HardPin

HardPin Full-service production company specializing in live stream and digital video experiences. Founded by members of President Obama’s campaign video team.

www.HardPinMedia.com - HardPin is a forward-thinking production company founded by the rising stars of President Obama’s campaign video team. With a complete roster of producers, directors, writers, cinematographers, editors and motion graphic artists, we are a full service video production company specializing in live stream and digital video campaigns. We spent 2012 traveling aboard Air Force One, directing and filming the President of the United States, producing live online broadcasts of some of the world’s biggest musical acts, shattering YouTube records and helping change the way the world experiences a presidential campaign. We produced more than a thousand videos that attracted over 120 million views. We directed, filmed and streamed more than 30 live events with the President, other elected officials, musicians and celebrities. We have honed and perfected our online video strategies working for President Obama, and now we want to bring our expertise to your next project.

Mission: www.HardPinMedia.com - HardPin builds digital video experiences by embracing emerging technologies. We produce high-end, online video campaigns, and we specialize in creating custom packages for live streamed events and performances. We work closely with performers, politicians and causes to develop strategies that engage audiences. Our productions do not merely entertain but ignite action and produce results. How we accomplish that is different for each project. Our team of filmmakers, storytellers and tech gurus can design and implement tailored plans for any and all phases of video production.

Operating as usual

Congratulations, President-Elect Biden!  We are so proud of our efforts to support this campaign and other Democrats acr...
11/07/2020

Congratulations, President-Elect Biden! We are so proud of our efforts to support this campaign and other Democrats across the country. Let’s celebrate this moment, but not forget that there is more work to be done. #georgiaonmymind

11/03/2020
Once Every 10 Years

It’s not too late to make your voice count. In the past years, State elected officials have gerrymandered maps in efforts to silence our voices. But tomorrow that power will be given back to us when we vote for elected officials we trust and represent the issues that are important to us. Check out this video, to find out exactly what gerrymandering is and why this election is so important!

#vote #November 3rd #election #protect #democracy

10/31/2020
That Part

We love to share work from our friends and colleagues, especially when that work is focused on progressive politics. Noah Meisner, David Burkart and Brandon Hickey have crafted this challenging and thoughtful piece asking all of us to think about the intersection of social media, politics, and popular culture through the lens of the 2020 election.

The Trump era has been defined by an outright assault on the concept of objective truth. From conspiracy's like Qanon to the White House's own official statements ("Fake News" anyone???) rightwing forces have been hard at work undermining our country's ability to engage with each other.
This is leading us to a place where it's often hard to trust, and sometimes hard to even know what's really happening in the world around us.

Take a few minutes out of this pre-election weekend and ponder some of these questions with - Atómico Clock Of Truth.
#playthisloud #vote #Nov3rd

The care for balanced reciprocity and equality is on the line .... Watch this short film, then let your voice be heard and vote.#PlayThisLoud #Vote #Truth #Election2020 #electionday #democracy

10/31/2020

Make sure you have a plan to end the nightmare. #Vote #2020Election #HardPinHalloween #DefeatMonsters

10/30/2020

We have just 3 days until Election Day, but many of us already have the power to vote whether by mail or with early voting. Make sure you have a plan to make life less scary. #Vote #2020Election #HardPinHalloween #DefeatMonsters”

10/29/2020

And now, another message to America...

10/28/2020

And now a message to America...
#vote #election #nov3

With the second anniversary of the Tree of Life Pittsburgh synagogue shooting coming tomorrow, HardPin is proud to share...
10/26/2020
Two Years After the Pittsburgh Shooting, This Mom Has an Inspiring Message for American Jews – Kveller

With the second anniversary of the Tree of Life Pittsburgh synagogue shooting coming tomorrow, HardPin is proud to share a video produced by our own Pittsburgh-native Melody Coven, highlighting her very personal experience being Jewish in this moment. Melody is on HardPin's Operations team, and we are so proud of her for sharing her story and pleased that we could help her tell it. Thank you Kveller.com for the beautiful write-up.

