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Director: Samantha Smith
Origin: United States
Duration: 00:16:34
Family friendly
Synopsis: In this touching short documentary, Harold Mintz recounts his decision to donate an organ to a complete stranger. In the late nineties, Harold inquired about donating a kidney to “whoever needed it the most,” but at the time, such anonymous donation from a healthy donor was illegal.
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42 Grams
Director: Jack C. Newell
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:22:00
Caution Code: Profanity
Synopsis: 42 Grams is an intimate portrait of chef Jake Bickelhaupt's evolution from illegal restaurateur to culinary celebrity and the consequences the transformation has on his life and marriage. After working at some of the world’s best restaurants, Jake’s aggressive personality kept him from finding a kitchen to call home, so he set out to create his own. Alongside his dedicated wife Alexa, their “underground” restaurant becomes a foodie hot spot.
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116 CAMERAS
Director: Davina Pardo
Origin: Not Specified
Duration: 00:14:30
Synopsis: As the Holocaust survivor population ages, we are on the brink of a turning point in its living story. We are nearing the day when there will be few survivors left to share their stories in person. Faced with this reality, the USC Shoah Foundation has embarked on an ambitious new project: to transform survivors into 3D digital projections that will interact with generations to come.
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25 TRACKS
Director: Fiona Cochrane
Origin: Australia
Duration: 00:53:00
Caution Code: Adult themes, Profanity
Synopsis: It’s 2011 and “twentyfive” plans to write, record then release a fresh song every two weeks of the year. “Twentyfive” are two unknown, indie songwriters in a bare bones studio in the industrial West of Melbourne - Australia’s music capital. They have a studio set-up which is a piece of Melbourne history - a 1957 train carriage, lovingly restored, fitted out with a Tiki Bar.
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4 WHEEL BOB
Director: Tal Skloot
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:12:00
Caution Code: Profanity
Synopsis: 4 Wheel Bob tells the story of wheelchair hiker Bob Coomber and his attempt to be the first wheelchair hiker to cross the Sierra Nevada. Bob has hiked more than 100 parks in the Bay Area, and was inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame in 2007. Over the past decade, state and national parks have tried to cope with budget cuts, sequestration, and a dwindling number of visitors. As a board member of the East Bay Park district, Bob aims to motivate, educate, and inspire the public to discover California’s great outdoors.
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ANATOMY OF A MALE BALLET DANCER
Director: David Barba, James Pellerito
Origin: Not Specified
Duration: 01:23:00
Synopsis: ANATOMY OF A MALE BALLET DANCER is an unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of Brazilian ballet star Marcelo Gomes. Widely considered the greatest partner of his or any generation, every ballerina wants to dance with Marcelo. From his struggle to reach the top of the ballet world, to his complicated relationship with his father, the film takes us on Marcelo's journey from the heart of the Amazon to the most important International stages. Currently at the height of his athletic and artistic abilities, Marcelo has to manage injuries in order to continue doing what he loves.
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ASIYEH
Director: Leila Merat
Origin: Islamic Republic of Iran
Duration: 00:33:52
Synopsis: What can we learn about the role of traditional methods in global health care from a bonesetter in northwestern Iran? Asiyeh is a bone setter who lives in a village called Gavzan, in northern of Iran. From the small cities and towns around Gavzan, the afflicted come to be healed by her centuries old methods.
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BODY AND SOUL: AN AMERICAN BRIDGE
Director: Robert Philipson
Origin: Not Specified
Duration: 00:58:20
Caution Code: Adult themes, Profanity, Sexual Issues
Synopsis: Out of all such encounters that have resulted in the richness of American popular music, none has been so prominent or so fraught with fraternity and conflict as the one between African Americans and American Jews. Body and Soul: An American Bridge aims to tease out the strands of this cultural knot by focusing on the early performance history of the jazz standard, “Body and Soul,” one of the most recorded songs in the jazz repertoire.
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BUZZ ONE FOUR
Director: Matt McCormick
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:00:00
Family Friendly
Synopsis: Crashed planes, lost thermonuclear bombs, and an Air Force cover-up: a filmmaker unpacks the secret history of how his grandfather nearly blew-up the eastern seaboard, and leaves us wondering if the United States was in greater danger of nuking itself rather than being attacked by the Russians. Buzz One Four chronicles the ill fated flight of a Cold War B-52 bomber loaded with two thermonuclear bombs that crashed 90 miles from Washington DC. The crash has remained classified and details continue to be repressed by the Air Force, but it is a story the filmmaker grew up with because the pilot of the plane was his grandfather.

