Small Footprint Films is a documentary production company in Washington, DC dedicated to telling stories about issues around the world that matter.

 

Aleppo, Syria  I  The New Barbarianism

Aleppo, Syria I The New Barbarianism

cOMMISSIONED Documentaries

Small Footprint Films provides directing, producing, writing, development and crewing services for feature length and short documentaries. It recently collaborated with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center to produce The New Barbarianism, a 58-minute film about attacks on medical and humanitarian workers in armed conflicts. SFF owner Justin Kenny was the film's director (along with J Stephen Morrison) and writer. SFF provided camera crewing for the film in Washington, New York, Chicago, Yemen, Afghanistan and Turkey in addition to footage acquisition in Syria and elsewhere. 

The film, which made its PBS premiere in March 2018, has won numerous awards including Best Documentary Feature at the Los Angeles Film Awards, Best 1st Time Director at the Oniros Film Awards and two Awards of Excellence (Feature Documentary & Script/Writer) at the Impact Docs Awards. 

Serniki, Ukraine  I  The Boy from Serniki

Serniki, Ukraine I The Boy from Serniki

iNDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARIES 

Small Footprint Films develops and produces feature documentaries on international justice and humanitarian issues.

SFF is currently in production on The Boy from Serniki a film about Holocaust survivor Nathan Bobrov who escaped execution when he was 9 years-old, witnessed the slaughter of his community and watched his former neighbor – an accused Nazi collaborator and killer – walk free.  Bobrov confronts his painful past as he returns to Ukrainian village for the first time in 60 years.

SFF owner Justin Kenny is the film’s director, writer and lead cinematographer. The film, which is being shot in Israel, Ukraine, the United States and Australia is expected to be released in 2019.

About Justin Kenny

 

Justin Kenny is the owner of Small Footprint Films which he founded in 2016.   He is an award-winning television news producer, editor and director based in Washington, DC. In 2017, he directed and wrote his first feature documentary, The New Barbarianism. The film was a collaboration with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and takes a close look at the under-reported phenomenon of attacks on health care in today's wars.

From 2012 to 2015, Kenny was the Senior Foreign Affairs & Defense Producer/Editor for the PBS NewsHour. During his tenure, the program doubled the amount of original overseas on the ground reporting and his work received some of America's top broadcasting honors. Kenny led the NewsHour's coverage of the civil war in Syria, the rise and fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Ukraine crisis, Iran nuclear negotiations, overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, death of Nelson Mandela, the Paris terror attacks and the European migrant/refugee crisis.

As Senior Producer/Editor, Kenny has won a George Foster Peabody Award for the NewsHour's Desperate Journey series which examined the root causes of the migrant/refugee crisis and its effects on several European nations; an Emmy for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast for Who's behind the Chinese takeover of the world's biggest pork producer?; An Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast for Hazardous Work: Diving into the Philippines' Dangerous Underwater Mines (a collaboration with the Pulitzer Center); First Place Continuing Coverage of a Major News Event National Headliner Award for No End in Sight: Fighting ISIS and a Hard News Feature Grand Winner Gracies Award for Escape From Terror - a story about female sex slaves who managed to break free from the clutches of ISIS.

Prior to his time at the NewsHour, he spent 15 years with Reuters Television - first as a producer and later as an editor overseeing North American coverage.

Kenny regularly speaks at universities and other institutions about international humanitarian issues and journalism. In 2016, he was Marya McLaughlin Lecturer in Media Communications at his alma mater Marymount University. He began his media career at the age of 10 as a paperboy for the Providence Journal-Bulletin. 

 

 

News & Events

June 4, 2019

Why does the South have half of the country’s new HIV infections?, a mini documentary on HIV/AIDS in Memphis and East Arkansas commissioned by the CSIS Global Health Policy Center and shot, directed and edited by Justin Kenny, screens at CSIS HIV/AIDS event featuring CDC Director Robert Redfield and famed immunologist and NIAID Director Tony Fauci. CSIS - Washington, DC.

February 13, 2019

Nigeria Risk & Resilience, a short documentary commissioned by the CSIS Global Food Security Program directed, written and edited by Justin Kenny, screens at CSIS Nigeria food security event. CSIS - Washington, DC

January 26, 2019

Justin Kenny presents “Time, distance and other enemies,” a lecture on his two-year 75,000 mile journey to document a 1942 mass killing in a Ukrainian village and the extraordinary but unsuccessful efforts to bring justice to its victims. Ohev Shalom Synagogue - Washington, DC.

