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Accession

Accession

Accession traces the historical and cultural lineages of heirloom seed saving through an informal network of gardeners and their letter correspondence. Since the founding years of the United States, personal correspondence accompanied the exchange of plant material between locations, amongst the aristocratic plantsmen of the country, ordinary farmers and gardeners, as well as between family members divided by place. Read more read more

African Makers Media

African Makers Media

Tom Osborn's mother's lung disease turned his life around, at 16. He wanted to be a basketball star, at 6'7", but he put his scholarship on hold and works to clean up household cooking smoke. He and stove maker Payan are driven to sell affordable, clean, efficient cookstoves and fuel. To save lives, trees and ecology in Kenya, they must reach thousands of customers across East Africa, so they've begun to work together to make an impact. Read more read more

Against Goliath

Against Goliath

At a time when our nation's most powerful women leaders — Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren — are being silenced, Against Goliath tells the compelling story of a co-ed public high school debate team's female members as they fight to have their voices heard in this male dominated activity, and crack the first major glass ceiling in their young lives. Read more read more


The Albanian Dream

The Albanian Dream

This film is about the pursuit of the Albanian Dream and one of its most ardent dreamers, Konstantin Kristoforidhi, patriot and scholar, author of the first Albanian-Greek dictionary, father of the modern Albanian literary language and our great-great-grandfather. He dreamed of an independent Albania, a nation free of Ottoman rule that could join the rest of Europe. Read more read more


The Awra Amba Experience

The Awra Amba Experience

A rural village in Ethiopia has combated poverty by making men and women equal, educating all its children and eradicating conflict. Learn about their solutions in an interactive 360° web experience, ask questions directly to the villagers and contribute your own ideas to a global discussion about a more sustainable future. Read more read more



Baato documentary

Baato

As little as ten years ago the large majority of the hill towns and villages in rural Nepal were accessible primarily by foot. It would commonly take a day of walking, often more, for the average Nepali living in these areas to reach a motorable road. Read more read more

Bisbee

Bisbee

Bisbee is an interactive documentary that explores life in a small border community in southeastern Arizona. Bisbee combines video portraits, photography, soundscapes, community-generated content, and data visualizations in a multi-platform experience that encourages dialogue and provides deeper insights into rural life in the American Southwest. Read more read more


Bluebirds Fly, Love and Hope on the Autism Spectrum

Bluebirds Fly, Love and Hope on the Autism Spectrum

According to the CDC, 1 in 68 children are identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Whether it's a sibling, cousin, neighbor or co-worker, we all know someone living with autism. Yet many of us lack a clear understanding of what autism is. Does autism impact the brain or the body? Are you born with autism or does an environmental trigger cause it? How are families, schools and communities meeting the challenges of autism? Read more read more

Bön in Dolpo: Ancient Zhang Zhung Kingdom — Then and Now

Bön in Dolpho: Ancient Zhang Zhung Kingdom — Then and Now

In 2011, after working four years, we completed our film Bön: Mustang to Menri developed around the story of Tibet's oldest spiritual tradition, Bön, and its unique place in Tibetan history. Our film illuminated how and why the work that monks, lamas and Geshes do is vitally important in our current times. Our new film continues and deepens this work. Read more read more



Canada Lee - Man Out Front

Canada Lee - MAN OUT FRONT

Canada Lee was one of the greatest African American actors of the 20th Century, but most people have never heard his name. Lee poured his talent into fighting for racial equality. His uncompromising stance prompted the U.S. Government to label him a Communist, destroying his reputation and career. With the support of the Canada Lee Heritage Foundation and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, this is the first film to explore his life and legacy. Read more read more

A Chance to Dress

76 year old Professor Emeritus John Southard recently came out to his M.I.T colleagues as a cross-dresser after nearly 40 years of easy collegiality. His exuberant outing is reflected, in part, by his efforts to reach out as an educator and counselor to other closeted students and faculty. His consuming desire is to be finally accepted as a full person in the Geology department as well as in society. Read more read more

Circus Without Borders

Bigtop Without Borders

Circus Without Borders is the inspiring story of two unusual circuses from farflung corners of the world — Artcirq in Arctic Canada, and Kalabante in Guinea, West Africa. An unlikely union grows out of a deep friendship between founders Guillaume Saladin and Yamoussa Bangoura, and their common dream: to bring hope to youth in remote communities. Read more read more


