Afromystic experiments with ritual, the erotic, and gender representation through indigenous Yorùbá spirituality. The film will transform and re-appropriate mythology and desire for Queer, Trans & Gender Non Conforming (GNC) People Of Color ritualistically into images of our own creation for our survival...
After A Fashion
After a Fashion began by following artist and designer, Nicole Marie Fuller, and anthropological documentarian, Sally Levi, as they came up with an experiment to see if Sally would have more fun if she dressed fun. This led to the social and cultural question: are we what we wear?
The American Revolution
"The American Revolution" chronicles free-form radio station WBCN-FM and Boston's other underground media, from 1968 to 1974, through the extraordinary original sights, sounds and stories.
The Angola Project: Detroit
Filmmaker and performer Jeremy Xido returns home to Detroit after 20 years with a performance tying his personal history to kung fu, the slave trade, and a mulberry tree in his best friend’s backyard.
Atlantic Portals: Full Circle
Atlantic Portals: Full Circle is the second in a trilogy of feature length documentaries about the Cape Verdean community in the Fox Point section of Providence, Rhode Island: the second oldest and largest community of Cape Verdeans in the world, outside of the Cape Verde Islands.
Back From The Brink
Back From The Brink tells the uplifting and unusual tale of the Franciscan Manzanita—a plant that had been extinct in the wild for 70 years, until a passing commuter spotted it growing on a small freeway traffic island, at the northern edge of San Francisco.
The Banjo Project
An interactive documentary that can best be described as a cultural resource center for the history of the banjo from its African roots to the present, built on the 300+ hrs of video interviews, performances and archival materials.
"Mr. Music of Memphis"
Memphis produced some of the biggest names in the popular music of the twentieth century. W.C. Handy, Elvis, B.B. King, Otis Redding and other Stax recording artists occupied the national spotlight for many decades. Meanwhile another Memphian was playing his sophisticated brand of music in the background: Berl Olswanger, “Mr. Music of Memphis”. He may have had as great an impact on his hometown as any of the big names. Yet his story has never been told.
Beyond The Butch Mystique
Beyond The Butch Mystique is a feature documentary that revisits the Butch identified black lesbians who appeared in the 2003 award winning short film Butch Mystique. This new film will explore the changes in their lives over the years, with a look back at them from the original film, and how they now move through the world, particularly within the context of the growing gender identity movement.
Children of the Vine
Vineyards are making a new splash in Bordeaux, France and Napa Valley, California. These renowned wine regions are now producing high cancer rates in the children who inhabit them. In France’s premier sweet wine region of Sauternes, leukemia rates in children are a whopping 500 percent higher than normal...
Circus of Books
Circus Of Books tells the story of a landmark store at the heart of the queer community in Los Angeles through the lesser known story of the straight couple who ran it. The film is directed by the owners' daughter and it is an intimate accounting of her parents unusual and remarkable legacy.
Cohibernation is a documentation of long term gay male bear relationships, concentrating on 6 couples of varying age, ethnicity and length of relationship from 10 – 26 years. We’ve asked questions about what it’s like to live as a male couple, what are the challenges and rewards, as well as what is unique to each couple.
Commies, Coloreds, and Queers
They fought together for justice on the seas and at home against the most powerful forces in the USA--only to be crushed and swept aside. But they are no longer forgotten: “Commies, Coloreds, and Queers”: The Stormy Voyage of the Marine Cooks and Stewards Union.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, just down the road from Woodstock, a parallel revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for disabled teenagers. Crip Camp explores the universal and emotional experience of a summer camp awakening that would forever change the lives of the camp community and shape the disability rights movement.
Dad Strangelove is a son's telling of the astonishing tale of his legendary father; Terry Southern, a writer and reluctant '60s icon who helped transform many of the cultural signposts that defined his extraordinarily creative, turbulent times.
Diamond Diplomacy is an hour-long HD documentary that explores the relationship between the United States and Japan through a shared love of baseball. Using the baseball life of Masanori “Mashi” Murakami (the first Japanese major leaguer) as a touchstone, Diamond Diplomacy reveals a surprising, obscure and often-controversial duality that has existed throughout this history.