DECEMBER 15, 2018  

The Boy From Serniki wins Best Trailer prize at Oniros Film Awards.

nOVEMBER 28, 2018  

Small Footprint Films successfully raises $18,355 for The Boy From Serniki documentary in Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter.com

nOVEMBER 24, 2018  

Asia premiere of The New Barbarianism at the Films Without Borders Festival. Seoul Theater - Seoul, South Korea

nOVEMBER 8, 2018  

Small Footprint Films releases trailer and launches and launches crowd funding campaign for The Boy From Serniki, a documentary about Holocaust survivor and war crimes prosecution witness Nathan Bobrov. Kickstarter.com

October 29, 2018  

CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security presents screening of The Gathering Health Storm Inside North Korea, a commissioned documentary co-directed and written by Justin Kenny. CSIS - Washington, DC.

October 17, 2018  

Justin Kenny presents special screening of The New Barbarianism with co-director Stephen Morrison. University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin.

October 16, 2018  

Justin Kenny delivers “The Cost of Not Being There: What Happens When Wars are No Longer Covered?” a public lecture on international conflict reporting. University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin.

Justin Kenny and CNN Global Affairs Correspondent Elise Labott discuss their careers and offer professional advice at International Careers in Journalism Lunch & Learn event. University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin.

August 21, 2018

Justin Kenny delivers “Opportunities and Obligations” keynote presentation at the Marymount University 2018 Student Leadership Summit. Marymount University - Arlington, Virginia.

JUNE 13, 2018

Special screening event of The New Barbarianism with co-director Stephen Morrison, World Health Organization Deputy Director Peter Salama and others. The Graduate Institute - Geneva, Switzerland. 

May 3, 2018

Hague Talks presents special screening of The New Barbarianism. Museon - The Hague, Netherlands

April 17, 2018

Justin Kenny appears on PBS's Story in the Public Square

April 16, 2018 

Justin Kenny and The New Barbarianism featured in Christian Science Monitor column by Ned Temko. "Why Why West, amid horrors of modern war, is struggling to set red lines"

April 13, 2018

Justin Kenny presents The New Barbarianism.  Embassy of Sweden - Washington, DC

April 10, 2018 

Justin Kenny presents special screening of The New Barbarianism with co-director Stephen Morrison. Brown University - Providence, Rhode Island. 

April 9, 2018  

Justin Kenny presents special screening of The New Barbarianism. Bishop Hendricken High School - Warwick, Rhode Island. 

April 6, 2018

Justin Kenny is interviewed on Stanford University's World Class podcast.  "Doctors in the Crosshairs"

March 24, 2018

The New Barbarianism premieres on PBS.

March 21, 2018   

Justin Kenny and The New Barbarianism featured in Providence Journal article by G. Wayne Anderson. "R.I. filmmaker’s ‘The New Barbarianism’ shines light on hellish new warfare tactics"

March 15, 2018  

Justin Kenny and co-director Stephen Morrison win "Best 1st Time Director" award for The New Barbarianism at Oniros Film Awards. 

March 7, 2018  

Justin Kenny and co-director Stephen Morrison participate in The New Barbarianism screening event with former World Food Programme Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and others. Stanford University - Stanford, California

March 5, 2018  

Justin Kenny and co-director Stephen Morrison participate in The New Barbarianism screening event moderated by former PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Elizabeth Farnsworth. UC-Berkeley - Berkeley, California

March 2, 2018  

The New Barbarianism named "Best Documentary Feature" at Los Angeles Film Awards. 

February 5, 2018

Justin Kenny presents The New Barbarianism. Harvard University - Cambridge, Mass

February 2, 2018

Justin Kenny receives "Award of Excellence" for his script for The New Barbarianism, TNB wins "Documentary Feature - Award of Excellence" at Impact Docs Awards.

DECEMBER 27, 2017

The New Barbarianism is featured on the PBS NewsHour.

DECEMBER 18, 2017

The New Barbarianism is screened at the National Academy of Medicine - Washington, DC. 

DECEMBER 7, 2017

Justin Kenny and Steve Morrison present The New Barbarianism at European premiere. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - London. 

November 27, 2017

Justin Kenny and Steve Morrison present The New Barbarianism at Boston premiere. The Fletcher School, Tufts University. Medford, MA. 

November 9, 2017

Justin Kenny and Steve Morrison present The New Barbarianism at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD. 

September 18, 2017

The New Barbarianism premiers at Newseum's Annenberg theater. Washington, DC