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Film Independent Fiscal Sponsorship

New and innovative work, fiscally sponsored by Film Independent.

The Fiscal Sponsorship program opens the door to nonprofit funding for independent filmmakers and media artists, supporting a diverse slate of projects at every stage of the filmmaking process – from development to distribution and beyond.

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The 3,000 Project

Wisconsin, one of the most incarcerated states in America, abolished parole in 1998 changing the fate of 3,000 parole eligible inmates in its prison system overnight, sparking an inferno of activism and debate surrounding this population from the high offices of government to the streets of Milwaukee as the state grapples with solutions to curb its alarming rate of mass incarceration.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director/Producer: Keith McQuirter

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"A" For Alpha

After Harrison starts to experience some insecurities in his relationship, he finds himself in an identity crisis trying to figure out what it means to be a man.

Project type: Narrative Short
Director/Producer: Kelley Kali
Producers Reggie Lochard, Eric K. Thomas

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A Couple of Secrets

A wild 24-hour first date entangles two quirky, broken individuals, each concealing a deep, dark secret.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Writer/Director: Nicholas Pallos
Producers Andrea Monier, Talia Bella, Steven Step (EP)

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Africa: Untold

Meet Africa’s game-changers: The innovators, educators and pioneers, reimagining and reshaping the continent’s future.

Project type: Documentary Series
Series Director/Creator: Bruce Donnelly
Producer: Fermin Rojas

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After Antarctica

After Antarctica is a feature-length documentary that follows polar explorer Will Steger’s life journey as an eyewitness to the greatest changes in the polar regions of our planet. Now, thirty years after his historic coast-to-coast expedition across the coldest continent on Earth, Steger is not only known for being the first in history to complete this historic feat – he is also the last.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director: Tasha Van Zandt
Producer: Sebastian Zeck

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AHMAD ZAHIR: The Voice of Afghanistan

AHMAD ZAHIR explores the extraordinary life of Afghanistan’s most revered musician, the “Elvis of Afghanistan,” who rockets to stardom in the 60s and 70s – a time when women in Kabul wear mini-skirts, foreigners flock to Afghanistan on the “hippie trail,” and progressive change swept the country.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director: Sam French
Producer: Mo Scarpelli

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Alaska Is a Drag

Tough, but diva fabulous, Leo, aspiring drag superstar, is stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska. He and his twin sister are trapped in the monotony of fist fights and fish guts. Out of necessity, Leo learned to fight back, which catches the attention of the local boxing coach. When a new boy moves to town and wants to be his sparring partner, Leo has to face the real reason he's stuck in Alaska.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Director: Shaz Bennett
Producers: Diane Becker, Jean-Pierre Caner, Melanie Miller

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The American Songbook

Their lives are filled with struggle, triumph, bravery and courage. Experience the stories and songs of everyday heroes who are fighting for their dreams.

Project type: Documentary Series
Director/Producer/Cinematographer: David Rochkind

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An All American Affair: The True Story of Maxene Andrews

Maxene Andrews, of the famed musical trio “The Andrews Sisters”, lived parallel lives. In the eyes of the American public, she was a beloved icon of 1940s patriotism. In private, she had many secrets that would have shocked America and destroyed the sisters’ careers and legacy.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Directors/Producers: Amanda Spain & Sandra Alvarez

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Ashland

Children train horses during fire season on the plains of Eastern Montana.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director: Wyatt Maw
Producer: Julie Hook

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Black Hat

A seemingly pious Hasidic man living a secret double life misplaces his black hat one night which will cause his two separate lives to collide in a way he never imagined.

Project type: Narrative Short
Director: Sarah Smith
Writer/Producer: Phillip Guttmann

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Blank Verse Films

Blank Verse Films is an upstart film studio that produces poetry videos. All our videos are online for free on our Youtube channel.

Project type: Interactive Media Organization
Founder/Artistic Director: Mike Gioia
Co-Founder/Development Director: Ted Gioia

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Breasties

In the early weeks postpartum, Rose finds herself unraveling as she struggles to breastfeed her newborn son, Miles. As her baby continues to lose weight, she is faced with an unconventional choice when her best friend Maddie offers to nurse her baby.

Project type: Narrative Short
Writer/Director: Jennifer Kushner
Producers: Sue-Ellen Chitunya

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Burros

A young Native girl discovers a Hispanic migrant her age who lost her dad in the middle of the dangerous but beautiful Sonoran desert.

