Anastasia – Director Sarah McCarthy

The Documentary Short, ANASTASIA spotlights the life of Russian civil rights activist Anastasia Shevchenko as she faces the brutal repercussions of speaking out against her government. She endured house arrest for two years, and became the first person found guilty of “organizing activity of an undesirable organization” by a Russian court, for her work with the Open Russia movement. Amnesty International declared her a “prisoner of conscience.” While Anastasia was under arrest, her teenage daughter Alina was hospitalized and died alone, becoming an early example of the Russian regime’s willingness to use the separation of parents and children as a way to silence dissent. This intentional rupture of the parental bond is a denial of the elemental human right to care for our children. The spiritual and emotional burden that Anastasia carries makes her determination even more remarkable, as she continues to raise her two other children. One morning she gathers them, and her elderly mother, and takes a train across Russia to the Black Sea, a journey that this intimate story captures with poetic visual grace. Against the bright horizon, they come to terms with the family’s loss, and Anastasia realizes the only way she can continue to fight is to leave her homeland. Director Sarah McCarthy joins us for a conversation on a woman facing down an authoritarian regime, the loss of her daughter, the daunting challenge of pulling together her shattered family for a final tribute to her departed daughter.


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About the filmmaker – Sarah McCarthy has brought stories from Russia, the Philippines, India, Saudi Arabia, America and the United Kingdom to millions of people in over 35 countries. Sarah has premiered films at international film festivals all over the world, including Telluride, the Toronto International Film Festival and DOC NYC. Sarah’s films have been broadcast on HBO, Netflix, Paramount, ESPN, Channel 4 and the BBC. Sarah’s work has received critical acclaim in The New York Times, Washington Post, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Screen International and she was recently named in the Radio Times list as one of the “30 Most Powerful Women in Film.” 


As Far As They Can Run – Director Tanaz Eshaghian

AS FAR AS THEY CAN RUN takes us to rural to Pakistan, where families with disabled children have few options. Some desperate parents keep their children locked up or even chained. When athletic coaches from Karachi persuade the parents of three teenagers — Ghulam, Sana, Sajawal – to allow the kids to participate in a sports training program as part of a Special Olympics initiative, the families glimpse the hope that living with disability doesn’t have to mean that their children are “useless.” But they and the coaches must confront the question of what sports can—and cannot—change. Over a one-year period, Iranian American filmmaker Tanaz Eshaghian follows three disabled children and their families as they grapple with shame and prejudice in rural Pakistan to realize new talents and a sense of belonging through sports. Intimate and unflinching, hopeful and tragic, AS FAR AS THEY CAN RUN is a fascinating look at those who are struggling to find acceptance and worth in a society that had relegated them to the margins. Director Tanaz Eshaghian joins us for a conversation on all of the daunting challenges, physical, logistically and psychologically in shooting the children and their situation, as well as the joy of seeing the benefit the program has on their lives.


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About the filmmaker – Director / Producer / Writer Tanaz Eshaghian left Iran with her mother at the age of six. She grew up in New York City, went to Trinity School and graduated from Brown University in 1996 with a BA in Semiotics. Her first film “I Call Myself Persian,” completed in 2002, told the story of how Iranians living in the U.S. were affected by prejudice and xenophobia after the September 11 attacks. In Love Iranian-American Style, completed in 2006, she filmed her traditional Iranian family, both in New York and Los Angeles, California documenting their obsession with marrying her off and her own cultural ambivalence. For her début feature-length film Be Like Others, a provocative look at men in Iran choosing to undergo sex change surgery, she returned to Iran for the first time in twenty-five years. Be Like Others, a BBC 2, France 5, ITVS production, premiered at the 2008 Sundance film festival and went on to win the Teddy special jury prize at the Berlin Film Festival and was nominated for and Emmy award. In 2011, she completed “Love Crimes of Kabul” a documentary film inside a women’s prison in Kabul Afghanistan focusing on “moral crimes” for HBO. She was the Executive Producer of the award winning documentary about the mystery surrounding the Salvator Mundi painting “The Lost Leonardo” in 2021. Her films have also screened at the Museum of Modern Art and in the Walter Reade cinema at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.


The Killing of a Journalist – Director Matt Sarnecki

On a cold night in February 2018, police enter a home in a Slovakian village and find a bloody crime scene. The body of Ján Kuciak, a 27-year-old investigative journalist, lies face-down near the front door. He has been shot twice in the chest. In the kitchen is his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, shot once in the head. The killings of the young couple — who had planned to soon marry — inspire the biggest protests in Slovakia since the fall of communism, and spark the fall of the Slovakian government.  When a young police investigator pieces together the chain of events, he unearths a bizarre tale. The brutal murder ignited one of the biggest protests in Slovakia since the fall of communism. As colleagues and family search for answers, a source leaks a secret case file of the murder that reveals corruption at the highest level of government. Filmmaker Matt Sarnecki shapes a concise and thrilling reminder of the rising threat journalists around the world face to deliver the truth. Director Matt Sarnecki joins us for a conversation on the series of events that led him into documenting the unbelievable level of corruption in an Eastern European country, generally regarded as a major success,  as well as the very real threat journalist are facing, not just in Slovakia, but around the world and how that will impact the health of teetering democracies everywhere.


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About the filmmaker – Matt Sarnecki is a journalist, producer and film director at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. He has directed several documentaries broadcast throughout Europe and beyond. His documentary Killing Pavel, about the murder of investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet, won the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal in 2017 and the DIG Award (Italy) in 2018. Previously, he produced and directed documentary series featured on VICE and Born in Chicago, Illinois, Matt grew up in Los Angeles, California. At 17, he moved to New York City to attend Columbia University, earning a BA in political science and history. He spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania before moving to Prague, Czech Republic, where he held a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts. In 2007 he returned to New York and spent several years working in television and documentary. In 2011 he moved to San Francisco and earned a master’s degree in journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.


Double Down South – Director Tom Schulman

DOUBLE DOWN SOUTH is a feminist fatale noir set in the dangerous world of illegal, high-stakes keno pool gambling at the turn of the 21st century. Nick (Kim Coates, “Bad Blood”) owns a run-down plantation house in the rural South and is charmed by a smart and tough Keno ace, Diana (Lili Simmons, “Power Book IV: Force”). Diana wants to win big and Nick is determined to stake her. Little Nick (Igby Rigney,“The Midnight Club”) strikes up a friendship with Diana and coaches her to win against the odds. Diana must prove herself in a man’s world to earn a match against Beaumont DuBinion (Justin McManus, “Power Book II: Ghosts”), the undisputed world’s greatest keno pool player, who, it turns out, has a contentious and violent history with Nick. Written and directed by Academy Award© winning writer Tom Schulman (Dead Poets Society), the story is reflective of the misogyny and casual and blatant racism that still exists in our country. Schulman grew up in the South in the 50’s and 60’s and frequented pool halls where  high-stakes keno was the game of choice for the regulars, a game which is so insidious from a gambling perspective that it was banned in most states. Director Tom Schulman stops by to talk about his superb cast he has assembled, finding the perfect location for this project  and the joy of working in the realm of noir / Southern Gothic genre filmmaking.


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About the filmmaker – Tom Schulman won an Academy Award for his screenplay Dead Poets Society, starring Robin Williams, and the film was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director (Peter Weir). His feature directorial debut was the dark comedy 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, starring Joe Pesci as a gangster attempting to transport a bag of severed heads across the United States.Schulman also wrote or co-wrote Honey, I Shrunk the KidsSecond SightWhat About Bob?, Welcome to Mooseport, Holy Man, which stars Eddie Murphy, and the Sean Connery drama Medicine Man. He was an executive producer on Indecent Proposal and Me, Myself & Irene.He co-wrote and co-produced the HBO pilot The Anatomy of Hope with Rafael Yglesias and J.J. Abrams, and recently collaborated with Callie Khouri, Trae Crowder, and T Bone Burnett on the writing of One Lane Road.Tom served on the board of directors and then as vice president of the Writers Guild of America, West. Tom was the president of the Writers Guild Foundation and serves on its board. He serves on the advisory board of the Science and  Entertainment Exchange.  Double Down South is Tom’s second feature film as director.



“Schulman knows enough to trust his excellent cast to suck the audience in.” – Sumner Forbes, Film Threat

“…a rough, tough confidence-thriller than delivers on tension, and tells an engrossing tale about a sport you probably didn’t know existed…” – Eddie Harrison

“Audiences will ultimately leave wanting to know more about keno billiards, want to scratch an itch of high stakes gambling, and want more drama just like Double Down South.” – Leo Brady,

“You know there is something more than what you are being shown as every character seems to have secrets they are hiding. The intrigue grows as the film advances.” – Carey-Ann Pawsey, Orca Sound

I Am Vanessa Guillen – Director Christy Wegener

I AM VANESSA GUILLEN chronicles the life and death of a young Mexican-American soldier who vanishes from a U.S. Army base. Her family leads an international movement to find her and expose ongoing corruption within the military ranks. Vanessa Guillen always dreamed of joining the U.S. Army, but after reporting being sexually harassed at Fort Hood in Texas, she disappeared. After a two-month search, her remains were found in a nearby rural area, sparking rage at Army officials – and a fight for justice. I AM VANESSA GUILLEN follows Vanessa’s sisters Lupe and Mayra as they carry her name from protests in the streets to the halls of power in Washington, D.C., and offers a behind-the-scenes look at their tenacious pursuit to change a deeply rooted, controversial military justice system. Featuring interviews with family and friends as well as elected officials like Rep. Jackie Spears and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, I AM VANESSA GUILLEN is a bracing, candid testament to what a family’s love can do, even in the face of unimaginable grief. The film was executive produced by Story Syndicate’s Dan Cogan, Liz Garbus, Jon Bardin and Nell Constantinople. Director by Christy Wegener joins us for a conversation on the under-reported incidents of sexual assault that are rife in all branches of the United States military, the steely determination of Vanessa’s family to find her, bring justice to her murder and organize a sustained effort to bring accountability to the unaccountable military chain of command. 


