The 8th tells the story of Irish women and their fight to overturn one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the world. An urgent narrative, a cautionary tale and a roadmap for progressive reforms in a modern era where authoritarianism is on the rise, The 8th shows a country forging a new progressive path at a time when reproductive rights are threatened around the world.
Our mother, a colleague, a sister, an uncle, a friend, a friend of a friend, a stranger, who they are doesn’t really matter. They are sharing an aggression, a hidden history of which they carry the silence, but must importantly, they have decided to live and no longer survive in the shame of their sexual assault.
Body image struggles and body confidence is not a new concept to anyone, but understanding the correlation with cancer patients is. Ashleigh, a young director, has seen several family members battle cancer treatment so now embarks on a journey to find out what happens when treatment is over. This journey begins with a deep dive into the lives of two breast cancer survivors who are now finding their way through life with a changed and scarred body. Caitilin, a mother of three boys, shares her journey from diagnosis to now, in two years remission, and opens up about the tactics she has used to help focus on the future rather than the past. Similarly, Jo, a mother of two daughters, shares how she founded a charity to ensure other women have the best experience in the worst situations. But for both ladies there is one more step they hope to take in order to feel whole again. Therefore Ashleigh joins these ladies on their personal journeys as they turn to nipple tattooing and body painting to celebrate their bodies and how strong they have been so far. In turn sharing with all cancer survivors out there that there are ways to love yourself, even when scars cloud both body and mind.
When these five Black lawyers set out on their journeys to receive a professional legal education, they did not realize that they would have to struggle against additional battles even more challenging than the rigors of learning the law in a hypercompetitive environment. They discover the contradictions of studying in an institution that idealistically represents "justice" for all.
A global shortage of the world's favorite bean has sent vanilla prices sky-high, however, there's a new frontier for the flavor breaking ground in South Florida. Routinely represented by a counterfeit chemical, natural native vanilla is on the path to extinction, and its history is anything but plain.
Allison Moore Adams reflects on how painting women who've walked through hardship helped her heal.
Borneo, Indonesia, is home to some of the most significant gold mining operations. Logistics are often messy and illegal, so some Dayak villagers find themselves hand-making equipment and destroying their homeland to compete for survival.
An intimate look inside a musician and producer's collaborative process. Nationally renowned cellist and composer Joshua Roman records his 2020 Music Journal piece "Drive" with Ryan Hadlock, producer at Bear Creek Studio (Lumineers, Brandi Carlile, Vance Joy, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden). Written and inspired by Roman's personal journey across the country during the height of the Covid 19 pandemic and racial unrest of this last summer, "Drive" is both an experiment of sound and space as well as an offering of hope and unity through our universal response to music. Full performance of the cello sextet written and performed by Roman and recorded by Hadlock in a turn-of-the-century barn nestled on 10 acres just north of Seattle, Washington. www.joshuaroman.com www.bearcreekstudio.com
The Edge of Existence is a long-format documentary, set in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti, that sets out to uncover and document the untold story of human-wildlife conflict in Africa. Human-wildlife conflict is a global issue that has reached crisis levels, threatening the survival of both humans and wild animals. There are communities living alongside wildlife in some of the last remaining wilderness areas on earth. These wilderness areas have started disappearing because of expanding human development, deforestation, and depletion of natural resources, which has left humans and wildlife living in closer proximity than ever before. The conflict arises as a result of the competition for limited space and resources between communities and wildlife. The situation is dire, and if it is not addressed urgently, it will have a catastrophic effect on the environment and on communities that live alongside wild animals daily. The Edge of Existence aims to tell the story of key characters on the ground in the Serengeti who face daily challenges as they struggle to coexist with Africa’s wildlife. We show it from their eyes and hear their point of view on this topic. Our hope is that this film is not only engaging and entertaining to watch but that it will educate people around the world about the magnitude of this issue – helping to uncover solutions, connect communities, conservation authorities, and governments around the world. Through our work on this film, we have had the privilege of working with the Grumeti Fund (https://www.grumetifund.org), who are committed to creating a world in which both people and wildlife can live together sustainably. Grumeti Fund works tirelessly to protect, manage, and monitor the Grumeti concessions in the Western Serengeti, where they play an active role in wildlife conservation and community development. Partners in this film: Banovich Studios (https://www.johnbanovich.com/studios) and Grumeti Fund (https://www.grumetifund.org). With special thanks to the Cline, Madden, and Brown families.
About the victorious strike of 10,000 pecan shellers and strike leader Emma Tenayuca, singer Keli Rosa takes three girls to Emma Tenayuca’s grave and a mural painted on a laundromat. Together they uncover memories and the power of labor and shared liberation.
The headlines told them to be afraid, to fear their neighbors and to stay in their homes but these women found a way to define their own essentials and still take care of themselves and each other. For a year, rain or shine, they met outside, wore masks, distanced, respected the county guidelines AND held onto two things that fed their bodies and souls: creating & connection.
Surf the glittering channels of Xenia's mind in this highly saturated, musical spectacular where she and an old friend, Pearl, begin making sense of the issues between Xenia and her boyfriend, Keke. This film is a true labor of love. Created in the isolation of the pandemic, Matthews uses fragmented form and innovative visuals to assess issues of antiblackness through the intimate lens of young love.
In the semi-arid village of Malolo in Singida, Tanzania, Adija and her surrounding community rely on one water source, a single hole in the ground no larger than the size of an average puddle. From the Ground Up takes a look into Adija’s daily routine and provides a powerful understanding of the localized impact of the increasingly dire global water crisis.
Jay Jay Patton was only 13 when she designed and built Photo Patch, a mobile app to help kids send photos and letters to parents who are incarcerated. The app was inspired by Jay Jay’s own experience; her dad was in prison for five years and it was difficult to communicate with him as much as she wanted. This is a true story of drive, hope and ingenuity.
Death on its own is never easy, but there seems to be a more acute trauma and emotional whiplash surrounding someone making the final decision to take their own life. Audio collected from a sit down interview follows a daughter's story to find closure after the parting of her father; her resolve through connections to her family, the women left in the wake of distressing loss.
‘I want to make a film about women’ is a queer, speculative, documentary love letter to Russian constructivist women. It asks what the revolutionary women artists of the 1920s said, what they did, and what they might have created had it not been for Stalin's suppression.
Pauline Bellamy has been an artist for her whole life. From the mountains to the sea, through the snow and windstorms, we accompany her on a journey through the seasons in the picturesque South Island of New Zealand. While she creates on-the-spot plein air paintings, Pauline reflects on her personal challenges, what fascinates her about painting, and five decades of work.
"Let the People Come Inside" is a short film documentary detailing the TCU play "For Bo", written by Ayvaunn Penn, which is based on the real-life story of Botham Jean. It was created as a class project in the TCU Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media in collaboration with Theatre TCU.
Over 14 million acres of rainforest in Borneo, Indonesia, have been deforested for Elaeis guineensis. This film narrates the near eradication of tribal Dayak traditions and indigenous lifestyles due to monoculture farming. Villager's point of view offers hushed insights into labor exploitation and illegally stolen land.
Alexis Hex, a drag artist in Chicago, experienced drastic life changes as the performing industry was heavily affected during the lockdown in the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Inside the studio apartment, they moved their drag shows onto virtual streaming platforms, and started a knitting tutorials YouTube channel, following their life-long passions.
Kashmiere Culberson is a young African American woman who embodies strength and confidence. Kash was born without arms, but she does not allow her disability to limit her pursuit of happiness and self-love. This observational piece gives us a glimpse of her world.