Project type: Narrative Short
Director/Writer: Jefferson Stein
Producer: Liz Cardenas
Producer: Russell Sheaffer
Executive Producers: Bear Larry Wilson, Camillus Lopez

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Chilies With Nostalgic Flavor

Basma, a drama therapist working in Jordan, is torn between two difficult choices: getting married to the man she loves or pursuing her dream of going back to her hometown of Gaza during the war.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Director/Producer: Asma Bseiso

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Clementine

A heartbroken woman stows away to her estranged lover's lake house where she becomes entangled with a teenage girl.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Director: Lara Jean Gallagher
Producers: Davis Priestley, Aimee Lynn Barneburg

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Conscience Point

Exposing a painful, quintessentially American geography, Conscience Point unearths a deep clash of values between the Native American Shinnecock and their elite Hamptons neighbors, who have made sacred land their playground.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director/Producer: Treva Wurmfeld
Producer: Julianna Brannum

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Co-opted

After her father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, a straitlaced college transfer comes of age in the wild chaos of a legendary student commune. Her identity wavers when she volunteers as “virgin sacrifice” for her co-op’s black mass party and her “Friend of Christian Camp Past” witnesses.

Project type: Narrative Short
Creator/Writer/Lead: Zoë Smurr
Director: Jocelyn Cooper

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Dating Now

A young black woman navigates everything from f*ckboys to ghosting to thirst traps on her misadventures through the dating world of 2017.

Project type: Web Series
Writer/Producer: Tasha Henderson
Producer: Brett Takeshita

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Death and Bowling

Two transgender men meet at the funeral of the esteemed captain of the Lavender League, a community bowling club for older lesbians. Grief and desire seep together as the death of a queer matriarch transforms a community left behind.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Writer/Director/Editor: Lyle Kash
Producer/First AD: Ariel Mahler

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Death of Nintendo

The story takes us into the colorful pop-culture world of these four 13-year old friends, back in the days when video games were still a novelty. Mimaw and her friends Paolo, Kachi and Gilligan go on a journey of self-discovery together as they play games and wrestle with new dilemmas – puppy love, circumcision and other horror stories.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Writer/Producer: Valerie Castillo Martinez
Director: Raya Martin

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Discovering Brooklynn

After reconnecting with a woman from a past she prefers to forget, Brooklynn, a self-assured perfectionist, is torn between remaining true to her homophobic upbringing or expressing her stifled sexuality.

Project type: Narrative Short
Writer/Director/Producer: Aliya Brooks

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Don't Ever Let Go

Mia and her brother Alex find a powerful stone that thrusts them into different paths while bringing them closer then they've ever been.

Project type: Narrative Animated Short
Writer/Director: Fabian Molina
Producer: Ariel Mahler

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Dragstrip 66: The Frockumentary

Never before seen archival video reveals the untold story of an underground LGBTQ nightclub that became a political and creative center for a community besieged by AIDS and discrimination. As club owners Paul V. and Mr. Dan prepare for the Dragstrip 66 finale, patrons, staff, and celebrities reflect on their memories and impressions as the beloved nightclub comes to the end of its historic run.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director/Producer: Phil Scanlon
Co-director/Co-producer: Paul Vitagliano

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Emerging Artists LA

Emerging Artists LA offers access to the film festival experience FREE to filmmakers and film aficionados alike. Submitting a film is free and attending the festival is free and that’s the way we’d like to keep it!

Project type: Film Festival
Curator/Program Director: Erica Mountain
Curator/Art Director: Carla Harris

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Fashion Reimagined

A film about fashion’s impact on the environment and the designer who’s doing something about it, “Fashion Reimagined” follows Amy Powney of London brand Mother of Pearl who decides at the height of her career that she can no longer participate in her industry’s destructive cycle. Instead, she sets off to produce a sustainable collection from field to finished garment, a pioneering journey across three continents that tests her strength and belief in humanity.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director/Producer: Becky Hutner
Director of Photography/Editor: Daniel Goetz

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Finding Kevorkian

In 1997 Two estranged sisters come together to drive their terminally ill mother across the country for her to end her life.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Writer/Director/Producer: Kim Putman
Producer: Brooke Gaston

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Flash Before the Bang

A sports drama based on a true story, a coach and a group of eight boys from the Oregon School for the Deaf overcome tremendous odds and defy expectations to win the 1986 Oregon State Track and Field Championship.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Writer/Director/Producer: Jevon Whetter
Producers: Delbert Whetter, John Eraklis

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Flood

A filmmaker tries to fix her problems with her evangelical father in a screenplay with a happy ending. When her plan backfires, she quits writing lines, starts to listen, and becomes a character in her own film.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Writer/Director/Producer/Cinematographer: Katy Scoggins
Unit Production Manager: Jamie González

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Freeze!

