Brad Lichtenstein

Filmmaker and Founder

371 Productions

Brad Lichtenstein is an award-winning filmmaker who has been making documentaries since 1998 and founded 371 Productions in 2003. His recent film, When Claude Got Shot (produced with Stick Figure) premiered at the 2021 SXSW film festival, was featured in May of 2022 on PBS’ series Independent Lens, and won the 2022 Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. His latest work is American Reckoning (with producer/director Yoruba Richen) for FRONTLINE, a film about a Black resistance movement in Natchez, MS, and the murder of civil rights leader Wharlest Jackson, Sr. It was nominated for the 2023 News & Documentary Emmys for Outstanding Historical Documentary. He’s been nominated for two additional Emmys: one Sports Emmy for the VR film Ashe ’68, which premiered at Sundance in 2019, and a News & Documentary Emmy for the 2012 Independent Lens/PBS film As Goes Janesville. He’s won two Duponts: one for the 2016 Al Jazeera America series Hard Earned (produced with Kartemquin Films) and another for his 2001 film Ghosts of Attica (produced with Lumiere Productions). With Emily Kuester, he directed Messwood for Participant, which premiered in 2021 at DocNYC. The film follows a high school football team made up of kids who come from two different communities; one suburban and white and the other urban and Black. Lichtenstein directed Metcalfe Park: Black Vote Rising in 2020 with Miela Fetaw — a short for PBS/World Channel and The Intercept. His 2018 film There Are Jews Here won a Telly award and was broadcast on PBS/World. He was nominated for a Peabody for his radio series about gun violence, Precious Lives. Lichtenstein has also produced for FRONTLINE and Bill Moyers. He is credited for the recent films Attica, by Stanley Nelson, and Citizen Ashe, by Sam Pollard and Rex Miller. His company has long been committed to nurturing the careers of emerging women and BIPOC storytellers.

Participating Sessions

Uncovering Democracy in Peril: Voting Rights

In the runup to the US presidential election, the right to vote has become increasingly challenged, if not imperiled. Journalists and filmmakers stand on the front lines, charged with documenting this battle over democracy’s defining feature. This panel will discuss the how-tos of telling the physical and the invisible stories of a beleaguered democracy, the legal basics for covering elections, and safety measures for photographers, filmmakers, and journalists in the...