IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund Grantee

Untitled Labor Union Documentary

Brett Story, Stephen Maing
Samantha Curley, Marianne Verrone
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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.

Stephen Maing, Director

Stephen Maing is an Emmy-award winning filmmaker based in New York City. His filmmaking merges an interest in underrepresented individuals and communities confronting complex power structures, and the nuanced storytelling of observational and visually-driven narratives. His 2018 film Crime + Punishment received a Special Jury Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, a 2019 Emmy Award for Outstanding Social Issue Film and was shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Documentary. Stephen has made numerous short films published on Time Magazine, PBS, The Nation, New York Times, The Intercept and Field of Vision. He is a Sundance Institute Fellow and recipient of the International Documentary Association's inaugural Enterprise Investigative Journalism grant as well as a John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Reporting Fellow and recipient of the IDA's prestigious Courage Under Fire Award.

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.

Marianne Verrone, Producer

Marianne Verrone is a filmmaker from Los Angeles, CA, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. They are interested in creating work which illuminates unrecognized histories and imagines liberatory futures for queer and trans people of color. They graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with honors in Modern Culture and Media (Production) and Phi Beta Kappa membership. Since 2019, Verrone has been working as the coordinator of Sundance Institute’s Ignite program for 18 to 25-year-old emerging filmmakers. In addition to this project, they are currently developing several short films which they intend to direct.