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After Auschwitz - Profiling Six Extraordinary Holocaust Survivors and Their Lives After the War
"You're free. Go home." Most Holocaust films end with these words, the very words that survivors heard at liberation. But AFTER AUSCHWITZ is not a typical "Holocaust" film. It begins with these words, inviting audiences to experience what happened next.…
The Last Laugh - On Holocaust Jokes and Comedic Taboo
Are we allowed to make jokes about the Holocaust? In this outrageously funny and thought-provoking film, filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein puts the question about comedy's ultimate taboo to legends including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Harry Shearer, Jeff…
Unsupersize Me - The Woman Who Lost 200 lbs in a Year
This film documents the inspiring story of Juan-Carlos Asse, owner of Zen Fitness, and his quest to prove that a whole foods, plant-based diet coupled with an intensive exercise regimen is capable of remarkably and rapidly improving the health of…
A Bag of Marbles - Un Sac De Billes
Joseph and Maurice are the sons of Roman, the local barber. At ages 10 and 12, the boys have so little understanding of the persecution of Jews that Joseph thinks nothing of swapping his yellow star for a bag of…
Unsupersize Us - Achieving a Healthier Lifestyle
This film is the follow up to the award-winning Unsupersize Me . Five subjects that all suffer from common health issues are put on regimen of a plant based diet and exercise for six weeks. The results are impressive as…
A Midsummer Night's Dream
One of Shakespeare's most beloved creations, this frolicking tale of lovesick young aristocrats, energetic but inept rustics, and mischievous woodland spirits is a staple of stage and screen. In the past, filmed adaptions have emphasized the play's traditional, Elizabethan qualities.…
Life After Life - Personal Stories of Adjusting to Life After Incarceration
This documentary follows the stories of Harrison, Noel, and Chris as they return home from San Quentin State Prison. After spending most of their lives incarcerated, they are forced to reconcile their perception of themselves with a reality they are…
Finding Tatanka - A Bay Area Activist and His Family
Kit Bricca was a leader of the Bay Area protest movements of the 1960s and 70s with a fierce passion for social justice, but found the transition from activist to breadwinner a challenging one. In this moving, psychologically complex documentary,…
Big Sonia - A Holocaust Survivor Faces a Difficult Decision
For years, Sonia Warshawski (92) has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless people who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever.…
Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen - The Friendship of a Writer and an Actor
Ernest Hemingway: Writer, war correspondent, international adventurer, lover, drinker, brawler. The tabloid reputation -- filled with truths, half-truths and flat-out untruths -- grows ever wider. If you made up a character like Ernest Hemingway, how many would believe it? The…
Stopping for Death - The Nurses of Wells Hospice
This film follows four people working a job few would desire: tending to the needs of the dying. They are nurses, but they are also therapists, entertainers, disciplinarians, and family to these patients. Filmed at one of the only full-time…
Capturing Grace - A Legendary Dance Troupe Joins Forces with People with Parkinson's Disease
An award-winning documentary telling the unlikely story of what happens when New York's legendary Mark Morris Dance Group joins forces with people with Parkinson's disease to stage a unique performance. CAPTURING GRACE is a story about the power of art…
Winning - Five Legendary Athletes Tell Their Stories
The compelling and inspiring story of the journeys of tennis champion Martina Navratilova, golf great Jack Nicklaus, Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci, track and field star Edwin Moses, and Dutch Paralympian Esther Vergeer. Through candid interviews and footage of their most…
Second Opinion - Corruption in the Medical Field
This insider documentary chronicles the efforts of whistleblower Ralph W. Moss, PhD to expose a major cancer research center's attempt during the 1970s to conceal the true effectiveness of laetrile, an experimental, low-cost cancer drug.
The Abominable Crime - Homophobia in Jamaica
Born into a homophobic society, what are you willing to sacrifice to survive? THE ABOMINABLE CRIME explores the religious-based culture of homophobia in Jamaica through the eyes of gay Jamaicans forced to choose between their homeland and their lives. Maurice,…
44 Pages - Making Highlights Magazine
A portrait of Highlights magazine following the creation of the cultural phenomenon's 70th anniversary issue, from the first editorial meeting to its arrival in homes, and introducing the people who passionately produce the monthly publication for "the world's most important…
Tattoo Nation - The True Story of the Ink Revolution
For years people saw tattoos as a sign of rebellion. A middle finger salute to the rest of the world. Outlaw bikers got tattoos. Sailors on leave in Singapore got tattoos. Lifers in the joint got tattoos. But now in…
To the Moon - A Cross Country Bike Ride for Change
Eighteen college students bicycle from California to Massachusetts in order to spread awareness about cooperatives, a business model they believe to be a solution to the volatile global economy. They confront frustrating realities while discovering their place in the world,…
Slaughter Nick for President - An Actor Visits Serbia
When an out-of-work actor discovers through Facebook that he's been wildly famous in Serbia for almost two decades, he sets out to discover why. This film examines how Rob Stewart became a symbol of freedom for non-violent Serbian protests through…
Ivan and Ivana - The American Immigrant Experience
After the Kosovo war devastates a young couple's homeland and their dreams for a normal life, they set out unexpectedly from the Balkans, along a wild journey to rebuild their lives anew in America. Arriving in California amidst the peak…