CATCHING SIGHT OF THELMA & LOUISE
Director: Jennifer Townsend
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:27:00
Caution Code: Adult themes, profanity, sexual issues, violence
Synopsis: A powerful, award-winning documentary, Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise dives off the edge, into the truth of women’s experience in the world. Clips from Thelma & Louise serve as a catalyst for intimate stories by viewers who saw the iconic Hollywood film in 1991 and wrote letters about their reactions at that time. These same women and men were tracked down to explore how they feel today. They share meanings the film holds for them. Have their reactions changed over time? They pose the question: Has anything changed in the way women are treated by the world? Two of the male actors and the editor of Thelma & Louise offer perspectives from a different vantage points. They step out of the film to share vignettes, becoming participants in Thelma & Louise’s continuing journey into the 21st century.
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CAVIAR DREAMS
Director: Brian Gersten, Liv Dubendorf, Wei Ying
Origin: United States
Duration: 00:15:00
Family friendly
Synopsis: Over the centuries caviar was strictly reserved for Russian Czars and royalty throughout the world.Nowadays it’s become synonymous with wealth, fame, and indulgence. But why is that? What's so special about caviar? Beyond the assumed glamour and luxury associated with caviar, we uncover a story about over-fishing, poaching, near extinction, and a quest for sustainability.
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CHASING EVEL : THE ROBBIE KNIEVEL STORY
Director: Jesse James Miller
Origin: Canada
Duration: 01:48:00
Caution Code: Adult themes (discussion of alcoholism and child abuse), Profanity
Synopsis: “Evel broke bones, Robbie broke records.” Ever since he was 8 years old all Robbie Knievel wanted was to be like his father. For over 5 decades Robbie Knievel quietly became the most decorated jumper of all time, jumping over 350 times, breaking over 20 world records and pushing the limits farther than anyone ever had done. By the late 1990’s Robbie was also smashing television ratings live on Fox. You’d think a father would be proud, but there’s only one Knievel. The life of Robbie Knievel, 52 and the owner of 20 world records and 350 jumps worldwide, is profiled through his pursuit of sobriety and his attempt to escape the shadow of his father's legacy.
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COLLECTION, THE
Director: Adam Roffman
Origin: United States
Duration: 00:11:15
Family friendly
Synopsis: Two friends stumble upon the holy grail of movie memorabilia in the most unlikely of places. The Collection tells the story of DJ Ginsberg and Marilyn Wagner and their discovery of an astonishing and unique collection of movie memorabilia, comprised of over 40,000 printer blocks and 20,000 printer plates used to create the original newspaper advertisements for virtually every movie released in the United States from the silent period through 1984, when newspapers stopped using the letterpress format.

CRIES FROM SYRIA
Director: Evgeny Afineevsky
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:51:00
Caution Code: Adult themes, violence, war images (dead bodies including children)
Synopsis: CRIES FROM SYRIA focuses on child protesters, revolution icons, activists and their relatives, and high-ranking Army generals who defected to join the fight of the people. It tells the story of Syrian people who have never lost hope. These people, like all of us, have families. They are human beings. But the choices they have are to either die from torture in Assad’s prisons, be slaughtered by ISIS, or die under the Russian bombs. So they choose to leave the country to find shelter for their kids in order to survive.​
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DATA MINING THE DECEASED: ANCESTRY AND THE BUSINESS OF FAMILY
Director: Julia Creet
Origin: Canada
Duration: 00:56:00
Family friendly
Synopsis: ​“Data Mining the Deceased” prods the industry behind the exponential growth of interest in genealogy. It is arguably the largest historical enterprise in the world, and one of the largest data mining operations, driven by big religion, big business and big technology. What are the motivations of the key players and how are their ambitions affecting the millions of North Americans who are searching for answers? What are the motivations of the key players and how are their ambitions affecting the millions of North Americans who are searching for answers?
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DEANERS
Director: David Garry
Origin: United States
Duration: 00:19:28
Family friendly
Synopsis: ​‘Deaners’ is the term given to proud, dedicated fans of the legendary actor James Dean. This film is a pilgrimage to the annual James Dean Festival in Fairmount, Indiana, the hometown of the legendary actor, as seen through the eyes of the cultural icon's die-hard fans. This playful, yet earnest dissection of the Deaners' subculture is illuminated in all its quirky, extreme glory. In between the carnival, parade, and look-alike contests, we get to know a handful of Deaners intimately. Each contributes his or her own story of what James Dean means to them and what compels them to make that trek to Fairmount each year.
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DEEJ
Director: Robert Rooy and DJ Savarese
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:11:48
Synopsis: ​Abandoned by his birth parents and presumed incompetent, DJ Savarese (“Deej”) found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a text-to-voice synthesizer. As he dreams of college, he confronts the terrors of his past, society's obstacles to inclusion, and the sometimes paralyzing beauty of his own senses. In this first-of-its-kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a nonspeaking autistic, Robert Rooy and DJ Savarese share editorial control as they attempt to navigate the challenges of representing autism. Deej is a story told largely from the inside, by DJ – not by his parents or autism experts.
