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  • 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...

  • Over five million Americans have some form of bipolar disorder...and all of us are touched by it. OF TWO MINDS explores what it really feels like to be bipolar - from the raging highs of grandiosity and sensuality to the depths of despair and depression. Far from a clinical study of mental...

  • Estranged... dissects the complex terrain of Indian Muslim women's rights to livelihood, education and equitable access to justice through the lens of divorce practices in the Indian Muslim community. The film shall capture a few Muslim women's remarkable struggle to fight for their basic human...

  • ReImagine: A feature length documentary film following a young activist, as she searches for solutions to the western world's energy problems. Along the way she meets some of the world's leading scientists, activists, and innovators. She wants desperately to see the West released from its fossil...

  • 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...

  • Every weekend, at rodeos from Illinois to California, teams of young, Mexican American women, Escaramuzas Charras, climb onto their sidesaddles in elegant charra skirts or ruffled adelita dresses and weave their galloping horses around each other in dangerous, high speed ballets, like the...

  • Everyone needs an outlet.  LA Roll is a feature length documentary about a vibrant sub-culture of dance roller skaters in Los Angeles who live for skating because it is their creative release from work and daily struggles. This community of dance skaters (also known as rhythm skaters) has...

  • Kidnapped for Christ follows the stories of several American teenagers who were taken from their homes and sent to an Evangelical Christian reform school known as Escuela Caribe located in the Dominican Republic. The school is run by Americans and is advertised as a "therapeutic Christian...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Framed by the hostile relationship between Iran and the US, this feature documentary reveals the breathtaking, personal story of three Americans--Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer, and Josh Fattal--captured in July 2009 and held in Iran's notorious Evin Prison. The political is uniquely made personal...

  • Stereotypes, language barriers, and strongholds come tumbling down in award-winning filmmaker Rosylyn Rhee's documentary SUPERNATURAL. This moving, and at times humorous story chronicles an unlikely collaboration between an African American pastor and a Japanese choir director and their journey...

  • Unprecedented access into the riveting world of a courageous artist provocateur, who creates a mannequin family results in a raw, funny and intimate portrait of life through her lens. "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" meets "Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters."

    "Imitating Life – the audacity...

  • WAR DON DON is a film that chronicles the rise and fall of a former rebel leader in Sierra Leone. Through his trial before an international criminal court, a nation faces its wartime past.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • In a time when communal progression and improvement needs to happen at a great velocity, PLANET PROGRESS brings ideas and resources into focus. PLANET PROGRESS is a documentary web series featuring innovative ideas that inspire people to alter their daily routines with new and unique ways that...

  • 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...

  • "You must see Sable Island - it is a non-verbal place. It is in the eye that you must know it" --Roberto Dutesco, photographerThe Story of Sable Island chronicles a year on a tiny crescent of sand, 180 miles off the coast of Nova Scotia. The island is 25 miles long and a mile wide with dunes...

  • TEACHED is a series of short documentary films that candidly examine the causes and consequences of our nation's race-based education and opportunity gaps, taking viewers into communities where their effects are most severe.

    TEACHED Vol. I, the first compilation of short films, reminds...

  • Child slavery is not something we think of as being close to home. In the United States alone, over 100,000 children are being enslaved and sold for sex. These children are then sold an average of 15 times a day, 6 days a week, totaling 14,040 sex acts a year--generating a $9.8 billion industry...

  • 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 1975, Lee Brady and David Sanderson invented the first edible underwear in the history of the world. They called it “Candypants.”

    Their legendary creation was a smashing success.

    But their tale is about more than just the magical product that captivated the country—it’s the...

  • "The Naked Option: A Last Resort", a feature length documentary film now in production, reveals how local women in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta use 'stripping naked', a serious cultural taboo, to fight environmental and cultural ruin by the world's most powerful corporate giants. Fed up with...

  • China's unprecedented growth has placed it on the verge of overtaking the United States as the world's preeminent power. But what type of power will China become? In today's interconnected and globalized world, the answer effects each and every one of us. In Pakistan and Afghanistan, China's...

  • A CLASSY BROAD is the story of an eighty-seven year old woman, MARCIA NASATIR, who transcends generations, a woman with an insatiable curiosity, a woman who worked hard and still does, a woman who always loved a good story since she learned to read at the precocious age of three. Marcia..."If...

  • "We're All Angels" is the story of rising stars Jason and deMarco, two talented
    singers - both Christian and gay - and lovers. The pair sing about their love for Jesus and perform all over the country, from churches and schools to dance clubs and pride events. With their new album
    ...

  • "Why is it this way? Could it be another way?" This entertaining tale of exploration and discovery features eight public school students who are taken beyond standardized tests into a creative experience that challenges them to think beyond the ordinary. Follow unconventional teacher Mrs. Smith...

  • The Debra Hill Documentary explores the life and career of the legendary film producer. Hill began her career in the 1970s, and after the extraordinary success of her first production, HALLOWEEN (co-written with director John Carpenter), she became a key player in a wave of trailblazing women...

  • After many rumors of an MLS team arriving in Philadelphia never materializing, a small group of soccer fans took matters into their own hands and started a supporters group called the Sons of Ben to help bring a team to their hometown. They were a group without a team to root for and had a...

  • A brush with death propels filmmaker Broderick Fox on a transnational journey which yields an extraordinary collaboration between himself and two other artists: Kwakwaka'wakw first-nations artist Rande Cook, and African-American tattoo artist Zulu.Fox candidly shares a history of self abuse,...

  • For the Love Of Art (working title) is a feature-length documentary now in production that will present a dynamic, compelling, and entertaining vision of the art world-focusing especially on artists and their art. The artists will come from varied backgrounds and levels of market success....

  • For more than fifty years Paul R. Williams was one of the most successful architects in Los Angeles. At a time when most African Americans worked as servants or laborers, Paul Williams was designing some of the most luxurious homes and important commercial buildings in Southern California. Among...

  • 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...