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Machuca
Santiago, Chile, 1973: Pedro Machuca is a poor boy of tribal descent, brought into an upper class private school during Chile's brief socialist era. Gonzalo, the well-to-do boy seated a row ahead, befriends Pedro against the bullying will of his…
Unsupersize Me - The Woman Who Lost 200 lbs in a Year
This film documents the inspiring story of Juan-Carlos Asse, owner of Zen Fitness, and his quest to prove that a whole foods, plant-based diet coupled with an intensive exercise regimen is capable of remarkably and rapidly improving the health of…
Connected by Coffee - Latin American Coffee Farmers
This documentary tells the story of Latin American coffee farmers and how our daily brew is deeply connected to the region's troubled past and hopeful future. Following a 1000-mile journey from Mexico to Nicaragua, the film shows how equitable trading…
Generation A - Portraits of Autism and the Arts
This fim is a powerful depiction of the daily challenges faced by young people on the autism spectrum, and what creative therapies and art programs are available to stimulate the brain and help young people on the autism spectrum reach…
The Abominable Crime - Homophobia in Jamaica
Born into a homophobic society, what are you willing to sacrifice to survive? THE ABOMINABLE CRIME explores the religious-based culture of homophobia in Jamaica through the eyes of gay Jamaicans forced to choose between their homeland and their lives. Maurice,…
I Am Breathing - The Documentation of a Father's Final Moments
This film is about the thin space between life and death. Neil Platt ponders the last months of his life. Within a year, he goes from being a healthy young father to becoming completely paralyzed from the neck down. As…
Spark: A Burning Man Story - Organizing the Burning Man Festival
Each year, 60,000 people from around the globe gather in the Nevada desert for the week-long Burning Man festival, where they party and collaborate on large-scale art before burning a giant effigy in a ritual frenzy. Rooted in self-expression, self-reliance…
After the Fall: HIV Grows Up - Behind the Romanian AIDS Epidemic
Beginning in 1965, Nicolae Ceausescu came to power and established a neo-Stalinist police-state. He denied the existence of AIDS in Romania, and thus no HIV/AIDS treatment or prevention education was provided. Ceausescu's government eventually fell in 1989, but by then…
Women of '69: Unboxed - Women from the Sixties Share their Stories
Intimate, personalized portrait of women of the 1960s through the eyes of one colorful class that graduated in 1969 - same year as Hillary Clinton - and recently turned 65, starting to explore the New Old Age. At a time…
Finding Tatanka - A Bay Area Activist and His Family
Kit Bricca was a leader of the Bay Area protest movements of the 1960s and 70s with a fierce passion for social justice, but found the transition from activist to breadwinner a challenging one. In this moving, psychologically complex documentary,…
Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen - The Friendship of a Writer and an Actor
Ernest Hemingway: Writer, war correspondent, international adventurer, lover, drinker, brawler. The tabloid reputation -- filled with truths, half-truths and flat-out untruths -- grows ever wider. If you made up a character like Ernest Hemingway, how many would believe it? The…
Tattoo Nation - The True Story of the Ink Revolution
For years people saw tattoos as a sign of rebellion. A middle finger salute to the rest of the world. Outlaw bikers got tattoos. Sailors on leave in Singapore got tattoos. Lifers in the joint got tattoos. But now in…
The Hooping Life - The Modern Hula-hooping Movement
Hula-hooping is back. From South Central to South Africa,The Hooping Life documents the rise of an infectious new subculture, at the intersection of fitness, art, spirituality, and entrepreneurship. Introduced by hooper Shaquille O'Neal with a score by Basement Jaxx, The…
Bronx Obama - The Story of a Barack Obama Impersonator
When Louis Ortiz shaved off his goatee one day in 2008, his life changed forever. He looked in the mirror and he didn't see himself - a middle-aged, unemployed Puerto Rican father from the Bronx. He saw the face of…
Spiral Bound - Student Education Activists
A documentary about the unlikely union of eight creative high school students from a youth development program and a group of liberal arts college students over the course of one summer. Together, these education activists are seeking social justice not…
Burn - The Lives of Firefighters
From executive producer Denis Leary, BURN is an action-packed, award-winning film exploring human struggles, hope and personal courage in the face of overwhelming odds. With vast stretches of abandoned buildings, the highest arson rate in the country, and a budget…
Second Opinion - Corruption in the Medical Field
This insider documentary chronicles the efforts of whistleblower Ralph W. Moss, PhD to expose a major cancer research center's attempt during the 1970s to conceal the true effectiveness of laetrile, an experimental, low-cost cancer drug.
Cyber-Seniors - Teenages Helping Seniors Use the Internet
A humorous and heartwarming feature documentary, CYBER-SENIORS adds to the important international conversation about the growing generation gap. Focusing on a group of senior citizens who take their first steps into cyber-space under the tutelage of teenage mentors, the film…
Above All Else - Trying to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline
An intimate portrait of a group of landowners and activists in East Texas who tried to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a 7 billion dollar project slated to carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the…
Stopping for Death - The Nurses of Wells Hospice
This film follows four people working a job few would desire: tending to the needs of the dying. They are nurses, but they are also therapists, entertainers, disciplinarians, and family to these patients. Filmed at one of the only full-time…