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  • Eleven veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan join an expedition to climb the 20,000 foot Himalayan giant Mount Lobuche. With blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer and a team of Everest summiters as their guides, they set out on an emotional and gripping climb to reach the top in an attempt to...

  • How do children of mixed ethnicities preserve their unique identity? Must immigrants forgo their roots when assimilating into American culture? What happens to families when painful memories are left to simmer beneath the surface?

    Having failed to achieve the American dream and in...

  • The World Trade Center "Miracle Cross" was discovered amidst the rubble of the 9/11 attack. It became a symbol of "faith, hope, and healing" for many.But when the National September 11 Museum announced its intention to include this cross in the permanent exhibit, the group American Atheists...

  • A group of high school students are chanting.

    A coming of age story against the backdrop of lost innocence, survivors from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School with young activists across the nation form the largest youth movement since the 1960s amplifying the voice of a generation to address the epidemic of gun violence in America....

  • 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...

  • For nearly 40 years, the inhabitants of Taiwan lived under martial law and the shadow of a government-ordered massacre of thousands of civilians. Taiwan now exists in an international gray area, shrouded in the fog of strategic ambiguity that threatens to be swept away by war. CROSSROADS TAIWAN...

  • Two individuals talking to three people across a black fence.

    Amidst rising oppression in Turkey, two women, a doctor and a sex worker join forces to confront death and seek healing after the tragic deaths of their loved ones. They transform pain into power by queering grief.

    As the Covid-19 pandemic hits, we are faced with the loss of loved ones...

  • A red logo of Fail University.

    In an expansive documentary exposé, Fail State reveals the dark story behind the rise of predatory for-profit colleges and why our higher education system, once the envy of the world, is leaving millions of Americans in financial ruin.

  • An elaborate pink painted film poster featuring a White women with vibrant red hair next to an Egyptian man with a mustache. Several other, smaller painted people adorn the bottom of the poster.

    Khamis, a 55 year old man has worked as a film-projectionist at one of the oldest film theaters - Cinema Salwa - in the second largest city in Jordan, Zarqa.

    After the closure of Cinema Salwa that stood strong since the 1950’s, Khamis has no other choice but to join his family business...

  • Yoga and meditation are mainstream practices; Sanskrit words like mantra, guru and karma are part of everyday speech, and certain Indian precepts are so commonly held that Newsweek titled a 2009 article “We Are All Hindus Now.” Recently, the Smithsonian Institution mounted an exhibit titled Yoga...

  • Collage of black and white photos of Bill Traylor leaning over his artwork in various stages.

    An inventive feature documentary capturing the vivid life of Bill Traylor, who in his late 80s, living homeless on the street in the thriving segregated black neighborhood of Montgomery, produced a body of extraordinary art. Born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation in rural Alabama,...

  • Comedy writer Steve Young’s assignment to scour bargain-bin vinyl for a Late Night segment becomes an unexpected, decades-spanning obsession when he stumbles upon the strange and hilarious world of corporate musicals in this musical-comedy-documentary. With David Letterman, Martin Short, Chita...

  • 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’...

  • Burning Man is the definitive American cultural phenomenon of the turn of the century. Defined by active participation, the festival has grown exponentially over its 20-year history, from a handful of spectators to well over 35,000 participants, each with their own sense of what it all means. In...

  • On the Texas border, a civil rights activist battles to defend her immigrant community against threats from the U.S. government, even as she faces an even more personal fight -- to save her own mother from deportation.

    Untitled Rio Grande Valley project documents the transformation of a...

  • 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...

  • four korean adoptee faces (two male, two female) in extreme close up.

    Side by Side: Out of a South Korean Orphanage and Into the World documents the stories of inter-country adoption out of South Korea. Filmed in Seattle, Chicago, Boston, New York City, Paris, Stockholm, Amsterdam, and Melbourne, this short film is an international journey through the personal...

  • One out of every four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Approximately 4-5 women are killed each day in the U.S. from the same. Until this poignant documentary, there has been scant focus (if any) on DV solutions. Most documentaries treating the subject offer a revelatory...

