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Ted Passon is an award-winning director, writer, producer, and video artist. He created and directed the critically acclaimed docuseries PHILLY D.A., along with co-director Yoni Brook and producer Nicole Salazar. The series had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and had its international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival; becoming the first docuseries to ever screen there. It was named, “One of the best TV shows of 2021” by TIME, The NY Times, Variety, The LA Times, The Hollywood Reporter, The Washington Post, Vulture, Vogue, Slate, The Ringer, and Indiewire.

The series won the GOTHAM AWARD for “Best Breakthrough Nonfiction Series” and won the DUPONT-COLUMBIA AWARD for “journalistic excellence”. It was also was nominated for a Peabody Award and for “Best Nonfiction Series” by The Independent Spirit Awards, Cinema Eye Honors, and the IDA Awards.

Ted also directed three episodes of the Netflix series WORN STORIES, which he also participated in developing. The docuseries —adapted from Emily Spivack's New York Times best-selling book of the same name— explores the stories we carry around with us in our clothing. The series was executive produced by Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black, Glow) and Morgan Neville (Won't You Be My Neighbor), and has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Ted is a 2018 Sundance Catalyst Fellow and a 2016 Sundance Lab Creative Summit Fellow. He is also the recipient of the Pew Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship Grant and the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant. He has been the recipient of grants from the Ford Foundation, the International Docume

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Grants Awarded to Ted Passon

$60,500 - Awarded July 2021

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Movement Media

This one-year grant will support an impact campaign featuring a series of targeted screenings and discussions to educate the public on the D.A.'s role in the criminal legal system. These events will explore: systemic inequalities and who has access or barriers to power; media narratives about public safety and the criminal legal system; accountability for elected officials; and pathways forward.

$100,000 - Awarded December 2020

Focus areas
Movement Media

This one-year grant will support "Philly D.A." an in-depth documentary series that examines criminal justice reform in the era of Larry Krasner's tenure as Philadelphia's District Attorney.

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