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Rada Studio Our mission is to create compelling visual stories that provoke thought about our complex multicultural world.

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05/28/2021

Bask in the elegance that is Rada Studio!
With “The Changing Same” and “Traveling the Interstitium,” selected for Sundance Film Festival 2021.

“Our work is an expression of our own personal mission to use visual storytelling to better understand our complicated experiences as Black people navigating American society.”

Check out their films at: https://radastudio.org/work/

@radastudionyc @sundanceorg

https://youtu.be/H1nddYTMeOsExploring the stigmas Black girls face as they grow up within and outside their community. A...
02/16/2021
For Our Girls: A Conversation with Black Women

https://youtu.be/H1nddYTMeOs
Exploring the stigmas Black girls face as they grow up within and outside their community. A love letter to Black daughters, mothers share their concerns with how they are shaping and impacting their daughters’ independence.

THE CONVERSATION SERIES REMIX explores the current catharsis we are living through, in the U.S. and around the world. Through three short, powerful character-driven films, we dive into how the current uprising is impacting our communities, and where we find ourselves five years after Ferguson. Through a combination of interviews, symbolic b-roll, cell phone footage, archival material, and graphics, we create a vibrant collage of people’s lives and experiences, which powerfully frame and illustrate the reckoning that is happening around us.

Produced in association with Rada Studio: https://radastudio.org

Exploring the stigmas Black girls face as they grow up within and outside their community. A love letter to Black daughters, mothers share their concerns wit...

02/14/2021

We are screening at the RAI Festival (Royal Anthropological Institute) and we are excited to be apart of this discussion of the global impact of colonialism and white supremacy. Let's Go!

Scatter
01/31/2021

Scatter

Last night, Scatter premiered our most ambitious volumetric film to date at Sundance New Frontier.

The Changing Same: An American Pilgrimage is an episodic virtual reality experience on racial justice. Through elements of time-travel, participants traverse the 400-year history of racial inequality in the US while projecting forward to a joyful, Afrofuturist world of possibilities.

"I see the power and value of reclaiming history. Change requires exposing denied experiences. I’ve dedicated my practice to unearthing these types of stories using emerging technology. And in the US there is a need and urgency to uncover these buried histories - our history." - Yasmin Elayat

See it in VR until Feb 4. Tickets on sale now.

https://fpg.festival.sundance.org/new-frontier-info/5fd1a28463d6776b7bc3aa68

Sundance Film Festival
Scatter
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#ChangingSameVR #Sundance #volumetric #volumetricfilmmaking #depthkit

The Changing Same VR
12/16/2020
The Changing Same VR

The Changing Same VR

The Changing Same Collective will keep you posted on potential viewing opportunities during the Sundance Film Festival 2021. It has been described as visually and emotionally stunning and we are anxious to share with you our visual of Black life, past, present and future.

Wondering where you can watch STATELESS? At the Boston Latino International Film Festival running 9/27-9/29—and tickets ...
09/15/2020

Wondering where you can watch STATELESS? At the Boston Latino International Film Festival running 9/27-9/29—and tickets are on sale now. Head over to bluff.org to learn more about programming and events. And don’t forget to get your STATELESS tickets! [Image reposted from @bliffestival]

Thank you, @blackstarfest and jurors, for awarding Stateless with the prize for Best Feature Documentary✨Shoutout to dir...
08/27/2020

Thank you, @blackstarfest and jurors, for awarding Stateless with the prize for Best Feature Documentary✨Shoutout to director @michele_0608, co-producers @onf_nfb, and everyone who’s helped tell this story. (Pssst: You can watch the trailer on @vimeo!)

07/31/2020
TED

We aspire to follow Congressman Lewis's commitment to social change. R.I.P.

In his interview with the late Congressman John Lewis, Bryan Stevenson asked the civil rights leader what he'd like to be remembered for. This is what he said.

Watch their full conversation here: http://t.ted.com/CS23owu

Rada Studio was honored to document and witness this historic meeting of minds.
07/20/2020
The fight for civil rights and freedom

Rada Studio was honored to document and witness this historic meeting of minds.

