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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…
Buried Above Ground - Three Personal Stories About Battling PTSD
This documentary follows three Americans who are fighting ongoing battles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - Luis, a combat veteran and author who has emerged as a leading advocate for PTSD awareness; Erundina, a survivor of child abuse and domestic…
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…
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…
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…
Grounded - One of the Largest Marijuana Smuggling Operations in US History
This is the high-flying, true story of Pittsburgh brothers Jimmy and Terry Dougherty, who became famous in the 1970's when they were involved in one of the largest marijuana smuggling operations in the United States. Jimmy worked the ground crew…
Holy Man - A Wrongly Imprisoned Native American Man
This is the story of Douglas White, an 89 year old Lakota Sioux medicine man from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, who spent 17 years in federal prison for a crime he did not commit. During the making…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Cyber-Seniors - Teenagers 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…
Ivan and Ivana - The American Immigrant Experience
After the Kosovo war devastates a young couple's homeland and their dreams for a normal life, they set out unexpectedly from the Balkans, along a wild journey to rebuild their lives anew in America. Arriving in California amidst the peak…
Mortified Nation - Sharing Childhood Secrets on Stage
A documentary about adults who share their most embarrassing, private childhood writings in front of total strangers. The film blends performance footage of these public confessions with an examination of the rise of Mortified stage shows, and chronicles how the…
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…
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…
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…
Go Grandriders - A Senior Motorcycle Tour
In GO GRANDRIDERS, a group of 17 senior citizens, many of them learn how to ride a motorcycle for the first time, embark on what may be the most daring adventures of their lives: a 13-day-entirely-on-motorcycle tour around the island…
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…