Patrice O'Neill | Not in Our Town

Patrice O'Neill

Patrice O'Neill is a filmmaker, journalist and leader of Not In Our Town, a community-based movement of people working to stop hate together. She has produced the successful Not In Our Town national series on PBS and led a multi-platform approach that utilizes documentary film, social networking, outreach and organizing efforts to encourage dialogue and community action. The series began as a half-hour PBS special and turned into a dynamic movement that continues to thrive in communities across the U.S. and around the world. 

Patrice O'Neill

O'Neill's film, Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness premiered on PBS in 2011. Over 300 community screenings of the film have been held across the U.S. She is currently in production on two films. Case Against Hate features four stories that go inside the justice system to show victims, law enforcement and prosecutors working together to heal and strengthen communities in the aftermath of hate crimes. Waking in Oak Creek profiles the powerful community response to the 2012 hate crime killings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. 

In addition to making films, O'Neill and the NIOT team have fostered a network of Not In Our Town community activists–among them mayors, police chiefs, educators and faith leaders–and helped lead a series of anti-hate media campaigns featuring screenings and town hall meetings in hundreds of communities nationwide. Her team launched NIOT.org, a social media community resource and film site, and Not In Our School, which includes anti-bullying campaign resources for teachers and students. In Spring 2013, O'Neill introduced the Not In Our Town model to three cities in Hungary and six U.S. Embassies in Central Europe

O'Neill is the CEO of the Not In Our Town project's parent company, The Working Group, an Oakland-based non-profit strategic media company. In addition to the Not In Our Town project, O'Neill has produced the award-winning PBS series, Livelyhood, and workplace public televisions series We Do The WorkThe Fire Next Time, her film presented on the POV series, is used in conflict studies departments around the country.