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  • Zenith Virago is the go-to marriage celebrant of Byron Shire, Australia, having conducted over 1500 marriage ceremonies. She's also the region's deathwalker, offering end-of-life decision planning and DIY funeral alternatives through her Natural Death Centre. Both sides of her work share the...

  • Chaplin was his apprentice, he was the first international star, earning fortune and being adored in France, Europe and Hollywood. And then at the peak of his career everything suddenly finished. Max Linder ended his life by the side of his adorable wife. How was it possible?

  • By custom, thousands of artisans in Mexico still use lead based glazes in their pottery without knowing the damage that this toxic element causes to their health.Herlinda, an indigenous Purepecha potter, is one of the few artisans in her community who uses alternative lead-free glazes. Having...

  • The art of the Qajar Era in Iran, from 1785 to 1925, includes some of the most remarkable paintings of any culture, yet remains little known outside Iran. “Miras - The Legacy of 19th Century Persian Painting” brings the wealth and importance of this extraordinary period in art history. Blending...

  • When legendary rock keyboardist Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer died, the music world was shocked. It was an open secret amongst musicians he had been suffering for years with repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) from playing. But nobody talked. Facing an upcoming tour in Japan and unsure...

  • About one American in seven has some degree of dyslexia. It's a condition that makes it hard to learn to read the same way other people do. With some special techniques, taught or self-invented, most dyslexics can learn to function normally. And a lot of dyslexics are brilliant, talented, and...

  • A custodian. A housewife. A pediatrician. A grandmother. Seemingly ordinary individuals. Yet these individuals have a story to tell. It is the story of suffering and death. It is the story of refugees. It is the story of terrified villagers running for cover. Yet, at the same time, it is...

  • What could possibly motivate someone to alter or destroy their body? Told though subject portraits and expert interviews, 'Written on the Body' is a feature-length documentary film that explores the hidden epidemic of self-injury, which affects an estimated two million people in the United...

  • Edward M. Bannister: An American Artist, a documentary film, will combine Bannister's sketches & paintings, re-created scenes, special FX of his techniques, as well as vintage & modern footage of Providence, RI. Edward Mitchell Bannister was a co-founder of the Providence Art Club, but...

  • Baptizing Feminism is a feature length documentary about the intersection of Christianity and feminism, and the passionate individuals leading a movement opposing religious patriarchy, the oppression of women, and the beliefs of influential Christian leaders advocating male-only leadership in...

  • Unconditional Hope is not just a documentary film about one of the most courageous and extraordinary women I know-my mother-it's also a movement and campaign designed to inspire more than one million people to live with hope, despite whatever challenges any of us may face.When my mother was...

  • In the country with the world’s most ambitious commitment to protect nature, where the king values the happiness of his people above the money they make, a threat is looming. Bhutan's primary revenue source is hydropower; quotas with India would require damming every last river. A man named “...

  • "A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour" is a feature-length documentary about Gregg Gour, a 48-year-old HIV positive gay man who is on the "Road Trip" of his life. Gregg has lived with HIV/AIDS for 24 years, and in July of 2004, after struggling with the side-effects for so long, he...

  • Thank you for visiting the donation home page for the Raymond Lewis Documentary Project. If you have come this far, you must have a special appreciation for the subject matter and the story we are trying to tell and we are thankful for your consideration in helping support the film.If you...

  • "Beyond the Bolex" AKA "The Jacques Bolsey Project" is currently in post-production. We are so close! We need your help to bring the story of this little known renaissance man to the world, so that it can serve as an inspiration for the inventors, builders and thinkers of tomorrow. Alyssa Bolsey...

  • Handmade: Turning Art Into Enterprise is a documentary project of StoryCatcher, LLC. We seek to inspire millions of people to connect and identify with Living Artists and Artisan communities worldwide, highlighting the role of Handmade Living Art as a means of empowerment, sustainable economic...

  • Wear it on the Outside will provide a thorough examination into the realities of living with a condition that isn't seen or heard. By revealing the stories of five adults living with congenital Anorectal malformations or Hirschsprung's disease, the film will shed light on the trauma and stigma...

