documentary films & TV


"as prescribed" (OFFICIAL TRAILER)

Documentary feature, currently in production  |  Directed by Holly Hardman

 

For over fifty years, doctors have been prescribing benzodiazepines. The drugs bear well-known names: Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan. They are commonly thought of as safe, even innocuous drug that help take the edge off or offer a better night’s sleep. "As Prescribed", however, documents a strikingly different narrative. Through personal accounts and investigating mounting evidence, the film reveals benzodiazepines’ constellation of frightening effects, as well as the errant medical culture that continues to promote them. The result is the story of an under-the-radar epidemic that is devastating lives globally.

 

"charlie vs goliath" (OFFICIAL TRAILER)

Documentary feature, currently in post-production  |  Directed by Reed Lindsay

 

In a presidential election year that has come to be defined by voters angry with establishment politics, Charlie Hardy's political journey running for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming is that of the ultimate outsider. A former educator and Catholic priest who lived in a cardboard shack in a Venezuelan barrio for a decade, Charlie cobbles together a band of misfits to run a Quixotic campaign against three-term Republican incumbent Mike Enzi. "Charlie vs Goliath" follows Charlie's hilarious, revealing and ultimately poignant journey across one of the most conservative states in the country.

 

"the barn" (OFFICIAL TRAILER)

Television documentary, currently in post-production  |  Directed by Phil Berger

 

Holocaust survivor Karl Schapiro, who evaded the Nazis by hiding under a barn for almost two years, has always vowed to never return to Europe. But Karl's granddaughter, Rachel, desperate to know more about Karl's incredible story, has other plans. "The Barn" follows Rachel and Karl as they travel first to Poland, and then to the Ukraine, in search of what remains of his history and those who risked everything to save him.

 

"the other man" (EXCERPT)

Documentary feature & televison documentary  |  Directed by Nicolas Rossier

 

F.W. de Klerk was the last President of apartheid-era South Africa. In less than 4 years, he went from being Nelson Mandela's jailor to his vice president. Together they changed history for the better and may have prevented a civil war, yet little is known about de Klerk. Through his probing lens, "The Other Man" explores the fascinating political journey and legacy of this complicated figure.

 

"hudson rising" (EXCERPT)

Television documentary  |  Directed by Jasper Goldman

 

"Hudson Rising" documents the challenges, controversies and triumphs of the Hudson Valley's ongoing struggle to once again become a thriving region and world-class destination.

 

"the newark project" (EXCERPT)

Documentary feature, currently in production  |  Directed by Derek Koen

 

"The Newark Project" follows the lives of six of Newark's children over five years as they make their way through one of the most troubled public school systems in the country.

 

"GREAT EXPECTATIONS"

Documentary television series  |  Directed by Jonathan Robinson

 

Connecticut's public school system is a crossroads. Despite the fact that Connecticut's students score among the top five states in national math and reading tests, its low-income students perform at dramatically lower levels. On average, these students are about three grade levels behind. This achievement gap in Connecticut is the widest of any state in the nation. "Great Expectations", a three-part documentary television series, investigates the roots of this disturbing failure and highlights models for creating a system of education that raises achievement across the state.

 

"GOOD PEOPLE GO TO HELL" (EXCERPT)

Documentary feature  |  Directed by Holly Hardman

 

"Good People Go to Hell" explores the world of Evangelical Christian culture and End Times belief. The film follows a cross-carrying fundamentalist preacher, a fervent youth choir leader, an agenda-filled mega-church pastor, and a panoply of urban and rural Born-Again believers. Unnervingly intimate, the film captures its subjects as they struggle to rebuild their lives along the Gulf Coast in the months and years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The result is a film of stunning candor and fresh insight into the complex and controversial world of Evangelical belief.

 

"game quest" (EXCERPT)

Reality television series  |  Directed by Bryce Gubler

 

"GameQuest" explores the high-stakes world of advanced game development through the grueling trials of a small software developer trying to satisfy two demanding clients: Red Bull and Microsoft Studios.

 

"American radical" (EXCERPT)

Documentary feature  |  Directed by David Ridgen & Nicolas Rossier

 

"American Radical" follows the tumultuous and controversial career of American Middle-East scholar Norman Finkelstein, a relentlessly caustic and polarizing figure whose personal and professional struggles arise from core questions about freedom, identity and nationhood.

 

"city of water" (EXCERPT)

Television documentary  |  Directed by Jasper Goldman

 

Shot on 16mm over the course of two years by acclaimed cinematographer Igor Martinovic, "City of Water" captures the increasingly heated urban-planning battles currently raging along New York City's rapidly developing waterfront.

 

"fan-demanium" (EXCERPT)

Documentary feature  |  Directed by Matthias Visser

 

Through the colorful convergence of intense sports passion and unwavering national pride, "Fan-Demanium" reveals the larger social implications of the world's most popular game. The film combines footage shot in nine languages during the 2006 World Cup in Berlin with interviews, FIFA broadcast game coverage and archives.

 

"aristide and the endless revolution" (EXCERPT)

Documentary feature  |  Directed by Nicolas Rossier

 

"Aristide and the Endless Revolution" investigates the dramatic and violent 2003 coup d'etat in Haiti that forced Jean-Bertrand Aristide from power. The first democratically elected president of the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation, Aristide is a controversial and deeply polarizing figure who left in his wake a nation still crippled by crushed hopes, relentless political violence and the perils of American hegemony. The film features interviews with President Aristide, Noam Chomsky, Dr Paul Farmer, Danny Glover, for US Ambassadors and State Department officials - as well as numerous Haitians.