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About the filmmaker – Christy Wegener is a director, writer and producer chiefly focused on stories that integrate both the tragedy and triumph of the human experience. In 2021, she founded Conduit Films, a production company devoted to character-driven stories with cultural resonance. Prior to founding Conduit Films, Wegener was a showrunner, writer and director, working in non-fiction and narrative.  She’s produced and written more than two-dozen films and TV series, including four seasons of Oprah’s NAACP and EMMY award-winning biography series, MASTERCLASS, crafting notable episodes about Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen Degeneres, JayZ, Susan Sarandon, Berry Gordy and Lenny Kravitz.  In 2022 she developed the hit PBS series, AMERICA OUTDOORS, which was a Jackson Wild Award finalist. She directed the notable short documentary, CLIMATE, that debuted on 80-foot screens in New York’s Times Square and a documentary exploring the benefits and dangers of Artificial Intelligence, A.I., commissioned for the World Science Festival. Her debut narrative short-film, LONG AGO, screened globally at more than 50 film festivals and won a screenwriting grant from the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences. It tells the story of overcoming heartbreak, gender discrimination and superficial judgement, with a comedic twist. She also produced the feature documentary, THE DARK SIDE OF THE SUN for Discovery, which was narrated by Grammy-winning artist Sting and directed by twice Oscar-nominated filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn. Wegener has a background in civil rights and journalism, working in the non-profit sector on issues such as gender and racial discrimination in police departments. She previously worked as a director/producer for the BBC and Monocle in London. She graduated from the University of Southern California, holding a Masters degree in Screenwriting and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Journalism. For more go to:


“A must-see documentary.” – Wade Major, FilmWeek (KPCC – NPR Los Angeles)

“A lot of pain is shown in I Am Vanessa Guillen, but there is some encouraging progress shown by the end.” – John Sooja, Common Sense Media

“It’s not a perfectly made documentary, but it’s important… The content was great, and it’s very worth seeing for that.” – Claudia Puig, FilmWeek (KPCC – NPR Los Angeles)

Loan Wolves – Director Blake Zeff

LOAN WOLVES follows Blake Zeff, an investigative journalist and former politics editor for Salon, as he gets to the root of the student debt crisis, currently at $2,000,000,000,000 and counting. Following the stories of those most affected, Zeff ultimately zeroes in on the unexpected heart of the problem and exposes the rotten core of the country’s policy making. Confronting powerful enablers and challenging lies, LOAN WOLVES is a humorous and eye-opening documentary that demystifies this national debt crisis,  and the orgin story behind the obscure “carve out” in the 1998 education bill that now prevents countless Americans from reaching their full potential. LOAN WOLVES features high profile members of Congress, congressional staffers, respected economists and the people most directed impacted by this draconian law, the debtors. Director Blake Zeff joins us for a spirited conversation on the enormity of student debt, the pernicious legal entanglement that make the debt so onerous, and why allowing people to discharge the student debt or debt forgiveness is good for the people in debt, their families, and for a more prosperous economy for all. 


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“Loan Wolves” airs Sunday, December 11th at 10pm ET on MSNBC and streaming on Peacock.



“Confronting powerful enablers and challenging lies, Loan Wolves is a humorous and eye-opening documentary that demystifies this national crisis.” – Bedatri Choudhury, Philadelphia Inquirer

“An excellent new documentary… we should all treat this situation with great seriousness and urgency.” – Patrice Apodaca, Los Angeles Times

“Humorous…fast paced and never dull.  He’s pushy but a bit lovable. Extremely eye-opening and an interesting reflection on a pretty major crisis.” – Dan Pal,

“Five stars!! Watch!!” – Josh Robin, Spectrum News

My So-Called High School Rank – Co-directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg

MY SO-CALLED HIGH SCHOOL RANK goes deep into the lives of high school students in three radically disparate communities as they navigate the pressures around college while staging a musical, until seismic events  upend their dreams and expectations. Months before the college admissions scandal made headlines in 2019, students in Sacramento, CA were busy creating a new musical that drew from their own experiences as talented but very anxious students – all focused on getting into the same top schools. RANKED, the musical, premiered just weeks before Federal charges were levied against Rick Singer, the mastermind behind the college bribing scandal the FBI dubbed Varsity Blues. As word about the musical spread, schools around the country reached out to stage it with their students.The film features the Rankedcreators Kyle Holmes and David Taylor Gomes, as well as students, parents and staff of Granite Bay High School and Cupertino High School in California, Fordham High School for the Arts in New York City, and Ripley High School in West Virginia. Co-directors New York filmmakers Ricki Stern (The Devil Came on Horseback, Surviving Jeffrey Epstein) and Annie Sundberg (Reversing Roe, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work), join us on how they went about capturing this generation’s shared, hopeful fortitude across America’s many divides.


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Streaming on starting 11/29 – My So-Called High School Rank

NOVEMBER 29 (9:00-10:45 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

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About the filmmakers – Break Thru Films is an award winning film and television production company based in New York City. Directors and writers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg are the leading creative forces and are known for crafting deft and cinematic journeys through unexpected territory. In 2019 they completed a 5-part documentary series for AMC that explores the 1986 murder of Jennifer Levin in New York City and the trial that ensued for “Preppy Killer” Robert Chambers.  “Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park” is an intimate look into the life of Jennifer Levin and the media frenzy that consumed the city.Other notable films include: “Joan Rivers – A Piece of Work” which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it won the US Documentary Prize for Best Editing; the 2008 Emmy nominated documentary feature “The Devil Came On Horseback;” and the 2007 Emmy nominated feature “The Trials of Darryl Hunt.”“Reversing Roe,” was a Netflix original documentary produced alongside ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions, premiered at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival and is nominated for two Emmys.  The film offers an illuminating look of the state of abortion and reproductive rights in America through candid interviews with key figures from both sides of the divide. Other films include the Peabody nominated “Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing,” produced in partnership with the Boston Globe and HBO.  The film explores the week of April 15, 2013 and the long term impact of terrorism on survivors as they face the challenge of recovery.  “In My Father’s House” is another tale of recovery that follows Grammy winning artist Che Smith on his journey to connect with his homeless father on the south side of Chicago. The film launched at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015 and premiered on Showtime.Other notable films include the Emmy nominated “Burma Soldier” (HBO 2011). The film tells the story of a former junta member and Burmese soldier who risks everything to become a pro-democracy activist. “Burma Soldier” was nominated for a 2011 Irish Academy Award for Best Documentary.“Knuckleball!” (an MLB co-production) is a classic sports story that recounts the 2011 journey of the last professional knuckleball pitchers: Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey. Ricki and Annie are also the executive producers and directors of “The Fashion Fund,” a six part series that aired on Ovation in 2014 and Amazon in 2015. “The Fashion Fund” goes inside the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund which rewards emerging American design talent and features Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg and other industry icons. Ricki’s additional credits include directing and producing “In My Corner” for POV/ PBS, Emmy nominated “Neglect Not The Children” (PBS) and as producer on HBO’s series “Autopsy I, II, III” and “Murder 9 to 5.” Ricki is the author of a children’s book series “Beryl Bean: Mighty Adventurer of the Planet” published by HarperCollins.Annie developed and produced the feature film “Tully,” nominated for four 2003 IFP Spirit Awards.  Additional directing and producing credits include the HBO 2009 series “Brave New Voices,” a four part special on the Mayo Clinic for Discovery (2004) and the 1996 Academy Award and Emmy winning “One Survivor Remembers,” a co-production of HBO and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.



“Hits unexpected high notes in tracking a musical about the stresses facing high school seniors as they look to life after.” – Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest

Tantura – Director Alon Schwarz

Alon Schwarz’s searingly straightforward feature documentary TANTURA takes a deep dive into the tape-recorded words “erase it” as those two words take on new weight in the context of history and war. When the State of Israel was established in 1948, hundreds of Palestinian villages were depopulated in its aftermath. Israelis know this as the War of Independence. Palestinians call it “Al Nakba” (the Catastrophe). In the late 1990s, graduate student Teddy Katz conducted research into a large-scale massacre that had allegedly occurred in the village of Tantura in 1948. His work later came under attack and his reputation was ruined, but 140 hours of audio testimonies remain. Director Alon Schwarz revisits former Israeli soldiers of the Alexandroni Brigade as well as Palestinian residents in an effort to re-examine what happened in Tantura and explore why the Nakba is taboo in Israeli society. The now elderly ex-soldiers recall unsettling acts of war while disquietly pausing at points they either don’t remember or won’t speak of. Audio from Katz’s 20- year-old interviews cuts through the silence of self-preservation and exposes the ways in which power, silencing, and protected narratives can sculpt history.


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About the filmmaker – Writer, Director and Producer Alon Schwarz is an award-winning documentary director. In 2017, he directed and produced the feature documentary Aida’s Secrets, which premiered at Hot Docs, won the Audience Award at Tel Aviv’s Docaviv Festival, and was theatrically distributed in the United States and Israel. Prior to his filmmaking career, Alon held management positions in the software and technology sector after being a serial entrepreneur.