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DOGS OF DEMOCRACY
Director: Mary Zournazi
Origin: Australia
Duration: 00:58:00
Family friendly
Synopsis: ​This is a parable about the stray dogs of Athens and the citizens who take care of them. Filmmaker Mary Zournazi explores life on the streets through the eyes of the dogs’ and peoples' everyday experience in Europe’s poorest economy and how the dogs have become a symbol of hope for the people and for the anti- austerity movement.. A universal story about love and loyalty and what we might learn from animals.
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DROKPA
Director: Yan Chun Su
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:19:00
Family friendly
Synopsis: ​Set in the high plateau of eastern Tibet, Drokpa is an intimate portrait of the lives and struggles of Tibetan nomads whose life is on the cusp of irreversible change. The grasslands of the Tibetan plateau are home to the source of Asia’s major rivers. Nearly half of humanity depends on this water for survival but the nomads know that disaster is looming. Tibetan nomads, known as DROKPA have roamed on this land for thousands of years. With rare access to an extended nomadic family living at the center stage of this drastic and historical change, Drokpa reveals the unprecedented environmental and sociopolitical forces that are pushing the Tibetan nomads to the edge of their existence.
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DYING IN VEIN, THE OPIATE GENERATION
Director: Jenny Mackenzie
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:09:57
Caution Code: Drug use, profanity, medical procedures
Synopsis: ​Dying in Vein is a deeply personal exploration of opiate and heroin addiction through a cinéma vérité style that drops you directly into the lives of an addict in recovery, a couple trying to get clean, a family grieving the loss of their son and an Emergency Room Physician trying to save one patient at time. Through these stories, the film explores the contemporary belief of 'living life pain free' and the shame and blame that exists around addiction. The film looks at the impact of socioeconomic class on our broken treatment system, and how a group of emergency care physicians are working to save their patients from the opiate crisis.
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EMILY MASON: A PAINTING EXPERIENCE
Director: Rafael Salazar
Origin: United States
Duration: 00:18:49
Family friendly
Synopsis: ​This short documentary offers a portrait of the prolific visual artist Emily Mason. With a career spanning over six decades, the film presents Mason as a shy yet innovative figure in American art, a pioneer in the field of lyrical abstraction, and a master of the so-called "poetry of color".
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EXPEDITION ALASKA
Director: Brian J. Leitten
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:15:00
Synopsis: Twenty teams brave the Alaskan wilderness for the competition of a lifetime. Racers will traverse over 350 miles in a non-stop seven-day race, carrying everything they will need to survive a course that pits themselves against Mother Nature and each other. Racers will mountain bike through the sharp peaks of the Kenai Peninsula, traverse mountain ranges, crevasse filled glaciers, mudflats filled with quicksand and paddle countless life-threatening rivers and rapids. A student production team from the University of Cincinnati braved the same hardships to produce this film.​
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FAR WESTERN
Director: James Payne
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:22:00
Family friendly
Synopsis: ​Far Western is a feature documentary film that tells the phenomenal story of the transplant of American country music to post-World War II Japan. Nearly 70 years later, for a devoted group the music has become a lifelong obsession. Part music history and part character portrait, Far Western is told through the lives of musicians, fans, and live-music venue owners. Set both in modern Japan and the American South, the film explores the uncanny ability of a simple form of music to cross geographic and language barriers, forming a strange cultural bridge between the two countries. Now, these Japanese musicians have made their own pilgrimages back to America, to the birthplace of the music, playing in honky-tonks and festivals in America.
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FOREVER 'B'
Director: Skye Borgman
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:31:00
Caution Code: Adult themes, sexual issues
Synopsis: On October 17th, 1974, in the quiet town of Pocatello Idaho, 12 year old Jan Broberg was kidnapped by her family's best friend and neighbor. 18 months later, out on bail and awaiting trial for kidnapping, Robert Berchtold (Brother 'B' to Jan and her family) abducted Jan a second time, triggering a nationwide FBI manhunt. Through threats and brainwashing, Brother ‘B’ successfully turns Jan against her own family, while simultaneously manipulating her parents who unwittingly paved the way for Jan’s abductions. Forever ‘B’ reveals epic failures and untold personal dramas that point to the biggest tragedy of all – that the crimes could have been prevented.​
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FORGIVE-DON'T FORGET
Director: Brad Bennett
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:08:30
Family friendly
Synopsis: ​At its core, Forgive–Don’t Forget is about the connection between two very different cultures and the importance of remembrance. When Japan surrendered to the U.S. at the end of World War II, numerous Japanese swords were confiscated and taken back to the States. The Japanese Sword, while once a symbol of wartime aggression, is also deeply embedded in Japan’s rich history and spiritual heritage. In order to better understand the past and build a bridge between cultures in the present, an American filmmaker attempts to return one of these surrendered swords to its original owner.
