In a Whole New Way - Jonathan Fisher



Ensnaring almost four million Americans, probation has evolved from a second chance to avoid prison to a sanction actually feeding mass incarceration. Supported by neighborhood allies, some people of color set out in a whole new way to change all this—equipped only with cameras.


  • Jonathan Fisher Director, Writer

  • George Carrano Producer

  • Project Type: Documentary, Short

  • Runtime: 31 minutes 6 seconds

  • Completion Date: August 19, 2021

  • Production Budget: 51,100 USD

  • Country of Origin: United States

  • Country of Filming: United States

  • Language: English

  • Shooting Format: Digital

  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9

  • Film Color: Color


Director Biography - Jonathan Fisher

Jonathan Fisher is the Associate Director of the nonprofit Seeing for Ourselves, which equips and trains marginalized Americans to take charge of their own public narrative. When the pandemic's shutdown of the publishing industry made the nonprofit's intended book about this probation initiative infeasible, Jonathan figured he might instead stitch together available footage into a documentary as an alternative path to public awareness—and began watching Ken Burns's films to see how it could be done. "In a Whole New Way" is his first film.


Director Statement

It has been a privilege to work with such talented photographers in the interest of criminal justice reform. Although we have not yet sought media reviews of the film, we are immensely gratified that "In a Whole New Way" has been featured by festivals; embraced by the probation industry; found fans across the political spectrum; accepted as part of a major museum exhibition of the photography on Long Island, NY; and even taken up by New York State legislators. It is by maximizing eyes on the documentary that a critical mass for justice reform can be built.


Screenings / Awards

  • Docs Without Borders Film Festival Nassau, DE United States Outstanding Excellence, Inspirational/Motivational Impact

  • Manhattan Film Festival New York City United States June 23, 2021 World Premiere Offical Selection

  • Loudoun Arts Film Festival Leesburg United States September 12, 2021 Official Selection

  • Silicon Beach Film Festival Los Angeles United States October 6, 2021 Official Selection

  • Amsterdam International Film Festival Amsterdam Netherlands Best Documentary

  • Paris Play International Film Festival Paris France Best Documentary

  • Infinity Film Festival London United Kingdom Best Short Documentary

  • Salt House Creative International Film Festival Sydney Australia Best Short Film

  • New York Movie Awards New York United States Best Short Documentary

  • Hollywood Gold Awards Los Angeles United States Best Short Documentary

  • Oniros Film Awards-New York New York United States Best Short Documentary

  • Cannes World Film Festival Cannes France Best Short Documentary

  • Imagine Rain Independent Film Awards Saratoga, CA United States Best Documentary Short

  • Imagine Rain Independent Film Awards Saratoga, CA United States Best Inspirational Short

  • Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival Moscow Russian Federation Best Documentary (Under 40 minutes)

  • International Smyrna Movie Festival Smyrna Turkey Best Social Justice Film

  • IndieX Film Fest Los Angeles United States Best Sound Editing

  • IndieX Film Fest Los Angeles United States Award Nominee, Short Documentary

  • IndieX Film Fest Los Angeles United States Award Nominee, First Time Directing-Male

  • IndieX FilmFest Los Angeles United States Award Nominee, Editing

  • Phoenix Shorts Toronto Canada Best Black Lives Matter Short

  • OTB Only the Best Film Awards Miami United States Best Inspirational Film

  • Reale Film Festival Milan Italy Best Original Idea

  • Impact DOCS Awards La Jolla, CA United States Merit Award Winner, Inspirational/Motivational Impact

  • Impact DOCS Awards La Jolla, CA United States Merit Award Winner, Documentary Short

  • Accolade Global Film Competition La Jolla, CA United States Merit Award Winner, Documentary Short

  • Accolade Global Film Competition La Jolla, CA United States Merit Award Winner, Contemporary Issues/Awareness Raising

  • Virgin Spring Cinefest Kolkata India Outstanding Achievement, Documentary Film

  • Florence Film Awards Florence Italy Honorable Mention, Short Documentary

  • Refugees Welcome Film Fest Berlin Germany Award Nominee, Short Film

  • Barcelona International Film Festival Barcelona Spain Award Nominee, Short Documentary

  • Bright Future Independent Film Festival-Gothenburg Gothenburg Sweden Award Nominee, Documentary Short

  • Lisbon CineFest Lisbon Portugal Award Nominee, First-Time Filmmaker

  • Venice Shorts Los Angeles United States Finalist, Documentary

  • European Cinematography Awards Amsterdam Netherlands Finalist, Documentary

  • New York Cinematography Awards New York United States Finalist, Documentary



  • Tokyo International Monthly Film Festival Tokyo Japan Fiinalist, Documentary

  • Swedish International Film Festival Stockholm Sweden Finalist, Documentary Short

  • Rocky Mountain International Film Festival Silverthorne, CO United States Finalist, US Documentary Short

  • Mindfield Film Festival Albuquerque United States Finalist, Documentary Short

  • Rome Independent Prisma Awards Rome Italy Semi-Finalist, Short Documentary

  • Gold Star Movie Awards Newark United States Honorable Mention, Feature-Length Documentary

  • The Macoproject New York United States Honorable Mention, Documentary

  • London International Monthly Film Festival London United Kingdom Honorable Mention, Documentary

  • Tokyo International Short Film Festival Tokyo Japan Honorable Mention, Message of Hope

  • United Nations Association Film Festival Stanford, CA United States October 25, 2021 Official Selection, Documentary

  • Cannes Film Awards Cannes France Official Selection, Short Documentary

  • Bridge Fest Vancouver Canada Official Selection, Short Film

  • Mabig Film Festival Augsburg Germany Official Selection, Documentary

  • Montreal Independent Film Festival Montreal Canada Official Selection, Short Documentary



