radical
brownies

a documentary film

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We are pleased to announce our collaboration with The Guardian in creating a short film about the Radical Monarchs. Watch the trailer on youtube or watch the short film on The Guardian site.

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Our film follows the creation of a troop of 8 to 12-year-old girls of color – the Radical Monarchs – in Oakland, CA.  A social justice-oriented alternative to the Girl Scouts, the Monarchs still earn badges – not for sewing or selling cookies but for units on Black Lives Matter, Radical Beauty, being an LGBTQ Ally, and Environmental Justice.  

Their mission statement: “The Radical Monarchs empower young girls of color so that they step into their collective power, brilliance and leadership in order to make the world a more radical place.”   Set against the rich backdrop of Oakland, a city with a deep movement history, the film will document the viral explosion of interest in the troop’s mission to create and inspire a new generation of social justice activists.  

Additionally,  the film will explore questions including why is this group important now, and why are so many Americans threatened by young women of color exploring how to advocate for themselves and others?  The feature-length film is currently in production.

 

The Filmmakers:

Linda Goldstein Knowlton (Producer/Director)

Linda Goldstein Knowlton is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, working in both documentary and scripted feature films, as well as in television. For her most recent film, Goldstein Knowlton directed and produced WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD, one of the six, one-hour documentaries for the Emmy-nominated PBS MAKERS: Women Who Make America series. Prior to that, she produced CODE BLACK, Best Documentary winner at LA Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival, and the basis for the new CBS one-hour drama of the same name. Previously she directed and produced SOMEWHERE BETWEEN, which won the Sundance Channel Audience Award at the Hot Docs Film Festival, and was released theatrically in over 80 cities across the US. The film was chosen as one of 10 films for the 2012 Sundance Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue program. For her directorial debut, Linda co-directed THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SESAME STREET, which debuted at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival in completion and aired nationally on PBS. Linda started her career producing feature films, including the award-winning WHALE RIDER and THE SHIPPING NEWS.


Katie Flint (Producer/Editor)

Katie Flint got her start in documentary film by working with the award winning editor Kate Amend on THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SESAME STREET which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. More recently she co-edited Dawn Porter's TRAPPED which premiered at Sundance in 2016 and won the Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. Other credits include Linda Goldstein Knowlton's, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN, N.C. Heikin's Sound of Redemption: THE FRANK MORGAN STORY, Jonathan Demme’s, JIMMY CARTER: MAN FROM PLAINS, Michéle Ohayon’s, STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME, PBS' MAKERS: WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD and Daryl Hannah's DHLOVELIFE webseries. She lives in Petaluma California with her husband Ben, her son Elliot and a fat cat named Cactapuss.


Grace Lee (Executive Producer)

Grace Lee is an independent producer & director and writer working in both narrative and non-fiction film. She directed the 2014 Peabody Award-winning documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, which The Hollywood Reporter called ”an entertainingly revealing portrait of the power of a single individual to effect change.” The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival where it won its first of six audience awards before its broadcast on the PBS documentary series POV. Her previous documentary THE GRACE LEE PROJECT won multiple awards, broadcast on the Sundance Channel and was called “ridiculously entertaining” by New York Magazine and “ a funny but complex meditation on identity and cultural expectation,” by Variety. 

Other feature directing credits include JANEANE FROM DES MOINES, set during the 2012 presidential campaign, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival as well as AMERICAN ZOMBIE, a personal horror film, which premiered at Slamdance and is distributed by Cinema Libre. Grace received her MFA in Film Directing from UCLA Film School where her short film BARRIER DEVICE, starring Sandra Oh and Suzy Nakamura, won a Student Academy Award. Grace returns to her alma mater and other universities frequently as a guest speaker and lecturer. She has served on panels and juries including the Independent Spirit Awards, Los Angeles Film Festival, POV’s EdComm, Center for Asian American Media, and the International Documentary Association. Most recently in 2014 and 2015, she produced and directed two documentaries for PBS: MAKERS: WOMEN IN POLITICS and OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA. She is currently a 2016 Sundance Institute Women's Initiative fellow.


Paul Baker (Editor)

Paul Baker is an editor, producer and director. He began as a photographer in NYC, and after a BFA from SFAI he settled in Los Angeles to pursue the art of montage. He began editing on the documentary series DIGITAL JOURNEY for PBS and TVO Canada. In 2005 he edited one of the first new media series for 20th Century Fox, 24-CONSPIRACY which was nominated for an Emmy. He then directed several episodes of the Fox web-series PRISON BREAK: PROOF OF INNOCENCE. He has been a producer/editor on numerous film promos and creative content pieces for the major studios. For three seasons he shot and produced the documentary behind-the-scenes content for THE SHIELD and HOUSE. He co-edited ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which won the Image Award for Best Documentary in 2013. In 2014 he edited the creative content documentary COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, which was a Clio KeyArt award finalist. Since 2014 he has edited EVERYTHING I DID WRONG IN MY 20s which won Best Web Series - Harlem International Film Festival, 2016 and the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival in both 2015 and 2016. He is an active member of the Producers Guild of America.