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! 
 

 

Fall Grant 2021 Hot Films in the Making

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

Documentary

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Grant 2021 Hot Films in the Making

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#Likes4Lucas: A pilot episode for a TV series. One year after the death of YouTube star Lucas Skyler, fans worship his online persona at an over-the-top memorial service. Held in an art gallery with social media artifacts displayed like museum treasures, it’s a hot social ticket—but two of his ex-girlfriends find the whole thing irreverent. Where is the real Lucas? Worlds apart on the surface, they team up to reclaim his identity … but when the late YouTube Star livestreams the party, then returns to New York in the flesh, wine glasses shatter. Is this a stunt? Is he dead or alive? Lucas is uncertain himself.

All We Got

Short

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When her livelihood is threatened, an alcoholic fast food server must choose between losing her job or her son.

ALLIANCE

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Fleeing from the religious persecution of a tyrannical Russian czar to the desolate fields of a new world, forty-three refugee families traveled across the ocean in 1882 and founded the first successful Jewish farming community in America.

Over the next few decades, more than 300 other immigrant families would join them.

This is… ALLIANCE.

Anticipated at 55 minutes in length, ALLIANCE will bear witness to a unique true story of family, immigration, connection, and growth. This film will examine the foundational history of the Alliance Colony, the first successful Jewish farming community in the United States.

Belated

Short

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An absent mother desperately attempts to win her young daughter's affection during a belated birthday celebration but risks straining the relationship further.

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A frenetic fever dream about claiming a queer identity.

Birds, Bees and Threes (Written By Paige Hullett and Gunnar Anderson)

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After a member of Julia's triplet support group is unexpectedly forced to explain sex to her kids, the trusted group leader expresses the importance of teaching children about sex by age eight. BIRDS, BEES, AND THREES comically follows JULIA and ANDY HUDSON and their triplet daughters as they have vastly different reactions to the news and attempt to process the information.

Children of Champions

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Children of Champions is a new, feature-length documentary that examines the relationship between elite athletic performance and parenting success. The deeply personal, cinematically rich, previously unheard, high-profile story is told by a diverse group of Olympians, their children, and a filmmaker who herself was parented by an Olympian mother.

CONCRETE LAND

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Concrete Land is an intimate look at the lives of a nomadic Bedouin family in its struggle to hold on to its traditional life under the pressures of urbanization. Their only wish as a family is to stay together, with their loyal yet eccentric pet sheep Badrya firmly by their side.

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I'm young, single, and in a wheelchair. In most people's minds, my wheelchair seems to define me; people are either scared of it or think it's a bigger deal than it is. But I'm just a normal girl. I'm a young, single woman who happens to be sitting down.

Date Me tells the stories of my crazy family; the unique and often lousy ways people interact with me because of my disability; and my attempts, often failed, at dating in a wheelchair with a strained, but ongoing determination not to give up.

Elite Match

Short

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Lily is a Chinese mother who is adjusting to living in the United States, being single, and dating online. One evening, she leaves her daughter at home to attend a singles mixer but things don’t go according to plan.

Fire Department, Inc.

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A suburban firefighter’s labor union finds itself under a different kind of fire when the Village Mayor announces he’s privatizing their department to save money. What results is a five year long legal battle with the potential to change labor law for the entire country.

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An aging veteran returns to Vietnam to search for his old girlfriend and discovers he may have fathered her child... Ghost Money is a feature-length personal documentary, telling the story of my relationship with Candy through hand-drawn animation inspired by the drawings I made during the war. The animation is interwoven with contemporary video of my return trip to Vietnam to search for Candy and out child. Ghost Money will reveal a side of the war rarely seen on film: the bars, massage parlors, and the social world of an American soldier loose in the fleshpots of Saigon where an private’s paycheck could get you about anything you wanted.

Hear, Eat, Home

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A lyric portrait of how—through art, friendship, music, and food—New York immigrant musicians and artists understand the upheavals they faced in their home countries and answer new challenges that emerge as they make the US their home.

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One day, Soledad, a lonely woman whose only passion in life is metal detecting, unearths a wounded whale heart at the beach and discovers that it is still alive. She decides to take it home and nurse it back to health. As the whale heart heals, her own heart begins to open. But a whale heart can only survive so long out of the sea. Blending magical realism with environmental awareness and a dash of quirky fun, HEARTSONG tells the story of what it takes to let love in and let love go.

How Jellyfish Make Love

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How Jellyfish Make Love is a whimsical and heartfelt animated short about a lonely jellyfish seeking connection. In a cold world that tends to be cynical and distant, Jake the Jellyfish longs to truly connect with someone and possibly fall in love. With his home being a fish tank in a Las Vegas sushi restaurant, Jake is surrounded by fake plastic things, reminding him of how shallow the world can be. But when Josie the Jellyfish enters his life, he finally sees a chance for something real. As long as he can get past interfering angelfish, nosy diners, and his own neurotic tendencies, Jake has a possibility of maybe, hopefully, getting to really know someone and to truly be known in return.

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Desiring to attend senior prom, a teen born with a genetic syndrome encounters difficulty securing a date further impeding his prom attendance, until a teacher he is smitten with intervenes and sacrifices her job for him.
Progeria Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects about 1 in 20 million people worldwide. The average lifespan for people with Progeria is 13 years.
"LIFE of CY" simply showcases one day in the life of a teenager eagerly anticipating and preparing for two social milestones: his 18th birthday and his senior prom.
A unique protagonist whose impact on others is explored as his perspective focuses on and affirms love, joy and life fulfillment.

