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THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED
A film by Assia Boundaoui & Alex Bushe
The first documentary to tell the story of the “War on Terror” from the perspective inside an Arab¬American neighborhood. Since the early 90’s, people in Bridgeview, IL have stayed quiet about their deep suspicions of living under government surveillance, and no one has ever dug into why the surveillance may have began. Until now. This film brings to light an under¬represented human story and follows the filmmakers as they investigate what really happened, and may still be happening in Bridgeview.


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FENCING FOR THE EDGE
A film by Holly Buechel
Fencing for the Edge tells the story of 4 high school fencing teams in the state of New Jersey competing in the largest league in the world. Facing challenges at home and in the classroom, the fencers learn what it takes to be successful on the strip and in life.

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FINDING NORMAL (FORMERLY MAKE ME NORMAL)
A film by Mitch McCabe
Are we medicalizing normal human behavior? FINDING NORMAL explores recent controversies in psychiatry, the rise of diagnosed mental illness, psychopharmacology and our new definition of "normal"— all set against the backdrop of new psychiatric guidelines in the new DSM-5 (the "Psychiatry Bible"). Traveling the country to high-profile psychiatrists, senate investigators, researchers, peer advocates and pharma reps, the film gives a much-needed, hard-boiled look at the current state of mental illness treatment, ultimately forcing the question: What is normal?

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FLAT DADDY
A film by Nara Garber, Betsy Nagler & Peggy Sutton
As military families across America endure the repeated deployment of loved ones to Iraq and Afghanistan, many have attempted to fill the void with "Flat Daddies," life-sized cardboard cutouts of their husbands, wives, sons, and daughters serving overseas. Using these two-dimensional surrogates as a connecting thread, the documentary film Flat Daddy follows five such families over the course of a year to reveal the lasting impact of the war on those left behind.

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FOOTPRINT (FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE POPULATION BOMB)
A film by Valentina Canavesio
Footprint is a feature-length documentary film investigating the biggest unspoken issue of the 21st century.
Asking how the Earth can sustain 9 billion inhabitants by 2050, the film seeks to examine the various challenges to population growth and focus on solutions.

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THE FOUNDERS FILM
A film by Charlene Fisk
Battling society, finances and sometimes even each other, thirteen women in 1950 changed women’s athletics forever. With humor, grit and raw talent, these underdogs persevered not only to create a legend in the sports world but also a timeless story of redemption and endurance. Through rare, archival footage, current-day interviews with surviving founders, and historical reenactments, we tell their story in the feature-length documentary

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FROM AWAY
A film by Maya Tepler
Two young brothers have arrived in small-town Maine after escaping war-torn Burundi. Through their unexpected lives as American teenagers, they learn what it means to be different, to start anew, and to be “from away.”


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FROM THIS DAY FORWARD (FORMERLY PROJECT DAD)
A film by Sharon Shattuck
When Sharon Shattuck’s artist dad came out as transgender and decided to adopt a female persona, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. The changes to her dad's appearance were difficult for her straight-identified physician wife to accept, but they stayed together. As the Shattucks regroup in 2013 to plan Sharon’s wedding, she asks her parents, who are now going on 33 years of marriage, for advice. From This Day Forward is a conversation about love in a very modern family.

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THE GLOBAL VILLAGE PROJECT
A film by Ella Jane New and David Rey
The Global Village Project follows the lives of 30 refugee girls who attend the Global Village School In Atlanta GA, as they tell their tragic but uplifting and often homorous stories of their journey from life in refugee camps all around the world to their new lives in the USA, and the struggles and hopes they face from adjusting to American culture, entering the public school system, and the opportuinty for an education at the Global Village School.

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GOOD PEOPLE GO TO HELL, SAVED PEOPLE GO TO HEAVEN ( FORMERLY LEFT BEHIND IN LOUISIANA)
A film by Holly Hardman
Good People Go To Hell, Saved People Go To Heaven explores Rapture culture against the backdrop of America's hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast. The film focuses on Christians who believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible. To them the End Times are imminent -- when Jesus returns to "rapture them,” and the rest of humanity remains on earth to suffer the wrath of a vengeful God. With an objective eye, the film scrupulously questions the motives behind and consequences of fundamentalist/evangelical Christianity in today's world.

