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  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles, is a groundbreaking 4-part series that tackles a long-overdue and sometimes painful examination of the early history of Los Angeles' Anglo American, Mexican American and other ethnic interactions, and illuminates how these many layered and often...

  • In the remote Andean highlands, Victoriano Arisapana cares for the woven footbridge that has stretched over the gorge for hundreds of years. The secrets of this bridge, the only one left from the ancient Incan empire, have been passed down by the men of Victoriano's family for 300 years. He is...

  • This is the story of the Scottish Highlanders and their clan chiefs torn apart by a rapidly changing world--feeling their trust betrayed, many Highlanders faced famine and poverty, or emigration to the New World--while some of their overlords squeezed revenue by any means necessary from these...

  • FOR BILLY documents the story of an anonymous letter writing campaign that launched a national educational movement and forever redefined the word "bully" in one small midwest village. Told through the eyes of a suicidal teen, a cancer widow, an anti-gay hate group leader, a closeted priest and...

  • Rev. Frank Schaefer was a United Methodist minister in a small Pennsylvania town, until he was put on trial in the Church for officiating the same-sex wedding of his eldest son. Schaefer was given a choice - vow to never again preside over a same-sex wedding, or lose his credentials as a...

  • Mrs. Gyongyi Mago is a high school teacher in Kalocsa, Hungary. While looking for a subject for her dissertation she discovered a forgotten part of local history the Jewish community that once thrived but is now non-existent in her city. Gyongyi is not Jewish. Engaging her students in her...

  • On September 30, 1955, actor James Dean set out from Los Angeles in his Porsche Spyder 550 race car to attend the Sports Car Club of America's weekend road races in Salinas, California. He died four hours later on a dangerous, rural highway.

    Back in Hollywood, Dean left behind close...

  • 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...

  • The Human Touch, a feature documentary film with Andy Goldsworthy directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer, brings together the team that made the commercially and artistically successful, Rivers and Tides (2001)We will work with three different kinds of location: private commissions, public commissions...

  • While serving 5 years in U.S. federal prison for drug charges, artist Jesse Krimes creates a 30-foot mural made with prison bed sheets, hair gel, and The New York Times, smuggled piece-by-piece through the Bureau of Prisons, forcing an exquisite corpse with himself and exposing the invisible...

  • In the midst of China's monumental transformation to a modern society, Chinese Opera, a unique blend of performing arts that reflects the soul of its ancient culture, is quickly disappearing. Filmed in mainland China over a six-year period, with additional scenes shot in Iran and California,...

  • In Watts, it takes an urban village to raise a school. Set against the backdrop of a politically and socially divided nation, A SCHOOL GROWS IN WATTS reflects on the dense, often tragic history of South Los Angeles and the systemic barriers facing children in inner cities like it. Weaving...

  • Dale Evans: Queen of the West and the wife of Roy Rogers: King of the Cowboys,
    offers us the chance to experience the inspirational journey of an American icon as we follow Dale's path from precocious childhood, to eloping at 14, motherhood at 15 and divorce for the first of three times,...

  • Legendary experimental theater director Jerzy Grotowski (1933-1999) had an enormous influence on the modern stage. His seminal book Towards a Poor Theater details the concept of a stripped down dramatic experience focusing on the actor and audience while eschewing complex staging. Grotowski...

  • Metro Teleproductions Inc. is close to final edit on a full-length documentary that tells the far-reaching tale of The Bayou, a legendary Washington, D.C., musical hall. From 1953 to 1998, The Bayou thrived as a musical landmark that transcended genres and eras in the shadows of the gritty...

  • Pet Fooled is a documentary exploring the underbelly of the pet food industry. As a business that is largely unregulated, and controlled by a conglomerate of companies, this film will take an inside look at whether the nutrition we feed our pets is actually good for them. After the dramatic 2007...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • After 5 years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are readying themselves for a siege. Through the volunteers from The White Helmets we experience the daily life, death and struggle in the streets of the city. They fight for sanity where war has become the norm.

  • 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...

  • What do we really know about the people of Africa, aside from the many struggles they face? How can we learn from them, and help the rest of the world understand what life is like on this terribly misunderstood and overlooked continent we know as "Africa"? Those are the questions that are at 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...

  • 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...

  • Nearly a thousand children call the streets of Cape Town, South Africa home. Known as 'strollers', these children live in an urban wonderland where they hustle, play, fight and drug the day away. But street life can be dangerous and most children express a sincere desire to leave the street...

  • 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...

  • A new feature documentary that sets out to demystify endometriosis, a systemic, often debilitating disease that affects at least 1 in 10 women globally. Because of the dismissal of endometriosis (or "endo") as "women troubles" historically, the disease has become a nightmare of misinformation,...

  • Wildlife trafficking is the third largest illegal trade in the world. Animals are sold for their body parts for up to $100,000 per kilo. Species like elephant and rhino, killed for their horns, are driven to extinction as prices soar because of increasing scarcity. International regulation...

  • Born in late 1940’s Los Angeles as James Bartlett, we follow the wild life of a counter-culture and drag icon who would eventually become known as Rumi Missabu. As one of the founding members of the radical queer performance group, The Cockettes, Rumi leaves Hollywood a trained child actor and...

  • Jobs For Rent is a documentary about establishing a career in your 20s. It follows a waitress, entrepreneur, lawyer, and struggling artist "representing" the various choices we face in choosing a career. For love or money, as they say. The film compares and contrasts Generation Y or the "net-...