Civil rights leader and longtime US congressman John Lewis spent his life fighting for freedom and justice for everyone. In this illuminating conversation with lawyer and activist Bryan Stevenson, Lewis discusses the essential importance of voting, shares encouraging words of wisdom for the generati...

The Rada Studio filmed this iconic meeting between these two civil rights giants in November. The conversation was rivet...
07/18/2020

The Rada Studio filmed this iconic meeting between these two civil rights giants in November. The conversation was riveting and prophetic. R.I.P

The Rada Studio filmed this iconic meeting between these two civil rights giants in November. The conversation was rivet...
07/18/2020

The Rada Studio filmed this iconic meeting between these two civil rights giants in November. The conversation was riveting and prophetic. R.I.P

06/09/2020

We may be a day late 😬but we celebrate you nonetheless. Happy Birthday to the legendary, timeless, boundary pushing Nikki Giovanni. It has been an honor to capture your legacy and spirit over the past few years and we cannot wait to share Rada’s latest feature film, Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project. HBD Nikki 🥳👩🏿‍🚀

Reposted from Jet Magazines JetSuite series

06/05/2020
Q&A for Stateless

Making global connections in our movement to #defendblacklives. We had a passionate live Q & A this week with Rosa Iris Diendomi Alvarez and our team - connecting the dots, speaking our truth and #changingthenarrative.

https://vimeo.com/425978607

June 3, 2020, Hot Docs Online Film Festival. Live discussion with filmmaker Michèle Stephenson and Rosa Iris Diendomi. Also participating are producers Jennifer…

Our partner Michèle Stephenson posted the below this morning. Let’s keep disrupting as we also try to heal. Our narrativ...
05/28/2020
Michèle Stephenson on ‘Stateless’ and the Battle of Narratives – Point of View Magazine

Our partner Michèle Stephenson posted the below this morning. Let’s keep disrupting as we also try to heal. Our narratives are at the center of this fight. It’s a bit disconcerting to continue to get some pretty awesome coverage for our film, STATELESS, while our communities burn around us. Acknowledge the pain and continue the fight for our children and for our ancestors.

http://povmagazine.com/articles/view/michele-stephenson-stateless-interview-hot-docs

It's been a really difficult week on a community and individual level. And I continue to question my role and purpose on social media platforms. Don't post as much as I used to. Mourning the violence this week as my son just turned 19 on Tuesday... got him a bicycle for his birthday because he feels such a strong need to be free and alive. Needing to acknowledge my position of privilege while also being afraid for my sons. This morning I cried, and then thought about our diaspora. Thank you Rosa Iris Diendomi Alvarez and thank you Juan Teófilo Murat Javier. Maybe coverage like POV Magazine below can help just a little bit to keep the pressure we so desperately need alive for our African diaspora as we fight global anti-black hatred.

Michèle Stephenson discusses Hot Docs’ Special Jury Prize winner for Canadian features, Stateless.

From the hometown newspaper!
05/21/2020
Michèle Stephenson remporte le Prix spécial du jury au Festival Hot Docs

From the hometown newspaper!

La cinéaste d’origine sherbrookoise Michèle Stephenson a remporté le prestigieux Prix spécial du jury au Festival canadien du documentaire international Hot Docs, grâce à son documentaire Apatrides, portant sur la haine raciale entre Haïti et la République dominicaine.

05/14/2020
Stateless Trailer

THE 2020 HOT DOCS AWARDS ANNOUNCED -STATELESS WINS JURY PRIZE:

“Director Michèle Stephenson has created a powerful and nuanced exploration of the lives and struggles of Dominicans of Haitian descent. The stories of those fighting for justice are woven together with evocative poetic sequences and intimate personal moments, resulting in a poignant portrait of people determined to resist centuries-old forces of racism and oppression.”

Thank You Hot Docs!

Trailer to our latest feature documentary, STATELESS. Through the grassroots campaign of electoral hopeful Rosa Iris, director Michèle Stephenson's new docum...

Tonight at 7:00pm ET! Join us for our first Facebook Live session with Michèle Stephenson (on her page) to talk...
05/06/2020

Tonight at 7:00pm ET!
Join us for our first Facebook Live session with Michèle Stephenson (on her page) to talk about our latest feature documentary in co-production with NFB, Apátrida-Stateless.

