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590films A Full Service Documentary Production Company
A POWERFUL STORY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD 590films is a full-service video production company, soup to nuts. We come up with visual and storytelling concepts, organize shoots, conduct interviews and gather beautiful footage. We write compelling scripts and edit moving pieces that we’ll deliver to you in whatever format best suits your needs and provides you with the greatest impact. Why hire us? To start, we’ve produced and directed award-winning documentaries and we bring that sensibility to every single project we do. We know how to digest huge amounts of complicated information and tease out a heart-tugging story. Over our 15 years in business, we’ve collaborated with some topnotch marketing companies. In the process, we’ve learned a thing or two about branding. We know to read everything we can get our hands on, interview key stakeholders, research the market, and listen, listen, listen. Then we write up a treatment proposing our creative concepts. Not to brag (okay, we’ll brag a little), but often our ideas drive an entire project across assets — web and print. Out in the field, we can make even the most reluctant participant pour their heart out in an interview. We have technical bonafides and a creative eye that we bring to both filming and editing. We work with an amazing team of freelancers, including kickass photographers, that we bring onto our projects depending on the scope. From every angle, we know how to tell a good story—one that will change minds and inspire action.
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HELPING GOOD PEOPLE TELL GREAT STORIES

Mission: HELPING GOOD PEOPLE TELL GREAT STORIES At 590films, we create the stories that help organizations and companies do great things. Whether you want to raise a million dollars, reach more people, or simply educate the world, we’ve got your back. We’ll help you hone your message and tell your story in a way that grabs the heart and engages the mind. Digital storytelling to make the world a better place.

05/15/2019
Alabama's Brave Clinic Escorts

Earlier this year, we travelled to Alabama to document the work of abortion clinic escorts. Thinking today of the many women and girls who will be affected by #AlabamaAbortionBan and all the brave volunteers who work so hard to protect them.

Spent a completely humbling and inspiring day filming abortion clinic escorts in Alabama today. They help to protect the...
04/11/2019

Spent a completely humbling and inspiring day filming abortion clinic escorts in Alabama today. They help to protect the privacy of patients from completely deranged and hostile protestors. #prochoice #abortionrights

Back at it again this year with Girls, Inc. NYC, this year with the inspiring Keisha Smith-Jeremie of Tory Burch and san...
04/05/2019

Back at it again this year with Girls, Inc. NYC, this year with the inspiring Keisha Smith-Jeremie of Tory Burch and sanaia.

03/08/2019
Saving Mothers’ and Babies’ Lives

In honor or International Women's Day, we wanted to share a video we produced for WomenStrong International. WomenStrong is a global community of organizations working with women and girls to end extreme urban poverty. They start and end by listening to urban women and girls, who know best what they need in order to thrive. WomenStrong finds, funds, nurtures, and shares women-driven solutions that can transform lives.

We produced a seriese of 12 videos for them and this one focuses on their work in Ghana and Haiti around neonatal healthcare. Consider donating to support their life-changing work.

And visit www.590films.org to see more of our videos for women's health and rights organizations.

02/21/2019
New Yorkers United for Justice

New Yorkers United for Justice

Michael Morton was wrongfully incarcerated for 25 years after TX discovery laws allowed prosecutors to inappropriately withhold evidence that would have proven his innocence. The real person who committed the crime was allowed to go free and killed again.

Conservative TX changed their laws—it’s time for NY to do the same.

Criminal justice reform in New York includes fixing NYS's flawed discovery laws that permit prosecutors to withhold evidence - leading to wrongful convictions where innocent people go to prison, and dangerous people go free. This harms public safety and leads to great injustices across our state. Visit https://nyuj.org for more information – join us! #Justice4NYers

The commercial we produced for New Yorkers United for Justice with Skdknickerbocker was written up by the Daily News. $5...
02/20/2019
NY criminal justice reform advocates want same evidence disclosure laws as Texas

The commercial we produced for New Yorkers United for Justice with Skdknickerbocker was written up by the Daily News. $500,000 ad buy to try to pass important criminal justice reform in New York State!

A group advocating for criminal justice reform and open discovery in New York wants lawmakers in the Empire State to take a cue from Texas.

