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  • America is struggling with issues centering on justice.  Youth and race are two big newsmakers because as bizarre as it might seem in this country, both are still grossly misunderstood and abused.  Our justice system reflects cultural concerns based in fear, and our children often pay the...

  • When she was 12 years old, just minutes after a family argument, filmmaker Mayumi Maruyama's father hung himself in the garage of his family's suburban American home. DEAR DAD is her effort to both understand and come to terms with her father's tragic death and to confront the cultural wall of...

  • War is Hell; why would anyone want to spend their weekends there?

    IN COUNTRY is portrait of 2/5 1st Cav (R), a unique group of historical reenactors, many of them veterans of the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan, who are recreating the Vietnam War in the woods of Oregon.

    Dressed from...

  • Silvia, a social worker, and David, an unemployed man, join the 15M Movement in May 2011 in Plaza Cataluña. Then, they decide to march 500 km on foot from Barcelona to Madrid with others from the movement as a way to confront the socio-political status quo and express their anger and...

  • Everyone knows what a drag queen is, but what is a drag king? These male impersonators bind their chests, apply bald caps and facial hair, and create hand-made costumes to demonstrate the transformative power of their age-old, yet still marginalized art form. They share their passion by...

  • OUTWORDS is the first-ever national project to document the remarkable evolution of the LGBTQ community over the past several decades, through on-camera interviews with the people who led, participated in, or simply witnessed it. The OUTWORDS coffee table book (published by Harper Collins) and...

  • Throughout the country, the debate on same sex marriage has become a passionate and polarizing issue. One group is fighting for the right to marry, while another is fighting to protect the very institution of marriage as they understand it. But what exactly are both of these sides fighting for?...

  • Released in 1981, the original film, The Park That Kids Built is a transformative documentary of urban renewal. The film is set in South Los Angeles and depicts how two teachers, their fifth and sixth grade students, and the community turned a vacant lot filled with abandoned cars and trash into...

  • Manassas High School in Memphis, Tennessee is the setting for this film which explores how Emerson Able, Jr., a music educator, changed the lives of so many of his students. Although he used unconventional methods while teaching his music classes he was able to secure over 4000 scholarships for...

  • Threads is an intimate portrait of an 84-year old Muslim artist in Bangladesh who transforms a unique quiltwork tradition to create possibilities for a better life for her family and for hundreds of destitute mothers. Over three decades, as the intricate story-telling art they...

  • In 1962, Harold Azjenberg left Miami for New York City by bus. He plucked his eyebrows on the way, shaved his legs and -- in the words of the Lou Reed song that later cemented him in the cultural firmament, "then he was a she," Holly Woodlawn. Holly's walk on the wild side took her from the...

  • This is the story of traditional artisans struggling to maintain natural beauty in contemporary South Korean society. The artistic process of applying refined tree sap to objects for improving durability extended throughout Asia thousands of years ago. Over the centuries, Korean artists have...

  • THE NOVEMBER SURPRISE is set in the battleground state of Florida during the recent race for President. 

    Not only was 2016 one of the most polarizing elections in U.S. history, it was also the first in 50 years without full enforcement of the Voting Rights Act Dr...

  • We are entering a new era in research. The synergy of technological advancement and scientific discovery enables a new approach to solving the universe's greatest mysteries. Through the world of particle physics, we see the great machines and the global collaborations working together in a...

  • Imagine if your child had a pediatric condition that threatened their very quality of life. Now, what if you heard rumor of a treatment that was often highly successful but still very risky, that was considered by many to be immoral, and that was illegal to purchase nearly everywhere? What would...

  • The 196710th grade class at Cubberley High School was studying Nazi Germany when teacher Ron Jones informed them that they could achieve power by utilizing "Strength Through Discipline". Jones then extolled "Strength Through Community", suggesting that individual achievement be sacrificed for...

  • "Living Pono" is an hour-long documentary for public television that follows internationally acclaimed film and stage actor Jason Scott Lee on his intentional journey from mega movie stardom to living sustainably on his off-the-grid taro farm, 4,000 feet up the slopes of Mauna Loa on the Big...