  • Whether we like it or not, most of us now live within diverse, globalized societies. Cultural homogeny is becoming extinct. AMERICAN DREAMERS, a transmedia documentary project, is an evolving chronicle of immigration, the oldest human journey. By exploring both the conscious and subconscious...

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Kaplan was at the top of his world. Never before ill, he was used to documenting the life ordeals of others. But when suddenly diagnosed with a rare case of potentially deadly Lymphoma, it was a blind side. Turning the lens on himself, Kaplan's remarkable...

  • The D-Word is the world's pre-eminent online community for documentary filmmakers. It hosts a free discussion forum and online conferences on all aspects of documentary filmmaking, including fundraising, production, camera, sound, distribution, legal and many more. It has more than 12,000...

  • In 1985 a handful of young women from Oregon high schools went to the University of Oregon in Eugene to compete in track. There, the storied legacy of men's track and field dwarfed all other programs and the women's program was an inconvenient necessity as universities everywhere were coping...

  • Los Angeles, summer, 1945, a young boy, whose parents fled from Germany twelve years earlier, is adjusting to his mother’s fragile state of mind. She has just returned from months in a psychiatric hospital. Suddenly he is confronted by his father, who is shouting words he doesn’t understand: “...

  • TRIFECTA, is the story of three unfulfilled lives that follows the roller coaster ride of three homeless young men impaired by mental illness and physical handicaps. James Adams' early onset Schizophrenia, Conway Akers'  lumbar-disc disease and Dustin Kinnear's Bipolar disease and drug addiction...

  • For nearly seventy years, Weeki Wachee Springs has been home to America's first and only fully-choreographed mermaid show. Competing with Orlando's mega-parks, it remains as one of the last of Florida's historical roadside attractions thanks to the mermaids who work tirelessly to protect the...

  • The Last Animals is a story about an extraordinary group of people who go to extraordinary lengths to save the planet’s last animals. The documentary follows the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and transnational trafficking syndicates to protect elephants and rhinos...

  • Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS is a 110-minute documentary that tells a story that has never been told: the vital role that women have played - and continue to play - in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

    Combining archival footage and interviews with female activists,...

  • EL SISTEMA USA! is an hour long documentary about a new music education experiment in Philadelphia based on Venezuela's El Sistema program. It is produced in association with TED and The New England Conservatory by Jamie Bernstein, Elizabeth Kling, Ofra Bikel, with Anthony Drazan directing.

  • True story of a small-town Texan who changed the destiny of an Asian hilltribe, and was changed by them in turn. The inside story of a huge covert operation that actually succeeded ... for a while ... bringing 200,000 tribespeople to America. Based on a prize-winning nonfiction book by the...

  • DEFINING BEAUTY focuses on the extraordinary lives of five women and their journey toward the 2010 Ms.Wheelchair America pageant. Unlike traditional beauty pageants, Ms.Wheelchair America is a competition based on advocacy, achievement, and communication, that selects the most accomplished and...

  • UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) is an international documentary film festival held in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and at Stanford University each year around the UN Day (October 24). Founded in 1998 to celebrate the 50 th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of...

  • The orangutan is on the verge of extinction due to poaching and habitat loss. Now deep in the heart of Borneo orangutans and Dayaks, the local aboriginal people, have come together in a unique program. Dayak women have become surrogate mothers to hundreds of orphaned orangutans. How will these...

  • In 2001, President George W. Bush issued a ban on federal funding for newly created human embryonic stem cell research. In 2004 California passed Prop 71, and created The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to fund, facilitate, and provide oversight for stem cell research in...

  • "Growing Together Again" tells the story of German and European unity more than a quarter of a century after the opening of the Wall.  It begins in Berlin where the memory of East-West division runs deep and the drive to achieve a common European destiny remains a top priority.  Since 2015...

  • There are angels living among us. They have no wings and wear red suits. They radiate joy and jingle like sleigh bells when they walk. These beings are perhaps our last connection to the magic and innocence we were so certain of as children.They Wore the Red Suit examines a world where Santa...

  • The Politics of Youth Culture is a full-length documentary about the various tiers of discrimination that urban youth have faced since the 1980's. However, through alternative spaces, adolescents have been given opportunities to exercise their talents, and develop cultural movements. Today we...