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


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.

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Following The Boy From Serniki trailer release in November 2018 , we successfully hit our ambitious goal of raising $18,000 in 20 days on Kickstarter. We still, however, a long way to go make this project a reality. Unfortunately, this is very much a race again time as we scramble to interview other survivors from the village of Serniki, witnesses and those involved in the unsuccessful attempts at judicial justice for the massacre’s victims. Please consider joining our team of supporters to help ensure that these stories are captured and have the ability to be retold to future generations.

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

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.

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.

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