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GREAT THEATER, THE
Director: Slawomir Batyra
Origin: Poland
Duration: 00:30:00
Family friendly
Synopsis: ​The Grand Theater in Warsaw is the largest opera theatre in the world. Now, thanks to Slawomir Batyra's careful observations, everybody has a chance to see what happens backstage during rehearsals for Madama Butterfly directed by Mariusz Trelinski. This film journey behind the scenes gives us an opportunity to discover this unknown, remarkable world, which is just as fascinating as what is presented on stage. The film is a visually and theatrically sophisticated symphony of images, sounds and light, which enables a metaphorical understanding of how real Art is created.
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HAND-CUT
Director: Griffin Hammond
Origin: United States
Duration: 00:05:04
Synopsis: ​From chainsaw to cocktail, this beautiful 5-minute documentary tracks the journey of clear, artisan ice into the hands of New York City bartenders.
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HEAVEN IS A TRAFFIC JAM ON THE 405
Director: Frank Stiefel
Origin: United States
Duration: 00:39:58
Caution Code: Adult themes, profanity
Synopsis: A portrait of a brilliant artist who has always battled devastating depression and anxiety. Her hyper self- awareness has produced drawings and sculpture that describe her state of mind with powerful psychological precision. By examining her family history and a lifetime of her work we learn how art gave her a voice that saved her life. We learn how she has emerged from a life of darkness and isolation to a life that includes love, trust and laughter​
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HIMALAYAN REFUGEE
Director: Nikhil Singh Rajputt
Origin: Nepal
Duration: 00:27:57
Caution Code: Violence
Synopsis: ​This is a story of a people without a country. Ahmadis are a sect of Islam that are deemed Non Muslim by Pakistani Constitution and severe punishment is doled out to any Ahmadi found posing as a muslim. Pakistani Ahmadis have migrated across the globe; some of them are asylum seekers in Nepal. Nepal doesn't regard them as Refugees, despite them being accepted by UNHCR in Nepal. This has left the 350 odd asylum seekers in a limbo, some waiting for a decade to get govt clearance to be resettled. This is about their plight and their aspirations of a peaceful and dignified resettlement.
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HITCHHIKING TO THE EDGE OF SANITY
Director: Scott Petersen
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:19:00
Synopsis: ​As the US deals with civil unrest and a toxic political climate in 2017, "Hitchhiking to the Edge of Sanity" takes a look back to the turbulent social upheaval of the early 1970s and follows an idealistic writer and his soon-to-be-married photographer friend as they set out to find their purpose via a terrifying road trip across the Sahara Desert. What started out as two young Kansas kids setting out to find themselves traveling around Europe in late 1970, turned to disillusionment and danger. If they were looking for experiences, Ewert and Russell certainly found them.
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HOLE IN THE LEG, A
Director: Martine Asselin
Origin: Canada
Duration: 00:04:50
Family friendly
Synopsis: ​A traumatic incident, changed journalist, Genevieve’s outlook on life. She shares her terrifying story in this short but riveting animated documentary.
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I'M FREE
Director: Edvard Karijord, Bendik Mondal
Origin: Norway
Duration: 00:19:56
Synopsis: On the 8th of October 2013, Geir Karijord goes missing in Romsdal Valley, Norway. This leaves his family in limbo - should they mourn their brother and son, or should they hope for his return? "I'm Free" depicts the family's experience of Geir's disappearance. It is an intimate documentary about loss, mental illness and living with unanswered questions.​
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KENT HARRISON HAYES - THE MOST IMPORTANT MAN IN THE WORLD
Director: Shane Hecksel
Origin: United States
Duration: 00:28:42
Special High School Student Short Film: A Senior at Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts, Shane has been involved in making films since the age of 11. His passion was so strong, he started working part-time in order to buy his own equipment. Whether creating his own film, or acting as crew on a fellow film maker's set, Shane enjoys every part of the process. His goal is to turn this passion into a career.
Synopsis: ​Kent Harrison Hayes is a Southern Utah multi-talented artist. As the world of art evolves, Kent is carving a new place for his creativity as a digital artist - with laughter, humility and love.
