Gasoline Rainbow – Co-directors Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross

Celebrated directorial duo the Ross Brothers (Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets,  Contemporary Color, 45365) turn their pioneering hybrid approach to the cinematic road trip with GASOLINE RAINBOW. Undoubtedly candid yet deeply loving, this is an expansive portrait of the new generation as told in their own words. With high school in the rearview, five teenagers from inland Oregon embark on one last adventure. Piling into a van with a busted tail light, their mission takes them to a place they’ve never been — the Pacific coast, five hundred miles away. The plan, in full: “Fuck it.” Through desert wilderness, industrial backwaters, and city streets, they connect with outsiders on the fringes and discover their lives will be determined by the trails they blaze themselves. These are forgotten kids from a forgotten town, but they have their freedom and they have each other, hurtling toward an unknowable future — and The Party at the End of the World. A SXSW and Venice Film Festival selection, GASOLINE RAINBOW depicts a wild and true coming-of-age. With a beating heart and an irrepressible spirit, this rhapsodic look at today’s American West reminds us of the timeless joys of community. We are joined by the co-directors Turner Ross and Bill Ross to talk about the immensely challenging logistics of the shoot, working with a young cast of actors, and embracing the chaos and opportunities that made Gasoline Rainbow the remarkable cinematic experience that we see on screen.

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About the filmmaker – Turner Ross and Bill Ross IV are an American filmmaking team whose work has brought them renown as some of the most innovative independent filmmakers working today — pushing the art of presenting uninhibited portraits of people and places with all the complicated, humanistic, and lyrical truth that that entails. Their work has been featured at museums and festivals throughout the world, including the Berlinale and Sundance, where they premiered Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets in 2020, and received a Special Jury Prize for Western in 2015. They have been the recipients of an Independent Spirit Award as well as accolades from CPH:DOX, Full Frame, and South by Southwest.  According to Metacritic they are tied with Paul Thomas Anderson as the 6th best reviewed filmmakers of the 21st century. In 2023, their body of work was celebrated with a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. They are members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. 



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“It’s not a documentary, but its portrayal of those first tastes of freedom is so accurate that it might as well be.” – Christian Zilko, indieWire

“For all the monkey business the kids get into, the film never condescends. If anything, you sense the filmmakers’ determination to record an as yet unjaded generation’s capacity for fun.” – Zhuo-Ning Su, Awards Daily

“Gasoline Rainbow is a joyous movie for everyone who’s ever sought community and found it waiting for them where they least expect it.” – Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

“Gorgeous to look at, with a delicate, fuzzy tactility, this is a sincere and moving study of what it means (and how it feels) to be growing up in the 2020s.” – Calum Baker, Radio Times

“There’s a distinctly timeless quality to Gasoline Rainbow… The film is too alive to be called a collection of liminal spaces, but there’s a kind of perpetual “present tense” sensation.” – Daniel Gorman, In Review Online

“An Ecstatic Road Trip Movie” – New York Magazine

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“A piece of mesmerizing realism” The Film Stage

Finding the Money – Director Maren Poitras

FINDING THE MONEY follows American economist Stephanie Kelton on a journey through Modern Money Theory or “MMT”. Kelton provocatively asserts the National  Debt Clock that ticks ominously upwards in New York City is not actually a debt for us taxpayers at all, nor a burden for our grandchildren to pay back. Instead, Kelton describes the national debt as simply a historical record of the number of dollars created by the US federal government currently being held in pockets, as assets, by the rest of us. MMT bursts into the mainstream media, with journalists asking, “Have we been thinking about how the government spends money, all wrong?” But top economists and politicians from across the political spectrum condemn the theory as “voodoo economics”, “crazy” and “a crackpot theory”. FINDING THE MONEY traces the conflict all the way back to the story we tell about money, injecting new hope and empowering countries around the world to tackle the biggest challenges of the 21st century: from climate change to inequality. Filmmaker Maren Poitras tackles the fascinating linked concepts of taxation and debt by foregrounding the work of an underdog group of American economists including Stony Brook professor Stephanie Kelton. With a radical shift in thinking around a concept dubbed Modern Money Theory, Kelton provocatively asserts new hope for democracies around the world to tackle the biggest challenges of the 21st century.


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Opens in select theaters nationwide & digital platforms on May 3rd
Featuring Q&As with special guest moderators, film protagonists, and filmmakers:
May 14: Laemmle Claremont 7:30pm — 450 West 2nd St. Q&A with Director Maren Poitras
May 15: Laemmle NoHo 7:30pm — 5240 Lankershim Blvd. N Hollywood — Q&A Panel with Stephanie Kelton, Maren Poitras, Michael Mezzatesta and Cory Doctorow!
May 16: Laemmle Royal 7:30pm — 11523 Santa Monica Blvd. West LA — Q&A Panel with Stephanie Kelton, Maren Poitras, and Harry Shearer!
May 17: SEATTLE — University of Washington, 6pm – Special Q&A with Randall Wray, Maren Poitras, Bryce Smith of LevelTen Energy, Professor Dargan Frierson, and moderated by David Goldstein of Pitchfork Economics. Arc 147, 3943 West Stevens Way
May 20: PORTLAND —  Clinton St. Theater, 7pm – Special Q&A with Maren Poitras, Randall Wray, Rohan Grey, Erik Dean, Yan Liang, and Eric Tymoigne
May 21: SAN RAFAEL — The Rafael Theater, 7pm – Special Q&A with Stephanie Kelton and Maren Poitras – 1118 4th St, San Rafael, CA
May 22: OAKLAND, CA  — The New Parkway, 7pm – Special Q&A with Maren Poitras – 474 24th St, Oakland, CA
May 22: NANTUCKET, MA — Nantucket Dreamland Theater, 7pm 17 S Water St, Nantucket, MA – Virtual Q&A with Maren Poitras to follow
June 3: ANCHORAGE, AK — Bear Tooth TheatrePub – 5:30pm, 1230 W. 27th Avenue

About the subject – Stephanie Kelton is a professor of economics and public policy at Stony Brook University. She is a leading expert on Modern Monetary Theory, a former Chief Economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee (Democratic staff), and an advisor to Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns. She was named by POLITICO as one of the 50 people most influencing the policy debate in America. Her highly-anticipated book, The Deficit Myth (2020), became an instant New York Times bestseller.

About the filmmaker – Maren Poitras’s feature documentary debut FINDING THE MONEY premiered at Woodstock Film Festival in fall 2023, received the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Green Film Festival of San Francisco, and has its European premiere at Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival. She is Associate Producer with Codebreaker Films on Enemies of the State (2020) and Reality Winner (2023). Originally from the California Bay Area, Poitras has a background in environmental science and agriculture from UC Berkeley.


LYD – Co-directors Sarah Ema Friedland & Rami Younis

Filmmakers Rami Younis and Sarah Ema Friedland feature length, speculative documentary, LYD follows the rise and fall of a 5,000-year-old metropolis, Lyd. It  was once a bustling Palestinian town until it was conquered when the State of Israel was established in 1948. As the film unfolds, a chorus of characters creates a tapestry of the Palestinian experience of this city and the trauma left by the massacre and expulsion, while vivid animations envision an alternate reality where the same characters live free from the trauma of the past and the violence of the present. Using never-before-seen archival footage of the Israeli soldiers who carried out the massacre and expulsion, the personified city explains that these events were so devastating that they fractured reality, and now there are two Lyds — one occupied and one free. As the film cuts between fantastical and documentary realities, it ultimately leaves the viewer questioning which future should prevail. Lyd dares to ask the question: what would the city be like had the Israeli occupation of Lyd never happened? Co-directors Rami Younis and Sarah Ema Friedland join us for a wide ranging conversation on the utterly fascinating and pivotal role that the city of Lyd has played in the multiple empires, ancient and modern, the establishment of the state of Israel, the forced expulsion of Palestinians during Nakba and the provocative question at the heart of the film… What if?

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LYD premiered at the 2023 Amman International Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize for Best Documentary and the FIPRESCI prize from the International Critics Association. 

About the Filmmaker – Director and Cinematographer Sarah Ema Friedland is an NYC-based media artist and educator. Her work has screened at institutions including Cannes Film Festival, Lincoln Center, Anthology Film Archives, PBS, the Tang Teaching Museum, The Chelsea Museum, The Queens Museum, The 14th Street Y, and the MIT List Center. Her works have been supported by grants and fellowships, including the Jerome Founation, NYSCA, the Palestine American Research Center, the LABA House of Study, and the MacDowell Colony. Named one of the “Top 10 Independent Filmmakers to Watch” by Independent Magazine, she is a recipient of the Paul Robeson Award from the Newark Museum, and was nominated for a New York Emmy. Friedland is a member of the Meerkat Media Collective and the Director of the MDOCS Storyteller’s Institute at Skidmore College where she is also a Teaching Professor in the MDOCS Program.

About the filmmaker – Director and Producer Rami Younis is a Palestinian filmmaker, writer, journalist and activist from Lyd. He was a 2019-20 Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School. As a journalist, he mainly wrote for the online magazine +972 and served as both writer and editor of its Hebrew sister site, “local call”, a journalistic project he co-founded, designed to challenge Israeli mainstream journalism outlets. Rami served as a parliamentary consultant and media spokesperson for Palestinian member of Knesset (Israeli parliament) Haneen Zoabi. Rami is also co-founder and manager of the first-ever Palestine Music Expo, an event that connects the local Palestinian music scene to the worldwide industry. Younis is the host of the Arabic-language daily news show, “On the Other Hand.”




“Lyd is a film that should, for all that it touches upon and how it does what it sets out to do, certainly stand the test of time. Above all, it’s a cinematic What if…?.” – Schayan Riaz, The International Federation of Film Critics “A unique artistic and historical journey.” – Mohamed Tarek, The International Federation of Film Critics

“A harrowing watch, but a vital one if the goal is gaining greater understanding the history of Israel-Palestine conflict.” – ScreenHub

“A cinematic achievement that breaks down the wide divide between documentary and science fiction.” – The National

“Lyd occasionally spins its wheels across modes of storytelling, but it never loses sight of these slippery questions about what is, and what could be, achieved through the power of our collective imagination.” – Chris Cassingham, In Review Online

“Provocative, heartfelt and eye-opening.” – Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru

SLOW – Director Marija Kavtaradze

In Marija Kavtaradze’s latest film, SLOW, contemporary dancer Elena meets Dovydas when he is assigned to interpret via sign language in a class she is teaching to deaf youth. Their connection is immediate, kinetic, and frictionless. As they gravitate toward each other, resisting the forces and interventions of their separate daily lives, their bond deepens from platonic to romantic. When Dovydas discloses his asexuality, the couple commits themselves to honoring their individual needs in tandem. As they  continue to weave more tightly together, they struggle to negotiate sacrifice and compromise and are forced to discover the edges of their generosity toward the other. The result is an instantly recognizable dance between self and other, this one choreographed with elegance, grace, and love. The two leads, Greta Grinevičiūtė (Elena) and Kęstutis Cicėnas (Dovydas), conjure up undeniable chemistry that is heartbreakingly complicated, stubborn, and humanizing. Director and writer Marija Kavtaradze’s (Summer Survivors) sophomore feature shows off her fine tuned ability to portray intimacy and psychological exploration through dance, tense quietude, and stunningly singular examination of asexuality. Kavtaradze emphasis on the couple’s physicality and how the inherent limitations of a full physical expression plays out with own unique emotional expectations is superbly realized.


