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  • Almost five years ago, the world saw news coverage of a disaster in New Orleans. The coverage said it was a natural disaster that primarily affected poor black people. On both scores, the coverage was wrong.

    Now nearing the fifth anniversary, humorist and New Orleans native Harry Shearer...

  • In September 2009, Wayne Schoenfeld, film maker and photographer, and Nadia Duguay, producer and organizer, left for Cape Town (South Africa) to shoot a film about the care for the sick and dying children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and diseases linked to poverty.This story could have been overwhelmed...

  • Telling the stories of LGBT people who helped change our history. Using powerful voice, video and interactive displays that uncover the impact of LGBT activism in California from 1966 to 1981. First video project of Impact Stories is a film documentary On These Shoulders We Stand. The film...

  • The image of the American hero is challenged in this heartfelt portrait of 9/11 first-responder Isaac Ho’opi’i as he struggles to put that traumatic experience behind him with the support of his family and his love of Hawaiian music.

  • "Boys and Men Healing" is a documentary portraying courageous male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and incest in the process of healing from the devastating effects of this insidious crime. By exploring their intimate lives, our documentary is a powerful witness to the possibilities and hope...

  • “Cassandro, Queen of the Ring” is the true and remarkable story of Saul, a broken boy victim of abuse who found purpose and meaning in the most unlikely of places: the brutal and unforgiving world of Mexican wrestling. Now 30 years later and after having conquered the world, the first openly gay...

  • OUT LOUD chronicles the ups and downs of the first season of the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles -- the largest group of transgender and gender non-conforming people anywhere in the world who come together regularly to sing.  These extraordinary choristers don’t just make music.  They’re also making...

  • This renowned painter (H. Somers) endured an incredible trauma and is now suffering from a terminal illness. Here's why he doesn't let either of those things stop him from living a full (and inspiring) life.It is often eluded that every modern generation takes for granted the wisdom of its...

  • What does it take to make your living working with dead bodies? The funeral homes workers, the morticians, the medical examiners and forensic detectives. What have they gleamed by working with the vessel after the soul has gone? Does it make them more spiritual, kinder to others around them or...

  • 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...

  • The affirmative action battleground has moved beyond Black and White to a new arena: Asian America. Though Asian Americans make up less than 5% of the national population, some say their percentages in higher education are too high, while others say they are too low. In 2012, a civil rights...

  • "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...

  • "Thanks for the Mammaries, Bettina Hubby" is a feature length documentary about Los Angeles artist Bettina Hubby's diagnosis with breast cancer and the power of art to transform and sustain our struggle to survive.

  • Six million African Americans left the Deep South during the Great Migration between 1910-1970, many, to escape racial violence. Mamie Kirkland, a child of seven, was one of them. One hundred years later she returns to Ellisville, Mississippi, where her father, Edward Lang and a friend, John...

  • Five 'rock stars' of the bagpiping world get their kicks on Route 66 in a 3-week musical tour down the Mother Road.Scottish pipers Willie McCallum, Stuart Liddell and Angus MacColl and drummer Jim Kilpatrick join forces with American percussionist Mike Cole in Chicago for the 2,400-mile journey...

  • American literature has a history of being in the vanguard when it comes to activism about controversial issues. The books of Edward Abbey carry on that tradition, with memoirs like Desert Solitaire and the classic comic novel, The Monkey Wrench Gang, taking on the degradation of the American...

  • Are we witnessing a SILENT COUP? Your right to vote is at risk unless action is taken in response to widespread measures aimed at preventing people from casting a ballot.As the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act approaches, local officials across America are accused of trying to deprive...

  • FORCED CHANGE, a feature documentary from director Rennik Soholt, uses the path of destruction left behind by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a vehicle to strip away the ultra-wide lens of modern news media’s approach to disaster coverage and to go deeper to bring to life the unique and touching...

  • More than thirty years after the end of the brutal reign of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, Nuon Phaly continues to battle the legacy of their repressive regime. From the squalor of Phnom Penh garbage dumps to the poverty of the provinces, Phaly's mission is to help children and to provide them with...