  • "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...

  • Free speech history unfolds in The Land of Orange Groves & Jails when the director's reluctant aunt Yetta finally tells her tale of teenage activism amidst the free speech and labor battles of 1920s Los Angeles. Her arrest for flying a red flag over a summer camp resulted in the US Supreme...

  • In 2001, President George W. Bush issued a ban on federal funding for newly created human embryonic stem cell research. In 2004 California passed Prop 71, and created The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to fund, facilitate, and provide oversight for stem cell research in...

  • An African-American female looking at herself through the mirror.

    "Your Pain Was Born Here" is a journey across five countries in Europe exploring the Black diaspora outside of the Black American identity. An interconnected story to bridge the communication gaps between the African American communities and the international Black diaspora through director...

  • Released in 1981, the original film, The Park That Kids Built is a transformative documentary of urban renewal. The film is set in South Los Angeles and depicts how two teachers, their fifth and sixth grade students, and the community turned a vacant lot filled with abandoned cars and trash into...

  • Tired of waiting for someone else to save Democracy? A tight-knit group of friends travel to Cumberland County, North Carolina - named a “posterchild” for voter suppression - intent on proving that the big idea of American democracy can be defended by small acts of individual citizens. Through...

  • A Black Man in a track suit leans against a city strip wall with his head in his hands

    "Each year roughly 5,000 blacks are murdered—74% of the time the murderer is another black person."  Murders that Matter documents three initiatives of Temple University Hospital to combat violence in Philadelphia’s most violent black neighborhood in order to call attention to the critical...

  • What does it take to make your living working with dead bodies? The funeral homes workers, the morticians, the medical examiners and forensic detectives. What have they gleamed by working with the vessel after the soul has gone? Does it make them more spiritual, kinder to others around them or...

  • Black and white photo of protesters holding a F.S.L.N. poster.

    Through the life and work of writer Alejandro Murguia, "Keeper of the Fire," a half-hour documentary-in-progress, explores the roles of activist writers and poets passionately involved with the struggles of our times. Following in the footsteps of the Beat poets and inspired by the rich...

  • America’s cowboy culture and opera's hallowed traditions converge in a story that celebrates a timeless legend and the collaborative power of art. RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE: THE MAKING OF A WESTERN OPERA follows Zane Grey’s classic Western dime-store novel as it is reborn onstage in fully...

  • Stranded in tents and detention centers in Greece and Turkey, or in temporary housing throughout Europe are thousands of Palestinian refugees from Syria whose predicament started 70 years earlier with the expulsion of their parents and grandparents from Palestine.

    The director, Hala...

  • Dinosaur fossil head, extreme close up

    Our Documentary follows a paleontologist into the American west, where other cash-strapped paleontologists compete against time and erosion in search of new dinosaur discoveries, but they’re not alone. Commercial collectors armed with more funds dig at an exceptional speed to uncover fossils, selling them to the highest bidder. Some of these fossils end up in the collections of museums, while others land in private houses, their secrets lost to science. Our documentary explores various perspectives on this issue while trying to find common ground between the two distinct sides of paleontology.

  • A rustic old notebook of archived documents sits on a desk surrounded by smaller papers and notepads.

    In November of 1944, Sgt Silvio J. Pedri of the 95th Infantry was sent on a mission to cross the Moselle river near Metz, France. His objective was clear: secure the opposite bank and create a diversion so that a larger unit could build a bridge to bring in the heavy artillery and take the city...

  • The United States is facing an unprecedented public health crisis regarding addiction. The stigma associated with the disease prevents many addicts from seeking treatment and diminishes the ability of their families and friends to support them. On a national scale, the stigma obstructs the...

  • Molly Ivins laughs on a bench in business attire

    “Any nation that can survive what we have lately in the way of government, is on the high road to permanent glory.” -Molly Ivins

    RAISE HELL is about a Texas maverick named MOLLY IVINS. Often compared to Mark Twain, she was one of the most courageous journalists of modern times... and...

  • 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...