Previous Class projectS
Directed by Debra Granik
Since October 2015, we have been filming a group of formerly incarcerated individuals in New York City as they transition out of prison, including Coss Marte, the founder of the fitness studio ConBody. Coss and the other trainers at the gym are bold examples of men and women who are pushing back against the numerous set-backs and structural impediments to successful re-entry. Unexpectedly Coss' story has received copious coverage in social media and outlets like The New York Times and CNN so the role of social media in re-inventing personal narratives plays a part in this story as well. A substantial amount of our footage chronicles the growth of his business and the ways in which, after his release, he has worked to help other formerly incarcerated individuals. The film also highlights the important role mentors and meaningful programs play in post incarceration growth.
Directed by Charlie Scharfman
On the 4th of July, a serial killer has a moral crisis when he discovers that his latest victim is a high-school student; simultaneously, a rookie cop and a seasoned detective race against the clock to save her life.
Directed by Emily Branham
With over ten years of unprecedented access, Being BeBe follows the intimate journey and unpublished backstory of BeBe Zahara Benet – a charismatic drag performer from Cameroon who is also the very first winner of the culture-changing phenomenon, RuPaul’s Drag Race. Over time, BeBe struggles with celebrity, authenticity, and the changing nature of drag and gender itself.
Directed by Daniela De Carlo
As hurricane Sandy descends upon New York, leaving destruction in her wake and plunging the city into darkness, a group of friends and neighbors come together and discover the joys, heartaches, and pleasures of human connection.
Directed by Colin Kerrigan
A documentary following Paul Vile - aka Jelloman - as he travels the world one Jell-O shot at a time, trying to carve out his own legendary mark while living in the shadow of his older brother, indie rockstar Kurt Vile.
Directed by Kestrin Pantera
Four siblings attempt to make peace with their past, as they reluctantly return home to say goodbye to their compulsively lying mother, in the twilight of her terminal illness.
Directed by Jared Callahan
Balancing the hectic and lonely tides in the life of an addict, Cassidy and Josh pursue their dreams of writing and directing a feature film while living in the recovery center where they met. The men battle to find investors and make a short film version of their script. After Cassidy relapses and gets kicked out of the center, the men struggle to produce the film separately. Tension mounts as Josh gets closer to graduation, Cassidy trudges through the 12 Steps of recovery, and filming approaches. In the end, they will confront their deepest fears and hopefully make amends with those they have hurt, as they attempt to create a quality short film that will play at festivals around the country.
Directed by Ani Simon-Kennedy
Teenage Nola grew up living out of a van with her father Clint - two nomads against the world. When Clint suddenly passes away, Nola is confronted by the reality of life on the road alone. She learns that in order to survive, she'll need to expand her relationships beyond the doors of her van and decide whether or not to get off the road for the first time.
Directed by Sarah Brennan Kolb
Good Ol Girl is a documentary western following a band of cowgirls as they hustle for land, cattle, and respect in deep Texas.
Directed by Chris Roberti
A time traveling assassin inadvertently falls in love with his target on board a cruise ship. He must make a choice between obligation and joy. Time Kill Love Cruise explores duty, love, friendship, and freedom. It was filmed surreptitiously onboard a cruise ship, and on location in Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico.
Directed by Tchaiko Omawale
Sole, orphaned at 17, unwillingly lives with her grandmother, numbing herself with food until her forbidden friendship with teenage neighbors forces her to confront her pain.
Directed by Sally Rowe
Old Dog is about New Zealand farmer Paul Sorenson has a unique connection with his colleagues — a team of sheep dogs. For 40 years, he's worked to develop smarter and more intuitive training methods for fellow farmers, while grappling with memories of a difficult childhood. Reaching retirement, the veteran dog whisperer passes his knowledge to the next generation of shepherds, and reflects on the sacrifices he's made to pursue his intense passion for dogs.
Directed by Sasha Collington
After getting dumped for the eleventh time in a row, Frankie Browne discovers (to her dismay) that she has a loser in love gene. And she is not alone. Scientists have discovered that one in five people have the gene for romantic misfortune: the D-type gene.
