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.
Aimee Victoria is a short film conceived and created entirely remotely during the lockdown of 2020 and inspired by true stories of relationships from disabled and LGBTQIA people which never make it to the screen. A film about two profoundly deaf women of color whose relationship is tested during a period of unprecedented turmoil. Separated on their anniversary, Aimee is shaken out of her self-imposed apathy as she demonstrates her love to Victoria.
An Apology follows a man who has lost touch with what matters most - real human connection. As he goes through the motions of furniture shopping, we get a glimpse into his imagination, filled with movement and dance. Danielle Agami's narration tackles emotions that stem from our collective isolation, what it means to be an immigrant artist in America, and highlights the spiritual sacrifices we make when we cling to damaging ideals dictated by modern society.
A funeral home employee questions the meaning of life when she encounters a man who claims he's still alive. Adapted from an excerpt of "This Random World" by Steven Dietz.
AVOID was conceived as a visceral/visual response to avoiding each other to be safe from COVID-19. By our actions, we create a void, causing grief, fear, anxiety, and hope. We investigated improvisation during both filming and production. Film sites were determined by safety and accessibility factors. Each dancer performed 10 task-based movement scores. In post-production, we blended eight movement performances into one, conveying the narrative that we are all connected in our human responses to the pandemic. The musician/composer wove a tapestry of environmental sounds and musical instruments into a score placed over the pre-edited dances.
Freshly divorced, overweight, and nearing forty, Amanda must navigate an encounter with an ex she still desires
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.
BISCUIT DUST follows the story of Addy and
Andrew Gella and their families drought stricken sheep station in outback Australia.
In a world of family conflict, financial woe and dried up dreams, Addy and Andrew navigate
through the difficult decisions of what to do
after their father's unspoken struggle with
When Olivia lands the job of her dreams, as a casting associate, she is given the difficult task to cast Hollywood's next big Latin Star. Can she overcome her own prejudice and look pass the industry's stereotypes and set expectations of what it is to be Latin, especially Afro-Latino.
A young girl is lured from her troubled home by a mysterious stranger that seems to have all the answers.
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.
With a goal to follow in his father's footsteps, Curt has failed a final exam & just wants to be alone, but the personalities that surround him seem to make that impossible. While traveling from the library to his dorm he is challenged to see himself for who he truly is. Will he continue to suppress and repress his true self or live as the person his father wants him to be?
These two friends are always up to catch a good flick together, but this one takes the cake.
Allison Moore Adams reflects on how painting women who've walked through hardship helped her heal.
It's April 2020, and the value of crude oil in the United States dips into the negatives for the first time in history. What will Oil do now if she is no longer needed? A timely look at our dependence on and abuse of the natural resource a-la a high-end sex worker.
Comedy drama about supporting the one you love through episodes of difficult mental health. A woman struggles to connect with her depressed husband, when he finally reaches breaking point. Leaving her alone in the middle of nowhere, she finds herself caught somewhere between a dream and reality and with nothing left to lose she makes a wish.
In 1968 Berkeley, CA, a hot bed of political activism, a young man finds his future at the mercy
of the Vietnam draft. When his ex-girlfriend needs his help accessing an illegal abortion, he
learns he is not the only person fighting for control over their life and future.
A woman experiences the ups and downs of life as a military spouse and does her best to cope with all that is thrown her way during her husband's first deployment.
Nick thinks he can breeze through these therapy sessions with the court appointed psychologist, Dr. Dana Reynolds. After all he's Nicholas P. Berenger - he's charmed or bought himself out of worse situations than this. But soon he realizes that Dr. Reynolds may have something on him, and it's not pretty.
Do Not Disturb is a darkly comic voyeuristic peek into the intimate relationship between the insulated super wealthy and the anonymous staff that take care of their every need. Ariana is agoraphobic, suicidal, and supremely wealthy, but she can't buy friendship. Or can she?
Struck by the supreme loneliness of her circumstances, a young woman wishes for her dog to become her boyfriend and then endures the myriad consequences when her wish comes true. The Dogfiend is a careful-what-you-wish for dark comedy about the monster that is straight, cis, white male privilege and equally a story about the various cycles and iterations of loss. Ultimately, it’s about a woman who chooses herself, despite the unspeakable fear of isolation. It weaves together undeniable themes of this past year; solitude, loneliness, whimsy and absurdity, while also integrating the mountainous and ongoing, collective conversations we’ve shared around gender, race and systems of privilege. Last but not least, it is an ode to the great city of New York, which has proven, now more than ever, to be a unique and strange haven of magic and possibility.
Two oddball female police officers flip the script on the male buddy-cop genre as they find themselves in a high-speed powdered jelly donut chase.
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
In the search for his mother during an Iranian wedding ceremony, the little lamb learns about food customs around the world...
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.
