|Gobekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple. India, 12,000 years ago there already was a sacred place on Earth.While challenging common beliefs on the history of civilization, the film takes the audience back to 12 thousand years ago, to Göbeklitepe, an archeological site recently found in SanliUrfa, Turkiye. The construction date of the “World’s First Temple” is thousands of years earlier than the most important symbols of ancient wisdom; such as the Stonehenge monument in England, or the Egyptian Pyramids.
|Chernobyl, Living in the Shadow: How the Diaspora responded to one of the worst nuclear disaster in history and how their unwavering sense of community ultimately paved the way to an independent Ukraine.
|Red Shirley, a 99-year-old formally known as Shumalit Rabinowitz, is the star of this film co-directed by her cousin, none other than former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed. Rabinowitz lived through the devastation of the First World war; and fled Poland for Canada during the Second. At 19, she immigrated illegally to the U.S where she spent 47 years toiling at a New York textile factory. She tracked down her long-lost sisters in Palestine, engaged in union struggles and took part un the Civik Rights March on Washington D.C. Enhanced by its dark soundtrack – courtesy of Mr Reed, naturally – and judicious use of freeze frames, this intimate cousin-to cousin encounter is a fascinating distillation of an individual’s unique experience over a vast expanse of 20th-century history.
|Our House: Illegal Squatters. Anarchist Radicals. Devout christians.“Our House” documentary 58 min.-Official Selection Hot Doc 2010On Dan Taylor’s first day out of prison he had nowhere to go, and faced one of the most important choices of his life : to return to his past of drug addiction or to try for something better. Through a chance encounter the next day, he met Derek, a young Christian anarchist, who invited him to move into a new and very unusual comunity in Brooklyn. Called “Our House”, it was an alternative to the impersonal shelter system, providing the homeless a safe place where everyone lived communally (and illegally) in an abandoned Williamsburg warehouse. Besides a roof and healthy food, Dan also found new friends, a spiritual heaven in a makeshift ‘prayer tent and the hope of putting his life back together. But when the building is set for demolition to make way for luxury condos, Dan and the other residents must confront the inevitable end of their community and what that will mean for they futures.CLICK TO SEE “OUR HOUSE” TRAILER|
|“EGGSPLOITATION” documentary 40 min.-Nominated for Best Documentary in the California Independent Film Festival 2011
The infertility industry in the United States has grown to a multi-billion dollar business. What is it’s main commodity? Human eggs. Young women all over the world are solicited by ads – via college campus bulletin boards, social media, online classifieds – offering up to $100,000 for their “donated” eggs, to “help make someone’s dream come true.” But who is this egg donor? Is she treated justly? What are the short and long-term risks to their health? The answers to these questions will disturb you…
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|“Blown” documentary 48 min.-Official Selection, Lausanne Energy Film Festival 2010In 2016, 154 Wind Turbines, each 145 meters high, will shape the Shetlands Islands landscape. Many private companies are developing huge scale renewable energy projects. But the majority of Shetlanders are stricly against a wind farm that they consider dangerous for the Shetland ecosystem.
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|“Yours Truly Miss Chinatown”, USA,documentary 52 min.
-Official Selection New York City International Film Festival 2010 -Official Selection Inner City Los Angeles Film Festival 2010
Every year, two dozen women compete for the crown of Miss Los Angeles Chinatown, one of the oldest and best known ethnic pageants in the world.
“Yours Truly, Miss Chinatown” uncovers the intimate stories of three young women who vie for the title Miss Los Angeles Chinatown, while struggling to navigate two cultures with conflicting values. The crown is a link to the past, while their lives are a sign of the times. As the spectacle unfolds onstage, so does the drama of their lives – there are no pat beauty pageant answers to real life struggles with love, family, culture, and life as a modern woman.CLICK TO SEE “YOURS TRULY MISS CHINATOWN” TRAILER
|Life for a Child 2008, USA 30 min An award winning documentary dealing with Type 1 diabetes(Nov 14 is official International Diabetes Day worldwide)-Winner Cinequest FIlm Festival 2009, Official Selection Festival de Nouveau Cinema 2009, -Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival 2008, Official Selection Vienna Film Festival 2008, -Official Selection Heartland Film Fest 2008, Official Selection Festival de Nouveau Cinema 2009,-Official Selection Indiana Film Festival 2009Directors statement, Ed Lachman (Oscar nominated DP of Erin Brochovich, Virgin Suicides, Far From Heaven, The Fountain)All films are journeys but this film took me to Nepal, to film three stories about juvenile diabtetes. The lives of the families dealing with this problem are extremely challenging, but to be impoverished and living in a developing country with this disease is even more daunting. Diabetes is emerging as one of the most serious health problems of our time; a global epidemic with devastating human, social, and economic consequences. An alarming fact is that the disease claims as many lives per year as HIV/AIDS. While making the film I realized that diabetes touches everyone – either through family or someone we know. I was humbled by these families’ and children’s great strength and courage in overcoming their obstacles in dealing with diabetes.CLICK TO SEE “LIFE FOR A CHILD” TRAILER|
|Lines That Divide USA, 52 min. -Official Selection California Independent Film Festival 2010Stem cell technology: Miracle cure or biological colonialism?This film provides two completely different points of view in heated debate:
Supporters argue it is our moral duty to pursue scientific progress that provides healing and hope for humanity. Detractors argue the ends do not justify the means in harvesting some human life to save others.
