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  • Thousands of miles from the politicians in Washington, D.C. who pretend to be experts on immigration, there is a place where people are dying. Welcome to Brooks County, Texas, population 4,981. For migrants determined to travel from Latin America to the United States—many fleeing violence and...

  • Morrie Turner, the pioneering African American cartoonist whose newspaper comic strip and television show reached millions of Americans with a powerful message of tolerance from the Civil Rights era that still resonates in an increasingly diverse society today.MORRIE TURNERPioneer Cartoonist -...

  • 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...

  • Handmade: Turning Art Into Enterprise is a documentary project of StoryCatcher, LLC. We seek to inspire millions of people to connect and identify with Living Artists and Artisan communities worldwide, highlighting the role of Handmade Living Art as a means of empowerment, sustainable economic...

  • A young girl's dream to become a dancer is cut short by the Nazi invasion of Paris. She vows that if she has daughters, they will become dancers. Years later, in the face of unfulfilled aspirations and necessary choices made, their love for each other remains resilient. As they dance together...

  • A young Jewish American lawyer, Aaron Sapiro, was making a name for himself helping farmers across the country earn a fair return on their efforts by showing them how to organize cooperative associations. When the richest man in America, Henry Ford, heard about Sapiro's work he launched a...

  • Filmed over four years, a lingering lens provides a profound look at four transgender youth (starting at ages 4, 9, 12 and 15) as they redefine "coming of age." These kids and their families unmask the intimate realities of how gender fluidity is re-shaping the family next door, especially in...

  • Paintings by Basquiat and Gerhard Richter sell at auction for tens of millions of dollars; a multi-story inflatable ballerina by Jeff Koons dwarfs visitors at Rockefeller Center; a solid gold toilet by Maurizio Cattelan is...

  • Max Steiner: The Dean of American Film Music deals with the origins of film music and how the role of the composer became essential to the cinematic art. Steiner’s pioneering scores became the model for the sound of the movies during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Nominated for 24 Academy Awards...

  • Chinatowns have been home to vibrant communities of Asian immigrants since the mid-19th Century. They provided the inhabitants with an entry point to support and services and a place to establish their new identity. However, many of these historic neighborhoods are now threatened by...

  • Driven to Abstraction unravels a complex mystery of self-delusion, greed, and fraud-- the ongoing $80 million forgery scandal that rocked the art world and brought down Knoedler, Manhattan’s oldest and most venerable gallery. It also brought down the esteemed gallery director, Ann Freedman, who...

  • Synthesizing the economic and policy failures underpinning unprecedented homelessness in Los Angeles, THE ADVOCATES evokes the lost ideal of “ care in the community ” through roller coaster stories of case managers in the trenches undertaking highly skilled work. The film demonstrates the real...

  • This is a film that will detail the devastating effects of hurricanes that are not commonly discussed. A New Normal will take place in several key locations that have been affected by these storms: the Caribbean Islands that were ravaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, the communities in...

  • Hidden among mountains – seemingly far from the crowds, pollution, and bureaucracy of Beijing - a replica of the Wyoming town of Jackson Hole promises to provide “an American utopia of freedom, happiness, and prosperity” to its 4000 Chinese residents. In Americaville, we spend an eventful two...

  • 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 15,500...

  • "Hard To Believe" is a documentary film that investigates the killing of prisoners of conscience for their organs in China and questions why so little is being done to stop it, despite the volumes of evidence available.

    The "Hard To Believe” Outreach Campaign is educating medical and...

  • "Sound is 50% of the cinematic experience" is a frequent expression of top filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, David Lynch, and Steven Spielberg. This documentary explores the history and artistry of cinematic sound design with legendary sound designers and their directors...

  • A Soviet gem sculptor endures persecution, censorship and self-imposed exile for the sake of his art. His sculptures celebrate the richness of Russian life, culture and history and are a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

    Vasily Konovalenko (1929-1989) helped revive and...

  • Seabiscuit's Legacy is an inspirational, uplifting film of hurt, hope, and healing. This knobby-kneed racehorse was a legend, an icon for the downtrodden, unappreciated Americans broken by the Great Depression. He was the underdog who overcame tremendous odds and gave them inspiration for a...

