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  • Discover an invention from the 1870s that has outlasted technological innovations — the almost random arrangement of the typewriter keyboard – through the revealing personal journeys of three entrepreneurial inventors.
    The Qwerty Story provides new insight into invention, innovation, the...

  • Known worldwide, the small coastal city of Santa Monica has been a leader in physical fitness (Muscle Beach) and a backdrop for 100s of films from the turn of the century to the present. A-list stars from Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks to Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland frolicked at the...

  • a grade school African American girl in a school uniform looks up at a white board with a paper in her hand in front of the rest of her young classmates.

    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...

  • For nineteen years ballet director Nancy Clement brought scenes from The Nutcracker to the small town of Hood River, Oregon. December 2016 was the end of this beloved tradition. This film shows how many lives have been touched by this production and shares a rare glimpse behind the scenes as we...

  • Two young Black teenagers stand back-to-back with a single arm stretched out in opposite directions. They stand under a spotlight on stage in front of a projection screen showing a graffitied pipeline. Several other students sit on the stage around them, sitting next to sound bowls.

    As the nation struggles with the systemic history of mass incarceration, four courageous incarcerated youth of color, inspired by Homer’s Odyssey, strive to avoid becoming victims of the prison pipeline. Our Sundance-awarded documentary team seeks emergency funds to provide legal defense for...

  • 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...

  • A hand shows of a 3D printed animal horn.

    Matthew Markus is a former hacker with a special skill set: deconstructing the social systems in our world to see behind the matrix. At 24, just as the world wide web emerged, Matthew single-handedly designed a startup that tackled internet user privacy which was quickly acquired by Silicon...

  • Test

    Every parent grapples with questions like, Should I let my child watch Youtube? At what age do I get my child a phone? Our mission in this film is to step beyond the media coverage that spells doom and gloom for kids and ask: What are we missing in this polarized debate? How do we both...

  • New York City, February 2007 a 7x7 meter, 60-ton wall featuring a mural by legendary pop artist Keith Haring is about to be destroyed. Not because of any political or legal controversy, but because it resides in a Boy's Club on the lower east side of Manhattan that is slated for demolition....

  • This documentary explores the lives of children living on the streets in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. The story is told though the eyes of young men who grew up on the streets and were rescued by people working for humanitarian organizations in Lusaka. These young men have now dedicated their...

  • A time capsule of California’s Wild West history, The Little Town of Washington lies at the bottom of a long mountain road which descends through layers of mist, pines, and exposed minerals, and ends in an idyllic, odd settlement on the South Yuba River. Once a booming gold mining town, today...

  • 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...

  • "The Year Of Paper" follows three couples - lesbian, heterosexual and gay - through their newlywed year of marriage, exploring why they entered the institution and how it has changed their relationships. We interviewed historians, sociologists, clergy, activists, and politicians on both sides...

  • Treblinka Monument at a distance with a figure walking through the stones.

    Eight decades after being smuggled out of Poland, a box of photographs sparks a filmmaker’s journey to confront his family’s past and the haunted silence that lingers in their present.

    Confronting the pervasiveness of intergenerational trauma, cultural taboos around mental illness, and...

  • In a Strange Land follows the story of Mu Hpare, a refugee from Burma and member of the Kayan tribe (a.k.a Long Neck Women), who has resettled in the U.S. She is a young, single mother who is determined to make a better life for her and her toddler son. This documentary tells us about her...

  • This 60 minute documentary portrays the little known history of America's second largest immigrant group since 1990 … Filipinos. Survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March and equally brutal Japanese prisoner of war camps share their memories of courage, torture and death. They speak with...

  • Seeking Susan
    A feature documentary by Jill Morley

    As the 25th anniversary of her friend’s unsolved disappearance approaches, a documentary filmmaker is determined to reexamine the case. When she discovers that the police records are also mysteriously missing, she...

  • "The Road Less Traveled By" is a feature documentary about a 3,600 mile, eight-month walk across America for gay rights, specifically same-sex marriage, and queer identity.  

    What started as a journey with a grassroots political intent transformed into a deeply personal meditation on love...