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LAST MEN IN ALEPPO
Director: Feras Fayyad
Origin: Syrian Arab Republic, Duration
Duration: 01:44:00
Synopsis: ​ Follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization comprised of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes and attacks in the hope of saving lives. Incorporating moments of both heart-pounding suspense and improbable beauty, the documentary draws us into the lives of three of its founders – Khaled, Subhi, and Mahmoud – as they grapple with the chaos around them and struggle with an ever-present dilemma: do they flee or stay and fight for their country.
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LAST PIG, THE
Director: Allison Argo
Origin: United States
Duration: 00:53:48
Synopsis: ​THE LAST PIG is a lyrical meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. Deeply immersive and experiential, the film follows a pig farmer through his final year of raising pigs for market. The bucolic life of the pigs on the farm is ruptured by weekly trips to the slaughterhouse. Through sparse, intimate musings, the farmer reveals the growing conflict of a life spent “peddling in death.” Through this personal journey, THE LAST PIG raises crucial questions about equality, the value of compassion and the sanctity of life.
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LIBERATED: THE NEW SEXUAL REVOLUTION
Director: Benjamin Nolot
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:30:00
Synopsis: The New Sexual Revolution explores today’s young adult hookup culture. The film examines the attitudes and behaviors of young adults regarding their sexual lives and delves into the role that the stories told in pop-culture play in shaping these attitudes and behaviors. Liberated widens the view of today's hookup culture by exposing the rampant sexual assaults occurring in casual sex environments like Spring Break and on college campuses. The film exposes how sexual assaults and misconduct are becoming normative among young adults and what can be done to curtail that increase.
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LITTLE STONES
Director: Sophia Kruz
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:26:53
Caution Code: Adult themes, sexual issues
Synopsis: ​From a graffiti artist speaking out against domestic violence in the favelas of Brazil to a dancer rehabilitating sex-trafficking survivors in India, LITTLE STONES profiles four women, each of whom are contributing a stone to the mosaic of the women's movement through their art. These four artists show that the world is full of little stones waiting to be discovered. This 87-minute documentary directed by EMMY® Award-winning filmmaker Sophia Kruz and cinematographer Meena Singh (20 FEET FROM STARDOM, HOLLIDAYSBURG), with music by Amritha Vaz (500 DAYS OF SUMMER) was produced over a period of 18 months in Senegal, Kenya, Brazil, Germany, India and USA.
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LIVES WELL LIVED
Director: Sky Bergman
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:12:00
Family Friendly
Synopsis: Forty people aged 75 to 100, with a collective life experience of 3000 years, share their secrets, wit, and wisdom on how to live a meaningful life. Their thoughtful perspectives reveal a treasure trove of life lessons about perseverance, the human spirit, and staying positive in the midst of the great challenges. Their stories will make you laugh, perhaps cry, but mostly inspire you to think.​
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NO MAN'S LAND
Director: David Byars
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:22:00
Caution Code: Profanity, violence, war images
Synopsis: ​With unfettered access, Director David Byars gives a detailed, on-the-ground account of the 2016 standoff between protesters occupying Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge led by Ammon Bundy and federal authorities. After the leaders of this occupation put out a call to arms via social media, the Malheur occupiers quickly bolstered their numbers with right-wing militia and protestors setting the stage for a tragic conclusion. During the 41-day siege, the filmmakers were granted remarkable access to the inner workings of the insurrection as the occupiers went about the daily business of engaging in an armed occupation. NO MAN’S LAND documents the occupation from inception to its dramatic demise and tells the story of those on the inside of this movement - the ideologues, the disenfranchised, and the dangerously quixotic, attempting to uncover what draws Americans to the edge of revolution.

NO ROADS IN
Director: Josh Wong
Origin: Canada
Duration: 01:18:46
Caution Code: Profanity
Synopsis: ​‘No Roads In’ is a musical journey for singer/songwriter Blake Reid, sound engineer Adam Naugler and the Blake Reid Band, who's paths were brought together by the very basis of musical inspiration. They had a common desire to reconsider what is really important in music, and in life. Finding the faith to explore a process of making music that does not rely on advanced digital recording technologies, controlled studio environments, or commercial expectations, but rather, more closely resembles the way they felt music was meant to be created and shared. Sound Engineer Adam Naugler was fascinated by a nearby abandoned homestead. Hunkered against battering winter winds, adrift on summer wheat seas, the farmhouse was so forgotten that the road in had long since faded. Yet this became the perfect place to record an album.