  • The natural way of the cultural wave: we generally experience that musical and cultural trends shift from an outstanding position within public opinion to near utter rejection, refusal and ridicule, through an ever-shortening period of time. However, if that period of time is extended, to often...

  • Growing up in rural Ohio with cerebral palsy would not be easy. As a toddler, Cordell’s Mom would drive him three times a week, two hours each way, for five hours of physical therapy to teach Cordell the basic life skills.  He spent a year away from home at the age of five attending an...

  • The art of the Qajar Era in Iran, from 1785 to 1925, includes some of the most remarkable paintings of any culture, yet remains little known outside Iran. “Miras - The Legacy of 19th Century Persian Painting” brings the wealth and importance of this extraordinary period in art history. Blending...

  • Worth more than their weight in gold and harvested in vast numbers to supply the traditional Chinese medicine market, curio and aquarium trades, seahorses will almost certainly be extinct within the decade. Seahorse Gold is the extraordinary story of two unlikely allies who come together to...

  • The sale of dinosaur fossils has been a hotly contested issue within the paleontology community for decades. Many of the bones commercial paleontologists collect are sold to private individuals; the opportunity for scientific researchers to study millions of years of information squandered....

  • In November of 1944, Sgt Silvio J. Pedri of the 95th Infantry was sent on a mission to cross the Moselle river near Metz, France. His objective was clear: secure the opposite bank and create a diversion so that a larger unit could build a bridge to bring in the heavy artillery and take the city...

  • Armed with a limitless Rolodex and a Benedict Canyon enclave with its own disco, Allan Carr threw the Hollywood parties that defined the 1970s. A producer, manager, and marketing genius, Carr built his bombastic reputation amid a series of successes including the mega-hit musical film "Grease,"...

  • The World of Roses is a public television series exploring the fascinating people, places, and history associated with the world's most popular flower. It is hosted by Paul Epsom, gardening correspondent for the Emmy Award winning PBS series The Victory Garden. Join Paul as he travels the...

  • Humanity, Technology and the American Dream.

    Jobsolete is a feature documentary exploring technological unemployment and what it means for society at large.

    Humanity innovating technology has created abundance and solved countless problems, which before that moment, seemed...

  • Three old friends travel to the North Carolina county named 2016 “posterchild” for voter suppression, intent on proving that the big idea of American democracy can be defended by small acts of individual citizens.  Capturing The Flag begins in the fall of 2016 as Laverne Berry, Steven Miller and...

  • AND SHE COULD BE NEXT is an urgent and timely documentary project exploring how women of color are the most surprising, transformative, and unstoppable force changing the face of American politics.

    We follow several of these women as they run for elected office across the country, at...

  • "We went to the Moon as technicians; we returned as humanitarians." - Dr. Edgar Mitchell

    Edgar Mitchell's return to Earth in 1971 was a revelation, setting the course for a lifetime of ceaseless exploration.

    The Space Less Traveled is a feature length documentary about Apollo 14...

  • A short documentary featuring a six year old Syrian girl as she becomes a big sister in a refugee camp that has the best maternal mortality rate in the world.

    Zaatari refugee camp now boasts the third largest populated city in Jordan, with 42 births per 1,000 people - exponentially higher...

  • Every exoneration story has a lesson.

    With 2,220,300 of our citizens incarcerated, the United States has the largest prison population in the world. Experts believe five percent of those prisoners- over 110,000 - are innocent.

    Since its creation, nine innocent men have been...

  • THE OAKLAND PROMISE (working title)

    What happens when an entire city decides to prioritize college attendance and graduation for all of its public school students? We are documenting the multi-faceted Oakland Promise education initiative to see if its "cradle to career" combination of...

  • 5 CENTS is a feature-length documentary that reveals the untold truth about an American and global recycling crisis through a half-century-long war.

  • This film will reveal the destruction by stealth and spin of perhaps the greatest achievement of the post-world war two era -- health care for all. In Britain, in 1948, a national health service was established. Most western countries followed suit, except for the United States. Today in America...