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About the Filmmaker – Born in 1991, film director and scriptwriter Marija Kavtaradze graduated from Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Film Directing studies in 2014. Marija’s debut feature film SUMMER SURVIVORS premiered at Toronto IFF in 2018 and did a solid career at the festivals, also sold to Italy, Albania, Latvia, etc. SUMMER SURVIVORS achieved 26k admissions at the domestic box office, which made it the most appreciated independent Lithuanian film in 2019. Her debut film received 3 Lithuanian Film Academy awards. Considered to be one of the most talented upcoming filmmakers in Lithuania, Marija Kavtaradze is now preparing for the release of her second feature film SLOW, which got Producer’s Network prize at When East Meets West and was a part of Berlinale Co-Production Market. 

About the distributor – KimStim is a Brooklyn based, full-service distribution company dedicated to the release of exceptional independent, foreign, and documentary film. KimStim brings to US and North American audiences selected films from around the world gleaned from the most prestigious film festivals and include top prize winners from Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, and Tribeca.  For more go to:


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“A supremely confident piece of filmmaking that negotiates the tricky terrain of non-typical sexualities with sensitivity, humor, and a refreshing lightness of touch.” ~ SCREEN DAILY

“An involving drama … magnetic performers … give something to the audience that’s really hard to fake: great chemistry.”~ THE FILM VERDICT

“Choreographs and X-rays the feeling of love with extreme sensory delicacy under the bark of the extraordinary of a case of asexuality.” ~ CINEUROPA

“It’s stirring and moving at every turn.” ~ VOX

“Slow is a subtle but impactful film. Moving and beautiful.” ~ FILM INQUIRY

“Slow” announces Kavtaradze as a director with keen insight into human psychology and a true knack for working with actors.” ~ ROGER EBERT.COM

The Last Stop in Yuma County – Director Francis Galluppi

Director Francis Galluppi’s feature film debut, THE LAST STOP IN YUMA COUNTY is a rockin’ good time of a genre hopping gun-toting Western, double-cross film noir and desert dry dark comedy. While awaiting the next fuel truck at a middle-of-Arizona rest stop, a traveling young knife salesman is thrust into a high-stakes hostage situation by the arrival of two similarly stranded bank robbers with no qualms about using cruelty—or cold, hard steel—to protect their bloodstained, ill-begotten fortune. THE LAST STOP IN YUMA COUNTY boasts an outstanding ensemble cast of Jim Cummings (The Wolf of Snow Hollow), Jocelin Donahue (The House of the Devil), Sierra McCormick (The Vast of Night), Nicholas Logan (I Care a Lot), Michael Abbott Jr. (Killers of the Flower Moon), Connor Paolo (A Creature Was Stirring), Alexandra Essoe (The Haunting of Bly Manor), Robin Bartlett (The Fabelmans), Jon Proudstar (Reservation Dogs), Sam Huntington (Being Human), Ryan Masson (Good Girls), and Barbara Crampton (Suitable Flesh, Re-Animator), with Gene Jones (Killers of the Flower Moon), Faizon Love (Elf) and Richard Brake (Barbarian). Director / Writer / Producer / Editor Francis Galluppi joins us for a geeked out conversation on the film’s origin story and cinematic inspirations for YUMA COUNTY, pulling together this terrific cast, and his personal filmmaker favorites. 


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About the filmmaker – Francis Reid Galluppi was born on November 17th, 1988 in Los Angeles, California. He is a writer, director, producer, editor, and music composer, known for High Desert Hell (2019), The Gemini Project (2020), and The Last Stop In Yuma County (2023). Galluppi’s first short film, High Desert Hell, went on to win several awards, including the “Wes Craven Award” at the Catalina Film Festival in 2019. The Gemini Project, Galluppi’s follow-up film, won “Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Short Film” at the Burbank International Film Festival in 2020. Well Go USA will release his western, crime, thriller film The Last Stop In Yuma County in Theaters and On Digital May 10, 2024. It had its World Premiere Fantastic Fest before heading to Sitges where it won the best film prize in the Orbita section.  For more go to:



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“There are little moments of blackhearted comedy among the bloodshed, but through it all, The Last Stop in Yuma County makes sure that those gunshots resonate.” – Ross McIndoe, Slant Magazine

“The Last Stop In Yuma County tells a simple story but does so in an extraordinary way. It’s a film you won’t forget for a long, long time.” – Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

“Pulling off a remarkable tonal balancing act, it manages to be consistently funny and whimsical while also legitimately tense and gripping. The ending blew me away and knocked its huge curveball out of the park.” – Stephanie Malone, Morbidly Beautiful

“A genuinely fun time that makes a feast out of familiar scraps. Jim Cummings is terrific as always. Richard Brake gets a role worthy of his menacing appeal. Feels like 3 movies in 1 where new people want to get in on the fun while we are in for all of it.” – Erik Childress, Movie Madness Podcast

“Director Francis Galluppi has put together one of the coolest movies of the year. A modern western, mixed with a heist, and easily one of my favorite movies of 2023.” – Leo Brady,

“Director Francis Galluppi transcends expectations of the Western to create a sun-bleached crime thriller that’ll have you on the edge of your seat.” – Mary Beth McAndrews, Dread Central

Resistance – They Fought Back – Director Paula S. Apsell

RESISTANCE – THEY FOUGHT BACK, from award-winning filmmakers Paula S. Apsell and Kirk Wolfinger’s, is a passionate refutation of one of our collective misunderstandings of the Holocaust, one which holds that Jews went to their deaths passively, “as sheep to the slaughter.”  RESISTANCE – THEY FOUGHT BACK, instead focuses on Jewish communities and individuals throughout Eastern Europe who bravely rose up in resistance against the all-powerful Nazi war machine. The film also features narration from actors Corey Stoll, Dianna Agron and Maggie Siff, among many other recognizable names in the entertainment industry. Winning awards at the 2023 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2023 LA Indies, and the 2023 Toronto Documentary Feature & Short Film Festival, RESISTANCE – THEY FOUGHT BACK provides a much-needed corrective to the myth of Jewish passivity during the  Holocaust. There were uprisings in ghettos large and small, rebellions in death camps, and thousands of Jews fought Nazis in the forests. Everywhere in Eastern Europe, Jews waged campaigns of non-violent resistance, standing up against Nazi brutality by feeding the hungry, caring for orphans, recording German war crimes, and maintaining a high level of cultural activities and spiritual observance. Director Paula S. Apsell joins us for a conversation on the inspiration for taking on the mythology of Jewish acquiescence to the horror of Nazi brutality, finding the right people to tell the story and how does their righting of history bear on the politics of today.


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About the filmmaker – PAULA S. APSELL created the feature documentary Resistance — They Fought Back with the goal of correcting the myth of Jewish passivity during the Holocaust. Before that, she spent 35 years as the senior executive producer of the PBS NOVA science series, responsible for more than 650 documentaries in the sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine, which won every major broadcasting award including the Emmy; the Peabody; the duPont-Columbia University Gold and Silver Batons; and an Academy Award® nomination for Special Effects. She has been recognized with numerous individual awards, including the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Emmy of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Now CEO of Leading Edge Productions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity, she directed, wrote and executive producer Resistance — They Fought Back

About the filmmaker – KIRK WOLFINGER directed Resistance — They Fought Back, traveling to Poland, Lithuania, and Israel to establish a unique visual approach to tell the important story of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust.  He is an Emmy and Peabody Award winning filmmaker and President of Lone Wolf Media, production partner for the feature-length documentary film. Lone Wolf is widely known as a leader in factual entertainment and is responsible for many award-winning nationally broadcast documentaries on PBS as well as the National Geographic, History and Smithsonian Channels, and more than 25 documentaries for the science series NOVA alone. Kirk’s forte is adventure, science, and historical programming. Among the many NOVA episodes he produced and directed is Holocaust Escape Tunnel, which tells the story of a landmark archeological discovery of a tunnel that Jewish prisoners used to escape their Nazi and Lithuanian captors. 



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“Resistance: They Fought Back is a vital documentary for anyone wanting a deeper understanding about the courage and the necessity of resistance by Jewish people and allies during the Holocaust. The movie combines history with personal testimonials.” – Carla Hay, Culture Mix

“A vital, eye-opening and engrossing documentary” – Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru

“Successful in the way it shares the stories and shows the remnants of so many inspirational heroes.” – Christopher Campbell, Nonfics

“A vital, eye-opening and engrossing documentary” – Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru

“People have this myth stuck in their heads that Jews went to their deaths like sheep to the slaughter. But this is where the real story begins…Jews did not go as sheep to the slaughter… They fought back.” – Professor Richard Freund

“Presents a well-made overview of acts of Jewish resistance against the Nazis during the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, emphasizing insight that stereotyped images of Jews going to their deaths “like sheep to slaughter” were from Third Reich propaganda.” – Nora Lee Mandel, Maven’s Nest

Catching Fire: The Story of Anita Pallenberg – Co-directors Alexis Bloom & Zvetlana Zill

For many Anita Pallenberg was at many points in her life a newspaper headline: a “rock n’ roll goddess,” a “voodoo priestess,” and an “evil seductress.” She was accused of trying to break up the Rolling Stones, among other things. What is made clear in co-directors Alexis Bloom & Svetlana Zill’s compelling documentary CATCHING FIRE: THE STORY OF ANITA PALLENBERG those who loved her considered her an exciting cultural force, and a loving mother – and innocent of the accusations. The film includes never-seen-before home movies and family photographs explore life with the Rolling Stones and tell a bittersweet tale of both triumph and heartbreak. From Barbarella to the Swiss Alps, and the Lower East Side to London, Anita Pallenberg was a creative force ahead of her time. CATCHING FIRE: THE STORY OF ANITA PALLENBERG is a vital portrait of the charismatic and fierce rock ‘n’ roller, actress, muse, and mother who rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s after a chance encounter with the Rolling Stones. Scarlett Johansson voices Anita (based on the words of her unpublished memoir) and the film includes her children, Marlon and Angela Richards, and their father, Keith Richards. Co-directors Alexis Bloom & Zvetlana Zill join us to talk about setting out to give voice, figuratively and literally, to a spirited woman who lived many lives in one lifetime. Working with producer and son of Anita and Keith Richards, Marlon, together they have succeeded brilliantly.


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About the filmmaker – Director Alexis Bloom was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now lives in New York. In her early career, she produced widely for the National Geographic Channel, and for BBC World. She also produced extensively for PBS Frontline and NOVA.  In 2014, Alexis won the Producers Guild of America Award for We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, a feature documentary for Universal Pictures, also nominated for a BAFTA Award. In 2017, she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming, and an Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking (Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, for HBO.) Alexis directed, Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2019. Alexis’ films have shown in film festivals around the world: the Cannes Film Festival, Telluride, Toronto, and the New York Film Festival to name a few. 

About the filmmaker – Director Svetlana Zill is a filmmaker born and raised in New York City. She has worked as a producer for some of the most renowned documentarians of our time including Alex Gibney, Errol Morris, and Morgan Spurlock. She began her career as an archival researcher on Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story and Mike Mills’ Beginners and worked as a consulting producer for the Academy Award nominated Cutie and the Boxer, which also won an Emmy. Her work explores an impressive range of subjects that include vast CIA conspiracies, eccentric sports fans, pop culture icons and fine artists, and has been presented by HBO, Showtime, Netflix, PBS and The New York Times. CATCHING FIRE is Svetlana’s directorial debut. 


