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Who the Hell is Johnny Otis? (Pre-Production)
When a high school counselor told him to quit his Black friends, Loannis Veliotes, the son of Greek immigrants, dropped out and became Johnny Otis, a legendary innovator of Rhythm & Blues. But his book defending the 1965 Watts Rebellion–Listen to the Lambs–nearly ended his career. This is the provocative and inspiring story of the artist behind “Willie and the Hand Jive,” and his lifelong battle with white supremacy. Learn More.
Untold, the short film Leah Zieger and David Zieger made telling the harrowing story of her sexual abuse when she was a teenager--not by an adult, but by a fellow student. Her story, and the culture of abuse that kids grow up in in this country, is still hidden and must be exposed and confronted. It's a riveting and essential tool in the fight for an abuse-free world.
Sweet Old World (2012)
The relationship between Brian and his teenage son Ethan has become cold and strained in the years since Ethan’s brother Michael was killed in an accident, and now they find themselves on the brink of disaster and the potential for a new life when Michael’s best friend returns.
This Is Where We Take Our Stand (2012)
“This is Where We Take Our Stand” is the story of hundreds of veterans who risked everything to publicly tell their accounts of the horrors they witnessed in Iraq and Afghanistan. In March of 2008, two hundred and fifty veterans and active-duty soldiers marked the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by gathering in Washington, DC, to testify from their own experience about the nature of the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. It was chilling, horrifying, and challenging for all who witnessed it.
Sir! No Sir! (2005)
This feature-length documentary focuses on the efforts by troops in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War to oppose the war effort by peaceful demonstration and subversion. It speaks mainly to veterans, but serves as a ready reminder to civilians that soldiers may oppose war as stridently as any civilian, and at greater personal peril.
Night of Ferocious Joy (2003)
Think back…way back. The year was 2001. A vibrant, growing underground music scene was sweeping across the West Coast. Combining hip-hop, Latin, Funk, and Spoken Word elements, bands such as Ozomatli, Blackalicious, Dilated Peoples, and The Coup were creating new music and building audiences. The L.A. Times called it “Positive Hip-Hop,” others preferred “Conscious Hip-Hop”. Whatever the moniker, the infectious new music spoke to the disaffection and rebellion roiling through their generation. Then came September 11. Learn More
Funny Old Guys (2003)
Every Tuesday, an elderly group of former TV writers and producers gets together for lunch. They talk, laugh, and argue about anything and everything-from the early days of TV to the state of their prostates. But when one -- Academy Award winning blacklisted writer Frank Tarloff -- discovers he is dying, he takes his friends on a journey they never expected. At 83, Frank has one more victory to win -- and the last laugh will be his.
Senior Year (2002)
Filmed at Fairfax High in Los Angeles, a city and school at the epicenter of the explosion of diversity in America today, Senior Year is the story of a generation on the edge of a new world. During the 1999/2000 school year, six young filmmakers followed a diverse group of 15 teenagers through their last year in public school. It was a pivotal period for each of them, living on the fulcrum between teenage life and the adult world they face.
The Band (1998)
When filmmaker David Zeiger spends a year documenting his son Danny & high school marching band in Decatur, Georgia. He gets a crash course in love, friendship, and marching in formation. This film captures teenagers' lives of alternating despair and rapture. It's about "average kids" with all their energy, intelligence, earnestness and confusion. Plus, it's accomplished the impossible. It's made high school band look cool, fun and important. The film was inspired by the heart, not the pocket book.
Displaced in the New South (2003)
In 1980, there were a few thousand Asian and Latino immigrants in Georgia. By 1994, there were more than 300,000. Displaced in the New South explores the cultural collision between Asian and Hispanic immigrants and the suburban communities near Atlanta where they settled. Featuring unforgettable people like Suttiwan Cox, ESL teacher and stand-up comic, the film is a moving, sensitive case study of a nationwide trend that is bringing explosive political upheaval all across the country.