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  • A black and white class photo in front of a building named "The Children's Theater Company"

    MAGIC & MONSTERS uncovers the long-buried story of widespread sexual abuse at America’s preeminent children’s theater and the survivors’ fight to hold their abusers and the institution that harbored them accountable. As the survivors confront the promises and painful limitations of the legal...

  • View of wildwest.

    "Unless you write that story, you’re never going to find a book on those shelves,” a librarian once told Mary Alice Esparza about her family. Gateways is the story of how Mary Alice used photography and art to preserve and tell her family’s story, and, by extension, the history of an...

  • A black and white photo of two African-American man showcasing their stunts.

    Breaking Bones, Breaking Barriers tells a story of diversity, inclusion, and the American dream. The film centers around Ernie Robinson, the Founding President of the (BSA) and the pioneer black stuntmen and women who broke racial, gender and economic barriers and opened doors to diversity in...

  • a nazi-era german postage stamp.

    "The Liegnitz Plot" investigates a story dating back to the Holocaust: that a mysterious Nazi stole priceless stamp collections from concentration camp victims and then buried the stolen stamps somewhere in Poland. Embarking on a real-life “Argo”-like adventure, Gary Gilbert – a one-time “...

  • Two White men in sunglasses, one with a shirt off, stand before a green field outside on a sunny day.

    This film will revisit a powerfully formative event in my life: being bullied daily in a high school classroom nearly 4 decades ago.

    That one experience, where a sick teacher used his power to promote division and hate and who ultimately perpetrated bullying and harassment, will be...

  • A crowd of young people stand on the Berlin wall during the fall of the DDR

    "Growing Together Again" tells the story of German unity three decades after the end of the Cold War. It begins in Berlin where the memory of East-West division runs deep and the drive to achieve a common European destiny remains a top priority. The experience of German Unification has made it...

  • A small Pika (rare forest mammal) holds some greens in its mouth as it stands on the trunk of a large tree.

    Rocky Mountain National Park is currently undergoing an unprecedented surge in visitors. As millions of people move into the Front Range of Colorado and millions of Americans along with world travelers are discovering and re-discovering our National Parks, the impact is stressing both the...

  • A man holding green clock that is labeled 'Bradford Movie Makers'

    A Bunch of British working class amateur filmmakers with nothing left to lose, tackle one of Hollywood's greatest musicals in order to save their beloved Club.

    Britain’s oldest amateur filmmaking club struggles to survive, as its members grow old amid flickering memories and hardships....

  • sun shines into the forest canopy

    THE GREAT FOREST (working title) follows conservationists throughout southern Appalachia as they struggle to conserve two of the most biodiverse and visited national forests in the country. The film revolves around the Pisgah-Nantahala Forest Plan, a plan the US Forest Service is finalizing that...

  • One person examines a book in the stuffed personal bookshelf of someone's home.

    Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. THE BOOKSELLERS takes viewers inside their small but...

  • 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...

  • Mauricio, Renato, and Kevin fight El Salvador’s gang violence with an unusual system: teaching younger generations to play classical music.
    This is the story of these men and the youths whose lives they are changing, one instrument at a time.

  • After battling cancer for over thirteen years, Joyce Mallonee has decided to channel her experiences into an art show called Deconstruction. With no formal background in fine art, she turns to her son to help her bring the show to life in a process that allows them both to open up about their...

  • Reverend James Lawson sits and speaks next to Martin Luther King Jr.

    Authorized Documentary:
    Rev. James Lawson, the man Martin Luther King, Jr. called, “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world,” reflects at 93 years of age on the genesis and trajectory of his lifelong practice and teaching of nonviolent direct action. This...

  • Group of killer whales are swimming under the sea.

    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...

  • 30 years after a missionary is assassinated in the Philippines, the missionary’s family re-investigate the truth behind the cause of the murder and learn a shocking discovery: the assassin is still at large.

  • An older White woman in glasses and hat reads from a composition book before a notebook.

    A diverse group of creative older adults share moving, insightful episodes from their very different life stories, some with harrowing war and immigrant experiences, and form a close community as they defeat stereotypes of ageism, disability, and social isolation in Los Angeles. The universality...

  • In July of 2014, the documentary Particle Fever was released to the world to great critical acclaim. Filmmaker / Physicist collaborators Mark Levinson and David Kaplan worked from 2007 to 2013 to effectively capture the lives of just a few of the 10,000 scientists working on the CERN experiment...

