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  • Sunset in the Arizona desert.

    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 though some welcome the rare cats return, they are threatened by mines, cars, poachers, and most of all, by the...

  • The art of the Qajar Era in Iran, from 1785 to 1925, includes some of the most remarkable paintings of any culture. OF KINGS AND PAINTINGS brings the wealth and importance of this extraordinary period in art history—a period that struggled to integrate the modern world while retaining its...

  • A young Latina woman stands with arms crossed in front of distant buildings

    THE OAKLAND PROMISE (working title)

    What happens when an entire city prioritizes college completion for every public school student? We are documenting the multi-faceted Oakland Promise education initiative to see if its "cradle to career" combination of supports for students can break...

  • A group of Mexican-American women and children in Oaxacan dress and Dia de los Muertos make-up stand in a parking lot.

    An intimate portrait of three generations of a Mexican-American family in California, Oaxacalifornia: The Return revisits the Mejía family twenty-five years after they were first portrayed negotiating their place in a new environment, digging deep into the complexities of multi-generational immigrant identities and the nuances of both belonging and otherness to become a moving epic about the fabric of this nation.

  • “We have forgotten how to remember so much…” —Teresia Teaiwa
    OCEANIA spans opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean in search of what ties our seemingly fragmented histories, disparate experiences and fates—together. The story is centered on the island nation of Kiribati—predicted to be...

  • 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...

  • All families have secrets. Having survived the Holocaust, Nani and Popi raised a family in America, endeared themselves to a wide circle of friends, and built a successful business. Now at age 95, a deeply-held secret is revealed: Popi is gay, and finally free to explore his identity and seek...

  • Glasgow, Scotland. It's the World Pipe Band Championships -- 8000 musicians from 16 countries. All on one day. This year a new group joins the battle of the bands. Calling themselves The Spirit of Scotland, the world's top solo players have come together for the first time to attempt the...

  • The columns of a modern white stone building

    ON THE EDGE OF TOMORROW is the final episode chronologically but first to be produced of a television documentary series about American architecture. STONE TO STEEL is the story of extraordinary people and the landmark buildings they created in Southern California.

    Southern California...

  • A student looks at her high school building from a distance, title treatment reads ON THESE GROUNDS.

    An explosive video goes viral, showing a white school resource officer in South Carolina throw a Black teenager from her school desk. An outraged nation divides over who is at fault and what role race played in the incident. Healer-Activist Vivian Anderson uproots her life to help the girl and...

  • True story of a small-town Texan who changed the destiny of an Asian hilltribe, and was changed by them in turn. The inside story of a huge covert operation that actually succeeded ... for a while ... bringing 200,000 tribespeople to America. Based on a prize-winning nonfiction book by the...

  • A journey down the river inside the Grand Canyon transforms the lives of six recently disabled individuals. Six athletes with disabilities will mentor six more recently disabled students for two weeks under the tutelage of the awe-inspiring wonder of nature and majestic master itself - the Grand...

  • Opioid addiction is destroying entire communities across America. Every day 175 Americans die from opioid overdoses. That’s one death every 10 minutes.

    These facts present the symptoms of an epidemic that has been chronicled in the news with much discussion about the problem but very...

  • THE OPIOID TRILOGY is a triptych of short, animated documentaries looking at the opioid epidemic through the demand side of addiction. Each film is a conversation between an individual in recovery from opioid use disorder and a family member, concerned other, or specialist in the field. Through...

  • The orangutan is on the verge of extinction due to poaching and habitat loss. Now deep in the heart of Borneo orangutans and Dayaks, the local aboriginal people, have come together in a unique program. Dayak women have become surrogate mothers to hundreds of orphaned orangutans. How will these...

  • various legal words form the "c circle" copyright symbol.

    Other People’s Footage: Fair Use in Scripted Films explores the principles of fair use as they relate to scripted films. Through interviews with knowledgeable entertainment lawyers, film professionals and illustrative film clips, OPF2.0 clarifies fair use exemptions that permit use of pre-...

  • 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...

  • "Out Loud" Poster banner featuring laughing conference attendees

    OUT LOUD chronicles the first season of the historic Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, the largest group of transgender and gender nonconforming people anywhere in the world who regularly sing together. Led by Lindsey Deaton, who co-founded the chorus and served as its first artistic director, these...

  • "Best Documentary"
    2013 Boston International Film Festival

    Out On A Limb explores the evolution of prosthetics and the exciting advances being made at the intersection of neuroscience, engineering, and robotics. From Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab...

  • Out of Order is a feature length documentary following the journey of three queer members of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Most gay and transgender people know what it feels like to be told they are broken and to be rejected, and often this message comes from Christians.With unprecedented...

  • OUTWORDS is the first-ever national project to document the remarkable evolution of the LGBTQ community over the past several decades, through on-camera interviews with the people who led, participated in, or simply witnessed it. The OUTWORDS coffee table book (published by Harper Collins) and...

  • OVERKILL is a documentary that analyzes why U.S. defense spending in a post-Cold War era has largely been "overkill" and threatens to bankrupt America.Through interviews with military experts and economists, OVERKILL will show how the U.S. can no longer sustain spending $250 million a day in...

  • Overload title card

    Before starting a family, Soozie Eastman, daughter of an industrial chemical distributor, embarks on a journey to find out the levels of toxins in her body and explores if there is anything she or anyone else can do to change them. Soozie has just learned that hundreds of synthetic toxins are...

  • 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...