A beautiful collection of photos taken in 1957 ties an elderly American photographer and anthropologist to a village in Southern Italy. The rediscovery of the photos is the occasion of reflections on how to explore a small community through photography, while the memory goes back to 60 years before.
As the number of students on the autism spectrum attending college climbs, students and schools are trying to figure out how to manage the challenges. This first-of-its-kind documentary introduces us to five unique students who are figuring out how to make college work for them. Premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival, and screened at SXSW EDU.
Russia comes first in the number of new HIV infections among European countries but sex education is usually ignored in our families and at schools. So here is a film targeting silent parents. Is this silence really safe?
Follow Jok Abraham Thon's journey toward building a better South Sudan through his new school system, Promised Land Secondary School. Jok needs to structures to replace the hand built classrooms that are falling over. If those buildings fall, the dream fails.
Welcome to Action Park: A lawless amusement park in 1980s New Jersey that lay somewhere between Lord of the Flies and a Saw movie.
But rather than scaring patrons away, the park's dangerous reputation only served to lure them in. And decades later, the park's survivors look back at it with a mix of awe, nostalgia, and horror.
In this short documentary, an exclusive interview with principal dancer Sarah Lane captures her reflection on the value of teaching, art, and, ultimately, what makes us human.
A former journalist for the Chinese Communist Party (YIFEI WANG), living in exile in San Francisco, struggles to settle into life in America while working to heal her family’s wounds from their tragic past. She is seeking justice for the murder of her sister at the hands of the Chinese authorities. Rare undercover footage of a meeting with the director of the labor camp where Yifei’s sister was killed reveals shocking admissions of torture, slave labor, corruption, and a general disregard for human life pervading the camp system today. Exclusive interviews with former Chinese Communist Party officials provide a unique insight into the hidden world of terror that many Chinese citizens live without ever knowing that life can, and does, exist with freedom outside their world.
Amici del Mare is a short documentary film examining surf culture and lifestyle on the Tuscan Coast. Following the lives of the instructors and team riders of Amici del Mare Surf School, the film features a heartwarming story of family values in the beautiful coastal town of Castiglioncello. The story considers the transition of surfing in Italy from alternative to popular culture through a mutual, deep connection to the ocean. Director, Tara Guaimano and producer, Jackson Klarsfeld are students at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Meet Shelby, Jack and Jennifer ... three young organ transplant recipients who each received the gift of life. Learn about their courageous struggles and the incredible gratitude they have for their donors.
The story culminates at the Eisenhower Park Donor Rose Garden in East Meadow, NY, where guests such as Mets great Ed Kranepool and many others gather to share their riveting stories of hope and survival.
People die every day waiting for an organ transplant.
Please help us spread the word and dispel the myths. Organ donation is desperately needed to save lives right now!
This short film had two generous sponsors:
Long Island Transplant Recipients International Organization (LI TRIO) is a non-profit all volunteer organization committed to improving the quality of lives touched by the miracle of transplantation through education, support, advocacy, and organ donation & transplantation awareness. (https://www.litrio.org)
Hearts for Russ raises funds to benefit transplant and heart related causes. (http://heartsforruss.org)
In 1969, a small-town girl from Bergen, NJ auditioned and was cast as a singer and dancer on the "Dean Martin Show." Off to Hollywood she went! As one of the Golddiggers, she was invited to entertain American Troops with the USO and "Bob Hope Christmas Show" in wartime Vietnam. Michelle DellaFave tells us her story.
Through use of visceral imagery, emotional score and powerful repurposing of a forgotten John F. Kennedy presidential speech recording, a timeless theme emerges. "In Your Hands" begs viewers to look inward and rediscover our connection with the natural world, specifically the ocean. The message is a comforting reminder of our origin, but also our responsibility to honor it.
Narration courtesy of the Presidential Library under public domain.
Innovative New Jersey artist, Ricardo Roig, races against time to create a four-story mural honoring the 20th-anniversary of Michael Chang's unexpected 1989 French Open victory.
Among the first to be hit by the AIDS epidemic in the 1980’s, Sean Strub’s political ambitions took a backseat as he struggled to survive. Now 60, he is running for mayor of a conservative town in Pennsylvania. How will this liberal, openly gay ex-New Yorker and founder of POZ, a magazine for people with HIV, fare in a rural community that voted for Donald Trump? My Friend, The Mayor follows his two-month campaign through to its nail-biting finish. The documentary, filmed by Sean’s friend and former Dutch TV-correspondent Max Westerman, is an inspiring and hopeful portrayal of small-town democracy in the age of Trump. The election of a controversial president has energized voters at the local level, with many getting involved in surprisingly bipartisan ways.
“The One and Only Jewish Miss America” is the surprising story of Bess Myerson, the talented beauty queen from the Bronx, and how she won the world’s most famous beauty pageant 75 years ago, at the tail end of World War II. The film follows Bess, the middle daughter of poor Russian immigrants, from her childhood in a one-bedroom Jewish housing project apartment through the suspense-filled pageant. Impressed by the college-educated musician, the judges chose her in spite of anonymous threatening phone calls and sponsor disapproval of a Jewish pageant winner. On her 1945 Miss America tour, Bess faced antisemitism and closed doors at race-restricted venues which did not allow Jews. It is also a story of courage as her disappointment turned to determination, leading Bess Myerson to start her own tour to teach tolerance at high schools and colleges around the country -- a tour which launched her lifelong passion for justice.
