Time magazine launches docs unit

Red Border Films, named after Time magazine's iconic red border, will create "deeply reported original films by award-winning filmmakers," launching one short doc a month online.
August 12, 2013

Time magazine has launched a documentary unit to create “deeply reported original films by award-winning filmmakers,” with an aim of launching at least one short doc a month online.

In addition to monthly shorts, Red Border Films – named after the iconic red border that appears around issues of the Time Warner-owned print magazine – will produce two “expanded projects” a year.

The docs will launch on – an interactive digital site – where they will be presented along with interactive features and other multimedia elements.

The publisher says many of the films will be made by Time photographers, “who are increasingly bringing their unique visual perspectives to film, drawing on the traditions of photojournalism to inform their decisions as filmmakers.”

Red Border Films’ first project will be One Dream, a multimedia site commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. Launching this Thursday (August 15), in conjunction with a special issue of the magazine, One Dream will comprise 10 films – five “marquee” documentaries and five brief personal histories – totaling one hour of original video, by Time photographer and filmmaker Marco Grob.

The films include interviews with 17 participants from the movement – including John Lewis, Joan Baez and Harry Belafonte – as well as rarely seen photos and archival footage.

“Red Border Films will combine Time‘s authoritative journalism and perspective with the unique power of cinematic storytelling,” said Time‘s director of photography Kira Pollack. “We’re excited to combine the traditional elements of film and Time‘s iconic photography with new multimedia features on that push the frontiers of digital storytelling.”

Following on from One Dream, Red Border Films will release two short films later this fall. The first, directed by Peter van Agtmael and produced by Shaul Schwarz, profiles Bobby Henline, an injured Iraqi war veteran who is now a standup comedian. The second reports on the rise of surrogacy for Western couples in India, and is directed by Schwarz.

Time‘s Red Border Films are exec produced Pollack and Time Inc’s executive producer for news and sports Ian Orefice. Schwarz, a Time photographer and filmmaker, serves as consulting exec producer.

Check out a trailer for One Dream below:

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