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GRACIAS Y BUENAS NOCHES: RETELLING THE RHYTHM
A film by Mari Keiko Gonzalez
Gracias y Buenas Noches will uncover the story of the “clave” from the musicians who helped pioneer the sound and culture of Afro-Cuban music. The origins of the rhythm come from traditional African rhythms that, along with its people, made its way to New Orleans, Havana and eventually drifted to New York City. Through verite footage, archival film, interviews, live performance and unheard recordings, this memoir-style documentary is equal parts love letter and history lesson on the roots of Latin music.

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GREEN BANANAS
A film by Purcell Carson
What happens when the meanest company in agribusiness decides to turn over a new leaf? Chiquita Banana lived most of the 20th century as a despised giant. But the last decade has brought new ideas to its fields and boardrooms. A compelling cast of labor activists, environmentalists and farm managers have formed a fragile alliance and together learned to grow better bananas. Their work-and the film that documents it-shows new potential for corporate social responsibility.

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A GUANGZHOU LOVE AFFAIR (FORMERLY AFRICA TOWN)
A film by Kathy Huang
A GUANGZHOU LOVE AFFAIR captures the love, heartache, and real life challenges of two Afro-Chinese couples in China. Through their struggles to survive racism, xenophobia, and draconian immigration policies, we are given a uniquely non-Western view into China, globalization, and modern love.

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GUNS, GRIEF & GRACE IN AMERICA (FORMERLY GUNS, GRIEF AND GRACE: EMERGING CONVERSATIONS AND CHANGING THE CONVERSATION)
A film by Janet Fitch
The Guns, Grief and Grace in America three-part documentary series reframes the gun violence debate in our country from one of Second Amendment rights to that of public health prevention. The two completed films and their accompanying education pieces have made a significant community impact; generating non-polarized, solution-based discussions with diverse audiences. In doing this, we pave the way to reclaim the public sphere for discussion of a complex societal topic relevant to diverse communities across the country.

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HABIBI RASAK KHARBAN
A film by Susan Youssef
Habibi Rasak Kharban (My Darling, Something's Wrong With Your Head) is a feature film project that is a modern retelling of the classical Arabo-Islamic tragic romance Majnun Layla. The Habibi Project serves as a bridge for understanding contemporary conflict, and as an illumination of the multi-textured character of Islamic civilization.


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARSHA!
A film by Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel
Happy Birthday, Marsha! is the story of legendary transgender rights activists and best friends, Marsha "Pay It No Mind" Johnson & Sylvia Rivera, in the hours before the 1969 Stonewall riots.


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HARD HATTED WOMAN
A film by Lorien Barlow
Hard Hatted Woman is the first feature documentary about women in blue-collar construction trades. A small number of remarkable women continue to pursue this daunting and non-traditional career path that is still 97% male-dominated. Whether seeking the economic benefits of union jobs or drawn to the innate satisfaction of the work, all of them end up fighting to advance in a hyper-masculine arena, where they challenge entrenched gender stereotypes not only among their co-workers but our culture at large.

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HARRIET BEECHER STOWE
A film by Katherine Brann Fredricks
Harriet Beecher Stowe was the best paid author of her day, male or female, American or European. Abraham Lincoln credited her novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, with starting the Civil War. "Uncle Tom" then entered the vernacular as a racial slur. 2011 was the 200th anniversary of Stowe's birth, yet no documentary on her exists. An Emmy winning cinematographer & editor, & two Pulitzer Prize winning authors are on the team videotaping Stowe's life story. Image courtesy of Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture: A Multi-Media Archive.


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HEATHER BOOTH: CHANGING THE WORLD
A film by Lilly Rivlin
Heather Booth is a legendary social change organizer who has masterminded 65 intense, varied, and (mostly) successful community actions and political campaigns. Through her life story and her passionate commitments, I will cover 50 years of progressive movements highlighting civil rights, abortion rights, and the feminist revolution, while creating, in the course of the narrative, a filmic handbook on the art, tactics, strategy and magic of organizing for social and political transformation.

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THE HEN THAT CROWS
A film by Lindsay Rothenberg
THE HEN THAT CROWS will follow three women in and around New York City as they attempt to leave their forced and arranged marriages while retaining custody of their children. This documentary will provide an intimate look at the legal and emotional struggles, including questioning the extreme religions they were raised in, that these women go through, and will celebrate their strength and joys in adjusting to a new life of freedom.

