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  • “Baba Babee Skazala” [Grandmother Told Grandmother] tells the little known story of Ukrainian children torn from their homes in the crush between the Nazi and Soviet fronts in World War II. Spending their childhood as refugees in Europe, these inspiring individuals later immigrated to the United...

  • Back to the Shadows: A CIA officer's Story is the story of Richard (Dick) Holm, one of the CIA's most well-respected and highly-decorated officers. Dick Holm built a career on knowing his country's enemies. He didn't simply know who they were; he grew to know them intimately. He dined with them...

  • At a remote Mojave Desert high school, extraordinary educators believe that, more than academics, it is love, empathy and life skills that give at-risk students command of their own futures. This coming-of-age story watches education combat the crippling effects of poverty on the lives of the so...

  • “The Ballad of Don Lewis” is the story of a pioneering musician and electronic engineer whose genius and technological vision personified both the creative freedom and the institutional fears that defined the music industry during the 1970s & 80s.

    An African American born in the...

  • West Baltimore, 1972: a father of thirteen is shot point blank on his way to a community meeting. Three boys are arrested, but acquitted. The victim's family flees to California for 40 years, until a crisis forces them back to Baltimore on a desperate and redemptive search for the boys - now...

  • 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...

  • The documentary film Battered Women Who Kill examines the
    plight of abused women who have been incarcerated for retaliating
    against their abusers. The film follows the stories of three women
    seeking clemency for these crimes, as well as the experiences of three
    women...

  • This is a story of Maharaj-ji, a miraculous holy man who lived in India and became famous in the seventies classic Be Here Now, by Ram Dass. It is also the journey of a young man trying to walk the spiritual path while living in the West. His journey takes us from the summer of love to Ram Dass...

  • "Becoming Bulletproof" (working title) is a feature length documentary about a camp for people with and without disabilities that gathers in Los Angeles once a year to make an original narrative film. This year the Zeno gang made a Western film. This documentary is about the making of that...

  • Behind the White Glasses is a film that shines a spotlight on the creative, visionary and groundbreaking filmmaker and writer, Lina Wertmuller. It is a gripping and musical portrait of a maestro of the Italian cinema, a journey into the soul of the director. Unknown aspects of this artistic...

  • Bell’s Angels is the untold story of Coach Franke Ann Bell, a woman who defied all odds to become one of the most famous swim coaches you’ve never heard of. Franke’s coaching career has all the makings of a classic underdog story. She was one of the first female head coaches in the ‘good ol’...

  • Bending The Arc, an independent documentary, tells the extraordinary and little known story of the invention of desktop publishing.Imagine a world with nearly no personal computers. A world where the tools of mass communications were in the hands of an exclusive few and individuals faced a high...

  • Best of Enemies is a documentary feature about the legendary 1968 TV debates between two great public intellectuals, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley and how TV changed the way we talk about politics in America. Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, two of America's greatest...

  • 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...

  • At 23, Sgt. Bill Mauldin returned from WWII a millionaire and the youngest Pulitzer Prize winner in history. It was only the beginning of an extraordinary career that would make him legend of American cartooning. Driven by genius, a love of adventure, and a devotion to his motto, “If It’s...

  • 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...

  • There can be little doubt that this area ranks as one of humanity's most unusual, exotic and misguided social experiments. In 1934 the Soviet leader declared the area the Jewish Autonomous Region (JAR) of Birobidjan and persuaded tens of thousands of poor Jews to move there as farmers. Thousands...

  • Birth is a rite of passage through which all human beings pass, but for many mothers the physical realities of labor and birth are confusing and frightening. Why do some women feel deeply empowered by their birth experiences and others feel stripped of their motherhood? Is it safer to give birth...

  • BLACK HAIR EMPIRE tells the stories of former day laborers, sharecroppers, school teachers, and tradesmen who pursued and realized the American Dream by founding ethnic hair care companies. It weaves an epic tale of five generations of African Americans who revolutionized the personal care industry. Their products and advertising popularized an African-American mystique that sold hugely and changed forever the way black people, white Americans and the world perceived what being black looks and feels like.