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ONE WAY HOME
Director: Qingzi Fan
Origin: United States
Duration: 00:30:00
Family Friendly
Synopsis: What is the cost of a free government-sponsored education? Tibetan children, Tashi and YuJu were chosen to study in Mainland China joining thousands of Tibetan kids in the boarding schools for only Tibetans. These boarding schools prepare them to return to Tibet as China's new elite, but the "first class” education comes with a deep loss of identity, language and culture.​
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ORIGINAL RICHARD MCMAHAN, THE
Director: Olympia Stone
Origin: United States
Duration: 00:20:45
Family Friendly
Synopsis: ​Olympia Stone directs this surprising portrait of a most unusual artist. The multi-talented outsider artist Richard McMahan is on a quest to painstakingly re-create thousands of famous and not-so-famous paintings and artifacts-- in miniature, from well-loved Picasso and Frida Kahlo paintings to more obscure intricate Maori canoes. Mahan has mastered dozens of genres over 30 years of creating, and he’s made most of it on a cluttered kitchen counter using recycled materials
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OTHER SIDE OF THE HERO, THE
Director: Karen Shopsowitz
Origin: Canada
Duration: 01:27:25
Caution Code: Adult themes
Synopsis: The Other Side of the Hero takes us into that world of the first responder we rarely see: life out of uniform. Actor Enrico Colantoni, who played Sgt Greg Parker for five years on the international hit series Flashpoint, is our guide on this journey. We’ll get to know first responders through their families, their spouses, their co-workers, and themselves; people who have experienced the flip-side of what can happen when a hero discovers that they are not emotionally immune to all that they deal with during a shift.​
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PAPER LANTERNS
Director: Barry Frechette
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:00:00
Caution Code: War images
Synopsis: Even the worst of events can bring us together and show the best of our nature as human beings. On August 6th, 1945, among the tens of thousands that lost their lives in the bombing of Hiroshima were 12 American POWs. Shigeaki Mori witnessed the blast and survived, but was forever changed. He dedicated his life to revealing to the American families what really happened to these forgotten POWs.​ Our journey in the film takes us from Lowell, Massachusetts to Harrodsburg, Kentucky to Hiroshima to tell the story of Mori and the 12 US airmen. And show how the war impacted families in both countries, and how one man can rise above the hatred of war and heal the wounds of those terrible days.
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POSTURE
Director: Daniel A. Nelson, Nathan Bender
Origin: United States
Duration: 00:26:09
Caution Code: Profanity
Synopsis: This is the story of professed cultural misappropriation, a founder disgraced by sexual harassment charges and the dream of being recognized as the best yoga practitioner in America. Can Yoga really be a competitive sport? Or have some modern practitioners of this ancient art gone too far? The film goes behind the scenes with three yogis in the adult women’s division as they pose their way toward a shot at the national title. For the skeptical yoga purists, the competition is seen as an insensitive detachment from the practice’s spiritual roots.​
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REMAND
Director: Craig Detweiler
Origin: United States
Duration: 00:39:39
Synopsis: ​This is a film about the power of an idea. Henry, a Ugandan boy, is losing hope, languishing in prison, awaiting trial for two murders he didn't commit. Jim's comfortable life as a Los Angeles lawyer and law professor nearly ensured he and Henry would never meet. REMAND tells the true story of how Tumusiime Henry and Jim Gash, separated by an ocean, thousands of miles, and differing cultures, worked together to inspire justice reform for an entire country. You will look deep into the faces of despair through the eyes of twelve law students as they meet these prisoners in their darkest hours and work to effect change in the criminal justice system of an entire country.
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RUNNING ON EMPTY
Director: Joey Dwyer and Timmy Dwyer
Origin: United States
Duration: 00:54:47
Family Friendly
Synopsis: ​After multiple deployments, Brendan O’Toole completed his final tour with the U.S. Marines in June of 2012. When O’Toole first returned home, he was in a difficult and depressed mental state similar to many of his brothers and sisters throughout the military. A cross-country journey intended to make a difference, in the beginning, was certainly looked upon as an ambitious dream, but mile by mile, America arose to show its true colors within the people along the route. The film documents these unique interactions which kept Brendan pushing through the toughest days on the road.
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SAUTI (VOICE)
Director: Gayle Nosal, Beret E. Strong
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:13:33
Family Friendly
Synopsis: The refugee crisis in Uganda’s Kyangwali Refugee Settlement isn’t new. For the people of this camp, being a refugee is a protracted circumstance endured for decades. “Sauti” (“Voice” in Swahili) follows the efforts of five young women who were brought to the Settlement as children and who, as they approach adulthood, strive to pursue their dreams for a future beyond the constraints of a protracted refugee situation in an underdeveloped host country. These five young women make choices as diverse as the countries and circumstances of their origins.​
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SHIVANI
Director: Jamie Dobie
Origin: Not Specified
Duration: 00:19:19
Family Friendly
Synopsis: ​The parents of a three-year old girl in India believe her to be the reincarnation of their son, and train her to become an Olympic archery champion.
