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17 AND LIFE DOESN’T WAIT
DIRECTOR : MAUREEN JUDGE
PRODUCERS: MAUREEN JUDGE
WRITER : MAUREEN JUDGE, MARTIN WAXMAN
SYNOPSIS: 17 And Life Doesn’t Wait paints a lively, candid and emotionally charged view of life through the eyes of three teen girls. The documentary observes the teens in their final year of high school, as they experience the impact of the outside world, their impending independence, and the conflicting expectations and overwhelming anxiety that come with being a girl today.
A HEAD SHORTER
DIRECTOR: SASHA SIVAN BORTNIK
PRODUCERS : SASHA SIVAN BORTNIK
WRITER: SASHA SIVAN BORTNIK
CAST: Naftali Deutsch
SYNOPSIS: “A Head Shorter” is a 2D animated documentary short narrated by Naftali Deutsch. The film begins in the spring of 1944 when Naftali and his entire family are forced to leave their home in Kimyat, a village in the Carpatho-Ukraine region, and sent to Auschwitz. Naftali recounts his harrowing journey as a 12 year old boy in the Holocaust and how he survived multiple concentration camps.
DIRECTOR: SOPHIE SARTAIN
PRODUCERS: SOPHIE SARTAIN, ROBERTA GROSSMAN
WRITER: SOPHIE SARTAIN
CAST: Ady Barkan, Ana Maria Archila, Jennifer Epps-Addison, Jennifer Flynn Walker, Tracey Corder, Paul Davis
SYNOPSIS: Follow the fearless women who helped flip the House in 2018 as they are schooled by activists from the Birddog Nation. Through protest marches, grassroots organizing and a tactic known as “birddogging,” the leaders of the Birddog Nation take the women on a deep and transformative journey. Can they team up for another Blue Wave in 2020?
BREAKING THE SILENCE
DIRECTOR: PRISCILA PADILLA
PRODUCERS: LAURA CORONADO, PRISCILA PADILLA, DOCE LUNAS PRODUCCIONES, PRODUCEN BOLIVIA
WRITER: PRISCILA PADILLA
CAST: Luz, Claudia Wasorna
SYNOPSIS: To have or not to have a clitoris is a dilemma for the Embera Chami indigenous women. The fear is what prevents these women from abandoning the practice of female genital ablation.
CHRISTMAS IN BAGHDAD
DIRECTOR: SONYA DUNN
PRODUCERS: SONYA DUNN, YILDIZ YILMAZ
WRITER: SONYA DUNN
CAST: Wilmer Valderrama, Shaun White, Mat Fraser, Milo Ventimiglia, Kellie Pickler, Jessiemae Peluso
SYNOPSIS: A media journalist is allowed unprecedented access to the 2018 USO Holiday Tour with high profile celebrities. Intersection past USO Tour with the present-day highlighting the impact artists have on geopolitical military morale.
COUNTDOWN TO YEAR ZERO
DIRECTOR : JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
PRODUCERS: JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
WRITER: JEFF ADAMS
CAST: Jane Velez-Mitchell, James Cromwell, Alicia Silverstone, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Jane Goodall, Moby, Capt Paul Franklin Watson, Earthling Ed, Edita Birnkrant
SYNOPSIS: Countdown to Year Zero hones in on an unprecedented global disaster that is rapidly unfolding. If we don’t take meaningful action on climate change now we may soon reach a point of no return. This film offers a specific solution to reverse climate change that centers around the daily choices everyone makes.
DIVING DEEP:THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MIKE DEGRUY
DIRECTOR: MIMI ARMSTRONG DEGRUY
PRODUCERS: MIMI ARMSTRONG DEGRUY, SHANNON DYBVIG
WRITER: MIMI ARMSTRONG DEGRUY
CAST: Mike deGruy, David Attenborough, Sylvia Earle, James Cameron, Alastair Fothergill, Paul Atkins, Grace Atkins
SYNOPSIS: Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy, tells the story of Mike deGruy, an irrepressibly curious and enthusiastic underwater filmmaker who died suddenly in 2012. DeGruy filmed the oceans for more than three decades becoming as famous for his on-camera storytelling as for his glorious, intimate visions of the sea and the creatures who live in it. Inspired to share his legacy as a filmmaker and storyteller, and to spread his mission for protecting the ocean, his wife and filmmaking partner Mimi deGruy made this documentary.
