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New Yorkers join us for yet another momentous screening of our film Elena at the DOC NYC Film Festival, on November 12th...
10/21/2021

New Yorkers join us for yet another momentous screening of our film Elena at the DOC NYC Film Festival, on November 12th at the Cinépolis Chelsea. Elena is part of the Shorts: Sanctioned Survival category , shared with three other amazing documentaries with telling the stories of those Oppressed (un)intentionally by the hands of the state, this special focus examines migration, status and citizenship in the Americas. Purchase your ticket for this event today at https://www.docnyc.net/film/shorts-unsanctioned-survival/.

Excited to announce the   of our interactive   experience , “The Changing Same”  at the 27th Geneva International Film F...
10/15/2021

Excited to announce the of our interactive experience , “The Changing Same” at the 27th Geneva International Film Festival.
Thank you .ch ! Tune into our work and those of many other talented directors from November 5th- 14th at 2021.giff.ch/en/

We are stunned and disgusted by the deportation of Haitians at the border. Asylum is a human right and we must protect t...
09/21/2021

We are stunned and disgusted by the deportation of Haitians at the border. Asylum is a human right and we must protect those who have no voice. Chased by officials on horses , using whips , the images that have come out today serve as a reminder that this country still does not value Call your congress members today and demand the STOP of deportation flights to Haiti!

9/15 Marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month , where we work even harder to amplify the beauitful vibrant voices ...
09/15/2021

9/15 Marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month , where we work even harder to amplify the beauitful vibrant voices of those in the Latinx community. Rada’s mission statement has always been about sharing and acknowledging the hardships and inequalities faced by Hispanic & Latino groups.

This month, dive into these episodes of Decolonizing Mental Health with the that focus on the stories told by Adriana Alejandro, who started the Latinx Therapy podcast, Rosalba Calleros & Alan Alfaro, who recount the lack of mental and medical aid provided to POC, and finally, the story of Igda Martinez, who has provided psychiatric care for many at the Floating Hospital.

These episodes feature voices that are full of triumph, color and passion, and can be streamed anytime on the worldchannel website.

STATELESS, the latest film from Michèle Stephenson, documents the struggle of those families affected by the 2013 legisl...
07/15/2021

STATELESS, the latest film from Michèle Stephenson, documents the struggle of those families affected by the 2013 legislation stripping citizenship from Dominicans of Haitian descent. Tune in on July 19 at 10pm! https://to.pbs.org/3ivjigv

A grassroots campaign by a young attorney in the Dominican Republic takes center stage in Michèle Stephenson’s latest fi...
07/12/2021

A grassroots campaign by a young attorney in the Dominican Republic takes center stage in Michèle Stephenson’s latest film, STATELESS, a documentary about Dominicans of Haitian descent struggling in the wake of 2013 legislation stripping them of their citizenship. Broadcasting July 19 on PBS!

Rooster and chickens cross the street in downtown Miami. Feels like the Caribbean.       Thank you all for a very lively...
06/27/2021

Rooster and chickens cross the street in downtown Miami. Feels like the Caribbean. Thank you all for a very lively screening and Q & A for STATELESS. It’s only the beginning. Be back in Miami for more important engagement.

06/20/2021

Proud of you, son. Awesome tour of downtown NYC using Kinfolk AR monuments.

FORBES REVIEW—-In Tribeca’s Virtual Arcade we found the first of our most awesome experiences, “The Changing Same,” from...
06/18/2021

FORBES REVIEW—-In Tribeca’s Virtual Arcade we found the first of our most awesome experiences, “The Changing Same,” from Scatter and Rada Studio. Scatter has been in the festival previously with the first most awesome experience “Blackout” (2017). Directors Yasmin Elayat (“Zero Days VR”), Michèle Stephenson, and Joe Brewster, used Depthkit Studio, a portable multi-camera volumetric capture solution, to create a new version of reality: a dreamlike version of the physical world, where time and location melt into an infinite pop culture whirlwind, to tells the terrifying story of how the law is used to convict a man already the victim of racism before he is even accused. What the hapless Kafka-esque hero is accused of, no one knows, and no one cares. When you’re black, and a cop decides you have a bad attitude, it is the end of your life or, if you’re lucky, life as you know it. The system takes over. And there’s not a damn thing you can say or do. Submit, and be smothered. Or don’t submit, and be smothered. You can cry out at the rude irony, you can laugh at it, you can ridicule it, fight, or not fight. It doesn’t matter. Because you don’t matter. The end is brutally preordained. I am still thinking about this piece. I walked in this guy’s shoes. And I didn’t like it one bit. And that is the most awesome thing I experienced at Tribeca this year. This is the first in a three part series that will eventually be available in the Oculus store.

06/18/2021

Forbes Magazine REVIEW of THE CHANGING SAME———————————————————
In Tribeca’s Virtual Arcade, we found the first of our most awesome experiences, “The Changing Same,” from Scatter and Rada Studio. Scatter has been in the festival previously with the first most awesome experience “Blackout” (2017). Directors Yasmin Elayat (“Zero Days VR”), Michèle Stephenson, and Joe Brewster, used Depthkit Studio, a portable multi-camera volumetric capture solution, to create a new version of reality: a dreamlike version of the physical world, where time and location melt into an infinite pop culture whirlwind, to tells the terrifying story of how the law is used to convict a man already the victim of racism before he is even accused. What the hapless Kafka-esque hero is accused of, no one knows, and no one cares. When you’re black, and a cop decides you have a bad attitude, it is the end of your life or, if you’re lucky, life as you know it. The system takes over. And there’s not a damn thing you can say or do. Submit, and be smothered. Or don’t submit, and be smothered. You can cry out at the rude irony, you can laugh at it, you can ridicule it, fight, or not fight. It doesn’t matter. Because you don’t matter. The end is brutally preordained. I am still thinking about this piece. I walked in this guy’s shoes. And I didn’t like it one bit. And that is the most awesome thing I experienced at Tribeca this year. This is the first in a three part series that will eventually be available in the Oculus store.

Proud of this production.  Hope your adrenaline flows when you about on the headset!
06/04/2021

Proud of this production. Hope your adrenaline flows when you about on the headset!

Check out the most ambitious volumetric film to date! The Changing Same: An American Pilgrimage is an official selection of . Experience all 5 Storyscapes projects via Virtual Arcade In-Person or At Home w/ for users with any VR headset: https://tribecafilm.com/festival/immersive/virtual-arcade#film-changing-same-episode-1-2021

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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/

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!

Photos from Scatter's post
01/31/2021

Photos from Scatter's post

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 ]

Thank you,  and jurors, for awarding Stateless with the prize for Best Feature Documentary✨Shoutout to director , co-pro...
08/27/2020

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

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

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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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As we say goodbye to 2021, watch the films that moved and inspired us throughout the year with our viewer's guide. Comment below with which films made you want to take the most action to create a better tomorrow!
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SCREENING: During a special International Documentary Association event, join filmmaker Michèle Stephenson for a screening and Q&A of her short film , today at 7:30p PT – get your tickets! https://www.documentary.org/screening/ida-grantee-shorts-elena-three-songs-benazir
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In her short film, .stephenson.50 documents how stands up against anti-Blackness for her people's rights. The filmmaker shares the connection she felt to her protagonist and how identity plays a role in her storytelling. Watch the interview and stream on Facebook and YouTube: https://to.worldchannel.org/3qJqPws
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EVENT: Today at 4p ET, join director Michèle Stephenson for a screening and Q&A of her short film as part of the DOC NYC – get your tickets now! https://www.docnyc.net/film/shorts-unsanctioned-survival/
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