Hot Films in the Making

Hot Films in the Making are films that we highly support. They have excellent concepts and brilliant filmmakers, they should be in our finals in the future.
We give each filmmaker chosen for our Hot Films in the Making the opportunity to add their projects to this list.  It is their choice. Please check out the films that interest you and give them your support!

Summer Grant 2022 Hot Films in the Making

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I'm Still Here

Short

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“I’m Still Here” explores an artist’s journey from the streets into housing where they gained self-determination and independence through community and artistic expression.

What's in a Name

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WHAT’S IN A NAME follows three trans women, Tania Cordova, Eisha Love, and Reyna Ortiz, who are suing the state of Illinois to strike down a law that prohibits people with felony convictions from legally changing their names. They are also key activists involved in the effort to pass HB2542, a state bill that strikes down the same law.

A male name on their government ID exposes the women as trans, which opens them up to harassment and danger and the constant outing causes an enormous amount of stress. WHAT’S IN A NAME shares the personal journeys of three women who are fighting for the fundamental right to choose their own names.

Better Than They Found It

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A daughter reconciles time lost to her father’s demanding football coaching career by uncovering the role he and his peers played in pushing a quintessential American institution to change. In the process, she discovers a silver lining to her family’s sacrifice: doors open to women like her in sport and sports journalism.

A character-driven documentary feature, Better Than They Found It lifts the veil on one of the most enduring controversies in sport.

Thank You, Sister

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Sister Gertrude Morgan was an artist, evangelist, poet, and musician; a black woman wielding her tambourine, paintbrush and fierce voice to spread her singular message on the streets of New Orleans from the French Quarter to the Lower 9th Ward. Little known in the greater culture, her artwork is in major institutions around the world and has inspired a number of contemporary artists. The film seeks to question through Sister’s story, and through the practicing artists impacted by her, the nature of truth, art, value, and identity.

when we three meet/creation fables

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Today urgent challenges pit the rights of the individual vs. the common good, individual identity vs. social unity, commerce and consumerism vs. conservation of the environment. The media overwhelm us with a monolithic wash of information impossible to ignore and just as hard to filter. These two films propose to mitigate that onslaught by vivifying, exploring, and elucidating these challenges with whimsy and fantasy, letting us examine often harsh realities through fanciful aesthetic play. Stop-motion filmmaker Elizabeth Phelps and composer Robert Pound collaborate to create two films derived from and elaborating on two of Pound’s musical works, “when we three meet” and “creation fables.”

Going Fine Since 1889: The Magical Armstrongs

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Going Fine Since 1889: The Magical Armstrongs is a feature length documentary about a family of African American magicians who traveled throughout the South during the confines of the Jim Crow era.

Much of the lore and history of the Armstrong’s is a mystery, and this is what we seek to explore. The Armstrong’s traveled extensively, performed to great crowds and were incredibly successful. Their determination and level of accomplishment is stunning, considering the times.

The film seeks to piece together the story of the Armstrong’s through movies, historical documentation, and most importantly, African American magicians who carry on this important, not yet fully explored, legacy.

Lord of Nature: Born To Re-Wild

Documentary

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A compelling documentary that follows Ireland’s Lord Randal Plunkett (39), the 21st Baron of Dunsany Castle, as he works to re-wild his 1700 acre estate (the country’s largest private rewilding project) to help fight climate change. Randal’s efforts are jeopardized, however, when the transportation department threatens to construct a railroad that would run directly through his property and destroy the land and legacy he’s worked so hard to save.

With Martin Sheen narrating and interviews with Irish actor/environmental activist Gabriel Byrne on the state of the climate crisis and why this particular forest is important to save not just for Ireland but for the world.

Sanctuary of Butterflies

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In this original docuseries, musician and folk hero Luis Perez-Ixoneztli takes us on a personal journey to explore the fascinating living traditions of Mexico’s Indigenous Peoples

Desert Angel

Documentary

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For 25 years, Rafael Larraenza has risked his life along the US-Mexico border to rescue immigrants lost in the desert. But as the years catch up with him, he worries his next search-and-rescue mission could be his last.

Intimate and poetic, DESERT ANGEL is a character study of a man driven to save others and willing to risk anything to do so.

