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About quad

QUAD Productions is a non-profit media collective focused on the research, development and production of film and video projects that support and effect progressive social consciousness.

Together, we produce short and feature length social justice themed documentaries, podcasts, and provide media training to progressive community organizations. QUAD Productions frequently collaborates with local, national and international organizations and individual activists with forward thinking and action.

Why We Make Films & Other Independent Media

QUAD Productions believes that communication is a human right. We believe that aesthetics should not be sacrificed for content or budget. We strive to make films that are as aesthetically beautiful as they are socially relevant.

Our Ethical Commitment

QUAD Productions strives to establish and maintain trust and remain in contact with people and organizations that so generously share their stories, lives and expertise. We also offer pro-bono media workshops, trainings, photographic, as well as filmmaking and editing services to individuals, non-profits and community organizations—often during production of our documentaries—in an effort to skill share and help build community. 

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Our history

QUAD Productions is a non-profit media collective focused on the research, development and production of film and video projects that support and effect progressive social consciousness.  QUAD Productions was founded by Griffith and Quan in Santa Barbara and traces it roots to the Lizzard's Mouth Media Collective, an organization they co-founded with other public affairs programmers at KCSB-FM, a community radio station. 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. QUAD's films include the award-winning Mountains that Take Wing Angela Davis and Yuri Kochiyama: A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation (2009, 97 mins, Women Make Movies), a historically rich and unique documentary about two formidable women who share a profound passion for justice and whose lives and political work remain at the epicenter of the most important civil rights struggles in the U.S., and América’s Home (2014, 63 mins), a documentary that explores the impact of colonization through a matrix of race, gentrification and displacement, empire and popular resistance in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Their third feature-length documentary, Queer, Broke & Amazing!, refreshingly challenges the myth of gay affluence to reveal LGBTQ+ people's struggles for economic and social justice in the United States. Griffith and Quan received three, consecutive post-production residency awards from the Wexner Center for the Arts for these films.

QUAD's commitment to democratizing media is evidenced through its many pro-bono collaborations with social justice organizations, community organizations and individual artists. While based in Chicago from 2000-2005, QUAD co-produced the feature-length documentary In Plain Sight: A Guide to Freedom and Safety, a collaborative project with Video Machete (Chicago) on diverse youth of Color’s response to their world after 9/11. QUAD 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. QUAD repurposed Apartheid-Era propaganda films, anti-Apartheid films/TV specials/photos and QUAD Productions original photos from a 2000 research trip to Johannesburg. Other QUAD Productions documentaries include All the Voices: A Passion for Community Radio, a feature-length documentary on A.M.A.R.C. International (French acronym for the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters), and two short documentaries, Another World is Possible: A.M.A.RC. International at the 2003 World Social Forum and What if I Were to Remain Here? which documented a public arts project on Tomás Rivera by Mary Ann Peters at the University of Texas-San Antonio.

QUAD relocated to Arizona in 2006. Its pro-bono collaborations and community service work includes co-producing the short documentary Arizona Women and Children Rise: Resisting SB1070 (2010) in collaboration with Third World Newsreel for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Domestic Workers Alliance and Puente Movement. Griffith and Quan directed, produced and filmed interviews, 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 (17 mins), a short documentary that 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. 

In 2015, while filming portions of Queer, Broke & Amazing! in San Francisco, QUAD donated its time and expertise to co-produce, direct and edit the Dragon Fruit Project  for Asian Pacific Islander- Equality Northern California (APIENC). QUAD's promotional video about the API Equality Northern California's intergenerational oral history project to explore queer Asian Pacific Islanders and their experiences with love and activism in the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. The video directly impacted API Equality Northern California's fundraising efforts and recruitment of volunteers and interview subject/participants.

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