“The radiant and compelling Pallenberg finally gets her due as a creative force in her own right, a woman of alluring beauty, intelligence, dysfunction, addiction, and yes, an important figure in the world of the Stones at their apex.” – Matthew Carey, Deadline Hollywood Daily

“A fascinating, not-quite-complete portrait of a worldly but unschooled woman with talents finding her way into a life that offered her something more than “housewife” in an age when women’s “power” was too often defined by their allure.” – Roger Moore, Movie Nation

“All in all, this documentary has a perfect balance of heart, soul and humor that resonates within its core and just makes for some informative viewing.” – Richard Schertzer, Battle Royale With Cheese

Enter the Clones of Bruce – Director David Gregory

Within hours of his funeral, Hong Kong movie studios began to produce hundreds of unauthorized biopics, spin-offs and rip-offs starring a competing roster of Bruce Lee lookalikes. Over the next decade, ‘Bruceploitation’ would become a staple of global cinema. Director David Gregory examines this fascinating phenomenon via interviews with Bruce LiBruce LeBruce Liang and Dragon Lee; martial arts legends like Angela MaoDavid ChiangPhillip Ko and Sammo Hung; and the producers, directors, distributors and experts – along with copious clips from the films themselves – that for the first time reveal the history, controversy and legacy behind one of the most bizarre genres in movie history. Director, cinema aficionado and founder of Severin Films David Gregory (Lost Souls: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau) joins us for a spirited conversation on the twisted tale of Bruce Lee’s actual career in film, the shadow careers of look-a-likes and the filmmakers willing to push the limits of credibility and propriety to satiate an audience of martial arts cinephiles.


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About the filmmaker – Executive Producer/Director David Gregory made his first feature-length documentary TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE – THE SHOCKING TRUTH in 2000 for the distribution company he co-founded, Blue Underground. He soon went on to direct – and often produce and edit – over 100 documentary features and shorts for DVDs that included THE DEER HUNTER, BADLANDS, FASTER PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!, HEATHERS and THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, as well as the longer documentary projects THE JOE SPINELL STORY, BAN THE SADIST VIDEOS!, THE GODFATHERS OF MONDO and the IFC original production THE SPAGHETTI WEST. He made his narrative feature-directing debut in 2008 with PLAGUE TOWN, which he also co-wrote and co-edited. Gregory co-produced and co-directed the 2011 Grand Guignol-inspired anthology horror feature THE THEATRE BIZARRE, and it was during post- production that David began the process of making LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU. The documentary had its world premiere at London’s Frightfest in August 2014 and its US premiere at Austin’s Fantastic Fest a month later. It took the ‘Best Documentary Award’ at Sitges, the ‘Director Award’ at the Morbido Festival in Mexico, and collected additional awards at festivals in Melbourne, Sydney, and Cape Town. Gregory also served as co- producer on Stanley’s return to feature directing after two decades, H.P. LOVECRAFT’S THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE. Gregory’s subsequent documentary feature BLOOD & FLESH: THE REEL LIFE & GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON premiered at the Fantasia International Film Festival in July 2019. In 2020 he directed and co-produced TALES OF THE UNCANNY, a documentary on anthology horror featuring Roger Corman, Greg Nicotero, Tom Savini and over 50 more luminaries from the horror genre. TALES OF THE UNCANNY took the top award at Abattoir Festival in Wales where in premiered in October 2020. In 2021, Gregory executive produced the landmark folk-horror documentary WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED. Hailed as “brilliant” (AV Club) and “mind-blowingly epic” (Film Threat), the film has screened at over 40 international festivals and received nearly a dozen major awards, including the Midnighters Audience Award at SXSW and Best Documentary at Fantasia International Film Festival. David Gregory is co-founder and CEO of Severin Films, the production/distribution label dedicated to the world’s most provocative cinema for physical media, theatrical, streaming and beyond. Founded in 2006, their distribution catalogue includes projects by iconic filmmakers Alejandro Jodorowsky, Roman Polanski, Dario Argento, Paul Morrissey, Mike Leigh, Lucio Fulci, Just Jaeckin, Peter Greenaway, Dennis Hopper, Joko Anwar, Patrice Leconte, Walerian Borowczyk, Sergio Martino, Álex de la Iglesia and UK comedy legends The Comic Strip. Severin has also elevated the oeuvres of such fringe auteurs as Andy Milligan, Al Adamson, Ray Dennis Steckler, Bruno Mattei, Frederick Friedel, Luigi Cozzi, Claudio Fragrasso, Umberto Lenzi, Juan Piquer Simón, Joe D’Amato and Goya-Award winner Jess Franco. Learn more about their production services here.


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“Directed by David Gregory, a Severin co-founder, the film captures something of the chaotic energy of the grindhouse era, one that is interestingly balanced by the ambivalence, in some cases regret, that the stars have over their roles.” – Sean Gilman, In Review Online

“A hugely entertaining documentary that explores the oft-disreputable faux-Bruce Lee movies that followed the great star’s death.” – Stephen Silver, The SS Ben Hecht

“If cult films appeal to you, there’s no way to walk away from “Enter the Clones of Bruce” without a whole list of titles to track down.” – Matt Singer, ScreenCrush

“A zippy, smartly-cut story of the absolute moral depths the film industry can sink to, all while forming a genuinely heartfelt love letter to kung fu genre movies.” – Ben Robins, HeyUGuys

“Enter the Clones of Bruce is a breezy and fascinating deep dive into Bruce Lee-inspired movies and actors who tried to continue the legacy of Lee after his tragic death. The movie’s commentary is superb and includes some people who rarely give interviews.” – Carla Hay, Culture Mix

I Am Gitmo – Director Philippe Diaz

Based on real events, I AM GITMO follows the reaction the United States to the 9/11 attack and the human cost that came about from the implementation of the War on Terror. The film focuses on Gamel Sadek, a Muslim schoolteacher as he is taken from his home and delivered to Bagram Air Base, a CIA black site, where he is questioned on the whereabouts of the 9/11 mastermind, Osama Bin Laden. He is tortured when he denies knowing him. Chained and hooded, he is put on a cargo plane to Guantanamo Bay. John Anderson, a military interrogator, is brought out of retirement and assigned to Gamel’s case leaving his daughter behind in New York. Despite relentless beatings, starvation, and torture in Gitmo, Gamel maintains he has no affiliation with Al Qaeda or Bin Laden. John struggles to accept the new torture methods imposed by General Miller, newly in command of the prison, and the mandate to force a confession at any cost. As Gamel prepares for a hearing on his status as an enemy combatant, he realizes he could be held indefinitely, and that John’s testimony will be the deciding factor. Director and writer Philippe Diaz stops by to talk about his inspiration for telling this particular story, the fatally flawed planning, execution and objectives of the War on Terror, the collateral damage done to America’s standing in the world, the staggering loss of innocent human life and the failure of American leadership to acknowledge or compensate the innocent people who were swept up in the overreaction.


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About the filmmaker –  Philippe Diaz is known for directing documentaries “The End of Poverty?” (Invited to over 41 film festivals including official selection at Cannes Critics’ Week), “The Empire In Africa,” (official selection at Cannes Critics’ Week, Best Documentary awards at SlamDance, African Film Festival Montreal and Hollywood Film Festival) and the narrative feature “Now & Later.” He has produced over 25 films and was awarded the Louis Delluc, France’s top award, in 1986 for “Mauvais Sang” which was nominated for 3 Césars. In 2004, he created Cinema Libre Studio, to provide an alternative structure for intelligent, indie films to get developed, financed, produced and distributed. 

Postscript – Since 2002, roughly 780 detainees have been held at the American military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Now, 30 remain. Of those, 11 have been charged with war crimes in the military commissions system — 10 are awaiting trial and one has been convicted. In addition, three detainees are held in indefinite law-of-war detention and are neither facing tribunal charges nor being recommended for release. And 16 are held in law-of-war detention but have been recommended for transfer with security arrangements to another country. 


Nowhere Special – Director Uberto Pasolini

James Norton (Bob Marley: One Love, Little Women) stars as John, a 35-year-old window cleaner who has dedicated his life to bringing up his 4-year-old son, Michael (Daniel Lamont), after the child’s mother left them soon after giving birth. When John is given only a few months left to live, he attempts to find a new, perfect family for Michael, determined  to shield him from the terrible reality of the situation. Although initially certain of what he is looking for in the perfect family, John gradually abandons his early convictions, over- whelmed by doubts on the decision. How can he judge a family from a brief encounter? And does he know his own child well enough to make this choice for him? As John struggles to find the right answer to his impossible task, he comes to accept the help of a young social worker, opening himself to solutions he would never have considered. And he finally comes to accept his anger at the injustice of his destiny, the need to share the truth with his son, and to follow the child’s instincts on the biggest decision of their lives. Director / Producer / Writer Uberto Pasolini joins us for a conversation on bringing lead actor James Norton (John), how he found BIFA nominated actor Daniel Lamont (Michael), how they became trusted friends before and during the shoot and the story behind this unfettered and heartfelt film.


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About the filmmaker – Uberto Pasolini founded Red Wave Films in 1993. He produced “The Full Monty,” which took over 250 million dollars at the worldwide box office, won a Bafta for Best Film and was nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture. Other Red Wave produced films include “Palookaville” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” In 2007 Uberto directed, wrote and produced “Machan,” winner of numerous international awards including the Europa Cinemas Label Award in Venice. “Still Life,” his second feature, starred Eddie Marsan and Joanne Froggatt and went on to win Best Director, Orizzonti, Venice 2013 and numerous international festival awards. “Nowhere Special” starring James Norton premiered in Orizzonti at the 2020 Venice Film Festival. Numerous festival awards included the Audience Awards at the Warsaw FF, Valladolid and Pula. His latest feature “The Return,” starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche, was shot last summer in Corfu and Rome and is currently in post-production. Past TV credits include “The Full Monty” series for Disney on which he was the Executive Producer. 


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” [Norton’s] performance is tremendous.” The Guardian

“Norton’s performance dominates, with a battered, hangdog demeanour and the most syllable-perfect Belfast accent since Daniel Day-Lewis in In the Name of the Father.” – Kevin Maher, Times (UK)

“Norton is spectacular, but little Lamont delivers one of those uncanny performances that doesn’t seem like acting, and makes you feel for the kid almost as much as his onscreen parent does.” – Glenn Kenny, New York Times

“There are so many ways to go wrong with this story, which we are told was inspired by an unidentified real father and son. [Pasolini] does not let that happen, relying on the most ordinary details to take on greater and greater weight.” – Nell Minow,

“There is something quite profound here about learning to achieve what you can in the moment and for making peace with a situation you are unable to change.” – Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

Freedom Hill – Director Resita Cox

After the Civil War, freed African Americans settled in the floodplains along North Carolina’s Tar River. This land becomes Princeville, the first town   chartered by Blacks in America. FREEDOM HILL is an immersive tour of this historic site that chronicles the ongoing legacy of this community. Guided by Princeville native Marquetta Dickens, the camera captures what makes the town so special: a car caravan to celebrate the106th birthday of a beloved resident, aunties who love to tell stories, and a classic North Carolina barbecue.The town of Princeville sits atop wet, swampy land along the Tar River in North Carolina. In the 1800s this land was disregarded and deemed uninhabitable by white people. After the Civil War, this indifference left it available for newly freed enslaved Africans to settle. Before its incorporation, residents called it ‘Freedom Hill,’ gradually establishing a self-sufficient, all Black town. Resting along the floodplain of the river, Princeville and its residents are not strangers to adversity. The historical town has been inundated with flooding over the centuries. With each flood, a little more of the small town erodes. Yet these moments in Princeville are haunted by the specter of the floods that regularly brutalize the town, forcing people to rebuild their homes time and time again. Filmmaker Resita Cox exposes a history of environmental racism and why ultimately, “Black towns always exist within this larger white governance regime.” By sharing the spiritual, ancestral, and political landscapes of Princeville, Freedom Hill pushes against America’s historical and present legacy of racist displacement.


