Recently Released Films:
Raúl Juliá-The World's A Stage , directed by Ben DeJesus, is a revealing portrait of the charismatic, award-winning actor who earned recognition across the world for his versatility on stage and screen. The film premiered nationally on PBS’ American Masters in September, 2019.
Mad as Hell, directed by Jason Cohn, produced by Camille Servan-Schreiber, and recipient of a California Humanities grant tells the story of Howard Jarvis and his landmark California ballot measure, Proposition 13, which launched a national tax revolt and fundamentally altered the course of American politics. The film is currently screening at film festivals around California.
State of Pride directed by Oscar-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, and featuring prominent LGBTQ+ activist Raymond Braun, State of Pride takes an unflinching look at the diverse expression of Pride 50 years after Stonewall. It premiered at the 2019 SXSW film festival, and is available for viewing on YouTube Originals.
Decade of Fire, directed by Gretchen Hildebrand, pursues the truth about the fires that devastated the South Bronx in the 1970s, uncovering policies of racism and neglect that still shape our cities, and offering hope to communities on the brink today. It has screened at festivals around the country and will be broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens in November, 2019.
John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway, by Ben DeJesus and Jill Krikorian. A behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling Leguizamo’s latest theatrical showcase, “Latin History for Morons.” In November, 2018, the documentary aired on PBS as a joint presentation of Latino Public Broadcasting’s series VOCES, and WNET’s Great Performances.
Worlds of Ursula Le Guin, directed by Arwen Curry, tells the story of the groundbreaking science fiction writer. The film has screened at festivals worldwide and had its broadcast premiere on PBS' American Masters in Fall, 2019.
Currently In Production:
CripCamp, directed by Jim LeBrecht & Nicole Newnham is a feature documentary that explores the summer camp awakenings that would transform lives and shape the future of the disability rights movement. The documentary is a co-production with Higher Ground and will be distributed by Netflix.
Stay Woke: Barbara Lee Speaks for Me is a documentary by Abby Ginzberg that paints a portrait of Representative Barbara Lee, a steadfast voice for human rights, peace and diplomacy in the U.S. Congress. Currently in production.
Socialism: An American Story, directed by Yael Bridge, uncovers the rich history of American socialism and goes beyond the headlines to tell the stories of the people striving to build a socialist future. It is currently in production.
Waging Change, directed by Abby Ginzberg, explores how workers are changing the face of the restaurant industry as they fight for living wages and challenge the $2.13 per hour rate for tipped workers. The film is the recipient of a prestigious Ford Foundation grant, and is in post-production.
The Last Days of Thomas Merton by producer Anne Flatte, follows Harold Talbott and Thomas Merton on their adventure through Northern India in 1968. Currently in production.
Takeover: The Lincoln Hospital Offensive, a documentary by Emma Francis-Snyder and Tony Gerber, is the gripping story of the day-long occupation in 1970 of the hospital by a group of young radical Puerto Rican activists called the Young Lords. Currently in Production
The Provocations of Spain Rodriguez, by Susan Stern is a feature-length documentary about the life and work of the late underground cartoonist Spain Rodriguez. It is in post-production.
Ahead of the Curve, directed by Jen Rainin, tells the dramatic story of the founding of Deneuve Magazine -- one of the world's first lesbian magazines and its founder Franco Stevens' struggle to keep it afloat in the face of a legal battle. In production.
Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson pushes the boundaries of biographical documentary film to reveal the enduring influence of one of America’s greatest living artists and social commentators. In production.