Core Work

Film Production

Director Catherine Gund and cinematographer Nadia Hallgren filming Dispatches from Cleveland.
Director Catherine Gund and cinematographer Nadia Hallgren filming Dispatches from Cleveland.

Filmmaking is the cornerstone of Aubin’s work. We make films aimed at narrative transformation, media literacy, and community building and organizing. Learn more about our films here.

Impact

Journalist Aaron Morrison, journalist and author Maria Hinojosa, Black Lives Matter organizer Kei Williams, and founder of The Marsha P. Johnson Institute Elle Hearns spoke on a panel for the Dispatches from Cleveland impact campaign.
Journalist Aaron Morrison, journalist and author Maria Hinojosa, Black Lives Matter organizer Kei Williams, and founder of The Marsha P. Johnson Institute Elle Hearns spoke on a panel for the Dispatches from Cleveland impact campaign.

Following the world premiere of Aggie at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2020, we published our Aggie Discussion & Resource Guide, a book that guides dialogue about radical philanthropy, criminal justice reform, women's leadership, art education, and activism. We worked with Georgetown University art history professor Andrea Huezo to design the Art History & Social Justice Curriculum, launched a series of free public panels that featured artist, activists, and community leaders, and created Words of Art, an Aggie-inspired multi-player card game published by Penguin Random House. 

 

Activist featured in Primera speaking on a panel following the film's TIFF premiere.
Activist featured in Primera speaking on a panel following the film's Tribeca Film Festival premiere.

What's On Your Plate? played in every U.S. state and rallied hundreds of educators and students around food justice in schools. For our Dispatches from Cleveland campaign, we collaborated with Shooting w/o Bullets to create the first Cleveland VOTES Get-Out-the-Vote and voter turnout in Cuyahoga County in Ohio rose from 23 percent in 2016 to 53 percent in 2017. Chavela was nominated for the 2018 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Documentary award and screened internationally at 40 film festivals, 39 universities, and 47 queer Latinx community events in 29 countries, the majority held in Spanish.

 

Panel of speakers sit arranged in a semi-circle for an event at Sundance Film Festival.
Panel with Darren Walker, Xaviera Simmons, Charles Blow, Russell Craig, and Agnes Gund at the Sundance 2020 premiere of Aggie.

In our view, films don't live on celluloid but rather with people. The Impact program extends the life of our films into our communities. We partner with leading social justice organizations and leaders to wield the power of documentary film to bring communities together for critical dialogue, around today's most urgent social justice issues and drive meaningful change. 

Our current campaign to end mass incarceration by funding movement leaders and artists: Aggie Impact Campaign

Interested in partnering with Aubin? Contact kyla@aubinpictures.com

Fiscal Sponsorship

From the beginning, Aubin Pictures has extended the umbrella of our 501c3 status to allow other filmmakers without nonprofit status to apply for and receive grants through fiscal sponsorship. Aubin selects projects that align with our mission and fall within our project guidelines to explore or promote cultural and social awareness and strategic and sustainable social transformation. In exchange for this service, we take a modest percentage of the incoming funds. Please consider supporting a Aubin Pictures fiscally sponsored project. See our fiscally sponsored projects here.

Internship & Mentorship

Four Aubin Pictures interns stand with their arms around each other at an event.
Aubin team at an event in New York City.
Past intern Katherine F. at work in the original editing suite.
Past intern Katherine F. at work in the original editing suite.

Aubin believes that when new filmmakers receive mentoring early in their careers, it goes a long way in creating a future generation of filmmakers who help cultivate fresh media perspectives. The vision for Aubin’s internship and mentorship program is to reach people who may not think a film internship is for them because of income, network, or gender. Interns work on specific projects related to Aubin’s films and administration, participate in all staff meetings and events, support film shoots, network with filmmakers and social justice professionals in Aubin’s network, and give feedback at film screenings, among other areas of our filmmaking and operations. Aubin’s commitment to full fair pay reflects our mission to drive social transformation. We’re always looking to bring in new people. Interested in joining the program? Send a note to info@aubinpictures.com.

JustMedia

JustMedia is an open access lens-based archive designed to support advocacy efforts for systemic change through the art of storytelling. Created and incubated at Aubin Pictures, JustMedia will democratize access to media about criminal justice to challenge the veil of secrecy around the prison system; melt the walls between individuals, families, and communities inside and outside of prisons; and create a central and critical place for witnessing and healing where there is no longer a false wall between artists and activists. The development of JustMedia has relied on documentary filmmaker and Aubin Pictures founder Catherine Gund’s use of film and media in AIDS activism in the 1980s and 1990s, which was, in turn, influenced and informed by the newsreels of the civil rights movement. Interested in learning more? Get in touch at info@justmedia.org.