Daniel A. Miller
|Headquarters||Garrison, New York|
Ironbound Films is an independent documentary film production company. Their films focus on stories of how people succeed and fail to connect. Their 2008 film The Linguists and 2010 film The New Recruits, were about characters whose missteps undermined their stated intentions but also exposed their humanity. Another feature documentary, Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie, is about controversial 1980s talk-show icon Morton Downey, Jr. and premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.
Ironbound Films, Inc., was founded in 2003 by Seth Kramer and Daniel A. Miller, with Jeremy Newberger joining as CEO in 2004. Based in Garrison, NY, Ironbound has, in its feature documentaries and commercial production, taken on issues surrounding globalization: intercultural and mass communication, technology, terrorism, poverty and capitalism.
Their first feature documentary The Linguists follows two linguists, Gregory Anderson and David Harrison, as they circle the globe attempting to record dying languages. The film received a positive review from Boston Globe reviewer Sam Allis. The Linguists premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival before airing nationwide on PBS in February 2009. It was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Science and Technology Programming in 2010.
Their second feature documentary, The New Recruits, is about three business students attempting to bring capitalism to developing nations through social enterprise. The New Recruits was funded by the Skoll Foundation and aired on PBS in June 2010. USA Today reviewer Michele Archer gave the film a positive review, stating "Though the situation is ripe for glorification, the filmmakers unflinchingly show the challenging fish-out-of-water situations the recruits earnestly face."
Ironbound's latest project, Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie, explores the life of controversial talk-show icon Morton Downey, Jr., infamous in the 1980s as the "King of Trash TV." It premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and is set for theatrical release in 2013 by Magnolia Pictures.
Ironbound's other work includes America Rebuilds II: Return to Ground Zero, a PBS documentary that aired in 2006 and chronicles the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and the lives of those involved. It follows America Rebuilds: A Year at Ground Zero, a PBS documentary that aired in 2002 and was produced and directed by Kramer and Miller. America Rebuilds generated widespread conspiracy theories about the demolition of WTC 7 when developer Larry Silverstein suggested to Miller in an interview that the FDNY should "pull it." By "it," Silverstein meant the team of firefighters in the burning building; conspiracy theorists took "it" to mean the building itself. The theory was promulgated by various 9/11 Truthers, including Charlie Sheen and Rosie O'Donnell.
Ironbound also produced Moment in Time, a documentary short that premiered as the centerpiece to ESPN's Beijing Olympics coverage; and The Fantastic Two, a 17-part comedy web series about fantasy football starring William "The Refrigerator" Perry with cameos by Donald Gibb, Kato Kaelin and Richard Moll. It was sponsored by McDonald's and Honda.
Ironbound also creates videos for various clients, including corporations Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems, and Xerox; charities LCU Foundation and Episcopal Charities; and museums Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.
- Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie
- The New Recruits
- The Linguists
- America Rebuilds II: Return to Ground Zero
- The Fantastic Two
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- Archer, Michele (7 June 2010). "Watch, Listen & Read". USA Today. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
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- Roberts, Jim (22 March 2007). "Rosie O'Donnell & Charlie Sheen: Idiot Brigade of 9/11 Conspiracy". NationalLedger.com. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
- Kreda, Allan (28 August 2007). "'The Fridge' Tries Hand at Acting in Fantasy Football Webisodes". Portfolio.com. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
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