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Kristin Adair

2019 Black Male Achievement Fellow
Founder of Unchained Media Collective with Halim Flowers

Kristin Adair 2019 Black Male Achievement Fellow

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Change the narrative about mass incarceration and reimagine justice by training currently and formerly incarcerated people to use film and multimedia production to become advocates and tell their stories.


Kristin Adair presents a live multimedia storytelling performance at the Night of Ideas festival in Washington, DC, with two recently released juvenile lifers who are collaborators with Unchained Media Collective. Photo credit: Joao Pina

Unchained Media Collective, a social impact production company, reimagines justice through stories. Its art- and tech-based platforms invite audiences to meet the incarcerated through stories, driving advocacy and civic engagement against mass incarceration. Through documentary films, online content, podcasts, virtual reality, and more, Unchained Media Collective supports the release of those serving decades behind bars, building empathy between judges and young people caught in cycles of violence. Its vision is to train and hire formerly incarcerated people for its production teams, providing technical skills and empowering them as leaders in story-driven advocacy.


Kristin Adair is the co-founder and creative director of Unchained Media Collective, a social impact production company dedicated to disrupting mass incarceration by training and amplifying the voices of currently and formerly incarcerated storytellers. She is a documentary filmmaker and trained attorney based in Washington, DC. Deeply committed to collaborative filmmaking, she advocates for those incarcerated as children and young adults through her work. After leaving her job as a nonprofit lobbyist in 2011, Kristin helped create an after-school arts program for incarcerated youth. Finding her passion, she returned to graduate school to hone her multimedia storytelling skills. As a member of the inaugural cohort of the Halcyon Arts Lab social justice arts fellowship in 2017–2018, she completed production on the documentary Becoming Free, an intimate look at the experience of young adults coming home from prison after years or decades behind bars. Kristin has a BS from Georgetown University, a JD from George Washington University, and an MA from Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Kristin is a 2019 Echoing Green Fellow.

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