On the eve of the second anniversary of the horrific Tree of Life shooting, Pittsburgh native Melody Coven has an important, moving message of hope for her 5-year-old daughter — and for all American Jews. In a touching, three-minute video premiering on Kveller today, Coven describes to her eldest ...

10/22/2020
Democratic Party

With election day fast approaching, we are proud to help the Democratic Party tell these powerful stories of Hope. Vote Early, Vote By Mail, Vote In Person...and on November 3rd let us change the future for the better.

Change is possible.

If we believe in the power of our collective voice and use it, we can change the future for the better.

Watch our Anthem for Hope and make your voice heard 🗳️ IWillVote.com.

10/15/2020
NowThis Politics

Throwback to a powerful and very relevant Livestream we did with our friends at the ACLU, via NowThis

Watch this ACLU attorney tear down the 'heritage, not hate' Confederate monument myths (warning: distressing themes)

10/15/2020
Conservation International

So proud of our work with Conservation International. "Nature and science must be a top priority when people choose their leaders!" Vote early, vote by mail, or vote in person this November 3rd!

Nature plays a vital role in humanity’s ability to survive. We must choose leaders, policymakers and responsible businesses that value nature, science, the climate and human well-being. Vote as if your life depends on it. IT DOES.

https://www.conservation.org/blog/want-to-protect-nature-vote

10/13/2020
Barack Obama

It's always a privilege for HardPin to work with our old boss, President @barackobama. Register today and make a plan to vote early!

There's a lot at stake in this election. From getting this pandemic under control to building a fairer economy to taking on climate change and protecting our health care, your vote can make all the difference. Register today and make a plan to vote early: iwillvote.com/obama

HardPin believes that Black Lives Matter. In that spirit, we’re sharing our colleague DaeQuan’s short film, “What If Bla...
06/03/2020
WHAT IF BLACK BOYS WERE BUTTERFLIES?

HardPin believes that Black Lives Matter.

In that spirit, we’re sharing our colleague DaeQuan’s short film, “What If Black Boys Were Butterflies?”. Please read his words, watch his film, and share with others.

“A year ago today I wrapped filming on my short film, What If Black Boys Were Butterflies?, and unfortunately the film feels even more relevant today. I wanted to create this film because I found that while other boys can enjoy a childhood of freedoms, for many reasons, “Black boyhood” is a brief, complicated existence. W.E.B. Dubois wrote about this in Souls Of Black Folk, saying, ”Throughout history, the powers of single black men flash here and there like falling stars, and die sometimes before the world has rightly gauged their brightness.” At an early age, Black males are often labelled as violent and troublesome, over-policed in their communities, and forced into hyper-masculine gender norms. To me, If Black Boys Were Butterflies is an urgent social document. For us, freedom is a luxury. Throughout history we’ve found this to be true, and through this film I wanted to explore that idea. Showing young black men enjoying their youth and seeking liberation from these complexities, alongside the intimate off-screen conversation between the two Black men, provides a closer look into this American reality.

This film has played at a number of film festivals, both domestically and abroad, and is now even a part of an art exhibition. However, today I am making the film available for public viewing today, as art should be accessible to the people when they need it most. Here is the link, and thank you to everyone who played a role in making the film!”

What If Black Boys Were Butterflies, is an experimental short film centered around a conversation between two Black men, as they discuss what Black Boyhood…

02/13/2020
United Nations OCHA

HardPin partnered with the United Nations OCHA to help launch their global campaign ‘What It Takes.’ Our mission at HardPin is to support a progressive agenda and work hard to do our part in making this a more just place to live in. It has been an incredible honor to help create this video that sheds light on the amazing work of humanitarian UN aid workers. Every hour of every day, the United Nations is delivering aid to alleviate the suffering of people caught in crises across the globe. As the humanitarian challenges grow, so does the commitment of ordinary people doing extraordinary work. They are UN humanitarians – and they have #WhatItTakes.

What does it take to get food and medicine to record numbers of people, in some of the most dangerous places on earth?

This incredible response is powered by compassion. It is driven by individuals who put themselves on the front lines to help people in desperate need.