The question might just come down to “who do you entrust with the power to re-invent mankind?”“LINES THAT DIVIDE”First, the viewer is introduced to the basic science of stem cells and how they are gathered for medical use. Embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells are both explained along with their similarities, differences and methods of procurement. Scientific issues are examined, such as the benefits, drawbacks, and scientific and medical results of both.The documentary also introduces the moral issues being argued in the public square – issues of human life and the medical utilization of embryos, as well as women’s health issues that arise from the procurement of eggs used in much of the research. Scientists, doctors and ethicists on both sides weigh in with their views.CLICK TO SEE “LINES THAT DIVIDE” TRAILER
|American Savannah/La Savane Américaine 74 and 52 minutes, English and French versions HD”The First humorous film about the environment, “American Savannah” takes a playful yet probing look into America’s fascination with green lawns, and why it is we love them so much…From the gardens of Louis XIV to the deserts of Las Vegas, you will never see grass the same way again!-Special Jury Prize, International Documentary Forum Montreal, 2008-Official Selection Rendez-vous du Cinéma du Québec, February 2009CLICK TO SEE “AMERICAN SAVANNAH ENGLISH” TRAILER
|The Way of St-James Germany, 52 min.An inspirational journey along the famed Camino de Santiago trail, a gruelling and breathtaking 500 km. walk/hike, to the historic Santiago Cathedral, where the bones of St-James are purported to lay. This site has been a destination for pilgrams for more than 1200 years, long before eco-tourism became a fad. Expertly narrated by a walker of “The Way”, many stops and discoveries of this timeless heritage site await viewers. 2010 is a special year as a result of special religious calendars, resulting in higher traffic, and culminating in a papal visit for the first time, in November 2010.CLICK TO SEE “THE WAY OF ST-JAMES” TRAILER|
Cheating God Out of Christianity, USA 2010 52 min.Have Christians ‘cheated God’ out of Christianity ?Nineteenth-century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote that “millions of people through the centuries have little by little cheated God out of Christianity”.What did he mean? Was Christianity removed from the foundation laid by its founder?CLICK TO SEE “Cheating God out of Christianity” TRAILER
|Message for the Seven Churches, USA 2010Just what do we really know about the the book called Apocalypse?Just what do we really know about John’s book of Revelation or Apocalypse, one of the most iconic pieces of modern western culture. From the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, to the battle of Armeggedon, the messages are sometimes hard to fully understand.CLICK TO SEE “Message to the Seven Churches” TRAILER|
|Quest For the Real Paul, USA 2010Did Paul steal Christianity from Jesus to make it a world religion?Journey through the Mediterranean region to the center of the Roman Empire and discover some of the myths and misconceptions that surround the apostle Paul and his teachings. CLICK TO SEE “Quest for the Real Paul” TRAILER|
| Roughcut Iran, 2009, 26 min.
“An insiders perspective on the question of feminine identity in Iran ” A historic and unusual portrait of the image of the feminine body in Iranian society both historically and in the current regime..CLICK TO SEE “Roughcut” TRAILER
|Frag, USA, 2008, 88 min. theatrical doc, HD (NEW)
|Pussycat Preacher, USA, 2008, theatrical & TV length documentary digital betacam, (picked up by Channel Four, UK)
|Leaving the Fold, Canada, 2008, documentary, 52min, HD
|Kids with Cameras, USA, 2009, 52 min. (Market Premiere)”These kids are heroes and Koepenic their Pied Piper”
-Kevin Spacey “Kids with Cameras” takes us on a whirlwind tour into an unlikely hollywood studio, where a group of kids with Autism in Southern California, explode onto the screen with creative self-expression through the magic of the creative process of cinematic expression.
|The Sound After The Storm, 88 & 52 min, Englishfeaturing:Lilian Boutté, Dr. Michael White, Armand “Sheik” Richardsonand The Next Generation Brass Band Three years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is part ghost town and part third world country. Well known musicians Lillian Boutté, Dr. Michael White and photographer Armand “Sheik” Richardson use jazz as a philosophy and tool to save themselves and their abandoned, crumbling city. The Sound After the Storm tells a story in which this “music born of slavery” is reborn in response to Katrina’s devastation.CLICK TO SEE “THE SOUND AFTER THE STORM” TRAILER|
66 min, completed
extreme sports documentary
Featuring some of the world’s champion waterskiers.Death defying jumps and razor precise slalom skiing against the backdrop of a top notch soundtrack in HD.Produced and directed by Brad Priekulis, “Gifted” features extreme water skiiing by Freddie Krueger, WillyAsher, Ryan Fitts, Karina Nowlan, Thomas Moore, Billy Suzy, Tom Asher, Damian Sharman, Trent Finlayson, Ian Trapp and many more.CLICK TO SEE “GIFTED” TRAILER