IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund Grantee

JFK8 (working title)

Brett Story
Samantha Curley, LAMCo
Grant Year(s):
Chris Smalls, former Amazon worker and founder of the Congress of Essential Workers, speaking to the press at a protest on the anniversary of his March 2020 walkout.


An intimate portrait of current and former Amazon workers taking on one of the world’s most powerful companies in the fight for labor rights.

Brett Story, Director

Brett Story is an award-winning filmmaker based in Toronto whose films have screened at festivals internationally, including SXSW, True/False, Sheffield Doc Fest, and CPH-DOX. Her 2016 feature documentary, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and was a nominee for Best Feature Documentary at the Canadian Screen Awards. The film was broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens in April of 2017. Brett holds a PhD in geography from the University of Toronto and is currently an assistant professor in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University. She is the author of the book, Prison Land: Mapping Carceral Power across Neoliberal America, and co-editor of Digital Lives in the Global City. Brett was a 2016 Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Fellow and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. Her award-winning 2019 documentary The Hottest August, has played over fifty festivals and continues to be programmed around the world.

Samantha Curley, Producer

Samantha Curley is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Level Ground, an award-winning artist collective and production incubator creating experiments in empathy in Los Angeles, California. She produced Framing Agnes (dir. Chase Joynt), which premiered as a short at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and is currently in post-production as a feature. For 8 years running, Samantha has organized an annual field trip for people from around the country to attend the Sundance Film Festival together. She is on the founding steering committee of the Eastside Women’s Film Club and is a community organizer in LA’s Echo Park neighborhood.

Los Angeles Media Cooperative, Producers

The Los Angeles Media Cooperative (LAMCo) is a democratically-run, worker-owned media production company. At its core, LAMCo is a producers-cooperative: developing, producing, and finishing projects for artists, musicians, individuals, companies, non-profits, and other cooperatives. The producing team at LAMCo brings over a decade of creative producing experience and an uncompromising anti-capitalist approach to filmmaking. LAMCo is currently wrapping post-production on narrative feature Water Rises and is in production on several short films and documentaries. LAMCo’s founding members are Cassio Mendoza, Marianne Verrone, and Wyatt Winborne.