About the filmmaker –  Writer and Producer Shaul Schwarz is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, producer and cinematographer. His debut documentary film, Narco Cultura, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. In 2016 he directed the Emmy-winning series A Year In Space, produced with Time’s Red Border Films, co-directed the documentary Aida’s Secrets, which premiered at Hot Docs in 2016, and co-directed the Emmy-winning documentary Trophy, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2017. Shaul is a co-founder of Reel Peak Films with Christina Clusiau. More recently he was an executive producer and cinematographer on the Netflix documentary series Unnatural Selection, and the co-director, producer, and executive producer of the Netflix Original Docuseries Immigration Nation.


95% on RottenTomatoes

“A hugely compelling story about how power tries to silence all other narratives.” – Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

“Tantura is a wonderful film about state-sponsored cultural amnesia and how we deal (or don’t) with the atrocities upon which our countries were built.” – Alex Heeney, Seventh Row

“Meticulously detailed.” – Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

“Perhaps the most harrowing thing in Tantura, a striking documentary from Alon Schwarz, is the nervous laughter that slips out of the mouths of old men allegedly complicit in a massacre decades earlier.” – Dan Mecca, The Film Stage

“Infuriating [and] jaw-dropping.” – Robert Daniels.

Retrograde – Director Matthew Heineman

Matthew Heineman’s RETROGRADE captures the final nine months of America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan from multiple perspectives: one of the last U.S. Special Forces units deployed there, a young Afghan general and his corps fighting to defend their homeland against all odds, and the civilians desperately attempting to flee as the country collapses and the Taliban take over.  From rarely seen operational control rooms to the frontlines of battle to the chaotic Kabul airport during the final U.S. withdrawal, Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s latest film offers a cinematic and historic window onto the end of America’s longest war, and the costs endured for those most intimately involved.  Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, City of Ghosts,  The First Wave) joins us for a conversation on why he was determined to eschew the macro politics of the 20-year old war and boar in on the human cost, tribulations and vanishing compassion facing so many innocent people desperately looking for a way out of unfathomable chaos and the level of risk he and his crew the risk had to navigate. 


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Opens in Los Angeles on November 18 at AMC Sunset 5 and Laemmle NoHo

Also Streaming on: National Geographic, Thursday, December 8th – Disney+ Friday, December 9th – Hulu Sunday, December 11th

About the filmmaker – Director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer editor, Matthew Heineman is the Oscar®-Nominated and Emmy®-Winning filmmaker who has explored and illuminated many of the country’s most pressing and complex issues. THE FIRST WAVE, (2021) a feature documentary feature film with exclusive access inside one of New York City’s hardest-hit hospital systems during the harrowing first four months of the COVID-19 pandemic. THE BOY FROM MEDELLIN (2020), an astonishingly intimate portrait of international superstar J Balvin. In 2019, Heineman received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director from the Directors Guild of America for his narrative debut, A PRIVATE WAR (2018), – making Heineman and Martin Scorsese the only filmmakers ever nominated for both narrative and documentary DGA Awards TIGER (2021), an HBO two-part docu-series  on the complicated life of Tiger Woods. THE TRADE (2020), a Showtime docu-series that chronicles a different topic each season, from the opioid crisis to human trafficking, through the eyes of those most affected. CITY OF GHOSTS (2017) follows a group of citizen journalists exposing the horrors of ISIS, CARTEL LAND (2015), explores vigilantes taking on the Mexican drug cartels, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and won three Primetime Emmy Awards, including Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking and Best Cinematography. Emmy-nominated documentary ESCAPE FIRE: THE FIGHT TO SAVE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE (2012), collaborated for two years on the Emmy-nominated HBO series  THE ALZHEIMER PROJECT (2009) and also directed and produced OUR TIME (2009) his first documentary about what it’s like to be young in America. For more go to: Our Time Projects


94% on RottenTomatoes

“A beautifully photographed, generally apolitical glimpse of a tragedy.” – Dan Fienberg, Hollywood Reporter

“A triumph of access and unbelievable” – Katie Walsh, TheWrap

“Heineman has the ear of a great reporter and the eye of a truly great photojournalist.“ – Andy Lea, Daily Express (UK)

“The film offers an intimate, chilling portrait of the colossal failures, human costs and destructive consequences of the abrupt end to America’s longest war.” – Sophia McClennen,

“Even if you were glued to the news when it was happening, you won’t have seen anything quite like the shots Heineman and his cinematographers capture here.” – Leslie Felperin, Guardian

In Her Hands – Co-directors Marcel Mettelsiefen & Tamana Ayazi

In August 2021, the world watched as Kabul fell to the Taliban. Scenes of chaos, anxiety, and fear dominated the media. IN HER HANDS follows the 19 months of lead-up to this through the eyes of Zarifa Ghafari, appointed as the youngest female mayor of Afghanistan at age 26. Her story is interwoven with those of two other key figures: her loyal bodyguard, Massoum; and an antagonist to her ideas, a commander in the Taliban army, Musafer. The varying trajectories of their lives give perspective on the complexities of the 20-year conflict in the  region. Afghan filmmaker Tamana Ayazi and  Marcel Mettelsiefen use their unique access to Zarifa as she navigates multiple layers of political and personal turmoil, including a tense relationship with her father (a leader in the Afghan military) and a dilemma over working with her bodyguard — all against the constant threat of assassination. We see Zarifa making strides in her fiercely patriarchal town outside Kabul. But as the US troops prepare to withdraw, uncertainty builds and the Taliban increase attacks on political officials. It becomes clear Zarifia and her fiancé, Bashir, will be in mortal danger if they stay in the country. Zarifa’s courage has already won her attention in human-rights circles, and now IN HER HANDS will bring her powerful story to the rest of the world. Co-directors Tamana Ayazi and Marcel Mettelsiefen join us for an enlightening and impassioned conversation on the state of Afghanistan’s present and future.


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About the filmmaker – Tamana Ayazi is a journalist and filmmaker from Afghanistan. In Her Hands (2022) is her first documentary feature.

About the filmmaker – Marcel Mettelsiefen was born in Munich. His documentary films include the Academy Award–nominated short Watani: My Homeland (2016) and I Want My Country Back (2021). In Her Hands (2022) is his latest film.


“An ambitious portrait of a complex conflict.” – Lovia Gyarkye, Hollywood Reporter

“A conventional biography isn’t the aim here. Instead, In Her Hands places the audience firmly within the present tense of Afghanistan as Ghafari uses her platform to advocate for women’s rights.” – Pat Mullen, POV Magazine

“By giving a voice both to Ghafari and — in a few scattered scenes — her fierce opposition, “In Her Hands” does capture with direct immediacy how hard it can be to loosen up a culture with a tradition of rigidity.” – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

“Women have obstacles put in their way from birth, and the passion and upset in this documentary that we see from not only Zarifa herself but her family is heartbreaking.” – Romey Norton, Ready Steady Cut

There There – Director Andrew Bujalski

In THERE THERE acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Bujalski (Support the Girls, Computer Chess) explores the precarious nature of human connection in a round robin of emotional two-character vignettes in which seven people reach out and bond momentarily, setting the scene for the next encounter. A pair of new lovers, an alcoholic and her AA sponsor, a teacher and a parent, a lawyer and his client, and more move from scene to scene, revealing intimate details as they forge connections. Via a groundbreaking shooting process, Bujalski plays with ideas of isolation and perception by filming each actor individually in separate locations, only joining them to their partner’s performance in the edit. An extraordinary cast including Jason Schwartzman, Lennie James, Lili Taylor and Molly Gordon sensitively captures the humor and heartbreaking fragility of life and love in the 2020s. Director Andrew Bujalski (Beeswax, Support the Girls, Results, Funny Ha Ha) stops by for a conversation on how the daunting challenge of making a film in the age of COVID that mirrored the unstable zeitgeist of a film about seven people rattling through life trying to re-connect with a recognizable humanity.


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About the filmmaker – Andrew Bujalski, born in Boston in 1977, is the son of an artist-turned-businesswoman, Sheila Dubman, and a businessman, Edmund Bujalski. Andrew studied film at Harvard’s Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, where the Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman was his thesis advisor. He shot his first feature, Funny Ha Ha, in 2002, and followed it with Mutual Appreciation in 2003 – though neither film received theatrical distribution until 2005 and 2006, respectively. Bujalski wrote both screenplays, and appears as an actor, playing a major role in both films. In 2006, he appeared as an actor and contributed to the screenplay of the Joe Swanberg film Hannah Takes the Stairs. Beeswax and Computer Chess, Bujalski’s third and fourth independent films, were filmed in Austin, where the director lives now. Beeswax was released in the summer of 2009. While making Beeswax, Bujalski wrote a screenplay adaptation of Benjamin Kunkel’s 2005 novel Indecision for Paramount Pictures. His fourth feature Computer Chess, a period film set at a computer programming tournament in 1980, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2013 and won the Alfred Sloan Feature Film Prize. It is his first feature edited digitally and it is the only feature film shot almost exclusively with original Sony 1968 AVC-3260 B&W video cameras. In 2015 he directed and wrote the screenplay for Results (2015) and the award-winning Support the Girls (2019) starring Regina Hall. 