A Civil Remedy

A Civil Remedy

A Civil Remedy is a short film about a vision of justice for children and women who are trafficked for sex in America. The story of sex trafficking involves vulnerability, systemic and systematic violence, entrenched inequalities, shocking profitability, and the failure of law. Read more read more

The Club

The Club

The Club is a candid documentary film exploring the lives of several women across the world who lost their mothers in their formative years, and the impact this loss has had on the unconventional lives they've made for themselves and ultimately the women they've become. Read more read more

Councilwoman

Councilwoman

Councilwoman is about a Dominican hotel housekeeper who sits on the City Council in Providence, RI. The film follows her first term as she becomes a political leader, but finds herself constrained by corporate power in government. She has a tight race to win her re-election. Read more read more


Devil May Care

Devil May Care

In Devil May Care, Bob Dorough, the 86-year-old musical legend behind Schoolhouse Rock, proves how creativity can keep you young; he rises at dawn to compose new tunes, travels the world for gigs, and drinks his younger band-mates under the table. Ever the enduring hipster, Dorough is the unlikely “leading man” in a film that charts his resilience and celebrates his panache — and just happens to give an offbeat history of American popular culture. Read more read more

Directing Dissent

Directing Dissent

Directing Dissent is a film about John Roemer, teacher and social activist, and his decisions to either live within the law, or have a sound basis for civil disobedience. It not only shows his distinctive and unconventional style of teaching, but uses it as a framework within which to explore his past. Roemer's story involves near-death experiences and adventures, both as director of the Maryland ACLU and while playing a pivotal role in helping to integrate Maryland. Read more read more

The Divide

The Divide: One City's Story is about the twilight of a once great American middle class and about what Americans in one Pennsylvania steel town are doing to fight against its demise. The film traces the path America has taken from creating an unparalleled middle class boom after World War II to today's hard times for so many families who were once part of the country's success. Read more read more


Divided Families

Divided Families

There are an estimated 100,000 first-generation Korean Americans with immediate family in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. These families have been left divided for over 50 years and many of them have already passed away, or are in their 70s, 80s, and 90s. Though American citizens, there are no formal mechanisms for family members to identify or even dream of reunion with their family in the DPRK. Read more read more

Donald Ross: Discovering the Legend

A film by Cob Carlson

Donald Ross: Discovering the Legend

Donald Ross is the greatest golf course designer of all time. He is directly responsible for the creation of four hundred of the most splendid and challenging courses in the world. As the patron saint of golf course architecture, he is widely known for his beautiful, deceptively simple designs that harmonize with the surrounding environment. Donald Ross turned golf course architecture into an art form. Read more read more


Exit Zero

How long does the impact of deindustrialization last? Exit Zero uses family stories to offer an intimate portrait of the former steel mill community of Southeast Chicago and the lasting effects that the loss of heavy industry has had on the region. Interweaving home movies, found footage, and a first person narrative, the film traces the stories of multiple generations of filmmaker Christine Walley's family in this once-thriving steel mill community. Read more read more

Field Marks

Field Marks is a feature-length documentary that looks at birdwatchers from all walks of life and investigates the culture of avian observation. Determination can be as transparent as the lens of a binocular - but if you look into the wrong end, you'll see something distorted - something distant. Field Marks goes beyond the stereotypical idea of birder as eccentric affluent, and goes behind the binoculars, gazing into the squinted eyes of the birdwatcher. Read more read more

Forgotten Place

A film by iLan Azoulai

Forgotten Place is a documentary portrait of family and the sex-trafficking industry in Tel-Aviv. The character-driven film will intimately explore personal narratives that are emblematic of a nation's battle towards recovery: three sex trafficking victims try to regain their rights as mothers and legal citizens and to liberate themselves from a cycle of prostitution, drugs, poverty and abuse, and an American whose independently-operated shelter struggles to help them. Read more read more

Fully Awake...Further

Fully Awake...Further

Based on Fully Awake (2007), filmmakers Cathryn Davis Zommer and Neeley Dawson are crafting an enhanced documentary film, enriching the viewer's experience by offering a deeper view into the now legendary Black Mountain College (1933-1957). Freshly available archival source material including photography, primary audio interviews with key figures at the school, and dynamic new interviews, along with new technologies, compel a re-imagined film. Read more read more