Find out #WhatItTakes to be a United Nations humanitarian. Share these stories to inspire your friends and family today: un.org/whatittakes

01/16/2020
Happy 2020 from HardPin

In 2019, we were proud to work for some of the most inspiring candidates, companies and causes, and we’re excited about what lies ahead in 2020.

07/12/2019

Please take a moment and watch this video. Yazmin was doing what any parent would do, fleeing violence to find a better life for her two year old daughter, Mariee. Due to the unsanitary conditions at the border camps, and a mother’s plea being ignored, Mariee passed away. She could have been saved if she was given the proper treatment, but these treatments were denied. This administration has created this nightmare, this administration is responsible for the death Mariee. Thank you to all the amazing people and organization who are in this fight and allowing @hardpinmedia to be a part of it. Special thank you to @fams2gether for trusting us. We will not stay silent. Call your representatives and demand them to #closethecamps

07/01/2019

Please take a moment and watch this video. If we do not make change now, children and their families will continue to suffer the nightmare this broken immigration system has created. We need to close the camps, we need a new immigration system and we need it NOW. Without activists, immigrant voices, defendants, and lawyers sharing what they’ve seen, we will continue to live in the dark. We stand with all immigrants. All families belong together. We will look back at this moment in history with horror. We cannot stay silent. The entire Hardpin family is beyond grateful for the opportunity to join forces with @fams2gether .

04/22/2019
365 Days of Love

In honor of earth day share this love letter to our one and only, Mother Earth. 🙏🏼🌎

In this love letter to mother earth, we reflect on all the wonders and beauty given to us by our one and only planet.

04/01/2019
ACLU

Great work by the whole HardPin team! We are so proud to partner with the ACLU, helping them put together this powerful live event to kick-off their Rights For All Campaign.

The American Civil Liberties Union kicks off the Rights For All campaign, an effort to encourage presidential candidates to support civil liberties and civil rights for all. Join us, and learn about how you can make a difference, engage with candidates in this non-partisan campaign, and ensure that voters everywhere in the country know what's at stake in the upcoming presidential election.

Visit https://www.RightsForAll.us to get involved.

03/29/2019
Women's History Month

The Future is Bright.
The Future is Now.
The Future is Female.
#womenshistorymonth
...

Thank you
@jamiraburley, @shefighter, @lina_khalifeh, @repdebhaaland, @cathymyers_wi, @repjahanahayes, @annemartinforjudge, @sosairen, @habibat11, @dfcworld, @kiranbirsethi, @vitalvoices, @classyclaws, @mindysbakeshop, and so many others who are working to make this world better for everyone!

Giving a #wcw shout out to some of the inspiring women of Vital Voices , who constantly affirm for us that we all have t...
03/27/2019

Giving a #wcw shout out to some of the inspiring women of Vital Voices , who constantly affirm for us that we all have the power to create more good in the world.

Thank you @namegabechouchou, @daniellesantlot, @ariesuster and @panmelacastro for giving us your time and your voices!

#tbt to our last HardPinU in our NYC office! The jr staff & interns learned all about how to set up & light a portrait l...
03/21/2019

#tbt to our last HardPinU in our NYC office! The jr staff & interns learned all about how to set up & light a portrait lead by our very own Russell Calkins.

Looking forward to seeing how these future filmmakers put their skills into action!

We are always honored to have Hillary Clinton in front of our camera, especially in collaboration with Already Alive Las...
03/18/2019

We are always honored to have Hillary Clinton in front of our camera, especially in collaboration with Already Alive

Last Monday was no exception. Thank you, Secretary Clinton, for co-founding Vital Voices to empower and uplift women around the world and for speaking with us about their exceptional work. You are our #mondaymotivation every week.

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03/14/2019

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02/22/2019
Aida Flores

Happy GOTV weekend, Chicago! HardPin recently opened a new office here, and we had a blast making this spot for Aida Flores for the 25th Ward. Aida's energy is infectious, and she's ready to fight for her community.

Now get out there and vote!