Janis Ian & The Art of Song (working title)

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In the mid-60s, Janis Ian, a tiny teenage Jewish singer-songwriter from New Jersey scores a hit (“Society’s Child,” 1966) about an interracial relationship. The song launches her illustrious career but also ignites controversy, and she plunges into an emotional tailspin–only to emerge from the ashes with an even bigger hit (“At Seventeen,” 1975) about body shaming. For the next six decades, Janis overcomes homophobia, record industry misogyny, and a life-threatening illness to produce an indelible body of work that continues to draw large audiences around the globe.

Trial by Media: The Michael Jackson Story

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A retrospective look at Michael Jackson’s place in American culture, a glimpse into the media through the prism of Jackson’s life. A litmus test of society’s values and America’s interpretation of black culture and otherness.

WZZQ: The The Rock of Jackson

Documentary

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In 1968, one of the best freeform rock stations in the country sprang up in the most unlikely place. Discover the true story of WZZQ-FM, Mississippi’s musical force of nature that people still long for, more than 40 years on.

Holding Back The Tide

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Holding Back The Tide is a city symphony of urban and aquatic landscapes, following the precarious ebb and flow of oyster life cycles. The film’s documentary scenes introduce us to an ensemble of farmers, chefs, scientists, and environmentalists, all working to close the ecological loop on oyster consumption. Scripted interludes inspired by oysters’ genderfluid reproductive biology and Greek myth depict characters as they traverse the city and the waterways in search of a queer and environmentally sustainable way of being. How can something as small as an oyster build toward the future in the face of looming climate disaster? How much are we willing to invest in our cities’ longevity?

Positive

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Twenty-two year old Neuroscience student Wendy is transitioning from pre-med to performance when she is thrown into quarantine with her 17 year-old sister, April. Suddenly sharing a full-sized bed, the sisters struggle to make peace with their newfound living quarters. But, while editing April’s college essays, Wendy discovers her purpose–to help April find hers. Over fourteen days, the girls grow from acquaintances to artistic allies as they realize their unstoppable potential to pursue their passion.
Based on a true story, this film was shot in Houston with an entirely Texan cast & crew. Creator Abby Tozer donated $2500 to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell performing artist scholarship.

Mom & Me

Documentary

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A daughter misses the South Asian mother who raised her, a vibrant award-winning social worker. After living together during the pandemic, the daughter confronts her mother’s 20-year struggle with depression, becomes a caregiver and accepts their new reality.

Blooming of Time: Dance with Jinzi

Documentary

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The life and work of GAO Yanjinzi, one of China’s most acclaimed female modern dancers combining the west and the east through choreography, as she faces unprecedented challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic. Her 26-year-old dance company is on the brink of disbandment since China’s entire performance industry has come to a stop, while she is also troubled by her severe ankle injury and her role as a mother. However, nothing would stop her from seeking the very reason why she danced in the first place—to help people find an exit for emotions through the liberation of body.

Website: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt22523604/

               

Spring Grant 2022 Hot Films in the Making

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Rachael lives an isolated existence, haunted by an unspeakable past. But when a young boy upends her controlled world, she’s forced to face her own demons.

Arcade Dreams

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Travel through time to discover the secret history of arcade games. How did arcades begin? How did new technologies influence gameplay? And how have these games sparked our imaginations, shaped our lives, and brought us together?

Arcade Dreams is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It’s the first film to tell the complete story — from the penny arcades of the early 1900s, through pinball’s glory days and the video generation, to the virtual reality rooms of today and beyond. Stories of modern game designers, arcade operators, enthusiasts, and collectors are interwoven with their historical counterparts, revealing the enthusiasm, creativity, and passion keeping the dream alive.

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By the year 2050, Bangladesh will have approximately 220 million inhabitants and a large part of its territory will be permanently submerged. This could result in the forced displacement of between 10 and 30 million people from the country’s southern coastline, forcing many Bangladeshis to flee the country as “climate refugees”, a human group that is expected to reach 250 million people worldwide by mid-century.
On a planetary scale, we are talking about the largest mass migration in human history.
How long will Dhaka be able to cope with the arrival of so many people?
Where will all these people go when the cities collapse?
Who will take them in?
We are sitting on a huge time bomb.