Digital Dreamers (aka Hacker House)
DIGITAL DREAMERS is set within the high tech economy of global entrepreneurial culture. The film follows three ambitious, talented migrant entrepreneurs.
Dreileben: Three Lives
Shot over 14 years and two continents, Dreileben highlights the filmmaker’s ongoing quest to uncover truths within her family’s history regarding her mother’s escape over the Berlin Wall, her own identity, and the debilitating grip of Parkinsons disease on her mother today.
El Signo Vacio (The Empty Sign)
Combining hand-processed 16mm film, optically printed historical films and an avant-garde soundscape, Kathryn Ramey’s feature-length ethno surrealist cinematic essay EL SIGNO VACÍO / THE EMPTY SIGN explores the 119-year US occupation of Puerto Rico to reveal how US citizens are implicated in maintaining colonization of this Caribbean paradise.
End Of Love
End Of Love raises critically important questions around a taboo subject and shows how child pornography destroys the lives of vulnerable youth on both sides of the screen.
Ernie & Joe
Ernie and Joe are not your everyday policemen—the kind that any of us usually conjure when we imagine officers on the scene; they are part of the San Antonio Police Department’s (SAPD’s) highly progressive and successful Mental Health Unit, which was founded in 2008...
Errol Flynn's Ghost
Featuring interviews with film scholars, historians, and Cubans on the island, Errol Flynn’s Ghost: Hollywood in Havana will chronicle the enduring cultural impact of American movies in Cuba, and recall the last great real-life adventure of Hollywood swashbuckler Errol Flynn: the Cuban revolution.
Every Second Breath
The ocean serves as the lungs of our planet with over fifty percent of the oxygen
we breathe produced by the ocean. “Every Second Breath,” a series of video
shorts, will enlighten viewers about our oceans in crisis and inspire them to
become champions of change.
Rum. Jazz. Vintage Cars. Island paradise or island prison. Cuba. We read about the shortages, the lack of opportunities, the expected regime change and lucrative business deals. Lost is the remarkable debate taking place across the country, where revolutionary ideals of equality face off against the allures of the 21st century market. This is highly visible in the world of art, where money, the state, and free expression collide. In a country where “art for the people” is fundamental, Evolution Cuba brings you a Cuba you don’t know, with six short portraits of artists at the heart of an evolving nation.
The Faithful is a feature length documentary exploring the enduring phenomenons of pop-icons Elvis Presley, Pope John Paul II, and Princess Diana. Over the course of a decade, the filmmaker journeys with fans and faithful on their pilgrimages to Graceland, Kensington Palace, and the Vatican.
A Father's Kaddish
Ten years ago, Jared Branfman died of brain cancer at 23 years of age. A week after Jared’s death, his father, Steve Branfman, a potter and teacher, went into his studio. As he said, “I stood. I sat. I looked around. I cried. I was frozen. I couldn’t bear to be there but I couldn’t leave either. I sat at my wheel empty of creative thought. After a few moments I got up, took some clay, and threw a chawan, a Japanese style tea bowl. The next day I made seven more. The following day I made one, and then one each day for a year. For a year they were the only pots I made. One chawan each day, no matter where I was. My wife Ellen, son Adam and I, together in Shul, said Kaddish every day for a year. My daily chawan made at my wheel was my own personal Kaddish.”
For more than 30 years, a political battle has been waged for the fate of two communities. An ambitious airport plan centered near the small town of Peotone, Illinois pits rural residents fighting to save their homes against suburban politicians desperate to jumpstart their region’s failing economy. Ineffective government, economic forces, and political corruption have stalled the airport development for decades, leaving these two communities in limbo.
The Forgotten People
Just over a year ago, in the small village of Nabweye, Uganda, one out of four children died from drinking non-potable water. That all changed when Marie Antoinette Boot, a stay-at-home-mom from a suburban town in Connecticut decided she wanted to do something special for her 50th birthday...