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SHOW ME DEMOCRACY
Director: Dan Parris
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:25:00
Caution Code: Profanity, adult themes, violence
Synopsis: ​Amidst the uprising in Ferguson, seven St. Louis college students evolve into advocates and activists as they demand change through policy and protest.The documentary follows the interns’ initial frustrations with police brutality and failing school systems; their first meetings as a team; one student’s experience of being tear-gassed on the streets of Ferguson; and the group’s visits with Missouri representatives. At the state capitol, they advocate for educational reforms that would improve educational access for students of color, those with limited financial resources, and immigrant students in Missouri. The film examines the students’ personal lives and diverse backgrounds, follows them as they cope with the events in Ferguson, and will ultimately reveal whether a group of committed young people can make a difference in complex and imperfect systems.
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SOBER MINDS
Director: Charlo Johnson
Origin: Ireland
Duration: 00:16:39
Synopsis: ​Sober Minds highlights the hidden beauty of our urban wildlife in an autobiographical documentary that examines a natural cure for depression.
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SOULS OF THE VERMILION SEA
Director: Sean Bogle, Matthew Podolsky
Origin: United States
Duration: 00:28:51
Synopsis: ​This film tells the story behind the struggle to save the vaquita - the world’s most endangered marine mammal. This unique species of porpoise is found only in the northernmost waters of the Gulf of California in Mexico, and is being driven to extinction by a nefarious illegal wildlife trade. Souls of the Vermilion Sea chronicles the efforts of a select few dedicated individuals who have committed themselves to the protection of this unique species and its surrounding ecosystem. Breathtaking scenery, intimate conversations, and distinctive animation create a powerful and revealing film with the potential to influence change.
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THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Director: Angelique Molina
Origin: United States
Duration: 00:26:36
Family Friendly
Synopsis: ​"There goes the neighborhood" intimately follows an extended Black family of View Park, California as they experience demographic changes that are altering their beloved community through gentrification. Adele Cadres, a long time resident and mother of three, gives us insight into the history of the neighborhood.
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THIS IS EVERYTHING: GIGI GORGEOUS
Director: Babara Kopple
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:31:00
Caution Code: Nudity, profanity
Synopsis: ​One family's acceptance is tested when a champion diver, destined for the Olympics, announces he's transitioning into a woman and invites his YouTube followers along for every moment. Follow the intimate journey of Gigi Lazzarato, a fearless young woman who began life as Gregory Lazzarato, only to later come out as a transgender female to an audience of millions. This film provides a raw and revealing look at a life that never compromises happiness, and spotlights a family’s unwavering and unconditional love for a child.
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TIMBERLINE
Director: Elaine McMillion Sheldon
Origin: Not Specified
Duration: 00:12:51
Synopsis: ​When a 450-resident Navy base is decommissioned, the small town of Sugar Grove, West Virginia loses its largest economic engine. As the Navy base is put up for auction, local residents watch intently to see who will be the highest bidder. But it is the tenants that never left, operating NSA satellites from an underground bunker in the mountains overlooking the Navy base, that remain shrouded in mystery. In less than 15 minutes, filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon impressively taps into the layers of this small town—dissecting the dissonance between what one is told and what is the truth.

TOKYO IDOLS
Director: Kyoko Miyake
Origin: United Kingdom
Duration: 01:30:00
Synopsis: Girl bands and their pop music permeate every moment of Japanese life. Following an aspiring pop singer and her fans, Tokyo Idols explores a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality, and the growing disconnect between men and women in hyper-modern Japanese societies. This ever-growing phenomenon is told through Rio, a bona fide “Tokyo Idol” who takes us on her journey toward fame. We meet her “brothers”: a group of adult middle aged male super fans who devote their lives to following her—in the virtual world and in real life. With her provocative look into the Japanese pop music industry and its focus on traditional beauty ideals, filmmaker Kyoko Miyake confronts the nature of gender power dynamics at work. ​
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TRUMPED
Director: Banks Tarver, Ted Bourne, Mary Robertson
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:45:00
Caution Code: Profanity, Adult Themes
Synopsis: This feature documentary is drawn from footage shot for Showtime’s documentary series, The Circus. The film follows journalists, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, and strategist, Mark McKinnon, as they experience from the inside the most turbulent presidential campaign in history.​

TUACAHN - MIRACLE IN PADRE CANYON
Director: Phil Tuckett and Ben Braten
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:20:00
Family Friendly
Synopsis: From ancient Anasazi hunting grounds to a world-renowned outdoor amphitheater, this film tells the history of the Tuacahn Center of the Performing Arts woven through the development this year’s musical production, Shrek.​
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TURN THE PAGE
Director: Linda Moroney
Origin: Not Specified
Duration: 01:00:00
Synopsis: TURN THE PAGE examines the fractured relationship between incarcerated parents and children left behind, through the lens of a jail-based literacy program called, Storybook, at Ontario County Jail. Twice a month at this facility, volunteers of the Storybook Program assist inmates who are moms and dads, as they record themselves, through tears and laughter, reading children’s books onto audiocassettes. More than 2.7 million children in the US have an incarcerated parent and approximately 10 million children have experienced parental incarceration at some point in their lives. At least now through storybook, these imprisoned fathers can read a bed-time story to their children.​
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UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTH, THE
Director: Loki Mulholland
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:26:27
Caution Code: Adult themes, violence
Synopsis: ​Loki Mulholland, the son of famous Civil Rights Activist, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, grapples with his family’s deep roots in racism as he unearth’s his family’s history and the truth behind their slave-owning past.Together with Luvaghn Brown, a Freedom Rider and activist, Loki explores the United States’ institutions of racism that continue to haunt our country today through his very personal journal. “The Uncomfortable Truth” is an unapologetic film that lays bare what we all need to understand about each other with an open and honest dialogue on race and society.