Directed by Cynthia Lowen
Netizens follows targets of cyber harassment, along with lawyers, advocates, and policymakers, as they confront digital abuse and strive for equality and justice online. These powerful stories show how harassment presents significant barriers to women’s equal access to education, employment and expression.
Directed by Matthew Brown
Albanian Gangster is a fresh and striking take on the gangster genre, inspired by real events. Over two years, director Matthew Brown had unprecedented access to the criminal underworld in the Bronx's Albanian community. The result is an illuminating portrait of the criminal mind.
Directed by Rachel Koteen
NWHL: History Begins is a behind-the-scenes look at the founding of the first professional women's hockey league in the US.
Directed by Sarah Pirozek
Woodstock teen, Rosie, mourning the anniversary of her younger sister Amelia’s death, discovers the mysterious man, who sexploited her sister, bullying her to commit suicide is back on-line trolling for new victims…When the authorities won't get involved she finds a darker side she never knew she had as she takes justice into her own hands.
Barry Gibbs, FRAMED for murder by mafia cops, in the most notorious case of police CORRUPTION in the NYPD, was released from prison after serving two decades for a crime he did not commit, only to discover that his nightmare had just begun. This is the unbelievable true story of Barry’s life after exoneration, a man who left prison with nothing and became a MILLIONAIRE.
Fathers of Football is a character driven documentary that follows a small-town Oklahoman high school football team as they struggle to maintain their highly unanticipated winning streak, with the help of their coach and father-figure, Dale Condict.
Major Arcana is the story of Dink, a long-troubled itinerant carpenter who returns home to small town Vermont and attempts to build a log cabin by hand, hoping to prove to himself and those closest to him that he’s capable of leading a more virtuous life.
Finding 52 follows director/producer Josh Zeman (Cropsey, The Station Agent, Mysterious Skin, Ceremony), Adrian Grenier (star of "Entourage" and producer of How to Make Money Selling Drugs and Teenage Paprazzo) and a team of world renowned scientists searching for the elusive '52 Hertz Whale'. Calling out at 52 Hz, a frequency unrecognized by other whales, this mysterious creature is believed to have lived its life in complete solitude, its calls forever unanswered by its own kind. In our ever-present fascination with these majestic beasts, the tale of '52' has prompted an intense reaction amongst our own species, pointing to a greater awareness of human loneliness than ever before.
Daphne, a young go-getter in Portland, Oregon, leaves her mother’s home to move to the Oregon Coast and start a family with her boyfriend, Roger, when he inherits his childhood beach house. But when they run into Susanna, an awkward woman who works at the local arcade, Daphne learns that Roger hasn’t been completely honest about his past and Daphne might have to fight not just for her relationship but for her very survival.
Golden Exits is an intersectional narrative of two families in Brooklyn and the unraveling of unspoken unhappiness that occurs when a young foreign girl spending time abroad upsets the balance on both sides.
UNITED SKATES follows an underground subculture growing inside our country's last standing roller rinks.
Ovid and the Art of Love is a dramedy about a young man who finds his life in peril when he writes a guide to love (and seduction).
Former gang leader turned anti-violence activist Terrance Roberts is arrested for shooting a young gang member during a peace rally in Denver’s historic “Holly” neighborhood. While Roberts awaits trial, his absence reignites a deadly gang war as years of truces and community work unravels and other forces move in. Facing 102 years in prison, and fearing for his safety, Roberts seeks information that might exonerate him from what he believes was a set-up. When witnesses begin to come forward and emergency federal and local money pours in to fight what becomes one of the nation’s most violent gang wars, evidence of a conspiracy to take down Roberts surfaces—along with shocking revelations of a larger and more systemic corruption plaguing communities of color.
Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean, locally famous true crime podcasters, suspect Morgan's new love interest is a murderer.
Stepping Up follows three New York City high school seniors who have been trained to work as peer college counselors in the under-resourced public schools that they attend. Against the odds, they are determined to be the first in their families to go on to higher education. But they are not stopping there. As they navigate the complex college application process for themselves, they are also helping their peers do the same.
After Peter LaTang’s last living relative passes away, he returns to a small New England town where he grew up. When the bus arrives, he can't find his wallet, so he calls his childhood friend Donald Treeback for some help. What was supposed to be just a ride turns into a long day’s journey through their awkward past.