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About the filmmaker – Resita Cox is an Emmy Award winning documentary film director and producer. Born and raised in the South, her films center Southern, Black communities and use them as a lens to examine topics ranging from environmental justice to racial justice. With a degree in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Resita started her career as a storyteller in TV news as a reporter in North Carolina and later in Chicago. Resita was awarded a 2023 Regional Emmy for her work as director on WTTW’s series Firsthand: Life After Prison. She is the director/producer of Freedom Hill, an award-winning documentary about the environmental racism that is washing away the first town chartered by Black people in the nation, with which she was named a 2021 Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator Fellow. She holds an MFA from Northwestern University in Documentary Film and was named a 2022 Esteemed Artist by the City of Chicago. She is one of Elevate’s 2022 Climate Changemakers and is the producer of Bike Vessel, which premiered at the 2023 59th Chicago International Film Festival. Her films have screened across North America at esteemed festivals such as Full Frame, New Orleans, Black Star, Slamdance, Pan African and DC Environmental Film Festivals. Resita is developing her debut feature, Basketball Heaven, a love letter to her hometown: Kinston, NC, with which she won the 2023 South Pitch Documentary with New Orleans Film Society. Her films and impact work have been supported by Chicken and Egg Pictures, Perspective Fund, PBS, Cucalorus, South Arts, Points North Institute, Chicago Filmmakers and other prestigious film organizations. She organizes an annual youth media camp in her home community, eastern North Carolina.



The Big Bend – Director Brett Wagner

Brett Wagner’s compelling drama THE BIG BEND tell the story of two families, the Prices and the Talbotts, getting together for a long overdue reunion in the remote West Texas desert. Not long after the Talbotts’ arrival events quickly spiral after one of their daughters goes missing during a family hike. The crisis takes on an ominous turn with news that there is an escaped convict on the loose. Personal and marital further complicate an  already fraught  situation. THE BIG BEND mixes human frailties with one of the wildest places in America, testing the boundaries of marriage, friendship, and parenthood, while their best to survive the experience. Showcasing a terrific cast that includes Jason Butler Harner, Virginia Kull, Erica Ash, David Sullivan, and Delilah Wagner, director and writer Brett Wagner joins us for a conversation on the daunting challenges of filming in such a remote and starkly beautiful location, getting the most from his cast while working under the constraints of a very tight shooting schedule and striking the right balance.

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About the filmmaker – Brett’s current project is the feature film THE BIG BEND, starring Jason Butler Harner, Virginia Kull, Erica Ash, and David Sullivan. THE BIG BEND premiered at the Austin Film Festival and has won three “best feature” awards in its year-long festival run. Previously, he made a movie called CHIEF, which premiered at Sundance and was hailed by IndieWIRE as a “must-see.” His next film, called CARE, starred Rachel Brosnahan (THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL). CARE won Best Dramatic Film at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, Best Short Film at the Kansas City Film Festival and Best Narrative Short at the Williamsburg International Film Festival. Both films received Academy Award qualification as a result of their festival wins. His adaptation of the New York Times bestselling memoir, THE DEVIL’S TEETH, for executive producer Terrence Malick, received a Sloan Foundation Development Grant from the Tribeca Film Festival. Brett directs lots of commercials and web films, which have won dozens of industry accolades. Clients include Bristol Myers, Emblem Health,  Road Runner, MTS Mobile, McDonalds, American Savings Bank, Lexus, Toyota, Hawaiian Airlines, Starwood Resorts, Burger King (don’t tell McDonalds) and North Carolina Lottery. His feature film, FIVE YEARS, was distributed internationally (under the release title THE HIDDEN) after a 30-festival tour that included awards for Best Feature Film at the Victoria Film Festival and Best Screenplay at Avignon. It’s been dubbed into many fun languages; check it out in Turkish! Brett grew up in Cleveland and earned an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.For more go to:



“An exceptional film” – Film Threat

“While those onscreen may not like the curveballs life throws their way, it keeps things interesting in “The Big Bend.” – Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest

“There’s a lot to unpack in Brett Wagner’s The Big Bend. Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, Wagner tosses in a grenade and blows up your expectations.” – Rebecca Murray. Showbiz Junkies

Little Empty Boxes – Co-directors Max Lugavere & Chris Newhard

In this quietly powerful documentary, Little Empty Boxes strong and independent woman, Kathy Lugavere finds herself struggling with her memory. In a quest to find his mother the  best care, 32-year-old son Max moves home to New York City and begins to consult with top health experts to investigate the origins of Dementia, a disease which now affects a staggering 55 million people globally. The deeply personal film chronicles Kathy’s experience with Dementia as Max explores methods outside of prescription medication to slow her illness down. LITTLE EMPTY BOXES presents a raw perspective of Kathy’s journey, the hardships of being a caretaker, and a son willing to do anything to save his mother. Co-directors Max Lugavere (Genius Foods) and Chris Newhard (Are You Lonely, Self Tape) join us for a conversation about their loving and observant film about a woman grappling with her own mortality and a devoted son doing his best to help her navigate the relentless cruelty of dementia.


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About the filmmaker – Max Lugavere is a health and science journalist, filmmaker, and bestselling author. He is the author of the Genius trilogy of books, including the New York Times bestseller Genius Foods and the Wall Street Journal bestseller Genius Kitchen. He hosts The Genius Life podcast, one of the top health and wellness podcasts in the U.S, and has an audience of over 1.5 million followers across social media. His contributions to programs like The Rachael Ray Show, The Today Show, PBS’s Brief but Spectacular, and The Doctors, along with features in VICE, Fast Company, The New York Times, People Magazine, and CNN, and appearances on The Joe Rogan Experience and The Diary of a CEO, have made him a respected and well-known voice in the field. 

About the filmmaker – Indie Filmmaker Chris Newhard, a native of Pennsylvania, has worked across the continental USA, Central America, Africa, and Europe for the last 16 years. Grounded in fine arts, design, and drama club as a teen, his work tends to delve into the shadows of life and the conflicts of being human. Since college, Chris has had a camera in his hand and searches the world for frames of perfect imperfections. Thematically, his filmmaking style could be described as being both hopeful and authentic to the human experience with a sprinkle of anti-commercialism. His film school thesis, “Pearl” (2010, 20 min), explores falling in love while terminally ill, and kickstarted a career shining light on the darker themes in life. As his career became more fluid, his work had to expand and contract, allowing him to work in the music industry as a music video director, working with artists like Sia, Maroon 5, Sirah, Chevelle, Grayscale, Jessie J, American Authors, and many more. His first documentary film, “Are You Lonely” (2012, 55 min), follows American Folk band The End of America to the Adirondack mountains as they travel by canoe to a small island to write their album. In 2013, after spending time in Africa working on a documentary feature about the Peace Train, South Africa’s first 500 voice multiracial band and youth choir in 1992 that toured the country by train during Apartheid, he traveled the US on tour with Grammy winning Pop Rock band Train. Over the course of his career he has shot many documentaries, short films, and commercials. 2023 saw the release of his latest short, “Self Tape” (25 min), which explores the intricacies and anxiety-inducing choices of an aspiring actress in the modern film industry. His most recent Documentary, “Little Empty Boxes”, tears down the walls of the realities of battling dementia, and was co-directed alongside Max Lugavere. 


“The film’s determination to shed light on systemic causes of dementia is admirable, but the real takeaway of Little Empty Boxes is that caring for a parent in a state of serious decline is an impossible task.” – Christian Zilko, indieWire

“Little Empty Boxes gets its message across in a less direct manner than a lot of films, and that’s a good thing.” – Christopher Campbell, Nonfics

“A poignant and illuminating documentary. Little Empty Boxers is a potent reminder that there’s always hope for some light at the end of a dark tunnel.” – Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru

Poisoned Ground: The Tragedy at Love Canal – Director Jamila Ephron

Poisoned Ground: The Tragedy at Love Canal tells the dramatic and inspiring story of the ordinary women who fought against overwhelming odds for the health and safety of their families. In the late 1970s, residents of Love Canal, a working-class neighborhood in Niagara Falls, New York, discovered that their homes, schools and playgrounds were built on top of a former chemical waste dump, which was now leaking toxic substances and wreaking havoc on their health. Through interviews with many of the extraordinary housewives turned activists, the film shows how they effectively challenged those in power, forced America to reckon with the human cost of unregulated industry, and created a grassroots movement that galvanized the landmark Superfund Bill. Director / Producer Jamila Ephron (Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies) joins us for a conversation on her detailed look into the incredible story of Niagara Falls, developer and con man William T. Love, hydro-electric power, Hooker Chemical, birth defects, cancer, miscarriages, Lois Gibbs,  empowered woman, Griffon Manor, the taking of “hostages”, President Jimmy Carter, New York Governor Hugh Carey, establishment of the EPA and 22,000 tons of toxic chemicals under the feet of an unsuspecting community.


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About the filmmaker – Jamila Ephron (Writer, Producer, Director) has been producing and directing documentary films for nearly 20 years. Her most recent film was The Blinding of Isaac Woodard, which premiered on American Experience in 2022. Her previous works for the series include Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation, which was released theatrically, and George W. Bush. Ephron also produced and co-directed Far from the Tree, based on the bestselling book by Andrew Solomon for Participant Media and Sundance Selects. Additional work for American Experience includes My Lai (winner of the Primetime Emmy and Peabody Award), The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and Clinton. She co-produced Makers: Women Who Make America, a three-hour documentary on second wave feminism, and Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee.


Breathe – Director Stefon Bristol

BREATHE is a heart pounding thriller set in the future.  After Earth is left uninhabitable due to lack of oxygen, a mother Maya ( Jennifer Hudson) and her daughter Zora (Quvenzhané Wallis) are forced to live underground, with short trips to the surface only made possible by a coveted state of the art oxygen suit made by Maya’s husband, Darius (Common), whom she presumes to be dead. When a mysterious couple arrives claiming to know Darius and his fate, Maya tentatively agrees to let them into their bunker but these visitors are not who they claim to be ensuing in mother and daughter fighting for survival. Director Stefon Bristol (See You Yesterday) joins us to talk about working with writer Doug Simon, finding the right “look” for this dystopian tale, what he learned turning his time as an assistant to Spike Lee and how he assembled a superb cast that includes; Jennifer Hudson, Milla Jovovich, Quvenzhané Wallis, Raúl Castillo, Common and Sam Worthington.  


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BREATHE in theaters & On-demand Friday April 26

About the filmmaker – Stefon Bristol is a film director and screenwriter hailing from Brooklyn, New York. He co-wrote and directed the Netflix time travel film, See You Yesterday, released in 2019. Bristol studied at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and New York University’s Graduate Film program, under mentor Spike Lee, who helped produce his debut feature. Bristol also acted as an assistant to Lee, while Lee was filming BlacKKKlansman. Bristol originally shot See You Yesterday as a short, for his thesis film, before expanding it into a feature film. It took five years to complete the film. Bristol received nominations for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay (with Fredica Bailey) at the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards. Bristol and Bailey won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and thanked Lee in their acceptance speech. Bristol is set to direct the intense, sci-fi thriller Breathe with Thunder Road Films. The script, written by Doug Simon, was on the 2019 Black List. Basil Iwanyk and Brendon Boyea producing. For more go to:


Pure O – Director Dillon Tucker

Cooper Ganz’s (Daniel Dorr) seemingly perfect life quickly unravels when he is diagnosed with a crippling form of OCD called Pure Obsessional. This often  misunderstood illness forces him to question his identity and sanity, all while trying to keep it together for his fiancé, Emily (Hope Lauren) family, and co-workers. As he struggles to accept his disease, and the vulnerability that comes along with it, his world starts to open up. The addiction recovery clients he works with at a high-end Malibu drug rehab center return the favor and help Cooper through his darkest hour. Inspired by the filmmaker’s own story, director / producer / writer / editor and songwriter Dillion Tucker joins us for a conversation on his own personal journey to tackle a litany of universal issues: grief, coming-of-age, addiction, redemption and the power of social connection.


