Big Pictures


Best Female Director, MINT Film Festival – Katie Galloway

Chicago Media Project’s Impact Award – The Pushouts

Best Documentary, Berkeley International Film Festival – The Pushouts

Imagen Award’s Best Documentary Prize – The Pushouts

Honorable mention for Best Documentary Feature, UrbanWorld – The Pushouts

Al Bendich Award, Berkeley Film Foundation – The Pushouts

Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary – The Return

Nominated for National Emmy – The Return

Peabody Finalist for Best Documentary – The Return

San Francisco International Film Festival Best BA Documentary – The Return

Writers Guild Best Documentary Screenplay – Better This World

Gotham Award for Best Documentary – Better This World

Barbara Hendricks Foundation Prize for Peace & Reconciliation – Better This World

IDA’s new Creative Recognition Award – Better This World

Best Documentary at San Francisco International Film Festival – Better This World

Best Documentary at Sarasota Film Festival – Better This World

Audience Award for Best Documentary at DOCUWEST – Better This World

Nominated for a National Emmy for Best Documentary – Better This World

Nominated for a National Emmy for Best Investigative Journalism Doc – Better This World

Nominated for a National Emmy for Editing – Better This World

Nominated for Grierson Award – Better This World

GoLeft Film Festival’s Best Doc Award – Prison Town, USA



“A quiet look at a subject few people in a country with a bulging prison population want to think about: how best to reintroduce former inmates into society. . . . The Return . . . helps open up a world that most of society doesn’t want to think about but should.”

“Dramatic, inspiring ‘El Poeta’ targets Mexico’s War on Drugs”
— Robert Lloyd, The LA Times

“Docu thriller with twists that will catch many by surprise…Playing out against the high drama of the GOP gathering in St. Paul, Minn., compounded by the U.S. policy of targeting terrorists as a top priority, Better This World delivers the kind of case study, rich in national and personal dimensions, that would have made the New Journalists of the ’60s and ’70s swoon.” –Robert Koehler, Variety

“Riveting. Structured like a taut thriller, Better This World delivers a chilling depiction of loyalty, naïveté, political zealotry, and the post-9/11 security state — and it features one doozy of a kicker in the “where are they are now” category.” — Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“★★★★ – The stark reality of America’s post-9/11 surveillance state is laid bare in this riveting documentary.” — Tom Huddleston, Time Out London

“…viewers should also be disturbed about the ease with which that label — “terrorist” — is applied.”
Brian Stelter, New York Times

“A direct reflection of post-9/11 paranoia” — Stephen Holden, The New York Times

David Edelstein, New York Magazine

“Sharply focused and superbly put together…”
John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

“Searching and provocative…”
Chris Barsanti,

“Very nearly perfect.”
Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters

“Combining solid investigative journalism with a compelling storytelling format that plays like a grungier Man On Wire with much higher stakes, the filmmakers probe the facts and principal actors from all angles, and come away with a series of truly shocking dramatic twists sure to anger and incite the even the most stoic viewers.”
Ilya Tovbis, IndieWire

“A gripping and disturbing film”
Martin Knelman, Toronto Star

“A fascinating study of the methods employed in combating terrorism in the wake of 9/11.”
Ian Buckwalter, Washingtonian Magazine

“It’s superbly made, structured like a thriller and, while it clearly has one point of view, it forces people to think about two kinds of zeal – of paranoid governments and of active dissidents. And it suggests that everybody has been naive about the post-9/11 world.”
John Doyle, The Globe & Mail

“From a pure story standpoint, de la Vega and Galloway play it out like a tense legal thriller that tests the bonds of friendship and loyalty, and ends with a punchline that gives the entire saga a tint of the surreal.”
Matthew Singer, Willamette Week

“★★★★ – Better This World is beyond frightening…”
Chris Faraone, The Boston Phoenix

Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“Extraordinary access…to normally secretive prosecutors and FBI agents…the result is both a compelling news documentary and a stunning character study of young activists in a chaotic political time.”
Michael King, The Austin Chronicle

“Gripping and suspenseful…”
Paul Sbrizzi, Hammer to Nail

“Highly emotional and engaging…a must-see for anyone who pays attention to the political climate”
Monica Castillo, Reel Straight

Better This World is a damning piece of documentary filmmaking, turning what would seem to be a cut-and-dry story into something much bigger, with a twist that will make you gasp.”
Kate Erbland,

“The unfolding of the events is spine-tingling.”
Don Simpson, Smells Like Screen Spirit