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Letter From Masanjia - Fighting for Workers' Rights in China
An SOS note penned by a Chinese prisoner is found by a mom in Oregon, sparking a nail-biting chain of events that exposes appalling human rights violations and shuts down China's labor camp system. Nominated for Audience Favorite at the…
Gilbert - The Life of Comedian Gilbert Gottfried
Gilbert Gottfried rose to fame in the 1980's thanks to his brash stand-up act and personality. Now, after decades of flying solo in both his work and in his personal life, Gilbert has shockingly reinvented himself...as a family man. Nominated…
Bogalusa Charm - A Charm School in Rural Louisiana
Through the lens of an anachronistic charm school that has existed for almost three decades in rural Louisiana, we explore a town confronted with contemporary issues of class and race. Official Selection at the Slamdance Film Festival and SF Docfest…
My Generation - The British Cultural Revolution of the 1960's
This documentary tells the inspiring story of the pop culture explosion in 1960s through the eyes of Britain's greatest living movie actor. Michael Caine introduces the film in the buttoned up, monochrome heart of London at the start of the…
White Rabbit
A dramatic comedy following a Korean American performance artist (Vivian Bang) who struggles to be authentically heard and seen through her multiple identities in modern Los Angeles. Nominated for the Audience Award in the Best of Next! Category at the…
Keepers of the Magic - The Great Masters of Cinematography
This groundbreaking documentary explores our fascination with moving images and provides insight into how cinema's most iconic moments came to be. Most of all, it honors the great masters of cinematography's unsung heroes whose vision and talent was always right…
A Song For You - The Austin City Limits Story
From Willie Nelson to Wilco, Ray Charles to Radiohead, A SONG FOR YOU: AUSTIN CITY LIMITS offers the ultimate backstage pass and front row seat to 40 years of incredible music from the longest running music show in TV history.…
The Pearl - Transgender Women Coming Out in their Senior Years
An intimate and cinematic profile of 4 transgender women that come out for the first time in their senior years. Set against the backdrop of logging towns in the Pacific Northwest, the visceral and observational story captures the indelible moment…
Fail State - The Resurgence of the For-Profit College Industry
Executive produced by news legend Dan Rather, FAIL STATE investigates the dark side of American higher education, chronicling the decades of policy decisions in Washington, D.C. that have given rise to a powerful and highly-predatory for-profit college industry. With echoes…
The Joneses - A Transgender Grandmother and Her Family
The inspiring story of Jheri Jones, a 74-year-old transgender divorcee in Mississippi, struggling to keep three generations of her family together while her son Trevor embarks on his own unexpected journey of self-discovery. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the…
Obey
Finally free from adult supervision, nineteen year old Leon begins to rail against the injustice of his reality as his dreams become more and more unattainable and distant. Dealing with his alcoholic monther, Leon's existence is suffocating. When he meets…
Plonger - Diving
Cesar and Paz are madly in love. Paz, a Spanish photographer, is always looking for new people to meet, new countries to discover, new experiences. But Cesar, previously a war journalist, is looking for peace and quiet. Paz gets pregnant…
Kissing Candice
17-year-old Candice longs to escape the boredom of her seaside town, only finding solace in her vivid imagination. When a boy she dreams about turns up in real life, she becomes increasingly entangled with a dangerous local gang. Nominated for…
The Pathological Optimist - The Man Behind the "Anti-Vax Movement"
This film explores the controversial Andrew Wakefield, who was stripped of his medical license for his infamous study suggesting a link between vaccines and autism that sparked one of the biggest firestorms in modern medicine. Winner of the Best Documentary…
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Young pianist Mila prepares for an audition abroad. Her brother Niki distracts her with his unwanted talent for the absurd. Meanwhile, their astrophysicist father, Todor, seems incapable of dealing with his children's anxieties. Nominated for the People's Choice Award at…
The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond Of Matches - La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes
Raised alone by their authoritarian father in a state of religious conservativism, two siblings without names grow up largely ignorant of the world outside their father's estate. One morning, they find him dead - hanging from a rafter - and…
Daughters of the Sexual Revolution - The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
The behind-the-scenes story of how the original Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders became a controversial pop culture phenomenon at the height of the Sexual Revolution. With unprecedented access to Suzanne Mitchell, the fiercely-loyal "Godmother of modern cheerleading," this documentary complicates the legend…
Son of Sofia - O gios tis Sofias
11-year-old Misha arrives from Russia to live with his mother, Sofia. What he doesn't know is that there is a father waiting for him there. While Greece is living the Olympic dream, Misha is violently catapulted into the adult world,…
How To Prepare For Prison - Facing Prison for the First Time
Through stories fueled by fear, regret, defiance and redemption, HOW TO PREPARE FOR PRISON takes a unique and intimate look at people caught in the legal system and facing prison for the first time. By offering an intimate look at…
The Liberators - An Art Detective Tracks Down Missing Treasure
Medieval art treasures seized by the Nazis go missing at the end of World War II. Were they destroyed in the chaos of the final battles? Or were these thousand-year-old masterpieces stolen by advancing American troops? For over forty years,…