  • IndieEye Film Awards New York United States Official Selection, Documentary Short

  • Amsterdam Short Film Festival Amsterdam Netherlands Official Selection, Documentary Short

  • New York City IO Film Festival New York United States Official Selection, Documentary Short

  • California Indies Los Angeles United States Official Selection, US Documentary

  • New York Independent Cinema Awards New York United States Official Selection, US Documentary Short

  • ZShorts International Film Festival Santa Barbara United States Official Selection, Short Films & Videos

  • Cult Movies International Film Festival London United Kingdom Official Selection, Short Documentary

  • Chicago Indies Film Awards Chicago United States Official Selection, Documentary Short

  • Vegas Shorts Las Vegas United States Official Selection, Documentary Short

  • Prague International Indie Film Festival Prague Czech Republic Official Selection, Documentary Short

  • New York Tri-State International Film Festival New York United States Best Human Rights Film

  • 7th Logcinema Art Films Los Angeles United States Official Selection, Short Film



  • Anatolia International Film Festival Istanbul Turkey Official Selection, Documentary Feature

  • World Film Carnivale-Singapore Singapore Singapore Best Documentary

  • Utopia Film Festival Greenbelt, MD United States November 21, 2021 Official Selection, Documentary Short

  • Toronto Indie Filmmakers Festival Toronto Canada Best Inspirational Film

  • Euro Film Festival Geneva Geneva Switzerland Official Selection, Documentary

  • YoFiFest Yonkers, NY United States Official Selection, Short Documentary

  • Golden Bridge Istanbul Istanbul Turkey Official Selection, Documentary Short

  • Hong Kong Indie Film Festival Hong Kong Hong Kong Semi-Finalist, First-Time Filmmaker (Short)

  • Latin America Film Awards Rio de Janerio Brazil Best Documentary Short

  • International Moving Film Festival Abadan & Khoramshahr Iran, Islamic Republic of Semi-Finalist, Short Films - Documentary

  • Vienna Indie Short Film Festival Vienna Austria Semi-Finalist, Social Justice

  • CARE Awards Parkersburg (WV) United States Official Selection, Documentary Short

  • New Wave Short Film Festival Munich Germany Finalist, Human Rights

  • Green Mountain Christian Film Festival Randolph (Vermont) United States Official Selection, Secular Film

  • Roma Short Film Festival Rome Italy Finalist, Short Documentary

  • Vancouver Independent Film Festival Vancouver Canada Semi-Finalist, Human Rights Short

  • International Sound & Film Music Festival Zagreb Croatia Official Selection, Short Film

  • Lulea International Film Festival Lulea Sweden Best First-Time Documentary Film

  • French Duck Film Festival Paris France Finalist, Documentary Short (29:59-minute version)

  • Berlin Shorts Berlin Germany Best Black Lives Matter Film

  • Miami Indie Film Awards Miami United States Official Selection, Best First-Time Filmmaker

  • Global Shorts Los Angeles United States Best Documentary Short

  • Redwood Shorts & Scripts Sunnyvale, CA United States Best Documentary Feature

  • North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival Fargo United States Official Selection, Documentary Short

  • Fullshot Cine Mag Fest Online Official Selection, Documentary Short

  • T.I.F.A.-Tiete International Film Awards Sao Paulo Brazil Quarter-Finalist, Documentary Short

  • Stockholm Short Festival Stockholm Sweden Semi-Finalist, Documentary Short

  • Gralha International Monthly Film Awards Curtiba Brazil Official Selection, Short Documentary

  • International Media Arts Film Awards Kambala Uganda Best Documentary

  • Hollywood International Golden Age Festival New York United States Semi-Finalist, Documentary Short

  • RED Movie Awards Rheims France Official Selection, Documentary

  • Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival Rio de Janerio Brazil Nominee, Documentary

  • Mile High International Film Festival Denver United States Finalist, US Documentary Short

  • Shockfest Film Festival New York United States Honorable Mention, Short

  • London New Wave Film Festival London United Kingdom Official Selection, Documentary Short

  • Cairo Indie Short Festival Cairo Egypt Best Human Rights Film

  • Madrid Film Awards Madrid Spain Official Selection, Half-Length Film

  • Madrid Film Awards Madrid Spain Official Selection, Director Short

  • Madrid Film Awards Madrid Spain Official Selection, Soundtrack Short

  • Florida Shorts (Unlisted) United States Semi-Finalist, US Documentary Short

  • LA Sun Film Fest Los Angeles United States Official Selection, Short Documentary



  • 52 Weeks Film Festival Thousand Oaks (CA) United States Best US Short Film

  • Niagara Falls International Short Film Festival Niagara Falls United States Semi-Finalist, Human Rights

  • Florence Cinefest Florence Italy Offiical Selection, Documentary

  • Watch Out International Film Festival Philadelphia United States Best Social Feature

  • Paris International Short Festival Paris France Finalist, Documentary Short

  • Calgary Independent Film Festival Calgary Canada Semi-Finalist, Social Justice Short

  • Eight and Halfilm Awards Rome Italy Official Selection, Documentary Short

  • Hollywood on the Tiber Film Awards Rome Italy Official Selection, Documentary Short

  • Big Muddy Film Festival Carbondale (Illinois) United States Official Selection, Documentary Under 50 minutes

  • Washington Film Awards Online United States Semi-Finalist, Inspirational Film

  • Golden Short Film Festival Rome Italy Official Selection, Golden Documentary Short

  • Dallas Movie Awards Festival Dallas United States Semi-Finalist, Social Justice Film

  • Dubai Independent Film Festival Dubai United Arab Emirates Finalist, Documentary Short

  • World London Film Festival London United Kingdom Official Selection, Short Movie

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