All The Queen's Horses

How did Rita Crundwell steal $53 million 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.

Cooked

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.

Generation Food

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.

Keep Talking

Keep Talking follows four Alaska Native women learning to teach their critically endangered language. Only 41 fluent Elders still speak Kodiak Alutiiq due to brutal assimilation policies at U.S. government run Indian boarding schools. The grit and resilience of these women helps them overcome historical trauma, politics and personal demons as they evolve into #languagewarriors. Their young student Sadie (13) is enthralled by the language, and dives into Alutiiq dancing as well. Struggling with bullying and racial discrimination, Sadie is inspired by her teachers as she navigates troubled waters on the road to adulthood. As she joins more cultural activities, we see Sadie's connection to the language shape her path in life, and strengthen her resolve to play an active role in the revitalization movement. The teachers who started out on a remote island work their way up to a statewide platform, speaking publicly to gain support. Over five years their hard work begins to pay off as the next generation joins the cause. These culture-bearers look past the storm of challenges; instead, they aim for a bright future that may be just over the horizon.

Minding the Gap

Bing, a Chinese-American 25 year-old, returns to his hometown and reconnects with two skateboarders: Keire, an African-American 17 year-old and Zack, a white 23 year-old. Bing's investigation of trauma in their homes culminates in him confronting his own estranged family. Over the next three years, Bing and his friends' freewheeling lives unravel as they struggle with a rocky transition from adolescence into manhood.

The Dilemma of Desire

Recent scientific studies have reported that women want sex far more than we've been allowed to believe and in fact are highly sexual beings. Scientists conclude that it is societal, cultural and religious constraints that have convinced us that, women are not “sexual” by suppressing, ignoring, and outright lying about female sexuality and sex drive. Yet, acknowledging that women are sexual beings is not enough to overcome the forces that continue to punish women for wanting sex. With a nod to the history of the sexual revolution that began in the 60’s, The Dilemma of Desire will explore how we have gotten to where we are today, and why despite the real gains that came with the sexual revolution, women still pay a price for wanting what men want–their sexual freedom.