After spending 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Michael Morton has dedicated his life to passing laws t...
02/14/2019

After spending 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Michael Morton has dedicated his life to passing laws that ensure that criminal prosecutions are transparent and fair. Working with him and his wife Cynthia this week to push for prosecutorial reform in New York was an inspiration. New Yorkers United for Justice

01/17/2019
Sidwell Friends School

We are thrilled to be working with Sidwell Friends School. Take a look at our first collaboration here:

We welcome 2019 with a message of optimism and invite you to watch "Lead in the Light: Empowering Students to Let Their Lives Speak." Read about our strategic action plan at www.sidwell.edu/strategicplan.

12/17/2018

A super fun shoot today with artist Camille Utterback at the National Portrait Gallery. Check out the exhibition, Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now. It’s interesting and smart.

11/08/2018
Monica R. Martinez for State Senate

Another amazing win to celebrate! On Tuesday, Mónica Martinez flipped the New York State 3rd Senate District from red to blue. She is the first Salvadoran American elected to the NYS Senate, and is part of the wave of Dems that finally broke Republican control of the Senate. As a former teacher and a Suffolk County legislator, she has proven herself to be a hard worker, a fierce protector of the underserved, and a strong, independent voice. We can’t wait to see what she does at the state level.

Working with The People PAC and Eleanor’s Legacy, we are so proud to have created videos for Mónica Martinez’s campaign. Go, Mónica!!

Mónica Martinez elected as New York State Senator

Anna Kaplan won!! The New York State Senate is now controlled by the Democrats for the first time in decades!  With a un...
11/07/2018

Anna Kaplan won!! The New York State Senate is now controlled by the Democrats for the first time in decades! With a unified government, we can finally get some truly progressive legislation passed.

Anna Kaplan for State Senate ran a great race against a tough opponent who had huge financial support from shady Republican PACs.

And 590films was part of the team that produced Anna's ad, along with The People and Eleanor's Legacy. We can't begin to describe how overjoyed we are to have played a small part in this victory.

It is truly a great day in New York State. Anna, we love you!

A sincere thank you to everyone who knocked on doors, made calls or simply gave me an opportunity to explain my vision of how we can improve our community.

I make this promise to the residents of District 7 - as your representative in the state Senate I will continue our fight for a New York that works for everyone: holding down taxes, strengthening gun violence prevention laws, protecting women’s reproductive rights and preserving our environment.

Thank you,
Anna

11/06/2018

Thinking today about all the incredible candidates we worked with this election season and wishing them all the best of luck! 🌊🌊🌊 #ALDems #NYSSenate

11/05/2018
Vote to Protect Transgender Rights

We want to share this video we produced a few years ago for the Empire State Pride Agenda. This is the story of Joanne Borden, who is transgender and has been fighting for years to get New York State to pass the Gender Non Discrimination Act (GENDA) bill protecting the rights of transgender New Yorkers. Since 2009, the Republican New York State Senate has refused to pass this important bill. And with the Trump administration now threatening to deny the very existence of transgendered Americans, now is the time to act.

This is one of a thousand reasons why tomorrow we must flip the New York State Senate and this is one of a thousand reasons why tomorrow we must flip the US House and Senate.

Do it for people like Joanne. Vote.

10/22/2018
J. B. King

It's the last day to register to vote in Alabama! And if you live in HD 10, Vote for JB King! He's got excellent, innovative ideas about how to improve education in Alabama -- and he's a lovely person to work with.

J. B. King believes that Alabama would benefit greatly from an education lottery dedicated to funding education.

10/19/2018
Vote Jenn Gray

Jenn Gray wants to bring health care to 300,000 Alabamians and jobs to 30,000. How will she do this? She will vote to expand Medicaid when she gets to Montgomery. Plus, she's an awesome person to work with. Vote Jenn Gray, Alabama!

Your life can change in the blink of an eye. Every Alabamian needs to have quality, affordable insurance to protect their lives and their livelihood. Saving Alabamian’s lives is a great return on our investment.

10/16/2018
Joe Siegelman

Excited to share this video we produced for Joe Siegelman's campaign for Attorney General of Alabama! Joe's running a positive campaign as a uniter who will focus his work on Alabama and not frivolous out of state lawsuits seeking to dismantle the ACA. What a fun project to have worked on - our shoot took us to Montgomery, Selma and Birmingham. Go Joe!