The Giant Music Box

The Giant Music Box

Three generations of the van der Linde family have been intimately involved in teaching and playing piano in Vermont for nearly four decades. What began as an informal piano camp, founded by Rein and his wife, Rosamond, for their children and their playmates, grew rapidly to become the unique and inspiring piano camp it is today. In a grand old house filled with 26 pianos, children of all levels and from all around the world learn from a diverse faculty at Summer Sonatina. Read more read more

The Good Death

The Good Death

Once banned by the Catholic Church and outlawed by governments, Candomble is a belief system whose participants were forced to practice on the fringe of society and in private for centuries. Deemed legal in the 1970s and now practiced openly, most traffic for intimate ceremonies occurs by heavy recruitment of tourist groups for Black Americans seeking to reconnect to their African heritage. Read more read more


Greyhound: Racing Into The Light

Greyhound: Racing Into The Light

Revered by royalty from the Egyptian pharaohs to the kings and queens of England, greyhounds were a favored pet and hunting partner. Egyptians considered the birth of a litter of greyhounds second in importance only to the birth of a son. A status symbol for medieval England's ruling class, commoners were forbidden to own greyhounds, and killing one was a capital offense. So elegant their appearance, greyhounds are featured in many Renaissance masterpieces. Read more read more

Growing Season

Growing Season

In the heart of Houston, the health department is forging an alliance with vulnerable communities to try to counter both the health and economic insecurities of living in a “food desert,” where fast food is plentiful, but vegetables and fruit are hard to find. Neighborhoods are learning how to grow the produce themselves and the health department is sponsoring the gardens. Read more read more


The House He Built

The House He Built

93-year old Sergio Borelli lives in Rome in the house he built, a 5-story repository of the thousands of books, images and unique objects he collected over six decades as a journalist on assignments across the globe; as a TV-format visionary and founder of INPUT — the International Public TV Conference. The film explores Sergio's life as he recalls it to his daughter and grandniece while moving between rooms of his house. Read more read more

Headhunt Revisited

Headhunt Revisited

In 1926, painter Caroline Mytinger and her friend Margaret Warner set out from San Francisco on a 4-year adventure in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. With little more than $400, a few art supplies, and a trunk of clothing, they made their way through what was then known as the land of headhunters, with the goal of painting Melanesia's inhabitants. Now, nearly 80 years later, her paintings inspire two contemporary artists. Read more read more

Hossein Omoumi: Classical Persian Music from Isfahan to Irvine

Hossein Omoumi: Classical Persian Music from Isfahan to Irvine

You have heard it in American movies, world music festivals, celebrations of Rumi's poetry, and at universities across the country. Classical Persian music has a long history of exchange with musical traditions of the Silk Road, and today it is defining its place in the United States. Hossein Omoumi, master of the Persian reed flute called the ney, is an epicenter of this movement. Read more read more


Home Country

Home Country documentary

Maine and Somalia lie at opposite ends of the world, yet are connected by tenuous threads of memory that span the distance between. Home Country is a feature length documentary about personal geography as one young man treads the balance between place and identity in the 21st century. Read more read more




Into the Light

Into the Light

Brendan O'Toole, a Marine returning from Afghanistan with psychological injuries, meets Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a therapist who is confronting her own family struggles with mental illness. B works with veterans like Brendan to help them reintegrate into society. In the course of her work, national in scope and recognized by the White House and the Pentagon, Barbara comes to confront her own family story about her mother's schizophrenia. Read more read more

The Language of Dreams/A Linguagem Dos Sonos

The Language of Dreams/A Linguagem Dos Sonos

The Language of Dreams/A Linguagem Dos Sonos is a fairytale educational documentary which will share stories of 15 residents of Fall River, Massachusetts who brought their dreams to fruition. Once the second largest cotton print producer in the world, residents of this former milltown now face skyrocketing unemployment, crime, and opiate use. Read more read more


The Last Hunger Season

The Last Hunger Season

The Last Hunger Season is the story of four farm families in Western Kenya who are struggling to improve their livelihoods through agricultural development. Like millions of other smallholder farmers, these families live with a chronic, gnawing emptiness in their bellies. It is at its worst during the hunger season: the months when their previous harvest supplies run out and the new crop is yet to come in. Read more read more

