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  • Cairo to the Cloud tells the captivating story of the Cairo Geniza, a vast treasure trove of manuscripts discovered in the “geniza,” or sacred storeroom, of an ancient synagogue in Old Cairo.

    The Geniza is not only the largest cache of Jewish history ever found, it is a window into a...

  • In 2005, the Washington Post reported “the number of veterans receiving compensation for the disorder commonly called PTSD has grown nearly seven times as fast as the number receiving benefits for disabilities in general.” Since 2010, military R&D has markedly increased its focus on “...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • When Congressman John Lewis advocates “get in the way,” he stands behind his words, whether advancing civil rights in the 1960s or leading a 26-hour sit-in for gun control in the House this past June following the Orlando shootings. Former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating...

  • Living with Shadows: A feature length movie production, recently awarded for excellence by CoPro at Animadoc, Supported by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and The Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation.

  • TEACHED is a series of short documentary films that candidly examine issues of race, education and equality.

    TEACHED Vol. I, the first compilation of short films, reminds viewers of the promise made over half a century ago in Brown v. Board of Education that all U.S. students would...

  • In Arizona mountains just north of the Mexico border, jaguars, once believed to be killed off in the state, have appeared on camera traps, much to the delight of locals. But the rare cats are gravely threatened by a proposed open-pit copper mine, and the peril of a new, impenetrable wall....

  • The Judische Kulturbund Project explores the dilemma that Jewish artists faced in Germany in the 1930s and early 1940s and what artists around the world face today. What is your moral obligation? What do you do as an intellectual artist living in a tyrannical state: risk your life to fight...

  • "Standing Still | Still Standing” is a documentary short that tells the astonishing story of Matthew Sanford—a paraplegic yoga instructor – and three of his students.

    Angie is a trapeze artist whose recent debilitating accident paralyzed her body and threw her entire identity into...

  • APACHE BLUES: Welcome Home is the journey of two filmmakers, born after the conflict in Vietnam, who are searching for the “truth” between what they have learned in school and from media versus what is reality for the veterans tasked with fighting this unpopular war.

    It is no secret that...

  • Beloved Land, Beloved Country.  A story of Love, Hope and Healing.

    How do you heal from social trauma?This film explores Hawaiian Identity in the future.  Can we survive the affects of globalization?   Will any original cultures survive?  Are we just one more of the many cultures destined...

  • Welcome to the The Mindfulness Movement’s page on the International Documentary Association (IDA) website – the place to donate to make this film a reality. All donations are tax-deductible for US residents! Donors from other countries should check their local tax rules.

    We’re currently...

  • 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,...

  • “Visions of Warriors” enters the minds of four veterans from the Vietnam War era to the Iraq War who are battling against mental illness—Mark Pinto, Homerina “Merina” Bond, Ari Sonnenberg, and Priscila “Peni” Bethel. They participate in the groundbreaking Veteran Photo Recovery Project at the VA...

  • Over the last 32 years, the same sex marriage movement has gone from a preposterous notion to one of the most successful civil rights campaigns in the world. This is a “War Room” style feature documentary, from the center of Freedom to Marry movement in the final months of its historic campaign...

  • PEACEFIRE is a story in which Tom Erba, a composer from Los Angeles, travels to the Congo to collaborate and record with some of the country’s young, most fiercely talented and resourceful musicians. Through the universal language of music, he comes to learn of the passion, the hopes, the dreams...

  • An aging mother, despite continuous denial, battles the State of Montana to free her son from prison while discovering their story has inspired historic change.All We've Lost is a documentary film following the contemporary events within the case and imprisonment of Barry Beach...

  • In the fall of 2011, 24 year-old Sam Fox will embark on one of the greatest physical challenges imaginable: attempting to break the speed record on the 2650-mile long Pacific Crest Trail. To do it he will need to finish in 60 days, running 44 miles each day, pushing his body to the brink of...

  • A former Nashville cop and childhood domestic violence survivor works to shatter the culture of violence and silence that surrounds crimes against women in America. The film asks how men and boys can recover from household trauma to break the cycle of abuse. Why does one male victim become a...

  • UNZIPPED is a provocative feature documentary about the growing economic and political divide across America.  In the film, we'll profile 8 families from the wealthiest and poorest zip codes in California, Michigan, New York and Texas, while investigating America's shrinking middle class.  Our...

  • Family, dreamers, second chances, and the opening of the first whiskey distillery in Austin, TX since prohibition.

    Distilling Dreams is an intimate feature length documentary about the people behind Still Austin Whiskey Company: Father and son Chris & Cleveland, married couples Andrew...

  • Women are now the fastest growing population in the U.S. criminal justice system. The majority of women going into prison are serving time for drug related offenses. Taking an in-depth approach, the film follows three women – who are part of an innovative reentry program in Cleveland, Ohio – as...

  • 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....

  • John Sears, aka Mule, has been roaming the western United States with his three mules for almost thirty years, trying to find balance between the man-made and the natural world. The 69-year-old and his animals sleep outside, insisting on their right to move as they please. Bemoaning the loss of...

  • The purpose of "Sweet Adversity" is to bring to the focus the story of one person who used the adversity they encountered and turned it, not to their advantage but as a tool of service to others. At age 17, aspiring model and actress Marsha Hunt was "discovered" on a trip to Hollywood. Four...

  • The Heritage Film Project (HFP) has successfully produced bio-documentaries exploring the connection between the life and works of distinguish men and women, not only within the realm of the arts and sciences but also in the realm of public service and humanities as depicted in the film, Julian...

  • “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...

  • Silent Shelter is a documentary feature that exposes the country's broken animal sheltering system, which is seen through the eyes of those in the trenches, the volunteers. These individuals have an up-close view of the harrowing and often absurd practices that many publicly funded animal...

  • This one-hour documentary will tell the story of how the son of a mill worker from the industrial north of England come to design the modern Los Angeles cityscape. John Parkinson is the architect who created many of the city's most iconic structures, including LA City Hall, The Coliseum - the...

  • In a country of 1,000 newly discovered species, 840 known languages, 115 square miles of dense rainforest, and 7 million people there is 1 tiny island that holds huge consequences.

    Nestled in the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea is Misima Island. There, the people are coping with...

  • When legendary rock keyboardist Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer died, the music world was shocked. It was an open secret amongst musicians he had been suffering for years with repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) from playing. But nobody talked. Facing an upcoming tour in Japan and unsure...

  • The story of organic is told by the agricultural pioneers and movement mavericks. The origin of a regenerative framework for working with soil evolves throughout the film. The future of organic farming shows a hopeful way to store carbon and avert the destructive future of global warming. All those that have seen the rough-cut have found the documentary to be good and engaging. We are now bringing the film home to a fine-cut with award-winning editor Bob Dalva, known for Jurassic Park III, and animator extraordinare Nick Stern will help Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Mark Kitchell bring the film to film festival and the broader public.

  • ONCE I WAS: The Hal Ashby Story examines the life and work of American cult director Hal Ashby, an iconoclast whose strident rebelliousness in the face of the Hollywood studio system set the course for an unapologetically original body of work. He is the director who brought us The Landlord,...