The Attorney General's office shouldn't be about partisan politics. It's the one office where politics must be left at the door. That's why I'm running: to apply the law fairly, equally, and impartially--independent of a political agenda.

10/15/2018
VOTE Felicia Stewart

Today we are sharing the video we produced for Felicia Stewart, candidate for the Alabama House of Representatives. We got to meet her lovely family and watch her in action with voters. She's the real deal and she'll do an amazing job representing District 46!

When every child in Alabama has access to well-funded, high quality public education, our state will begin to realize its full potential. #ExpectMore

10/09/2018
Alli for Alabama

Very excited for the launch of our series of political ads for 18 Democratic candidates running for the Alabama House of Representatives (yes, that's 18. We've been busy!)

We got to follow Alli for Alabama to a campaign event and you could see how energized people are by her message of working together for a better Alabama.

US vs. THEM gets us nowhere. At its foundation, we all want the same thing: a better Alabama. Let’s work together towards that goal.

09/21/2018
Senator Anna M. Kaplan

Here's our commercial for Anna Kaplan for State Senate!

Ladies and Gentlemen, our first campaign commercial! Be sure to share it! #AnnaforNYSenate #LetsDoThis #EleanorsLegacy

06/26/2018
Physicians for Reproductive Health

We are so proud to have produced this video for Physicians for Reproductive Health. Working with these courageous doctors was so inspiring.

Watch this inspiring video featuring the bold, outspoken doctors of Physicians for Reproductive Health, using their voices to defend their patients’ reproductive health and rights!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2hfcoOi8VQ

One of the reasons we ❤️ working with Physicians for Reproductive Health is because we get to work with our heroes. ...
06/08/2018

One of the reasons we ❤️ working with Physicians for Reproductive Health is because we get to work with our heroes. Thank you, Cecile Richards!

We had a great day today, documenting the awesome work of Girl's Inc. of NYC and designer Michelle Smith of MILLY.
04/18/2018

We had a great day today, documenting the awesome work of Girl's Inc. of NYC and designer Michelle Smith of MILLY.

03/22/2018
WomenStrong International

In these not so good times, it makes us so happy to get to work with AMAZING organizations like WomenStrong International who are doing so much to help women and girls around the world.

We made this video and are very proud to have done so.

WomenStrong International is a social innovations lab. Our next step is to more broadly share what we’ve learned, the best ideas to help women and girls everywhere live in dignity and hope.

As a global leader in advocacy for women and girls, we focus on finding solutions that work to enable women and girls to thrive worldwide. Women know best what they need and their needs are a remarkable investment.

We are so honored to work with WomenStrong International. Over the past year, we've been producing a series of videos fo...
01/18/2018
WomenStrong International

We are so honored to work with WomenStrong International. Over the past year, we've been producing a series of videos for this inspirational organization. Check out this post and please help them support women and girls in Haiti, India, Ghana and Kenya.

“If we weren’t part of the Consortium, we would not have a women’s health program. We would not have an operating room. We are saving lives.” - Rose-Marie Chierici, Ph.D., Executive Director of WomenStrong International Consortium Member H.O.P.E.

We support women-driven solutions to end extreme urban poverty. Our Consortium Members tell us our unique approach works: Watch to learn about the success of programs in education, economic empowerment and women’s health: http://bit.ly/2mfpcnb.

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12/12/2017

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This is Liam. We could barely keep up with him on a shoot today for the Foundation Fighting Blindness.
12/11/2017

This is Liam. We could barely keep up with him on a shoot today for the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

Documenting the good work of Physicians for Reproductive Health as they lobby on the Hill today.
10/26/2017

Documenting the good work of Physicians for Reproductive Health as they lobby on the Hill today.

Excited to announce that 590films director Scott Elliott will be appearing on AOL Build Series Studios to talk about his...
09/07/2017
BUILD Series NYC

Excited to announce that 590films director Scott Elliott will be appearing on AOL Build Series Studios to talk about his 590films documentary The Trees. 1 PM 9/11/17.

Hey, if you're in NYC, come to the taping!

BUILD Series NYC is a live interview series where fans sit inches away from some of the biggest names in entertainment, fashion and business as they share their stories.

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08/30/2017

590films's cover photo

08/09/2017
WomenStrong International

We are proud to be working with WomenStrong International!

