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  • Brett Story, Director
  • Stephen Maing, Director
  • Samantha Curley, Producer
  • Marianne Verrone, Producer

A man wearing an "Amazon Labor Union" t-shirt looking towards an Amazon Fulfillment Center warehouse.

About the Project


An intimate portrait of the Amazon Labor Union (ALU), a group of current and former Amazon workers taking on one of the world’s largest and most powerful companies in the fight to unionize.

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. 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. 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.

Stephen Maing, Director

Stephen Maing is an Emmy-award winning filmmaker based in New York City. His feature documentary CRIME + PUNISHMENT, which he directed, filmed and edited over four years, won a Special Jury Award at Sundance, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary and was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary. His previous films, HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE, directed, filmed and edited over five years, and THE SURRENDER, have screened internationally and were released on POV and Field of Vision, respectively. Maing is a 2021 United States Artists Fellow, Sundance Institute Fellow, NBC Original Voices Fellow, John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Reporting Fellow and recipient of the IDA's Courage Under Fire Award. He is a member of the Academy, a frequent visiting artist and lives in Ridgewood, Queens with his partner and young daughter.

Samantha Curley, Producer

Samantha Curley is an award-winning film producer and creative entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. She is the Co-Founder of Level Ground, a 501(c)3 artist collective and production incubator creating experiments in empathy. Together with Chase Joynt, she also founded and runs the collaborative production company, Level Ground Productions. Samantha produced FRAMING AGNES (dir. Chase Joynt), which premiered as a short at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and then premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival as a feature, winning both the NEXT Innovator Award and Audience Award. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Kellogg School of Management, is on the founding steering committee of the Eastside Women’s Film Club, and is a community organizer in LA’s Echo Park neighborhood.

Marianne Verrone, Producer

Mars Verrone is a filmmaker and educator from Los Angeles, CA, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. They graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with honors in Modern Culture and Media (Production) and Phi Beta Kappa membership. From 2019-21, Verrone worked as the coordinator of Sundance Institute’s Ignite program for 18 to 25-year-old emerging filmmakers. Verrone is a 2022 Brown Girls Doc Mafia Sustainable Artist Fellow, PGA Create Fellow, and NBC Original Voices fellow.