In this surrealistic tragicomedy, Joy, 35, visits an offbeat fertility clinic to freeze her eggs after a series of romantic misadventures…only to discover that she is pregnant.

Project type: Narrative Short
Writer/Director: Maya Albanese
Producer: Valerie Steinberg

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The Girl In the Backroom

When you sacrifice everything to be a “voice for the voiceless” and you’ve been a political activist for your entire life, then at age 79 you get to be the snarky grandmother who takes down the guy that no one else could touch.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director: Francine Graff
Line Producer: Jonathan Graff

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Girl With Child

In a small town in Ecuador, teenager Diana runs away from an institution for troubled girls with her toddler. The goal: to pick up her younger sister from their abusive childhood home and start a new life.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Writer/Director: Maria Abraham
Producer: Luz Agudelo Gipson

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God & Salsa

A grief-stricken therapist determined to help a suicidal teen regains her faith in the process with the help of her Salsa instructor and pastor.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Writer/Director/Producer: Jess Thomas
Writer/Producer: Anayancy Thomas

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Hargrove

A humble virtuoso walks unwittingly towards death while traveling the world playing his last concerts, reflecting on his life musically, professionally, personally, and spiritually. Trumpet legend Roy Hargrove is celebrated through priceless footage of his final days and treasured memories from music industry legends.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director: Eliane Henri/Poplife Productions
Cinematographer: Robert Benavides

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HIBM: Her Inescapable Brave Mission

Celebrated UN humanitarian battling a debilitating disease will attempt a twelve-day Grand Canyon mission on horseback and whitewater raft that will include extreme tests of strength, endurance and danger to shatter stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities. Time is of the essence as her body’s muscles waste away, weakening her every move.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Protagonist/Producer: Cara E. Yar Khan
Producer: John Masters

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Holy Water

When a spiritual man is faced with a possible illness, his belief system is questioned and he’s forced to step into his authentic self in order to heal his emotional pain.

Project type: Narrative Short
Writer/Director/Producer: Sebastian LaCause
Producers: Roxanne Morrison, Jai Rodriguez

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The Imperfect Picture

In a world obsessed with perfection, an eclectic woman realizes that life is better imperfect.

Project type: Narrative Short
Writer/Director/Producer: Coxy Chiara Rodoni
Producer: Meagan Judkins
Co-producer: Tre'Shonda Sheffey

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In One Split Second

A small crime creates ripple effects in a neighborhood that brings devastating consequences, pushing race relations further in reactionary fallout.

Project type: Narrative Short
Writer/Director/Producer: Chloe Owens
Producers: Tamara Rhoads, Markus Linecker

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If Anything Happens I Love You

Grieving parents struggle with the loss of their daughter. An elegy on grief.

Project type: Narrative Short
Writers/Directors: Will McCormack, Michael Grovier
Producer: Maryann Garger

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I Was a Simple Man

Like marionettes on a toy stage, the ghosts of Masao’s past haunt the countryside in this tale of a Hawai‘i family facing the imminent death of their eldest.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Director: Christopher Yogi
Producers: Sarah Kim

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Jimmy in Saigon

Jimmy in Saigon explores the mysterious life and death of James Austin McDowell, a Vietnam veteran who died at age 24 in 1972 as a civilian in Saigon. Painting an elegiac portrait, director Peter McDowell uncovers family secrets surrounding Jim’s drug use and sexuality, getting to know his brother who died when Peter was only 5 years old.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director/Producer: Peter McDowell
Producer: Lucia Palmarini
Executive Producer: Dan Savage
Associate Producer: Peter Schulman
Composer: John McDowell

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Joyriders

Three kids from the hood find an alien spaceship and take it on a joyride. Now they must decide to help the world that never cared about them, or escape into the unknown.

