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! 
 

 

Spring Grant 2022 Hot Films in the Making

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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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.

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.

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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"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.

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 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 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.

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When a high school counselor told him to quit his Black friends, Loannis Veliotes, the son of Greek immigrants, dropped out and became Johnny Otis, a legendary innovator of Rhythm & Blues. But his book defending the 1965 Watts Rebellion–Listen to the Lambs–nearly ended his career. This is the provocative and inspiring story of the artist behind “Hound Dog,” “Willie and the Hand Jive” and “Every Beat of My Heart,” and his lifelong battle against white supremacy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

vimeo.com

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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

godaddysites.com

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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

trustdocfilm.com

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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

1946themovie.com

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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

vimeo.com

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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.