Gonzalo wants to be a film director, he dreams of directing comedies. In november 2006 his life stopped in a traffic accident that caused him a spinal cord injury. A few days after he was bedridden, he borrowed a video camera and as self-therapy began to film everything that happened to him, beginning his life 0.5 meters above the ground.
Directors: Gonzalo Suárez Garayo
Producers: Gonzalo Suárez Garayo, Paula Cons, Juan de Dios Serrano
2020 CHAOS AND HOPE
A TIME CAPSULE OF A YEAR UNLIKE ANY OTHER. The film brings us face-to-face with the dramatic and emotional moments of 2020. Where do we go from here? It’s up to us to decide.
Director: June Beallor
Producer: June Beallor, Ceci Chan
Almost Home: Life After Incarceration
“Almost Home” is a sixty-minute documentary that examines the many challenges individuals face when they get released from prison and the positive impact they can have if they are given the tools to succeed.
Directors: Bill Wisneski
Producer: Bill Wisneski
An Hour from the Middle of Nowhere
In the Deep South, the lives of an immigration attorney, a community, and a family intertwine in the shadow of one of the largest immigration detention prisons in the United States.
Director: Ole Elfenkaemper, Kathrin Seward
Producers: Ole Elfenkaemper, Kathrin Seward
April in France
Indebted to Hayao Miyazaki’s work, April in France is a documentary about April, a 5-year-old English girl, who is unhappy to move to France. From Paris, she moves to the small medieval village in the South-West of France where her great-grandfather lived. There, she is convinced that he is only sleeping in the cemetery and that he will come back from the dead to be with her. While waiting for him she meets his former friends. With them she will open to the world, discover her inner self before in turn transforming their lives forever.
Directors: David Boaretto
Producers: David Boaretto
ART FOR EVERYBODY
Thomas Kinkade’s landscapes made him the most collected and despised painter ever. After his shocking death, his family discovers a vault of unseen paintings that reveal a complex artist whose life and work embody our divided America.
Director: Miranda Yousef
Producers: Morgan Neville, Tim Rummel
This film explores a world-renowned plastic surgeon’s passion for helping children with facial abnormalities and how his transformative surgical techniques allow him to give them a better life. This film follows the journey of three children suffering from craniofacial challenges and the impact on their emotional mental health as they strive to live day-to-day.
Director: Dagan Beckett
Producer: Irv Berner
Eight incarcerated youth are put in a prison alternative known as Boys Town. Their story challenges what people have believed about problem behavior for thousands of years.
Director: Josh Sabey
Producer: Lisa Sabey
CALL ME MULE
A man traveling with three mules fights to maintain his nomadic lifestyle in the American West
Director: John McDonald
A queer Muslim woman grapples with the decision to come out to her devout, psychiatrist mother and ends up marrying her male partner to evade her mother’s silent disapproval, pacing between the tensions of appeasement and autonomy.
Director: Sandra Itäinen
Producer: Chelsi Bullard, Sandra Itäinen
Firebird: Built to Burn
In a Pennsylvania suburb, a tight-knit community spends months building a giant wooden bird, only to burn it down during an annual festival. Firebird: Built to Burn is a wholesome look into an unconventional tradition that inspires hope and new beginnings.
Directors: Colleen C Brady
Producer: Charlie Hudson
First We Bombed New Mexico
‘First We Bombed New Mexico” follows the intimate journey of indomitable Hispanic cancer survivor Tina Cordova who has catalyzed a movement seeking justice for the forgotten residents of southern New Mexico – mostly Hispanic and Native – who suffer multigenerational cancers they tie to the secret poisoning of their land by the Trinity Bomb.
Director: Lois Lipman
Producer: Lois Lipman
Fracking the System: Colorado’s Oil and Gas Wars
Fracking the System is a political thriller documentary from the front lines of climate justice activism in Colorado. When a fracking mega-site gets moved from a White neighborhood to a BIPOC neighborhood, a concerned mother fights to try and stop it. This feature film is an investigative exposé about the harms of fracking, the lengths to which the government is complacent with industrial pollution, and the nefarious tactics that the oil and gas industry uses to undermine democratic elections.
Director: Brian Hedden
Producer: Brian Hedden
Go On, Be Brave
Witness the incredible true story of the first person with ALS to complete a marathon in all 50 states! Given the terminal diagnosis of ALS at only 33 years old, Andrea Lytle Peet set a goal that should have been impossible. Celebrated by critics as “one of the great discoveries of 2023” the award-winning documentary GO ON, BE BRAVE is a joyous ride we all need to take.
Director: Miriam McSpadden, Brian Beckman
Harry Bertoia, Master of Metal
The life and work of the internationally renowned post-war artist / designer Harry Bertoia with inside details. See how his creations live on and inspire the artists and musicians of today. His iconic midcentury modern chair designs are as popular as his Sonambient sounding sculptures. Monumental commissions with major architects became the foundation of his career, and metal bushes and dandelions found their way to well known estates and later auctions. Feel his passion and experience the broad oeuvre of this magnificent artist.
Director: Hunter Weeks
Producer: Sarah Moses
Three mothers fight to create a family: McKenzie, a young woman in recovery who became pregnant while living in a tent; Cat, her nomadic mom; and Leslie, the social worker with her own history of addiction, housing insecurity, and losing children to foster care.
Director: Claire Hannah Collins
Producers: Gale Holland, Claire Hannah Collins
India’s 1st Best Trans Model Agency
This emotionally charged journey, filmed over 7 years, follows the extraordinary story of Rudrani Chettri from baby blessings, red light districts, exorcisms and dazzling Hindu festivals to the glamorous world of photoshoots, designers, hair and make-up, lights and electrifying action. We discover the transgender community of Delhi as they set about creating India’s first trans modelling agency and an extravagant, paradigm-shifting, catwalk event.