BLUES FOR 475 KENT

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A brutal mass eviction and it’s aftermath is the catalyst for BLUES FOR 475 KENT, filmed over a period of ten years, as a requiem to the last artist community in Brooklyn. The filmmaker immersed with sculptor, Deborah Masters and Jazz pianist, Connie Crothers, captures the lives of artists living on the edge.

Disposable Humanity

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An exploration into the history and memory of the Nazi medical genocide of disabled people known as Aktion T4. Disposable Humanity focuses on what disability memorialization tells us about attitudes toward disabled people today. The film explores the historical events regarding the systematic extermination of 300,000+ disabled people housed in German, Austrian, and Polish psychiatric institutions. Ordered on Hitler’s private stationary, these “mercy killings” were arranged and executed by doctors in cooperation with the German state from 1939 to 1940. The murders targeted those the T4 program deemed “life unworthy of living”. The film seeks to tell these stories before they go extinct.

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An anxious, aging millennial, Arab-American Austin transplant goes on a mission to find the platonic love of her life after realizing she’s never had one lasting female friend, but will have to figure out how to befriend herself first.

I Carry You In Me

Short

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One day a strange protrusion appears on Emily’s body. Meanwhile her idyllic relationship with her husband starts to crack as the unspoken tragedy between them pushes to the surface, forcing Emily to contend with the secrets that she has hidden even from herself.

Through our character of Emily, we want to explore the grief of a woman who was unable to love her own child and how that affects her relationship with her own body because the body remembers everything, even the things we have suppressed and forgotten.

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Tristan is ranked #1 basketball player in the nation and now everything’s on the line. Your future coach is scandalous, trust is questionable and crime is lurking. The city will reap dire consequences and seek justice for the community. Tristan is mentally torn, seemingly every decision is critical as the game winning shot. Leaving him no choice but to do what’s best.

King Luck

Documentary

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When the unsung pioneer of the American beatbox movement is diagnosed with cancer, he must reconnect with the community he built to save his life and legacy. More than just vocal percussion, beatboxing is the art of making something out of nothing. True to form, Kid Lucky re-ignited a dying American beatbox scene by teaching a generation of artists about the power of coming together. Now, a deadly cancer diagnosis threatens to tear his life apart. With limited time and a mountain of healthcare costs, Kid must rely on his ability to inspire a movement. With help from his protege, Kaila Mullady, Kid sets out to galvanize the community he fostered to save his life in return.

La Concierge de Azule

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As “Radical, French, Appalachian Hillbilly” Camille Shaffer turns 80, she reflects on her life, art, and
death at her home “Azule”— a house on a hill in the heart of Appalachia.

Like Heaven Without God

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Like Heaven Without God is a documentary on a group of RVers, who struggle to survive on the margins of the city of Berkeley. A public program has allowed them to reside in an empty parking lot, but it will come to an end soon forcing them to return to the uncertain and unsafe life on the streets.

Miss-Diagnosed:The Challenge of Detecting Ovarian Cancer Early

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Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of all the gynecological cancers. Seventy percent of women are diagnosed at advanced stages leading to a 70 to 90 precent chance of a recurrence. Miss-Diagnosed is a documentary that educates women about the disease, early detection and prevention to improve their chances of survival.

More Than Our Skin

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More Than Our Skin is a film centered around the lives of 5 women living with Vitiligo – an auto-immune disease in which the skin loses its pigment cells resulting in discolored patches throughout the body. People with the condition not only experience high levels of depression, but also suffer from social stigmatization and isolation. The result, oftentimes, manifests as shame, avoidance of intimacy, and in far too many cases – suicidal thoughts.

More Than Our Skin will tell the stories of these women – privately suffering in their very public world – as they try to hide in plain sight.

One Thousand Hills Between Us

Short

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In the rolling hills of Rwanda, 30 years after the genocide that claimed the lives of her family, community healer Emilienne searches for meaning as she bridges the divides between perpetrators, survivors, and the children born of violence.

A directorial debut for filmmaker Ornella Mutoni, she brings her observational documentary background to explore the complex terrain of reconciliation and justice in her homeland.

