Insignia Films Storytelling that Sheds Light on the Human Condition
Insignia Films has earned a national reputation for creating landmark documentary films – meticulously crafted, immersive, character-driven narratives – that respect their subjects and captivate their audiences. Insignia's team has been recognized with numerous nominations and awards, including Primetime Emmy’s and honors from the Directors and Writers Guilds of America. Led by director/producers Stephen Ives, Amanda Pollak and Lauren DeFilippo, Insignia has carved out a distinguished record of independence and accomplishment, while never losing sight of its core mission – to reveal the essential issues and struggles of our time with complexity and compassion.
Insignia’s feature documentary Ailey premiered at Sundance in 2021, and was released theatrically by NEON in the summer of 2021. The film will air on American Masters/PBS on January 11th and stream on HULU. Their new 2-part series Citizen Hearst aired on American Experience/PBS in September and their limited series American Veteran airs on PBS at the end of October.
Best known for creating nearly two dozen films and series for national broadcast on PBS, the company also helped found the ground-breaking digital news platform, Retro Report and has produced films for HBO and National Geographic. Most recently, the Emmy-nominated film Into the Grand Canyon (2019, dir. Pete McBride), premiered on National Geographic; and their portrait of a ground-breaking Mars simulation, Red Heaven (2020, dirs. Lauren DeFilippo and Katherine Gorringe), received its world premiere at DOC NYC and was a selection of the SXSW, Tribeca and CPH:DOX festivals.