Project type: Narrative Short
Director: Raymond Carr

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Juke Box Hero

This #metoo / #timesup feature about an aspiring rock star fights a mental breakdown along the road to stardom while pursued by a dysfunctional romantic. Drawn together and torn apart through humor, heartache and hope, the two grapple with the healing power of friendship and the damage wrought by demons of childhood.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Writer/Director: Shero
Writer: Christopher Kawika Brown

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Lady Buds

Six women emerge from the shadows of the California cannabis industry to go legal. As farmers, entrepreneurs and activists, these modern-day superheroes battle government bureaucracy, corporate interests and risk financial ruin in order to fight for the industry they helped create and for the survival of their community.

Project type: Documentary
Director/Producer: Chris J. Russo
Consulting Producer: Sarah Olson

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Last Taxi Dance

In a ballroom called Paradise, in the aftermath of World War II, a beguiling Hawaiian singer dances with a returned American soldier and debates the dignity of the American dream. But when his dance tickets run out, she is left with a harsh choice – for when the dancing stops, this man will die.

Project type: Narrative Short
Writer/Director: Brayden Yoder
Producer: Ciara Leinaʻala Lacy

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Let Your Sisters Be

When sisters Alex and Claire learn of their abuser’s death, they journey to a New Zealand settlement to witness his burial.

Project type: Narrative Short
Director: Aileen O'Sullivan
Writer/Producer: Mary Sewell

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Leveling Lincoln

Leveling Lincoln brings back to the forefront the first case in the Northern USA, where a school was torn down in the quest for equal rights in education. Mrs. Taylor vs. The Board of Education of New Rochelle, NY – 1961, was a landmark case brought by Lincoln School parents. Many still remember and speak on camera of this pivotal case, their childhood after the case, and how it relates to today’s educational struggles.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director/Producer: Arden Teresa Lewis
Producer/Assistant Director: Tinks Lovelace, Bag O' Bones Collective

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Light In Dark Places

A mother makes a shocking discovery when she’s left to pack up her daughter’s house after a tragic car accident.

Project type: Narrative Short
Director: Laguaria Davis
Producers: Valeria Lopez, Steak House

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Little City Gardens

Little City Gardens is a nonfiction feature that presents the magnetism and beauty of a farm that existed in San Francisco. It’s a story about connections to land, place, and each other told through the poetic visuals of a working urban farm. It’s a moving portrait about the powerful and compassionate relationship between people and land found in the most unlikely of places.

Project type: Documentary Feature
DirectorProducer: Ben Grossman
Producer/Consultant: Caitlyn Galloway

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Living Art

Living Art follows the life of Mara Clawson, a brilliant visual artist battling a life-threatening genetic disease. As she prepares for the largest gallery show of her young career, Mara inspires everyone around her to help create a world full of love and kindness.

Project type: Documentary Short
Director/Writer/Producer: David Rochkind

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Louella

A twelve-year-old girl runs away from home in rural Nevada and crosses paths with a charming man who lures her into prostitution.

Project type: Narrative Short
Writer/Director: Erin Cantelo
Producer: Toby Louie

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Love's Labours Lost

Love’s Labours Lost is Shakespeare’s only comedy where the women reject their suitors – a group of downright dangerous men in power. Our pointed satire, filled with dark humor and wit, will center the marginalized voices of Shakespeare’s female characters and highlight how little patriarchal oppression has changed in over 500 years.

Project type: Narrative Short
Director/Writer/Producer: Nick Musleh
Producers: Kristen Uno, Lydia Hunter

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Lumpia With a Vengeance

The LUMPIA-armed avenger reappears in Fogtown and teams up with high school student Rachel to prevent a crime syndicate from selling drugs masked as food in this action comedy.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Co-Writer/Director/Executive Producer: Patricio Ginelsa
Editor/Executive Producer: A.J. Calomay

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Modern Slave

A young girl coerced into sex-trafficking must escape the emotional cage her “Romeo Pimp” has trapped her in before she loses what little hope remains to live and dream.

Project type: Narrative Short
Co-writer/Director: Spencer Currie
Co-writer/Producer: Dan Sima

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Mo Show

Mo Show paints an unexpected picture of Chattanooga, Tennessee, through the eyes of a young black filmmaker who guides us through the personal stories of the folks in his world. From his Confederate-flag-flying neighbor to the Iraqi refugee across town, Mo wants to connect every part of his still-segregated southern city.