Orchestrated: Ignatz Waghalter and the Negro Symphony Orchestra

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Orchestrated: Ignatz Waghalter and the Negro Symphony Orchestra follows veteran British conductor, Alex Walker, and Kyle P. Walker, an up-and-coming African American classical pianist, as they uncover the remarkable story of one of the first ever all-Black classical symphony orchestras. Created by once-renowned Polish-Jewish conductor Ignatz Waghalter and the icons of Harlem Renaissance, the Negro Symphony Orchestra brought together 120 African American musicians in an unprecedented moment of activism, hope, and collaboration, their story revealing what it takes to overcome racial injustice to make it on the concert stage.

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Affected by climate change and rapid development in the most hazard-prone areas of the nation, the US is experiencing an escalating tally of weather-related disasters in addition to earthquakes, landslides, and volcanoes in geologically unstable regions. This film asks: Who is helping to turn the tide of disaster losses of lives and property through better planning and efforts to build more resilient communities? Who is helping communities better address these twin threats of natural disasters and climate change? This film goes where the worst is happening, talks to community and business leaders, and finds the silver linings in disaster recovery.

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“Revelations of Divine Love” is a live-action medieval historical drama about Julian of Norwich, a 14th-century mystic who survived the plague, witnessed a nationwide peasants’ revolt, talked to God, and lived to tell the tale.

ROLLING CHAIR

Documentary

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ROLLING CHAIRS is an hour documentary film about the history of the iconic rolling chairs in Atlantic City, and more importantly about the lives of the men (and women) who have pushed them. Those were the days my friend…Atlantic City (AC) back in the day was THE place to go, to be seen and enjoyed. Picture Miss America, the Steel Pier, the AC boardwalk, the 1964 Democratic Convention and the iconic rolling chairs that were not only a mode of transportation, but a romantic ride for lovers and honeymooners.

As a boardwalk chair driver for three summers (1964, 65, and 66), I was fortunate enough to live and observe all this first-hand. It was the most fascinating job I’ve ever had!

Salsa, A Caribbean Swing (Salsa, un tumbao' caribeño)

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Salsa, A Caribbean Swing explores salsa music’s cultural legacy and everyday realities from the heart of Caribbean barrios to New York City. Through the lens of Afro-Venezuelan director Beni Marquez’s background as an Afro-Latino immigrant and musician, with interviews with emblematic figures and cultural stewards, the film engages audiences in present-day conversations about salsa’s roots, global reach, radical consciousness, spiritual implications, and critical role in shaping Latino identity. This documentary departs from previous films about salsa music by focusing on everyday people, their communities, and salsa as a cultural movement.

STATEN ISLAND GRAVEYARD

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A parking lot on Staten Island, NY, sits surrounded by convenience stores, a bank, and trash that’ll fly into your face if you’re not careful. There are so many within the borough that it almost goes unnoticed. But this parking lot contains a terrible secret–it’s about a historically Black cemetery, one where the bodies were never moved.

Sunshine City

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Siblings Stellar(23) and Max(17) are living out of their car and trying to get back on their feet. When Max makes a drunken mistake and puts their livelihood on the line, Stellar finds herself questioning how much longer she can support him.

The cemetery of cinema

Documentary

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The director travels throughout Guinea in search of Mouramani, the first film made by a black African francophone, in 1953. Along this journey he learns about the history of cinema in his country, and what has become of it. Using his camera to confront History, he’ll travel all the way to France in search of a copy of this lost film .

The Destruction of Our Lives

Feature

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Addressing the opioid/fentanyl crisis in America, “The Destruction of Our Lives” tells the
story of three addicts: Steve, a 38-year-old war veteran dealing with PTSD from Afghanistan;
Keandra, a 30-year-old with emotional problems dealing with her own PTSD from child abuse
and an abusive relationship and Cody, a 28-year-old with a history of petty crime. After leaving
rehabilitation they find themselves readjusting to their individual lives. Steve continues to
struggle and resist pure pressure from his veteran friends that have their own
addictions; Tina has relapses but confronts her own demons, albeit with tragic
circumstances, and Cody tries to move on with life crime free.

The Heart of Long Beach

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“The Heart of Long Beach” is an anthology film where diverse cultures shine amongst the streets, uniting short stories of resilience throughout the city.

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The Last Drop is a short sci-fi film about relationship abuse inspired by the memories of real survivors.

LOG LINE:
A young woman links minds with her boyfriend with a device that lets couples relive shared memories— but when she spots overlooked signs of abuse, she must escape before he can manipulate her memories in his favor.