  • Black Hair Empire is the untold story of the rise and fall of the African American dominated hair care industry, from post-slavery to the current day.   It is the saga of four generations of African-Americans who forged their imprint into American business, their influence upon popular culture, and the fight for racial equality and economic parity.

  • Collectively, their roster of hit songs is unmatched in the recording industry, numbering into the hundreds and spanning decades. They've been -- pun fully intended -- significantly instrumental in building the rise to stardom for a varied list of popular artists from The Beach Boys to Frank and...

  • Sisyphus Rides follows adventurer Vince Vetro across Nicaragua on a cycling expedition designed to grow his micro finance NGO, The Lending Journey. What follows, however, is the slow unravelling of his organization, and a soulful examination of what constitutes real success in third world...

  • In the wake of riots and racial tension, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conductor Marin Alsop is changing the face of classical music, while a West Baltimore teenager struggles to tell her own story one note at a time.

  • At age 66, Bernard "Butch" Rosichan, a Jewish, balding pot-bellied and homophobic owner of an auto wrecking business undergoes a risky sex change operation and is reborn as "Gloria Stein" and becomes an advocate for transgender rights.But unlike many transgenders, Gloria (think Carol Channing...

  • "Lower 9" is the heart-wrenching story of the residents of the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans – a community that has been displaced and largely forgotten about in the more than nine years since their homes and their lives were destroyed by the breech of the levees and the flood that ensued...

  • "Other People's Footage: Copyright & Fair Use" probes the contentious issue of authors claiming fair use for a production integrating selections from other individuals’ creations without permission, or paying fees.  The film gets to the heart of this debate about intellectual property using...

  • One Step Beyond chronicles the journey of John Tinuga and Furaha Noor, two youth from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, as they leave their homes, travel to the United States for a three week leadership program, and return to their communities with a new vision of the world and their place in it. John...

  • At one time home birth was the norm and hospital birth was the exception. Now, nearly 99% of births in America take place in hospitals. With the normalizing of hospital birth, the notion of home birth carries a certain stigma and evokes fear and judgment from many. "Why not Home?" reveals not...

  • Our film follows the creation of a troop of 8 to 12-year-old girls of color – the Radical Monarchs – in Oakland, CA. A social justice- oriented alternative to the Girl Scouts, the Monarchs still earn badges – not for sewing or selling cookies but for units on Black Lives Matter, Radical Beauty,...

  • When a young woman discovers her mother's dark past of being prostituted as a child in the 1970s, they embark on a journey across America and retrace the mother's life during her slavery and escape. The truth they find exposes more than either of them ever imagined about America’s innocent...

  • A filmic investigation of shifting intersections of land and sea. We will examine cultural, psychological and ecological phenomena along Pacific shorelines, beginning with the Island Republic of Kiribati. Scientists have predicted that these South Pacific coral atolls will be uninhabitable by...

  • Each year tens of thousands of people are killed, injured or forced from their homes as a result of ongoing conflicts. Global instruments and institutions of peace have occasionally delivered powerful results but, more often, the weakest suffer and the conflict lingers. Why do our governments...

  • Throughout the 1950s, Tab Hunter is number one at the box office and number one on the music charts. He is Hollywood's most sought-after star. Natalie Wood, Debbie Reynolds and Sophia Loren are just a few of the actresses he is romantically linked to. He is America's Boy Next Door. Nothing, it...

  • Inner-city men are kept off the streets by their dedication to pigeons that do flips in the air.

  • "New York Says Thank You" is a feature length documentary film following a foundation of New Yorkers and 9/11 survivors, who travel each year on the anniversary of 9/11 to help other disaster stricken communities. A father has helped a five-year-old New York City boy mold his idea into an...

  • Out of Order is a feature length documentary following the journey of three queer members of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Most gay and transgender people know what it feels like to be told they are broken and to be rejected, and often this message comes from Christians.With unprecedented...

  • "It is not possible to discuss the future of national and international security without addressing climate change... Food shortages, droughts, floods—all directly tied to climate change will be catalysts for conflict."- U.S. Air Force Gen. Donald Hoffman (ret)A profoundly altered planet; food...