About a Mountain
Based on the nonfiction book by John D’Agata, About a Mountain is an essay film that explores the human need to know the truth and what happens when the answers we desperately seek are not so clear. The film follows three interwoven stories, all involving characters who scramble for answers to personal, environmental, and philosophical challenges. Does the extensive scientific research done at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain ensure that nuclear waste can be safely stored there for one million years? When a bright and seemingly happy young man suddenly jumps off more►
Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock
Standing Rock, 2016: the largest Native American occupation since Wounded Knee, thousands of activists, environmentalists, and militarized police descend on the Dakota Access Pipeline, in a standoff between Big Oil and a new generation of native warriors. Embedded in the movement, native activist and filmmaker Cody Lucich chronicles the sweeping struggle in stunning clarity, as the forces battle through summer to bitter winter, capturing the spirit and havoc of an uprising.
All Light, Everywhere
All Light, Everywhere explores the past, present, and future relationships between technology, vision, and power. From arcane theories of sight to the emergence of virtual reality and police body camera programs, the film takes a kaleidoscopic investigation into how the reality of what we see is constructed through the tools that we use to see.
Bull (working title)
In a near-abandoned subdivision west of Houston, a wayward teen runs headlong into her equally willful and unforgiving neighbor, an aging bullfighter who’s seen his best days in the arena; it’s a collision that will change them both.
Hispaniola (Working Title)
In 2013 the Supreme Court of the Dominican Republic upheld legislation that stripped citizenship from individuals of Haitian heritage born in that country. Hispaniola is a feature documentary that will take audiences on a cinematic journey through the day-to-day lives of people directly impacted by these new laws. There is Elena Lorac, a young Dominican of Haitian descent whose fall into statelessness has rendered her invisible, forced to function below the radar and avoid confrontation when attacked because of her ancestry; Amelia Deschamps is a Dominican journalist who has spoken more►
I’m No Longer Here | Ya No Estoy Aqui
I’m No Longer Here | Ya No Estoy Aqui traces the journey of Ulises Samperio, a 17-year-old Mexican boy, who after an unfortunate misunderstanding with members of a local cartel, is forced to migrate to the U.S. and leave behind what defines him most: his gang and the dance parties he loves so much. Told across dual timelines, the film jumps between past and present: Monterrey, Mexico and Queens, New York, respectively. In Monterrey, the story begins by following Ulises and his gang, “Los Terkos,” who consider themselves “Cholombianos,” (cholo + more►
Grandma is a grumpy, superstitious, chain-smoking Chinese grandmother who has settled into the routine of old age. But when a local fortune-teller predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to take fortune into her own hands and lands herself on the wrong side of luck…and in the middle of a triad war.
Sons of Detroit (working title)
Growing up in 1970’s Detroit, Jeremy spent most of his time at his best friend Boo’s house, climbing mulberry trees and practicing kung fu. For a while, when Jeremy’s folks were struggling, Boo’s grandma took him in; he became family. When the boys hit puberty, the historical legacies of slavery — segregation, racism, violence — busted down the door of their home, collided with their bodies, and propelled Boo and Jeremy in two different directions. Jeremy became a white man and Boo a black man. Boo ended up in prison, more►
The Mole Agent
Romulo, a private investigator, has been hired to do a study of a retirement home where residents are thought to be victims of abuse. To this end, he trains an 83-year-old man to live as a Mole Agent inside the home. Once inside, the mole struggles to assume his detective role as he gradually becomes one more resident in it.
Untitled Syrian Families Film
In this war story told in a unique key, portraits of Syrian families displaced and fractured by war create a meditation on parental love that is both urgent and timeless. The film is an artful and urgent call to focus on our shared humanity, counter demonizing rhetoric, and ensure our governments and communities keep welcoming those fleeing war.