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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…
The Last Laugh - On Holocaust Jokes and Comedic Taboo
Are we allowed to make jokes about the Holocaust? In this outrageously funny and thought-provoking film, filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein puts the question about comedy's ultimate taboo to legends including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Harry Shearer, Jeff…
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…
Capturing Grace - A Legendary Dance Troupe Joins Forces with People with Parkinson's Disease
An award-winning documentary telling the unlikely story of what happens when New York's legendary Mark Morris Dance Group joins forces with people with Parkinson's disease to stage a unique performance. CAPTURING GRACE is a story about the power of art…
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…
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…
44 Pages - Making Highlights Magazine
A portrait of Highlights magazine following the creation of the cultural phenomenon's 70th anniversary issue, from the first editorial meeting to its arrival in homes, and introducing the people who passionately produce the monthly publication for "the world's most important…
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…
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…
Impossible Light - Redesigning the San Francisco Bay Bridge
On March 5th, 2013, San Francisco's skyline was transformed by an amazing sight: 25,000 LED lights that, for perhaps the first time save the 1989 earthquake, caused people to consider the Bay Bridge instead of her iconic sister. How did…
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…
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…
Being Canadian - Investigating Canadian Stereotypes
When Calgarian Robert Cohen moved to L.A. to pursue his dreams of becoming a comedy writer, he quickly realized that his new friends and colleagues knew nothing but the usual stereotypes about his beloved homeland. After years of frustration, Robert…
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…
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…
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…
Going Attractions - The Definitive Story of the American Drive-In Movie
A product of post World War II optimism, the drive-in movie theater emerged as the perfect blend of entertainment and car culture. Fueled by the baby boom, drive-ins became an integral part of the American teenage experience. But in the…
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…
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…
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…