  • The new feature THE ROAD BACK FORWARD gets an inside look at addiction through a twenty year friendship bond between a wealthy white Mormon alcoholic businessman, and his struggling black heroin addict barber as they deal with relapse and the challenges of living in sobriety.

    The story is...

  • Free speech history unfolds in The Land of Orange Groves & Jails when the director's reluctant aunt Yetta finally tells her tale of teenage activism amidst the free speech and labor battles of 1920s Los Angeles. Her arrest for flying a red flag over a summer camp resulted in the US Supreme...

  • Longing to protect her daughters from the discrimination and violence of Congo’s endless civil war, Rachel Namberwa composed a unique blessing song for each of her children at birth. In a historic context where physical features could be blamed for discrimination and hatred, Rachel sheltered her...

  • Duanne Luckow begins a scary, dangerous and ever-escalating cycle of arrests, incarcerations, Mental institutional stays including Oregon State Hospital (The setting of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), an inability to aid and assist in his own defense and releases to the streets without a plan...

  • 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...

  • VIVA VERDI!....life’s third act may just be the best one after all!

    VIVA VERDI! offers a rare glimpse into the lives of the eccentric and celebrated opera singers and musicians living out their "third act" at Milan's Casa Verdi retirement home built in 1896 by the most...

  • Throw Like A Girl is a quest, my quest to understand why American women don't routinely play baseball.  Since Title IX, women's participation in sport has grown, as have opportunities for women - except in baseball.  Basketball is basketball, tennis is tennis, golf is golf, swimming, skiing,...

  • When Hilde Back sponsored a young, impoverished Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She paid roughly $15 dollars per term to keep him in primary school. She certainly never expected to hear from him, but many years later, she does. Chris Mburu has been thinking of his "angel" Hilde since...

  • Blood & Honey presents a radically different view of what it means to live with diabetes. This feature-length documentary will enable audiences to see the chronically ill in a way they never could have imagined: as a valuable resource. The film makes the point that the issues associated with...

  • When the Bell Rings is a documentary about David "Dino" Wells, a former boxer who makes a gutsy attempt to return to fighting. At 40, Wells quickly finds that his 15-year absence from the sport has left him in need of intense training, which he takes on with determination and grit. Feverishly...

  • When there is no one to turn to at home, sometimes the only family that seems to care is the one found on the streets. ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME is the all-too-common story of Guatemala City's urban youth and the gangs that become their family. As ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME explores the home and street...

  • When a group of  nurses travel to Mexico to screen locals for diabetes in the Yucatan, they are alarmed by the prevalence of the disease.  Diabetes rates have risen dramatically, doubling every 10 years, and it is now  the leading cause of death in Mexico.

    The volunteers see the...

  • Lost In The Festival the is untold backstage story of Glastonbury Festival in the UK.  In the 1990s, legendary festival founder, Michael Eavis admitted, his event did not have the sell-out success it enjoys today. This music documentary that tells how some risqué new age travellers created Lost...

  • Iraq Paper Scissors follows a unique transformation from uniform to pulp, from battlefield to workshop, and from warrior to artist. Filmmaker Sara Nesson follows several Iraq Veterans on an unusual and creative journey as they confront their emotional wounds, and redefine themselves as artists...

  • Beloved Land, Beloved Country.  A story of Love, Hope and Healing.

    How do you heal from social trauma?This film explores Hawaiian Identity in the future.  Can we survive the affects of globalization?   Will any original cultures survive?  Are we just one more of the many cultures destined...

  • Films are about stories. Good stories are further appreciated by placing them in a historical context. Bill Traylor lived a life span between 1854-1949. He made over 1200-1500 pieces of art that chronicle not only his own life but also the rapid cultural changes of his times.

    During the...

  • FIRST GENERATION is a feature-length documentary chronicling the journey of four low-income students who are first in their family attempting to attend college. While education is the most likely means of rising into another socio-economic class, our system makes it extremely difficult to break...