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HERE ONE DAY
A film by Kathy Leichter
When filmmaker Kathy Leichter moved back into her childhood home after her mother’s suicide, she discovered a hidden box of audiotapes. Sixteen years passed before she had the courage to delve into this trove, unearthing details that her mother had recorded about every aspect of her life from the joys and challenges of her marriage to a State Senator, to her son’s estrangement, to the highs and lows of living with bipolar disorder. HERE ONE DAY is a beautiful, emotionally candid film about a woman coping with mental illness, her relationships with her family, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved. The Here One Day Community Screening Initiative presents Here One Day in communities and educational institutions across the country to reduce stigma around mental illness and suicide, create a safe space for others to share their stories, teach how mental illness and suicide impact families, and link audiences to local mental health support.

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HERMANAS DE FE (FORMERLY FATE OF THE UNLEARNED)
A film by Cristina Kotz Cornejo
In this social thriller, a violent encounter on the streets of Mexico City destabilizes 19-year-old, prostitute, Luz Molina’s life, triggering an obsession with the American missionary who makes the ultimate sacrifice in her defense. In Spanish and English.

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HOMECOMING
A film by Gemma Cubero
Homecoming tells the story of the atoll of Pukapuka through the intergenerational story of two bi-cultural women Johnnie Frisbie and Amelia Borofsky who journey home after decades away. Facing modernization, environmental, and cultural loss, this 3sq km coral atoll has little contact with outsiders or tourists, and the native community follows a Polynesian way of life lost to most of the Pacific. This character-driven documentary follows the two women on their journey “home” offering a poetic meditation on race, climate change, memory and the universal journey towards wholeness.


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HUNTING IN WARTIME (FORMERLY HOONAH'S HEROES)
A film by Samantha Farinella
During the Vietnam War, thirty-nine Tlingit men from the tiny village of Hoonah, Alaska saw combat. Thirty-eight came back alive, making Hoonah the American town with the highest per capita enlistment rate as well as the highest survival rate. While the soldiers were away, a new law prohibited village fishermen from acquiring greater catches than the year before – robbing retuning veterans of their livelihoods. This feature-length documentary traces the tension between the soldiers' prideful service and the racism they encountered at home.

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IF THE DANCER DANCES
A film by Lise Friedman and Maia Wechsler
Unlike a painting that hangs in a museum over the decades, dance is ephemeral, existing only in the moment. There is no script or score for preservation. Instead, dance is transmitted from body to body, one generation to the next. If the Dancer Dances is a journey from studio to stage, as Merce Cunningham’s iconic 1968 RainForest is brought back to life. Timed to coincide with Cunningham’s centennial, the film makes the language of dance accessible to a wide audience, as it confronts what it takes to prevent the loss of masterworks to time.


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IMITATION OF CHOICE
A film by Stephanie Wang-Breal
Queens, New York is one of the most diverse counties in the United States; one of the largest immigration and transit hubs in the world; and the epicenter of prostitution in New York City. It’s also the place where a groundbreaking judge and an innovative human trafficking court are revolutionizing the way we identify and support victims of trafficking... by arresting them first.

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IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE
A film by Patrick Shen
In our race towards modernity, amidst all the technological innovation and the rapid growth of our cities, silence is now quickly passing into legend. In Pursuit of Silence is a meditative film about the value of silence, our relationship with sound, and the impact of noise on our lives. Offering audiences a contemplative cinematic experience, the sights and sounds of this film will work its way through frantic minds, into the quiet spaces of hearts, and help shape a new vision of being.

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ISABEL ROSADO: NATIONALIST (FORMERLY OUR WOMEN, OUR STRUGGLE)
A film by Melissa Montero
At 102 years old, Isabel Rosado has become a revered symbol of colonial resistance in Puerto Rico and her life is a testament to the island’s unresolved struggle with political status, economic development, and century long struggle for independence. Isabel Rosado: Nationalist is an hour long documentary that chronicles the life of a humble woman who was ready to risk it all by dedicating her life to the Puerto Rican independence movement and as a result spent many years in prison.

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JACKSON
A film by Maisie Crow
Abortion remains legal in the United States but anti-abortion efforts have succeeded in making it virtually inaccessible in some places and in the Deep South, often unthinkable. At one time Mississippi had fourteen abortion clinics. Now only one remains. Set against the backdrop of the fight to close the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, Jackson is an intimate, unprecedented look at the lives of three women caught up in the complex issues surrounding abortion access.