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About the filmmaker – Dillon Tucker is a Southern California native, is an acclaimed actor, filmmaker, and musician. Tucker’s directorial feature debut, Pure O, a semi-autobiographical film that he wrote, produced, edited, acted in and provided the music for the soundtrack, was nominated for the grand jury award at SXSW 2023. The film is set to be released worldwide by Good Deed Entertainment. He co-wrote and starred in Gina Cassavetes’ directorial debut LOVE & SKIN. Tucker also co-wrote and starred in the features UNEASY LIES THE MIND and THAT SIDE OF A SHADOW, both of which were distributed worldwide by Gravitas Ventures. An alumni of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Tucker was awarded the Charles Jehlinger Award for best actor. In addition to filmmaking, Tucker is an accomplished singer-songwriter having released six studio albums. He loves smoky scotch, New Hollywood cinema and believes Bob Dylan is a deity in human form.



“PURE O is an early contender for film of the year…as touching as it is informative.”  – The HoloFiles

“There are a few films in a lifetime that you feel make you a better person having watched it. Pure O from Dillon Tucker is one of those films.” – Signal Horizon

“A refreshing take on both mental illness and addiction, with both subjects addressed with an honesty and unashamed attitude that is inspiring and effective.” – AIPT News

“Pure O is raw and emotional, refusing to hold back, leaving audiences reeling from the emotional impact.” – Elements of Madness

“The storytelling is vulnerable, honest, and remarkably, it feels real.” – Script Magazine

“An extraordinarily grounded and vulnerable performance from lead actor Daniel Dorr.” – Pop-Culturalist

“One of the most poignant and optimistic films I have ever seen.” – Signal Horizon

“Pure O provides a deeply personal and accurate chronicle of living with OCD like few, if any, films and television shows have done before.” – The Holo Files

An American Bombing – Director Marc Levin & Producer Daphne Pinkerson

AN AMERICAN BOMBING: THE ROAD TO APRIL 19TH looks at the surge in homegrown political violence through  the story of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, showing the roots of anti-government sentiment and its reverberations today, The Oklahoma City bombing was the single, deadliest act of homegrown terrorism against the government in U.S. history. On April 19, 1995, American Timothy McVeigh ignited a truck bomb outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people, including 19 children. AN AMERICAN BOMBING: THE ROAD TO APRIL 19TH parses the details of that day, the experiences of the people who were there, the manhunt for the perpetrators, and the pivotal moments of the trials. The film also goes back in time to reveal the personal trajectory of McVeigh, his struggles after serving his country in the Gulf War and his association with pro-gun, anti-government groups. AN AMERICAN BOMBING: THE ROAD TO APRIL 19TH connects McVeigh with the ideology of a larger extremist movement that was forged in the aftermaths of the farm crisis, the Gulf War, Ruby Ridge, and Waco. The film questions the lessons learned from past acts of domestic terrorism and stands as an essential wake-up call. Director Marc Levin & Producer Daphne Pinkerson join us for a conversation on the historic relevance of April 19th to several bloody events in American history, how their previous work on anti-government radicals activities and why it is important for every American to understand the danger posed by these same people.


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The HBO Original documentary AN AMERICAN BOMBING: THE ROAD TO APRIL 19TH, directed by Emmy®-winning filmmaker Marc Levin (HBO’s “Stockton on My Mind,” “One Nation Under Stress”) and executive produced by Katie Couric, debuts TUESDAY, APRIL 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and will be available to stream on Max.

About the filmmaker – Mark Levin has won four Emmys, four duPont-Columbia awards, the Peabody Award, the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, among others.  Highlights include: Slam, his Sundance festival hit; Brick City, the groundbreaking docu-series about the city of Newark, New Jersey and its charismatic mayor, Cory Booker; Cable Ace winner, Gang War: Bangin’ in Little Rock; National Emmy-winner Thug Life in DC; and Chicagoland, an eight hour docu-series for CNN and Robert Redford, nominated for a 2014 IDA award for Best Limited Series.One of America’s most respected filmmakers, Levin and his producing partner, Daphne Pinkerson, have made over a dozen acclaimed documentaries for HBO, including a revealing trilogy of films showing how economic forces have impacted working people.  He was also Executive Producer on the Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary I Am Evidence and Baltimore Rising, which won the Cinema Eye Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Documentary in 2019. After collaborating with TV journalist Bill Moyers on several films in the 1990’s, they reunited on Rikers: An American Jail, which won the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights award for Media Advocacy.  Levin and filmmaker Mark Benjamin also teamed up with Robert Redford and Paul Allen to Executive Produce the Animal Planet series Ocean Warriors, which won the 2017 Jackson Hole Wild Life Film Festival Award for Best Limited Series. Levin’s work in scripted TV includes show running and directing the Showtime series Street Time. He has also worked with Dick Wolf as a director on Law & Order and in 2017 they teamed up on the six-hour doc-series Inside the FBI: New York. Most recently Levin directed Stockton on My Mind following 29-year-old Mayor Michael Tubbs’ bold initiatives to provide more opportunities for the youth of his city and I Promise, which chronicles the first year of the innovative Akron public school created by LeBron James and his foundation.  Both were selected for World Premieres at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. I Promise was honored by the African American Film Critics Association as the Best Short Form Series of 2020 and Stockton on My Mind was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Current Affairs documentary. In 2021, Marc completed three documentaries as an executive producer,  Adrienne and The Slow Hustle, currently streaming on HBO, and Kevin Garnett: Anything Is Possible, for Showtime.

About the filmmaker – Daphne Pinkerson is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and the long-time documentary film partner of Marc Levin. Throughout her career, she has worked on a range of critically acclaimed social and political documentaries for almost every major media outlet. She directed Triangle: Remembering the Fire, which won the prestigious duPont-Columbia Award, and premiered on HBO in March of 2011. The US Secretary of Labor hosted a screening of the film at the White House to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the fire. In 2001, NARAL presented their Courageous Advocate Award to her for Soldiers in the Army of God, a film she produced and co-directed for HBO. She has produced 18 films in total to date for HBO, most recently Stockton on my Mind, a film that looked at the work of millennial mayor Michael Tubbs and One Nation Under Stress, with Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent. She was also the supervising producer on two HBO documentaries that premiered in the fall of 2021, Adrienne, about the life and death of actress Adrienne Shelly, and The Slow Hustle, about police corruption in Baltimore.  Her other HBO work includes a trilogy looking at the effects of global economic forces on working people. It began with Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags, a film about what happened to manufacturing in America through the emblematic story of the Garment Center in Manhattan, then Hard Times: Lost on Long Island, which looked at the fallout of the 2008 recession on upper middle-income people, and finally Class Divide, which profiled hypergentrification in one NYC neighborhood as a microcosm of what was happening in major cities throughout the world. She was the Supervising Producer on Brick City, a five-hour docu-series on Newark, NJ, which premiered on the Sundance Channel. In 2007, she was the Supervising Producer on Mr. Untouchable, a film about heroin kingpin Nicky Barnes, which was theatrically released by Magnolia Films. In 2006, she was the Supervising Producer on Protocols of Zion, Levin’s personal look at 9/11, which aired on HBO/Cinemax and was theatrically released by ThinkFilm.  Heir to an Execution, a film she produced about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO in 2004. In 2003, she produced Godfathers and Sons, a film on Chicago Blues for Martin Scorsese’s PBS series on Blues music. In the year 2000, she produced two PBS films, Speak Truth to Power, a special on human rights activists and Twilight Los Angeles, Anna Deavere Smith’s performance film on the riots in South Central. For The Execution Machine, which also aired on HBO, she was able to secure unprecedented access to Death Row in Texas. She was the Supervising Producer for the critically acclaimed Discovery Channel series, CIA: America’s Secret Warriors. Her other HBO films include Mob Stories, Gang War: Bangin’ in Little Rock and its ten year follow-up Back in the Hood, Prisoners of the War on Drugs, Gladiator Days, and Baltimore Rising. For Bill Moyers she produced The Home Front, The Politics of Addiction, Oklahoma City: One Year Later, and three parts of his series, What Can We Do About Youth Violence? In addition to producing and directing, she shoots stylized film and video with small format cameras. She has captured some cinematic firsts, filming a gang drive-by shooting in Little Rock, Arkansas (HBO’s Gang War: Bangin’ in Little Rock) and inmates injecting drugs in prison (HBO’s Prisoners of the War on Drugs.) She was also the Associate Producer and additional shooter on the dramatic feature SLAM. In 1988, during the press restrictions in South Africa, she launched South Africa Now, a weekly half-hour news program which commissioned pieces from inside South Africa for broadcast on Public Television, CNN World Report and ITN. She holds a master’s degree from the Graduate School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University where she did a combined program with the School of Journalism.  Before that, she graduated cum laude from Barnard College with a B.A. in political science.



“A first-rate film about a too-often-forgotten event.” – Stephen SilverThe SS Ben Hecht
“What Mr. Levin and his producer, Daphne Pinkerson, do, while justifying nothing, is separate the righteously angry from the opportunistic and the people with legitimate grievances from the exploiters of those grievances.” – John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

Photographic Justice: The Corky Lee Story – Director Jennifer Takaki

For 50 years, Chinese American photographer Corky Lee documented the celebrations, struggles, and daily lives of Asian American Pacific Islanders with epic focus. Determined to push mainstream media to include AAPI culture in the visual record of American history, Lee produced an astonishing archive of nearly a million compelling photographs. His work takes on new urgency with the alarming rise in anti-Asian attacks during the COVID pandemic. Jennifer Takaki’s intimate portrait reveals the triumphs and tragedies of the man behind the lens. Corky Lee was born in 1947 in New York to Chinese immigrants who owned a laundry in Queens. He majored in history at Queens College and became a community organizer in Manhattan’s Chinatown in the 1970s. Over the next five decades he photographed countless protests and cultural events in the Asian American Pacific Islander community. Lee’s photographs documented the birth and growth of the Asian American movement for social justice and he became known as “The Undisputed, Unofficial, Asian American Photographer Laureate.” His death in 2021 at the age of 73 due to COVID was mourned in the press worldwide. Director Jennifer Takaki stops by to talk about meeting Corky Lee over 20years ago, his willingness to be the subject of a documentary, his mentorship of other photo-journalist, and his legacy.


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will be released theatrically in:
New York (DCTV’s Firehouse Cinema) on April 19
Los Angeles (Laemmle Glendale) on April 26


About the filmmaker – Filmmaker Jennifer Takaki  is a fourth generation Japanese American from Colorado. She began her career in journalism  at a Denver TV station and later moved to Hong Kong to work with Encore International. In Hong Kong she produced English-based news programming broadcast in China, India, and the Middle East via Rupert Murdoch’s STAR-TV.  In New York, she produced and directed  “Photographic Justice: The Corky Lee Story” which premiered at DOC NYC and was supported by the Ford Foundation and The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). She was awarded the prestigious Better Angels Lavine Fellowship in 2023.


In Flames – Director Zarrar Kahn

Zarrar Kahn’s feature film debut focuses on the lives of Mariam (Ramesha Nawal),  her younger brother Bilal (Jibran Khan) and their mother,  Fariha (Bakhtawar Mazhar) in a tiny apartment in Karachi. When Mariam’s maternal grandfather passes, his brother tries to manipulate them into signing over their apartment to him, a common occurrence in Pakistan, where women’s property rights are fragile. Mariam’s mother, grieving and isolated, is easy to influence. Mariam, distraught by her mother’s foolishness, finds solace in a secret romance with a fellow student, Asad. When their relationship takes an unexpected turn, Mariam becomes consumed by nightmares. Meanwhile, her mother, caught between her coercive Uncle and a murky legal system, is oblivious to her daughter’s deteriorating mental state. Mariam’s nightmares begin to bleed into reality. Mother and daughter must come together if they hope to overcome the real and phantasmal forces that threaten to engulf them. Director and writer Zarrar Kahn joins us for a conversation the inspiration for this layered and multi-genre film, assembling a superb cast of veteran and new actors, the systemic bias and barriers that women struggle to navigate in Pakistani society and the joy of being picked to represent Pakistan for the 2024 Academy Awards© in the Best International Feature Film category.


