Thrilled to be part of this Year’s Sundance Cohort of Artists

August 21, 2023Keith

“The stories and themes explored by this incredibly talented group of artists beautifully embody Sundance’s spirit and the mission of our program today. These projects carry tremendous potential for narrative change and remind us of the vital importance of bold, risk-taking independent film for a healthy democracy and a thriving civil society.” – Sundance Documentary […]

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New HBO Series Announced

May 31, 2023Keith

HBO and Words + Pictures have launched production on a documentary about Barry Bonds, one of baseball’s greatest players – and one of the most polarizing figures in all professional sport. The untitled Bonds film is being directed by Keith McQuirter (By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem) and executive produced by […]

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Honored to Join the Firelight Media Family

March 22, 2023Keith

I am deeply honored to be a part of the esteemed Firelight Media family, led by acclaimed filmmakers Stanley Nelson and Marcia Smith. Firelight Media stands as the preeminent hub for non-fiction cinema centered on and created by communities of color. With a rich history of producing impactful documentary films and nurturing filmmakers from diverse […]

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“The Game Plan with Shaquille O’Neal” Premieres Feb. 17th on TNT

January 17, 2022Keith

Super excited to have directed an episode of this inspiring docuseries about small business owners in Atlanta and their impact locally and globally. It was so much fun working creatively with OBB Media, the Atlanta based production crew and with Shaq himself. My episode airs March 1st! Click below to see official website!

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[Article] Featured in Produced By Magazine

February 21, 2021Keith

Producers Guild of America featured me and my company Decoder Media in their magazine Produced By for the Feb/Mar issue.  Check out the story about making the documentary series “By Whatever Means Necessary: The Time of Godfather of Harlem” during COVID.

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Guest on PBS’s Metrofocus

November 24, 2020Keith

New EPIX docuseries “By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times Of Godfather Harlem” brings to life the excitement of 1960s Harlem and introduces the artists who dared to use their voices, instruments and lyrics to take a stand against systemic injustice. Tonight, executive producer and director Keith McQuirter and vocalist Robin Clark takes us on this […]

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[Review] ‘The Innocence Files’

April 22, 2020Keith

The Mississippi stories I produced on The Innocence Files received a notable review from  Check out the article! The first two episodes of Netflix’s 9×60-minute The Innocence Files detail one true-life story of two men wrongly convicted of rape and murder. Directed by Roger Ross Williams (American Jail), they make a stand-out feature-length documentary when viewed […]

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“The Innocence Files” on Netflix April 15th!

March 10, 2020Keith

I’m excited to share that “The Innocence Files”, the new nine-part docu-series that I was one of the producers on, will debut on Netflix on April 15th.  Congrats to all the teams involved — One Story Up Productions, Jigsaw Productions and Moxie Pictures!

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This Year’s ITVS Summit 2020

February 27, 2020Keith

ITVS created a home for indie documentary filmmakers and I’m so grateful to be apart of the long tradition of public media storytelling.  Check out the blog written by ITVS about filmmakers providing insight on taking risks. 

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Zeel Commercial

February 15, 2020Keith

It was great fun working in collaboration with my friends at the agency NSG/SWAT, the Zeel team, my incredible production crew and the iconic Cindy Crawford to produce several spots for Zeel, the in home massage app.

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The 3,000 Project Wins Top Award!

April 13, 2019Keith

Black Public Media recognized the new documentary I’m directing and producing, The 3,000 Project, winner of its PitchBLACK award.  PitchBLACK was the culmination of Black Public Media’s 13-week 360 Incubator + initiative for broadcast programs.  I’m thrilled The 3,000 Project was chosen!

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TV Premiere: MILWAUKEE 53206

February 6, 2018Keith

On April 3rd, 2018 at 8pm EST / 7pm CST MILWAUKEE 53206 will have it’s television premiere on World Channel (check your local listings) as part of the acclaimed documentary series America Reframed.  Free streaming will begin on April 4, 2018 on and all station-branded PBS platforms.  

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Guest on the Produced By Podcast

January 26, 2018Keith

Kevyn Fairchild of the Producer’s Guild of America hosts the podcast Produced By with guest documentary filmmakers Keith McQuirter and Nick Stuart joining by phone to discuss their film MILWAUKEE 53206 and documentary as a tool for social justice.

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Guest Blogger for Evident of Change about MILWAUKEE 53206

November 20, 2017Keith

The United States imprisons its people at an unprecedented rate never seen in human history. It leads the world in the highest rates of incarceration, imprisoning a staggering 25% of the world’s prison population and creating what is currently known as mass incarceration. The battle cry has been summoned demanding justice and calling for prison […]

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New York City Times Square Interactive Panel Discussion about Mass Incarceration featuring MILWAUKEE 53206

November 15, 2017Keith

Through portal technology linking New York City’s Time Square to the 53206 ZIP code in Milwaukee, I hosted an interactive  discussion around mass incarceration using the themes from the documentary MILWAUKEE 53206.  My guests Dennis Walton and Lewis Lee of Made Men Worldwide both brought engaging perspectives on the issues and their work in the community. […]

