WHAT WE DO

THREE FRAMES is a non-profit 501©3 that focuses on producing and supporting powerful work by a diverse set of filmmakers to bring attention to pressing political and social issues and motivates deep audience engagement and impact. Our work largely focuses on issues involving inequality as it relates to race, gender, and the environment. We work with a range of partners across digital platforms – including feature films, television, short format content for the web, social and mobile – to ensure maximum impact. 

WHO WE ARE

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KELLY DUANE DE LA VEGA: Director, Producer, Writer, Impact Campaign Strategist. Kelly’s feature documentaries have screened at film festivals worldwide, opened theatrically and broadcast nationally on POV/PBS and the Documentary Channel. Her most recent film, a Peabody Award Finalist,  THE RETURN, won the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary, screened on Capitol Hill and in prisons across the country. Her work has received the WGA’s Best Documentary Screenplay Award, Gotham Independent Film’s Best Documentary Award and multiple national Emmy nominations. Her film BETTER THIS WORLD won Best Documentary Feature at the San Francisco International, received an IDA Creative Achievement Award and was selected to screen at NY MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight. MONUMENTAL screened at the Lincoln Center and was acquired by the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. EL POETA, called “dramatic and inspiring” by the LA Times, broadcast on PBS’s, Voces. She has produced short-format work for The New York Times, Mother Jones, IFC and Discovery, among others. She also directed and produced a multimedia PROJECT TURNOUT partnering with the New York Times, Mother Jones and The Nation to explore changing election laws and their impact on people of color. A Sundance and HBO/Film Independent Fellow, she has guest lectured at various universities and taught a documentary forms course at UC Berkeley.

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JESSICA ANTHONY: Producer, Writer, Impact Campaign Strategist . Jessica is a Sundance Creative Producing Fellow with over two decades of experience ranging from commercials to narrative and documentary films. She produced the documentary THE MASK YOU LIVE IN, which premiered at Sundance in 2015. In 2016, Jessica partnered with Duane de la Vega to direct and produce PROJECT TURNOUT, creating media partnerships with Mother Jones, the Nation and the New York Times. As part of this effort she directed and produced the Op-Doc SUPREME COURT V. THE AMERICAN VOTER, which exposes the strategic and deliberate acts by some to suppress the votes of people of color. She was also the producer on director Guetty Felin’s narrative feature AYITI MON AMOUR (Toronto 2016, Oscar contender 2018) about the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Jessica’s career began in animation and visual effects where she produced award winning ads and short films for MTV, Disney, Universal, Nickelodeon, BBC, Comedy Central and many more.

OUR CREATIVE COLLABORATORS

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ANNE DEVEREUX-MILLS, Executive Producer Anne has experience and passion for leadership, and is focused on activities that connect and mobilize women. She is a frequent public speaker on the topic of female empowerment and equality, having recently been featured at the MIT Executive MBA Program, the DLA Piper Empowering Women Worldwide panel, the Tech Stands Up rally, and in Forbes magazine. She spent the first 25 years of her career building and leading advertising agencies in New York City with a specialty in healthcare, and has been widely recognized as one of the most influential women in that industry. In 2012 Anne founded Parlay House, a national salon-style gathering of over 1,500 women who meet to pull each other forward through a combination of shared experiences, meaningful content, and peer-to-peer connections. In 2015 Anne became a mentor for SHE-CAN, and organization supporting and grooming the next generation of female world leaders coming from post-genocide countries. She also served as the director of Stanford University's Healthy Body Image Programs and mentors a wide range of women and leaders on a regular basis. Anne is very active across a broad array of social justice issues. She was the Executive Director The Return, an Emmy-nominated documentary about the experience of people returning to society post-incarceration. She and her husband were the lead sponsors of California’s Proposition 36, which restored fairness in sentencing to the State’s excessive Three Strikes Law.