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Director’s Fortnight – 2023 Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection – 2023 Toronto International Film Festival
Winner of the Golden Yusr Award For Feature Film – 2023 Red Sea Film Festival

About the filmmaker – Zarrar Kahn is an award-winning Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker whose film IN FLAMES premiered at the 76th Cannes Film Festival as part of the Director’s Fortnight. His works have been screened and awarded in over 100+ film festivals, including TIFF, Locarno, and BFI London. In Flames, his feature directorial debut, has garnered critical acclaim and prizes worldwide – including the Golden Yusr for Best Picture at Red Sea FF and the Grand Prize – International Newcomer Award at Mannheim-Heidelberg FF. Born in Karachi, and currently based out of Toronto, Kahn is committed to telling stories that amplify historically marginalized communities.



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“A haunting tale of oppression.”  – Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter

“In Flames finely straddles the line between a bold genre exercise and a bruising portrait of contemporary Pakistan to deliver a welcome story about resistance and resilience.” – Manuel Betancourt, Variety

“It’s a seedy ride through a bleak existence that would be entertaining enough to watch with popcorn if it didn’t depict a life that’s all too real for too many people. – Christian Zilko, indieWire

“The intense craft and torque we saw in Ari Aster’s Hereditary, but with more heart and conviction.” – The Globe and Mail

“In Flames does not let its characters, or audience, rest easy in its earthy, tangible hauntings, ones that spring from the violence barely contained beneath a veneer of politeness and conformity to which only some are truly subject.” – Shelagh Rowan-Legg, ScreenAnarchy

“Writer/director Zarrar Khan uses techniques borrowed from the horror genre to address the experience of living an environment where one is seen as less than fully human, or even as prey.” – Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

“The performances are excellent and the script is tight, making full use of every line and every glance. A disconcerting and compelling watch.” – MovieScramble

Lost Angel: The Genius of Judee Sill – Co-directors Brian Lindstrom & Andy Brown

LOST ANGEL: THE GENIUS OF JUDEE SILL is an intimate documentary portrait of a one-of-a-kind singer-songwriter from 1970s LA – Judee Sill.  It charts her life from a troubled adolescence of addiction, armed robbery and prison through her meteoric rise in the music world and early tragic death. In two years, Judee went from living in a car to a deal with Asylum Records and the cover of Rolling Stone. As told by David Geffen, Linda Ronstadt, JD Souther, Jackson Browne and Graham Nash — along with Judee herself — the film explores Judee’s unique musical style and the inspiring recent rediscovery of her singular music fostered by Shawn Colvin, Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, Adrianne Lenker and Buck Meek of Big Thief, and Weyes Blood.   Co-directors Brian Lindstrom and Andy Brown join us for a conversation how they discovered this nearly forgotten artist, their search for archival material on Judee Sill, finding the “right” way to tell her story, and connecting with wide array of artist, young and older who have been inspired by Judee’s enduring work.


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About the filmmaker – Director and Producer Brian Lindstrom’s award-winning films explore the inner resources of marginalized people. His 2019 New York Times Op-Doc We Are Forbidden, produced with his wife, Cheryl Strayed, is a participatory film empowering teen girls in Nepal to share their experiences of menstrual stigma. Mothering Inside follows incarcerated moms and their children. It was instrumental in the advocacy movement which made Oregon the first state to pass a Bill of Rights for the Children of Incarcerated Parents. His film Alien Boy: The Life & Death of James Chasse is an intense examination of police brutality in the death of a non-violent man experiencing mental illness (iTunes, Amazon, Hulu+, Kanopy; distributed by Breaking Glass Pictures). Finding Normal (2007) follows longtime heroin and crack addicts trying to rebuild their lives with the help of recovery mentors. It was selected by The Oregonian as one of the top ten films of the year. In 2016, Lindstrom was awarded the Media Arts Fellowship by the Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland, Oregon. This award is partially funding his documentary-in-progress about the only marathon program in the country for incarcerated youth.

About the filmmaker – Andy Brown is an actor and screenwriter from New York City.  This is his first documentary. His acting credits include The Daytrippers (1996) and a recurring role in the MTV series Austin Stories (1996) for which he also wrote. He co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in the independent feature Pop Life(2002). As a writer-director, Andy also co-created the series The Horrible, Terrible Misadventures of David Atkins, which won an award at the New York Television Festival.  He has also worked in series development for Marshall Brickman and Castle Rock Entertainment.



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“Directors Andy Brown and Brian Lindstrom… create something that attains the same grace and beauty heard in Sill’s music.” – Jason Anderson, Uncut Magazine [UK]

“The definitive documentary of a brilliant, innovative early’70s singer-songwriter.” – Variety

“This forgotten music just has to be heard.” – The Guardian

“It is a great piece of lost classic rock history that so many will relish. It’s the kind of film that buries itself in your ribcage and keeps glowing for days afterward.” – Michael Talbot-Haynes, Film Threat

Brandy Hellville & the Cult of Fast Fashion – Director Eva Orner

BRANDY HELLVILLE & THE CULT OF FAST FASHION dives int a world where fashion is identity for teenage girls and one brand, Brandy Melville, has developed a cult-like following despite its controversial “one size fits all” tagline. Hiding behind its shiny Instagram façade is a shockingly toxic world, a reflection of the global fast fashion industry. Through a calculated social media presence and promoting an unattainable aesthetic, fueled by Instagram campaigns featuring its own employees and select “Brandy girls,” Brandy Melville conferred a sense of coolness to the teens who wore the tiny clothes that quickly exploded and today has nearly 100 stores in over 15 countries and over 80 cities worldwide. Fast fashion isn’t all glitz and glamor – it’s an exploitative business that pollutes the planet for the sake of profit. Media stories have exposed some of Brandy Melville’s unsavory practices and that’s why some call it Brandy Hell-Ville. BRANDY HELLVILLE & THE CULT OF FAST FASHION examines the far-reaching reverberations of mass-produced fast fashion by Brandy Melville and other mainstream fashion brands, as well as the consequences of the collective increase in consumption and production of cheap clothing, traveling to Accra, Ghana, a destination for discarded textiles that end up polluting landfills and waters. Director Eva Orner joins us to talk about the cult-like brand and the devastating impact that fast fashion, disposable clothing, and the pernicious culture that Brandy management has cultivated inside and outside the stores, and how prescient BRANDY HELLVILLE & THE CULT OF FAST FASHION is for exposing systemic exploitation within the global fashion industry.


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About the filmmaker – Academy and Emmy Award winner Eva Orner is an Australian filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Her credits include Chasing Asylum, which she directed and produced. The film tackles Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers over the past 15 years, focusing on offshore detention. Eva has also written a book Chasing Asylum about the making of the film, published by Harper Collins. The film was shot in Australia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Lebanon, Iran and Afghanistan. Other credits include Out Of Iraq, Co-Directed and Produced by Eva with LA based production company World of Wonder. The film follows a gay Iraqi couple over a decade as they try to stay alive and together and seek asylum in the US. Prior to Chasing Asylum Eva Directed and Produced the feature documentary The Network, set behind the scenes at the largest and most successful television network in one of the most unstable and dangerous places on earth, Afghanistan. Eva wrote, directed and produced The Network. Eva’s US Producing credits include the feature documentaries Taxi To The Dark Side, Gonzo: The Life And Work Of Dr. Hunter S Thompson, The Human Behavior Experiments and Herbie Hancock’s Possibilities. Her work has screened at festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca and Sydney, has been released theatrically and sold to VOD and television across the globe. In Australia Eva has won an AFI, Logie and Human Rights Award for her work. 


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“While there’s no easy fix to fast fashion, perhaps after learning about the deeply disturbing company practices at Brandy Melville, we can collectively eliminate at least this one brand from that scene.” – Liz Kocan, Decider

“While Brandy Hellville & the Cult of Fast Fashion makes strong points, it does so with a relatively generic shooting style. In this case, the message is more important than the filmmaking.” – Alan French, Sunshine State Cineplex

“But that’s always been the vibe of Brandy, a handful of employees and, photographers claim, older men—sometimes with braces, sometimes European—who appear out of nowhere and control the entire company.” – Fletcher Peters, The Daily Beast

Girls State – Co-directors Amanda McBaine & Jesse Moss

From the award winning team of Jesse Moss (The Overnighters, The Family) and Amanda McBaine (Boys State, The Mission) comes their latest riveting documentary GIRLS STATE. The film follows 500 adolescent girls from all across Missouri as they come together for a week-long immersion into a sophisticated democratic laboratory, where they organize a Supreme Court to consider the most contentious issues of the day. Among the many questions posed in this sibling follow up to their 2020 Sundance Grand Jury prize,  BOYS STATE, what would American democracy look like in the hands of teenage girls? What political and social issues would they focus on? How will the concurrent BOYS STATE session, being held at the same Missouri school, be perceived by these young women? GIRLS STATE is a political coming-of-age story and a stirring re-imagination of what it means to govern, follows young female leaders — from wildly different backgrounds across Missouri — as they navigate an immersive  experiment on how to build a government from the ground up. Co-directors Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss joins us for a spirited conversation on  their plan to follow up Boys State with Girls State when the opportunity presented itself, how they decide which projects to pursue and the genuinely disappointing differences between the two STATES.


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About the filmmakers – Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss have been filmmaking partners for 20 years. They directed “Boys State,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Apple Original Films and A24. The film won the 2021 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Nonfiction Film and received DGA and Emmy nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. Their previous film, “The Overnighters,” won the Special Jury Prize for Intuitive Filmmaking at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by Drafthouse Films and Netflix. “Boys State” and “The Overnighters” were both shortlisted for the Academy Award® for Feature Documentary. Jesse also directed “The Family,” a five-part series for Netflix, as well as the “Payday” episode of the Netflix series “Dirty Money.” Other projects include documenting Pete Buttigieg’s campaign for president in, “Mayor Pete,” was released by Amazon Studios. Their latest project “Girls State” for Apple, as co-directors and producers, An upcoming project is an independent film about the reintroduction of wild bears in the French Pyrénées.For more go to:


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“As the film itself unfolds and grapples with the reality of the two programs occurring on the same campus, “Girls State” comes to the ironic, though semi unfortunate conclusion, that the girl’s program and its quality are intricately tied to the boys.” – Ariana Martinez, TheWrap

“An incredibly moving, worthy and welcome chronicle of the strength, adversity, and determination of these young women. Watching this documentary leaves you with so much hope for the future. Inspiring.” – Nathan McVay, HeyUGuys

“Moss and McBaine use a squad of cinematographers, which means they get good coverage as events unfold, and a firm editorial hand from Amy Foote ensures the film moves smoothly from one arc to the next.” – Amber Wilkinson, Screen International

“While it’s reassuring and hopeful for the future watching these discussions take place with the girls listening and supporting one another, Girls State also has the added layer of exploring the inequalities between the programs regarding gender” – Robert Kojder, Flickering Myth

“How some of the young leaders in “Girls State” not only handle but also leverage their disappointments provides one of the documentary’s richest lessons.” – Lisa Kennedy, Variety

If Dreams Were Lightning: Rural Healthcare Crisis – Director Ramin Bahrani

Rural hospitals around America are closing at alarming rates, leaving smaller communities without accessible health care. Since 2005 more than 190 rural community hospitals, mostly in the South, have closed in America. In the documentary If Dreams Were Lightning: Rural Healthcare Crisis Oscar-and Emmy-nominated director Ramin Bahrani visits Appalachia, where American communities are left with limited or no access to healthcare. Explore the rural healthcare crisis in the South through the eyes of those struggling in it and the dedicated doctors trying to reach them. If Dreams Were Lightning: Rural Healthcare Crisis  highlights the challenges faced by Rural American communities today intimately through the lens of individuals, families, and tight-knit towns, underscoring the urgent need for systemic change in the national healthcare, climate and mental health systems. The film capped off the 2023 Winter Season for INDEPENDENT LENS, the award-winning PBS documentary anthology series presented by ITVS. Director Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, 99 Homes) joins us for a conversation on the existential and personal inspiration for the film, traveling around Appalachia in the Health Wagon with Dr. Teresa Tyson and Dr. Paula Hill-Collins and how the heartbreaking stories told by the people living without access to affordable healthcare has impacted his life.


