“The Truth About Killer Robots: the year’s most terrifying documentary”
- 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."
- The Guardian
"Sundance’s Best Documentary: 'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer'"
- The Daily Beast
“'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer' may well be the most important doc of the year."
- Indiewire
"[Pussy Riot] is powerful, the people and battlelines perfectly drawn."
- 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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The Truth About Killer Robots premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and is available now on HBO.

Third Party Films premiered its latest documentary, Clínica de Migrantes, at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina in April, where it received the Jury Award for Best Short.

Here's what the Jury said about Clínica de Migrantes:

“With extraordinary access and moving vérité footage, Clínica de Migrantes tells the powerful story of what happens when undocumented immigrants are denied basic human rights. The film takes us on an emotional journey with the staff and patients at a volunteer-run clinic where undocumented immigrants receive medical care, and addresses a critical issue in a way that is so human and real that we unanimously agreed it must be awarded this year’s Best Short Award.”

Clínica de Migrantes: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness received the Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award at the Telluride Mountainfilm festival. Read more about the award at http://www.mountainfilm.org/festival/awards/2016-norman-vaughan-indomitable-spirit-award.

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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 Ph.D. from Harvard University and was a junior fellow at Harvard's Society of Fellows.


Joe Bender

Director of Photography · Producer

Joe Bender is an award-winning producer and Director of Photography whose work spans all aspects of creative documentary. He most recently produced the animated feature documentary The Conspiracy. As DP, he most recently lensed Persona (CNN Films), shot and produced The Truth About Killer Robots (HBO), and filmed 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 Netflix, HBO, National Geographic, and PBS, and commercial work for Hewlett Packard, among others. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Click here for a reel of Joe's work.


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).


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.


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.


Dasha Bough


Dasha Bough is a Brooklyn-based animator who specializes in charcoal, stop motion, digital hand-drawn, and sand animation. Most recently, she worked as lead storyboard artist and illustrator on the animated opening title sequence for Emmy-nominated series Mrs. America (Hulu). A classically trained artist, Dasha studied etching, drawing, watercolors, and oil painting under Konstantin Grachev and Maksim Razdoburdin at the Russian Imperial Academy of Arts. Bough studied Slavic Studies and Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard College. Her work can be viewed at: dashabough.com.

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, winning an Emmy and multiple Special Jury Awards at Sundance.