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SELINA LEWIS DAVIDSON: Consulting Producer Selina co-founded GreenHouse Pictures with Producer Nancy Roth in 2003. GreenHouse Pictures is a New York/Northern California-based documentary production company dedicated telling diverse stories from a variety of perspectives that enlighten, educate and entertain. The company has produced more than 15 nationally broadcast documentaries exploring a wide range of topics. Recent projects include: Flat Daddy (directors: Betsy Nagler & Nara Garber). The 2009 Emmy nominated, Hard Road Home, (director: Macky Alston) which had its broadcast premiere on the PBS series Independent Lens in Feb. 2008. Occupation: Dreamland, a cinema verité portrait of American infantrymen serving in Fallujah, Iraq, (directors: Garrett Scott and Ian Olds) which was released theatrically in 2005, won the 2006 Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction award and aired on the Sundance Channel in 2006; Pack, Strap, Swallow (director: Holly Paige Joyner) which aired on the Sundance Channel in 2006; The Perfect Life, (director: Sam Lee) which had its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2006.

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MARIO FURLONI:  Director of Photography Mario is an award-winning Brazilian filmmaker and cinematographer based in Oakland, CA.  His latest project, the short documentary GUT HACK (co-directed with Kate McLean), premiered in competition at SXSW 2017 and on season 6 of the NYT OpDocs series. He is the cinematographer and co-producer of the critically-acclaimed documentary THE RETURN which chronicles the end of California’s three strikes law through the eyes of former lifers. THE RETURN won the Audience Award at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, and the Golden Gate Award at the 2016 San Francisco International Film Festival.  It was the series opening film shown on PBS POV this year, and was nominated for a Peabody Award. Mario has directed a number of  documentary and fiction projects, including POT COUNTRY and the Brazilian short fiction film  SOMEONE IS HAPPY SOMEWHERE, official selection for San Francisco International Film Festival, and the Havana International Film Festival, and the feature documentary FIRST FRIDAY, which broadcast nationally on PBS' AfroPop.  Mario shot the short documentary “After My Garden Grows,” by Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Megan Mylan, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2014. He was awarded a Kenneth Ranin Foundation screenwriting grant for the feature fiction project FREELAND, currently in development (previous winners include “Fruitvale Station” and “Short Term 12”) and a residency with the San Francisco Film Society. He has a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

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CLARE MAJOR: Director of Photography Clare is a cinematographer and documentary filmmaker who specializes in intimate observational camerawork and in stories that illuminate the intersection of cultures and the lives of women and girls. She has filmed on four continents and from tuk-tuks, donkey carts, and a zeppelin. Clare’s work has appeared on HBO, Netflix, PBS, and the Discovery Channel, as well as the New York Times, Guardian, Wall Street Journal, TIME, and many others. She has worked on projects that have been part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times explanatory reporting package and won two College Television Awards (a.k.a. Student Emmys). Her short documentary "Feast & Sacrifice" was a Student Academy Awards national finalist. A Louisiana native now based in the Bay Area, Clare is a graduate of UT Austin’s Radio-Television-Film Program and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She served as a Peace Corps agriculture volunteer in Senegal and has walked all the way from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail.

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HANNA MILLER: Filmmaker/Assistant Editor Hanna is a documentary filmmaker from Collins, Mississippi. She's a graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, where she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Russia, and UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Hanna has made multiple films about the south, including her first feature-length film, which premieres in Spring 2019, and recently, a film for PBS Digital examining how people vote in rural America. In 2017, Hanna won a pitch competition hosted by Tribeca Film Institute and was able to complete her film "We Became Fragments," which was funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Kickstarter. In 2018, this film was published with New York Times Op-Docs and won Best Documentary at the L.A. Shorts International Film Festival, qualifying it for an Oscar consideration. Hanna has won a National Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence and UC Berkeley's Gobind Behari Lal Award for Exceptional Reporting. In addition to PBS Digital and New York Times Op-Docs, you can see her work in The Atlantic, PBS NewsHour, and Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

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MAUREEN PELTON, Executive Producer Maureen is a social scientist with 30 years of professional experience as an Integrative Psychotherapist, Executive Coach, Organizational Consultant, Teacher and Group Facilitator. In addition, she has served as host of the Edge Learning Well Talk Radio Show and has taught courses at the Integrative Health Education Center and the Institute for Health & Healing. Maureen specializes in Transformational Leadership, Healthy Relationships, Human Development & Conditioning, Mind-Body Skills, Nonviolent Communication, and Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness. Currently, Maureen serves on the Advisory Council of The Representaion Project and is Associate Producer of the documentary film, The Mask You Live In, which explores how society is failing our boys. She serves on the Board of Visitors for the School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Board of the Penny George Institute Foundation, and is a Trustee of The Eagle & the Hawk Foundation. As a disrupter, Maureen is committed to a new social consciousness so that false and limited structures give place to the experience of service and love in the world.

