Rada Studio began 20 years ago as a partnership between spouses Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson. Balancing family life obligations with their artistic passions over the years, Michèle and Joe were determined to tell their stories without compromise and in an unapologetic way that centered the lived experience of the Black diaspora. The journey became as important as the story and a calling emerged for them that filled their life with purpose and community. The result is a resonant body of creative work that includes fiction films, feature and short form documentaries, immersive media installations, and experimental hybrid films. They have also authored books that challenge and inspire audiences across the world to think critically about their own place and roles in society.

January 2023, will bring to the audiences the culmination of 7 years of work by the duo director team-the World Premiere of GOING TO MARS: THE NIKKI GIOVANNI PROJECT at the Sundance Film Festival.

Also, the Brewster/Stephenson collaborative process continues to expand and is
passing the torch to the next generation of creatives. In 2021, Traveling the Interstitium with Octavia Butler, an immersive media project co-directed by their son, Idris Brewster, premiered at Sundance. Parent and son team are also currently collaborating on an immersive experience project launching in 2023. The Rada Studio team is extremely grateful for what this journey continues to teach and reveal through the stories it has told.




Joe Brewster is a Harvard trained psychiatrist who uses his training as the foundation in approaching the social issues he tackles as an artist and filmmaker. Brewster wrote and directed his first film, The Keeper (1995), after a two year-long stint as a prison psychiatrist at the notorious Brooklyn House of Detention. The Keeper was screened at the Edinburg, Toronto, and Sundance Festivals; receiving numerous awards. For that work Brewster was a SpiritAward nominee and has never looked back. In the past three decades, he has produced and directed narrative, documentary films, and immersive media. In 2023, Brewster had two films Oscar shortlisted - the feature documentary Going To Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project,which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and premiered on MAX and her ESPN short, Black Girls Play: The Story of Handgames, which won Best Short Doc at the Tribeca Festival. His groundbreaking room-scale production, The Changing Same, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received a jury prize at the Tribeca Festival in 2021 for Best Immersive Experience. Brewster has produced and directed documentary works for PBS, HBO, Amazon, Aljazeera, Vice, the Sundance Channel, Comcast, Disney, and the World Channel. He is a recipient of fellowships and grants from the Sundance Institute, the Tribeca Film Institute, BAVC, MacArthur Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Brewster is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and a four-time Emmy nominee. He has two children and resides in Brooklyn, New York, with his partner and cat, Tama.


Filmmaker, artist and author, Michèle Stephenson, pulls from her Haitian and Panamanian roots and experience as a social justice lawyer to think radically about storytelling and disrupt the imaginary in non-fiction spaces. She tells emotionally driven, personal narratives of resistance and identity that center the lived experiences of communities of color in the Americas and the Black diaspora. Grounded in a Black Atlantic lens, Stephenson tells stories that intentionally reimagine and provoke thought about how we engage with and dismantle the internalized impact of systemic oppression. She draws on fiction, immersive and hybrid forms of storytelling to build her worlds and narratives. In 2023, Stephenson had two films Oscar shortlisted - the feature documentary Going To Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project which won the Grand Jury Prized at the Sundance Film Festival and premiered on MAX and her ESPN short Black Girls Play: The Story of Handgames which won Best Short Doc at the Tribeca Festival.Her feature documentary, American Promise, was nominated for three Emmys and won the Jury Prize at Sundance. Her work, Stateless, was nominated for a Canadian Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. Stephenson collaborated as co-director on the magical realist virtual reality trilogy series on racial terror, The Changing Same, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival; won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Immersive Narrative at the Tribeca Film Festival and was nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Interactive Media Innovative category. Along with her writing partners, Joe Brewster and Hilary Beard, Stephenson won an NAACP Image Award for Excellence in a Literary Work for their book, Promises Kept. Currently, Stephenson is in post-production on a feature on the death of Freddie Gray and a program for the CBC on the Black Power movement in Canada. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, a Guggenheim Artist Fellow, a Creative Capital Artist awardee.

Karem Orrego

Born in Lima, Perú, Karem is a filmmaker and multimedia artist passionate about elevating minimized voices with thought-provoking films and immersive storytelling. She recently co-directed Shattering The Pictures In Our Heads, an award-winning multi-channel film installation in collaboration with the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes to deconstruct the mythical Indian stereotype as reductively depicted in mainstream media.