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




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.   


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Small Footprint Films provides producing, writing, camera and editing services to major television news outlets. In 2017, SFF and collaborating partners produced an investigative feature for the PBS NewsHour on Bangladesh's toxic tannery industry. You can watch SFF owner Justin Kenny describe his experiences working on the project here

About Justin Kenny


Justin Kenny founded Small Footprint Films in 2016. He is an award-winning television news producer and editor 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 is a PBS NewsHour contributor and a graduate of Marymount University where he was the 2016 Marya McLaughlin Lecturer in Media Communications. He began his media career at the age of 10 as a paperboy for the Providence Journal-Bulletin. 


  Aleppo, Syria  I  The New Barbarianism. 

Aleppo, Syria I The New Barbarianism. 

  Tel Aviv, Israel  I  The Boy from Serniki.  Upcoming feature documentary by Small Footprint Films. 

Tel Aviv, Israel I The Boy from Serniki. Upcoming feature documentary by Small Footprint Films. 

  Dhaka, Bangladesh  I  Inside the tanneries of Bangladesh  I  PBS NewsHour

Dhaka, Bangladesh I Inside the tanneries of Bangladesh I PBS NewsHour


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