Since its founding in 1999, QUAD Productions has produced over a dozen short and two feature-length documentaries – all focusing on various social justice campaigns, including the award winner documentary, Mountains that Take Wing/Angela Davis, Yuri Kochiyama: A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation (2009, Women Make Movies), and América’s Home, a feature-length documentary in progress that explores the impact of colonization through a matrix of race, gentrification and displacement, empire and popular resistance in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Griffith and Quan received a second Art & Technology post-production residency award from the Wexner Center for the Arts. América’s Home was completed in the summer of 2011.
While based in Chicago, QUAD co-produced one feature-length DVD: In Plain Sight: A Guide to Freedom and Safety and co-produced a music video: “What a System” from the album, Prison Songs Cell Stories by the South African A Cappella group, The Robben Island Singers. Other QUAD Productions short documentaries include All the Voices: A Passion for Community Radio, a documentary on A.M.A.R.C. International (French acronym for the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters) and Another World is Possible: A.M.A.RC. International at the 2003 World Social Forum, In Plain Sight: A Guide to Freedom and Safety, a collaborative project with Video Machete (Chicago) on youth of Color’s response to their world after 9/11, and What if I were to Remain here?, a public arts project on Tomás Rivera by Mary Ann Peters at UT-San Antonio.
In spring of 2010, QUAD co-produced the short documentary: Arizona Women and Children Rise: Resisting SB1070 in collaboration with Third World Newsreel for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Domestic Workers Alliance and Puente Movement. Griffith and Quan conducted interviews and filmed protests and community testimonies in Phoenix about the devastating impact of the anti-immigration law to a national women’s human rights delegation. QUAD’s footage was quickly edited in New York by Third World Newsreel to create an eighteen-minute cut that was sent to the White House and members of Congress in May 2010, before the law was scheduled to go into effect. The four-minute trailer is available on YouTube, Vimeo and numerous web sites.
In fall of 2010, QUAD produced Testimonies of Resistance from Apartheid Arizona/Testimonias de Resistencia en Arizona – Estado Apartheid (working title; 17 mins), a documentary in progress which features community members, youth and college-students, particularly those active in the Dream Act Coalition’s struggle for equal access to higher education, just immigration reform and a path to citizenship for immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Arizona Women and Children Rise and Testimonies of Resistance from Apartheid Arizona were presented by three Arizona State University Justice and Social Inquiry graduate students and screened in Mexico City at The International Tribunal of Conscience (Nov 4-6. 2010), an event organized by the Global Alternative Forum of Peoples in Movement.
Current QUAD Productions projects include a feature length documentary, Bad Form: Queer, Broke & Amazing! (working title), focusing on LGBTQ people and communities and the struggle for economic for justice in the United States.