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VOICES OF FIRE
Director: Hugo Sindelar
Origin: United States
Duration: 00:25:08
Family Friendly
Synopsis: Through the timeline of the tragic Idaho Soda Fire, Voices of Fire explores the role of wildfires on the Western landscape. How will the Bureau of Land Management, the ranchers, and the ecosystem rebound from this tragedy and what can be done to prevent another Soda Fire in the future? The goal is to use the Soda Fire as a case study to discuss how to manage and prevent future wildfires in the area.​

WHERE THE WIND BLEW
Director: Andre Singer
Origin: United Kingdom
Duration: 01:14:08
Caution Code: War images
Synopsis: ​Where The Wind Blew tells the story of how the Cold War super powers, in their race to develop more deadly bombs, spent forty years developing weapons capable of wiping out entire nations, while sacrificing their own vulnerable populations in the name of national security. In part it is the story of Kazakhstan’s place in the Cold War struggle for nuclear supremacy, and the power of the human spirit as victims and participants from that struggle find their own ways to survive. Although Soviet operations were wreathed in secrecy, it is becoming clear that the Kazakh villagers who faced the daily reality of living in nuclear fall out zones continue to be victims of a war that was not their own. Using archive footage and testimony, this harrowing story is told through the eyes of the victims, activists and participants affected by the legacy of nuclear bomb testing from Kazakhstan to St George, Utah.
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WINTER'S WATCH
Director: Brian Bolster
Origin: United States
Duration: 00:14:00
Synopsis: ​Located ten miles off the coast of mainland New England, the Oceanic Hotel is the grand, yet far-from-modern home to the thousands of guests who brave the choppy seas to visit during the warmer spring and summer months. Off-season, the hotel and the 43-acre Star Island on which it sits is home to one woman – its winter caretaker who braves the colder, darker months of inclement weather by embracing the solitude and finding inspiration, and life, in what would otherwise be considered the ‘bones’ of winter.

ZAATARI DJINN
Director: Catherine van Campen
Origin: Netherlands
Duration: 01:30:57
Family Friendly
Synopsis: ​Zaatari Djinn is an intimate film about the resilience of children. In the middle of the Jordanian desert a few tents were set up for several hundred Syrian refugees. Then, quick as lightning, with improvised shacks and tents arose Zaatari, a new city consisting of tens of thousands. Through the eyes of four children, we see and feel what it is like to grow up in this place, with very little resources or prospects, but with an enormous scope for dreams.
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ZUZANA: MUSIC IS LIFE
Director: Peter Getzels, Harriet Gordon Getzels
Origin: United States
Duration: 01:23:00
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Synopsis: ZUZANA: MUSIC IS LIFE is the triumphant story told by Zuzana Ruzickova, now 90, of how she became a world-famous harpsichordist and interpreter of Bach under the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia after surviving three concentration camps during her teenage years. Zuzana Ruzickova’s story is remarkable not just because she returned to Czechoslovakia after the war to fulfill her childhood dream of a career in music; but also in how she navigated Communist and anti-Semitic persecution at home, while becoming a tour-de-force in concerts and competitions around the world. Speaking in English with candid wit and piercing irony, Zuzana tells how she went from having bubonic plague and damaged hands, to becoming the first and only person in the world to record all the keyboard works of Bach. As she navigates a life of hope and fear, the little-known story of Czechoslovakia emerges, from the promise of 1930s democracy to the Nazi invasion, followed by the grinding brutality of forty years behind the Iron Curtain. ​
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