  • For residents of the Triangle Square retirement home, “senior” prom takes on a whole new meaning—a celebration of the lives and legacies of resistance of the eldest LGBTQ generation.

  • Sister Margaret Slachta is sitting in front of her desk that is covered with letters.

    "Angel of Mercy" tells the story of Sister Margaret Slachta, who defied Nazis and communists in her fight for social justice. Slachta, a teacher and activist, became the first woman elected to Hungary’s Parliament in 1920. Her unique vision of social intervention on behalf of the poor, combined...

  • A middle-aged white woman with blue headphones closes her eyes as she adjusts a voicebox on her neck.

    Segue is a documentary about the transition from life with a voice box, to one without. It’s told through the personal stories of members of the Shout at Cancer choir in London, made up of individuals who’ve had their voice boxes surgically removed in a life-altering surgery called a...

  • As the nation experiences the deadliest era of massacres we’ve ever seen, the mystery surrounding them looms larger than ever. How does the US compare to the rest of the world? How might we better understand these crimes? How might we better prevent these crimes in the future?

    Combining...

  • Ain’t I a Woman traces the history of the Equal Rights Amendment to illustrate how across race, class, and gender, the desire to access white male power has undermined the most obvious piece of social progress since the abolition of slavery.

    This essay film will use interviews and...

  • a person in a thick jacket holds up a photograph of four children in front of an old building

    After surviving kidnapping and enslavement by ISIS from 2014 - 2017, three orphaned siblings (Mediha, 15, Ghazwan, 13, Adnan, 10,) must now attempt to rebuild their lives. As the Iraqi government struggles to fund rescue missions five years after the Yazidi genocide, these children are crucial...

  • People from opposite sides of the Arizona-Sonora border come together despite economic, health care, and political barriers to create a center of wellness and hope.
    An extremely overcrowded local clinic in Naco, Sonora, cannot handle the population of more than 6,400 and the nearest...

  • Black and white photo of Jack Garfein.

    The Wild One illuminates the journey of an unsung artist, Jack Garfein - Holocaust camp survivor, Actors Studio co-founder and teacher, celebrated Broadway director and controversial filmmaker. Tessa Louise-Salomé invites viewers into an intimate and creative exploration of the mind,...

  • Southeast Asian woman perform traditional instruments

    The Music of the Golden Triangle and the Cycles of Life, a one-hour documentary film formatted for public television, bears witness to the ancestral songs and ceremonies of many of the 130 different tribal peoples who inhabit the mountain jungles of the Golden Triangle.Filmed over four years in...

  • Two soldiers are posing in front of a broken helicopter.

    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...

  • The Statue of Liberty before the New York City Skyline

    ALIEN - The Story of America’s High-Skilled, Legal Immigrants is a character-driven feature documentary in production about high-skilled, legal immigrants in the U.S., who are living on a merry-go-round of various visas to stay in the country. These immigrants who are simply striving for the...

  • A hand holds an old photograph of a man with a bicycle at South Amboy Bridge. The photo lines up perfectly with South Amboy Bridge in the background.

    In 1945, two depression-era teenagers from Brooklyn, George and Mel, rode their bikes to Philadelphia for an adventure they’d remember for the rest of their lives—until Grandpa Mel lost his memory to Alzheimer’s. Now over seventy years later, his grandsons in their early twenties, Alex and Koby...

  • An Indonesian man holds a tattered American flag in a trash heap.

    The untold story of the global plastic crisis as demonstrated through the microcosm of the island of Bali. Plastic Diamond travels from the gates of American industry and the shady world of recycling and reveals the pioneering research uncovering the toxic truth of plant-based plastics. The film...

  • The D-Word Logo

    Founded in 1999, The D-Word has grown to become an essential peer-to-peer global community that creates a sense of belonging for nearly 20,000 documentary professionals from 152 countries. Through its online and offline programs, The D-Word provides spaces for professional development,...

  • A young Black man smiles with his arms spread wide in front of a blue and white mural reading "statehood."

    Set amidst the cultural backdrop of our capital city, a bitter fight for voting rights, and a nationwide racial reckoning, 51st State is the story of 23 year-old Jamal Holtz, a 4th generation native Washingtonian determined to make D.C. the 51st state of the United States. The film explores the...

  • Julían Castro Stands on a podium before his supporters

    What’s it mean to be called the “Latino Obama”? To be the person whom people say a whole section of the United States population could conceivably see as their spokesperson, their inspiration, their leader based solely on skin color and language identification? It’s a heavy mantle to be assigned...

  • Two people searching through piles of plastic bottle

    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.