Linefork

Directed by Jeff Silva and Vic Rawlings

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Lee and Opal Sexton are subsistence farmers living at the head of a hollow, at the end of Dead End Road in Eastern Kentucky. Opal carefully preserves all that their garden produces. Lee, a retired coal miner and legendary banjo player, continues to perform at square dances and teach his distinctive style of playing to a new generation. They hail from a vanishing traditional culture. Lee is a vibrant, living link to American music's past. Read more read more

Looking for a Ride

Looking for a Ride

Looking for a Ride examines life on a rodeo circuit by trailing bullriders, bullfighters, and the bulls themselves through the ancient seasonal rhythms of working livestock. In between shots of rituals enacted for the rodeo and for the camera, the film also investigates the human-­animal relations that are developed in competing, training, and traveling between rodeos, simultaneously a performance of the last best place and a microcosm of present American economic realities. Read more read more


Made Here

Made Here

From its heyday in the mid-19th century, clothing manufacturing defined the work and life of many people throughout the United States. Since 1994, we've lost more than 65% of the industry, affecting communities across the country. This film tells the story of people who are dedicated to bringing it back and to changing our relationship with what we wear. Read more read more


Mi Casita

Mi Casita

Franallen Acosta, a young Dominican American community organizer and entrepreneur, is betting his life on a visionary solution to the housing crisis in his distressed hometown of Lawrence, MA — "the immigrant city." Fran has recruited a stellar team to build affordable eco-housing with shipping containers, surrounded by food gardens. Could the rigors of business development, his run for City Council or his cooperative management style jeopardize his mission? Read more read more

Mozayik

Mozayik

Over two years since the earthquake in Haiti, almost 500,000 people continue to live in 800 tent camps throughout the capital of Port-au-Prince. Mozayik is one of these camps, housing over 150 people. But the people will soon be moved, because Mozayik is about to be evicted. Mozayik follows the story of Augustin Mona in his battle to galvanize the camp against their eviction and coordinate their displacement. Read more read more

The New Normal

The New Normal

The tsunami destroyed their homes and futures, but life goes on in Japan's nuclear exclusion zone. Featuring a teenage rocker, a horse breeder, an activist, a nuclear engineer, and a zen priest The New Normal is a unique portrait of a small town's search for normalcy, just 15 miles away from the damaged Daiichi nuclear energy facility. Read more read more



Oil in the Family

oil in the family

Oil in the Family is a feature-length documentary film that is both poetry and policy. It explores our marriage to oil through a uniquely personal journey. New England filmmaker Jon Goldman traces his roots (and good fortune) back to his family's Louisiana oil field. There, he discovers that his grandmother played a vital role in the creation of one of the most celebrated - and derided - documentaries ever made, Robert J. Flaherty's Louisiana Story. Read more read more

Opus 139: To Hear the Music

Opus 139: To Hear the Music

Opus 139: To Hear the Music will tell the story of Charles Brenton Fisk, a brilliant Massachusetts nuclear physicist who turned away from the militaristic developments in his field during World War II in order to pursue his passion for music. Leaving his early involvement in the Manhattan Project and a graduate program at Stanford University, Fisk returned to coastal Gloucester, Massachusetts to pursue organ building. Read more read more

Our Mockingbird

Our Mockingbird, a one-hour documentary, depicts how Harper Lee's classic coming of age story, To Kill A Mockingbird, still resonates in our national discourse about race, class, and justice. Our Mockingbird is also about the power of arts in education to transform lives as illustrated by a high school production of the adapted play, To Kill A Mockingbird, in Birmingham, Alabama. Read more read more



The Paradigm Shift Project - Documentaries that Inform & Inspire Change

The Paradigm Shift Project

The Paradigm Shift Project (PSP) is a registered Canadian charity that creates documentaries to change worldviews. With a mission to advance education on important issues relating to poverty, ecology, health and human rights, PSP connects people around the world to grassroots projects in developing countries tackling the world's toughest problems, also providing local organizations with tools to reach out for support. Read more read more

