“Rhinos United” highlights the global conflicts that are killing off rhino populations in Africa and the global efforts to save the species. The documentary will explore all sides of the poaching epidemic – from youth education to controversial forms of conservation hunting, including the auction for a permit to kill a black rhino in Namibia. Our goal is to provide a balanced perspective to a complex problem. Additionally, we see this film as an opportunity to connect kids around the world on a central mission: saving the rhino for future generations.
Journey to Royal
“Journey to Royal” is a documentary about the resonating effects of losing a loved one in war. The story follows director Chris Johnson on an odyssey of discovery as he sets out to connect with his late Great Uncle, Royal A. Stratton, a 22-year-old rescue pilot who died saving the lives of nine airmen in the South Pacific during WWII. Johnson’s journey leads him to the sole surviving member of Royal’s crew and the surviving members of the 4th Emergency Rescue Squadron. It is from these heroic servicemen that he learns of the dangerous missions that carried them unarmed into the path of the enemy. Along the way, he encounters a 100-year-old pilot who recounts the evolution of aviation over the past century and the passion that lives in the hearts of “flyers.” In a final climactic undertaking, Johnson embarks upon a momentous journey with R.M.S. Titanic dive expert, David Concannon, to locate and visit Royal’s plane where it came to rest on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean nearly seven decades ago. What awaits at the end of this journey, beneath a mile of ocean, will be the defining moment for a family seeking to unravel the mystery of a loved one who never returned home from war.
Ambassadors of Hope
Take Me To The River
“Take Me to the River” is a feature documentary celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. Featuring Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dog, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars and many more.
disinterest of their students. What they learn changes their students lives immeasurably. The changes are subtle but students find themselves motivated like they weren’t before. They talk about how knowing their teachers care, inspires them to put more into the class. Knowing how the brain functions prompts teachers to “teach” the fundamentals of studying because just saying to students, “Study this” is meaningless without understanding how memory and attention works.Grey Matters is a film about hope and possibilities, science, expectations, and what’s possible when we live slightly outside of our comfort zone. Let’s teach the way the brain learns and change the education story.
Theory of Obscurity: A film about The Residents
Theory of Obscurity will tell the story of the renegade sound and video collective known as The Residents. A story that spans 40 years and is clouded in mystery. Many details surrounding the group are secret, including the identities of its members.
We will take viewers inside this incredibly private group with unprecedented access to their archives and their current 40th anniversary tour. They’ve released more than 60 albums, performed all over the world and inspired many people to be weird, take chances and find their own voice.
Now, our film will introduce The Residents to a whole new generation.
STORYTELLERS FOR GOOD PRO-BONO VIDEO WINNER
Storytellers for Good is a team of journalists and videographers who aim to tell and promote stories of people and organizations making a positive difference. Every year our team picks a select group of inspiring people and nonprofit organizations to share their stories at our annual fundraiser and invites the audience to choose the winner of our next pro bono video project. This year’s winner is Dancin Power, a nonprofit that brings free dance classes to hospitalized children facing chronic and life threatening illnesses. To learn more about Dancin Power visit: www.dancinpower.org. To learn more about Storytellers for Good visit: www.
JOURNEY THROUGH FIRE
Throughout her childhood, Elisabeth K. was viciously raped by her brother and his friends. Now one man fights to understand her. Seen through the scope of one chaotic year in Elisabeth’s healing, this unprecedented and heart-stopping film analyzes her psychology, delves into the turbulent history and immediacy of her personal relationships, explores how she uses art to heal, and uncovers hidden truths through harrowing interviews with family members, friends, and professionals.
Can we truly understand the mindset of one who has been through hell? And what does it take to transcend the demons of the past? This harrowing film is supported and mentored by several prominent documentary filmmakers and tackles a supremely difficult subject with sensitivity and compassion.
Chicago in 1969 wasn’t a place to expect justice. Decades of political
corruption had earned the city a well-deserved reputation as a place
where powerful men acted with impunity… and when unknown local
attorney John Paul Stevens was asked to investigate corruption by
state Supreme Court judges, a cynical public expected business as
usual: another whitewash from inside the system.
Instead, Stevens put his own career at risk in a case involving powerful political forces, prominent officials, unreliable witnesses, and feverish media coverage alongside headlines of man’s first journey to the moon. His tireless efforts launched him to national prominence…and ultimately to the United States Supreme Court, where the lessons learned in that summer of 1969 continued to resonate across his decades of service.
A PERFECT MATCH
A Perfect Match follows the transformative journey of a vibrant and young multiracial woman living with life-threatening leukemia, whose only hope for survival is a ‘perfect’ bone marrow match from a volunteer donor.
Navigating the world of cancer with her sister Jaci, the two bring humor, wit and a youthful defiance to each painful treatment. But Erica’s situation is dire: only 1% of minorities are on the national bone marrow registry, and Erica hasn’t found a match. Against the odds, the sisters embark on a campaign to save Erica’s life, while Jaci’s own life is unexpectedly transformed by a relationship that blossoms with Erica’s oncologist.
THE HUMAN EXPERIMENT
From Emmy winning directors Dana Nachman & Don Hardy comes a new documentary exploring a pressing social & environmental issue: The effects of the thousands of untested chemicals in our everyday products on our nation’s health.
The Human Experiment explores this issue from the front lines – through the stories of people from all walks of life who are working to make sure the products we use every day are safe for all Americans. Through their personal journeys shot across the country, the film will look at the true impact of man-made chemicals on human health. And it will examine the US regulatory system that has allowed more than 85,000 chemicals to reach and remain on the market without any testing for their health effects.
This inspiring story of real people working to make a difference on this issue will empower us all to take steps toward protecting our health and the health of future generations.
Welcome to Plastic Paradise! This fantastic invention has become so pervasive in our daily lives that to imagine living without it seems unfathomable. But how did we get to this point? and where are we headed?
In the independent documentary film, Plastic Paradise, Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in one of the most remote places on earth–Midway Atoll. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers whom shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption.
Safe Ground chronicles the plight of homeless people who stand up and fight for the right to sleep and rebuild their lives in the U.S.A. Will they succeed or crumble?