Directed by Jersey City filmmaker, John Bernardo, A PELOTON OF ONE is a documentary about surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse.
Sexually abused at 12 by a priest in his NJ parish, Dave Ohlmuller conducts a solo bicycle ride from Chicago to NY to inspire other Survivors to come forward and tell their own stories.
These are the stories of some of those who contributed greatly and for whatever reason aren’t exactly front-of-mind in our collective consciousness.
SORRY WE MISSED YOU.
He has trained some of the most well-known NFL Athletes in recent history (Joe Flacco, Patrick Peterson, Darnell Savage), but few know his powerful life story. Overcoming unbelievable tragedy, heartbreak, and testing, this is the journey of an underdog from Jersey, his family, and a world-class sports facility, TEST Football Academy.
Did you know the next President of the United States could be decided by drawing names from a hat? Win, Lose or Draw Straws is a feature length documentary exposing one particular oddity of the US election system. The increasing existence of and wildly varied ways of determining elections that end in perfect ties. Told by the people who experienced the emotional highs and lows of a political campaign that was determined by a random game of chance and exposing the way random luck affects our lives from local races all the way to the White House.
A visual documentary about the value of home movies through the eyes of those who filmed their valuable memories.
Attention.Bow.Begin. focuses on Grandmaster Dong Keun park, a living legend from South Korea who currently lives and trains out of New Jersey. Grandmaster Park is one of the founders of TaeKwonDo, a martial art practiced by over 50M people around the world. Today, it is one of only two martial arts contested in the Olympics (along with Judo).
In an effort to elude foreign government officials, Grandmaster Park's parents escaped to the northern hills, dropping their son off at a Buddhist Monastery along the way, knowing that they could not properly look after their 8 year old while on the run. For the next decade, he learned ancient hand to hand fighting techniques, the tenets of which he used to form his special brand of TaeKwonDo that he used to dominate national and international martial arts. To this day, he remains the only undefeated TaeKwonDo champion with over 200 wins to his credit.
With South Korea finally free from foreign rule in the 1950s, the government constructed a variety of strategies to introduce itself to the world. One the strategies was bringing its national martial art, TaeKwonDo, to the masses. Grandmaster Park was integral to that strategy. After leading South Korea to an epic win in an international competition against rival Japan in 1965, Grandmaster Park was asked to go to America to help the superpower learn both the physical and spiritual beauty of their martial art. In the 1970s and 1980s Grandmaster Park helped to open a series of Dojangs in the New York/New Jersey area and in Florida. Grandmaster Park was so successful that, in 1992, he was asked to coach the USA TaeKwonDo Olympic team that competed in Barcelona, Spain, and won the gold medal. Amazingly, at the age of 80, he continues to train "future champions" from his home Dojang in Jersey City, NJ, as well as self-defense programs he teaches at both West Point and the Naval Academy.
Besides chronicling this incredible immigrant success story, we also wanted to do our part in highlighting the beauty of an Asian story. With the rise in Asian Hate crime happening in 2021, we are hoping to humanize Asian culture with this inspiring piece. And ideally get enough exposure via this Film Festival run to convert this short film into a full documentary feature.
Whatever became of the kids you went to high school with? And while you were with them in high school, what were they really thinking, feeling, and doing? What stories were they not telling to even their best friends?
This is a documentary about the high school class of 1969 from Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Interviewed on the occasion of their 50th anniversary class reunion, they tell stories about themselves, their friends, dating, parents, and teachers. As in time travel, we are at the same time in their present at age 68, and at just 18 years old, recalling laughter and tears from high school that are still part of them today. This may be the ultimate baby-boomer documentary.
Their stories are, by turns, funny, sad, surprising, and moving. Ultimately, these are stories about resilience of the human spirit in the face of challenges on the journey from childhood to adulthood.
Everyone who has been through high school will find some part of themselves in these stories: victory and defeat, love and loss, and growth.
Set in the stunning and vast Finnish Lapland, the documentary follows the journey of five people making life changes. They uproot their lives and move up North.
Minna is finally making her dream come true by leaving city life in Helsinki to live in a tiny sauna cottage with her wife Pernilla and their baby.
Annamari is returning from Australia to her childhood home town to be closer to her ill mother. Her partner Grit is leaving his career and friends in Sydney behind.
Petro is fed up with busy life in Helsinki and is moving to the Northernmost Ski Resort in Europe to hopefully find a permanent job and home there.
In the end, tough decisions need to be made whether to stay or leave.
They all are moving to Lapland to search for happiness in a unique environment but along the way they discover what the most important things in life truly are.
Three elderly New Jersey men search for the world's greatest Hot Texas Weiner, but along the way, discover what has happened to their hometown, Paterson, New Jersey.
It’s a short but poignant journey that any parent, child, hot dog aficionado or lover of humanity will never forget.
A day with my mother.
She lost her autonomy, her lucidity, her memories, comunication and the ability to love. Her will was not to live like this. Spanish politicians force her to endure an end of live without integrity or dignity. She made me promise to help her die before getting to this situation and i can not fulfill my promise