The Computer Accent – Co-directors Sebastian Pardo and Riel Roch-Decter

Co-directors Sebastian Pardo and Riel Roch-Decter latest documentary, THE COMPUTER ACCENT, is a documentary following the boundary-pushing pop group YACHT as they try something terrifying and new: handing over the reins of their entire creative process to ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. Working with technologists and leading AI researchers, YACHT uses cutting-edge data analysis tools, machine learning, neural networks, sci-fi instruments, and generative composition strategies to create a new kind of human-machine album—music, lyrics, artwork, videos, and all. Putting AI to the test in the name of art, YACHT are guides through the brave new world of machine intelligence. Along the way, they’ll question their own roles in a future where software anticipates, generates, and synthesizes human work. Co-directors Sebastian Pardo (ACTRESS, ALL LIGHT, EVERYWHERE, ANOTHER EVIL)  and Riel Roch-Decter (RAT FILM, FRAUD, DAVID) join us to talk about working with the leading edge group of artists who make up YACHT, their willingness to embrace the possibility of failure, and exploring the benefits, pitfalls and inevitability of Artificial Intelligence in our daily lives.


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About the filmmakers – Sebastian Pardo and Riel Roch Decter founded  MEMORY  at the start of 2014 and together have produced and distributed award-winning fiction and non-fiction films. They have collaborated with multi-hyphenate filmmakers and artists to bring their debut films to fruition, such as: Celia Rowlson-Hall’s MA, Carson Mell’s ANOTHER EVIL, Dean Fleischer-Camp’s FRAUD, Theo Anthony’s RAT FILM, Marnie Ellen Hertzler’s CRESTONE and Zia Anger’s MY FIRST FILM project. In 2016, MEMORY was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, and in 2020 MEMORY was awarded the Cinereach Producing Award for their work in “shaping new ways of filmmaking.” MEMORY’s latest production, Theo Anthony’s ALL LIGHT, EVERYWHERE won a Special Jury Prize for Non-Fiction Experimentation at Sundance 2021. THE COMPUTER ACCENT, which world premiered at CPH:DOX 2022, is their debut feature film as a directing team. 

About the subjects – YACHT began in 2002, as the design studio Young Americans Challenging High Technology, but the group is neither young nor American. For 20 years, Jona Bechtolt, Claire L. Evans and Robert Kieswetter have shape-shifted through multiple lineups and musical styles, releasing albums internationally on DFA RECORDS and DOWNTOWN RECORDS. YACHT have created and sold unplayable compact discs, published a philosophical handbook, built a 62-foot video installation for Dolby, designed an eyewear collection, created a fragrance, campaigned against NSA surveillance, programmed large- scale public art activations, and have been commissioned to speak, curate, and perform by organizations including THE GETTY CENTER, ADOBE, TEDx, WIRED, MOMA LACMA, RHIZOME,  VICE, and more. Their seventh album, Chain Tripping,  was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Immersive Audio Album.


“The Computer Accent helps illustrate the prospective uses of AI, along with how much, much further it has to go.” – Dan Schindel, Hyperallergic

“But Accent is less about the end product than their process. Which you will find interesting most likely to the degree that you are interested in pondering the eternal questions of art vs. technology…” – Dennis Harvey, 48 Hills

Cabin Music – Director James Carson

James Carson’s feature documentary film debut, CABIN MUSIC, chronicles an intriguing, transformative meditation willed into existence by an artist fully committed to channeling unknowable natural forces through his own music and onto the screen. All of which is taking place at a time when a spiritual crisis spurs James Carson to leave the constraints of the conservatory, pianist and embark on a journey of discovery and making new connections between music and the natural world. Carson’s travels culminate in a cabin he builds in the Canadian wild where his experiences meld into a new form. A lyrical, genre-defying feast for the senses, CABIN MUSIC is a testament to the twin transcendent powers of music and nature. Director, producer, cinematographer, editor, digital colorist and composer James Carson joins us for an in-depth conversation on  the roots of his music, why playing the “mistakes” in formal music inspires him, presenting his music on three distinct artistic platforms and his decision to take an unconventional approach to building the cabin at the heart of this film.

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About the filmmaker – Pianist James Carson has developed a new form of music and over the last twelve years has produced and directed Cabin Music, a feature film, to share it with the world. A childhood prodigy born with perfect pitch, Carson composed complete songs at age four and had his music performed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at age sixteen, leading him to be called “one of the most gifted rising stars” by the Edmonton Journal. When he attended the New England Conservatory, however, his studies with Joe Maneri, Cecil Taylor, and the poet Robert Creeley led him to a dramatic life change: he walked away from music and spent two years backpacking and farming overland from Spain to Japan. After his return to Northern Alberta, Canada, he then spent five years designing, building, and practicing in a remote strawbale cabin. The musical result was multilayered, detailed, meditative, and harmonious. Praised by Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer Milton Babbitt, who wrote of his “astonished joy” in response to Carson’s “exceptional pianism”. He lives in New York and returns regularly to his cabin.

Director / Musician Statement – Almost twenty years ago I walked away from the New England Conservatory in pursuit of what seemed an unreachable goal: for the whole earth to play the piano. That vision is now coming to fruition over the next month in Manhattan. On October 27 I’ll be performing in the Crypt at the Church of the Intercession in Harlem with Death of Classical. On October 28th I’ll be releasing my debut album The Story of Birds, on Bright Shiny Things. Finally, on November 13 Cabin Music, the feature documentary film, will have it’s world premiere at the Cinépolis in Chelsea with DOC NYC. Cabin Music begins with the words “The cabin and New York are one building: you open the cabin door and walk out into New York.” Nothing could be happier than to see familiar faces at these events. So, if I may, I’d like to extend an invitation, to friends old and new, to try that door in the opposite direction: to open the door of New York and step into the cabin. – James Carson



“The performance reiterated the concept that nothing that repeats is ever the same, even if only because we have changed in the intervening moments…. It does not need a name to exist; it just is.” Feast of Music

“Delicate music surrounded by the aura of silence.” Boston Phoenix

“I hope only you can infer something of my astonished joy in response to your performances.” Milton Babbitt

“A quest to create sounds that reflect the magnificence of nature.” Times of India

“A genial genius.” Robert Creeley

“Being in the moment… we were transported to the stratosphere. ” Berkshire Fine Arts

Sam Now – Director Reed Harkness & Producer Jason Reid

Reed Harkness’ hauntingly emotional debut feature documentary SAM NOW poses the question, “What happens when a boy and his brother go on a road trip in search of their missing mom?” Filmed over an expanse of 25 years, two brothers go on a 2,000-mile road trip to solve a family mystery. Shooting on nearly every camera format imaginable, from hand-developed Super-8 film to Arri 4K, Sam Harkness and his older half-brother Reed use their  creative world of fiction filmmaking to dive headfirst into dealing with the issue at hand: Sam’s mom is missing. Sam’s wetsuit and mask wearing alter ego, the Blue Panther, bounds into frame with youthful energy and a heroic spirit of adventure. But can the Blue Panther save the day? And are these fun-loving brothers actually ready for what lies ahead? Cracking the case of Sam’s mom’s disappearance is only the beginning  of their story. As Sam grows up, the optimistic boy with his heart set on finding his mom becomes a man whose new hope is to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma. Director / Producer / Cinematographer Reed Harkness and Producer / Editor Jason Reid join us for a conversation on how they both became filmmakers, a friendship dating back to childhood, how and when Reed realized that his archive of family footage and film collaborations with his brother Sam became the emotional subtext in a search for their mom who walked out of their lives in order to save her own.


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About the filmmaker – Director / Producer / Cinematographer Reed Harkness attended film school in his backyard and garage.At age 18, he began making a series of short films starring his younger brother Sam. This was the beginning of a project two decades in the making: SAM NOW, a coming-of-age film that follows his brother from age 11 to 36. Reed also directed the award-winning 30-minute documentary FOREST ON FIRE and the documentary series for Topic, HOUSE ON FIRE.  See more:

About the filmmaker – Producer / editor Jason Reid is an award-winning producer, editor and director. He directed and produced the Emmy® Award-winning MAN ZOU: BEIJING TO SHANGHAI and the Webby Award-winning SONICSGATE: REQUIEM FOR A TEAM, which aired on CNBC and ESPN. He produced and edited K2: SIREN OF THE HIMALAYAS and EVERGREEN: THE ROAD TO LEGALIZATION, which both aired on Netflix. He recently produced and edited the hit climbing film DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY.  See more:


“There are very few projects as impactful as Sam Now. Balancing a dynamic energy with haunting emotions, the film is a focused slice of real life that captures a truth so powerful and complex that it simply can’t be fully understood in the realm of fiction. The feature is touching in all the right ways and stands tall as one of the best films of the year.”  – Carson Timar, Clapper

“The obsessive documentation of the brothers’ childhood in Reed Harkness’ documentary “Sam Now,” where they are playing with cameras and making movies, is just beautiful. It’s such an incredible storehouse of feeling. And then the film becomes an investigation or excavation of their family that is very unusual.”– Tamara Jenkins,

“Reed Harkness has made a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime film. Filled with intimate family footage, Sam Now feels like a novel or a well-crafted drama, but it’s all too true. It’s a truly artistic documentary, which should be seen and embraced by discerning audiences in North America and abroad.”Marc Glassman, POV Magazine

“Days after seeing the film I am still pondering it. The film kicked up all sorts of thoughts and feelings about things in my own life that I haven’t thought of or wanted to ponder… You really should see this and see how it hits you. This is a really good film and is highly recommended.”Steve Kopian, Unseen Films

“The film that changed my life… I hate to sound dramatic but my viewing of Sam Now felt almost supernatural. I had read about how sometimes great art can make you feel that way, how it can totally gut you, transform you, chew you up and spit you out in the best of all ways, but I had never experienced that phenomenon myself, not until that moment.”Jennifer Julia, Telluride Daily Planet

1946: The Mistranslation That Shifted a Culture – Director Sharon “Rocky” Roggio

Rocky Roggio’s debut feature documentary, 1946: THE MISTRANSLATION THAT SHIFTED A CULTURE seeks to uncover the origins of the rabid homophobia of the conservative church, a gay seminary scholar and a straight activist make a shocking discovery: 1946 follows the story of tireless researchers who trace the origins of the anti-gay movement among Christians to a grave mistranslation of the Bible in 1946. It chronicles the discovery of never-before-seen archives at Yale University which unveil astonishing new revelations, and casts significant doubt on any biblical basis for gay prejudice. Featuring Kathy Baldock, a straight ally, Christian LGBTQIA+ activist, Ed Oxford, an LGBTQIA+ Christian researcher and a Masters of Divinity graduate of Talbot School of Theology, and prominent scholars as well as opposing pastors, including the personal stories of the film’s creators, 1946 is at once challenging, enlightening, and inspiring. Director Rocky Roggio uses her own complicated history as the queer daughter of a minister as a point of departure to bring us this fascinating personal investigation.