We see you and hear you, Michèle — in conversation with Julie Goldman of Motto Pictures and fellow filmmakers, at the Ho...
05/04/2020

We see you and hear you, Michèle — in conversation with Julie Goldman of Motto Pictures and fellow filmmakers, at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival panel on "Surviving and Thriving in the Age of COVID".

Filmmakers around the world are united in one concern: the impact of COVID-19 on their livelihoods. We're teaming up with the World Congress of Science & Factual Producers - WCSFP for a special panel at our 2020 industry conference on Surviving and Thriving in the Age of COVID.

Reps from across our diverse doc community will unite to share experiences and learn from each other about strategies for survival and inspiration to thrive.

Broadcasting live on Monday, May 4, at 10AM ET in The Doc Shop. More info: http://ow.ly/YAFZ30qCr0E

#MondayMotivation Thank you Women & Hollywood for interviewing our founding partner Michèle Stephenson, and adding her t...
05/04/2020
Tribeca 2020 Women Directors: Meet Michèle Stephenson – “Stateless”

#MondayMotivation Thank you Women & Hollywood for interviewing our founding partner Michèle Stephenson, and adding her to your roster of agitators within the global film industry.

Learn about her inspirations for why she has entered this marathon of telling complex stories and how she has landed back home while making Apátrida-Stateless.

Have more questions? Join us for a Facebook Live discussion with her on Wednesday, May 6th!

https://womenandhollywood.com/tribeca-2020-women-directors-meet-michele-stephenson-stateless/

As co-founder of Rada Studio, Michèle Stephenson pulls from her Panamanian and Haitian roots and experience as a human rights attorney to tell provocative stories that speak to personal and systemic liberation. Her films have been nominated for three Emmys. Her collaborative series with NYT Op-Docs...

05/02/2020
Stateless (Apátrida) Trailer

Join us on Wednesday, May 6th at 7:00pm EST for a Facebook Live discussion with director, Michèle Stephenson.

We have updated our company name as Rada Studio to reflect our scope of multi-media work. Rada is an homage to the famil...
05/01/2020

We have updated our company name as Rada Studio to reflect our scope of multi-media work. Rada is an homage to the family of Haitian Vodou spirits honored by African slaves who were brought to the New World. Come forge new paths with us to share stories and build community resilience.

As the US government seals its borders, ceases to issue greencards and strips away the rights of naturalized citizens, S...
05/01/2020

As the US government seals its borders, ceases to issue greencards and strips away the rights of naturalized citizens, STATELESS is just as relevant in a COVID world as it was before.

Thank you Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival for inviting us to share our film and to speak with fellow filmmakers about our strategies for survival and inspiration.

We’re excited to share that STATELESS has been invited to Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival’s Canadian Spectrum section!

On Monday, May 4th, Michèle will be speaking on a panel moderated by Julie Goldman of Motto Pictures on "Surviving and Thriving in the Age of COVID"

https://www.hotdocs.ca/i/conference-sessions

04/22/2020
PBS American Portrait

Michèle Stephenson is proud to be on this for so many reasons, we echo her pride. “In This Together” is a new PBS American Portrait special devoted to showcasing stories from individuals of all ages, races, professions, and backgrounds whose lives have been transformed by the COVID-19 crisis.

Tune in on May 8th at 9/8c for the PBS broadcast.

Patients. Families. First responders. Teachers. Health care professionals. Essential workers. You. No matter where we’re from or what we do, we’ve all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On May 8th at 9/8c, PBS will broadcast “In This Together,” a new American Portrait special devoted to showcasing stories from individuals of all ages, races, professions, and backgrounds whose lives have been transformed by the COVID-19 crisis.

Submit a photo or video sharing your experience to https://to.pbs.org/2VmGP7j. #AmericanPortraitPBS

Octavia Butler, a visionary whose lessons are necessary now more than ever, in these precarious times. We're following h...
04/13/2020
A Few Rules For Predicting The Future- Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler, a visionary whose lessons are necessary now more than ever, in these precarious times. We're following her rules.

