What do you think teenagers are capable of? Experience a heart-stopping, inspirational year with Darien EMS—Post 53, the only ambulance service for the 20,000 residents of Darien, Connecticut, as it covers a deadly stretch of highway, responds to over 1,500 emergency calls, and is run by high school teenagers.
McLendon not only changed the way basketball was played but who could play it as well. Studying under James Naismith, John McLendon would become the most innovative coach in the history of basketball and in doing so would eventually integrate the college game. Following three consecutive national championships, his career would lead him to become the first professional black Coach. Quietly he became one of the most successful coaches of our time, changing the way the game would be played forever leaving us with his legacy; the Fast Break.
As the US deals with civil unrest and a toxic political climate in 2017, “Hitchhiking to the Edge of Sanity” takes a look back to the turbulent social upheaval of the early 1970s and follows an idealistic writer and his soon-to-be-married photographer friend as they set out to find their purpose via a terrifying road trip across the Sahara Desert.
Legends of the Road offers a comprehensive, inspiring look at a bicycle road trip from Seattle to Kansas City, Mo, by Thomsen and a select group of students from Seattle and Victoria BC. that drew attention to a forgotten piece of African American and American history. In 2000, “Legends of the Road” tour commemorated the 100th anniversary of barnstorming.
Two friends who recently lost their fathers embark on a journey with their friend who is traveling to meet his Biological father for the first time at the age of thirty three. A heart breaking and heart mending story filled with loss, love, laughter, and simply a unforgettable ending.
STEP documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. As each one tries to become the first in their families to attend college, the girls strive to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city.
America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created a new population of veterans: service members so severely disabled they would have died in previous wars, but because of advanced battlefield tactics and medical technology they survive. AMERICAN VETERAN is a feature length documentary portrait of one such soldier, Army Sergeant Nick Mendes. At age 21, Nick was paralyzed from the neck down by a massive I.E.D. in Afghanistan. AMERICAN VETERAN follows Nick through the five year period after his injury and his sometimes harrowing, sometimes romantic, and often surprisingly funny life.
The center of the North American continent was once a vast sea of grasses. “We grow up hearing about the rainforest being destroyed, but no one talks about Prairie.” The eastern edge of the Great Plains evolved a rich diversity including it’s signature species the Greater Prairie Chicken. Set in legend, decimated throughout settlement history, this bird’s true importance within this complex ecological community was finally recognized by scientists, its fate now lies solely within our hands. What secret keys do the grasses and this symbolic bird hold to the fate of humanity?
Big Sonia is a documentary film about a tiny woman with huge impact. Standing tall at 4’8″, Sonia Warshawski is a tiny woman with a huge personality. Diva, business owner and Holocaust survivor, Sonia has just been served an eviction notice for John’s Tailoring, the last (and most popular) shop of a dying mall in suburban Kansas City. Sonia struggles with retirement, while her life lessons span generations.
PRISON FIGHTERS: 5 Rounds To Freedom explores a controversial practice in Thailand’s criminal justice system where inmates can earn their freedom by winning a series of Muay Thai fights. Can violent men redeem themselves through violent acts?
What would you do if your community gave up on your child? In New Jersey, the parents of one autistic boy take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting multiethnic autistic teens and training them with high expectations and zero pity. As they vie for state and national championships, what happens next alters the course of the boys’ lives. “Swim Team” chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.
“The American Artist” is a biographical docu-drama about Missouri painter George Caleb Bingham. He was a successful artist, politician, and family man … but it all fell apart. His home, family, career, and life’s work were all but lost as the American Civil War split his world in two. A century after his death, George Caleb Bingham’s work was not only rediscovered, it is celebrated as a National Treasure. His paintings, his politics, his life are a testament to his perseverance, ingenuity, and unwavering determination. An America, long since forgotten, is preserved through his life’s work.
Chasing his dream of a simpler life, John Ubaldo, aka “John Boy,” a successful Wall Street investment banker, called it quits after losing a best friend in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. John went from stock market to farm market and bought 185 acres in upstate N.Y. Seeking to live a quiet life, he wanted to farm the way it was done 100 years ago. His dream to live a traditional agrarian life, though, gets complicated when John comes up against Big Ag and realizes that he is not in sync with today’s prevailing agricultural methods.
This portrait of courage under fire celebrates NYC’s first openly transgender firefighter. For Brooke Guinan, fighting fires runs in her blood – both her father and grandfather served in the FDNY. But as a transgender woman, her path to service has not been without obstacles. Transitioning from male to female in what is still an overwhelmingly macho profession proves a challenge for her coworkers and her family, while her boyfriend reckons with the impact of Brooke’s newly public profile on his parents.
The story of five orphan baby monkeys in South Africa and the struggle to save their home.