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After Auschwitz - Profiling Six Extraordinary Holocaust Survivors and Their Lives After the War
"You're free. Go home." Most Holocaust films end with these words, the very words that survivors heard at liberation. But AFTER AUSCHWITZ is not a typical "Holocaust" film. It begins with these words, inviting audiences to experience what happened next.…
Killing for Love - The Sensational Trial for the Murders of Nancy and Derek Haysom
The gruesome murders of Nancy and Derek Haysom in 1985 were an international media sensation... Obsessed young lovers, obscene murders, a sensational trial, and a shocking miscarriage of justice. KILLING FOR LOVE is a riveting dissection of the prosecution's case,…
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth 
It began as a housing marvel. Built in 1956, Pruitt-Igoe was heralded as the model public housing project of the future, "the poor man's penthouse." Two decades later, it ended in rubble - its razing an iconic event that the…
White Boy - Appealing a Life Sentence for Non-Violent Drug Charges
Now the subject of 1980's crime folklore, then 17 year-old Richard Wershe, Jr. allegedly ran a vicious, sophisticated underground cocaine operation throughout inner-city Detroit. Arrested as a teen and sentenced to life-without parole, he remains imprisoned 30 years later. In…
Following the Ninth - In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony
Written in 1824, near the end of Beethoven's life, the Ninth Symphony was composed by a man with little to be thankful for. Sick, alienated from almost everyone, and completely deaf, Beethoven had never managed to find love, nor create…
High School - Documenting a Philadelphia High School
HIGH SCHOOL was filmed at a large urban high school in Philadelphia. The film documents how the school system exists not only to pass on "facts" but also transmits social values from one generation to another. HIGH SCHOOL presents a…
We Were Here - The AIDS Years in San Francisco
An intimate, yet epic history of the AIDS years in San Francisco, as told through the stories of five longtime San Franciscans. The film documents the coming of what was called the "Gay Plague" in the early 1980s. It illuminates…
The Most Dangerous Man in America - Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, concludes that the war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world.…
The Cockettes - The Rise and Fall of a Legendary Theatrical Troupe
The Cockettes, a flamboyant ensemble of hippies decked out in outlandish gender-bending finery, created a series of legendary, LSD-fueled midnight musicals in early 1970s San Francisco. A diverse mix of genders and races, The Cockettes were an immediate sensation and…
Sidemen: Long Road to Glory - The Lives of Three Chicago Blues Musicians
An intimate look into the incredible lives and influence of three of the Chicago Blues sidemen - Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Hubert Sumlin. Haunting imagery of the Mississippi Delta region and these legendary musicians, punctuates this powerful…
American Commune - America's Largest Socialist Experiment
In 1970, 1,500 hippies and their guru Stephen Gaskin founded a commune in rural Tennessee. Members forked over their savings, grew their own food, delivered their babies at home and built a self-sufficient society. Raised in this alternative community by…
Dying to Know - Ram Dass & Timothy Leary Explore Consciousness and Spirituality
In the early 1960s Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert began probing the edges of consciousness through their experiments with psychedelics. Leary became a missionary for mind altering drugs, asking us to think for ourselves, igniting a global…
T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness - Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s
T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness excavates the hidden sexualities of Black female entertainers who reigned over the nascent blues recording industry of the 1920s. Unlike the male-dominated jazz scene, early blues provided a space for women to take the lead and model…
I Am Not Your Negro - James Baldwin and Race in America
An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism. In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House.…
American Socialist - The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs
Prolific filmmaker and ethnographer Yale Strom has turned his attention to an early American political hero: Eugene Victor Debs. Bernie Sanders inspired a generation - but who inspired him? Most people in America don't know that the contemporary political movement…
The Sunshine Makers - The Unlikely Duo at the Heart of 60s Drug Counterculture
A real-life Breaking Bad for the psychedelic set, THE SUNSHINE MAKERS reveals the untold story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, the unlikely duo at the heart of the 1960s American drug counterculture. United in a utopian mission to save…
More Than a Word - Native American-Based Sports Mascots
An exploration of Native American-based mascots, especially the Washington R_dskins, and their impact on real-life attitudes, issues, and policies. Through interviews with scholars, tribal leaders, lawyers, policy experts, activists, and Washington R_dskins fans, the film explores the history of the…
Heist - Who Stole the American Dream?
This investigative documentary reveals how American corporations orchestrated the dismantling of middle-class prosperity through rampant deregulation, the outsourcing of jobs, and tax policies favoring businesses and the wealthy. HEIST exposes the roots of the American economic crisis and the destruction…
Concerning Violence - Nine Scenes from the Anti-Imperialistic Self-Defense
From the director of The Black Power Mixtape comes a bold and fresh visual narrative on Africa, based on newly discovered archive material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late '60s and '70s, accompanied by text…
The Revolutionary - An American in Mao’s Cultural Revolution
Sidney Rittenberg arrived in China as a GI Chinese language expert at the end of World War II. Discharged there, he joined the Chinese Communist Party, and was an active participant in the Chinese communist revolution and its aftermath. An…