The Paduka of the Guru

The aim of this film is to chronicle the enigmatic and controversial life and legacy of the late religious philosopher Dr. Bibhuti Singh Yadav, from his birth into a low-caste cow-herding clan in a remote rural village of North India to his career as an international scholar and Professor of Indian Religions at Temple University in Philadelphia, USA. Read more read more


Peace Through Education

Peace Through Education is a feature length documentary film that examines the role of education in minimizing conflict and creating critical opportunities for children in Afghanistan. We will examine this theory through the story of Mohammad Khan Kahroti and his determination to create and build a school for Afghani children in his home village of Shin Kalay. The school existed successfully for eight years, starting with only 16 students and growing to 1200. Read more read more

Pell Grants: A Passion for Education

Pell Grants: A Passion for Education

We are at a crossroads in education. With the number of financially challenged students struggling to pay for higher education, and Congress threatening to slash the 40-year old Federal Pell Grant program, the time is ripe to investigate the history, the power, and the vitality of these Higher Education grants and their impact on our American values and culture. Read more read more


The Philadelphia Eleven

The Philadelphia Eleven

Time Travel Productions is developing a long-form documentary film about the "irregularly" ordained Episcopal women priests, and the movement they led. Eleven women presented themselves for ordination as priests in the Episcopal Church on July 29th 1974 at the Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the time, the ordinations themselves were big news. Read more read more


Pirates in Parliament

Pirates in Parliament

Pirates in Parliament chronicles the rise to political power of a group of upstart German computer hackers through the eyes of Stephan Urbach, one of their leading members. As the film traces Stephan's personal journey from marginalization to power player, it reveals how a visionary outsider can revolutionize democracy with twenty-first century technology. Read more read more


Power Struggle

Power Struggle

Power Struggle chronicles a heated political battle being waged in Vermont, where citizen activists and the state government are pitted against one of America's biggest utility corporations, in a fight over the future of an aging nuclear reactor. At stake here is a fundamental question about the essence of democracy: Who should have control over vital issues that impact people's lives so directly: corporations, the federal government, states, or the people? Read more read more

The Price of Survival: A Film about Pauli Murray

A Song of Hope: The Life Story of Pauli Murray

The Price of Survival is a feature film in development about Pauli Murray, a leading twentieth century intellectual. Murray advocated the only way to root out inequality was to address race and gender discrimination simultaneously. As a lawyer she is the architect of modern feminist legal theory. As a civil rights leader, she is credited with helping to develop direct non-violent action in the 1930s as a strategy for civil rights. Read more read more

The Prison Within

The Prison Within

The Prison Within is an upcoming multimedia documentary series that examines the U.S. Justice System through the eyes and voices of those most impacted - prisoners with life sentences, survivors of violent crime, and the communities left behind. The Prison Within uses intimate documentary footage with informative data to stimulate a dialogue about the effects of mass incarceration. Read more read more



The Rabbi Goes West

The Rabbi Goes West

The Rabbi Goes West, directed by Gerald Peary and produced by Amy Geller, tells the story of Chaim Bruk, a 34-year-old Orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn who moves to Bozeman, Montana, to bring his Judaism to the American West. To celebrate his love for his adopted state, Rabbi Chaim makes a pledge to put a Mezuzah, an encased prayer offering, on the doorpost of every Montana Jew, all 1,300 of them. Read more read more

Rare Bones

Rare Bones

Meet Bob. Bob has a rare genetic disorder — he can die if he breaks his bones. His diagnosis is Hardcastle's Syndrome, and he comes from one of only five families in the world known to be affected by this disease. In 2004 Bob was given a life expectancy of five years and told any broken bone would result in cancer, and could be lethal. Rare Bones, though providing an in-depth look at a family enduring this rare disease, focuses on a life fully lived. Read more read more

Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home

Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home

In the late 1930s, a determined group of German Jewish refugees left behind well-established lives and most of their possessions in Hitler's Germany to find safe haven in Chicago. Here, these newcomers set out to create a vibrant and supportive community for themselves and others fleeing Nazi persecution, eventually establishing the Selfhelp Home for elderly refugees. Read more read more


Release from Reason: The Life and Work of Arthur Polonsky

Arthur Polonsky: The Release from Reason

Arthur Polonsky has been called "one of the most important Boston painters of the 20th century." He went from a tailor's son in Lynn, MA, to a traveling fellowship to Paris, international exhibits, and features in Time and LIFE Magazine. Yet Arthur's journey to becoming a renowned artist was a mystery to his son Gabriel. So when Arthur turned 85, Gabriel set out to discover a side of his father that he never knew. Read more read more