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JESSICA GONZALES VS. THE U.S.A.
A film by April Hayes and Katia Maguire
In 1999, Jessica Gonzales' estranged husband abducted their three daughters in violation of a domestic violence restraining order. Jessica's repeated calls and visits to the police that night went unheeded. Nearly twelve hours after she first called the police, Jessica's estranged husband arrived at the police station and opened fire, and he was immediately shot and killed by the police. The bodies of the three girls were found in his bullet-ridden truck. Jessica's quest for answers and justice led her on a 10 year journey through the American legal system and beyond, and have turned her into an outspoken and charismatic advocate for victimized women and children everywhere. Jessica Gonzales vs. The United States of America is a feature-length documentary that follows the story of one woman, who in the wake of unspeakable tragedy and hardship embarks upon a journey to reclaim her voice and discover her own power to heal herself and others.


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KARWARA, PEOPLE OF THE RIVER
A film by Stephanie Boyd and Miguel Araoz Cartagena
Mariluz Canaquiri says her river is the ‘ɨa’ (ee-ah); the heart, life force and mother of the universe. She leads a federation of Kukama women who are using myths, art and political activism to protect their river in Peru’s Amazon. The film moves between the women’s struggle and animations of the ‘Karwara’, or river people. These spiritual creatures live in underwater villages and protect the Kukama, but their existence is threatened by oil spills, hydroelectric dams and other mega projects.


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KINGS PARK: STORIES FROM AN AMERICAN MENTAL INSTITUTION
A film by Lucy Winer, Co-produced by Lucy Winer & Karen Eaton
On June 21, 1967, at the age of 17, Lucy Winer was committed to the female violent ward of Kings Park State Hospital following a series of failed suicide attempts. Over 30 years later, now a veteran documentary filmmaker, Lucy returns to Kings Park for the first time since her discharge. Her journey back sparks a decade-long effort to face her past and learn the story of the now abandoned institution that once held her captive. Her meetings with other former patients, their families, and the hospital staff reveal the painful legacy of our state hospital system and the crisis left by its demise.

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LADIES' ROOMS AROUND THE WORLD
A film by Maxi Cohen
Since 1980, I have been photographing and videotaping ladies rooms. From the Aboriginal Outback to Tel Aviv, Bombay to Rio, the lens captures vulnerable moments where a plethora of the Secrets of Women is disclosed. This year I filmed shorts at Burning Man and a Sexuality Conference. Each short film is very different, ranging from social outcry to celebration. The project includes photography, film, a book, museum exhibitions, and an interactive website designed for exchange and change.

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LICENSE TO PAINT
A film by Pam Glennon & Theresa Norton
Discover the world of modern street art through the eyes of five extraordinary female artists across the globe as they fight for their art, freedom, and fortune at the top of an emerging empire. Street art has risen to a golden era in the industry where huge commissions span across the sky. Artists once running from the law and persecuted for an illegal form of expression are now successful entrepreneurs.License to Paint follows the compelling and contrasting stories of five talented artists. Each woman represents a different genre and style of street art, as well as a unique message stemming from their diverse backgrounds across the globe. With themes of gender equality, political and social issues worldwide, this documentary allows these artists a voice in a predominantly male driven industry.


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LOOK AT US NOW, MOTHER! (FORMERLY MY NOSE THE BIGGER VERSION)
A film by Gayle Kirschenbaum
In MY NOSE, Gayle Kirschenbaum focuses on her mom’s quest to get her to have a nose job. Barely touching the surface of their highly complex and charged relationship, Kirschenbaum knew it needed deeper exploration. The poignant journey is told in her new film, MY NOSE: THE BIGGER VERSION. What emerges is a uniquely cinematic family study with humor and pathos in the midst of conflicts and affections that bind mother and daughter. It is an enlightening and inspirational film.

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LOVE CECIL
A film by Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Cecil Beaton (1904 -1980) academy award winner, photographer, writer and painter was not only a dazzling chronicler, but an arbiter of his time. He was one of the great polymaths of the 20th Century, where his sense of the visual dictated a style that set standards of creativity that continue to resonate and inspire today. His legacy is relevant because he was a creative force with genius in a breadth of mediums and an esthetic that was recognized in all the worldly capitals.


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LOVESICK (FORMERLY MATCH+: A STORY ABOUT LOVE IN THE TIME OF HIV)
A film by Ann S. Kim and Priya Giri Desai
How do you find love when you are HIV-positive? And how do you do that in India, where marriage is a must, but HIV/AIDS is unspeakable? LOVESICK chronicles the tale of two people looking for love and the revolutionary doctor-matchmaker who helps them. They are challenged by crippling stigma at every turn—from choosing the right mate, to getting married and having HIV-negative children. Ancient traditions and the new realities collide – LOVESICK is the modern love story that results.