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If Dreams Were Lightning: Rural Healthcare Crisis will make its PBS broadcast premiere on March 25, 2024 (check local stations). The documentary was made available to stream earlier this year on the PBS Appand accessible viaPBS’s flagship YouTube Channel.

About the filmmaker: Academy Award nominee Ramin Bahrani is the Iranian- American writer, director, and producer of The White Tiger, for which he has earned Oscar, BAFTA, and WGA Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay. Based on the Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Aravind Adiga, the critically acclaimed Netflix feature film stars BAFTA nominee Adarsh Gourav, Rajkummar Rao, and Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, and is executive produced by Chopra and Ava DuVernay. Bahrani is the internationally renowned, award-winning writer/ director/producer of critically lauded films such as Man Push Cart, Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo, At Any Price, and 99 Homes. Early in his career, legendary film critic Roger Ebert proclaimed Bahrani as “the director of the decade” in 2010. For television, Bahrani’s HBO film, Fahrenheit 451, starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon, was nominated for five Emmys, including Best TV Movie, and earned a PGA award for best television film. For short films, Bahrani’s Plastic Bag (2009) (featuring the voice of Werner Herzog as a plastic bag), was the opening night film of the shorts section at Venice, and later screened at the New York Film Festival. It repeatedly has been called one of the greatest short films of all time. Currently, Bahrani is directing and executive producing the limited series “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey,” based on the acclaimed novel by best-selling author Walter Mosley, and starring Samuel L. Jackson and Dominique Fishback for Apple TV+. He is also producing Moratto’s new untitled film starring Rodrigo Santoro, and will direct, write and produce the feature adaptation of Adiga’s latest novel, Amnesty, for Netflix.

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Housekeeping for Beginners – Director Goran Stolevski

Debuting to rave reviews, filmmaker Goran Stolevski’s HOUSEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS explores the universal truths of family, encompassing both the bonds we inherit and those we create. Stolevski’s multi-layered focuses on the exploration  of human behavior and the universal truths of family life. Both the ones we are born into and the ones we find for ourselves. Dita (Anamaria Marinca) never wanted to be a mother, but circumstances force her to raise her girlfriend’s two daughters, tiny troublemaker Mia (Dzada Selim) and rebellious teen Vanesa (Mia Mustafi). Toni (Vladimir Tintor) never wanted to be a father. A battle of wills ensues as they continue to butt heads and become an unlikely family that must fight to stay together. Director / Writer / Editor Goran Stolevski (You Won’t Be Alone, Of Any Age) joins us to talk about the challenges that come with a mostly non-professional cast of actors, cultivating the kinetic talent that we see in Samson Selim (Ali), how he wove together multiple, overlapping storylines into the joy that this unconventional family eventually finds in each other.


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About the filmmaker – Goran Stolevski was born and grew up in North Macedonia before migrating to Australia as a teenager. He completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts. He won the Ruben Mamoulian Best Director Award at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival with You Deserve Everything, before attending the Berlinale Talent Campus and MIFF Accelerator as well as receiving the $50,000 Lexus Fellowship for his short film My Boy Oleg. His 25 shorts have screened at more than hundred festivals across six continents, including the Clermont-Ferrand, Melbourne, Raindance, Adelaide, London Shorts. He is an alumnus of Screen Australia’s Talent Escalator initiative. He is director of three episodes of the next season of a popular Australian adventure series Nowhere Boys. He has written nine feature scripts and his tenth, You’ll Love Me, has received a development grant from Screen Australia.


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“An untamed, densely detailed drama that crackles with so much feral energy, you practically get a static shock from the screen.” – Wendy Ide, Screen International

“There are many greatly moving moments in the director’s third feature, all connected by a heartfelt understanding of the value of nurturing companionship.” – Rafaela Sales Ross, Little White Lies

“Like an unkempt home that is messy to the visitor’s eye, yet where the owner can find anything in a heartbeat, “Housekeeping for Beginners” is in full control of its disorder.” – Guy Lodge, Variety

“It confirms Stolevski’s standing, established with the witchy thriller You Won’t Be Alone, as a filmmaker of impressive originality, skill and style. Goran Stolevski. Remember that name.” – Stephanie Bunbury, Deadline Hollywood Daily

“For all the apparent chaos, this is a tightly controlled piece of work which fully delivers on the promise of Stolevski’s earlier films.” – Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

PBS FRONTLINE – Editor-in-Chief and Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath

For over 50 year’s PBS’ FRONTLINE has been the standard by which all other long form broadcast journalism is measured.  Under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief and Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath FRONTLINE has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including Peabody Awards, Emmy Awards, and, in 2019, the first Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Gold Baton to be awarded in a decade. FRONTLINE’s reporting has been recognized with myriad journalism honors including Overseas Press Club Awards, Scripps Howard Awards, the Nieman Foundation’s Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism and the Peabody Institutional Award. Aronson-Rath has led an ongoing charge for transparency in journalism — including through the FRONTLINE Transparency Project, an effort to open up the source material behind FRONTLINE’s reporting. She served as the sole public media representative on the Knight Commission on Trust, Media, and Democracy. In addition to increasing FRONTLINE’s digital footprint, Aronson-Rath has  spearheaded FRONTLINE’s expansion into the theatrical documentary space. During her tenure, the series won an Academy Award® for 20 Days in Mariupol (2024), and received Academy Award® nominations for Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2018), For Sama (2020). In 2021, Aronson-Rath became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Raney Aronson-Rath joins us to talk about the surpassing importance of reliable and accurate reporting in service to a functioning democracy.


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About the filmmaker – Raney Aronson-Rath is the editor-in-chief and executive producer of FRONTLINE, PBS’ flagship investigative journalism documentary series produced at WGBH in Boston. She’s a leading voice on the future of journalism and has cemented FRONTLINE’s reputation as a trustworthy source. Aronson-Rath oversees FRONTLINE’s acclaimed reporting, and directs the series’ editorial vision — executive producing more than 20 in-depth documentaries each year on critical issues facing the country and the world. Under her leadership, FRONTLINE has investigated the impact of Russia’s war on Ukraine, the deep historical and regional context behind the Israel-Hamas war, threats to democracy in the U.S. and abroad and the world’s response to a global coronavirus pandemic. Aronson-Rath launched FRONTLINE’s original narrative podcast, The FRONTLINE Dispatch, and was selected to serve as the board chair for the Pulitzer Prizes’ first-ever audio reporting category. The 2024 recipient of New York Women in Film & Television’s Enid Roth Award for Excellence in Journalism, 2022 recipient of the New England First Amendment Coalition’s Stephen Hamblett Award and the 2019 Hearst Digital Media Lecturer at Columbia Journalism School, Aronson-Rath has spoken on journalism and filmmaking at the Skoll World Forum, the TV Next Summit, the Power of Narrative Journalism Conference, and at universities including Stanford, UC Berkeley, NYU and MIT. She is a member of the board of visitors for Columbia University’s journalism school, and serves on the advisory board of Columbia Global Reports. Aronson-Rath joined FRONTLINE in 2007 as a senior producer. She was named deputy executive producer by David Fanning, the series’ founder, in 2012, and became executive producer in 2015. Before managing FRONTLINE, Aronson-Rath produced a number of notable FRONTLINE documentaries including News War, a four-part investigation into the future of news; The Last Abortion Clinic, an examination of how anti-abortion advocates waged a successful campaign to limit abortion in many places in the country; The Jesus Factor, an examination of then-President George W. Bush’s personal religious journey and the political influence of America’s evangelical Christians; Law & Disorder, an investigation into questionable police shootings in the wake of Hurricane Katrina; and Post Mortem, which uncovered flaws in America’s death investigation system and revealed that autopsies were being carried out by doctors who lacked certification and training. Prior to FRONTLINE, Aronson-Rath worked at ABC News and The Wall Street Journal. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and her master’s from Columbia Journalism School.



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“A remarkable snapshot of the war crimes that—as the daily news reminds us—are still being perpetrated today.” – Nick Schager, The Daily Beast

“The film is a cinematic tour de force that transcends the boundaries of traditional documentary-making, delivering a visceral and unforgettable account of war. 20 Days in Mariupol stands as one of the most impactful documentaries of our time.” – Linda Marric, HeyUGuys

“This powerful documentary not only offers an astonishing record of events and serves as a time capsule of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it fosters a better understanding of how traumatic events affect our fellow human beings.” – Louisa Moore, Screen Zealots

“It’s be the best and most devastating look at the ongoing war in Ukraine yet, and one of the finest films to ever capture the unfiltered horror of living in a battle zone of all time.” – Andrew Parker, The Gate

“Grueling but vital, the documentary 20 Days in Mariupol takes us inside the atrocities visited on the strategically important Ukrainian port city in the early days of the Russian attack in 2022.” – Kyle Smith, Wall Street Journal

Against All Enemies – Director Charlie Sadoff

Why would US military veterans take up arms against the country they swore an oath to protect? Through gripping  personal perspectives from all sides of this ongoing crisis, Charlie Sadoff’s AGAINST ALL ENEMIES goes deep inside the violent extremist movement in America, alongside the Proud Boys, 3 Percenters, and with never-before-seen footage of the Oath Keepers. These groups, organized and led by highly trained military veterans, pose one of the greatest threats to the United States today. While most veterans are successful in their transition to civilian life, an increasingly radicalized element is drawn to the insurrectionist movement. We saw evidence of this during the January 6 Capitol riots, but the danger goes far beyond a single day. AGAINST ALL ENEMIES explores the historical roots of the insurrectionist cause, its powerful draw for today’s veterans, and the top-cover being provided by highly decorated former military officers and political leaders. AGAINST ALL ENEMIES is both a warning about an existential threat to our democracy, and a beacon for those hoping to combat it. Director Charlie Sadoff joins us for a conversation on why he and his production team of Kenneth Harbaugh, Dan Barkuff and Sebastian Junger decided to pull back the curtain on the extremist who have taken over much of the Republican Party, and the movements foot soldiers like Michael Flynn, Eric “General E” Braden, Stewart Rhodes, and disgraced former President Donald Trump hell bent to shatter the ideals and functionality of America’s greatest treasure, democracy.


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About the filmmaker – Charlie Sadoff is a producer, director and editor whose most recent film Against All Enemies premiered to critical acclaim at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival. Documentaries he has produced include The Mind of Mark Defriest which premiered at Hot Docs and aired on Showtime, Dream Riders (Sheffield Doc Fest, Discovery), the 10 part series The Rites of Autumn for ESPN and multiple docs for History and CBS Sports. Charlie seeks projects that can help affect meaningful change and Cut Poison Burn (Mill Valley) and The Harvest (IDFA, Epix) from executive producers Eva Longoria and Academy Award winners Shine Global both screened on Capitol Hill as part of efforts to move legislation. The Definition of Insanity, which he wrote and produced for PBS in 2020 is currently being used to help cities around the world change the way people with mental illness interact with the criminal justice system.



