The Commons documents a series of protests centered around “Silent Sam,” a Jim-Crow-era Confederate statue in North Carolina. Students at UNC’s flagship campus in Chapel Hill take to the commons to demand the removal of the statue from their campus. With the specter of the Charlottesville tragedy hanging in the air, the confrontation takes on a life of its own as University Police vigorously push back. Tensions mount and hostility burns until students take matters into their own hands, and the conflict becomes impossible for those in power to ignore. Taking place entirely within the confines of the common space, the film focuses on conflict as well as efforts to communicate. Whether what happens in public dialogue in this area is a tragedy, and for whom, is up to the viewer.
“Working in Protest” collects protest footage captured over three decades, offering a largely chronological compilation of protests from both the right and the left: Klan and white-power rallies; anti-racism and anti-war protests; Occupy Wall Street, Tea Party, and Black Lives Matter events; pro- and anti-Trump gatherings. The film features widely varying opinions and a diverse chorus of voices, all presented without significant judgment. Beginning with a recent event — a KKK rally in celebration of Trump’s victory that draws counter-protesters who successfully shut it down — “Working in Protest” then moves back to 1987, to a white-power rally that observers who are interviewed see as an artifact of a different time, a last gasp of the Confederacy. Contemporary events, of course, make their hopeful observations seem sadly naive and the events documented newly relevant.” – St. Louis Film Festival
Using a first-person approach to explore the work of renowned physician Dr. John Sarno and his radical methods to treating back pain, ALL THE RAGE examines the connection between emotions and health. Through interviews with Sarno, esteemed patients, and experts, the film invites viewers to profoundly rethink our approach to healthcare.
All The Rage is a documentary that blew me away. It, like Dr. Sarno, and the work of Dr. Sarno, is a precious gift that should be shown and exhibited on movie screens worldwide. It’s an amazing film.
TIM SIKA, KGO RADIO
WHO TOOK JOHNNY is an examination into the infamous thirty-year-old cold case behind the disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton. The film focuses on the heartbreaking story of Johnny’s mother, Noreen Gosch, and her relentless quest to find the truth about what happened that tragic September morning in Des Moines when Johnny never returned from his paper route. Along the way there have been mysterious sightings, strange clues, bizarre revelations, and a confrontation with a person who claims to have helped abduct Johnny.
“An amazing, lunatic documentary that will leave you creeped-out, excited and surprised”-JOHN WATERS, DIRECTOR OF HAIRSPRAY AND CRYBABY
“This film is utterly unforgettable”-CRITERION CAST
Battle for Brooklyn is about eminent domain abuse and the development of a professional basketball arena in Brooklyn. Widely known as the Atlantic Yards project, the undertaking was a major source of contention between the government, property owners, and private developers as local residents resisted a billionaire developer’s attempt to use eminent domain to seize their homes and businesses.
“The movie has heart, soul and chutzpah. The time line that drives Battle for Brooklyn makes it as urgent as any Hollywood thriller.” Four stars-NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
“A love story. A compelling tale about the value of individual and collective resistance.”-SALON
“Remarkable. Nothing depicts the brough’s backbone with more personality and urgency than Battle for Brooklyn.”-THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
During the 2004 Republican National Convention, three political players are followed: Cheri Honkala, liberal activist; Paul Rodriguez, Republican candidate for Congress; and Michelle Goldberg, an independent journalist.
Miami Manhunt follows the true story of a serial rapist in Miami whose victims ranged from 11 to 72 years of age and the ensuing manhunt. The rapist later escaped from maximum security before trial but was recaptured. Florida law allows a life sentence for rape of a child under 12 and he received 5 consecutive life sentences or each act he committed on the 11 year old girl.
This engrossing documentary follows two Cuban-American detectives in their 2003 hunt for an unknown man-the notorious Miami serial rapist. From the directors of Horns and Halos, this film reveals the diverse culture and strong moral fabric of a shocked, scared and outraged community.
“Code 33 plays like a smart cross between CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the spate of of crime-oriented reality television programs permeating the airwaves. But the compelling story line, involving the notorious case of a serial rapist in Miami, and the filmmakers’ skill at examining the subject from various viewpoints, gives it an original quality.” – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
“A taut police procedural tracing the frantic search for a serial rapist who terrorized a Miami community in the summer of 2003, “Code 33″ is a bracing jolt of reality TV-style filmmaking for auds weary of the genre’s shallow excesses. This smart and shrewd docu, which has already garnered praise at a handful of fests, is first-rate fare for arthouse play, tube sales and ancillary.” – Eddie Cockrell, Variety
This movie captures the unlikely connection of three men. An ex-con biographer, a janitor turned publisher and U.S. President George W. Bush whose paths to power and popularity become tangled in the controversial biography about George W. Bush, Fortunate Son.
“Shocking” – Dave Kehr, New York Times
“Could not be more timely” – Michael Atkins, Village Voice
“Powerful and Revelatory” – John Anderson, Newsday
“The movie that raises substantial doubts…a humdinger!” -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
“The tangled intersection of media, politics, money – and human intrigue – is at the heart of breathlessly scruffy and absorbing indie docu ‘Horns and Halos’”. – Eddie Cockrell, Variety
A young Spaniard music promoter (Unai Fresnedo) finds himself in trouble when a club owner refuses to pay him for a gig and his drug supplier is pressuring him for money. With another band (Come) waiting for him at the airport, he goes on the run with hopes of shaking out some cash that never comes. Ignacio Fernandez is his long suffering partner and Katy Petty is a performance artist seeking to get her big break.
“One of the most original films about the music biz this reviewer has ever seen, Radiation hits the nail on the head when it comes to its portrayal of the lower echelons of the indie music world. Fresnedo, who in real life is — surprise! — an indie music promoter, is amazing in his role. Is he live or Memorex? This blurring of the line between artistic fiction and reality is disquieting to say the least, and directors Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky clearly know whereof they film.”
– Marc Savlov, The Austin Chronicle
HALF-COCKED follows a group of kids who steal a van full of music gear and pretend to be a band on tour.
“First-time filmmakers Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky were veterans of the New York rock scene, yet their movie manages to be wryly satirical without compromising its low-grain verisimilitude.” – J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
“Life among young bohos and would-be rockers gets a strikingly true-to-life treatment in the deadpan road movie “Half-Cocked.” Co-creators Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky are indie-rock scene veterans, experience that shows in every frame.” – Godfrey Cheshire, Variety,
“Hawley and Galinsky know how to make pictures shudder with feeling.” – Manohla Dargis, LA Weekly
“It doesn’t seem too bold to say Half-Cocked is an Easy Rider for the 90’s and deserves as much attention.” – Eric Gladstone, Alternative Press