OUR ADVISORS

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GLENDA CARPIO: Glenda is Professor of African and African American Studies and English at Harvard University. Her book, Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery was published by Oxford University Press in 2008. She is currently working on a book on immigration, expatriation, and exile in American literature. Professor Carpio recently co-edited  African American Literary Studies: New Texts, New Approaches, New Challenges (2011) with Professor Werner Sollors. Professor Carpio started her teaching career in Compton, California where she taught 8th grade English and 4th grade through the Teach for America program. She recently received Harvard University's Abramson Award for Excellence and Sensitivity in Undergraduate Teaching.

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OLETA GARRETT FITZGERALD: Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald has devoted her life to the pursuit of justice and equality for all. As Director of the Children's Defense Fund's Southern Regional Office, Oleta has placed special emphasis on education, including early childhood education, children’s healthcare access, and breaking the insidious cradle to prison pipeline pattern, which is all too prevalent in communities of color. Oleta is the Regional Administrator for the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative for Economic & Social Justice (SRBWI). SRBWI operates across 77 counties in the Black Belts of Alabama, Southwest Georgia and the Mississippi Delta. Ms. Fitzgerald is a member of the MS Equal Voice Network and serves on the boards of the Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative, Excel by 5, Operation Shoestring, and Mississippi Head Start Association; is a member of the Stennis Institute of Government advisory committee and a member of the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative Executive Committee.  Ms. Fitzgerald contributed to the Covenant with Black America introduced by Tavis Smiley, and numerous news stories by the New York Times, Huffington Post, the BBC, National Public Broadcasting, Commercial Appeal and national and local network affiliates as well as other broadcast and print media. 

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ARLIE RUSSELL HOCHSCHILD: Arlie is an American sociologist and academic. She is professor emerita of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Hochschild has long focused on the human emotions which underlie moral beliefs, practices, and social life generally. She is the author of nine books including, most recently Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, a finalist for the National Book Award, and The Second Shift, The Managed Heart, and The Time Bind. In the tradition of C. Wright Mills, Hochschild continually tries to draw links between private troubles and social issues.

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KALPANA KOTAGAL: Kalpana is a Partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC and Chair of the firm’s Hiring and Diversity Committee. A member of the firm’s Civil Rights and Employment Group, Ms. Kotagal has represented victims of discrimination in the workplace and in other settings. A noted speaker, Ms. Kotagal often is called on to address topics such as gender and race discrimination, impediments to achieving greater numbers of women and people of color in leadership roles, class actions and class arbitration, and public interest career paths. With more than a decade of experience, Ms. Kotagal currently represents a class of more than 50,000 female sales employees in a sex discrimination case against Sterling Jewelers, one of the nation’s largest jewelry chains. She also represents transgender individuals challenging their insurers’ denial of transition-related care. Ms. Kotagal served as a law clerk to the Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher of United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She graduated from Stanford University with honors and earned her J.D., cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she served on the Law Review.

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CAROL PENICK: Carol recently stepped down from her 10-year position as the Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she led the foundation in its growth from a small program at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson to an independent statewide nonprofit.  Carol’s vision for helping women in Mississippi thrive grew the foundation’s annual grantmaking base from $68,000 to over $1 million and brought $5.4 million into the state. Carol is a member of the statewide advisory committee that addresses women’s reproductive health. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Funding Network, Carol serves as secretary/treasurer. She is the founding co-director of LGBTQ/Mississippi, an organization that supports people and organizations in the LGBTQ community in Mississippi.  Her most recent involvement is with Forward Mississippi whose mission is to promote public discussion of the state’s critical issues. George and Carol Penick, originally from North Carolina and Alabama, respectively, have lived in Mississippi for twenty-eight years.  They raised two children there and are both committed to the state’s success.