Follows the grandson of famed Russian author Isaac Babel as he searches to better understand the enigmatic man executed by Stalin, whose powerful stories resonate with lessons for today.
A PLACE TO STAND
The inspiring story of how learning to read and write in prison transformed Jimmy Santiago Baca from a functionally illiterate convict to an award-winning poet and novelist.
FLY BY LIGHT
Follows four teenagers for a year as they seek to overcome the violence in their lives and create a new path for their future by connecting to a world outside their neighborhoods.
THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL
Journeys into the Chernobyl Dead Zone several decades after the nuclear disaster to find a small community of elderly survivors along with scientists and others.
OYLER: ONE SCHOOL,
Profiles how a "community school" helped turnaround a poverty-stricken neighborhood, part of a growing national movement to help better meet the basic needs of poor children.
Follows a challenging year in the life of a determined public high school choir director, demonstrating the transformative value of arts education programs.
SHOUT GLADI GLADI
Narrated by Meryl Streep, chronicles the maternal health care crisis in Africa and the efforts to rescue African women from a condition during childbirth that turns them into outcasts - if they survive.
Follows noted soundscape ecologist Dr. Bernie Krause as he travels to the Arctic and shows how nature sounds are crucial indicators of the health of today’s wild habitats, and the origins of music.
Examines how America’s dependence on fossil fuels poses serious national security threats – and how the military is taking a leading role in the battle for clean, renewable energy.
Heartfelt and entertaining, illuminates the symptoms and emotions of depression through animation, comedy and music to help make a difficult topic more understandable.
THE BATTLE OF AMFAR
The little-known story of how in the early days of the AIDS pandemic celebrities and scientists joined together to change the public perception of the disease and begin the search for a cure.
THE GREAT MARIJUANA DEBATE
A balanced look at the controversy over the legalization of marijuana and its far-ranging consequences, focusing on California's experience.
Investigates a major ecological disaster rapidly approaching in the Southwest - California's largest lake, the Salton Sea, is disappearing, a casualty of the drought and “water wars”.
Presents the history and likely causes for the Southern Sea Otter’s decline, as well as its ecological significance and the controversy over how best to protect the otter population.
Uncovers the oil and gas industry's role in the making of one of greatest environmental tragedies in modern times that threatens to eradicate much of southern Louisiana protective wetlands.
PICTURES FROM A HIROSHIMA SCHOOLYARD
Presents the aftermath of the first atomic bomb through the drawings and untold stories of Japanese children who were part of a unique exchange with their American counterparts.
WALKING WITH THE
Biologist Holly Carroll hosts a comprehensive, engaging 6 part series that explores the current status of the world’s largest remaining primates in the wild.
FROM BILLIONS TO NONE
The cautionary, little-known story of the rapid extinction of America's once most abundant bird -- the passenger pigeon -- which went from billions to none in just a few decades.
PLANT THIS MOVIE
A comprehensive look at the evolution and impact of the global urban agriculture movement -- from cities across the United States to diverse countries around the world.
World famous physicist Dr. Leonard Susskind introduces The Anthropic Principle, an attempt to explain how the physics of the universe seems perfectly tuned for life.
The ongoing legacy of the Soviet Union’s extensive Cold War nuclear testing program in Kazakhstan, where over 600 nuclear bombs were detonated at the secret Polygon site.
Follows two biomedical scientists seeking to radically extend human longevity through regenerative medicine. But not without controversy and concern.
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Films Available for Community and Home Screenings
A number of our films are available for organized screenings in community or home settings. Screening guides and publicity materials also available. View screening options on our Specialty Studios site.
THE LIVING GREEN
Profiles the pioneer landscape architect who became one of the most influential urban designers and early conservationists, shaping the Midwest’s landscape.
HOW I GOT OVER
An innovative profile of formerly homeless and incarcerated African-American women that dramatically reveals the social causes of their plight and how their lives were transformed.
FINDING THE GOLD WITHIN
An intimate look into the lives of six young Black men determined to disprove society’s stereotypes as they start college and face racism head-on.
THE LAST ONE
Traveling with the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the film presents an updated history of the AIDS epidemic in America, with 50,000 new cases still every year. Aired on Showtime.
BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM
Academy Award Nominee. Portrays the history and impact of the civil rights movement through the personal story of a Southern barber and long-time activist.
GERALDINE FERRARO: PAVING THE WAY
The first feature documentary about the life and impact of the woman who made history as the first female Vice Presidential nominee of a major political party.
Profiles renowned physicist Richard Garwin, who helped shape history as designer of the first hydrogen bomb and later as a top science adviser on nuclear arms control.
PEMBE YA NDOVU
(Tusk of the Elephant)
Travels through the heart of Africa and Asia in a journey to uncover the serious threats to African wildlife and biodiversity, especially the elephant ivory trade.
WALKING IN TWO WORLDS
Journeys to the Tongass Forest in Alaska to reveal its splendor and shed light on the devastation and division resulting from the Settlement Act.
The first film to fully reveal the devastating, untold story of BP’s Corexit dispersant coverup following the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
ALL OF ME
Shines a fresh light on the causes, challenges, and psychological struggles surrounding obesity in our society as well as our attitudes and prejudices towards the obese.
BIPOLARIZED: RETHINKING MENTAL ILLNESS
Challenges conventional wisdom about mental illness and drug therapy through the raw personal journey of a man diagnosed as bipolar.
THE MILKY WAY
Follows two pediatric nurses on a journey to discover why America has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world, and how other countries make it the norm.
The untold story of how Mexican-American school children challenged discrimination in Texas schools in the 1950’s and changed the face of education in the Southwest.
GROWING UP GREEN
Profiles a unique statewide hands-on environmental education program that is a national model for improving academic performance and the areas they inhabit.
FREE THE MIND
Profiles the pioneering work of renowned psychologist Richard Davidson, who found that it is possible to rewire the brain through meditation and mental training exercises.
DRYING FOR FREEDOM
Travels from America to India to explore how the electric dream was marketed without regard for environmental impact and led to the banning of the age-old clothesline.
JOANNA MACY AND THE GREAT TURNING
Author Joanna Macy presents her understanding of “the Great Turning” -- the third major revolution of human existence after the agricultural and industrial revolutions.
DEATH MAKES LIFE POSSIBLE
Follows cultural anthropologist Marilyn Schlitz as she explores the mysteries of life and death from a variety of perspectives and world traditions. Featuring Deepak Chopra.
Presents the hopeful stories of four parolees who prove that the tide of recidivism can be reversed, if former prisoners are given the support they need to reenter society.
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