TEASER / INTRO VIDEO:
https://vimeo.com/593943138/5140908676

DONATION LINK:
Support this crucial project to help prevent relationship abuse.
https://www.fullspectrumfeatures.com/the-last-drop

The Long Rescue

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The Long Rescue follows Filipina teen sex trafficking survivors for six years as they recover in a secret shelter and re-enter the world – hoping to overcome the poverty, predators, and pimps of their childhood. Full of dreams and love for their families, they must navigate a callous society and their own embodied trauma before they can truly thrive.

The Runs

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Being an assistant sucks! Four women navigate the topsy-turvy industry lifestyle of dick bosses, an off-the-rails movie production, and actors who just can’t seem to stay off social media, all while perfecting the art of the coffee run.

The Sound of Hope

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A diplomat, a teacher, and a musician declare war on poverty, ignorance, and crime, using an unorthodox weapon: classical music education.

UNDAUNTED CHANGEMAKERS

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On reservations and in communities cross the U.S., Native and Black Changemakers are tapping ancient traditions to create an economy that works for everyone. Traditional values of “all life is connected” and “wealth is more than money” are the basis for the solutions for tribal wealth building, black home and business ownership, and institional reform in banking and prison industries.

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In the arid valley of Eastern Lebanon, two sisters desperate to reunite with what remains of their family realize that their journey together into exile is ultimately a test of loyalty to each other.

             

Fall Grant 2021 Hot Films in the Making

Human Shield

Documentary

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An intimate portrait of abortion clinic escorts — volunteers who serve as physical and emotional bodyguards for vulnerable patients as they embark on one of the most hostile 30-second walks of their lives. Told through the perspective of three clinic escort leaders, Human Shield explores the great personal risks taken in the battle for reproductive justice.

The Forgotten Angels

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“THE FORGOTTEN ANGELS” follows a group of homeless children navigating a way out of the treacherous streets of Skid Row. Battling the restraints of poverty, hunger, and social limitations, these children bravely pursue academic excellence in the hopes of a brighter future. Overcoming educational barriers and inadequate resources, they reveal the powerful perseverance of youth.

Self Care

Experimental

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A meditation on late stage capitalism and mechanization.

Food Synergy

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Food Synergy offers a creative glimpse into the food chain cycle.
Different multimedia styles will be used from animation and dance to interviews and original musical scores. This project will demonstrate how the seven stages of the food chain cycle are inextricably connected and how the problems faced in each level can be alleviated with sound and practical solutions that already exist, motivating audiences to fight food loss/waste from farm to fork.

REDUCTION

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The breast is a double-edged sword: it is both revered as a symbol of fertility and feminine beauty and maligned as a root of immorality and depravity. Led by a powerhouse of female filmmakers, REDUCTION is a revolutionary feature-length documentary that follows a group of people with oversized breasts, exploring the challenges they face and understanding their motivations – and trepidations – to undergo breast reduction surgery.

Dear Luke, Love, Me

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“Dear Luke, Love, Me” is a relational drama that follows soulmates Penny and Luke through a thirteen long alterous relationship as they try to navigate their unique connection in a heteronormative world. A “Harry Met Sally” for the modern generation, this feature explores the importance of queer-platonic bonds and the nuance of asexuality.

Charlie's Story: Tuskegee and More

Documentary

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“I FOUND OUT THAT IT’S IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO LIVE IN AMERICA WITHOUT RACISM, THAT’S MY REALITY”.
These were the chilling words from my life time friend, Charlie Dorkins in an interview I did with him in 2015. Charlie talked about growing up in segregated Baltimore, MD in the 1930’s, joining the Tuskegee Airmen during WWII where he was part of the 101 Airmen arrested for entering the White Officers Club, which was considered an ACT OF MUTINY, and receiving the Sidney Hillman Prize for his documentary on the Angolan Liberation Movement. This film sheds light on institutionalized racism which has never really left us.

The Black Man's Voice

Web/TV Series

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Black men are threatened profoundly every day in White America but also work tirelessly to overcome the adverse effects of racism in their lives professionally and personally.

Woman Of God

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When a beautiful woman tries to find her way in life with love and her career. She discovers something she has been missing along the way.

PRISON PARK

Feature

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Ordinary drug users, activists and police caught in extraordinary circumstances — manifested by a piece of draconic legislation that provides for setting up places of detention, commonly known as prison parks.