Director: Ila Mehrotra
Producer: Edward Dallal
INTO THE SPOTLIGHT
A heartfelt story of how a script, a stage, and a theater program composed of adults with disabilities celebrate their creativity, explore life’s complexities, and empower a community, in their own words and their own way
Director: Thaddeus D. Matula
Producers: Thaddeus D. Matula, Ricky Townsend, King Hollis, Rev. Paul Rasmussen
Live at Mister Kelly’s
Live at Mister Kelly’s tells the story of two Jewish Brothers that came home from the war and transformed a family coffee shop into an entertainment empire.
Director: Theodore Bogosian
Producers: Theodore Bogosian, Scott Dummler
Until 2019, he was an entertainment super-star and mega successful businessman. Then in a remarkable move, Volodymyr Zelenskyy turned his attention to politics at a time when corruption and economic struggle at home were rife, and the shadow of a sword-rattling neighbor was falling increasingly heavily over Eastern Ukraine. Following a landslide election victory, he found himself Ukraine’s President, and soon after that the Russian threat exploded into a full-scale invasion. Putin expected a quick and easy victory but he miscalculated – the comedy President turned out to be a skilled and determined adversary. Suddenly, the world wanted to know more about this enigmatic man.
Directors: André Singer, Liev Schreiber
Producer: Rhodri Lowis
Much Ado About Dying
Simon is shooting a film in India when his Uncle David calls him with a message of doom: “Come back to London, I think I may be dying.” What the viewer doesn’t yet know is that David is a Shakespeare-loving drama queen who has grown old on a diet of attention and applause. But David has no intention of dying just yet.
Director: Simon Chambers
Producers: David Rane, Simon Chambers
29-year-old Natalia is about to make her Life Profession in the orders of the Byzantine Catholic Church, having left behind her exciting life as a young student to devote herself to God. NATALIA is a film about returning to the world or walking away from it, and just how far a person would go for who they love.
Producer: Gulistan Mirzaei, Elizabeth Mirzaei, Omar Mullick
Show Her The Money
Women have been shut out of the financial world, making it nearly impossible to get their ideas and inventions funded. Featuring visionary entrepreneurs who have boot-strapped their companies into success stories and the wealthy women who funded them – SHOW HER THE MONEY reminds us that money is power and women need it to achieve true equality.
Director: Ky Dickens
Producers: Catherine Gray, Ky Dickens
When director Jasmin Mara López sees a photo of her niece with her grandfather, she is flooded by painful memories of her own childhood sexual abuse at his hands—and the following 24 years of her silence. In this cinematically striking and poetic documentary, López bravely films her story as a willful act to accept difficult truths while finding beauty in the process of healing.
Director: Jasmin Mara López
Producers: Jasmin Mara López
Susan Feniger. FORKED…a verite feature documentary film following award-winning celebrity chef Susan Feniger on her first solo restaurant, her passionate struggle and quest to bring global street food under one roof in the form of a new LA restaurant: STREET. Shot by her longtime filmmaker partner, it’s a story about starting over and about not IF one fails… but HOW.
Directors: Liz Lachman
Producer: Lisa Donmall-Reeve
Tesla’s Medicine: The Universal Fluid
After being miraculously healed from a chronic life threatening illness, an investigative journalist travels the world to discover the lost secrets of Nikola Tesla’s energy medicine inventions.
Directors: Robert William Connolly
Producers: Bob William Connolly
Texas Music Revolution
The covid pandemic of 2020-21 was perhaps the greatest disruption to American society and pop culture in this country’s history. This documentary follows Joshua Jones, general manager of Dallas-based indie Americana radio station KHYI-FM, as he struggles to produce the silver anniversary of a beloved roots music festival in the wake of that pandemic.
Director: Troy Paff
Producer: Troy Paff, Joshua Jones
The Only Doctor
For the past 15 years, Dr. Karen Kinsell, a compassionate, yet no-nonsense physician, has been the only doctor in Clay County, Georgia, a rural region along the Georgia-Alabama border, and one of the poorest counties in the nation.
Director: Matthew Hashiguchi
Producer: Matthew Hashiguchi
The Taste of Mango
In this hypnotically cinematic love letter flowing through time and generations, director Chloe Abrahams probes raw questions her mother and grandmother have long brushed aside, tenderly untangling painful knots in her family’s unspoken past.
Director: Chloe Abrahams
Producers: Chloe Abrahams, Elliott Whitton
Most people dream of a better future. Pedro, an aspiring social worker, is no different. But as a blind, undocumented immigrant, Pedro faces political restrictions to obtain his college degree, secure a job in his field, and support his family. As he finally graduates, uncertainty looms over Pedro.
Directors: Set Hernandez
Producer: Set Hernandez, Day Al-Mohamed, Félix Endara
Who Are the Marcuses?
Who Are the Marcuses? reconstructs the lives of Holocaust refugees Lottie and Howard Marcus, an unassuming couple from Great Neck, New York, who retired to a modest two-bedroom apartment in San Diego, California. Former dentist Howard, passed away in 2014 at age 104. Lottie passed less than two years later.
Directors: Matthew Mishory
Producers: Bradford L. Schlei, Álvaro Fernández
Woman in the Mirror
Nestled in a small New England town is a powerhouse of a ballet school. Its genesis includes the dramatic story of a prima ballerina defecting from the Soviet Union, her tenuous climb to personal and artistic freedom. In a story revealed in dance studio mirrors, Alexandra, a graduate of the prestigious Vaganova Academy and a driven ballerina is leading a diverse group of ballet students in their difficult journey to become professional dancers.
Directors: Tatyana Bronstein
Producer: Tatyana Bronstein