Lightbox Media is a boutique production company that specializes in producing films and creating television, digital and commercial content.

About

Kristina SorgeLightbox Media was founded by award-winning director and producer, Kristina Sorge. Her first short documentary, Bernice completed its film festival circuit in 2015 and was later picked up for distribution by The Orchard.

In 2016, Kristina produced and directed an original web series for The Atlantic, titled “Women & Leadership” featuring Hollywood movie producer, Wendy Finerman. As an executive producer, Kristina successfully launched a crowdfunding campaign for The Riot Act, a short film that takes place during the London riots in 2011 and will be shown in festivals later this year.

Kristina is currently producing a new documentary and podcast series called Make Belief and is in co-production on an environmental injustice documentary, titled The Golden Cage.

Kristina began her career as a journalist in television news, working first as a producer for BBC in New York City and Washington D.C., where she covered breaking news and current events from the economic recession to political elections. Kristina also worked on two special’s for BBC’s international flagship series, Panorama, developing her skills as an investigative journalist and covering topics such as the Church of Scientology and death of Michael Jackson. In 2011, Kristina went on to work for CNN’s primetime show Piers Morgan Live and was sent to cover many breaking news stories including the Boston Marathon Bombings, Hurricane Sandy and the Newtown school shooting.

Kristina has traveled to over 40 countries and has spent extended periods of time in the Middle East and parts of Europe.

Projects

The Challenges of Being a Female Hollywood Producer video by The Atlantic.

Run time: 5 minutes, 35 seconds.

The Atlantic’s video series “Women and Leadership” explores insights and advice from five women in politics, entertainment and technology.

Wendy Finerman is a movie producer with films like Forrest Gump and The Devil Wears Prada to her name, but pursuing her career has often meant being the only woman in a crew of men. In recent years, Finerman has prioritized movies that are directed by women and have prominent female characters. In this short film, she discusses the lessons she’s learned in Hollywood and how she balances the many aspects of her life. “Just at the moment where I’m coasting and I have to go on location or I have to go meet with an important person, that’s always the moment when your kid gets sent home sick,” she says. “I don’t think you can have it all.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/​video/index/505808/wendy-finerman/

The Riot Act

“A riot is the language of the unheard.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

When the London riots broke out in the summer of 2011, the revolution was televised. Residents watched shaky footage on the news at ten. Rioters used social media to rally others and escalate chaos. More than 3,000 people were arrested and more than 1,000 people were issued criminal charges. Journalists swarmed the streets to cover one of England’s most destructive riots.

The Riot Act is a short dramatic thriller told through the lens of iPhones, helmet cams and security cameras. The Riot Act is a visceral, tragic and moving fragment of the struggle that took place between police and rioters on this intense battleground.

The Riot Act successfully completed its Kickstarter campaign and will be in festivals this year.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/​RiotActFilm/

Make Belief Teaser from Lightbox Media on Vimeo.

Make Belief

Website: http://makebeliefshow.com/

Make Belief is a brand new audio-documentary series dedicated to the wildly colorful spectrum of human beliefs. From the foods we eat to the Kool-Aid we drink, our lives are affected profoundly by our belief systems. The big question here is not whether holding a collection of beliefs is good or bad, but rather, how can we determine which of our beliefs might be helpful and which might be harmful? To we live in a world of make believe, or fact? Through a multi-layered approach, involving critical thinking and deep inquiry, Make Belief aims to unravel these questions by taking us deep into the brain in search of the mind.

Get in on iTunes
Get it on Google Play

Exclusive Resorts - Remember When...

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/​channel/​UCJD6CdtwfJh_n25EdOdjfmw
Website: https://www.exclusiveresorts.com/

Bernice from Lightbox Media on Vimeo.

Run time: 30 minutes
Twitter: @BerniceArtDoc
Facebook: facebook.com/BerniceSteinbaumTheMovie

Bernice is the story of art world pioneer and flamboyant gallerist, Bernice Steinbaum’s lifelong efforts to empower female artists and artists of color at a time when such artists were largely disregarded in America. Bernice’s tireless work to have these artists included in the world’s most prestigious museums and gallery collections across the world is a testament to the impact and change one creative visionary can have over an entire industry.

Official Selection - Hotdocs Film Festival
Official Selection - DOC NYC
Official Selection - Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection - Palm Springs International Shortfest
Winner - Madrid International Film Festival
Winner - San Diego Jewish Film Festival
Official Selection - Coronado Island Film Festival
Official Selection - Miami International Film Festival
Winner - Ahtena Women's Film Festival 2016

Press

RED & SWOON EVENT: Women & Film

SWOON NYC and RED Digital Cinema teamed up for a curated event bringing together Women & Film.

 

For years, film consumers have been equally divided male and female, yet gender equality in film industry has not changed. From late 1990s till now, less than one-fifth of top 250 films in the U.S. include female directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors. Women tend to direct lower budgeted / grossing productions than men.

Female empowerment is crucial in the film industry because females are hired more frequently when there are female directors. In female directed films, there are 52% writers, 35% editors, 26% cinematographers while in male directed films, there are only 8% female writers, 15% editors, and 5% cinematographers. Across all boards, only 10% of the film industry employs more than 5, 28% employ 3-5, 23% employ two, and 38% employ zero to one females.

Thematically, there are more female documentary than narrative filmmakers. In narrative films, women are more likely to direct drama and animations than action, horror and sci-fi. In all films, less than about one-tenth of protagonists are female.

Panelists:

Kristina Sorge, Director & Producer

Roxy Toporowych, Director

Nilou Safinya, Producer

Jendra Jarnagin, Cinematographer

Julia Zhou, Creative Producer at Big Spaceship

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The Atlantic: The Woman Who Revolutionized the Manhattan Art World

Bernice - Atlantic Video Still
The gallerist Bernice Steinbaum is an instigator: she’s been described as a “fireball” and “overwhelming” by artists who’ve worked with her. A new documentary by Kristina Sorge goes inside Steinbaum’s tireless and lifelong efforts to champion the work of female artists and artists of color, at a time when their art was considered second-tier.

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Art Report: An Art Documentary on the pioneer of women in art

Bernice Steinbaum

Steinbaum devoted her career to both social and artistic causes. The racial and gender inequality of the art world, especially in her early years, bled into hurdles and hardships that not only posed a problem for Steinbaum but also for the artists she resolutely represented. Despite the setbacks, she maintained her belief that, when confronted with obstacles in the art world, “you only need one person to believe in you and that should be magic.”

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Inspiration

Bjorn Iooss
Nick Gentry - Lost Moments
Cam Garner
Hung Liu - Chinese Profile III
Hung Liu - Richter Scale
Josh Olins - Vogue Paris - October 2013 with Model Anna Ewers
Travel - London
Slim Aarons - Poolside
Travel - Indian Spice Market
Kristina Sorge - JACKSON
Kristina Sorge - WONDERS
Bjorn Iooss
Nick Nelson
Travel - Bhutan
Josh Olins
Travel - Elephants
Josh Olins
Chris Nicholls
Travel - Turkey
Travel - Women Carrying Bananas
Travel - Tibetan Monk Children
Peter Lindbergh
Banksy
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