Mayor Mohamed follows a long-serving Muslim-American mayor as he risks his life abroad to bring humanitarian relief to Syria, and as he confronts Islamophobia at home in the U.S. When a Board of Education member shuts down Mohamed at a meeting by shouting, "This is not Sharia Law," and runs against him for mayor, it's not just Mohamed, but also a particular vision of American democracy that's on the ballot.
A little boy gets to live as a woman for a day when he sends his spirit into his babysitter’s body.
Directed by Darah Golub
From the first-person perspective of filmmaker Darah Golub, who began filming herself and her peers at the New School for Jazz in 2007, The New York Love Songs chronicles a number of artists throughout the decade to explore how their relationship to music evolves as they come of age at the start of the new digital frontier.
Directed by Jaqueline Christy
A long-suffering housewife fulfills her dream of going to film school without telling her philandering husband and self-involved teenage daughter. Starring Miriam Shor, from the television show Younger.
Directed by Cory Choy
When Hannah notices the symptoms of a terminal and painful illness in her aloof daughter, Esme, she decides to take a camping trip to her childhood hometown in a desperate attempt to connect with Esme before they have to say goodbye.
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 Sam Bathrick
16 Bars is a documentary about a prison rehabilitation program that helps inmates using the power of music. Hip hop rapper Speech, of the group Arrested Development, advises inmates as they record an album while coping with the challenges of prison life.
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.