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MAESTRA (TEACHER)
A film by Catherine Murphy
Maestra tells the story of eight women, who as teenage girls taught on the 1961 Literacy Campaign in Cuba, where 250,000 volunteer teachers taught more than 700,000 illiterate adults learned to read and write in one year. Over half of the teachers - and students - were women. This film looks at a controversial and transformative time through the eyes of the women teachers, and explores how this experience changed their sense of themselves and what they saw as possible.

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MAINE-LAND
A film by Miao Wang
MAINE-LAND is a story about three adolescents from China’s emerging upper-middle class coming of age in an American prep school. Set against the backdrop of capitalist China as a rising superpower, their fresh and humorous adventures span from Chinese metropolises to rural Maine, from a collectivist upbringing to individualist angst. While their stories begin with a search for competitive advantage and a “superior” education, their perceptions distort and evolve into dreams of their own as they adjust to their new life. But will they be able to reconcile these dreams with the life they came from and may return to?

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MAMA MARIKANA
A film by Aliki Saragas
In 2014, Primrose Sonti, an unemployed woman from Marikana is elected into South African Parliament as a member of a new opposition party, the EFF. Through her journey, Mama Marikana tells the untold story of the women of Marikana, who made their existence and struggles public during the Marikana massacre. Spanning over three years, this is an experiential and social-justice documentary of how women fight everyday, of rebuilding a community, of rags to riches and of having a voice.

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MARY LOU WILLIAMS: THE LADY WHO SWINGS THE BAND
A film by Carol Bash
Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band is a story of tragedy and triumph seen through the eyes of a prodigy. From World War I through the Vietnam War, from the birth of jazz to the height of rock and roll, we journey the 20th century through the lens of one of its leading musical innovators who is determined to create in a world that could not see past her race or gender.

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MEET BESS
A film by Nicole Franklin
When twenty-one year old Anne Brown walked into George Gerswhin's apartment to audition for his opera about a black man named Porgy, she sang her way into history as the woman known as Bess. Finalist for the IFP Gordon Parks Award for Emerging Directors.

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MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART
A film by Cecilia Aldarondo
In 1987, Miguel Dieppa repented of his homosexuality as he lay dying of AIDS. He left behind a grieving lover, a devout Catholic mother, and a lot of troubling rumors. A generation later, his niece Cecilia tracks down his long-lost partner, but he’s not the same man; he’s a Franciscan monk with twenty-five years of pent-up grief and bitterness. MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART is an intimate, nuanced exploration of family love, unresolved conflict, and how faith is used and abused in times of crisis.

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MEN: A LOVE STORY
A film by Mimi Chakarova
“Men: A Love Story” is a feature-length documentary that sets out to explore how men perceive women and love. Filmmaker Mimi Chakarova travels across America and pieces together a rich tapestry of vignettes, woven from stories shared by men of every race, age, and socio-economic background. The result is a stunningly honest, unapologetic and decidedly un-politically correct glimpse into the minds of American men, and what the word 'love' means to them. From tiny blues bars in the deep South to investment banks in lower Manhattan. From rodeo riders in New Mexico to corn farmers in the Midwest, “MEN: A Love Story” is, at times, a dark comedy. But ultimately it is a poignant journey of the heart.

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MONKEY BUSINESS: GEORGE’S CURIOUS CREATORS
A film by Ema Ryan Yamazaki
In June of 1940, Hans and Margret Rey, who were German Jews living in Paris, narrowly escaped Hitler’s troops by fleeing on makeshift bicycles, carrying with them an unpublished manuscript of the first Curious George book. MONKEY BUSINESS: George’s Curious Creators is a mixed-media feature documentary that explores the extraordinary lives of Hans and Margret, whose creative spirit and resilient attitude produced a monkey loved by the world.

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MR. SOUL! ELLIS HAIZLIP AND THE BIRTH OF BLACK POWER TV
A film by Melissa Haizlip
Before Oprah – before Arsenio – there was Mr. SOUL! From 1968-73, America got “SOUL!” – television’s first “black Tonight Show.” The film celebrates the groundbreaking PBS series from its genesis to its eventual loss of funding against the backdrop of a swiftly changing political and social landscape, while profiling Ellis Haizlip, the charismatic man behind one of the most culturally significant and successful television shows in U.S. history.

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