Project type: Documentary Short
Co-director/DP/Editor: Annie Huntington
Co-director/Producer: Clay Thomas

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Moving Out

A family drama about the complexities of faith, community, and parent/child relationships.

Project type: Narrative Short
Producer/Director/Screenwriter/Story: Rachel Earnest
Producer/Editor/Story: Ashley Monti

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My Baby is a Bike Helmet

After a miscommunication leads her coworkers to believe that she is pregnant, a seemingly barren waitress allows the fantasy to overtake the reality and finds herself navigating an ever-growing web of lies as she gets closer and closer to her imaginary “full term.”

Project type: Narrative Short
Co-Directors/Producers: Arden Grier, Roxanna Dunlop
Writer: Julia Dixon

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Moxie

In an era of giant Maxi Pads and Phil Donahue, misfit teen Moxie finds her fit with a group of college political activists. But when she becomes pregnant by the rebel leader, she faces her own fight — arguing for her abortion at a time when women’s liberation is coming into its own.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Director: Marya Mazor
Producers: Christina Sibul, Karen Tenkoff

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Necessity: Oil, Water and Climate Resistance

Necessity traces the fight in Minnesota against the expansion of pipelines carrying toxic tar sands oil through North America. Home to much of the world’s precious freshwater resources, the state is also the site of expanding oil industry infrastructure. The film follows indigenous activists and non-indigenous allies in their resistance to the pipelines traversing native lands and essential waterways.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director/Producer: Jan Haaken
Co-Director: Samantha Praus

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Nevertheless Film Festival

Nevertheless Film Festival elevates the work of women in film, as every film in the program is required to have at least 50% of designated leadership roles filled by women. The roles include director, producer, editor, cinematographer, screenwriter, production designer, sound mixer, and music supervisor/composer.

Project type: Interactive
Founder/Festival Director: Meredith Finch

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No Word For No

Youth in Indonesia are poised to become the majority of their country’s population by 2020. Despite unprecedented death tolls in the wake of environmental disasters, they remain resilient. No Word for No explores the question: how are the young people of Indonesia preparing to face the challenges ahead?

Project type: Documentary Short
Director/Producer: Andrew Morrison
Director of Photography: Auden Bui
Editor: Colton Loftin
Master Dalang: Ki Midiyanto

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Oscillation Transia Film Festival

Oscillation Transia Film Festival is a non-profit traveling event, exploring the intersection of solar energy application and environmental awareness through the art of film.

Project type: Film Festival
Festival Director: Jess Giacobbe
Festival Engineer: Austin Krause

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Pachuke

At a dance for Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII, a quiet teen relies upon her zoot suit alter-ego to win the girl.

Project type: Narrative Short
Director: Alexis Sterling
Writer: Kendra Arimoto
Producer: Cori-Anne Greenhouse
Cinematographer: Kalilah Robinson

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Parent-Teacher

A group of dedicated Public School Teachers roll up their sleeves and fight for their students’ lives – plus their imaginations and school supplies – as they question the value of their life’s work and mentor a naïve new English Instructor – all during parent-teacher conference week.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Director/Writer: Angela Garcia Combs
Co-Producer: Meredith Riley Stewart
Co-Producer/Creative Advisor: Asher Huey

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Please Hold

In the near future, a young working-class Latino is thrust into a fully automated and privatized jail after being arrested by mistake.

Project type: Narrative Short
Director: K.D. Davila
Co-Writer/Co-Producer: Levin Meneske

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The Plural of Blood

When one incident triggers a storm, we realize we are more connected than we think.

Project type: Narrative Short
Director/Writer: Mary-Lyn Chambers
Producer: Roxy Shih

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Portrait of a Young Man

A high school boy's struggle with identity and an eating disorder, as his family attempts to heal past wounds and nurture future hope.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Director/Writer: Brandon Shenk
Producer/Editor: Yining Xu
Executive Producer: Iman Zawahry
Co-Producer: Yu Ying Chien
Cinematographer: Vanon Li
Production Designer: Yudi Zhang
Director of Graphics: Yizhou He

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Proof of Loss

When a fire takes their home, a father and daughter must find a way to salvage what remains: each other.

Project type: Narrative Short
Director/Producerr: Laura Zak
Producers: Katherine Fisher, Sheri Bradford

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Red

In rural Pennsylvania, a teenage couple’s — James and Lizzy — relationship is interrupted by Aaron, the guy James almost hooked up with four months ago. Red explores being queer in conservative towns during hard times with empathy rather than disdain.

Project type: Narrative Short
Writer/Director/Producer: Scott Sullivan
Producer: Annalea Fiachi

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Restarting The Motor City

Restarting The Motor City is a documentary about how post-bankruptcy Detroit is transforming,the innovators and creators who are making it happen, and the obstacles they must overcome to free themselves from the shackles of 20th-century thinking and work together to create a city of the future.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director/Producer/Cinematographer: Melissa Dowler
Producer/DP/Editor: Tom Dowler
Executive Producers: Shane Kelly, Ted Serbinski

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Rewiring Juvenile Justice

Armed with innovative brain imaging technologies and the emerging field of neurolaw, scientists set a course to advocate for evidence-based juvenile criminal policy.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director: Helena Cortes
Producer: Bria Cole

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Salma's Home

Three Arab women living in modern day Jordan must put their differences aside and work together in order to survive. Tangled in a family drama after Bakri dies, his two wives and his adopted daughter navigate his inheritance, finding out that the only way forward is to try and make peace with each other.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Writer/Director: Hanadi Elyan
Producer: Nathan Bennett

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Scars Unseen

A documentary series about the triumph of the human spirit, following six men and women who have overcome domestic violence.

Project type: Documentary Series
Co-Director/Producer: Meredith Yinger
Co-Director/Director of Photography: Natalie Perez

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Scenes From Our Marriage

Co-stars Ela’ (Clarke Peters) and Legbani (Yolonda Ross) burn up the stage in a new racially fueled Broadway play. But when trust is violated, fact and fiction become blurred as the couple wrestles with what it means to love and succeed as black artists in show business.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Writer/Director/Executive Producer: Yolonda Ross
Producers: Sasha Solodukhina, Adaptive Studios, NightFox Entertainment

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Season of the Witches

Season of the Witches is a psycho-social crime thriller following three American PhD students volunteering in post-hurricane Puerto Rico who accidentally kill a local playboy in a revenge scheme gone wrong. When the “doing good on the Island” women try to cover up the murder, they are pursued by a local detective with demons of her own, raising the stakes on what it means to be loyal and good.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Director: Deborah Riley Draper
Writer/Producer: Sherri Daye Scott
Executive Producer: Mikki Taylor
Executive Producer: Cheryl Polote-Williamson

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She Said/She Said

She Said / She Said is a character driven dramedy based in the Los Angeles live storytelling community. A storyteller suffering from writer's block finds her unique voice and comes to terms with her abusive childhood when she hears a younger woman tell a story eerily similar to her own.

Project type: Narrative Short
Director/Writer: Sara Alize Cross
Producers: Matt Chupack, Don Ohmer, Matt Michienzie

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Shangri-LA

An episodic comedy about a group of lovable idiots trying to make it in Hollywood while surviving on the streets of L.A.

Project type: Narrative Series
Director/Co-creator: Drew Rosas
Co-creator: Nick Sommer

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Shouting Into the Wind

When the California WaterFix, an estimated $18 billion proposal to divert fresh water to Southern California, was introduced it seemed inevitable despite the high price tag and public opposition. Shouting Into the Wind introduces the union reps and political figures behind the proposal and the vocal residents who pushed back.

Project type: Documentary Short
Director/Producer: Elizabeth Bayne
Journalist: Jessica Grainger

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Silk Road

When an opportunistic Indian graduate student finds a bag full of drugs, he decides to sell them on the deep web to make a quick buck. Little does he know that a brilliant Indian American DEA agent is working around the clock to hunt him down.

Project type: Narrative Episodic
Director: Pradeep Katasani
Producer: Amar P

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Snake River

Snake River is a Rock and Roll drama series about the unlikely rise of Luke Weaver, a middle-aged depressive whose talent for self-sabotage is second only to his ability to make great music.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Director/Writer/Prodcuer: Bobby Field
Producer: Ashley Krick
Director of Photography: Zach Voytas

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Something to Live For

A pregnant Palestinian woman, whose husband died in the Israeli prison, wants to avenge his death. Under Hamas’ guidance, she plans a terror attack in Israel. The premature birth of her son makes her reconsider, but will Hamas let her off the hook?