The Gloria! Project
The Gloria! Project is a thought-provoking feature-length documentary about the life and legacy of transformative civil rights leader and Latina lesbian Gloria Casarez. Born and raised in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, Gloria lived and organized during four decades of oppressive governmental policies and practices.
Today, approaching the City’s 400th anniversary, rapid changes are occurring. With the building of a new, modern hotel in the midst of a traditional Sicilian neighborhood of residences, docks, fishing boats and processing plants, Gloucester is transitioning from a fishing to a tourist economy.
The G Word
Directed and produced by award winning filmmaker Marc Smolowitz, The G Word explores what giftedness looks like through a mosaic of personal, intimate stories of children, adults, and elders.
How I Live
A film on the front lines of pediatric oncology that follows families, patients and healthcare providers as they live with, battle against and cure childhood cancer in the developing world.
How To Handle A Spoon
In this intimate portrait, four South African township women, studying to be chefs, share a year of opportunity and upheaval as they commute from shacks to internships in luxury hotels.
David Binder first met Gail Farrow in 1987, in the offices of the AIDS Action Committee in Boston. Binder was a white guy, a photojournalist with a patient eye and an interest in social justice, living in Cambridge; Farrow was a reed-thin, 25-year-old black woman, living in Roxbury, with a fierce devotion to her children and a dreaded fatal disease. Their meeting would do nothing to slow the work of the virus attacking Gail’s immune system, or enable her to live long enough to see her four sons grow up; but it would transform her family’s future nonetheless.
Massive uprisings, from the Arab Spring, to Occupy Wall Street, to the movement of the squares, to Black Lives Matter have shaken the very core of our world system. Are these anti-systemic insurrections connected in some way? What does it mean when an insurrection takes place? How are demands produced in an insurrection? Are today’s insurrections developing new theories of social and political change?
Keepers Of The Light
From whaling days to electrification, "Keepers of the Light" tells the story of evolving technology, heroism and shipwrecks, and the people who are called upon in each generation to keep the light, woven with the story of the recent race against time to save the historic beacon from falling over the edge of the rapidly eroding cliffs.
Leap of Faith
Donald Trump won because of the “unlikelies” – voters no one thought would support him. But they did. How’s that going to work out for them?
Light Years, a documentary work-in-progress produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Claire Marie Panke, profiles three people sculpting their lives with creativity and a knack for reinvention. The film offers an antidote to our outdated notions about aging as its stories unfold with wisdom, humor, and a few surprises.
Living As Though People Matter
A feature length documentary that relays the story of Father Charlie Burrows, a Catholic priest and missionary who has given the best part of 40 years to improving the lives of the people of Cilacap, Indonesia.
Los Hermanos/The Brothers
Meet Ilmar and Aldo López-Gavilán, virtuoso brothers born in Havana, but long separated by geopolitics. Ilmar makes his way as a violinist in NY. Aldo is famous as a jazz and classical pianist in Cuba. Both find opportunities and challenges in their chosen countries.
My Life In Hitler's Germany
Imagine hundreds of voices from pre-war Germany. Voices that said “no”. Voices that have not been heard since the 1930s, voices that have been silent for 80 years. Voices that have finally reach our ears to tell us about Hitler’s Germany, about Nazis taking over German society, about the total transformation of daily life during the Reich.
No Word For Autism
No Word for Autism brings new, vital voices from the margins into the center of the conversation: by doing so, it expands our understanding of the science – and experience – of autism. The film is uniquely poised to engage viewers with complex questions about the surging rates of autism through a character-driven and place-based approach.
OUR NEIGHBORHOOD: Washington’s TV Cold War in Latin America across the 1960s is a feature-length documentary about Washington’s secret mobilization of TV to wage mass-cultural counterinsurgency throughout Latin America across the 1960s.
Phoenix: The History Of Women's Resistance In The Peace Movement
Phoenix: The History of Women's Resistance in the Peace Movement will look at the incredible power of women’s protest and resistance through the years.