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Director’s Statement – These beliefs, held by many dear to my heart, have cast a dark, dangerous shadow over my life. After years of searching for my voice, and calling, as a storyteller, my path has led me here. It is my goal to change the Christian narrative and liberate the many LGBTQIA+ people living in the dark; oppressed by bad theology. I want us all to live and be acknowledged as equals, under God’s love. There are truths that must be shared. We are here to share those truths.” – Sharon “Rocky” Roggio


2nd Chance – Director Ramin Bahrani

Ramin Bahrani’s debut feature documentary, 2nd Chance takes an in-depth look at  a former pizzeria owner, Richard Davis, the man who invented the modern-day bulletproof vest. To prove that it worked, he shot himself — point blank — 192 times. Davis then launched Second Chance, which became one of the largest body armor companies in the world. Charming and brash, he directed sensational marketing films, earning him celebrity status among police and gun owners across the country. But the death of a police officer wearing a Second Chance vest catalyzes Davis’ fall, and reveals a man full of contradictions cultivated over decades of reckless behavior. Equally as questionable as he was captivating, Davis saved thousands of lives while endangering exponentially more. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, 99 Homes, White Tiger) continues his fascination with the perilous pursuit of the American Dream as seen through a uniquely individual lens. The film shrewdly juxtaposes Richard Davis’ actions with those of his righteous right-hand man, Aaron Westrick. Unwilling to passively present questionable truths, Bahrani instead lays bare the complexities of one man’s supposed virtue while speaking to the nature of power and impunity in America. Director and producer Ramin Bahrani joins us for a conversation on making the leap into feature documentary, his fascination with Richard Davis and his penchant for self mythology, gun culture and the invaluable opportunity for redemption and reconciliation.


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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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“There are so many incredibly entertaining pieces to Richard’s saga, allocated into potent chapters, and Bahrani is in masterful control of their larger meaning.” – Nick Allen,

“Through startlingly candid interviews, wild archival footage, and a keen visual sense, Bahrani shows how Davis’s invention changed the world, and what the true lasting effects of that change have been.” – Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

“[Davis] is ultimately that archetypal American figure, the unflappable charlatan amassing wealth by carving breaches in the membrane separating media fantasy and political reality.” – Patrick Dahl, Screen Slate

“Making a great documentary is half finding the right story, half knowing what to do with it. Ramin Bahrani hits the jackpot on both counts… – Lee Marshall, Screen International

“Ramin Bahrani makes a graceful leap to feature documentaries with this fascinating portrait of a complex, troubling figure and those caught up in his overpowering orbit.” – Shaun Munro, Flickering Myth

The Return of Tanya Tucker featuring Brandi Carlile – Director Kathlyn Horan

THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER follows Brandie Carlile and trailblazing, hell-raising country music legend Tanya Tucker, a woman who defied the standards of how a woman in country music was supposed to behave. Decades after Tanya slipped from the spotlight, rising Americana music star Brandi Carlile takes it upon herself to write an entire album for her hero based on Tanya’s extraordinary life, spurring the greatest comeback in country music history. THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER follows Tanya’s richly creative, utterly captivating, bumpy ride back to the top as Brandi encourages her to push past her fears to create a new sound and reach a new audience. The writing, the experimenting,  and refining of this new music mixes with all that came before – using rare archival footage and photographs to delve into Tanya’s history, beginning in a single wide trailer in Seminole, Texas. Taking stock of the past while remaining vitally alive in the present and keeping an eye on the future, THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER is a rousing exploration of an unexpected friendship built on the joy of a perfectly timed creative collaboration. Director Kathlyn Horan (Breaking 2, Past Due, Religion of Sports) joins us for a conversation on the pure joy and anxiety that were intertwined throughout the remarkable journey to document the return of Americana / Country Western legend Tanya Tucker to a Brandi Carlile produced recording project and eventually a concert tour, as well as the friendship that develops between the two women and the importance of Day One in the trajectory of this magical film. 


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About the filmmaker – Director / Producer Kathlyn Horan is an award-winning director and producer based in Los Angeles. She is premiering her new documentary THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER – featuring Brandi Carlile at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival. Her documentary feature, THE IF PROJECT, had its World Premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival, won the Lena Sharp Award for Persistence of Vision and a Special Jury Prize. Kathlyn is producing an upcoming feature documentary about the Indigo Girls. Her previous producing project, BREAKING 2, won the Cannes Lion Gold & Silver, Gold and Silver Clios, garnered an Emmy nomination and was a finalist for the Tribeca X Award. The project brought together two iconic brands, National Geographic and Nike in a feature documentary following the journey to break the 2-hour marathon barrier.. Kathlyn has produced commercials for major brands and award-winning scripted shorts including PAST DUE which won a jury prize at the Woodstock Film Festival. Working across genres and platforms, she directed a short form documentary profiling 6-time Grammy winner Brandi Carlile’s prison concert that launched in partnership with Rolling Stone. Continuing her work with Carlile, Horan directed a documentary music video for her song Hold Out Your Hand in support of March for Our Lives which premiered on NPR music. She recently directed an episode for the TV documentary series RELIGION OF SPORTS, executive produced by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra. The episode traces the journey of a high school basketball team from remote Alaskan islands to the Native American Basketball Tournament in Arizona. 



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“The Return of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile is an essential watch for fans of any of the players involved. I’d highly recommend it if you appreciate great music.” – JimmyO, We Live Entertainment

“Bless Carlile for giving Tucker the respect she deserves, now.” – Dwight Brown,

“This profoundly moving movie covers a different kind of success, as a great musician takes pains to make sure her idol receives some proper respect — the only currency that always matters.” – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

“The documentary’s skillful use of archival footage connects us to Tucker’s extraordinary talent as a singer and her vibrance and magnetism as a performer.” – Nell Minow,

“The real draw is watching Tucker work with Carlile.” – Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

“The Return of Tanya Tucker is a fittingly unconventional portrait of a nonconformist.” – Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

A House Made of Splinters – Director Simon Lereng Wilmont

Award-winning filmmaker Simon Lereng Wilmont (THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS) brings his intimate and empathetic touch to a rundown halfway house in Eastern Ukraine that houses some of the country’s most vulnerable – dozens of children cramped between an unstable and chaotic home life and the over-burdened foster care system. Wilmont’s A HOUSE MADE OF SPLINTERS documents the fast-disappearing childhoods of  these vulnerable young people amidst ever-worsening political strife with adroit warmth and unfettered access. As the film records how children suffer and survive violence and abandonment, the “orphanage” becomes a metaphor for a home, a country and a world where people entrusted with leadership fail to rise up to their responsibilities. Director, producer Simon Lereng Wilmont joins us for a conversation on the trove of love and hope that he found amongst the dysfunction and despair that has pushed so many children into institutional living, the spark of youth that refuses to be extinguished and the caring staff that do the best they can in a corner of the world that is imploding. 


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About the filmmaker – Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Simon graduated as a Documentary Film Director from The National Film School of Denmark in 2009. His first feature documentary film The Distant Barking of Dogs (2017), premiered at IDFA, and was awarded Best First Appearance. It has since gone on to win 35+ awards worldwide, among them the McBaine Documentary Feature Award at San Francisco’s SFFILM Festival, it was nominated for a European Film Award (2018), an Emmy (2020), and shortlisted for an Academy Award (2019). The film also won a Peabody Award (2020). As a director, his films include Dormitory Master (2009), Above Ground, Beneath the Sky (2008), Chikara – The Sumo Wrestler’s Son (2013) and The Fencing Champion (2014).



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“On paper it all sounds so miserable, but the best element of A House Made of Splinters is the manner in which it maneuvres past the tragedy to capture a genuine reflection of childhood.” – Grant Watson, Fiction Machine

“Instead of following an archival path or adopting an interview-driven format, Wilmont’s camera opts for an observational mode which unfolds with great patience…” – Marina Ashioti, Little White Lies

“Wilmont returns to Eastern Ukraine with this delicately wrenching diary of life in a halfway house for neglected children.” – Guy Lodge, Variety

“A House Made of Splinters nourishes hope in an at times hopeless war.” – Robert Daniels,

“With a camera that feels both urgent and unassuming, Wilmont proves he’s unambiguously earned the trust of his tiny subjects of colossal worries-a feat on so many different levels that concerns both outstanding filmmaking and exemplary humanism.“ – Tomris Laffly, Harper’s Bazaar

“A deeply human and compassionate documentary…” – Ricardo Gallegos

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Calendar Girls – Co-Directors Maria Loohufvud and Love Martinsen

The love of dance and glitter bonds an unlikely group of 60-plus women in Southwest Florida – the CALENDAR GIRLS. But under the veil of fake lashes and unicorn horns lurks the deeper truths of what aging women face within society. Sisterhood, love, loss – all come into play in this uplifting film about trying to age on your own terms and refusal to become invisible. Directors Maria Loohufvud and Love Martinsen craft a life-affirming, feel-good documentary that shakes up the outdated image of what it means to be an “old lady”. It’s a call for everyone to dance their heart out, while you still can. Directed and produced by Maria Loohufvud and Love Martinsen, CALENDAR GIRLS has screened at over 40 film festivals including 2022 Sundance Film Festival while bringing joy to all who watch the film. It has also won numerous awards during its festival run. Co-directors Maria Loohufvud and Love Martinsen stop by to talk about this lyrical look at women that are determined to face down agism, sexism and thrilled to live their lives while relishing the opportunity to entertain, young and old.


