Insignia Films has earned a national reputation for creating landmark documentary films – meticulously crafted, immersive, character-driven narratives – that respect their subjects and captivate their audiences. Insignia's team has been recognized with numerous nominations and awards, including Primetime Emmy’s and honors from the Directors and Writers Guilds of America. Led by director/producers Stephen Ives, Amanda Pollak and Lauren DeFilippo, Insignia has carved out a distinguished record of independence and accomplishment, while never losing sight of its core mission – to reveal the essential issues and struggles of our time with complexity and compassion.
Insignia helped found the ground-breaking digital news platform, Retro Report and has produced films for HBO and National Geographic, but is best known for creating nearly two dozen films and series for national broadcast on PBS. Most recently, the Emmy-nominated film Into the Grand Canyon (2019, dir. Pete McBride), premiered on National Geographic; a portrait of a ground-breaking Mars simulation, Red Heaven (2020, dirs. Lauren DeFilippo and Katherine Gorringe), received its world premiere at DOC NYC and was a selection of the SXSW, Tribeca and CPH:DOX festivals; and Insignia’s latest film, Ailey (2021, dir. Jamila Wignot), a biography of the legendary dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey, premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival.