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After giving birth to her first child, a mother deals with her new identity, as she navigate life with her baby, her husband, and her loud and opinionated family.

Project type: Fiction Short
Writer/Director/Producer: Gabriela Garcia Medina
Co-Writer/Producer: Vicki Syal
Casting Director: Alan Luna
Production Designer/Graphic Designer: Joshua Sankar
Costume Designer: Dagmarette Yen
Editor: Pieb Espinosa
Key Hair/Makeup: Ching Tseng
Cast: Jessica Marie Garcia, Keyla Monterroso Mejia, Cheryl Umaña Bonilla

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When I Was A Human
Indy, an ex-shelter dog who magically transforms into a human with the aid of a miracle dog biscuit, embarks on a comical journey to win back his owner's affection and ends up rediscovering himself and what love is along the way.

Project type: Fiction Feature
Executive Producer/Director: Akemi K. Tosto
Producer: Tyler Condon
Producer: Maho Morita
Associate Producer: Jorge Agraz

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Where Did The Adults Go?
When three siblings meet at the family summer home on the anniversary of their parents' death, a power struggle ensues when the eldest proposes selling the house so she and her wife can afford to start a family.

Project type: Fiction Feature
Writer/Director: Courtney Marsh
Producer: Jerry Franck
Executive Producer: Gill Holland
Editor/Co-Producer: Sushila Love

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Whisper Back

Inside a run-down diner on pleasure moon Huvi, a romantic psychodrama plays out between two waitresses and an odd stranger who may not be of this world.

Project type: Fiction Short
Director/Writer/Producer: Sonja Kelly
Director of Photography: Andrés Solórzano
Editor: Michael Tang

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Who the Hell is Johnny Otis?

When a high school counselor told him to quit his Black friends, Loannis Veliotes dropped out, took his drum set on the road, and became Johnny Otis–a decades long innovator and promoter of Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll. Calling himself “Black by persuasion,” Johnny Otis tore through taboos against white and Black musicians playing together and wrote dozens of R&B and rock hits along with books and articles promoting Black liberation.

Project type: Nonfiction Feature
Director/Producer: David Zeiger
Director/Producer: Mobolaji Olambiwonnu
Director of Photography: Jerry Henry
Director of Archival Research: Jayne Kennedy
Editor: Lindsay Mofford
Motion Graphics: Christopher Kirk

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Why Don’t You Lose 5 Pounds?

Three athletes - Rachael, Akoray, and Joe - grew up sacrificing their bodies for their sport, not realizing they were sacrificing their bodies to eating disorders. Through their personal wins and losses, we learn how the fierce drive of these elite athletes contributes to a dangerous mental illness - and may be their key to recovery.

Project type: Nonfiction Feature
Project status: Production
Producer/Director: Chris Blunk
Executive Producer: Nancy Kerrigan

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Wild About ’88: The Rise of Arizona Basketball

A legendary coach and a talented team of outsiders transform the sleepy desert city of Tucson, Arizona into a crazed college basketball mecca.

Project type: Nonfiction Feature
Director/Producer: Sean P. Malone
Director/Producer: Brad Malone
Producer: Isaiah Leslie
Producer: Mustan Dawood

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Wild Animal

In rural Montana, a rising MMA fighter’s reckless life in and out of the cage is derailed further when she is forced to attend equine therapy after clashing with the police.

Project type: Fiction Feature
Director/Writer/Producer: Joseph Marconi
Producer: Lysette Urus
Director of Photography: David Vollrath
Associate Producer: Chance Housley

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When a young girl is called upon in court as the sole witness in her father's sexual assault case, she must choose between telling the truth or protecting her family.

Project type: Fiction Short
Director: Mishal Mahmud
Producer: Nidhi Kulkarni
Producer: Aishy Vimal
Cinematographer: Kathryn Boyd-Batstone
Sound Recordist: Renia Akamatsu

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Women of Hollywood Mixers x Blank Paige Films

Blank Paige Films mixers foster a safe environment for women or female-identifying folk who work in the Hollywood entertainment industry to mingle, network, and have a blast with like-minded individuals. It's time to celebrate and empower each other in order to reach new heights!

Project type: Organization
Producer: Paige Blankenship

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On her way to visit her sick father, an adrift young woman, Riley Varick, hits a deer on the road and is forced to confront and accept her actions as a prerequisite for her father’s inevitable demise.

Director/Writer: Ani Schroeter
Producer: Myriam Schroeter
Director of Photography: Alexander Dynan

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Yoshi: Wake Up With Me

After learning about the death of his mentor on Facebook, Yoshi walks 8,800 miles to connect with her family and friends. But along his journey Yoshi discovers the courage to look inward and rectify his own past.

Project type: Nonfiction Feature
Director/Producer: Momo Lee Aoi

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You & I, You & Me
A romantic drama following two trans musicians -- the disgraced ex-punk rocker son of a record label CEO and a guarded former pop star -- after they are paired to write her an unlikely comeback hit.

Project type: Fiction Feature
Writer/Director: Gabe S. Dunn
Producer: Melisa D. Monts
Cinematographer: Gabriel Carnick
Line Producer/UPM: Sara Soderquist

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You Don’t Know My Name

After being separated from his incarcerated mother at birth, Tommy Franklin searches for her identity while uncovering deep ancestral bloodlines. As he gets closer to this life-altering truth, he must navigate his way through systems designed to keep him in the dark.

Project type: Nonfiction Feature
Director/Writer/Producer: Tommy Franklin
Producer: Dawne Langford
Consulting Producer: Darcy McKinnon
Director of Photography: Zuri Obi
Composer and Sound Designer: Renee Copeland

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Young Filmmakers After School Film and Television Skills Development Program

Eliminating the Darkness, One Candle at a Time.

Project type: Organization
Director: Beverley Mitchell
Producer: Quinton Fredericks

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Your Opinion, Please

For nearly a decade, Montanans could participate in "Your Opinion, Please", a weekly public radio program that provided a platform for people to express their views live on-air. By juxtaposing audio clips from hundreds of episodes with contemporary footage of Montana, Your Opinion, Please will offer a compelling portrait of the program's impact, and the enduring importance of open communication.

Project type: Nonfiction Short
Director/Producer/Editor: Marshall Granger
Producer: Alana Waksman
Director of Photography: Lorin Granger

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Yurt (Dormitory)

Forced to leave the comfort of his middle class lifestyle at his father’s behest, twelve-year-old Ahmet is sent to an all-boys religious dormitory where he must navigate familial expectations, his religious obligations, and the childhood to which he so desperately clings.

Project type: Fiction Feature
Director/Writer: Nehir Tuna
Producer: Tanay Abbasoglu
Producer: Dorothe Beinemeier
Co-Producer: Thierry Lenouvel
Cinematographer: Florent Herry

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