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“This affectionate portrait is also well grounded.” – Glenn Kenny, New York Times

“The costumes and dance numbers are fun but what is most touching is the way the women care for each other.” – Nell Minow,

“Calendar Girls is a documentary on what it means to grow older while exploring the power of friendships, leisure, work and learning new thingseven later in life.” – Aviva Dove-Viebahn, Ms. Magazine

“This fantasia in sparkles and patriotic leotards is a phenomenon worthy of ethnographic study, and though it doesnt dig too deeply into its subjects beliefs, the film is a highly watchable, admiring snapshot of girls who just want to have fun.” – Shayna Maci Warner, The Film Stage

Something in the Dirt – Co-directors Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead

The latest from the creative filmmaking team behind the trippy sci-fi triumph, The Endless, comes SOMETHING IN THE DIRT. The film focuses on Levi, a man who has snagged a no-lease apartment sight unseen in the Hollywood Hills to crash at while he ties up loose ends for his exodus from Los Angeles. He quickly strikes up a rapport with his new neighbor John, swapping stories like old friends under the glowing, smoke-filled skies of the city. Soon after meeting, Levi and John witness something impossible in one of their apartments. Terrified at first, they soon realize this could change their lives and give them a purpose. With dollar signs in their eyes, these two eccentric strangers will attempt to prove the supernatural. DIY wonderkids Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson serve as co-directors, co-stars, co-editors, writer (Benson) and cinematographer (Moorhead) of this twisted, sci-fi talkie. Their odd-ball chemistry shines on screen and in the script, as these two isolated and unfulfilled individuals spur each other toward wormholes and away from reality. SOMETHING IN THE DIRT tells a tale of these paranoid times, where every answer imaginable is just a Google search away. Co-directors, co-producers, co-editors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Synchronic, The Endless)  stop by for a conversation on the inspiration for Something in the Dirt, the decision to cast themselves as the lead actors, and how they landed on the right blend of science, occult, history and psychedelic atmospherics.


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“Garage punk sci-fi of the kind not much seen since Alex Cox’s Repo Man… a film that gives questions to the answers you’ve always been looking for.” Damon Wise, Deadline

“Their latest fusion of science fiction, character drama, dark comedy, and overwhelming paranoia, “Something in the Dirt,” feels like their most personal film.”Jason Bailey, The Playlist

“This is Benson and Moorhead at their best, creating a genre film filled with tenderness and intimacy. It’s bizarre, it’s relatable, and it’s sweet.” – Mary Beth McAndrews, Dread Central

“A mind-melter… Benson and Moorhead’s most complex production to date, and proof of the duo’s willingness to challenge themselves as much as their audience.” – Andy Crump, Inverse

“A brilliant blend of surreal, comedic horror and found-footage aesthetics.” – Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm

Black Notebooks: Ronit – Director Shlomi Elkabetz

Based on family archives and excerpts from the trilogy created by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz –  BLACK NOTEBOOKS: RONIT invites us into the intimacy of a Jewish-Arab family, a family of uprooted exiles, in an imaginary story where a brother and sister revisit the past and the present to defy an implacable future. Ronit Elkabetz was a beloved and critically acclaimed star of Israeli cinema (LATE MARRIAGE, THE BAND’S VISIT, GETT). Elkabetz’s versatility, beauty and magnetism prompted the New York Times, in 2008, to dub her “Israel’s Meryl Streep,” while other international critics compared her to an Almodovar heroine. Ronit Elkabetz co-directed three films, including GETT, with her brother, Shlomi Elkabetz. In BLACK NOTEBOOKS: RONIT, his love letter to his sister and to cinema, Shlomi chronicles the making of their film GETT, as the siblings are faced with Ronit’s illness. Determined for Ronit to stay alive they embark on a journey, traveling the world with their film and attempting to change destiny. Ronit Elkabetz died in 2016 at the age of 51. Director Shlomi Elkabetz joins us to talk about his decision to move forward with this film, Ronit’s artistry as a performer and director and the lasting impact her passing has had on the people whose lives she touched.


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BLACK NOTEBOOKS: RONIT was selected for the Cannes Film Festival and went on to win the 2022 Ophir Award (Israeli “Oscar”) for Best Documentary. BLACK NOTEBOOKS: RONIT opens in Los Angeles at Laemmle Theaters on November 4th and in New York at the New Plaza Cinema on November 11th. Shlomi Elkabetz will participate in Q&As for the Los Angeles & New York premieres

About the filmmaker – Shlomi Elkabetz is a Moroccan actor, screenwriter, director, producer based between Israel and France. At 21, he moved to New York to attend drama lessons. In 2004, he co-wrote and co-directed To Take a Wife with his sister, actress Ronit Elkabetz, which was awarded the Critics’ Prize and Audience Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2004. They continued working together and made The Seven Days (2008) and Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014). Elkabetz made his acting debut in the TV mini-series Our Boys (2019). His sister starred in all his films, and Cahiers noirs (2021) was her last film before she passed away. Shlomi’s films includes: To Take a Wife (2004, co-dir), Shiva/The Seven Days (2008, co-dir), Edut/Testimony (2011), Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014, co-dir), Cahiers noirs/Black Notebooks (2021, doc)

Next Exit – Director Mali Elfman

Director Mali Elfman feature film debut, NEXT EXIT, opens with a research scientist (Karen Gillan) making national news “proving” that she can track people into the afterlife. Rose (Katie Parker) sees a way out and Teddy (Rahul Kohli) sees his chance to finally make it. These two strangers, both harboring dark secrets, race to join the doctor’s contentious study and leave this life behind. While Rose is haunted by a ghostly presence that she can’t outrun, Teddy is forced to confront his past. As the two unlikely misfits humorously quarrel their way across the country, they meet people along the way who force them to reckon with what is really driving them. In addition to Katie Parker and Rahul Kohli NEXT EXIT also features a sterling cast that includes Tongayi Chirisa, Tim Griffin, Diva Zappa, and Nico Evers-Swindell. Director / writer Mali Elfman joins us for a conversation on her inspiration for making the film, posing some of the most vexing questions about life and death, working with her brilliant lead actors and the challenges of making her first feature film a “road trip” endeavor.


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About the filmmaker –  Mali Elfman is a Writer, Director and BAFTA nominated Producer, who began her career with her micro-budget feature film DO NOT DISTURB. Since then she’s produced numerous films including Karen Gillan’s directorial debut THE PARTY’S JUST BEGINNING and Mike Flanagan’s BEFORE I WAKE, as well as numerous immersive experiences, including the award-winning ARCANA. She and filmmaker Laura Moss were selected as a team for the Tribeca and Chanel’s “Through Her Lens” Grant in 2019 and the Cannes Film Festival’s “Breaking Through the Lens” Program in 2020. Mali has written and directed many short horror films, the most recent of which, LOCKER ROOM Z, was distributed by Amazon Prime after playing in Alamo Drafthouse theaters. Her directorial debut feature film, NEXT EXIT, will premiere at Tribeca 2022.



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“A great cast and fantastic story highlight this genre-bending road trip movie. One of the funniest and emotionally powerful movies of the year. A great debut from Mali Elfman.” – Nathaniel Muir, AIPT

“This is definitely a great opportunity to showcase Elfman‘s talent and further reason for us to look at Katie Parker and Rahul Kohli for the stars they are. With stunning performances, and intriguing concepts and characters, Next Exit is one not to miss.” – Kristy Strouse, Film Inquiry

“A must-see for those that enjoy listening to characters discuss lofty topics whilst forming connections. Think Linklater’s Before Sunrise viewed through a Black Mirror lens.” – Kat Hughes, THN

“A beautiful exploration of accountability, belief and connection.” – Caitlyn Downs,

“Led by the exemplary Kohli and Parker, Next Exit represents the ascent of an exciting new voice in genre filmmaking, with a humane touch.” – Maria Lattila, whynow

UTAMA – Director Alejandro Loayza Grisi

UTAMA takes us to an arid Bolivian highlands where an elderly Quechua couple, Virginio and Sisa, have been living a tranquil life for years. While Virginio takes their small herd of llamas out to graze, s Sisa keeps house and walks for miles with the other local women to fetch precious water. When an uncommonly long drought threatens everything they know, the couple must decide whether to stay and maintain their traditional way of life or admit defeat and move in with family members in the city. Virginio and Sisa’s dilemma is precipitated by the arrival of their grandson Clever, who comes to visit with news. The three of them must face, each in their own way, the effects of a changing environment, the importance of tradition, and the meaning of life itself. This visually jaw-dropping debut feature by photographer-turned-filmmaker Alejandro Loayza Grisi is lensed by award-winning cinematographer Barbara Alvarez (Lucretia Martel’s The Headless Woman) and won the Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema Dramatic) at the Sundance Film Festival. Director Alejandro Loayza Grisi joins us to talk about identifying the non-professional actors to play Virginio and Sisa, working with the indigenous villagers and the striking right balance of look, pace and tone for this stark personal tale that also addresses the direct impact that the looming climate catastrophe will have on the poorest people on the planet.


