A boy's dreams begin to blur with his reality. Contrasts, juxtapositions, and intuition play significant roles in this short film. A young man on the verge of adulthood experiences an ever-changing sense of reality. By night, he suffers nightmares populated by chilling figures who seem to have a substantive physical presence and who torment his sleep. During the day, he feels somewhat comforted by the soothing routine of his home life which includes the attentive care of his mother. Layers of his childlike understanding are loosened and stripped away leaving him reeling. He comes ever closer to a deeper and more clear engagement of the truth as he now is able to understand it through the lens of his emerging individuated self. He must choose to face the whole of who is and where he comes from in order to proceed on his path to transcendent manhood or shun the facets of the shadow he encounters and remain in a state of adolescent naivete. "As a child, I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know." ~Carl Jung
Every Time is a romantic technicolor perspective, by love stricken Cassidy, on her relationship with a problematic lover. Her retrospect through poetry, the memories of fleeting joy and heartbreak display the challenges of young love.
When Sofia gets her first period, Lucas sets out to secure the feminine products she needs, confronting many harsh realities along the way. 'On the Clock' is a kinetic and intimate portrayal of two siblings coming of age in EAST LA.
Billie, the stagehand at a local comedy club, dreams of becoming the next big name in comedy but doesn't have the confidence to go on stage. Until one night, she meets her comic idol, Larry DJ, a clean comic with a dark personality. But when a plea for affirmation transforms into unwanted sexual advances, she's forced to make a decision, stand up for herself or walk away.
Sold for $100 at the age of 5, Fekri suffers through years of abuse before his plight is discovered. After almost a year of hospitalization and therapy Fekri moves into a group home where he finds support, mentorship, and eventual forgiveness towards the family which sold him.
In 1948, in Mobile, Alabama, a black man named Rayfield Davis is beaten to death by a white man who is not prosecuted. The crime is forgotten until 2012, when the investigation is revived by a Northeastern law student. Her discoveries lead to a shocking conclusion.Murder in Mobile is a film about race, murder, and one family's search for the truth 70 years later.
A gay man risks his life confronting hate groups after he accidentally finds himself in what has been labeled the most hateful small town in America. This short documentary highlights his various encounters with town officials, residents and the hate groups headquartered there, in an effort to determine whether or not the town deserves its infamous reputation.
In the eyes of the police, prostitution is a victimless crime. But that's about to change. The Sarasota Police Department is re-thinking how they approach prostitution. That starts with seeing prostitutes as sex trafficked victims.
BROKEN PLACES explores why some children are severely damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive. By revisiting some of the abused and neglected children we profiled decades ago, we’re able to dramatically illustrate how early trauma shaped their lives as adults. BROKEN PLACES interweaves these longitudinal narratives with commentary from a few nationally renowned experts to help viewers better understand the devastating impact of childhood adversity as well as the inspiring characteristics of resilience.
A thriller based in the summer of 1989, the final year of communism in Eastern Europe, inspired by a childhood memory of crossing the border - not only between countries, but between the instinctive world of nature and the incomprehensible world of the adults.The story follows paths dictated by the little girl's attention going from the bees buzzing around, to the rising tension between her parents, to the frightening border guard pacing along the queue.As the heat rises and the atmosphere thickens, can the little girl melt the border guard's icy heart?"Border Crossing" premiered at Krakow Film Festival 2019 (National competition) and won Best Short Fiction Award at Biha? Avantura Film Festival 2019.
"Manhood" tells the story of OLIVIA, a little girl awaiting the arrival of her father on her tenth birthday. When DADDY arrives, he gives her a princess tiara and she nervously asks if he's going to hit her because she's turned ten. He laughs and says he only hit her brothers to turn them into men. Hearing the benefits of manhood, Olivia asks to be punched in the nose as well.In the basement, Daddy pretends to hit her and Olivia says if her brothers get to be men, so should she. Daddy finally reveals that he didn't actually hit any of her brothers: the entire ritual is fake.Unsatisfied, Olivia demands to be really hit. She begins punching her father and, trying to protect himself, Daddy accidentally hits her in the nose. She falls, the tiara breaking. Daddy apologizes but Olivia doesn't hear him as she ascends the stairs with a bloody nose. She puts the unbroken tiara on her head and smiles. She is the man.
Based on real events, A HIDDEN LIFE is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jagerstatter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani and children that keeps his spirit alive.