DIRECTOR: KAY RUBACEK
PRODUCERS: PAULIO SHAKESPEARE, KAY RUBACEK
WRITER: KAY RUBACEK, ANDREW PARKER
SYNOPSIS: A former journalist for the Chinese Communist Party (YIFEI WANG), living in exile in San Francisco, struggles to settle into life in America while working to heal her family’s wounds from their tragic past. She is seeking justice for the murder of her sister at the hands of the Chinese authorities. Rare undercover footage of a meeting with the director of the labor camp where Yifei’s sister was killed reveals shocking admissions of torture, slave labor, corruption, and a general disregard for human life pervading the camp system today.
DIRECTOR: DANA RICHIE
PRODUCERS: DANA RICHIE, AMBER SEARS, MADELINE GOODING, JUSTIN HAHN, ROB SCHNAPP, ERIN DRELICK, ALYSSA SCHNEIDER
WRITER : DANA RICHIE
CAST: Becca Chudacoff, Dr. Richard Chudacoff, Jennifer Weiss-Burke, Jen Wysong
SYNOPSIS: GATEWAY is told through the eyes and hearts of everyday American families who were introduced to opioids after surgery and go on to battle with addiction – either personally or as a caregiver to a loved one. The result is a humanizing and eye-opening look into the risks of injudicious opioid prescribing in an often overlooked setting in the context of the addiction crisis: the operating room.
GUARDIANS OF THE GULF
DIRECTOR: CAIT MARTIN NEWNHAM, ULLA LAIDLOW
PRODUCERS: AINE CORBY, JENNY WILLIAMS
SYNOPSIS: In Guardians of the Gulf, the Gulf of Mexico is given a voice by her caretakers to tell a story of generosity and strength. These conservationists, fisherpeople, tour operators, chefs, and student leaders strive to improve sustainability in their work and community. Through action, they are seeing change and through that, they see hope.
JOURNEY TO JUSTICE
DIRECTOR: KELLEY MANLEY
CAST: Vasilisa Komarova
SYNOPSIS: After experiencing unthinkable sexual violence while trying to become the first woman to motorcycle offroad across the Americas, Vasilisa Komarova succeeds, against all odds, in getting justice. In doing so, she scores a victory for women worldwide, then she continues on her journey.
LIFE IN SYNCHRO
DIRECTOR: Angela Pinaglia
PRODUCERS: Angela Pinaglia, Nicole Davies
SYNOPSIS: If a single figure skater is a marvel, a team of figure skaters is practically a miracle. Welcome to the beautiful, cold, hard world of synchronized ice skating – the toughest sport you’ve never heard of.
MADE IN AUSCHWITZ – THE UNTOLD STORY OF BLOCK 10
DIRECTOR: SONYA WINTERBERG, SYLVIA NAGEL
PRODUCERS : SONYA WINTERBERG, SYLVIA NAGEL, PHILIPPA KOWARSKY, SIMONE BAUMANN
WRITER : SONYA WINTERBERG, SYLVIA NAGEL
CAST: Renée Duering, Gideon Greif
SYNOPSIS: Gynecologist Carl Clauberg conducted sterilization experiments in Auschwitz on women and girls of block 10. Meet the last survivors of the infamous Block 10 who speak candidly about their experience and how they rebuilt their lives after Auschwitz.
DIRECTOR: JAMES BYRNE
PRODUCERS: JAMES BYRNE, GRÁINNE KEEGAN, CARLA REBAI
WRITER: JAMES BYRNE, GRÁINNE KEEGAN, JARED LIPWORTH, CARLA REBAI
SYNOPSIS: Dominique Gonçalves, a young African elephant ecologist shares the inspiring story of how Gorongosa is becoming a new model for wildlife conservation and community development. By bringing large-scale, long-term health care, agriculture support, and girls’ education to surrounding communities, Gorongosa is redefining the identity and purpose of this national park.