Trusted Sources

Documentary

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Did you know that one third of Americans rely on news they don’t event trust? That’s bad for our democracy because it’s turning people away from the news they need to make informed decisions. Trusted Sources is a film about the decline of trust in news and the heroes working to restore it. It’s a solutions-focused film that explores the reasons may people distrust the news. It takes you inside newsrooms to see how reporting decisions are made and shows you where to find the ethics policies of news outlets. Most importantly, it provides you with tools and techniques to inoculate you from misinformation and find news that is worthy of your trust.

1946: The Mistranslation That Shifted Culture

Documentary

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1946 is a feature documentary film that will tell the story of two intrepid researchers,
Kathy Baldock, an evangelical straight Christian LGBTQIA+ activist and author, and Ed
Oxford, an evangelical gay Christian graduate of Talbot Seminary, who trace the origins
of the anti-gay movement within the American conservative Christian church to an
erroneous mistranslation of the Bible in 1946, and how the Bible has subsequently
been weaponized against LGBTQIA+ people. While other documentaries have been
successful in their attempt to treat the symptom of homophobia in the church, 1946 is
working to diagnose and treat the disease – Biblical Literalism.

Death Target

Web/TV Series

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DEATH TARGET Season One Pilot is a gut-churning medical suspense thriller that explores the effects of PTSD on veterans in a tightly woven mystery as Jack Bass, MD, copes with his debilitating condition and struggles to protect those he loves.

An ultra-realistic medical murder mystery that keeps you guessing. Death Target is the second book in the bestselling Jack Bass Black Cloud Chronicles medical thriller series by author Ed Dasso, MD. Screenplay is written by multi-award winning screenwriter, Nancy Bevins

Is he the killer they say he is? Even Jack isn’t certain.

TEASER: https://vimeo.com/648434102

Death Target

Web/TV Series

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DEATH TARGET Season One Pilot is a gut-churning medical suspense thriller that explores the effects of PTSD on veterans in a tightly woven mystery as Jack Bass, MD, copes with his debilitating condition and struggles to protect those he loves.
An ultra-realistic medical murder mystery that keeps you guessing. Death Target is the second book in the bestselling Jack Bass Black Cloud Chronicles medical thriller series by author Ed Dasso, MD. Screenplay is written by multi-award winning screenwriter, Nancy Bevins
Is he the killer they say he is? Even Jack isn’t certain.

The Last Drop

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The Last Drop is a short sci-fi film about relationship abuse inspired by the memories of real survivors.

LOG LINE:
A young woman links minds with her boyfriend with a device that lets couples relive shared memories— but when she spots overlooked signs of abuse, she must escape before he can manipulate her memories in his favor.

TEASER / INTRO VIDEO:
https://vimeo.com/593943138/5140908676

DONATION LINK:
Support this crucial project to help prevent relationship abuse.
https://www.fullspectrumfeatures.com/the-last-drop

Bleu Dream

Feature

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When an ex-convict starts working as a janitor at a bar, he notices that a waitress who worked there vanishes. To find her, he must travel through the underbelly of the city. But what he doesn’t expect is to rely on & reconnect with his past.

             

Summer Grant 2021 Hot Films in the Making

UNDERDOGS

Documentary

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Told in a three-act narrative structure, UNDERDOGS is about homeless dogs transformed into adoptable animals through the training effort of prisoners.

Broken Strings

Web/TV Series

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The journey of a variety of artist’s lives intersect as they search for harmony against all odds.

Set in multiple eras in New York and Saint Louis, family, culture, activism, and war, cycle through this gritty yet poignant mosaic of underrepresented artists. Recently selected for the Kranzberg Arts Foundation artist residency in St. Louis, writer/director Catherine Dudley-Rose will be developing this series as a part of the process. Her previous feature film, Parallel Chords, won several festival awards and was released theatrically in Los Angeles in the second half of 2019.

Picking up on similar themes of family dissonance, this new series expands into community and beyond.

Saving Walden's World

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Recovering military engineer travels into former “enemy” territory, Cuba, Kerala and Slovenia, returning with uplifting women-led societal solutions that could save the world-on-the-brink his 11-year-old son will inherit.