  • Family photos, cell phones, wallets, and worn-out shoes: these deeply personal belongings left behind in the Arizona Desert by migrants are the tangible evidence of the violation of human rights and deaths, thus a humanitarian crisis, along the US-Mexico Border. They reveal the reality of people...

  • Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands is a 90-minute documentary about a beautiful African American woman, a brilliant contralto and an international singing star in the twentieth century, who triumphed over racial prejudice and became an inspiration for America's civil rights movement...

  • The Only Film Ever Made to Change the AUTISM Epidemic. Autism is the largest, most urgent childhood health epidemic in the world today, dwarfing AIDS, childhood cancers, and all childhood disorders and diseases, combined. In the US alone in 2010, more than 70,000 children will be born with...

  • A silent tragedy is taking place in Japan with alarming frequency and it's long past time to bring it into the light. Japan is a country where parental abduction and retention happens everyday. It goes mostly unpunished and in fact is often encouraged mainly because of terribly insufficient laws...

  • Kikhia leans over his mid-20th century style desk

    When director Jihan Kikhia was six years old, her father disappeared. He flew to Cairo and never returned. As a result, her mother began the search for him, launching her family into a maze of complex emotions and international politics. This documentary takes the audience on a raw and...

  • face of a coal miner.

    On January 22, 1959 the river broke into the mines...

    At the direction of the Knox Coal Company miners illegally dug too close to the underbelly of the Susquehanna River causing a cave-in that flooded the mines with over 10 billion gallons of water trapping 81 miners underground. On the...

  • My Mother's Journey tells the story of the late Elizabeth (Liz) Hampton who traveled from the racist rural south of Alabama in the 1950's to eventually becoming a single mother of four and a community rights leader in upstate Rochester, New York. This story told by her son, filmmaker Sam Hampton...

  • Our Mary Corse Artist: Light, Truth, Perception documentary film tells the story of California contemporary artist, Mary Corse, who began painting at twelve, reaching artist maturity at the age of eighteen. Mary has consistently produced important artwork for over 50 years, examining the subtle...

  • Chinese American woman stands in front of the gate of New York City's Chinatown.

    DEAR CORKY: a fifteen minute short (tentative title)

    Corky Lee, the undisputed, unofficial photographer of the Asian American community in New York City, was a pillar in the community for the past fifty years. Sadly, he passed away from COVID in January 2020. We were fortunate enough to...

  • A custodian. A housewife. A pediatrician. A grandmother. Seemingly ordinary individuals. Yet these individuals have a story to tell. It is the story of suffering and death. It is the story of refugees. It is the story of terrified villagers running for cover. Yet, at the same time, it is...

  • 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...

  • Collage of urban and rural landscapes

    From filmmaker Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties, A Fierce Green Fire) comes a new film: Evolution of Organic. It’s the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers’ sons and daughters reject chemical...

  • Black asterisk over white background with light purple vertical text across the asterisk that reads "Sisters' Keepers"

    This feature length documentary produced and directed by CNN National Correspondent Athena Jones and veteran filmmaker Enrico Ventrice examines why Black women are on average 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women and more likely to die of the disease than any other race. The...

  • a white tipi sits in front of a steel geometric dome, both are reflected in a shallow pool at sunset.

    At Standing Rock, a two-spirit Jicarilla Apache/Navajo youth leader, a Lakota matriarch, and a non-binary Appalachian join the resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline. They each discover their power within a movement that echoes worldwide - but as each returns home determined to break the...

  • African-American woman, Beulah Mae Mitchell, sits in front of the camera.

    Behind the rise of the iconic Barbie doll, came a twenty-one-year struggle to see the first Black Barbie. Filmmaker Lagueria Davis uncovers a hidden, emblematic struggle for representation for Black women and girls. The film will reveal how inclusivity has often only been implemented to generate...

  • The Central Coast Queer Archive Project (CCQAP) is an oral history collaborative that documents the lives of members of the LGBTQ+ community who have settled on the California Central Coast...people who chose to live in in the rural space between the haven cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles...

  • On April 23, 2006, renowned abstract sculptor, Isaac Witkin died. His once public career had wound down and his major personal relationship had ended the year prior to his death. The day after Isaac’s journey ended, his daughter, Tamar’s began. “Pieces of Isaac” is the story of a woman’s...