We sat down recently with project directors from our Consortium member sites and asked them to tell us how periods are discussed in their home countries.

How do people talk about periods where you live?

What an inspiring day, working with WomenStrong International and learning about the amazing work they are doing to impr...
06/10/2017

What an inspiring day, working with WomenStrong International and learning about the amazing work they are doing to improve the lives of women and girls around the world!

Our team spent the day with 590films talking about WomenStrong's mission and our incredible Consortium members! Keep an eye out for for our upcoming videos! 🎥

590films is so honored to have produced this video for Physicians for Reproductive Health. Congratulations on 25 years o...
06/06/2017
Physicians for Reproductive Health

590films is so honored to have produced this video for Physicians for Reproductive Health. Congratulations on 25 years of advocacy for reproductive health!

Thank you to Vanessa Carlton, Amy Brenneman, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Senator Maggie Hassan, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Dr. Willie Parker and all of the bold #VoicesofCourage who joined us in speaking out for reproductive health!

12/19/2016
LifeEdited 2 (LE2) 350sft Transforming Micro Apartment

Super happy to have produced this video for LifeEdited and Graham Hill about their 350sft transforming micro apartment. It lets you live a big, happy, smart, green, simplified life. Who doesn't like that?

LifeEdited 2 (LE2) is a new prototype for apartments in future LifeEdited buildings. It lets you live a big, happy, smart, green, simplified life in a 350 sf...

12/08/2016
Workmen's Circle & Amalgamated Bank

We're proud to work with Amalgamated Bank, fighting for progressive values and working people since 1923.

Amalgamated Bank is proud of its longstanding relationship with the Workmen's Circle and the incredible work they do to forward progressive Jewish identity a...

Just watched this amazing -- and terrifying -- documentary series on climate change. If you're looking for good storytel...
12/07/2016
Years Of Living Dangerously

Just watched this amazing -- and terrifying -- documentary series on climate change. If you're looking for good storytelling on this issue, you can't do better than Years of Living Dangerously.

http://yearsoflivingdangerously.com

YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY combines the blockbuster storytelling styles of Hollywood’s top movie makers, including James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub, with 60 Minutes® Joel Bach and David Gelber’s reporting expertise to reveal critical stories of heartbreak, hope and heroism, for the Showtime series...

Thank you, Floating Hospital, for an amazingly inspiring interview today with Beverly, a domestic violence survivor and ...
11/22/2016

Thank you, Floating Hospital, for an amazingly inspiring interview today with Beverly, a domestic violence survivor and talented artist. https://www.thefloatinghospital.org

11/03/2016
Vote for Progress

This November 8th, Vote for Progress! And if you need inspiration, check out this video we did for the awesome Amalgamated Bank. Yes, it is true: banks can be awesome.

Our customers describe why they chose the bank with purpose. We stand alongside our customers in their pursuit of economic fairness, equal opportunity and ju...

The Trees
09/11/2016
The Trees

The Trees

Five years ago, I began making The Trees as a way to explore the building of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum Plaza in New York. But it’s also a film about how we as a city and nation used nature, treees and living things as a way to process this tragedy and remember those who were lost.

But by far the best thing about the film is that I got to tell Ann Clark Van Hine story.

Ann’s husband Bruce, a New York City firefighter and part-time arborist, was killed on 9/11. Ann is a wonderful person and her strength, perseverence, and faith following Bruce’s death are truly inspirational. She now regularly gives tours of the Memorial through the 9/11 Tribute Center and tells her story to people the world over. I highly recommend to New Yorkers and anyone visiting our resilient City to go on one.

To learn more about her story, and to see how people used nature and trees as a way to memorialize 9/11, watch The Trees tonight at 7pm, on Channel 13 WNET

#neverforget #WTC

One of our videos is featured on the NY Times website. Check it out.
03/10/2015
Video: The Journey of a 9/11 Tree

One of our videos is featured on the NY Times website. Check it out.

A tree that was wounded by the September 11 attacks has regained its health, with the help of a caretaker, and returned to its home.

03/05/2015
421 Trees Grow in Queens

421 Trees Grow in Queens

Short video about the John Bowne Aggies, who are looking after seedlings from the 9/11 Survivor Tree.

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