Project type: Narrative Short
Writer/Director: Adva Reichman
Producers: Nahd Bashier, Nicholas Benjamin

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Somos la Luz

Without power for six months following Hurricane Maria, and dependent upon importing materials from overseas for their public elementary school students, a small mountain community in Puerto Rico begins to transition towards autonomy by transforming an abandoned building next to the school into a solar-powered factory where they will build the items they once imported.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director: Gabriel Coss
Producer: Emma Crow-Willard

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speaking.

On the brink of natural disaster, a prehistoric outcast must use a newly discovered power to save her people: the ability to speak. Think “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” but with cave people.

Project type: Narrative Short
Writer/Director: Nich Esposito
Executive Producer: David Fieman

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Stan Bitters Modern Primitive

Locations like the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs show how Stan’s work is a staple of the Mid Century Movement from a California artist working since the 1950’s to today. The film is a study of contrasts, Stan, a reserved man, whose work, much like Jackson Pollack’s, is the culmination of physical battle with his preferred medium, clay.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director/Producer: Francesca Di Amico
Director of Photography/Producer: Claudia Unger

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Stateville Calling

Elderly prisoners cost taxpayers billions and are the least likely to reoffend, which is why senior citizen activist Bill Ryan - who already helped to end the death penalty in Illinois - wants to set them free.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director/Writer/Producer: Ben Kolak
Producer: Yana Kunichoff

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The Story Won't Die

From unknown migrants to international pop-stars – we will explore how various refugee artists have risen above and triumphed over the disparate and desperate circumstances of their lives.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director: David Henry Gerson
Producer: Odessa Rae

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Successful Heroin and Opioid Addiction Treatment

It’s no secret that the heroin and opioid epidemic is ravaging communities and our country. It’s time to shed light on some unique and successful ways to treat opioid addiction as we are now in desperate need of finding short and long term solutions to help save lives. 


Project type: Documentary Feature
Director: Jaret Martino
Cinematographer: Jon Schwiegart

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Survival Skills

Meet Jim. A police cadet fresh out of the academy who gets in over his head when he tries resolving a domestic abuse case outside the legal system. Good luck, Jim.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Writer/Director: Quinn Armstrong
Producer: Colin West

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Tahriib

Through intimate first-hand accounts, refugees describe their near-impossible journeys of hope from their African homes to European cities. Alongside, social and other aid workers provide a framework for challenges new immigrants often face as they attempt integration.

Project type: Narrative Short
Director: Daniel W Smith

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Tankhouse

Two pretentious Upper East Side New Yorkers are blackballed from the local theatre scene and decide their only recourse is to travel to Fargo, ND and start a theatrical revolution.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Director/Writer: Noam Tomaschoff
Writer/Executive Producer: Chelsea Frei
Producer: Matthew Cooper
Director of Photography: Arlen Konopaki

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tender

After an unexpected one night stand, two women at very different stages of their lives, share an even more intimate morning after.

Project type: Narrative Short
Director/Writer: Felicia Pride
Producer: Regina Hoyles

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That's The Password In This Town

On the eve of her high-school graduation, rebellious teenager Sarah acquires a gun to exact revenge on a man that raped her years prior. Sarah must reconsider her choices when she discovers this man is now the single parent to a baby daughter.

Project type: Narrative Short
Director/Writer: Marfisia Bel
Producer: Esteban Zuluaga
Director of Photography: Brody Anderson

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There Is No Line

A documentary short exposing an unsettling truth: The United States no longer welcomes the “tired, poor, huddled masses” we’re telling to “get in line” for the American dream. There is no line anymore, not for them.

Project type: Documentary Short
Director: Sharon Boeckle
Executive Producer: Matt Cameron

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This Is Your Song

On the night of their wedding anniversary, a bohemian theatre actress and a beatnik inspired writer confront the strife of their relationship, dreams and the city they once loved.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Director/Writer/Producer: Hassan Said
Producer: Masha Karpoukhina
Writer: Lourdes Figueroa
Cinematographer: Peggy Peralta

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Thus: The Conclusion

An experimental long-form visual poem about a solo female traveler reflecting on the principles of human existence through a woman’s lens. Her fragmented memories are juxtaposed with natural imagery captured from Iceland and Africa. The two polar opposite locations visually represent the cognitive dissonance in us all.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director/WriterProducer/Editor: Aimee Jennings