Imagine… the world’s wealthy consume less, while the poor exit poverty, resulting in fewer yet healthier children, easing the sixth extinction, hunger and climate change. A self-reinforcing cycle where all win.

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For 31 years, Dr. John Morse has used the gorgeous streams and rivers around the Highlands Biological Field Station as an outdoor laboratory to educate young minds about how aquatic insects are used to keep water systems, and ultimately us, healthy. Now in his mid-70s, John reflects on how his passion for teaching has influenced a generation of scientists and professionals, and what his legacy will look like once he leaves the classroom for good.

CADDISFLY is currently in post production. Please reach out to Liv for a film sample, and donate at our GoFundMe – https://gofund.me/d45d9661

THERE IS NO SUSHI CHEF

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For a Brazilian chef specialist in Japanese food, there is no sushi chef. But the documentary goes far beyond the culinary to pursue the more human side of an obsessed and never-smiling man trying to cope with his deepest private demons in a violent city like Rio de Janeiro – an unlikely story in an unlikely film.

American Sons

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A decade after losing their “brother” Corporal Jorge Villarreal, in Afghanistan, a group of Marines fight their toughest battle yet: struggling to live in the civilian world.

Woman in the Mirror

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It is a story of a prima ballerina defecting from the Soviet Union, her tenuous climb to personal and artistic freedom, leading a culturally and religiously diverse group of students to compete in a most prestigious competition as she navigates the challenges of running her elite school, Koltun Ballet Boston. The documentary takes an insightful look into the lives of the students as they struggle with the challenges such as physical and emotional stress of intense ballet training, anxiety and clinical depression, family breakup. The teacher Alexandra Koltun, tries to instill in them that same strength that served her well throughout her life.

I'm So OCD

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“I’m So OCD” is a documentary feature that follows three people with severe obsessive compulsive disorder as they undergo Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), an intensive treatment which demands that they confront their debilitating obsessions head on. Directed by Charles Frank, a filmmaker who also lives with OCD, this film will reveal the unseen and misunderstood horrors of the condition while raising awareness about this astonishingly effective, evidence-based treatment.

The New York Love Songs

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Told through the lens of music and the spirit of jazz, The New York Love Songs is a sweeping tale of artists searching for identity and fulfillment as they come into adulthood during the dawn of the digital revolution. Through the stories of three music students who were college classmates of filmmaker Darah Golub in 2007 at The New School for Jazz, the film explores notions of success, the meaning of life and art, and implications of an era defined by innovation and upheaval.

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WHY ARE YOU YOU? is a feature documentary that explores the history of the YRUU community where adolescents discovered their true selves and were empowered to incite positive change in the world. Decades after the program’s inception, those former members reflect on how being a part of the program shaped them and informed their lives. YRUU, established in 1983, grew out of the Unitarian Universalists’ rich tradition of religious youth education. It was disbanded in 2008.

MY PIECE

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A documentary featuring three underprivileged, unfound and talented American descendants of slavery engage in an opportunity to freely express themselves in their choice of art. What catalyzes their art-making process is not only a sponsorship opportunity to further build their body of work on-camera but a nostalgic artifact presented by longtime Black memorabilia collector and alternative educator Gail Deculus-Johnson. These striking nostalgic artifacts will seed inspiration and call on popular longstanding societal calamities around Black Americans today, specifically mental health, racism, and disparate generational wealth.

Saving Amy

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A desperate screenwriter alters the course of history by saving Amy Winehouse from ODing. She tries(and fails) to keep Amy sober while secretly writing a biopic about the troubled singer. 

Lupe Faalele: Soaring Doves

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THE DOVE FOUNDATION: In Lupe Faalele: Soaring Doves, director Daniel Pouesi sees a disparaging problem. In short, the film’s focal point is on the dissonance between the church system in Samoa and its people, how funding these [churches] has created a class system; its citizens are barely scraping through to support it, let alone their families. Another way to put it, as mentioned in the film, is how the people’s focus is shifting from God to money…One of the film’s most beautiful, humanistic portraits is how we see community support woven throughout the people interviewed in the film. Dove is proud to award the film its Approval for Ages 12+.

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Life in a Kurdish village in Eastern Turkey is routine for Grandfather Hamit. Every day for the last 5 years he visits his wife’s grave. Political problems force Hamit and the other villagers to leave their village.