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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.…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
Women of '69: Unboxed - Women from the Sixties Share their Stories
Intimate, personalized portrait of women of the 1960s through the eyes of one colorful class that graduated in 1969 - same year as Hillary Clinton - and recently turned 65, starting to explore the New Old Age. At a time…
Connected by Coffee - Latin American Coffee Farmers
This documentary tells the story of Latin American coffee farmers and how our daily brew is deeply connected to the region's troubled past and hopeful future. Following a 1000-mile journey from Mexico to Nicaragua, the film shows how equitable trading…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Impossible Light - Redesigning the San Francisco Bay Bridge
On March 5th, 2013, San Francisco's skyline was transformed by an amazing sight: 25,000 LED lights that, for perhaps the first time save the 1989 earthquake, caused people to consider the Bay Bridge instead of her iconic sister. How did…
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…
I Am Breathing - The Documentation of a Father's Final Moments
This film is about the thin space between life and death. Neil Platt ponders the last months of his life. Within a year, he goes from being a healthy young father to becoming completely paralyzed from the neck down. As…
Mortified Nation - Sharing Childhood Secrets on Stage
A documentary about adults who share their most embarrassing, private childhood writings in front of total strangers. The film blends performance footage of these public confessions with an examination of the rise of Mortified stage shows, and chronicles how the…
Grounded - One of the Largest Marijuana Smuggling Operations in US History
This is the high-flying, true story of Pittsburgh brothers Jimmy and Terry Dougherty, who became famous in the 1970's when they were involved in one of the largest marijuana smuggling operations in the United States. Jimmy worked the ground crew…
Being Canadian - Investigating Canadian Stereotypes
When Calgarian Robert Cohen moved to L.A. to pursue his dreams of becoming a comedy writer, he quickly realized that his new friends and colleagues knew nothing but the usual stereotypes about his beloved homeland. After years of frustration, Robert…
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.