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Too Soon: The Comedy of 9/11

They say Tragedy + Time = Comedy. In the aftermath of 9/11, humor remained America’s most vital tool against fear, anger, and pain. Too Soon is the twenty-year chronology of how comedy stopped completely, slowly regained its footing, and finally grew bigger and more powerful than ever, allowing all of us to unite and heal in the process.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director/Writer: Nick Scown
Producer: Julie Seabaugh

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True Believer

The 2016 election reaffirmed the power of American Evangelicalism. Many, including pastor J, are still dumbfounded. How could a divorcee who bragged about grabbing women garner support from a community predicated on piousness? The answer goes beyond Trump. Decades ago, conservative leaders conspired to seize political power. T​rue Believer​ is a feature documentary that reveals the remarkable tale of how a religion was hijacked for political gain, and​ especially as we look toward 2020,​ unpacks the present-day crisis many evangelicals are facing now that their faith is largely responsible for electing Donald Trump.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director/Producer: Kristen Irving-Jordan
Producer: Katie Doering

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Ugly Pretty

A fish-out-of-water in “Small Town,” Pennsylvania finds herself in over her head when she has an affair with a local married man and becomes an accessory to a murder. In the end she risks it all to save the lives of two innocent children. Nothing ever happens in a small town… until it does.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Director/Writer/Producer: Hollis Sherman-Pepe
Producer: ShaunPaul Costello

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Unmothered

Pritanka Agrawal (30) is 100% American -- politically active, foul mouthed, and completely independent. After her mother dies, she goes to India to scatter her ashes with her mother’s extended family.

Project type: Narrative Short
Director/Writer: Urvashi Pathania
Producer: Ayesha Nadarajah
Cinematographer: Vanon Li
Editor: Pratyush Dubey

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Until Justice Rolls Down: Bill Moore and the Freedom Walkers

In 1963, a white civil rights activist is murdered while on a Freedom Walk to deliver a letter to the governor of Mississippi. Within a week, a diverse group of Freedom Walkers attempts to complete the walk and are arrested. Forty-five years later, a woman commits to walk the same path and ensure the letter is finally delivered, alongside the surviving Freedom Walkers.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director/Writer: Laura Cross

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Untitled Ady Barkan Documentary

When 32-year-old father Ady Barkan is diagnosed with ALS, a terminal illness that will soon paralyze his entire body, he decides to use the time he has left to confront the politicians who threaten his health care and America’s democracy. As he loses his ability to speak, he sets out across the country with his wife, 2-year old son, and a motley crew of activists to launch the most unlikely political movement in a generation.

Project type: Feature Documentary
Director: Nicholas Bruckman
Producer: Amanda Roddy

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The Untitled Pageant Documentary

A documentary film that explores beauty pageant culture through the lens of a former contestant.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Director/Producer: Mandi Reno-Matarrese
Producers: Joseph and Phillip Matarrese

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Were You Gay In High School?

A short film about two queer women recalling their awkward, closeted high school days of kissing boys and straight-girl crushes.

Project type: Narrative Short
Co-writer/Director: Niki Ang
Co-writer/Cinematographer: Karen Du

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What Color Is Blue

What Color is Blue is about the internal impotence that we, as queer youth, feel while facing the people, politicians, and organizations that do not want us to exist.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Director/Writer/Cinematographer: Carman Spoto
Producers: Carman Spoto, Quinn Dougherty

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What Kind of Woman

A young woman’s life is flipped upside down by secrets from her mother and she is forced to become the parent instead of the child.

Project type: Narrative Short
Writer/Director: Elizabeth Block
Producers: Daniel McGilvray, Debbie Brubaker

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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: Narrative Short
Director/Writer/Producer: Sonja Kelly
Director of Photography: Andrés Solórzano
Editor: Michael Tang

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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: Documentary Feature
Director/Producer: Sean P. Malone
Director/Producer: Brad Malone
Producer: Isaiah Leslie
Producer: Mustan Dawood

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The Yellow Wallpaper

When a depressed young writer in the late 19th century is restricted by her well-intentioned physician husband to a summer of bed rest in a remote country estate, her isolation — and marriage — sets in motion her descent into madness.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Writer/Director/Producer: Kevin Pontuti
Producer/Lead Actor: Alexandra Loreth

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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: Documentary Feature
Director/Producer: Momo Lee Aoi

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