OUT OF THE BLUE
DIRECTOR: DAVINA BEYLOOS MONTAZ-ROSSET, SÉBASTIEN MONTAZ-ROSSET
PRODUCERS: MONTAZ-ROSSET STUDIO
WRITER: DAVINA BEYLOOS MONTAZ-ROSSET, SÉBASTIEN MONTAZ-ROSSET
CAST: Maja Walter, Sébastien Hope, Bernhard Witz, Adrian Zurbrugg, Cor Vinke
SYNOPSIS: A mysterious character engages a combination of street artists and mountain alpinists for an unthinkable project located in the Oberland summits of Switzerland. Maja and Sebastian, talented Bernese acrobats ponder whether to embark on this extraordinary vertical odyssey.
DIRECTOR: JOSEFINA ROTMAN LYONS
PRODUCERS: JOSEFINA ROTMAN LYONS
CAST: George Faison, Ellen Graff, Naomi Goldberg Haas, Stuart Hodes, Chet Walker, Marnie Thomas Wood
SYNOPSIS: In 2017, four older women and men started the monumental task of choreographing dances with a diverse group of New York seniors, most of whom had never danced on a stage before. Over a few intense months, these choreographers, including the first black artist to have won a Tony for choreography and a 92-year old former dance partner of pioneer Martha Graham, brought to life their ideas and sparked immense joy in the senior dancers. The film documents this unlikely event and, in the process, reveals the heroic dedication and determination of the choreographers and dancers, for whom age does not impede but molds.
ROAD TO 50 MILES
DIRECTOR: BRANDY JOHNSTON
PRODUCERS: BRANDY JOHNSTON, KARA WILSON, JENNIFER MCMAHON, AGA CHENFU
CAST: Kara Wilson, Jennifer McMahon
SYNOPSIS: “Road To 50 Miles” chronicles the journey of two women as they train for and run a 50-mile race, an ultramarathon. Their journey leads them on a discovery to find their true heroes and inspires an entire community to help them get across the finish line.
STARTING AT ZERO: REIMAGINING EDUCATION IN AMERICA
DIRECTOR: WILLA KAMMERER
PRODUCERS: SAUL ZAENTZ CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, FIRESTARTER INTERACTIVE
CAST: Alan H. Hammererman
SYNOPSIS: Starting at Zero explores the power of investing in high-quality early childhood education so that all children and families have the opportunity to attain the American Dream.
STOP THE BLEED
DIRECTOR: EMILY EVAN RAE
PRODUCERS: PIXIE RAE PRODUCTIONS
SYNOPSIS: This documentary is about the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida that took 17 lives and the untold stories surrounding that horrific event. This story is not just about the moments during the shooting but what took place after for those who lost their sons, daughters, friends, and spouses. It is a personal look at the emotional damage from the shooting itself and the healing process that takes place after.
THE CELINE ARCHIVE
DIRECTOR: CELINE PARRENAS SHIMIZU
PRODUCERS: CELINE PARRENAS SHIMIZU, RHACEL SALAZAR PARRENAS
WRITER: CELINE PARRENAS SHIMIZU
CAST: Dawn Desuacidom, Henie Navarro, Tootsie Reyes, Lucia Navarro, Alex Fabros Jr, Rick Baldoz, Dawn Mabalon, Dorothy Cordova, Jean Vengua
SYNOPSIS: In 1932, Celine Navarro was buried alive by her community in Northern California. A grieving mother, with a long-term commitment to exploring race, gender and immigration, digs up Celine Navarro’s story, exposing silences that haunt Filipin@x American communities today, along with Celine Navarro’s family, community members and scholars who know different details about this largely untold event in American history.