Relief Riders International

Relief Riders International

Relief Riders International is a humanitarian-based, adventure travel company that organizes horseback journeys through remote areas while providing humanitarian aid to local people. Since 2004 Relief Riders International has helped over 18,700 people, including 12,000 children in Rajasthan, India and adds Cappadocia, Turkey to the Relief Ride itinerary in 2011. Read more read more


Robert Gardner - Metaphorical Filmmaker

Robert Gardner - Metaphorical Filmmaker

Robert Gardner's cinema spans from the 20th century into the 21st. Beginning with his travels to film the San people of the Kalahari in southern Africa with John Marshall in the 1950s, Gardner sought out emblematic societies with his camera in some of the most remote places on the planet. Read more read more

Romeo

Born in Boston and raised in Haiti, Antonio's nightmares of the abuse he suffered as a child drove him to work with violent men as an adult. Obsessed about saving men society would rather see incarcerated, Antonio takes an empathic view, going beyond weekly group sessions and into their neighborhoods and homes, blurring the line between counselor and friend. Read more read more


Sea Horse

Sea Horse

In a small town in the Outer Banks of North Carolina wild horses roam the beaches, descendants of shipwrecked Spanish stallions. For over 500 years these horses have made this fragile peninsula their home, surviving off of marsh grasses. Now facing extinction from geographic isolation, a shrinking gene pool and rapid housing development, Sea Horse examines their struggle for survival. Read more read more

Shaki

Shaki

In the world of cultural anthropology, there are tales of Napoleon Chagnon: a strong, brash young anthropologist who was the leading authority on the Yanomamö indigenous tribes of the Amazon rainforest. He asked so many questions the Yanomamö nicknamed him SHAKI: "pesky bee." Shaki explores Chagnon's account of time amongst the Yanomamö, his kinship theory that evolved, and his struggle to support sociobiology. Read more read more

Shine On

Shine On

Shine On chronicles seven girls & young women with various physical and intellectual disabilities and their families as they participate in the 5th annual Miss “You Can Do It” Pageant. The contestants are not judged by the fit of the gown or by how perfect they look, but on how brightly they're hearts and spirit shine through. The real winners of this pageant may just be the family and friends cheering in the audience. Read more read more

A Simple Act

A Simple Act

Every night at 8 a miracle happens. A Simple Act is the story of Patty and Rick Parker and an act of kindness that becomes bigger than those involved. When Rick has to undergo emergency heart surgery seventeen-year-old Rudy Favard, captain of the Malden Catholic football team, steps in to save the family. Read more read more



Skin Bleaching in Tanzania

Skin Bleaching in Tanzania

The after effects of Arab trade, slavery and colonization in East Africa are explored in this riveting documentary on skin bleaching in Tanzania. The film exposes the untold practices of skin lightening and the motivations that lead women into the lifestyle by going behind closed doors to hear contemporary personal accounts from the users themselves. Read more read more


Sky Endeavors: The Story of a Black Balloon Pilot

Sky Endeavors: The Story of a Black Balloon Pilot

The rubber met the road in the early 1970s for Bill Costen. After being drafted by the Buffalo Bills and later being sent to a farm team in Hartford, CT, a life-threatening tragedy forced him to put the pads down. The result was a lark that led to the birth of the first African American commercial hot-air balloon pilot in the country. Sky Endeavors is about more than an ex-jock showing the world how to navigate through the clouds... Read more read more

The Speed of Orange

The Speed of Orange

The latest documentary by award-winning director Justin Hunt explores the horse racing entity known as GHL, a gritty, hard working family on the Colorado horse racing circuit in the 1970s. No other name dominated horse racing in the southwest as much as the Hunts, in that era. The first horse racing film ever shot in 3D, The Speed of Orange offers a fascinating first person perspective into the everyday life of the sport of kings. Read more read more

Sunlight Man: The Life & Times of John Gardner

Novelist John Gardner – bestselling author of Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, Nickel Mountain and other works – died in a motorcycle accident in 1982. Sunlight Man is the story of Gardner’s complex life and turbulent times, as seen from the point of view of his filmmaker son, Joel. Through interviews, archival film, still photographs and present day location shots, Joel Gardner's odyssey weaves together several parallel stories in Sunlight Man. Read more read more


