From a young age, Joan always dreamed of a big family and a place by the ocean. By the age of 20, she was diagnosed with sarcoma and had to face life-altering choices. Joan candidly shares her life-long resolve to conquer her adversity to realize her dreams. After 60 years and 22 surgeries, she reflects on her incredibly beautiful life.
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A writer who, after having great success with his first book, has a disastrous creative block. So much so, that not even pencils want to write for him. In his anguish, a delivery girl arrives at his door with a mysterious box. After inviting her in to have a coffee, they share a pleasant conversation about fame and success. What's in the box?... Nobody knows what inspiration can be wrapped in.
Love Wins tells the story of two women, Jan (83) and Emily (89), who met and fell in love during a time when doing so was strictly taboo. During this time, they raised a family while living completely in the closet. After 45 years of living a double life, Jan and Em finally got married and are now community activists and proud flag-waving members of the social movement that changed history.
On the last day of a summer camp, a teenage girl with cerebral palsy is caught breaking the rules for her crush. Refusing to accept the expectations placed on her by others, she strikes on her own to reconnect with the boy who might be her first love.
Challenged to a basketball game by local boys, Pablo, a queer, deaf Latino, agrees to play. He does not reveal much about himself, but let’s his basketball skill speak for itself. He’s enjoying the game, when an unexpected incident makes it clear to the other teens that Pablo is deaf. Despite assumptions about each, and, however brief, Pablo makes a connection with one of the boys.
Emily Hunt Turner saw opportunity for criminal justice reform in her restaurant, All Square. Leaving prison, people often face challenges and stigma as they begin their new lives. At the Craft grilled cheese restaurant, those with criminal records are employed and taken through a professional development program anchored in law and entrepreneurship in order to pave way towards a better future.
Growing up in the largest affordable housing cooperative in Brooklyn, Cassandra’s world was artfully framed by her mother’s Super-8 camera. Today, still living in the same place, Cassandra examines and edits these remarkable films, gaining insight into the challenges her mother faced as a creative black woman and the importance of her vision.
This tear-jerking short takes places in rural Hawaii following the life of a young girl, Mahina and her main companion -her dog, Po. As Mahina's struggling father rejects her pleas to keep her beloved pet out of the ring, she realizes how far he may go. But will a daughter's sorrow be enough to sway a father's greed?
When a young woman suffers vision loss, she realizes that she has to give up her great love -her car Charlie. She can't say bring herself to say good-bye until Charlie roars to life and takes her on a final, fantastical journey. Charlotte and Charlie is a sweet, narrative short film that explores loss, disability, and how the things we love define us.
An Atlantic City postcard is the only remnant that Pony, a Texas drifter, has of his estranged mom. Needing money to head north to find her, Pony accepts a job from a local thug who operates out of a skating rink. Here, Pony encounters a kindred spirit; a fifteen-year-old, runaway girl who claims the rink as her own. When he tries to help her, things spiral out of control.
Like cities and towns across the nation, Cincinnati, Ohio is struggling with an ever-growing opioid crisis. “Momma” Scarlet Hudson, a former corporate executive, takes to the city streets at night, building relationships with women caught in the interconnected systems of addiction and prostitution, offering them a healing home, unconditional love, and a chance for redemption.
Father Roy Snipes has lived in Texas his whole life and seen it all, especially along the Mexico border. He has dedicated his life to the oblates and keeping religion down to earth. After the threat of a possible wall construction near a historic church in Mission, Texas, the community takes a stand and Father Roy spares insights to the current political climate.
The future is an endless universe of possibilities. But for recent high school graduate Luna, the future is not so clear. Stuck in a job with no decision on a college major, Luna explores opportunities for herself both personally and professionally. Despite societal pressures to choose, Luna explores opportunities by simply moving forward.
Meet Vincent, who grew up a Democrat in North Carolina, but is now a conservative, pro-gun activist who thinks gays should take up arms after the Pulse shooting. Meet Mitchell, who grew up conservative but is now a progressive voter who doesn't think the solution is more guns. They also happen to be dating.
Rani is a social outcast, transgender woman who welcomes life's challenges in order to care for an abandoned child. Set on the streets of Pakistan, she is determined to do the right thing amid waves of challenges.
The film provides an in-depth look at the impact of growing up surrounded by violence in one of New Orleans' most crime-riddled neighborhoods. The film takes you to the playing field, the classrooms, players’ homes and the offices of the social workers whose attempts to treat the children's post-traumatic stress are repeatedly thwarted by state budget cuts to mental healthcare.
When the world first began, a shepherd lived with his dog at the top of a high mountain. Each night, his divine mission was to blow in the magic horn and lights up the stars. Just before that, they saw the sun and greeted him, every evening. Eventually, the shepherd grew old and it was hard to walk. Will he kept lighting the night?
As a result of light pollution, nearly 80% of Americans cannot see the Milky Way from their homes. In this 360-video experience, join a group of travelers journeying to the dark-skies of Nebraska's Sand-hills to reconnect with nature's nocturnal majesty.