A Gothic Caribbean love story... Amidst the ruins of a coconut plantation in rural Trinidad, a displaced girl seeking her roots is drawn to a young fisherman who shares her desire to look beyond. Their taboo attraction grows despite family disapproval, political turmoil and mysterious hauntings from ancestral spirits.
Sister Simone is a Catholic nun, a lawyer, an author, and a lobbyist.
The film follows Sister Simone, leader of the historic Nuns On The Bus tour, as she challenges both the Catholic Church and US Government to reclaim their core values. This treacherous and heartwarming journey challenges our notions of religion and politics, the role of government, women and power, our own faith, and our sense of ourselves as a nation.
Fifty miles from Manhattan, a community of Hasidim are building their version of utopia, redefining Judaism in America, and challenging the boundaries between Church and State. This documentary will explore what life is really like inside this village, the appeal and power of ultra-orthodox strain of Judaism, and how its exponential growth is creating new tensions and struggles.
On the eve of selling their family home, a baby boomer empty-nester retreats to Cape Cod rather than follow her relocating husband to Kansas. Arriving in the quaint seaside town, she stumbles upon a free-spirited mentor and embarks on a quest for self-discovery. Supported by a local artist, her literary agent and a sexy fisherman, our heroine finds herself anew, an “unfinished woman” ripe with possibility.
Decades after her mother’s death, a young photographer goes on a transcontinental journey to learn about the mother she never knew, and subsequently herself, by revisiting iconic photographers her mother interviewed decades before.
When international artist Peter Bjorn’s much anticipated show is panned by critics he disappears from the art world without a trace. He finds refuge in a remote Polish village, where he is enchanted and transformed by the haunting tones of pipe organ music and the sweet voice of a hiking nun. In the meantime his artwork mysteriously starts selling out in auctions and black markets, ironically making Peter B. sought out by collectors, and museums alike. When Peter B. reads online that he is thought to be dead he decides to go back and confront his past life.
A young man, reeling from the tragic loss of his wife, travels to rural Maine to seek answers from his estranged mother-in-law.
93Queen follows a tenacious group of Hasidic women who are shattering the glass ceiling in their Hasidic Brooklyn neighborhood to start the first all-female volunteer EMS corps in New York City.
SK8 GIRLZ is an underdog story that documents the rise of an all-girls skateboarding team as they tear down the barriers created by a male-centric sport.
Directed by Alex Ross Perry, starring Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston. An intimate and sad story about two strong women and the weaknesses that defeat them, Queen of Earth takes something familiar and makes it uncomfortable and nightmarish.
A hilarious new mockumentary in the Christopher Guest tradition, Maybe There’s A Tree suggests that the American theater is indeed on its deathbed. Starring Creed Bratton (The Office), Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), and Kathryn Kates (Orange is the New Black) as Mrs. Deuce.
Playwright Sidney Falk and his fiancee, actress Lucinda Greene, are expecting a baby. Over four days in Manhattan, Sidney wrestles with his attraction to a house-guest named Genevieve. This is no casual affair: inside Genevieve, the hired gestational carrier, is Sidney and Lucinda's baby.
All in Time tells the story of Charlie, who quits his job to move back home to Pennsylvania to manage his favorite hometown rock band. His supportive girlfriend shares his passion for the band, but struggles within the band force them to make choices that will change their lives forever.
Missing People is a nonfiction mystery about a enigmatic woman investigating her brother's long unsolved murder, while obsessively collecting and researching the violent work and life of an outsider artist from New Orleans. As these parallel narratives intertwine, shocking events unfold.
Stars Rory Culkin (Signs, You Can Count on Me) and Mary Beth Peil ("Dawson’s Creek"). A dramatic adventure about love, class, and the ghosts that lurk behind all families, set on a stunning lake in the Adirondack Mountains.
Stars Janel Moloney (The West Wing), Nic Bishop (Body of Proof), and Matt Kane (Switched at Birth). In a hospital waiting room, a mother reviews her experience raising her son who has autism.
Official Selection at Sundance 2014 and Official Selection at NYFF. Stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore). After refusing to promote his awaited second novel, a self-absorbed writer takes refuge at his literary idol's isolated summer home.
