THE ACCIDENTAL ACTIVIST

WORLD PREMIERE The rise in anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric in the US since the 2016 election has generated a new wave of activists. One of them is actor/writer/producer/comedian Aasif Mandvi, “the first brown guy” on The Daily Show. This short film, featuring a performance by Mandvi, Lewis Black and Roy Wood, Jr., reveals what led […]

DOC NYC U: HUNTER COLLEGE

Hunter’s MFA Program in Integrated Media Arts (IMA) offers advanced studies in nonfiction media making. The IMA Program educates multidisciplinary, socially engaged media makers in a diverse range of skills across the media landscape. Working with faculty from film, video, emerging media and journalism backgrounds, students learn to conceptualize, create and distribute innovative, politically and […]

IN THE ABSENCE

WORLD PREMIERE An unflinchingly honest look at the Sewol Ferry Disaster in South Korea.  

MUSIC & CLOWNS

WORLD PREMIERE Music and clowns are my brother’s two great passions in life. Jamie is close to nonverbal so the rest of the family are left filing in the gaps when we discuss what life is like for him. Our differing perspectives show as much about us as they do Jamie.

STILL PLAYS WITH TRAINS

NYC PREMIERE Still Plays With Trains captures one man’s passion to share the joy of childhood. By recreating his 10th birthday with a 3,000 square foot replica of the old Lackawanna Railroad in his basement, he gives us a nostalgic glimpse of what it was like growing up in the 1950’s.

SHORTS: LEGACY

History is made, for better or worse. The Happiness Machine (USA, 24 min., Rebecca B. Blumhagen) profiles philosopher, inventor and farmer, Carl, who grew up a sharecropper on 22 acres in rural Iowa which he now hopes to pass on to his children as a gift of place. Using entirely archival footage, In the Absence […]

ALL SKINFOLK AIN’T KINFOLK

WORLD PREMIERE After a contentious race last fall, the runoff for mayor of New Orleans came down to two candidates: Desiree Charbonnet and LaToya Cantrell, two very different black women. The winner of this election would take office as the first female mayor of New Orleans and the city’s fourth black mayor. Through news footage, […]

DOC NYC U: NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY

New York Film Academy Documentary Department students learn to make films by making films. Hands-on, intensive MFA and one-year Conservatory programs pair rigorous instruction with close mentoring by a world class faculty to support students from around the world as they create their own documentary films. Alumni have received an Emmy® Award, multiple Academy Award®- […]

THE JOURNEY: GAY OFFICERS ACTION LEAGUE

WORLD PREMIERE It wasn’t easy being a cop in New York in the 1980s; being a gay cop was almost inconceivable. Discrimination was rampant in the NYPD, and gay police officers lived and died in the closet. But in 1982, Sergeant Charlie Cochrane decided he had enough, becoming the first openly gay NYPD officer. He […]

MY PAINTBRUSH BITES

A man battling reclusion and a racehorse on the brink of death save each other in unexpected ways.