NONFICTION

We are an award-winning documentary production company.

Artifact launched over 20 years ago to produce documentaries, and we remain true to our roots, continuing to make artful, independent nonfiction films—and content for purpose-driven brands. Our work illuminates unique human stories and allows audiences to identify with and understand the issues that shape all of our lives.

Led by Artifact co-founder David Grabias, our collective of directors, cinematographers, editors, and producers are among the most respected in the field. We’ve garnered Academy Awards and nominations, Emmy Awards and nominations, Clios, Geminis, and awards from scores of film festivals and institutions including Sundance, Tribeca, ITVS, The Center for Asian American Media, The California Council for the Humanities, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Our films have been broadcast on PBS, A&E, FX, HBO and numerous international channels.

Originals.

Luso-Fornia

LUSO-FORNIA is an impressionistic vision of the relationship between humanity, nature, and spirituality in California’s Central Valley, where big agriculture has commodified the landscape and rendered it largely soulless. It is here that generations of immigrants in an isolated town turn to their Portuguese heritage to find meaning and community, holding an annual religious and cultural celebration that culminates in a “bloodless” bullfight. LUSO-FORNIA is an emotive document celebrating California’s bleak dairylands—discovering the unseen beauty of its residents’ lives and testifying to the power of a richly constructed, communal universe.

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Girls Level Up

In an effort to empower girls and women to become a creative force in video games, the team at Artifact has rallied developers across the gaming industry, and educators focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) to participate in GIRLS LEVEL UP, Artifact’s digital documentary project that aims to transform girls who are video game consumers into video game makers. GIRLS LEVEL UP kicks off with the release of a short documentary, along with a set of seven documentary vignettes, vertical ads, community content on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and a website with resources for kids and parents.

Operation Popcorn

A feature-length documentary film for PBS. When a Vietnam War refugee who has grown up in America is solicited by a self-proclaimed arms dealer, he finds himself drawn into a dangerous game of politics and intrigue that could end with a life sentence in prison for him and the beloved leaders of his community.

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Nightshift

Through intimate, first-person stories, NIGHTSHIFT explores the social context of those who work at night. Single moms working after dark so they can take care of their kids during the day. People working both a day and night shift to keep up with expenses. Or simply those with a predilection for night duty. Following individuals in cinema-vérité fashion through the course of a 24-hour period, NIGHTSHIFT gives voice to those who are seldom heard—because the rest of us are asleep—and explores the evolving nature of labor in a 24-hour economy.

American Chimp

A series of documentary shorts about the practical and ethical issues surrounding the thousands of privately owned chimpanzees living in captivity around the U.S. Funded by the Humane Society of the United States, winner of Silverdocs ACE award.

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