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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • FIGHT FOR THE FIRST begins as fledgling reporters at the Columbia Missourian earnestly rush to report unprecedented student protests on campus and gain access to the guarded Governor. Animosity mounts as doors are slammed shut, human walls are formed, and chants for reporters to “go home!” build...

  • Electronic Voyager is a feature-length documentary that follows Michelle Moog-Koussa on an emotional road trip journey, retracing her father’s groundbreaking footsteps. Michelle’s father is the late Dr. Robert Moog (1934 - 2005), a true American innovator who is arguably the most important...

  • THE EMPRESS, a feature documentary, is a deep dive into the raw, edgy world of women’s prizefighting, seen through the eyes of the rising star, Alicia Napoleon, a glamorous boxer on a campaign to become the super welterweight champion of the world.

    THE EMPRESS follows Napoleon through a...

  • Do U Want It? is an exploration and celebration of the musical culture of New Orleans. The film chronicles the rise of beloved New Orleans' band Papa Grows Funk and uses their illustrious thirteen-year career, from formation up to the band's emotional final shows, as a vehicle to explore the...

  • What does it take to create a dream destination in one of the most remote places on the planet? Our film tells the story of a Kyrgyz man who has taken it upon himself to transform his abandoned post-Soviet mining town into a world class tourism destination. Come peek behind the postcard and...

  • Over the next 12 weeks, thirty-six teams will compete in the 1st Annual Orange County High School Esports Tournament, as they battle each other in a competitive video game competition to see who reigns as the best Esports team in High School, while navigating their life as a high school teenager...

  • 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’...

  • In Ethiopia, there is a community of over nine thousand Jews. They speak Hebrew, keep kosher and have relatives in Israel, yet Israel continues to deny their appeals for aliyah — the Jewish birthright to become a citizen of Israel. They survive within a temporary, difficult reality in Ethiopia,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Tucked away in the Thai jungle lies a small democratic school called Children’s Village. Children's village teaches freedom of speech and human rights to some of Thailand’s most underprivileged children. 6 WEEKS TO MOTHER’S DAY documents the everyday lives of the students as they prepare a...

  • In the country with the world’s most ambitious commitment to protect nature, where the king values the happiness of his people above the money they make, a threat is looming. Bhutan's primary revenue source is hydropower; quotas with India would require damming every last river. A man named “...

  • Drawing on his own childhood struggles adjusting to life in the US, Lebanese-American Mark Kabban uses soccer to help kids like Yousif Khummi, a recent refugee from Iraq, emerge from the shadow of war and develop a sense of identity and possibility in the United States. East County Yalla follows...

  • A story of a friend Urška, that for some reason keeps on coming back to life.

    The Body is a poetic story about one woman’s struggle to overcome an incredibly rare autoimmune disease; a glimpse into her life as she lives with a DNA chain full of mistakes almost impossible to fix. This is a...

  • This is the story of one man, his perseverance in the face of adversity and the lives he changed through music. Doug Burris had dreams of rock ‘n’ roll stardom. At the age of 23 years old his world was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Through the turbulent years...

  • Pirooz Kalayeh uncovers a traumatic event with racism when he was a child and seeks to heal himself and his family through interviews and dramatic reenactments that seek an understanding about the world between Iran and America, heartache, loss, and the American Dream

  • The S Word will give voice to those who have not only survived, but have courageously transformed their personal struggles into strength, action and even humor - providing a window into the lives of those surviving and thriving beyond their suicide attempts. Through these stories will emerge a...

  • And She Could Be Next is an urgent and timely documentary series in development about women of color claiming their political power in 2018. The series tells the story of women across the country running for elected office in seats big and small in this particularly fascinating moment in...

  • Two gay ex-mormon missionaries travel across the United States to confront their past and explore their futures while discussing with other gay mormons about the rejection, oppression and the reality of a growing number of suicides they face in the LDS community.

    Jonathon Levi Powell,...

  • A nurse fights to discover the truth behind a disease that affects thousands of people who are devastated by bizarre symptoms--symptoms that most of the medical industry considers products of delusional minds. As evidence linking Morgellons to Lyme Disease mounts, the question arises, "Who is...

  • 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.

  • Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats – found right in their own backyards – while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. Take a journey with these inspiring teens as...

  • “Everything is connected,” as he says – John Kaizan Neptune’s passion for surfing brought him to Hawaii where he discovered a musical instrument that took his life in a direction he never anticipated. Now an ancient art in modern Japan, the “shakuhachi” is a traditional Japanese bamboo flute...

  • An intimate, first-person investigation of how a spike in horrific deaths in the Californian women's state prison system served as a catalyst for families and advocates to fight for justice against institutional abuse. Lifting the stigma of incarceration, ABOUT TIME uncovers the layers of trauma...

  • Marine biologist and explorer Andreas B. Heide braves frigid winter conditions in the Norwegian Arctic aboard his small sailboat Barba as he embarks on a quest to better understand the ocean’s top predator, Orca. Joined by dedicated bioacoustics researcher Dr. Heike Vester they investigate the...

  • 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...

  • Our film follows the creation of a troop of 8 to 12-year-old girls of color – the Radical Monarchs – in Oakland, CA. A social justice- oriented alternative to the Girl Scouts, the Monarchs still earn badges – not for sewing or selling cookies but for units on Black Lives Matter, Radical Beauty,...

  • “unMASKing Hope” goes behind the “masks” we don everyday. The masks we hide behind, created by personal trauma, shame, grief and moral injury that scars to our very souls. “unMASKing Hope” tells this story through an aggregate of personal stories from seemingly disparate individuals, soldiers,...

  • FREE CHOL SOO LEE tells the story of a Korean American death row inmate convicted of a 1973 Chinatown gangland murder in San Francisco, and the activists who led a pan-Asian American movement to free him. Spanning the late 1970s to the early ’80s, this movement would for the first time bring...

  • American Love Story: A Community in Search of Freedom is a hybrid documentary-narrative that has been shot over the course of six years. By following Jessica, a survivor of domestic sex trafficking, American Love Story explores how modern slavery is perpetuated in the United States within our...

  • Tempelhof removes the mass mask of the Migrants by showing them as individual persons through their stories about their lives, their journey, and integrating into Germany.

    The story structure of Tempelhof is first based on a chronological and geographical basis as described through...

  • A student film launches a homeless man on a ten-year journey to reclaim his life, his family and his past as a gifted musician.

    Homeless for twenty years in San Francisco, a charismatic panhandler named Moses meets Fran, a Spanish film student, who casts him as the central character in...

  •   A profound example of human cooperation is circling our planet every day. Men and women from 24 countries have flown on the International Space Station, living together in outer space for months at a time. Not only peacefully but constructively, resolutely pursuing a shared dream.

      It...