Egg Party begins in a sun-soaked Brooklyn apartment in late spring. Six women in their late-thirties gather, with lots of wine and laughter, to dye Easter eggs. Through a series of whimsical portraits we discover each woman’s view on her respective egg, lost dreams, and new beginnings. As the afternoon light shifts around them, it is revealed they have gathered to support their friend Molly, who is desperate for motherhood and struggling through loss and infertility. After her world is cracked open, coming together becomes the greatest balm to heal a grieving spirit.
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.
A successful Latina in Los Angeles encounters assumptive bosses, racist neighbors, and a white savior roommate just before a first date -- then discovers her potential partner hates Mexicans.
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.
Frustrated with current events, a teenage boy creates a compelling device that can change the world if only he could get his community to buy it. PG
Two young professionals having an awful morning suddenly meet at a cafe in London. A day that starts out terrible does not have to end that way. The Internationally award-winning film plays like a mini feature, with action, music, romance, moments of humor, and a touch of Bollywood. Falafel is a story about dreams coming true.
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 future where warring city states have established areas of barren wasteland of border zones, an AI programmed to guard such a region with deadly force begins to gain sentience when she meets a woman attempting to cross.
Ryan, a gas station attendant and chronic smoker, decides to break up with his girlfriend and sentient lighter, El. Unluckily for him, she does not take the news well. Crying and emotionally distraught, El goes on a fiery rampage around the rather flammable gas station. The gravity of his mistake dawning on him, Ryan tries to deescalate things before it all ends in flames.
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.
“Headspace” is a short visual effects film that is a representation panic attacks and hypnagogic hallucinations. Hypnagogia is a common symptom for individuals with sleep disorders as they transition between consciousness and REM sleep. These hallucinations can be frightening and hyper-realistic, and often are tied medically to anxiety.
“Heartland” follows a woman and her grandfather who disagree about the best way to spend his final days. Jackie wants to document their experiences for Heartland Life Site, a virtual reality platform that houses memories. Lance wants to stay present and make memories the traditional way. The more Jackie pushes, the more frayed their relationship becomes.
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.
My debut film as a writer and director. "Hey" conveys an intense love blossoming between two people. This film was created to explore the profound simplicity of intimacy without words.
Set on a utopian ranch in the Texas Hill Country, His Eyes Are Blue traces the growth of a snarky teenage boy as he struggles to write his college admissions essay.
While sobbing in a McDonald's parking lot listening to a voicemail from her recent ex-girlfriend, Jess accepts an invitation for casual sex (re: booty call) and embarks on a desperate period-bloody quest for closure at Hot-Jock-Dave's place.
‘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.
Under lockdown, an emerging graphic artist searches for inspiration online but gets absorbed by the universe of home-made influencers.
Jen, 28 is based on the writer and star's personal survivor story. This film shines a light on the more common forms of date rape in an effort to open the conversation of consent.
In 1870, Margaret Knight launched a patent dispute that would be the first of its kind. She is forced to prove in court that she the designer, is the rightful owner of the patent of the machine that puts bottoms on paper bags; not Charles Annan, the man who has already built it.
A female Peking opera actor is experiencing a bad marriage. She impulsively murdered her husband during an argument. Desperate, she felt unprecedented relief and sang the last song of her life on the roof.
"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.
Alyssa is a workaholic. Bailey is an unemployed actor. An unlikely roommate pairing, and they do NOT get along. The Covid-19 lockdown in New York City has made it all that much worse, but when a winter storm knocks out the power, they’ll be forced to actually interact, maybe even reconcile.
A 10-minute comedy of errors, following a young woman through a day that goes from bad to worse. A series of misadventures leads her to the conclusion that perhaps being a 'loser' isn't so bad.
Dealing with her own trauma and forced to go by a persistent friend, a dispirited young woman joins a conventional group therapy program where she begins to realise that her road to healing maybe not so.
“Maintenance” (based in 1990): Nia and Franklin are a bickering couple weathering a rough patch in their marriage. While deciding whether to leave Philadelphia to be closer to nature, they take a trail maintenance class from a park ranger and learn the importance of maintaining something you love.
Musical Parody of Maybe This Time from Cabaret.
In February 2021, two women are at their wits end after a year of lockdowns. But in this musical comedy, they are holding out hope that Maybe This Year Won't Suck.
“Migration” (based in 2020): In the time of COVID, Pepper has barely left her home in New Orleans. She must decide if she is willing and able to venture outdoors during a pandemic. As she comes to see the meditative aspects of birding, she learns that nature can bring together strangers when we are at our most disconnected.
Widowed after her husband’s overdose, Micah must confront her estranged and recently rehabilitated brother, Jojo, when he moves in the assist with the final stage of her pregnancy.
“Movement” (based in 1960): Carmella takes her daughter, Jojo, a disinterested teenager, on a fishing trip. Wanting to make sure that her daughter is grounded in her roots, Carmella passes on the need for strength and resilience during a burgeoning civil rights movement. Based on real life events.
