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What We Do

About Trilogy Films

We're a film production company that specializes in creating award-winning, feature-length documentaries. We also work with businesses and non-profit organizations to create media that communicate big ideas in smart ways.


Be persistent, be fair, and be brave. You are the only one waiting for your film, everyone else’s attention you have to earn.

Dawn Porter – Director and Founder | Trilogy Films

Our Work

Our films tell real stories and expose important issues. Browse our most recent projects below.


Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper



Organizations We Work With

Trilogy Films partners with innovative organizations that bravely tell and share stories in new ways.



Our films receive awards and distinctions from across the media industry.


What Critics Say

  • “…an eye-opening insight into a judicial hellhole world that ordinary citizens can never imagine.”

    The Hollywood Reporter
  • “…a bare film with no narrator and a minimal soundtrack. That’s all it needs to grab you by the throat.”

    The New York Times
  • “…dramatic, unsettling, despairing, and in the end thrilling — at some point, it grows from a portrait of this country’s problems into a celebration of a possible solution.”

    Village Voice
  • “The voices heard in the documentary remind us that while there is a New South, even in Mississippi, the old guard has not yet passed.”

    Los Angeles Times
  • “…the Discovery Channel will air the highly anticipated documentary, which focuses on a program [President] Obama started to help young men of color.”

  • “The documentary’s aim to spark social change made it an appropriate piece of content to screen on Facebook.”

  • “Like the film itself, Porter’s handful of devoted, charismatic attorneys do a righteous job of reminding people that the accused are innocent until proven guilty, and that the criminal justice system seems otherwise disposed.”

  • “Porter’s film is not just a stirring testament to those taking on a Herculean task of bringing some sense of fairness and balance to an out of whack structure, but a reminder that there is still a far distance to go before everyone is equally represented in front of lady justice.”

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The Team

We are a diverse group that brings a range of experience, skills and new ideas to the table.



Director / Producer View Details
Summer Damon

Summer Damon

Co-Producer View Details
Matt Cowan

Matt Cowan

Editor View Details
Bryce Kirchoff

Bryce Kirchoff

Audience Engagement View Details
Niema Jordan

Niema Jordan

Associate Producer View Details


Director / Producer

Dawn Porter is an award-winning filmmaker whose 2013 documentary GIDEON'S ARMY won the Sundance Film Festival Editing Award and the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award. The film broadcast on HBO in July 2013 and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy. The film has been used across the globe to engage local communities in important conversations about indigent defense, race, the U.S. justice system and socioeconomic influences on crime.

GIDEON’S ARMY won the American Bar Association’s 2014 Silver Gavel Award for Media and the Arts and received the prestigious Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize. The film was also selected to be included in the U.S. Department of State’s American Film Showcase.

Dawn also directed and produced SPIES OF MISSISSIPPI — a critically-acclaimed historical documentary that was part of ITVS' 2014 Independent Lens series on PBS. The film tells the little-known story of a state-sponsored campaign to defeat the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

Dawn recently completed RISE: THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHERS KEEPER, a documentary film chronicling President Obama’s program to help young men and boys of color succeed.  She interviewed President Obama for the film which will air nationally on The Discovery Channel and The Oprah Winfrey Newtwork.  She is currently working on TRAPPED, which is funded in part with funds from the MacArthur Foundation and explores the impact of laws regulating abortion clinics in the South.

Dawn's projects have received generous grant awards from the MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Film Institute, Chicken & Egg Pictures and other esteemed organizations.

Prior to her independent filmmaking career, Dawn worked as Director of Standards and Practices at ABC News and as Vice President of Standard and Practices at A&E Television Networks. She graduated from Swarthmore College and Georgetown Law Center and practiced law at the firm of Baker & Hostetler for five years.

Summer Damon

Summer Damon


Summer Damon joined Trilogy Films in 2009. She has been an integral part of the company’s development ever since. Summer co-produced the Sundance Festival Award-winning documentary GIDEON'S ARMY, which broadcast on HBO in 2013. She also co-produced SPIES OF MISSISSIPPI — a historical documentary that was part of ITVS' 2014 Independent Lens series on PBS.

In addition to her work with Trilogy, Summer was production manager and second assistant director for CONCUSSION, a feature film selected for the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Summer also deftly adapts her film production skills as tour manager for Natalie Merchant — the critically acclaimed vocalist and former frontwoman for the alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs.

Summer was a tape producer for GOOD MORNING AMERICA and, from 2002 to 2004, she was the production manager for Havoc Films, the production company of Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins.

In addition to filmmaking, Summer holds a degree from The French Culinary Institute and has worked at some of New York’s best restaurants.

Matt Cowan

Matt Cowan


Matt Cowan brings a diverse skill set and unique aesthetic to the Trilogy team. A musician and composer, he understands that, like music, editing requires precision and discipline but ultimately comes down to telling a story and making an emotional connection with an audience.

As editor, he's best known for CRAZY & THEIF, an award-winning indy feature by acclaimed director and Sundance Institute alum Cory McAbee. Its awards include Best of The Year 2012 (UK) Forbidden Planet International and the New Visions Petit Format Award at the Sitges International Film Festival in Sitges, Spain. It was also named one of Indiewire's top undistributed films of 2012.

In addition to his work at Trilogy Films, Matt produces music and promotional videos for various artists, composes original music for film, and performs worldwide as a freelance saxophonist.

Bryce Kirchoff

Bryce Kirchoff

Audience Engagement

Bryce Kirchoff has produced communication campaigns for organizations at all levels of the media industry and managed dozens of successful audience engagement initiatives. He has launched and optimized websites, crafted multiplatform promotional strategies, and enhanced content management systems for a wide variety of entities. His clients and previous employers include ABC Television, Court TV, Big Mouth Productions, and the National Center for Media Engagement.

Since 2010, Bryce has worked with independent filmmakers to manage outreach campaigns and develop social media strategies that maximize and measure the impact of media. He has coordinated marketing strategies for projects premiering at a range of film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, HotDocs and True/False.

From 2009-11, Bryce was the production and social media manager at the National Center for Media Engagement (NCME), where he independently launched all aspects of NCME’s social media presence Bryce knows the public media landscape well, having produced more than 50 professional development webinars for local NPR and PBS stations that focused on everything from emerging content, to online trends, to grant opportunities. He holds a master’s of science degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Niema Jordan

Niema Jordan

Associate Producer

Niema Jordan is a writer, director, and producer from Oakland, Calif. She began her career in media as an undergraduate at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism studying magazine writing and editing. She went on to be a health editor at ESSENCE magazine and to write for several print and digital publications.

She has worked on social media strategy for entrepreneurs, produced a music festival, and serves on the board of directors for Camp Reel Stories.

Niema received her Master of Public Health and Master of Journalism from University of California, Berkeley. Her thesis film, OASIS, won the Spike Lee Student Filmmaker Award at the 38th Denver Film Festival and was an official selection at the APHA Global Public Health Film Festival.

Niema Jordan joined the Trilogy team in 2016.

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