371 Productions

Brad Lichtenstein founded 371 in 2003 when he moved from New York City to Milwaukee. 371 produces stories on multiple platforms about significant cultural and social issues. Its work regularly appears on PBS, cable television, in film festivals, on the radio, as podcasts, streaming across the Internet, and even on a stage or two. Learn more at the 371 website.

Brad Lichtenstein | Producer/Director

Brad Lichtenstein is an award-winning filmmaker & president of 371 Productions. He’s won two Duponts: one for the recent Al Jazeera America series Hard Earned (produced by Kartemquin Films) and another for his 2001 film Ghosts of Attica (produced with Lumiere Productions). His first virtual reality film, Across the Line (produced with Custom Reality Services and Emblematic Group) about accessing abortion amid hostile protests, premiered at Sundance in 2016 and is playing all major festivals. His 2012 movie As Goes Janesville (PBS/Independent Lens) was nominated for a News & Doc Emmy and landed him on CNN, Fox and other networks. Penelope, his film about a nursing home that performs the Odyssey from Penelope’s point of view, aired on PBS in 2015. 371’s Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff, premiered in June 2014 on Al Jazeera America’s Fault Lines and streams on Al Jazeera English. He’s the executive producer of Precious Lives, a Peabody-nominated radio/podcast and print series about young people & gun violence. He is the director of the forthcoming ITVS film, When Claude Got Shot, a feature doc about race and gun violence in America. Brad has also produced for Lumiere Productions, Frontline and Bill Moyers. His work is supported by Bader Philanthropies, Blue Mountain Center, Creative Capital, the Fetzer Institute, The Forward Fund, ITVS, the Ford, HKH, MacArthur, Nathan Cummings, Retirement Research and Tides Foundations, as well as the IDA and Mary L. Nohl Fellowship. Brad is the founder of docUWM, a documentary program at the University of Wisconsin­-Milwaukee.

Morgan Elise Johnson | Producer/Co-director

Morgan Elise Johnson is an independent filmmaker and writer. There Are Jews Here is her first documentary feature film and directorial debut. With 371 Productions she associate produced the VR film and Sundance New Frontiers selection, Across the Line (produced with Custom Reality Services and Emblematic Group); and the award winning 6-part documentary series, Hard Earned (produced by Kartemquin Films). Morgan is passionate about creating complex portraits of the Black experience in America. Currently, she is developing Out West, a multi-platform exploration of Black identity in the oft-forgotten, oft-neglected West Side of Chicago; and Shambles, a fictional web series and dramedy about two broke journalists trying to make it. She has a BS in Radio/Television/Film from Northwestern University.

Matt Lauterbach | Editor

Matt Lauterbach is a documentary filmmaker and editor, an educational media developer, and an advocate for accessible media. There Are Jews Here is his second collaboration with 371 Productions. He also edited the PBS film Penelope. Matt served as Post Production Manager (2012-2014) at Kartemquin Films, escorting nine films safely to release during that period. Matt served as Post Supervisor of The Trials of Muhammad Ali; as an editor of American Arab; and as Co-Editor of Saving Mes Aynak. He continues to freelance edit for Kartemquin, and recently finished editing Unbroken Glass, the directorial debut of producer-cinematographer Dinesh Sabu. Matt is currently producing and directing an interactive multimedia website called Beyond Blind: A Guide for the Sighted, which will address common misconceptions and stereotypes about blindness.

Jason Longo | Director of Photography

Jason’s filmmaking career began in 1994 when he documented the resettling of collective farms by Chechen war refugees in the Chernobyl radiation zone. In the years since, he has photographed over 100 documentary films and televisions programs in over 60 countries on six continents. He is a frequent contributor to the PBS series Frontline, NOVA, and the American Experience, as well as to The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and The History Channel. Jason’s quiet, elegant aesthetic draws influence from his background as a photographer, sound recordist & editor. Editing credits include School Prayer: A Community at War, which aired on the PBS series POV and won a national Emmy Award, and Never Forget to Lie, an intimate portrait about a child survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto. From the remote deserts of Namibia to the Himalayan Mountains, Jason has worked in some of the most challenging environments in the world. Recent locations include the deepest inhabitable spot on the planet, 14,000 feet below the Earth’s surface in a South African gold mine. He is currently shooting a four hour series about behavioral economics for PBS.

Vernon Reid | Composer

Vernon Reid is a guitar player, perhaps best known as the founder and primary songwriter of group Living Colour. He was named #66 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Vernon has collaborated with Brad before, on the soundtracks for Ghosts of Attica (Court TV and BBC, 2001), Almost Home (2008, PBS) and As Goes Janesville (2012, PBS).

Tobey Libber | Director of Engagement

A lifelong Milwaukeean, Tobey has spent 35 years in the nonprofit field as Executive Director of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization for the state of Wisconsin, Community Planning Director for the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Program Officer at the Helen Bader Foundation, and Executive Director of Jewish Family Services Housing. He has an extensive knowledge of the Jewish Community both locally and nationally which enables him to build robust partnerships with Jewish organizations across the United States. Tobey Libber holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Social Work each from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.