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UTAMA is Bolivia’s submission for Best International Feature at the 2023 Academy Awards®

About the filmmaker – Bolivian filmmakerAlejandro Loayza Grisi (1985) began his artistic career in still photography andthen enters the world of cinema through cinematography.As a director of photography he worked in documentary series Planeta Bolivia, and many short films such as Aicha, Dochera and Polvo. Attracted by the stories that can be told through the image in motion, he ventured into script and direction with his first feature film, Utama



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“Visually stunning. Combines magical realism with gorgeously precise cinematography. Momentarily let us into the language of the unknown.” – Carlos Aguilar, IndieWire

“Beautifully realized feature debut. Shot in artfully composed and vibrantly colored widescreen by DP Barbara Alvarez, it resembles a cross between a minimalist Sergio Leone western and a series of photos by Sebastião Salgado. The story at the heart of the film… is more than just a coffee-table-book view of indigenous culture; it’s a powerful and cautionary tale of survival in a dying world.” – Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

“Meditative and deeply romantic. Rarely has the [climate] crisis been addressed as organically – or with quite so many llamas.”  – Marya E. Gates,  

“Through the love story at the heart of this visually arresting feature debut, UTAMA offers the audience a relatable connection with a way of life that is on the verge of extinction. The risk of any film taking the photogenic simplicity of peasant lifestyles as its subject is that it slips into ethnographic romanticisation. UTAMA avoids this by foregrounding a harshness and desperation that balances the calendar-photo appeal of the llamas.” – Wendy Ide, Screen International

My Garden of a Thousand Bees – Director Martin Dohrn

The natural world is upfront and riveting in acclaimed wildlife filmmaker Martin Dohrn’s MY GARDEN OF A THOUSAND BEES. Dohrn sets out to record all the bee species in his tiny urban garden in Bristol, England. Filming with one-of-a-kind lenses he forged at his kitchen table, he catalogs more than 60 different species, from Britain’s largest  bumblebees to scissor bees the size of a mosquito. Over long months, Dohrn observes how differences in behavior set different species apart. He eventually gets so close to the bees he can identify individuals by sight, documenting life at their level as we have never seen it before. Among the many amazing moments captured in My Garden of a Thousand Bees, are bees laying tiny eggs preparing for the next generation, green-fanged spiders feasting on male flower bees and a female yellow-faced bee  attacking a Gasteruption wasp to protect her nest. Other fascinating behavior featured in the film includes two male bees fighting each other over a female, different species of bees competing over territory and one busy bee building a nest with a shell and hundreds of sticks. Intrigued by the intelligence of one particular wood-carving leafcutter bee, Dohrn dubs her “Nicky” and sees life at her level as she leaves a lasting legacy in the garden. Director and narrator Martin Dohrn (Age of Big Cats, Tera Mater) joins us for a conversation on his own fascination with bees, what inspired into this deep dive into their world and the fundamental importance of these inspiring creatures in sustaining human life.


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Winner of Behavior, Editing, Producer and Director at the 2022 Golden Panda Film Festival, which honors the best international wildlife film of the year

About the filmmaker – Martin Dohrn is an award-winning filmmaker who has been producing specialist landmark natural history films for over 30 years. Martin’s roles extend to Director, Executive Producer, and writer, but today he is still focused on camerawork. During this time, he has devised game-changing techniques in low-light and macro filming, allowing audiences remarkable new insights into the natural world. Leading the field with his range of world-renowned tech, he developed his Colour Starlight Camera, delivering colour footage from some of the darkest locations on Earth, and Frankencam – micro-motion control for filming small things in the wild. Martin’s ground-breaking films include Mara Nights and Killer Ants for BBC, Night of the Lion for National Geographic and David Attenborough’s Light on Earth for Terra Mater Factual Studios, CuriosityStream and BBC. The National Geographic film Great Migrations earned him an Emmy for craft cinematography, adding to the multiple awards earned for his innovative children’s series Smalltalk Diaries, as well as three BAFTA nominations.

About the studio – HHMI Tangled Bank Studios is a mission-driven production company that crafts exceptional films where science is a lens for making sense of our world, while inspiring awe and wonder. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the studio, led by biologist and acclaimed author Sean B. Carroll, is uniquely positioned to shine a light on some of the most significant scientific challenges and breakthroughs of our time. Recent films include Emmy Award-winners The Serengeti Rules and The Farthest – Voyager In Space; Emmy-nominated Nature’s Fear Factor and My Garden of a Thousand Bees; Peabody Award winner Inventing Tomorrow; and All That Breathes, the only documentary to win best documentary at the Sundance, Cannes, and London film festivals. To extend the reach and impact of each film, the studio undertakes educational and public outreach efforts in partnership with mission-driven organizations. For more go to:


Inhospitable – Director Sandra Alvarez

Why are healthcare costs so high in the United States? Filmmaker Sandra Alvarez’s  illuminating documentary INHOSPITABLE follows patients and activists as they band together in an effort to stop UPMC, a multi-billion-dollar nonprofit hospital system, from making vital care unaffordable for hundreds of thousands of vulnerable patients in western Pennsylvania. Few are aware that in the past several years many nonprofit hospitals around the country have been building healthcare empires and amassing huge amounts of wealth and political power at the expense of the surrounding residents. The story of INHOSPITABLE illustrates this alarming trend and turns the lens on the seemingly un-winnable battle between the Goliath UPMC and the patients, hospital workers, community activists, labor leaders, journalists, and politicians – almost all of them women – who built a grassroots movement to literally fight for their lives. Director Sandra Alvarez (The History of Comedy, The Nineties) explores the perspectives of patients, hospital workers, advocates, and politicians to shed light on an overlooked fight for justice and how what happened in Pennsylvania can and is happening in every corner of America.


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About the filmmaker – Director and Producer Sandra Alvarez has spent her career directing and producing a wide spectrum of documentary and television programs appearing on CNN, Netflix, Sundance Channel, History Channel, BBC America, A&E Network and Discovery Channel. Her previous work includes serving as one of the directors of the Netflix original documentary series HOT GIRLS WANTED: TURNED ON, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. She served as a producer for CNN’s documentary series THE NINETIES and THE HISTORY OF COMEDY.


“‘InHospitable’ is a decent advocacy documentary that compellingly argues a couple of points that aren’t easy to make compelling onscreen.” – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

All Quiet on the Western Front – Director Edward Berger

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT tells the gripping story of a young German soldier on the Western Front of World War I. Paul and his comrades experience first-hand how the initial euphoria of war turns into desperation and fear as they fight for their lives, and each other, in the trenches. From German-born director Edward Berger as created a cinematically unique adaptation from a German perspective of Erich Maria Remarque’s eponymous novel ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT. Considered by many literary scholars to be one of the most effective and moving anti-war works of all time. The film also includes the story of the German politician, Matthias Erzberger (Daniel Brühl), known as one of the lead diplomats responsible for negotiating the armistice between the Kaiser (German) forces and the Allies. German nationalists later blamed him for the financial collapse and political instability that beset post-war Germany. That chaotic period eventually gave rise to Adolf Hitler and his fascist reign of terror. German nationalist accused Erzberger of treason and assassinated him. Director Edward Berger stops by to talk about the reasons he felt the time was right to revisit the stark and senseless slaughter of World War I and the 44 million people who died, his decision to focus the story on the young and impressionable young men who enlisted in the German infantry and to highlight the relatively unknown aspect of the war that examines the bloodless political calculations that went into negotiating an end to “the war to end all wars” which led to an even deadlier worldwide conflict 20 years later that killed nearly twice as many people. 


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“Remarkable, if harrowing, film-making.” – Wendy Ide, Observer (UK)

“Even though this version of “Quiet” predictably ends as its predecessors did, the last scene still comes as a gut punch, one that reverberates with even more significance in 2022 as war once again darkens the skies over Europe.” – Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle

“Bolstered by Volker Bertelmann’s gorgeously composed ominous score and by James Friend’s breathtaking cinematography, this latest incarnation of this much loved novel has proven to be its most faithful yet.” – Linda Marric, The Jewish Chronicle

“A wrenching, visceral adaptation of a work that is almost a century old, written when ruined veterans could still hear the sound of the gunfire in their dreams.” – Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International

“A devastating portrait of war from an alternate viewpoint rarely seen on screen, Edward Berger’s interpretation of ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ is a visceral and harrowing masterpiece.” – Doug Jamieson, The Jam Report

Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues – Director Sacha Jenkins

LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S BLACK & BLUES offers an intimate and revealing look at the world-changing musician, presented through a lens of archival footage and never-before-heard home recordings and personal conversations. This definitive documentary, directed by Sacha Jenkins, honors Armstrong’s legacy as a founding father of jazz, one of the first internationally known and beloved stars, and a cultural ambassador of the United States. LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S BLACK & BLUES shows how Armstrong’s own life spans the shift from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement, and how he became a lightning rod figure in that turbulent era. LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S BLACK & BLUES is a project of Imagine Documentaries and Polygram Entertainment with a production team that includes Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes, Michele Anthony, Brian Grazer, and Ron Howard. Director and producer Sacha Jenkins joins us for a conversation on the profound impact that Louis Armstrong has had on American music, specifically jazz, his multi- hyphenated career as a singer, trumpeter, actor,  bandleader, artist, ambassador of American culture, his life-long partnership with his wife, Lil, and how important it was for Jenkins to re-set the perception of this humble man with a thorough recounting of his personal, professional and musical life.


