The '63 Boycott film and website aim to re-unite participants of Chicago's biggest ever civil rights march. Visit the companion website to identify yourself or others who took part.
How did Rita Crundwell steal $53million over 20 years without anyone noticing? An in-depth documentary about large fraud in a small town. Stealing more than $37,000 a day in her more than 20 years in office, Rita Crundwell used the funds to build one of the nation’s leading quarter horse breeding empires, and threw lavish parties, all while forcing staff cuts, police budget slashing, and leaving public infrastructure in disrepair. In 2012, Crundwell she was arrested as the largest municipal fraud perpetrator in American history, embezzling upwards of $50 million as the comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, a small town in the heart of Illinois with a population of just 16,000.
A year in one of the country’s most exemplary and diverse public high schools, as students, teachers and administrators grapple with decades-long racial and educational inequities.
A life and death story about extreme heat, the politics of disaster, and survival by zip code. With equal parts naivete and requisite chutzpah, Peabody Award winning filmmaker Judith Helfand sets out on a quest to see if America’s disaster preparedness industry could be used to tackle what might be the deadliest man-made disaster of all: extreme poverty. With Chicago’s 1995 heat disaster at its dramatic core -- when 739 Chicago residents, most of them poor, elderly and African American, died over the course of one hot July week -- Cooked asks questions about the politics of disaster every city will have to answer: disaster preparedness for some or community resilience for all? Inspired by Eric Klinenberg's award winning book Heatwave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.
On Easter Island, the most isolated community in the Pacific uses lessons learned from their past to solve environmental and social challenges brought on by booming tourism and rapid development.
With a billion hungry and two billion overweight people on Earth, everyone knows that the food system is broken. But few people understand that it’s a system, with rules that keep things ticking along. A few groups are breaking these rules of how we eat today, so that everyone can eat tomorrow. Steve James (The Interrupters, Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) and Raj Patel (Stuffed & Starved, The Value of Nothing) weave together tales of the system’s destructive creators and creative destroyers, bringing together traders, farmers, grocers and eaters from India to Malawi to Maine to Oakland to show not only how the system works, but how some unlikely people are transforming it.
Starting at a remote Alaska Native language immersion camp, we follow a few remarkable teachers and students over the course of a year. Kodiak Alutiiq is a severely endangered language. Less than 50 fluent native speakers remain, mostly Elders, yet these young learner/teachers fight the odds despite a dwindling number of speakers, resources and time.
Minding the Gap is the coming-of-age story of a Chinese-American skateboarder/filmmaker, an African-American dishwasher, and a white roofer who bond together as a community of skateboarders in a post-industrial Midwestern city. As traumatic experiences in their childhood begin to surface, their intertwined lives slowly unravel in an intimate portrait of how boys from challenging situations decide the men whom they will become. Shot over the course of three years as a one-man-band, the film comes from a professional cinematographer with a unique insider’s access, perspective, and reasoning for making the film.
Inspired by dramatic religious educational films her mother starred in while a student at Brigham Young University during the 1960s, a filmmaker faces her personal departure from the Mormon church nearly two decades ago, and its impact on their promise of a “forever family.”
Dilemma of Desire
Mossadegh & Me
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