Aida Flores became a mom at 14 years old. But with the support of her community, she went on to graduate high school, then Georgetown and Harvard Universities. She returned to her neighborhood to be a public school teacher and principal because education changed her life.

Now Aida’s running for city council because she wants to make sure every kid in Chicago has the same opportunity to succeed that she had. Let’s make history and elect Aida Flores alderWOMAN for the 25th Ward!

6 years old and growing!  HardPin team keeps getting bigger. 🤩
02/06/2019

6 years old and growing! HardPin team keeps getting bigger. 🤩

Great night out with the HardPin NY team!  The Nets lost but we did get to watch the 'Greek Freak' put on a show.⛹️‍♂️
02/05/2019

Great night out with the HardPin NY team! The Nets lost but we did get to watch the 'Greek Freak' put on a show.⛹️‍♂️

01/21/2019
365 Days of Love

365 Days of Love

What would you say to Dr. King if you had the chance? A grandmother and granddaughter read letters they wrote to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in honor of his birthday.

Last November Florida voters passed Amendment 4, a bill that restored the right to vote to thousands of Floridians with ...
01/09/2019
Restoration — Hardpin

Last November Florida voters passed Amendment 4, a bill that restored the right to vote to thousands of Floridians with a previous felony conviction. On Tuesday, Amendment 4 went into effect and thousands of citizens were able to register to vote again.

But the fight is far from over. In four states: Wyoming, Iowa, Kentucky, and Virginia disenfranchisement is enshrined in their state constitution.

in 2016, then Governor Terry McAuliffe attempted a mass restoration of voting rights. This is the story of that effort.

With ACLU, New Virginia Majority and others.

On April 22, 2016 Christopher Rashad and Tammie Hagen had their voting rights restored by a sweeping executive order issued by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Then just four months later, the Virginia Court struck down McAuliffe's executive order, requiring him to issue pardons by hand. As one of...

10/19/2018
Take On America with OZY – Baltimore

An awesome job by the Hardpin team that helped bring this to life. We couldn't be more proud of you!

WATCH NOW: The premiere episode of Take On America with OZY. Join Emmy Award winning Host Carlos Watson for the first of four town hall conversations confronting today's most pressing issues.

100 Voices. 1 Explosive Conversation. Welcome to #TakeOnAmerica with OZY. Welcome to a groundbreaking town hall series with a twist. OZY travels across the U...

08/15/2018
Jahana Hayes

Jahana Hayes: teacher, mother, advocate, and Connecticut’s Democratic nominee for Congress. It’s been an honor to help tell your story and share your truth, Jahana Hayes You’ve showed the world that people are powerful. Now it’s time to take that power and run. Congratulations on this victory....on to November!

People from my neighborhood are strong, but aren't supposed to run for office. Here's the thing: I know a thing or two about advocating for people. If you believe like I do that when Congress starts to look like us, no one can stop us — share this video with your friends and join Team Hayes: https://jahanahayes.com

07/19/2018
Jahana Hayes

Go Jahana Hayes!!!! We are so proud of you and this amazing video we were able to create with you. #Teacher2Congress

In case you missed me on MSNBC!!!

#jahanahayes4congress #findmeonrowb #ct05 #msnbc #teamhayes

07/17/2018
Our Moment

Another powerful Ad for an amazing candidate. Let's get Dan Koh to congress. Let's go!!!

07/14/2018
NowThis Politics

Go Jahana!!! We are so proud of this video, and so thankful to work with such an amazing candidate. If you know anyone in Connecticut, please share this video with them and let’s get this awesome teacher into Congress in November!

America's Teacher of the Year is running for Congress — here's her first campaign ad

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Excited to finally share this film we made last year. It was such an incredible experience meeting and working with Chief Kachindamoto to tell the story of her incredible work to end child marriage. Watch the film at storiesforgood.org
That Part. Thank you.
This has been one of the most rewarding projects I've ever produced. Couldn't come out at a better time. Incredibly proud of Mia Sorensen for her courage and strength to write how she feels and let us make this film with her.