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“Like one of Armstrong’s great solos, it feels packed with dynamics, sprinkled with astonishing high notes, and immensely pleasurable.” – Leslie Felperin, Guardian

“With all that’s been said, reported and written about Louis Armstrong over the decades, it’s shocking how eye and ear-opening Sacha Jenkins’ new documentary about him is.” – Roger Moore, Movie Nation

“Sacha Jenkins eloquently shares the story of a legend that we barely knew as a musician or a man. Louis Armstrong blazed a trail in jazz, but had a side that will surprise, elate and leave audiences with a different kind of respect for his legacy” – Carla Renata, The Curvy Film Critic

“Jenkins is undaunted by the complexity of his subject, plunging ahead with swagger and not worrying if we have unanswered questions at the end.” – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

“With this tuneful, tender documentary, director Sacha Jenkins convincingly makes the case that there was no more significant music figure in the entire 20th century than Louis Armstrong.” – Bill Newcott, Movies For The Rest Of Us

All That Breathes – Director Shaunak Sen

ALL THAT BREATHES takes us to one of the world’s most populated cities, where cows, rats, monkeys, frogs, and hogs jostle cheek-by-jowl with people where the “Kite  Brothers,” Nadeem Shehzad and Mohammad Saud, care for thousands of these majestic black kite birds of prey that drop daily from New Delhi’s smog-choked skies. As meat-eaters, the black kites are rejected by the city’s bird hospitals. Against a backdrop of environmental toxicity  and civil unrest escalate, the relationship between this family and the neglected kites forms a poetic chronicle of the city’s collapsing ecology and deepening social fault lines. ALL THAT BREATHES had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and it is the only film ever to have won both the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance and Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival. Director Shaunak Sen is a filmmaker and film scholar based in New Delhi, India. His first feature, CITIES OF SLEEP (2016), explored that city through the lens of sleep and was screened internationally, earning six international documentary awards.


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About the filmmaker – Shaunak Sen is a filmmaker and film scholar based in New Delhi, India. Cities of Sleep (2016), his first feature-length documentary, was shown at various major international film festivals (including DOK Leipzig, DMZ Docs and the Taiwan International Documentary Festival, among others) and won 6 international awards. Shaunak received the IDFA Bertha Fund (2019), the Sundance Documentary Grant (2019), the Catapult Film Fund (2020), the Charles Wallace Grant, the Sarai CSDS Digital Media fellowship (2014), and the Films Division of India fellowship (2013). He was also a visiting scholar at Cambridge University (2018) and has published academic articles in Bioscope, Wide screen and other journals.


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“…An immersive, haunting documentary portrait… with intimacy, a great score and some fantastic macro cinematography… there is no denying the movie’s power or its subject; there’s also no denying the heartbreak of its images.”  – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“As gorgeous as it is ambitious, as stirring as it is terrifying. Sen has a patient, observational style with his camera: He is often content to let us watch a desolate street scene, or a group of people eating dinner without really talking to one another. It’s an immersive tactic, allowing us as viewers to fall into the cadence of the world being presented onscreen.” – Bilge Ebiri, Spirituality & Health  

“With the great documentary cinematographer Benjamin Bernhard, Sen creates images as sublime to our eyes as the sight of these huge black birds flying through a sky darkened with pollution are to the brothers. “  – Amy Taubin, Artforum

“ALL THAT BREATHES (is) a vital and transfixing work of urban ecology about two Muslim brothers who share an uncommonly holistic perspective of the world around them.” – David Ehrlich, IndieWire

A Decent Home – Director Sara Terry

Sara Terry’s latest documentary film, A DECENT HOME focuses on the national issue of affordable housing. Affordable housing in general, mobile home ownership, in particular is on the lowest rung of the American Dream. It is currently being devoured by the wealthiest of the wealthy, whose dream are we serving? A DECENT HOME examines the wealth gap through the lives of mobile home parks residents struggling to keep a roof over their heads, as it explores the urgent question – When are the rich, rich enough? Billionaires like Warren Buffet and Wall Street now control the mobile home industry in the U.S. where tens of thousands of Americans are at the mercy of these owners and lenders who are squeezing profits from people who face the housing crisis and see mobile home parks as the last resort. Terry’s award-winning new documentary film A DECENT HOME brings the crisis to life through mobile home park residents fighting to save their homes. Director Sara Terry (Fambul Tok, Folk) joins us for a lively conversation on the widening wealth gap that threatens to further undermine the ability of people achieve home ownership as well as how found the communities and the people who provide a humanizing perspective on the slow motion disaster their lives have become, brought on by submissive political leadership and predatory capitalism.

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About the filmmaker – Director, Producer, Cinematographer Sara Terry is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. Her first film, Fambul Tok, the story of an unprecedented grass-roots forgiveness program in Sierra Leone, premiered at SXSW in 2011. It played at more than a hundred festivals around the world and won several prizes, including the Human Spirit Award at Nashville Film Festival. Fambul Tok was supported by Sundance and Chicken & Egg, and was included on Paste magazine’s list of 100 best documentaries of all time. FOLK, her second documentary, enjoyed a successful film and music festival run, including DOC NYC, Nashville Film Festival and Bonnaroo Music Festival. Sara is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, and has worked as a story consultant and consulting producer on more than a dozen documentaries, including the Sundance Jury Prize-winning One Child Nation (2019) directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang, Hao Wu’s People’s Republic of Desire, Kimberly Reed’s Dark Money, Michael Collins’ and Marty Syjuco’s Almost Sunrise, and Johanna Demetrakas’  FEMINISTS: What Were They Thinking. Sara is a Guggenheim Fellow in Photography and a member of VII photo agency. She was also a 2018 Logan Fellow at the Carey Institute, where she worked on A Decent Home, and she is a 2020 Film Independent Fellow.


“Similar to Michael Moore’s Roger and Me, Terry juxtaposes the faces of those left out with those forcing the leaving… One has no qualms with Terry’s camera, the other does. There is always a human at the center, whether they want to be there or not. ” – Boulder Weekly

“At the center of Terry’s film are themes of greed and power. But perhaps the most worrisome of all is that of indifference… By interviewing the residents and telling their stories, she puts a face on the issue. It’s a fascinating and shocking exposé, a cinematic indictment..” – Hammer to Nail

“The wealth gap is at the crux of this story. It’s people with immense wealth, or the potential for immense wealth, making it off the backs of people who are just trying to survive. ” – Bree Davies, City Cast Denver

“This is a really good film about a problem that none of us probably ever think about. ” Unseen Films

“It is excellent — heartbreaking, infuriating, motivating…a very necessary film! ” – Angel An, Roadside Attractions

Eternal Spring – Director Jason Lofton

ETERNAL SPRING documents the story behind the nationwide crack down of a spiritual group and the incident that brought down the wrath of the Chinese government. In March 2002, a state TV signal in China was hijacked by members of the banned spiritual group Falun Gong. Their goal is to counter the government narrative about their practice. In the aftermath, police raids sweep Changchun City, and comic book illustrator Daxiong (Justice League, Star Wars), a Falun Gong practitioner, is forced to flee. He arrives in North America, blaming the hijacking for worsening a violent repression. But his views are challenged when he meets the lone surviving participant to have escaped China, now living in Seoul, South Korea. Combining present-day footage with 3D animation inspired by Daxiong’s art, Eternal Spring retraces the event on its 20th anniversary, and brings to life an unprecedented story of defiance, harrowing eyewitness accounts of persecution, and an exhilarating tale of determination to speak up for political and religious freedoms, no matter the cost. Director Jason Loftus (Ask Know Questions) joins us for a conversation on the history and the suppression of Falun Gong, how the group of members came together, working with Daxiong and the current political climate in China and his continuing work to uncover the repressive actions of that government through his films.


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About the filmmaker – Director / Producer Jason Lofton is a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker and four-time Canadian Screen Award nominee, Jason’s work spans documentary, docuseries, virtual reality, narrative games, and animation. Jason produced the docuseries on Chinese cuisine, Confucius Was a Foodie, which was named Best Food Series on TV at the 2021 Taste Awards. It has aired in over 100 territories worldwide, including on PBS stations across the US and NatGeo People Asia. Jason’s directorial debut in a documentary feature, together with Eric Pedicelli, was called Ask No Questions and premiered in competition at Slamdance in 2020. It won the Copper Wing (Best World Cinema) at the Phoenix Film Festival, was endorsed by artist Ai Weiwei, and was nominated by Film Threat as 2021’s Best Socially Relevant Documentary, among other honors. Eternal Spring is Jason’s follow-up to Ask No Questions and his second documentary feature as director.


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“A vivid, troubling documentary that reconstructs how Chinese activists hijacked the airwaves of state TV in the northeastern city of Changchun in March 2002” – Cath Clarke, Guardian

“Distinctively incisive on an emotional level, the film applauds the bravery of its participants to relive a painful shared trauma and create a permanent testament of what they endured.” – Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times

“A thrilling, all-consuming film that challenges traditional documentary tropes and finds a way to tell a winding, difficult story with brilliant ease.” – Amil Niazi, Globe and Mail

“Jason Loftus and Daxiong’s work is profoundly moving. Social realities in China are dispiriting but help us remember the humanity that links us all. The day after Eternal Spring was announced as Canada’s Oscar contender, China banned Daxiong’s books.” – Anne Brodie, What She Said

“[An] original, moving tour de force, which deserves to be widely seen.” – Chris Knight, National Post