Tethys

Tethys

Bob Schuler's opus is a gallery at the bottom of the sea, a collection of art sunk into the ooze and muck. It is an undersea necklace encircling the earth, composed of granite cubes and designed to last at least least 50 million years. Tethys (working title) is an experimental documentary essay about Schuler's quixotic "around the world ocean burial." Read more read more


Tiapapata Art Centre

The Tiapapata Art Centre was established in 1989 with various art courses offered informally to children and adults. Since then the Art Centre has grown to be a dynamic and innovative contributor to the art scene in Samoa and, in June 2006, was registered as a Charitable Trust with the Government of Samoa. Printmaking, ceramics, fabric printing, wood and bone carving, and paper recycling are some of the more popular courses taught. Read more read more

La Tierra de los Adioses (The Land of Goodbyes)

La Tierra de los Adioses (The Land of Goodbyes)

The Land of Goodbyes is a documentary about Zapotitlán Palmas, Oaxaca, Mexico, a small rural community where 50 percent of residents (80% of men) have migrated to the United States. The women, children and few men left behind continue their lives while watching their town being slowly abandoned. Read more read more


To Timbuktu with Vieux Farka Toure

To Timbuktu with Vieux Farka Toure

Journey on a musical pilgrimage following the extraordinary life and work of Vieux Farka Toure. Born in Mali, West Africa, on the banks of the Niger River just outside of Timbuktu, in a country rich in cultural and ancestral wealth yet bound by economic poverty, Vieux is son to the late guitarist and multi Grammy Award winner Ali Farka Toure. Ali is legend in Mali and one of the most celebrated musicians out of Africa. Read more read more

Toe the Line

Toe the Line

One teacher. One school. Countless dreams. Toe the Line follows an at-risk student on her trek through an arts-magnet pubic high-school program, along with five others who graduate before her. They endure grueling workouts, competition for parts, bullying, perilous home-life situations, peer pressure, and losses. Read more read more


Tribes on the Edge

Tribes on the Edge, a film by Celine Cousteau through Causecentric Productions

The Vale do Javari indigenous territory is home to 4000 indigenous from 5 tribes, but it also protects the largest number of uncontacted tribes living in isolation in the Brazilian Amazon. Collectively these tribes face threats of loss of ancestral land, oil exploitation, illegal fishing, hunting, and logging, drug trafficking, and gold mining while the contacted tribes have also been facing an underlying health crisis hindering their survival. Read more read more


Undocumented Pleasure

Using collaborative filmmaking methods and experimental techniques, Undocumented Pleasure explores the multiple realities of three undocumented, immigrant workers living in East Boston: their daily work, the lives they left behind, their social lives, and their fantasies. Read more read more


U.S.E.D.

From the State Capitol and the back-alleys of Denver to above ground syringe exchanges throughout the world, U.S.E.D., a one-hour documentary, sheds light on the politicians, drug addicts, social justice activists, people of faith, police, scientists, and medical professionals raising tough questions about why public parks are littered with dirty syringes and drug users are dying from Hepatitis C and HIV. Read more read more


Wander, Wonder, Wilderness

An interactive documentary project that explores the urban wilds and parks of Greater Boston. The multi platform approach inspires nature-based experiences an increasingly consumption-driven technological world. The essay film examines a range of ideas around landscape, evolving notions of wilderness, historical layers of human experience with nature and its resources, and personal meditations on the environment. Read more read more

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Addiction to pornography is one of the most damaging issues in today's culture, and one that few people truly understand. In an effort to help people around the world begin to remedy porn addiction, director Justin Hunt takes an innovative approach in his fourth film .xxx. The film features some of the sharpest minds dealing with this global issue, while following the real life heartbreak of a couple torn apart by porn addiction. Read more read more

Young World Inventors

A mini-doc series working to make invention contagious through the stories of innovators in Africa. These are personal, serial, character-driven stories about the triumphs and heartaches of young inventors who solve everyday problems of scarcity &emdash; in water, agriculture, income generation, energy, art and information. YWI began building relationships and documenting creative problem solvers in East Africa in 2011. Read more read more



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