DOCUMENTARY

ANNOUNCEMENT: Shadow of Doubt

Shadow of Doubt

Director:  Eve Ash

Genre:  Mystery. Status: Completed.

Country of Production – Australia

Shadow of Doubt

Synopsis:

No body, no weapon, no witnesses. One suspect. In 2010 Sue Neill-Fraser, a Tasmanian grandmother was jailed for 26 years for killing her partner. There were no witnesses, no forensic evidence linking her to the crime, no confession and Bob’s body has never been found. The police focused on one suspect – Sue Neill-Fraser. Why was a jury convinced beyond reasonable doubt? Her family tries to ‘prove’ she is innocent. The more they investigate the more they uncover mistakes, lies and misrepresentation.Set in Hobart, this documentary follows one of the most intriguing and alarming cases in recent Australian history.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: One Year’s Crop

One Year’s Crop

Director:  Richard Sands

Genre:  Biography. Status: Completed.

Country of Production – USA

One Year's Crop

Synopsis:

Back on the farm upon the death of his father, Robert Biggs, prodigal son of the soil, faces the demons that drove him away, while blessing the angels calling him home. Long an actor, musician, composer and writer, Robert struggles to reconcile the story of where he came from, with the stories he now writes for the stage. Haunting, big-sky visuals of the windswept Illinois prairie support a narrative story unfolding in four patient seasons. Shadows play with light in this homespun American tale of a wandering spirit and the land that he loves.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: Reactor

Reactor

Director:  Ian MacKenzie 

Genre:  Environmental. Status: Completed.

Country of Production – Canada

 Reactor

Synopsis: Yogi, Buddhist teacher and activist Michael Stone arrives on a pilgrimage to Japan, in the wake of the tsunami and Fukushima meltdown. REACTOR is a short film project that aims to uncover how and why we can let go of our old stories, and move towards personal and social awakening.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Life Changing Moments

Life Changing Moments

Director:  Sherry Thomas

Genre:  Human Rights. Status: Completed.

Country of Production – USA/Uganda

Life Changing Moments

Synopsis:

Life Changing Moments follows director and surgeon Dr. Sherry Thomas as she travels to Africa to provide free surgery and medical care to dozens of impoverished African women suffering with fistula. This inspiring documentary also contrasts the experience of providing health care in Africa with her medical practice in the USA. WINNER! Best Documentary Short, Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Los Angeles.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Indelible Lalita

Indelible Lalita

Director:  Julie Mallozzi

Genre: Spiritual. Status: Completed.

Country of Production – USA

Indelible LalitaSynopsis:

Indelible Lalita tells the story of a beautiful woman whose resilient spirit survives her body’s transformation by cancer, heart failure, and a dramatic loss of skin pigment. Meditatively flowing between surface and interior, the film follows Lalita as she migrates from Bombay to Paris to Montreal, and becomes completely White along the way. Lalita learns to let go of her body as the sign of her ethnicity and femininity – and ultimately realizes that her body is just a temporary vessel for her spirit.

ANNOUNCEMENT: It’s Better To Jump

It’s Better To Jump

Director:  Patrick Steward, Gina Angelone, Mouna Stewart

Genre:  Human Rights. Status: Completed.

Country of Production – USA

It's Better To Jump

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

There is a centuries-old seawall in the ancient port of Akka, located on Israel’s northern coast. Today, Akka is a modern city inhabited by Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Baha’i, but its history goes all the way back to rule of the Egyptian Pharaohs. Young people dare to stand atop the 40′ one-meter thick block structure and risk their fate by jumping into the roiling sea. This perilous tradition has continued for many generations, and has become a rite of passage for the children of Akka. “It’s Better to Jump” is about the ancient walled city of Akka as it undergoes harsh economic pressures and vast social change. The film focuses on the aspirations and concerns of the Palestinian inhabitants who call the Old City home.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Bordering On Treason

Bordering On Treason

Director:  Trish Dalton

Genre:  Drama. Status: Completed.

Country of Production – USA

Bordering on Treason

Synopsis:

Bordering On Treason tells the extraordinary and inspiring story of a single mother and photojournalist from upstate New York, who travels to and continually returns to Iraq to put a human face on the past decades most conspicuous and tragic global crisis. Traveling unprotected, she visits military units and Iraqi families beyond the Green Zone, and evolves from naive civilian to seasoned journalist, and earns an MS from New York University. Her story and the stories she shares are those we are not shown on our television sets. They illuminate realities of a war often referred to as merely an occupation, and bridges the emotional and political disconnect that Americans have experienced and expressed in relation to Iraq.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: Miklat (Shelter)

Miklat (Shelter)

Director:  Rita Leistner 

Genre: History. Status: Completed.

Country of Production – Canada

MIKLAT (SHELTER)

Synopsis:

Bomb shelters play in the security and psyche of ordinary Israelis. Directed by veteran war photographer, Rita Leistner, Miklat is the first film in a trilogy about Lebanon, Israel and Palestine. Poetic and pastoral, political and contemplative, Miklat is also a formally original film that merges exquisite still images with motion portraits and first person narration to raise questions about boundaries — personal, formal and geographic — and, ultimately, how we look upon ‘the other,’ inside and beyond the constructed landscapes of conflict.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: Dusty’s Trail: Summit of Borneo

Dusty’s Trail: Summit of Borneo

Director:  Catherine Jayasuriya

Genre:  Family. Status: Completed.

Country of Production – USA

Dusty's Trail- Summit of Borneo

Synopsis: Dusty’s Trail is an inspirational documentary about a young man’s journey with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal and debilitating muscle wasting condition that affects one in 3,500 boys worldwide. The story tells about people coming together from around the world to climb a mountain in Borneo for charity to raise awareness for Duchenne. Dusty’s Trail celebrates life through ties that bind all humanity. It’s about the power of creating a positive, happy, fulfilling and inspiring life when the odds seem against it. Filmed in Borneo and California, the documentary is based on interviews with doctors, researchers, parents, friends and people who have been inspired by Dusty’s life, some with whom he has never met, and others who share the same path.

ANNOUNCEMENT: From the Black You Make Color

From the Black You Make Color

Director:  Richie Sherman

Genre:  Family. Status: Completed.

Country of Production – USA

From the Black You Make Color

Synopsis: This film brings to the screen the diverse voices of women on the periphery of Israeli society. Eight such women – thrown together under one roof during the course of a school year at Tel Aviv’s oldest beauty academy — are spotlighted in this 75-minute documentary. They speak Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, English, Amharic, Yoruba and Vietnamese, yet somehow find a common language here. Their compelling personal stories come to light as they discover a safe haven from the pressures of the outside world at this unlikely meeting ground of Jews and Arabs, religious and secular, new immigrants and foreign refugees. It is a place where women find their strength and empower one another and where beauty becomes a metaphor for much more.