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Helping good people tell Great stories

 

What We Do

 

At 590films, we create the stories that help organizations and companies do great things. Whether you want to raise a million dollars, reach more people, or simply educate the world, we’ve got your back. We’ll help you hone your message and tell your story in a way that grabs the heart and engages the mind. Digital storytelling to make the world a better place.

We would love to work with you. You can get in touch with us here, or go here to learn more about our process. 

 

Our Work

Advocacy

WIN (Women in Need)

WIN (Women in Need)

The National Down Syndrome Society

The National Down Syndrome Society

Don't Walk By

Don't Walk By

The Bowery Mission

The Bowery Mission

Empire State Pride Agenda

Empire State Pride Agenda

Counter Extremism Project

Counter Extremism Project

Education

Deerfield Academy Admissions

Deerfield Academy Admissions

iMentor

iMentor

The Experimentory

The Experimentory

For Profit

Amalgamated Bank

Amalgamated Bank

Ketel One Vodka

Ketel One Vodka

TEDx live event production

TEDx live event production

Healthcare

Healthcare Education Project

Healthcare Education Project

The Floating Hospital

The Floating Hospital

Physicains for Reproductive Health

Physicains for Reproductive Health

 

Our Clients

 

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Our Team

We are a brother-sister team, collaborating with a talented crew of filmmakers.

 
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Scott Elliott

Scott Elliott is founder and creative director of 590films. He directs, shoots, and edits 590films' projects. His documentary Slumming It: Myth and Culture on the Bowery, about the history of the Bowery in New York City, aired on PBS in 2005. His documentary, Into the Gyre, about plastic pollution in the Atlantic Ocean, won numerous awards at international film festivals.  His latest film The Trees, about the National September 11th Memorial, premiered on PBS on the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

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Julia Elliott

Julia Elliott is producer and writer at 590films. Her first film project was as co-writer and co-producer of the award-winning feature film Windhorse, which tells the story of one Tibetan family’s struggle under Chinese occupation. She also brings to 590films experience working on several nationally broadcast PBS documentaries: This Far by Faith: African American Spiritual JourneysRace: The Power of an IllusionThe Supreme Court, and The Old Man and the Storm. Her favorite 590films project was “Dreams,” produced for the National Down Syndrome Society.

A powerful story can change the world

 

590films is a full-service video production company, soup to nuts. We come up with visual and storytelling concepts, organize shoots, conduct interviews and gather beautiful footage. We write compelling scripts and edit moving pieces that we’ll deliver to you in whatever format best suits your needs and provides you with the greatest impact. 

Why hire us? To start, we’ve produced and directed award-winning documentaries and we bring that sensibility to every single project we do. We know how to digest huge amounts of complicated information and tease out a heart-tugging story. 

Over our 15 years in business, we’ve collaborated with some topnotch marketing companies. In the process, we’ve learned a thing or two about branding. We know to read everything we can get our hands on, interview key stakeholders, research the market, and listen, listen, listen. Then we write up a treatment proposing our creative concepts. Not to brag (okay, we’ll brag a little), but sometimes our ideas drive an entire project across assets — web and print. 

Out in the field, we can make even the most reluctant participant pour their heart out in an interview. We have technical bonafides and a creative eye that we bring to both filming and editing. We work with an amazing team of freelancers, including kickass photographers, that we bring onto our projects depending on the scope. From every angle, we know how to tell a good story—one that will change minds and inspire action.

But these are just words. Take a look at our videos and decide for yourself.

our Documentaries

Our films have shown on PBS, the New York Times, National Geographic and in all nooks and crannies of the internet. Producing documentaries is our passion, and it helps us to tell your story better. 


Filmed over five years and with unprecedented access, The Trees documents the creation of the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza in New York City. The film examines our fundamental need for healing and rebirth after tragedy, and the fundamental role that nature plays in our journey toward solace.

The Trees premiered on PBS on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11.

Producer/Director/Editor: Scott Elliott
Writer: Julia Elliott

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Into the Gyre is a 44-minute documentary about a groundbreaking expedition to study the location, extent and effect of plastic pollution in the North Atlantic Gyre. Thirty-four volunteer researchers, scientists and sailors participated in this five-week expedition to the Sargasso Sea, east of Bermuda. 

Producer/Director/Writer: Scott Elliott
Co-Writer: Julia Elliott

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Screenings and Awards:
Scinema 2012, Winner, Best Film
2012 Vancouver International Film Festival
2012 Blue Ocean Film Festival, Honorable Mention, Issue Film
2012 Woods Hole Film Festival, Runner Up, Best Documentary
Buzzards Bay Film Festival, Winner, Best Documentary
American Conservation Film Festival
Silicon Valley Film Festival
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, Winner, Best Environmental Film
2012 Film Festival of Colorado, Winner, Best Environmental Film


Faith in the Five Boroughs

New York has always been a city of immigrants. They find their footing in various ways, but for many the first step is one of faith.

Although immigration to New York is slowing, roughly 37% of the population remains foreign-born. They bring with them their culture, traditions and faith. Religion often eases their transition to America by providing social services, a sense of community, cultural continuity and spiritual guidance. Faith can help immigrants to flourish in their new city; occasionally, it can be a source of alienation.

Faith in the Five Boroughs documents the role that faith and religious communities play in the lives of immigrants and their children. We take you inside New York's churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and spaces for private prayer. We examine how the city shapes these religious communities and how, in turn, faith shapes the city.

The project was made possible by a Knight Foundation Grant for Reporting on Religion and American Public Life.


Producer: Julia Elliott and Matt Ozug
Camera/Editing: Scott Elliott


Slumming It: Myth and Culture on the Bowery

Slumming It: Myth and Culture on the Bowery traces the rich, 200-year history of New York City's Bowery, examining the myriad ways in which the street and its denizens were instrumental in New York's evolution as an archetypal modern-day metropolis. Featuring interviews with historians and present-day residents, as well as artfully interwoven archival images and motion pictures, the documentary juxtaposes today's Bowery with the characters, locations, and stories that, more than a century ago, formed the extraordinary fabric of this influential--and infamous--boulevard.

Slumming It premiered on PBS in 2003.

Produced By: Greenhouse Pictures
Producer: Lisa Guidetti
Director/Writer: Scott Elliott
Co-Writer: Julia Elliott

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