Engaging with our past and illuminating our present



Dedicated to dynamic storytelling that entertains and inspires even as it informs, our work has garnered consistent critical acclaim and has been honored with recognition from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Director’s and Writer’s Guilds of America, and film festivals nationwide.

Founded in 1988 by Stephen Ives, and joined in 2001 by Amanda Pollak, Insignia Films has earned a particular reputation as one of the country’s foremost producers of historical documentaries. From America’s conquest of the West to the controversial role of the press in wartime to the amazing career of the Depression-era thoroughbred Seabiscuit, the nation’s history has been repeatedly and vividly brought to life by Insignia’s innovative approach to filmmaking.

Stephen IvesDirector
Stephen Ives has directed some of the most-watched films in the history of public television. His work has also appeared on HBO, in major film festivals across the country, and on the front page of the New York Times digital edition. His landmark series The West was seen by more than 38 million people nationwide…

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Amanda PollakProducer/Director
Amanda Pollak has been making highly acclaimed documentaries for Public Television for over two decades. She began her career working with award-winning director David Grubin. In 2001, she joined Insignia Films, where she produced the series, Reporting America at War. She then moved on to…. Read More
Lauren DeFilippoProducer
Lauren DeFilippo’s work explores concepts of visionaries, outliers and overlooked places. Her short films have played at festivals internationally including Hot Docs, Slamdance Film Festival, Rooftop Films, TIFF’s Lightbox series, toured nationally with Black Maria Film Festival, and she was named New Emerging Talent at the Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels in Biarritz, France. Her work..Read More
Bobby JohnsonPost-Production Supervisor
Bobby Johnson graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2011. He has worked in both production and post-production on multiple films for PBS, and various independent projects. He was an Associate Editor on PBS’s Playwright from Page to Stage, and went on to serve as…Read More  
Lillie FleshlerAssociate Producer
Lillie Fleshler joined Insignia Films in 2015. She holds a degree in Cinema Production from Ithaca College. Her thesis documentary film, Ma Chère Helen, explored the unique relationship between legendary New Wave filmmaker Francois Truffaut and publicist Helen Scott… Read More
Eric CottonAssociate Archival Producer
Eric Cotton joined Insignia Films in 2015. He recently graduated Ithaca College with a degree in Television and Radio and a concentration on Documentary Production. His thesis documentary film, Beyond the Border, examined the issue of undocumented immigration…Read More  
Kevina TidwellResearcher
Kevina Tidwell graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in American History. She interned for a year at the national nonprofit StoryCorps where she became enthusiastic about digital archives. She’s a killer researcher and knows all the tricks.


What’s Happening at Insignia

“Drive-In Jesus” on NYT’s OpDocs

  • August 2nd, 2017

Insignia Films’ Lauren DeFilippo’s new short is now featured on the New York Times’ OpDocs . See how a community in Florida goes to church without leaving their car. […]

  • Filming in Rwanda and DRC

Filming in Rwanda and DRC

  • June 5th, 2017

Director Stephen Ives and the Insignia crew document the work of the Howard G Buffet foundation in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Our crew with the President […]

  • The Great War reaches 9.6 Million Viewers

The Great War reaches 9.6 Million Viewers

  • May 15th, 2017

The Great War reached 9.6 million viewers during its April broadcast. If you missed it, you can still stream it here: http://to.pbs.org/2o8p48h

See below for reviews of our landmark […]

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