Myrtle, a trailer park Mom from Indiana, cooks dinner for her son. But something's not quite right. This kitchen is anonymous, industrial, and Myrtle's working to a deadline. As her composure unravels, we realize that 21 grams is all that separates life from death.
Penny grew up barely interacting with Grandpa, the man who had hurt her mother in the past. Now a frail old man suffering from severe dementia, Grandpa cannot remember who Penny is, needless to say hold a conversation with her. When Penny meets Grandpa in her dream, he is back to his healthy and alert self.
Sometimes staying quiet is not the way forward. After being bullied at school and ignored at home, our girl finally finds her voice in the strangest place. It opens her eyes to the joys that have been right in front of her all along. Set in 1973 with a backdrop of political unrest and social change, a young girl in rural New Zealand questions her place in the world, in a search for her freedom. Oranges &Lemons is about summer and heat, childhood and bravery, it is a snapshot of a time gone by, when life was simpler, but bullying was just as complicated.
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.
Liz, the party girl who refuses to retire, pays a visit to her old partner in crime, Sara, hoping to make a score. Sara will do whatever it takes to make her new job at the clinic work and leave her past behind... until it comes walking through the door. Will Liz back down when the Doctor begins a well woman exam? Not on your life.
Recently married couple Lucy and Christopher are coping with their grief in opposite ways after the stillbirth of their child. Christopher just wants life to continue as normal but Lucy sees evidence of the continued presence of her child everywhere. After Christopher leaves for work, Lucy’s attention is drawn to a sound emanating from the room at the end of the corridor which seems to frighten and attract her in equal measure. As she approaches the sound’s source, the corridor walls become sticky and the steady drip of water transforms into something altogether more supernatural. Lucy finds herself drawn into a birth of her own.
Natalie, a young dancer finds herself stuck in New York after the cancellation of her first participation in a ballroom dance competition during the lock down. Her female dancing idol and hero, Ana, offers to accommodate her for as long as time Natalie needs. Natalie grabs the opportunity and proposes something rather unexpected. . .
A short, but oh-so-sweet story of a user’s journey on the way to ultimate self-optimization. Quick Fix HQ, a glossy, contrived and overwhelmingly pink self-care sanctuary, welcomes the user to reach their full glowing potential at the click of a button...
A woman finds herself torn between the bustle of her New York life and the quaint dance floors of her home in Texas. Should she stay or should she go now?
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.
After her comedy video with the school baseball team goes viral, a plus-size broadcasting student discovers that "locker room talk" is more than just talk.
Beth, an aspiring young artist, and her charming commitment phobic coworker, Brian, definitely have a “thing”. When he invites her along to a Halloween party, she thinks their relationship might actually move out of the “friend zone” spurring her to take a romantic leap of faith.
Five toilets, three bridesmaids, one pregnancy test, one nosey neighbour... zero ideas of what to do next. It’s 1988, Sammy, Bethan and Jo are bridesmaids. We join them in the midst of the time honoured female tradition...the joint bathroom break.
Mel is ecstatic to be declared “Woman in Finance 2020” - it epitomises everything she wants to achieve in her life: synergy, alignment, strategy, outcomes. And what better way to tell the world about it than through a corporate interview, with pre-scripted key messages? But Mel quickly ‘pivots’ into an authenticity paradox. What does it mean for her to be her? Can she really be trained to be real? And what’s sweetcorn got to do with any of this?
Emily Jackson is a 35 year old Black woman who is still OBSESSED with her favorite white boy band from middle school, "Co3". What will she do in the wake of the BLM movement, when she discovers the men she has idolized for over two decades aren't the clean cut "pop princes" she's always seen them as?
"Two Minutes on High” challenges the deeply ingrained concepts of normative sexuality and traditional gender roles via a metaphoric exploration of the four phases of the sexual response cycle: desire, arousal, climax and resolution.
A young adoptee has an unplanned pregnancy and must decide whether to abandon her education and future career to raise her unborn child, or to opt for an abortion or adoption and say goodbye to her only known kin before giving them a chance.
We get a chance to dive into one's soul, as we take a peek at a woman touching herself. The feminine power explodes, changing all of the surroundings, painting the town with the magic of woman sexuality.
Inspired by coming of age cult classics, #Whitina is a film about exploring the crossroads of the inner and outer struggles of being Mexican-American against the backdrop of a social media obsessed society. High School cheerleader and whitina (white acting Latina) Genesis Valdez is forced to go on the run with her two former best friends (Bella and Chris) after a confrontation with undercover I.C.E. Agents. The altercation is filmed by two middle schoolers and the group goes #viral. While on the run Chris reveals he is a dreamer and could get deported. Genesis makes a decision to help Chris escape and learns what it really means to be "down for La Raza."
Jane Dark lives and studies in the Noir-Et-Cher Whenever her community is harassed by Europe Normale Police. She turns into the super shero WOMXN helped by her mate: a womanoïd Dolphin in a spaceship called the KORA Mother
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.
Shelley Bruce narrates a visual poem that explores womanhood and its connection to nature.