workers, fathers, husbands and former undocumented…

We are excited to announce that Death by a Thousand Cuts Film is now live on Witness - Al Jazeera ! If you haven't been ...
05/05/2017
Illegal Deforestation: Death by a Thousand Cuts

We are excited to announce that Death by a Thousand Cuts Film is now live on Witness - Al Jazeera ! If you haven't been able to watch the film, here is your chance.
Juan E Yepes Juan Carlos Castaneda

When a ranger is killed near the Dominican Republic's border with Haiti, the impact of illegal deforestation is exposed.

03/30/2017
MAGOS: An Impossible Door

We're happy to finally be able to share our short film MAGOS with everyone. We're currently in the middle of writing the feature length version. Give it a look and let us know what you think.

https://vimeo.com/180132752

Rafaela, a photographer struggling to keep her sanity mourns the passing of Oliver, her partner. A brush with death convinces her that she has the ability to see…

Behind the scenes shots from day 2 of our latest short film "What Did I Forget?"
03/20/2017

Behind the scenes shots from day 2 of our latest short film "What Did I Forget?"

Today was the first day of production of our latest short film "What Did I Forget?". It's the love story between two wom...
03/15/2017

Today was the first day of production of our latest short film "What Did I Forget?". It's the love story between two women who have been separated by something that was forgotten.

02/22/2017
Still Standing

Still Standing. We shot this video as eviction threats flooded the water protectors' camp at Standing Rock months ago. Despite a brief victory, the new administration and Army COE have confirmed the DAPL would be finalized. 2pm today is the deadline set to forcibly evict and dismantle the camp.
#Resistance must continue. Support for the struggles for justice and the rights of vulnerable groups must continue.
For this and the many similar battles raging now and soon to come, ask yourself: what is my money funding?

#NODAPL #BREAKUPWITHYOURBANK
#putyourmoneywhereyourmouthis
#resisttrump

https://vimeo.com/205118719

Consider this. The world's eight richest people have as much wealth as the bottom half. Six of those eight people are Americans. Sometimes described as capitalism…

02/16/2017
Upworthy

Upworthy has profiled one of the videos we produced with The Heron Foundation helping bust the myths about poverty in the U.S.
Linda Tirado's acute and poignant analysis is real food for thought. What happens when the poor are not at the table where decisions about poverty are being made?
https://www.facebook.com/Upworthy/videos/1652378618136323/

We can't find a solution to poverty if the 45 million Americans experiencing it aren't part of the conversation. (via Human Pictures)

01/30/2017
The Murphy Family Story

For years we've chosen Vimeo as the platform to look for inspiration and showcase our work. Today, one of our short films was recognized as a Vimeo Staff Pick. Our intimate look at poverty in the U.S. was chosen as one of only 1000 films awarded every year.

This short documentary is an intimate account of a family’s struggle to make it in a broken economy. It challenges traditional myths around poverty and sheds…

The fight for Standing Rock has become about much more than land and water.  It has come to symbolize the resistance aga...
01/26/2017
Why Standing Rock is Fundamental for the Resistance?

The fight for Standing Rock has become about much more than land and water. It has come to symbolize the resistance against a devastating doctrine and its outcome will set the precedent for things to come.

On Tuesday, January 25th Donald Trump wasted no time in signing an executive order that will most likely result in the finalization of the…

Washington, New York, Miami - Human Pictures present at the women's march.
01/21/2017

Washington, New York, Miami - Human Pictures present at the women's march.

We March. NYC
01/21/2017

We March. NYC

Check out our Standing Rock stills featured on the front page of Truthout. Trump is fueling a revolution. #InagurateTheR...
01/20/2017
Trump Is In; Now Where Does Standing Rock Stand?

Check out our Standing Rock stills featured on the front page of Truthout. Trump is fueling a revolution. #InagurateTheResistance

The new administration may overturn the hold on pipeline construction, but opposition is continuing to grow.

01/20/2017
Miss Diamond Short Film

Today more than ever, we stand with those communities most vulnerable in the fight to come.

12/15/2016
Media Action Grassroots Network

Media Action Grassroots Network

This short documentary from Human Pictures is an intimate account of a family’s struggle to make it in a broken economy. It challenges traditional myths around poverty and sheds light on the structural nature of current day U.S. poverty.

On December 5th the people stood up to the corporations and won.
12/07/2016

On December 5th the people stood up to the corporations and won.

11/28/2016
Miss Diamond

We’re so excited to share that our short Miss Diamond - a portrait of an incredible musician and a fierce trans activist - won BEST SHORT for both the Juried and Audience Award at the Teaneck International Film Festival. This short offers a new perspective on incarceration through a trans lens that almost no one is talking about. It’s a must see, if you haven’t already. Please share far and wide.

An incredibly talented artist and a fierce activist, Miss Diamond, knew from a young age what other people saw, was not who she was. Her journey was long and her…

Urban Shield's "nexus to terrorism" results in local police, fire and health workers being immersed in racist and war-li...
11/26/2016
Defund Police Militarization: No Urban Shield 2017

Urban Shield's "nexus to terrorism" results in local police, fire and health workers being immersed in racist and war-like terminology and practice. There are better ways to train local police, fire and health workers to address incidents of crime and public disasters that focus on de-escalation. Alameda County needs to find them.

Urban Shield is a regional, national and global weapons exposition and SWAT training. It is funded by the Department of Homeland Security via the Alameda County Sheriff's Department. Every year, local police, fire and health departments from cities all over the Bay Area (and a few foreign countries)...

We are thrilled to announce that Death by a Thousand Cuts Film received the Audience Choice Award at DOC NYC Film Festiv...
11/18/2016

We are thrilled to announce that Death by a Thousand Cuts Film received the Audience Choice Award at DOC NYC Film Festival last night. A lot of love and a lot of work went into this film over the last 5 years. We want to thank you all for the support and making this such a special achievement.
Participant MediaDocumentales Univision

Congratulations to the DOC NYC Award Winners & Special Mentions!

The winner of the #DOCNYCPRO #PitchPerfect Competition: Untitled Women Leaders of the First Intifada Project, directed by Julia Bacha

#Shorts Competition Special Mention: BAD DOG: A PENITENTIARY TALE, directed by Sean McCoy

The winner of the #Shorts Competition Grand Jury Prize is BEDSIDE MANNER, directed by Corinne Botz

#Metropolis Competition Special Mention: The Incomparable Rose Hartman, directed by Otis Mass

#Metropolis Competition Special Mention: Winter at Westbeth, directed by Rohan Spong

The winner of the #Metropolis Competition Grand Jury Prize is Off the Rails, directed by Adam Irving

#Viewfinders Competition Special Mention: THE ROAD, directed by Zanbo Zhang

The winner of the #Viewfinders Competition Grand Jury Prize: The Islands and the Whales, directed by Mike Day

The winner of the #DOCNYC Audience Award is Death by a Thousand Cuts Film, directed by Juan Mejia Botero & Jake Kheel

A special thanks to our esteemed juries...

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