1. Learn From the Past
2. Respect the Law of Consequences
3. Be Aware of Your Perspective
4. Count On the Surprises

https://searchingforthesublime.tumblr.com/post/34745829956/a-few-rules-for-predicting-the-future-octavia?fbclid=IwAR1us_b58BLWebA1-5l7ZXft3NFLCZo7ISKeQNUys8PVmCr7jHdqQT5-_qs

an essay by science-fiction author Octavia E. Butler originally published in Essence magazine in 2000 “SO DO YOU REALLY believe that in the future we’re going to have the kind of trouble you write...

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily servic...
04/01/2020

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for our communities. Census data informs how federal funds are allocated to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources. Be counted. #2020Census

Today Is April 1st Census Day. Let’s make sure all Haitians in the United States are counted. Don’t Be Fooled Be Counted! #2020Census

Tonight! Tune in to WBAI 99.5 FM New York at 9:15pm. As a father, psychiatrist, and storyteller, Joe Brewster will be ta...
03/27/2020

Tonight! Tune in to WBAI 99.5 FM New York at 9:15pm. As a father, psychiatrist, and storyteller, Joe Brewster will be talking about the social and psychological impact of COVID-19 on the Black family.

Love in the Time of Corona...As some of you may have already heard, unfortunately, due to New York State Governor's edic...
03/18/2020

Love in the Time of Corona...
As some of you may have already heard, unfortunately, due to New York State Governor's edict on public gatherings, the Tribeca Film Festival has been postponed. Although disappointed we agree with this decision as our global communities come to understand we are deeply interconnected -- and borders are meaningless.

Apátrida-Stateless will come to you at the right moment -- we are confident.

Stay safe, wash your hands and practice physical distancing as part of our social solidarity movement.

Abrazos virtuales,

Love in the Time of Corona...

As some of you may have already heard, unfortunately, due to New York State Governor's edict on public gatherings, the Tribeca Film Festival has been postponed. Although disappointed we agree with this decision as our global communities come to understand we are deeply interconnected -- and borders are meaningless.
Stateless will come to you at the right moment -- we are confident.
Stay safe, wash your hands and practice physical distancing as part of our social solidarity movement.
Abrazos virtuales,
The Stateless Team

We're drawn to these yoga mats! Stay healthy. Be well. Watch #drawntothemat https://takecare.org/films/drawn-to-the-mat/...
03/10/2020
Two Sisters Are Changing The Face of Wellness With Yoga Mats Featuring Black Women

We're drawn to these yoga mats! Stay healthy. Be well. Watch #drawntothemat
https://takecare.org/films/drawn-to-the-mat/

https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com/blogs/culture/two-sisters-are-changing-the-face-of-wellness-with-yoga-mats-for-black-women?fbclid=IwAR1VrBReJBCj91eb8Xa5FT_gGHcvzkG1p2wP8emtGYjnpNaiJtMiMPBf10I

New product alert! These two sisters, Julia and Cornelia Gibson, are changing the face of wellness with their new yoga mats for Black women, Black Enterprise reports. Toned by Bagged Em is a fitness brand created by the Gibson sisters that helps elevate the narrative of real women on real fitness jo...

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Back in 2006, the Rada Film Group began as a partnership between husband and wife team Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson with a mission: To create compelling visual stories that provoke thought about the complex multicultural world we exist in.

This commitment was made ​before the creation of the company. “Our work is an expression of our own personal mission to use visual storytelling to better understand our experiences as people of color navigating American society.” Trying to balance family life with their artistic passions during the intervening years leading up to the creation of the Rada Film Group, Michèle and Joe produced narrative films, documentaries and new media that challenge and inspire audiences across the world to think critically about their own place and roles in society.

Our approach to visual storytelling is intimate while simultaneously giving voice to larger issues that directly affect communities of color. “In our work we try very hard to avoid clichés about our communities and attempt to scratch beneath the surface to where answers are not always easy,” says Brewster. “We use the art form to explore our ambivalence about issues and question our own and our subjects’ points of comfort. It is in those grey areas that art is created and where change can be affected for us as individuals as well as for the constantly shifting communities we reside in.”

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