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MILWAUKEE 53206 Wins 2017 Media for a Just Society Award

November 13, 2017Keith

I’m thrilled to announce that MILWAUKEE 53206 won the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s 2017 Media for a Just Society Award in the film category.  We are additionally honored to have tied with Netflix’s phenomenal documentary 13TH, directed by Ava DuVernay who I truly admire and whose work I love.  MILWAUKEE 53206 and 13TH together will receive the […]

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Screening of MILWAUKEE 53206 in Minneapolis at Urban Affairs Conference & Solomon’s Porch

April 22, 2017Keith

This weekend we had two back-to-back screenings of MILWAUKEE 53206 in Minneapolis.  The first was at Urban Affairs international annual conference which is an interdisciplinary space for engaging in intellectual and practical discussions about urban life.  Urban scholars, researchers, and public service professionals present their theoretical, empirical, and action-oriented research with an aim to foster understanding […]

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Detroit Premiere of MILWAUKEE 53206 at the FREEP Film Festival

April 1, 2017Keith

Another lively discussion after the premiere of MILWAUKEE 53206 at the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the FREEP Film Festival.  After the film Detroit Free Press staff writer Katrease Stafford led a discussion that included myself;  Beverly Walker and Chad Wilson, both stories in the film; Michigan State Representative Erika Geiss, D-Taylor and Joseph […]

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Special Guest at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin

March 1, 2017Keith

Edgewood College planned a full day surrounding MILWAUKEE 53206.  The Dominican Catholic college long ago committed itself to issues of social justice and the faculty and students greeted me and Beverly Walker, who is featured in MILWAUKEE 53206, with a warm welcome.  The campus theater was packed for the screening, and afterwards Beverly, Prestisa (Beverly’s oldest […]

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Speaker at Lobby Day at the Wisconsin State Capital Building

February 28, 2017Keith

The State Senator of Wisconsin, Lena Taylor, asked that I be a guest at first annual Lobby Day that takes place at the state capital in Madison, Wisconsin, where constituents lobby their legislature on issues of criminal justice and many other issues affecting their state.  I was honored to be apart of the successful event and […]

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Cadillac: Pioneers 2017 Academy Awards Commercial

February 26, 2017Keith

I agency executive produced three Cadillac spots for the new ‘Dare Greatly’ campaign that launched during Oscars 2017.  I had an amazing time working with Cadillac, the creative team at Rokkan, who is re-imagining this classic American icon, and Independent Media.

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Featured Guest at Mission Week at Marquette University

February 6, 2017Keith

It was an honor to be the featured guest at the kick-off of Marquette University’s Mission Week. The day of dialogue revolved around MILWAUKEE 53206 with 1,200 in total attendance. Beyond discussions of racial justice, I had a chance to dialogue with the Marquette film students about filmmaking and their aspirations to be directors and […]

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MILWAUKEE 53206 at Google Creative Lab in NYC

January 19, 2017Keith

We had a great screening and lively discussion at Google Creative Lab in NYC. It’s amazing the ideas that get generated when you bring dynamic creatives from different stratas together in one room. I’m so proud of my team and my cast and very excited by what’s to come.

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Blog Post I wrote about the Epidemic of Vanishing Black Men

September 27, 2016Keith

“This past spring, a New York Times article attempted to uncover the enormity of the crisis by giving a glimpse with a staggering number: 1.5 million black men between the ages 25-54 are missing from daily life due to early death or incarceration….  This is a tsunami that must end.”

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The Summit for Change in Washington DC

June 24, 2016Keith

The MILWAUKEE 53206 family were invited to speak at The Summit for Change in Washington DC.  After a screening of the film we shared the panel with activists who are working across the US in criminal justice reform.  It was truly an honor to be part of The Summit and to meet so many leaders committed […]

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America’s Most Incarcerated Zip Code: 53206

July 8, 2015Keith

This year, I’ve been directing a documentary that follows the affects mass incarceration has on a community.  This story takes us into the heart of Milwaukee’s poorest zip code 53206 where by the age of 34, only 38% of the men have not spent time in a state correctional facility.

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Wunmi FITBODY (PUSH) Music Video Released

October 6, 2014Keith

I had a great time working with the AfroBeat Maven Wunmi and choreographers Ousmane and Joilynn. I’ve loved Wunmi’s music ever since I first heard her collaboration with Masters At Work on the tribute remake to Fela Kuti’s Expensive Sh*t. When her freshman album A.L.A dropped, I knew I had to work with her and […]

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NY Rangers Go to the Finals!

May 15, 2014Keith

I had a great crew and cast on the NY Rangers spot shot in Mt. Kisco, NY with super fan Dancing Larry. And, just in time for the Finals! The blinged out boom box didn’t make it into the spot, but it was awesome nevertheless. Let’s Go Rangers!

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November 4, 2013Keith

From the Vogue Closet I directed through Decoupage Productions for Condé Nast Entertainment. The executives at Vogue were all great sports. These women run departments in one of the leading fashion publications in the world, so for them to break away from their schedules to be in front of the camera was out of the […]

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