Portrait Of Shirley
Shirley Clarke was an inventor of independent film in America. In the 1950’s and early 60’s, she declared flat-out war on the reigning conformist image factory: “Who says a film has to cost a million dollars and be safe and innocuous enough to satisfy every 12-year-old in America?”“Portrait of Shirley” is the first documentary about Clarke, a ground breaking but neglected American artist.
President Of Beauty
In March 2014 Lester Young will have been gone 55 years yet his swinging star shines bright in the film-in-progress, President of Beauty: the Live and Times of Lester Young.
A documentary about stories of personal transformation and healing through yoga in the queer, trans, QTPOC communities from the lens of decolonizing yoga.
Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, has spent ten years uncovering photographs and researching the lives of Revolutionary War era men and women featured in her “Last Muster” books published by Kent State University Press.Now, these images will be the basis of a film revealing the stories behind the photographs.
Ruth And Margaret
Ruth and Margaret is a hybrid film (combining narrative and documentary elements) about groundbreaking anthropologists Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead. The two were lovers, soul mates and close intellectual companions in the 1920s and 30s, pioneering ideas about sexuality, gender, and race that transformed their field.
SIA is a portrait of acclaimed Samoan novelist Sia Figiel and her battle against diabetes, obesity and other health issues.
Space Torah Project
On a Sabbath evening in February 1996, orbiting the earth in the Space Shuttle, astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman took out a miniature Torah, unrolled the parchment, and began reading from the First Chapter of Genesis…taking the Creation Story back to the Firmament...
Strangers To Peace
Following a historic peace deal that ended 52 years of conflict, Colombia’s FARC guerrilla soldiers now prepare to re-enter mainstream society. Fearing stigmatization and retaliation, three ex-combatants: Ricardo, a former child recruit, Alexandra, an indigenous ex-combatant, and Dayana a former guerrilla now living as a transgender individual, struggle to find acceptance in a divided nation still haunted by its painful history.
In 2002 Canadian mining corporation Pacific Rim began exploration of the El Dorado gold mine in El Salvador. When farmer Francisco Pineda vowed to protect his region’s fragile water resources from the devastating impacts of mining, it was the beginning of a major battle in his community that divided neighbors, led to multiple assassinations and pitted the mining company against El Salvador in a showdown in the World Bank court.
Uncensored: Making AS220
Unjuried/Uncensored: Making AS220, is a feature length documentary about AS220, which was formed in 1985 to provide a venue for Rhode Island artists of all stripes.
The UG Krishnamurti Documentary
“U.G.” is an exploratory portrait of the life and ideas of U.G. Krishnamurti (1918-2007), the provocative iconoclast who rejected the search for spiritual enlightenment.
Voices Combating Homophobia
This documentary will explore the cultural and legal history of homosexuality in Uganda up to the present “Kill the Gays Bill” pending in the Ugandan Parliament.
VR: The Movie
VR: The Movie will be a feature length film documenting the Virtual Reality movement and how it is both evolving and simultaneously bettering humanity.
A mother/daughter-led urban reclamation effort aims at transforming a 43-year old ghost town in Cyprus into a model ecocity.
Walking Cinema: Museum Of The Hidden City
An immersive journey into San Francisco's 80-year affordable housing experiment.
When Jane & Johnny Come Marching... Homeless
A documentary about COMPASSION, UNDERSTANDING, and HOPE for our Veterans.
Why Doctors Write
Why Doctors Write: Finding Humanity in Medicine is a documentary feature film about the intersection of medicine and literature. It will guide viewers into areas of the medical world where creative writing and reflective reading are transforming doctors, medical students, and other healthcare workers.
Will I Be Next?
Will I Be Next? is about the quest to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease as told by human research subjects in a long-term medical study. This independent documentary intimately shows what happens when human test subjects – who are at high risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease – offer their blood, brains, and hearts to conquer it.
Worlds of Ursula K. LeGuin
Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is the first feature documentary film about Ursula K. Le Guin, a singular writer who defiantly held her ground on the frontier of American letters until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature.