The Pushouts has received support from Sundance's Stories of Change and will be attending their one week impact lab. The mission of Stories of Change is to connect and engage independent storytellers with renowned social entrepreneurs to foster the enhancement of story skills and networking among these communities, and to support the creation of compelling films about solutions to urgent social issues that enlighten and inspire audiences.
KATIE GALLOWAY, founder and principal of BIG PICTURES, is a documentary filmmaker, investigative reporter & impact producer whose work explores the intersections of institutional power, civil & human rights and political activism. Her feature documentary THE RETURN (POV, 2016) the third in her trilogy on the 21st century American justice system, follows the release of thousands of “lifers” after a historic reform as a way of investigating the question of how to undo mass incarceration. BETTER THIS WORLD (POV, 2011) follows the case of young friends from Midland, Texas, charged with domestic terrorism after being radicalized by a charismatic activist-mentor/undercover FBI informant. PRISON TOWN, USA (POV, 2007) looks at the impact of the incarceration boom on rural America through Susanville, California, a town with more prisoners than free people. Galloway's award winning feature documentary THE PUSHOUTS (Fall 2019, national PBS and part Sundance's Stories of Change Initiative) is a bookend to THE RETURN at the other end of the school-to-prison pipeline -- a personal story of mentorship and resilience unfolding over 25 years. Galloway's other work includes the feature documentary EL POETA (VOCES, 2015) which follows a spontaneous uprising against Mexico's violent drug war (and its US roots) sparked by the murder of a poet's son; a trio of films on the justice system for PBS FRONTLINE (SNITCH, THE CASE FOR INNOCENCE and REQUIEM FOR FRANK LEE SMITH); several radio documentaries, and a body of short format work that has screened in festivals internationally and as part of the New York Times Op-Docs series, Field of Vision, Mother Jones, USA Today, This Week Tonight with Jon Oliver, The Marshall Project and others. Her films have screened at NY MoMA's Director's Fortnight, Lincoln Center, on Capitol Hill and with top festivals and broadcasters internationally. Her awards and honors include the Writer’s Guild of America’s Best Documentary Screenplay Award, Gotham Independent Film’s Best Documentary Award, 5 national Emmy nominations, an IDA Creative Achievement Award, Best Doc prizes at San Francisco International, Tribeca, Sarasota & Human Rights Watch festivals and many more. A recent Sundance Institute Fellow and Fledgling Fund Fellow, Galloway has also held fellowships at HBO/Film Independent, with Sundance/Women-In-Film's Women's Initiative and was the Filmmaker-in-Residence at UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program. She has taught doc filmmaking, history and theory at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she hold's a Master's, and in Media Studies at UC Berkeley, where she holds a Ph.D. in Politics. An Oakland native, she lives and works in Berkeley.