THE GIRL WHO WORE FREEDOM
DIRECTOR: CHRISTIAN TAYLOR
PRODUCERS: CHRISTIAN TAYLOR, DAVID PATERSON, TERRY JUN
WRITER: CHRISTIAN TAYLOR, JULIE DANIS, BILL EBEL
CAST: Christian Taylor, Dany Boucherie, Jean-Marie Boucherie, Flo Plana, Marie Pascale LeGrand, Maurice LeCoeur, Patrick Fissot, Eric Belloc, Henri-Jean Renaud, Denise LeConte
SYNOPSIS: The Girl Who Wore Freedom is an unconventional love story between the people of Normandy and the American GI’s that freed them from German Occupation during WW2. This story is one that continues till today.
THE LURE OF THIS LAND
DIRECTOR: ALEXANDRA A LEXTON
PRODUCERS: ALEXANDRA A LEXTON
WRITER: ALEXANDRA A LEXTON
SYNOPSIS: The Lure of this Land is an exploration of why people leave the places they know and love.
THE NEW ABOLITIONISTS
DIRECTOR: CHRISTINA ZORICH
PRODUCERS: OLYMPIA DUKAKIS, CHRISTINA ZORICH
WRITER: LAURA SPAETH, ANDREA VALETINE
CAST: Christina Zorich, Andrea Aasen, Eng Veng, Vannak Noun, Chamroeun, Annie Dieselberg, Daniel Vaupel, Maew, Olympia Dukakis, Christopher Barnes
SYNOPSIS: Filmmaker Christina Zorich follows four NGOs throughout Southeast Asia as they fight to affect change and end human sex trafficking.
THE PRISON WITHIN
DIRECTOR: KATHERIN HERVEY
PRODUCERS: KATHERIN HERVEY, ERIN KENWAY
SYNOPSIS: THE PRISON WITHIN explores the destructive impact of untreated trauma on individuals and communities through stories of survivors of violent crimes and prisoners incarcerated for murder in a circle inside San Quentin prison. In a world where rehabilitation and reclamation is vital for us as a society to heal the wounds of trauma, this film dives deeply into what is needed to move toward that goal.
THE SECOND ENCOUNTER
DIRECTOR: VERONIQUE BALLOT
PRODUCERS: VERONIQUE BALLOT
WRITER: VERONIQUE BALLOT
SYNOPSIS: The native Metuktire Indians of Brazil talk about the past and present by reviving their memories through the photos taken of their kind years ago.
THERE SHE IS
DIRECTOR: TRACEY ANARELLA
PRODUCERS: TRACEY ANARELLA
CAST: Ericka Dunlap, Vanessa Williams, Mallory Hagan and Bebe Shopp-Waring
SYNOPSIS: The film asks the question ‘why’ women make the choice to compete in beauty pageants. There is coverage of the culture behind pageants by examining a diverse group of themes, age groups and cultures. “There She Is” handles the sensitive area of the intersection of pageants with the #METOO movement.
DIRECTOR: MAGI AVILA
PRODUCERS: MAGI AVILA, MICHAEL WARKENTIN
WRITER: MAGI AVILA
CAST: Michael Warkentin
SYNOPSIS: Untie Me candidly explores the devastating fall and fascinating rise of Michael Warkentin. He has unflinchingly defied physical constraints to ascend a ladder of success. This documentary follows fun-loving, happy, thrill-seeking Michael Warkentin on yet another trip of a lifetime.
WILD LANDS WILD HORSES
DIRECTOR: JAMIE BALDANZA
PRODUCERS: JAMIE BALDANZA, DAWN DIOVERA, NINA DAVENPORT, MATT SILVERMAN
WRITER: JAMIE BALDANZA, DEB LEE CARSON
CAST: Jamie Baldanza, Deb Lee Carson
SYNOPSIS: Wild Horse advocate and photographer, Jamie Baldanza & Deb Lee Carson, transports us through America’s western landscape bringing national awareness to the majestic lives and politically complicated lives of America’s Wild Horse.
WHEN MOM IS GONE
DIRECTOR: ZEYNEP GULRU KECECILER
PRODUCERS: ZEYNEP GULRU KECECILER
SYNOPSIS: “When Mom is Gone” is the story of a father and his six children trying to hold on to life. It demonstrates the micro-scale reflections of the devastation caused by the war in Afghanistan that has been going on for a decade.