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  • Driven to Abstraction unravels a mutating tale of self-delusion, greed, and fraud-- the $80 million forgery scandal that rocked the art world and brought down Knoedler, New York City’s oldest and most venerable gallery. Was the gallery’s esteemed director the victim of a con artist who showed up...

  • A spiritual missionary in the form of a 10-foot tree asks us to explore human nature and the survival of our species, but in the end he must contend with his own survival and past. Lionel Powell grew up in the Marcy Projects of Brooklyn surrounded by gangs, drugs and violence. As a boy he found...

  • THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN celebrates a beloved literary figure. Author Armistead Maupin is best known for his TALES OF THE CITY novels that began as a newspaper column for The San Francisco Chronicle in 1976. However Maupin’s own life “tales” are much lesser known, and just as strange...

  • 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...

  • VIVA VERDI!....life’s third act may just be the best one after all!

    VIVA VERDI! offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of the eccentric and celebrated opera singers and musicians living out their "third act" at Milan's Casa Verdi retirement home built in 1896 by the...

  • 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...

  • TEACHED is a series of short documentary films that candidly examine issues of race, education and equality.

    TEACHED Vol. I, the first compilation of short films, reminds viewers of the promise made over half a century ago in Brown v. Board of Education that all U.S. students would...

  • 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...

  • When legendary rock keyboardist Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer died, the music world was shocked. It was an open secret amongst musicians he had been suffering for years with repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) from playing. But nobody talked. Facing an upcoming tour in Japan and unsure...

  • Breaking the Silence is a student-created documentary following the lives of 4 LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transexual) high school students of varying ages struggling with different aspects of high school. The problems these students are experiencing because of their sexuality extend into...

  • Before Jazz, Swing and Rock & Roll, there was Ragtime. This wonderful groundbreaking music is all but forgotten and its story remains untold. This Is Ragtime: The Birth of American Music offers a long-overdue look and listen to America's first truly original popular music. From its often...

  • To improve American public schools, we must clearly define the issues impacting the quality of education. Yet, oftentimes teachers, the people who have the most intimate knowledge of the issues, are excluded from the conversation. This exclusion is causing us to ignore issues that would help...

  • When she was 12 years old, just minutes after a family argument, filmmaker Mayumi Maruyama's father hung himself in the garage of his family's suburban American home. DEAR DAD is her effort to both understand and come to terms with her father's tragic death and to confront the cultural wall of...

  • 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...

  • In 1909, Alice Huyler Ramsey became the first woman to attempt a cross-country drive. Leaving from New York City in a 1909 Maxwell DA, she and her three female passengers would travel 3600 miles over 152 miles of paved roadways and finish in San Francisco, California 41 days later. Ramsey, at 22...

  • A rich, heartbreaking, first-ever documentary re-telling of the Ambassador, the most legendary hotel in American history, and one of the greatest failures of the historic preservation movement. After 68 is a meditation on the ways buildings become important troves of public memory, which, once...

  • The workers at La Fageda yoghurt co-operative suffer from schizophrenia, depression and compulsive behaviour disorder. Many have a rich fantasy life!  Before they came to La Fageda they were locked up in an asylum, drugged up with no productive activities at all. They had been 'disappeared', an...

  • Calling All Earthlings tells the story of seminal desert UFO contactee George Van Tassel, his iconic Integratron dome, and of the communities nearby. In the process, the documentary reveals how Cold War science and psyche inspired beliefs about life beyond this planet that remain wildly popular...

  • ALL WE'VE LOST is a feature length documentary film focusing on the human experience within the case of Barry Beach and the movement for criminal justice reform in Montana.

    The film chronicles the story of Bobbi Clincher, a mother, who for the last 30 years has fought to free her son,...

  • 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...

  • WHAT SHE SAID tells the story of Pauline Kael, longtime New Yorker film critic and best-selling author, and her battle to make a name for herself. Through new interviews, her own words, and never-before-seen archival, our film shows her modest beginnings, how her unique voice was forged, her...

  • WHITELANDIA is a full-length documentary examining state-sanctioned discrimination against Black Americans in Oregon.Beginning with harsh exclusion laws written into the state's 1857 constitution banning Blacks from entering the state, the film sheds light on Oregon's historical determination to...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • What happens when you go in search of your legacy only to find it was stolen by an insidious plague? While rehearsing one of the greatest stage dramas ever written, a group of acting students confronts firsthand how the theater community courageously battled the scourge of AIDS.

    GHOST...

  • In 1975, Lee Brady and David Sanderson invented the first edible underwear in the history of the world. They called it “Candypants.”

    Their legendary creation was a smashing success.

    But their tale is about more than just the magical product that captivated the country—it’s the...

  • An inner city youth uses music to unite a community.  He uses his music not to get rich but to influence a community from within, to bring a community together, and to rise above the negative environment in which he lives. American inner cities face ever-so-challenging times. It offers young men...

  • "You must see Sable Island - it is a non-verbal place. It is in the eye that you must know it" --Roberto Dutesco, photographerThe Story of Sable Island chronicles a year on a tiny crescent of sand, 180 miles off the coast of Nova Scotia. The island is 25 miles long and a mile wide with dunes...

  • JAZZ NIGHTS chronicles an almost completely unknown moment in time involving a group of L.A.’s top jazz musicians who brought jazz history full-circle by forging a modern-day version of the forbidden Prohibition-Era speakeasy culture that jazz itself grew out of.For two years, these premiere...

  • State Trooper Jessie Osborn is called to check out a suspicious sedan on a remote Alaskan Highway. The brief encounter leaves one man dead and turns Jessie’s life into a nightmare. The incident explodes in the press and Jessie’s world turns upside down in a perfect storm of suspicion and...

  • Alexandria, Jake, Caitlin and Veronica, ages 5 to 15, want to change the conversation. They reveal in their own words what it’s like to deal with the literal ups and downs of a challenged life. In this intimate verité documentary, four charismatic kids strive for acceptance in a world that is...

  • The purpose of "Sweet Adversity" is to bring to the focus the story of one person who used the adversity they encountered and turned it, not to their advantage but as a tool of service to others. At age 17, aspiring model and actress Marsha Hunt was "discovered" on a trip to Hollywood. Four...

  • Saving the City is a multi-part documentary series with related educational material highlighting successful and unsuccessful examples of urban development throughout the US and Canada so that we can learn to create better places.

    Programs are arranged by theme, not city, so we can...

  • A complex global problem; a simple global solution.
    Five hundred million people around the world depend on the peanut as their primary source of protein. Hand-shelling nets a villager in Mali, West Africa ten pounds of nuts per day, producing little more than arthritis. A simple...