    Today, there exist a very small number of black owned manufacturers of hair care products who operate on a national or global scale such as the one presented in this film. Their decades-long legacy has been lost to mainstream manufacturers. After over a century of building and growing a marketplace from the roots, black-owned hair care manufacturers of the ilk of 20 years ago are a vanishing breed. If you were to look at the packaging of almost any label one by one an undeniable occurrence will result. Most products made for black hair are not manufactured by black owned companies.

    This film is not just about individual stories

    The empires created by the original black entrepreneurs have all since dwindled or transferred ownership to multinational groups. The reasons for these losses are numerous; from cultural appropriation, cooptation of the market by major national brands such as L’OREAL and Unilever, changing business strategies in America, institutionalized racism, de-segregation, limited access to financial resources, a scarcity of strategic trading partners essential to navigating international markets, bitter in-fighting amongst family members and lack of cultural consumer loyalty. BLACK HAIR EMPIRE documents as never before the history of the pioneers of black hair care and the cultural, political and deeply personal impact their industry created.

  • 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...

  • Maho Bay Camps, set within the US Virgin Islands National Park, has been the home to a small Eco-tourism resort since its creation in 1976. Created by New York Civil Engineer and Developer Stanley Selengut, he has been named the "Father of Sustainable Resort Development."Maho was ahead of its...

  • "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...

  • Imagine merging the dedication and team spirit of an NFL team with the well-rounded knowledge of Jeopardy! champions, plus mix in the cultural diversity of the United Nations - that's academic decathlon. Brain Games spotlights this high school based program designed for over and under-achieving...

  • Breaking the Silence is a student-created documentary following the lives of 4 LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transexual) high school students of varying ages struggling with different aspects of high school. The problems these students are experiencing because of their sexuality extend into...

  • Sabotage, glamour, death, star power, strong wills and vivid personalities are just some of the elements which factor into the true story behind Rag Wing Derby. On August 18, 1929, twenty brave women set out to fly for nine consecutive days across the United States in the First Women's National...

  • Defying all odds and inspiring the world around her, a spirited woman challenges her terminal illness on a daily basis to ensure that she lives her life to the fullest. Laura was diagnosed at one and a half with Cystic Fibrosis. Doctor's told her parents that she wouldn't live past five, but...

  • About one of America's leading engineers and how his passion for bridge building contributed to the urbanization of America, transforming cities and commerce through innovation and ingenuity and how eight strategically designed North American superstructures remain globally significant today. It...

  • 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...

  • BROOKLYN CASTLE tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the...

  • Bulbul: Song of the Nightingale documents the life of a young Banchara girl living off National Highway 79 in Madhya Pradesh, India. Though only eleven years old, Bulbul already stands at a crossroads. The likelihood is high that her parents will soon force her into the longstanding community...

  • "What would you do if the worst thing that ever happened to you felt like it kept happening?" Former U.S. Army Captain Luis Montalvan poses this question upon his return from two combat tours in Iraq and over six years, filmmaker Ben Selkow explores the dynamic definitions of recovery through...

  • Burning Man is the definitive American cultural phenomenon of the turn of the century. Defined by active participation, the festival has grown exponentially over its 20-year history, from a handful of spectators to well over 35,000 participants, each with their own sense of what it all means. In...

  • We pass by them everyday on the subway. Sometimes we drop a dollar. Sometimes we stop and listen. But who are these anonymous musicians that play their hearts out day in and day out for little recognition? BUSKING THE SYSTEM is a documentary that explores the world of subway musicians living and...

  • “In the Blood” is a feature-length documentary film about boxing from the inside out- a prequel to the sequel. At the heart of the film is the story, both inside and outside the ring, of 16-year-old twin brothers in their last year in the tough ranks of amateur boxing where kids are raised to be...

  • MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY is the portrait of a town in Texas that finds itself at the epicenter of a growing humanitarian crisis. As Central American refugees fleeing violence make their way around the Falfurrias border checkpoint, scores are dying of dehydration on vast private ranches during...