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“Against All Enemies is no doubt terrifying but it’s a reminder that the stakes have never been higher when it comes to American democracy.” – Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies

“A grim diagnosis of a fast-spreading cancer, “Against All Enemies” may provide much less reassurance than cause for alarm, but its wakeup call is certainly worth heeding.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety

“Vital and urgent, Against All Enemies is surprising in the emotions it garners from its audience, always resolute to is overall message, but unafraid to listen and have a conversation.” – Stephanie Archer, Film Inquiry

“Documentarian Charlie Sadoff sends a dire wake-up call to apathetic Americans blind to an exploding movement of political violence fronted by the very people who vowed to defend us – the U.S. armed forces.” – Al Alexander, Movies Thru the Spectrum

“Thundering, anxiety-inducing…” – Chris Barsanti, The Playlist

Commuted – Director Nailah Jefferson

In 1993, Danielle Metz, a 26-year-old mother of two young children, was labeled a drug kingpin by the U.S. Government as a part of her husband’s drug ring. Sentenced to a triple life plus 20 years for nonviolent drug offenses, she was sent to Dublin Federal Correctional Institute in California, more than two thousand miles from her family in New Orleans. In 2016, after having served 23 years in prison, Metz’s sentence was commuted by the President Barack Obama Administration’s Clemency Initiative to address historically unfair sentencing practices during the “War on Drugs” campaign. Now back home, she is stepping into a different reality – starting life again while helping other women avoid a similar fate. COMMUTED traces Metz’s journey in confronting the wounds of incarceration that linger long after parole, and to finding purpose, love and unification with her two grown children. Director Nailah Jefferson joins us to talk about how she learned about Danielle and her plight, some of the issues and hurdles that Danielle has faced and where are we, as a nation, in bringing about a more equitable system of justice to all Americans.


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About the filmmaker – Nailah Jefferson is a native New Orleans filmmaker intrigued and inspired by the enduring human spirit, whose films span fiction and nonfiction. Nailah’s recent work includes DONYALE LUNA: SUPERMODEL (HBO 2023), COMMUTED (NOFF 2023, PBS 2024), and DESCENDED FROM THE PROMISED LAND: THE LEGACY OF BLACK WALL STREET (DOC NYC 2021). Her acclaimed work has been distributed domestically and internationally on the film festival circuit, theatrically and televised. Nailah’s debut documentary ‘Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache’, told the story of the little known African American oyster fishing community in Louisiana in the aftermath of the 2010 BP Oil Spill. The film was streamed on Netflix and the Urban Movie Channel. In 2017, Nailah’s short documentary for Essence Magazine’s “Black Girl Magic Episode 4,” was nominated for a National Magazine Ellie award. That same year, Nailah’s first narrative film, “Plaquemines,” was chosen as an American Black Film Festival HBO Shorts finalist and is currently available on HBO/ Cinemax platforms. Nailah’s work has been supported by organizations including the Tribeca Film Institute, Chicken & Egg Films, Black Public Media, ITVS and Firelight Media. Visit Nailah’s website.

About AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange spotlights contemporary stories reflecting the spirit, ingenuity and resilience found among people of the African diaspora. AfroPoP recognizes that nonfiction – and Afro-futurism in particular – has provided a critical tool for Black storytellers to define present and future realities on their own terms, giving Black storytellers the necessary space for new conversations, investigations and observations. By embracing fiction and nonfiction stories, AfroPoP acknowledges that there is no distinction in the power of both genres to offer audiences deep insight into the global Black Experience.


A Perfect Day for Caribou – Director Jeff Rutherford

A Perfect Day for Caribou tells the story of just one day in the life of Herman (Jeb Berrier), Nate (Charlie Plummer), and Ralph. Herman is an alcoholic with a depleted appetite for life. It’s early morning as Herman speaks into a tape recorder, dictating a final message to his estranged son, Nate. As he rambles on about the last Caribou herd in North America, his mobile phone rings – it’s Nate, all these years later. Nate is an anxious young father reckoning with his past so he might move further into the future. That afternoon, they meet up at a cemetery on the edge of an unknown town. Nate brings his own boy along, a six year old named Ralph, who carelessly plays and runs around in the distance as Herman and Nate stumble through ten years worth of conversation. They navigate hills and valleys, forests and open plains. All the while, in an uneven and awkward pattern, they attempt to connect with one another. A Perfect Day for Caribou tells the story of just one day in the life of Herman, Nate, and Ralph. Director, producer and writer Jeff Rutherford (My Mother is a Fish, Rainbow Pie) joins us to talk about the orgin story that inspired the film, working with the outstanding lead actors in the film, Charlie Plummer (King Jack, Lean on Pete) and Jeb Berrier (Documentary Now!, Portlandia) and choosing to go black and white.


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“A surprisingly powerful and deeply moving portrait of three generations of broken men” – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas,

“[A] tender, affectingly reserved first feature…” Guy Lodge, Variety

The Tuba Thieves – Director Alison O’Daniel

Alison O’Daniel’s powerful feature THE TUBA THIEVES re-examines a tuba-stealing crime spree that took place between 2011 and 2013 and the ramifications it had on students, marching bands and the high schools from which they were stolen. The Tuba Thieves starts from these questions. It is a film about listening, but it is not tethered to the ear. It is a film about Deaf gain, hearing loss and the perception of sound in Los Angeles – by animals, plants and humans. The human protagonist of the film is Nyke Prince, a Deaf woman whose story runs parallel to Geovanny Marroquin’s. Geovanny was the drum major at Centennial HS when their tubas were stolen. Their stories are connected by the omnipresence of noise pollution – helicopters, airplanes, leaf blowers, car traffic. The audience is the third protagonist – their experience making sense of the film is the film. The Tuba Thieves reverses the standard process offilmmaking so that listening and lived experiences of hearing shape the method of filmmaking. Director, screenwriter, co-producer, co-editor and co-sound designer Alison O’Daniel joins us to talk about her own experiences living on the d/Deaf spectrum, why she decided to make a film called The Tuba Thieves that did not focus on the thieves, but instead focused on the sonic experience of living and listening in Los Angeles and exploring the idea of ownership over space and air, and how sound travels.


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About the filmmaker – Alison O’Daniel is a filmmaker and visual artist. She has screened and exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, including Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; Centro Centro, Madrid, Spain; Renaissance Society, Chicago; Art in General, New York; Centre d’art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France; Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia. O’Daniel is a United States Artist 2022 Disability Futures Fellow and a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow and has received grants from Ford Foundation; Sundance; Creative Capital; Field of Vision; ITVS; Chicken & Egg; SFFILM; Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation; Rema Hort Mann Foundation; Center for Cultural Innovation. She has attended residencies at the Wexner Center Film/Video Studio Program; Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown; and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She was included in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film and writing on O’Daniel’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine; Artforum; Los Angeles Times; BOMB; ArtReview. She is represented by Commonwealth and Council in Los Angeles and is an Assistant Professor of Film at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.


94% on RottenTomatoes

“If there’s an actual protagonist in this formally adventurous effort, it’s the synesthetic dance between images and sound (or silence) and how these interactions inform our perception of the world, depending on whether you are a hearing person, someone hard-of-hearing or a deaf individual.” – Carlos Aguilar, VARIETY

“In sharing this experience of navigating an audist world, [O’Daniel] not only attunes hearing audiences to what they often ignore but also refigures the gap—not as loss—but as a space of Deaf gain that holds other poetic and political possibilities for connection.” – Jordan Lord, DOCUMENTARY MAGAZINE

“A brilliant interplay with captioning, sound, and silence… The Tuba Thieves is an immersive sensory experience unlike anything audiences have encountered before.” – Pat Mullen, POV MAGAZINE

“Its originality of conception on multiple levels and baseline excellence in technical execution are clearly a cut above.” – Vadim Rizov, FILMMAKER MAGAZINE

“We are treated to a superb and visually engrossing rendition of visual poetry in ASL that appears nothing less than world-class in the hands of seasoned stalwart performer Russell Harvard and renowned deaf sound artist Christine Sun Kim.” – Del Whetter, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Limbo – Director Ivan Sen

Ivan Sen’s latest film zeroes in on a jaded police detective Travis (Simon Baker) as he arrives in the remote Australian Outback town of Limbo to investigate the cold case murder of a local Indigenous girl 20 years ago. As truths about the crime begin to unfold, Travis gains new insight into the unsolved case from the victim’s fractured family, the surviving witnesses, and the reclusive brother of the chief suspect. Shot in starkly beautiful black and white, Limbo is a penetrating modern noir and a poignant, intimate journey into the complexities of loss. Writer-director Ivan Sen, one of Australia’s foremost Indigenous filmmakers, deftly wields the police procedural to chart the impact of the justice system on Indigenous families in Australia. Director Ivan Sen (Beneath The Clouds, Yellow Fella) joins us to talk about the inspiration his black and white, slow burn noir story, bringing Simon Baker on to the project as his lead actor and executive producer, and the importance of making the judicial, political and social disparity between the Indigenous peoples and the non-Indigenous colonizers the centerpiece of this starkly spectacular film.


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About the filmmaker – Ivan Sen (Writer, Director, Producer, DOP, Editor, VFX, Composer) Throughout the late 1990s Ivan Sen worked on numerous short films, before making his feature film debut with Beneath Clouds in 2002. The film won Ivan global acclaim, screening in Competition at the 2002 Berlinale and winning a Silver Bear. Beneath Clouds also screened at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and earned Ivan the 2002 Best Director Award at the Australian Film Institute Awards. Ivan has written and produced a number of award-winning documentaries. His documentary Yellow Fella screened in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005.  In 2011 Ivan completed his feature Toomelah, which was selected for Un Certain Regard at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The world premiere of the film at Cannes received a standing ovation. The film won the Grand Prix at the Pacific Meridian Film Festival 2011 and the UNESCO Prize at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2011.  In 2012 Ivan was awarded the prestigious Byron Kennedy Award, for “his unique artistic vision and for showing, by his resourceful, multidisciplinary filmmaking, that telling stories on screen is in reach of all who have something consequential to say”. In 2013 Ivan wrote and directed the feature film Mystery Road starring Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, Tasma Walton and Jack Thompson. Mystery Road had its international premiere with a “Special Presentation” at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and opened the 2013 Sydney Film Festival. Ivan is an Executive Producer on the successful TV drama series adaptation of Mystery Road.  In 2015 Ivan directed Goldstone starring Aaron Pedersen, Jacki Weaver, David Gulpilil, Cheng Pei Pei, Alex Russell and David Wenham. Goldstone premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was the opening night film at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival.  In 2019 Ivan wrote and directed his sci fi Loveland starring Ryan Kwanten, Hugo Weaving and Jillian Nguyen. Loveland was released in the US by Lionsgate.  His latest feature, Limbo, starring Simon Baker and Rob Collins, will have its world premiere in Competition at the 2023 Berlin Film Festival. 


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“It is a tough, muscular film with the grit of crime, but a heartbeat of compassion.” Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

“With its strikingly cinematic locations and Sen’s expressive use of the widescreen frame, Limbo also sneaks up on you, leaving a haunting impression.”David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

“This is outback noir — oblique, secretive and as hard-boiled as the ground is hard-baked — and Sen wears it well.”Guy Lodge, Variety

“Limbo is perhaps his best film to date, a technically accomplished, richly evocative drama that explores, with the eye of an insider, the often tense relationships between Indigenous Australians and white Australians…” – David Stratton, The Australian

“An eerily meditative production with top-notch performances and a harshly beautiful monochrome veneer.” – Luke Buckmaster, Guardian

“It’s a distinctive work, both visually – the stark black and white photography accentuates the uncanny, almost lunar pockmarks on this scarred terrain – and in terms of its intriguingly detached outback noir storytelling.” – Wendy Ide, Screen International