Third Party Films is an award-winning production company in New York City. We produce dynamic, creative documentaries for cinema, television, and beyond. Our films have played in festivals around the world, including winning multiple Special Jury Awards at Sundance and an Emmy.
“The Truth About Killer Robots: the year’s most terrifying documentary”
- Zach Vasquez, The Guardian
Our New President is “Revealing and impishly infuriating.”
- Owen Gleiberman, Variety
"You may think you know about fake news, but nothing compares to the coverage of our election on Russian TV. It starts with Hillary Clinton's exposure to a cursed Siberian mummy princess and gets even more head-spinningly bizarre."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Our New President is "An audaciously assembled film... Pozdorovkin is to be congratulated."
- Charlie Phillips, The Guardian
Sundance’s Best Documentary: ‘Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer’
- The Daily Beast
Pussy Riot is "One of the most important documentaries of the year."
- Indiewire
The story is powerful, the people and battlelines perfectly drawn.
- Tom Huddleston, Time OuT
The Notorious Mr. Bout: "This engaging documentary challenges the hazy moral distinction between state-sanctioned arms dealers and their black-market counterparts."
- Hollywood Reporter
The Notorious Mr. Bout is "Impressive: a disturbing and darkly funny portrait of a complex, frightening individual."
- Time OuT


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news from TPF

Announcing new screenings of Our New President at the ASN World Convention May 3 and 4 and of The Truth About Killer Robots at WFMU on May 10.

A few of the things critics are saying about The Truth About Killer Robots:

“The Truth About Killer Robots: the year’s most terrifying documentary”
- Zach Vasquez, The Guardian
An “intriguing, carefully reasoned film.”
- Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
“Hyper-charged with a thoroughly unique audio/visual aesthetic. … A hard look on the displacement caused by automation and the ubiquitousness of technology as humanity continues to race towards an eerily uncertain future.”
- Matthew Roe, Film Inquiry

When a robot kills a human, who takes the blame?

The Truth About Killer Robots premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and is available now on HBO.

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our team

Maxim Pozdorovkin


Maxim Pozdorovkin is an award-winning director and producer based in New York City. He is the director of five feature-length documentaries and numerous short films, including The Truth About Killer Robots, Our New President, The Notorious Mr. Bout, Pussy Riot: a Punk Prayer, and Capital. Maxim holds a PhD from Harvard University and was a junior fellow at Harvard's Society of Fellows.


Joe Bender

Director of Photography · Producer

Joe Bender most recently lensed and produced The Truth About Killer Robots (HBO), which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, and The Candidates, which premiered at DOC NYC. He produced the Sundance award-winning Our New President (2018) and was named among DOC NYC's 40 under 40 (2018). Other recent work as Director of Photography appears in documentary films and series for HBO, National Geographic, PBS and TED, among others. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

View a sample of Joe's recent work here.


Matvey Kulakov

Editor · Composer

Matvey Kulakov is an award-winning editor and composer. His first feature, Our New President, premiered at Sundance 2018 where it won a Special Jury Award for Editing. As a member of The Presidential Band, he scored both Our New President and The Truth About Killer Robots (TIFF 2018, HBO).


Jonathan Rapoport

Producer · Archival Researcher

Jonathan Rapoport is a writer and producer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Onion, Slate, and on NPR, PBS, Showtime, and HBO. He was a 2009 Writing Fellow at The Onion and a 2012 Hertog Fellow for the New Yorker. More recently, he was a producer for the documentary short Knife Skills, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2018. He received his MFA from Columbia University.


Jenny Lim


Jenny Lim is an award-winning filmmaker and producer based in New York City. Her first short film, “The Dance,” screened at the Tribeca Film Festival when she was in high school. Jenny graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from the Visual and Environmental Studies Department at Harvard University in 2012. She has worked with Third Party Films on a variety of documentary features, shorts and series.


Jeanne Applegate


Jeanne worked with Third Party Films on the HBO short Clínica de Migrantes and the Pussy Riot music video I Can't Breathe. She edited Tim Sutton's narrative Dark Night, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was an additional editor for Joshua Z. Weinstein's Menashe (Sundance 2017) and Sebastián Silva's Nasty Baby(Sundance 2015). Short film credits include Sebastián Silva's Dolfun and Terence Nance's Jimi Could Have Fallen From The Sky.


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