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  • Iraq Paper Scissors follows a unique transformation from uniform to pulp, from battlefield to workshop, and from warrior to artist. Filmmaker Sara Nesson follows several Iraq Veterans on an unusual and creative journey as they confront their emotional wounds, and redefine themselves as artists...

  • 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 group of mariners' lives are changed when they find adventure, danger, and belonging on the high seas as they pursue their ultimate dream: navigating the western coast of the United States on an 18th century pirate ship replica.Today there is still an adventure-shaped-hole in the hearts of our...

  • A group of precocious middle schoolers take on the state of California’s teacher retirement system to save their future from climate catastrophe. Hope and hilarity ensue.

  • "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...

  • The story of fastpitch softball pitching legend Dave Blackburn, the only American Player in the Israel Softball Hall of Fame. Dave is the only Maccabi USA athlete (any sport) to participate in 7 World Maccabiah Games in Israel. As a passenger in a near fatal head-on automobile accident in August...

  • “The Ballad of Don Lewis” is the story of a pioneering musician and electronic engineer whose genius and technological vision personified both the creative freedom and the institutional fears that defined the music industry during the 1970s & 80s.

    An African American born in the...

  • The Russian Revolution and its aftermath was a unique period in which the Jewish people took an active part in dismantling their societal constraints and paid for it with their lives. The instrumental role of Soviet Jewry in the creation of the Russian Revolution began as a hope for positive...

  • Ninety riveting minutes of songs about life and quips about death from the wheelchair of a woman who vows to exit laughing. Once a nationally-known performer of ballads, skits and self-parody, now fated by Lou Gehrig's Disease to perish within a year, the remarkable Carla Zilbersmith will leave...

  • Enter the world of Termite Art where acclaimed film critic and painter Manny Farber coined the term “Underground Films,” revealed movies as a true popular art form, celebrated American Action Paintings, and whose “art of the everyday” continue to inspire generations of filmmakers, artists, and...

  • Bleeding Audio is an intimate portrait detailing The Matches’ promising career, defeating break up, and inspiring reunion as they navigate the digital age of music. The Matches started their rise by creating the vibrant, all-ages Oakland music scene: Live, Loud, and Local or “L3”. They...

  • MODEL CITY engages personalities, architecture, and politics in tracing the social and physical contours of Irvine, California. In 1959, with near-utopian visions of cultivating a new town from their vast orange groves and bean fields, the Irvine Company began developing the most successful...

  • As high-profile trials against U.S. Border Patrol agents reach a climax, the Trump administration plots to hire thousands of new agents with scant oversight, going so far as to send the National Guard to the border. THE THIN GREEN LINE confronts this alarming prospect by critically examining the...

  • Jr. Bull spends a year in the lives of America's top youth bull riders as they train for and compete in the World Finals in Forth Worth, Texas. In an extreme sport where helmets are optional and cowboy hats are preferred, these children develop a unique relationship to pain at a young age....

  • 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.

  • The Coleman family, brought together by a shared passion for Jazz, forged a legacy, which survived the same elements of unity, dissonance and harmony that permeate the music they create. Join, acclaimed jazz drummer George Coleman, Jr. as he takes you on a journey through his family's early...

  • Filmed over four years, a lingering lens provides a profound look at four transgender youth (starting at ages 4, 9, 12 and 15) as they redefine "coming of age." These kids and their families unmask the intimate realities of how gender fluidity is re-shaping the family next door, especially in...

  • "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...

  • How did the willful daughter of a Himalayan forest guard become Monsanto’s worst nightmare? The Seeds of Vandana Shiva tells the remarkable life story of Gandhian eco-activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, how she stood up to the corporate Goliaths of industrial agriculture, rose to prominence in the...

  • 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...

  • Legendary experimental theater director Jerzy Grotowski (1933-1999) had an enormous influence on the modern stage. His seminal book Towards a Poor Theater details the concept of a stripped down dramatic experience focusing on the actor and audience while eschewing complex staging. Grotowski...

  • Julie Magers' world turned upside down when her husband, Michael Mehaffie, was sentenced to twenty years for commercial burglary. In the state of Maryland commercial burglary carries the same weight as murder. Over the past five years of incarceration Julie began to be an advocate for Michael...

  • From EMMY AWARD WINNING FILMMAKER, Michael King comes the story that will document the lives of four American service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffering from PTS/TBI (invisible wounds) receiving life changing treatment at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), an...

  • The elders of Hawaii's last native fishing village struggle to pass on their ancestral knowledge of the ocean. "Take care of the sea, and it will take care of you," is a creed they practiced for generations. But in a community of dwindling resources and few opportunities, do the old ways mean...

  • France / USA | 90 minutes | in English | to be completed late 2020/early 2021

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    A filmmaker searches for the truth about her grandfather Edward Jones, a legendary African American who rose to the heights of financial and political prominence in Depression-era Chicago.

    In...

  •   A profound example of human cooperation is circling our planet every day. Men and women from 24 countries have flown on the International Space Station, living together in outer space for months at a time. Not only peacefully but constructively, resolutely pursuing a shared dream.

      It...

  • Emil is a social media-obsessed entrepreneur in one of the most remote places on earth: An abandoned Soviet mining village in the mountains of eastern Kyrgyzstan. Tracing his roots to the nomadic tribes that once roamed the area, Emil has returned to put his village of Jyrgalan back on the map...

  • Has media consolidation made us less informed? Has it turned us an angry, divided nation? Or are we giving mass media too much of the blame for our own ambivalence as passive citizens? Broadcasters, for over half a century, were required to serve the public interest—defined as promoting localism...

  • Meet the greatest artist you've never heard of.

    In 1937, William Edmondson became the first African American to earn a solo exhibit at New York's prestigious Museum of Modern Art, just a couple of years afte Pablo Picasso was first shown. The 62 year old retired janitor-turned-tombstone...

  • What is the special connection between horses and humans? The story of Seabiscuit holds some good clues. This feature-length inspirational documentary shows how a ridiculed and ungainly horse managed to beat the odds and win race after race. And when his career was seemingly over due to injury,...

  • Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats – found right in their own backyards – while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. Take a journey with these inspiring teens as...

  • A motivational documentary film about Detroit filmed from 2006-2021 that explores many narratives within the momentum of Detroits historic rise.
    From Detroit based filmmaker Stephen McGee, "It is a galvanizing experience to help
    bring a city back. It’s equal parts exhilarating and...

  • Climate change is upon us, and a global movement is underway to stave off its potentially catastrophic impact on the world in which we live. People are trying to do what’s right, and because we’ve heard all our lives that everything takes sacrifice, we're taking pains to atone. To recycle. To...

  • As the Western frontier closed, America sought to forcibly re-educate Native Americans at Indian Boarding Schools.  Their motto was “Kill The Indian To Save The Man.”  In 1892, the Pueblo of Isleta sued the Albuquerque Indian School for the return of “Los Cautivos” (The Captives), 36 children...

  • 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...

  • 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...