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Wracked by guilt, a woman takes one last moment to picnic on the moon before choosing - living or dying.

My Vacation Destination

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Like a fine wine, Merlot has aged beautifully but at sixty-five she finds herself alone and wanting a partner. She tries speed dating. As she scrolls through endless photos of men online, she draws the analogy between all the men she might meet and a vacation destination. To Merlot, looking at men on dating sites is like determining what type of vacation she wants. However, once the speed dating event begins, her experience becomes frustrating and she thinks she isn’t going anywhere and may never find her "vacation destination."

One Breath At A Time

Documentary

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In a country drowning in a never ending debate about gun control, one woman arms children not with guns but with emotional tools to deal with life.
"If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation." Dalai Lama.
The film follows the journey of Connie Clotworthy, a meditation teacher who focuses on teaching kids meditation in order to prevent violence in American schools. It is an overview of the gun violence problem and a conversation about possible solutions that doesn't involve the arguments about gun laws but emphasizes the importance of spiritual education and mental health of our youth.

Out of the Picture

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“Out of the Picture” is an independent documentary film about art critics living through a cultural reckoning and a historic period of change to both art and media. Through the deeply human stories of critics, the film will provoke questions about how meaning gets made in the 21st century.

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To stay independently thriving during the start of an economic downturn during the late 1950s, a 25 year old Arts Teacher & Socialite is given the opportunity to elevate her lifestyle and secure her family’s future.

Lola Parker is facing eviction from her home. Desperate to keep her independence and status, she is introduced to a lucrative performing opportunity. While attempting to keep this new venture a secret, she simultaneously gains popularity, risking being exposed to and disowned by her mother. After being offered a promotion, she is left with two choices, become the headliner or allow her family to lose everything.

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When the enemy isn’t each other but the war itself…

After her unit is destroyed, an injured soldier has to strike out on her own. While traveling through an unknown wilderness she finds herself in the company of an enemy combatant with intel that can end the war. Their only chance for peace lies in their willingness to discard their prejudice & realize each other’s humanity. This short begs us to reexamine the notion of honor vs treachery all the while taking us on suspenseful ride set against a backdrop of intense natural landscapes.

Sack Chasers

Documentary

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High School football, a pandemic, and the future NFL Safety champion with over 23 offers from Division 1 colleges, Malik Spencer. When the coronavirus came to America, it endangered high school football, Malik’s teammates’ families, challenged his coach’s dreams, and caused a challenging impact on Malik’s season. A story of triumph in America.

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In America's heartland, as a farmer's widow begins to succumb to the clutches of Dementia, she's triggered by an image in the daily paper. Her looping and traumatic memories from her teenage daughter's disappearance (20 years ago) become clearer than ever - She must find her daughter.

The Edge of the Light

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Another fire ignites in the nearby hills, and Colin’s dog, Charley, runs away. While his mom packs their go-bags for a potential evacuation, Colin slips out in hopes of quickly finding Charley somewhere in the thick blanket of ashy smoke that has descended on the earth.

The Exiles

Documentary

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Documentary filmmaker, Christine Choy, tracks down exiled leaders from the Tiananmen Square Massacre to find closure on an abandoned film she began shooting in 1989.

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Days before a razor-thin Senate election in Atlanta, Georgia, budding Black journalist and father-to-be Carlyle Walker is being celebrated for his front-page profile on rising political star, Dash Clemenson. But when Carlyle receives a phone call accusing the progressive white candidate of rape, he is forced to investigate his responsibility as a journalist, father, and member of the Black community. The Lie sits at the intersection of race, politics, and sexual assault and challenges viewers to acknowledge the lies we tell ourselves and others in the name of progress. In a time when so much is at stake, how much is the truth really worth?

The Lonely Doryman

Short

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Hundreds of miles off the coast of Portugal, a novice fisherman finds himself lost on a mysterious island and tormented by fantasies that make him question his sexuality.

The events of this film take place in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores Islands. Summer 1968. In the crux of Salazar's fascist regime, these rural islands are modernizing. Folktales and myths are being forgotten.
This modern take on the familiar tropes of folktales explores themes of queer identity, loneliness and masculinity; set against the backdrop of Portugal’s complex traditional values at the time.

The Loom

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The Loom is a documentary feature that explores the Battle of Berlin from the perspective of a forgotten woman. It tells the the story of the filmmaker's cousin, Hanni, who shot and killed her four daughters, believing she was saving them from a fate worse than death. After decades of collective forgetting, the discovery of a miniature loom leads the filmmaker to discover the truth behind the tragic decision of a desperate mother, one of thousands driven to suicide by German propaganda, the mass rapes of invading soldiers and the incomprehensibility of life after the war.

The Man Who Desalinated The Sea

Mockumentary

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Due to his unique claimed ability to see in the dark (yet not proofed), a coast guard from Lithuania accidentally encounters a savage “Robinson” in the dunes on neutral strip of the Curonian Spit – right between Russian and Lithuanian borders.
Though heavily covered with overgrown pelage, the man looks no older than 40 years old. His name is Timur Tshadadze. The man states that he is a Georgian started living as a hermit back in the middle of the 20th century after setting at the boundary line between Kaliningrad region and Lithuania. Timur reveals that he was born in 1928 and runs from his wife for the Spit right after the end of the WWII.