Official Selection, SXSW 2014. Stars Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Alfred Molina (Love is Strange, Spider Man 2), Maggie Grace (Taken), and Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men). Written and directed by Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory). A man screws up on a transcontinental level in a noble effort to win back "the one."
Official Selection At Sundance 2014. Directed, written by, and starring Desiree Akhavan (Girls). Shirin struggles to become an ideal Persian daughter, a politically correct bisexual, and a hip young woman from Brooklyn.
Documentary about a remarkable school for special needs students in New Jersey. Aired on PBS's "P.O.V." and received a prestigious Peabody Award in 2013.
Davina is an imaginative and strong-willed teenage girl who often escapes into a beautifully twisted fantasy life. Having grown up quickly as the sole caretaker of her disabled mother, she looks for salvation in a new relationship with an older boy. Davina is swept into a whirlwind of romance and adventure, but the enchantment of her new relationship quickly fades when his volatile side begins to emerge. I Believe in Unicorns takes us on a road trip through the stunning and complex landscape of troubled young love. Directed by Leah Meyerhoff and edited by TEC Alum Rebecca Laks.
Tribeca Film Festival 2013. Stars John Slattery (Mad Men), Adam Driver (Girls), Louisa Krause (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Margo Martindale (Million Dollar Baby). When Lesley, the local school bus driver, becomes distracted during her end-of-day inspection, she fails to notice a sleeping boy in the back of the bus. What happens next shatters the tranquility of a secluded industrial town.
Stars Adam Brody (The O.C.) and Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show). After living for years as a struggling artist, Jake is preparing to leave New York City to live in Ohio with his ailing father. On his last day in the city, he convinces his three oldest friends to recreate their greatest adventure together: walking down the entire length of Manhattan.
Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Debra Granik (Winter's Bone). Premiered at the 2014 New York Film Festival. This documentary follows Ron "Stray Dog" Hall, a working class man from Southern Missouri who came of age as a solider in the Vietnam War. Each year, Stray Dog rides in the Run For the Wall, a cross-country motorcycle odyssey to the Vietnam Memorial.
Layla is top of her high school class - and pregnant. Giving into family pressure, Layla decides against an abortion, drops her scholarship to college and moves into her beloved Grandma’s trailer on the family property.
Black comedy that explores obsession, self-righteousness, and the perverse allure of victimhood in New Haven, CT. Edited by TEC Alum Ron Dulin and stars Will Rogers (The Bay) and Eleonore Hendricks (Heaven Knows What).
Documentary chronicling the ups and downs of several severely overweight female friends. Winner at the Austin Film Festival, 2013.
The film delves into the infamous McDonald’s hot coffee case which became the poster child for frivolous lawsuits in America. Premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up by HBO. Produced by TEC Founder Alan Oxman and edited by TEC instructor Cindy Lee.
This Emmy nominated documentary covers the highs and lows of an artist finding his place in New York City's cutthroat world of haute cuisine. First premiered at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival and was subsequently picked up by HBO. Produced by TEC founder Alan Oxman and edited by TEC alum Amy Foote.
Documentary about the first years of a small public high school in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Winner of the 2013 Cine Golden Eagle Award. Directed by Emmy Award winner Jyllian Gunther.
A documentary about punk legend Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre and a central figure in the riot grrrl movement. Premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects.
Official Selection at the Tribeca Film Festival. Stars Chris Messina (Argo), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) and Rich Sommer (Mad Men).
Psychological portrait of a woman traveling home from a refugee camp in her warn torn country. Starring Anamaria Marinca (4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days).
Documentary about renowned photographer Gregory Crewdson.
Road trip comedy about a dysfunctional family who embark on a Lewis and Clark-reenactment journey. Starring Cara Buono (Mad Men) and John C. McGinley (Scrubs, Office Space).
The documentary film Fallout plays out against the uneasy backdrop of our nation's renewed nuclear fear.
Stars Emma Roberts (American Horror Story, Palo Alto) and Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and distributed by Fox Searchlight.
Directed by Aaron Katz (recipient of the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards, 2007). Premiered at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival and distributed by IFC Films.