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Big Men - Inside the African Oil Industry
The film's central story follows a small group of American explorers at Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy. Between 2007 and 2011, with unprecedented, independent access, Big Men's two-person crew filmed inside the oil company as Kosmos and its partners discovered…
15 to Life: Kenneth's Story - The United States' Juvenile Justice System
Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve society? Following a Florida man who received four life sentences at age 15, this eye-opening film reveals a justice system that routinely condemns young Americans to die in prison.
She's a Boy I Knew - An Auto-Ethnography of a Filmmaker's Transition from Male to Female
They say that when someone comes out of the closet, they can't stop talking about it. Vancouver filmmaker Gwen Haworth not only talked she made a movie. Using archival family footage, interviews, phone messages, and hand-drawn animation, Haworth's documentary 'She's…
Brooklyn Farmer - The Worlds Largest Rooftop Farm
This film explores the unique challenges facing Brooklyn Grange, a group of urban farmers who endeavor to run a commercially viable farm within the landscape of New York City. The film follows Head Farmer Ben Flanner, CEO Gwen Schantz, Communications…
Hide and Seek - A 12-year-Old Comes to Terms with Her Budding Sexuality
'Hide and Seek' tells the story of Lou, a twelve year old girl coming to terms with her budding sexuality in the mid 1960's. Her bittersweet tale is skillfully interwoven with clips from a wide array of scientific and educational…
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Broken Heart Land - Parents in Oklahoma Fight for LGBT Rights
When Zack Harrington, a gay teen from Norman, Oklahoma commits suicide after attending a city council meeting bitterly divided over LBGTQ rights, his conservative family learns how the searing pain of prejudice and misinformation led their son to hide his…
Gut Renovation - Gentrification in Williamsburg, NYC
In 1989, together with a group of female friends, Su Friedrich rented and renovated an old loft in Williamsburg, an unassuming working-class district of Brooklyn. In 2005 this former industrial zone was designated a residential area and the factories, manufacturers…
Sink or Swim - An Unflinching Portrait of a Daughter and Her Father
A contemporary classic and a landmark in autobiographical filmmaking, 'Sink or Swim' is an unflinching account of the highly charged relationship between a daughter and her father. Through a series of twenty-six short stories, a young girl chronicles the childhood…
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Still Around - 15 Short Films Commemorating the 30-year Anniversary of the Epidemic HIV Story Project
Commemorating the 30-year anniversary of the epidemic in 2011, The HIV Story Project, a San Francisco based film collective, commissioned and produced 15 short films that portray people living with HIV/AIDS from the San Francisco Bay Area - a region…
Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance - A Mixed-Media Film About Nontraditional Genders, Culture, Identity and Art  
Representing the whole lives of transgender and gender variant musicians, each story is one of a journey in progress through a first-hand perspective of the intersections between gender performance and stage performance. The feature documentary Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance…
Seeing Red - Su Friedrich Looks at Her Evolution as a Woman and as an Artist
'Seeing Red' is the latest work from veteran avant-garde filmmaker Su Friedrich. In this, one of her most deeply personal films to date, Friedrich takes a look back at her evolution both as a woman and as an artist, tackling…
Damned If You Don't - A Subversive Response to Catholic Upbringing
'Damned If You Don't' is Friedrich's subversive and ecstatic response to her Catholic upbringing. Blending conventional narrative technique with impressionistic camerawork, symbols and voice-overs, this film creates an intimate study of sexual expression and repression. Featuring Peggy Healey as a…
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The Odds of Recovery - Illness, Health, and Conflict Avoidance
After a twenty year period of multiple illnesses and injuries, Friedrich turns the camera on herself as a way to analyze her chances for a happier, healthier life. In the process, she captures the frustration, tedium and petty annoyances of…
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The Ties That Bind - A Powerful Meditation on Political Responsibility and Personal Loss
'The Ties That Bind' is a powerful meditation on political responsibility and personal loss as seen through the story of the filmmaker's mother, who grew up in Nazi Germany. Using rare archival footage, extensive interviews and critical commentary, Friedrich constructs…
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