Director's Cut Videos

Director's Cut Videos

Grace Lee - "Janeane from Des Moines"

Premiered: July 11, 2014

A conservative Iowa housewife’s personal and political convictions are severely tested as she seeks answers from the Republican presidential candidates leading up to the 2012 Iowa Caucuses in the mockumentary.

Marc Kornblatt - "Dostoevsky Behind Bars"

Premiered: June 27, 2014

In this full-length documentary, prison inmates at a minimum-security prison and graduate students study literature together and talk about why what they’re doing matters. 

Brad Lichtenstein & Anne Basting - "Penelope"

Premiered: June 6, 2014

Penelope: A Theatrical Odyssey tells the story of how residents, some with severe dementia or wheel-chair bound, collaborate with playwright Anne Basting and Sojourn Theater to create “Finding Penelope”, a play reinterpreting Homer’s Odyssey to tell it from Penelope’s point of view. As we learned, some heroes stay at home!

Michael Noens - "Two Days in February"

Premiered: May 30, 2014

Lost in the memories of his past, a young man struggles to decide whether or not his withering long-distance relationship is worth the fight.

Faythe Levine & Sam Macon – "Sign Painters"

Premiered: May 23, 2014

Sign Painters, the first anecdotal history of the craft, features the stories of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States. The documentary and book profiles sign painters young and old, from the new vanguard working solo to collaborative shops such as San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs and New York’s Colossal Media’s Sky High Murals.

Lev Anderson - "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone"

Premiered: May 16, 2014

Fishbone is one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering combination of punk and funk they demolished the walls of genre and challenged the racial stereotypes and political order of the music industry and the nation. Telling it like it is, the iconic Laurence Fishburne narrates "Everyday Sunshine," a story about music, history, fear, courage and funking on the one.

Jeremy Saville - "The Test"

Premiered: May 9, 2014

Nathan puts his unwitting fiancée Julia through a series of increasingly bizarre “stress tests” to see if she’s worthy.

David Paterson - "Love, Ludlow"

Premiered: May 9, 2014

At the office Myra, a tough, straight talking temp from Queens, takes no guff; but at home life is dominated by her eccentric, unstable younger brother Ludlow who depends on her for his every need. When Reggie, a sweetly nebbishy "suit" from work takes a shine to her, Myra slowly lets down her guard. But a deeply threatened Ludlow throws up serious roadblocks threatening all of their happiness.

Michael Zimmer & Nick Holle - "The Entertainers"

Premiered: May 2, 2014

For thirty-five years, piano players from across the world have strapped on their bow ties, arm garters, and straw boater hats and descended on Peoria, Illinois to battle for the title of World's Greatest Old-Time Piano Player. These players compete to claim glory and to remind the world that ragtime, the first truly American popular music, should not be forgotten just yet.  Co-Directors/Producers Michael Zimmer and Nick Holle discuss their film and 5 time Old-Time Piano Player finalist Faye Ballard delights with her amazing talent.

Jim Tittle - "The Price of Sand"

Premiered: April 25, 2014

Due to a rapid increase in demand, pure silica sand has become a valuable commodity and mines are opening in Minnesota and Wisconsin at a rapid rate. With new companies arriving and buying land at high prices, what is the impact of fracking on the economy and enviroment in the small towns and rural areas nearby?

Jeff Spitz & Jennifer Amdur Spitz - "Food Patriots"

Premiered: April 18, 2014

Food Patriots is focused on an issue that directly touches all of us – food. We aim to tell a story that unlocks the potential for healthier lives, a less polluted environment and new jobs that would evolve naturally if Americans shift by just 10% the way they buy, eat and educate the next generation about food.

Greg Glienna - "Desperation Boulevard"

Premiered: April 11, 2014

Joan Sweeney (Judy Tenuta) is an actress who unfortunately hit the peak of her career at the age of eight. As a child performer, she was the star of a successful television series, but as a grown-up, she can't get work to save her life. Joan has decided she needs publicity to put her career back on track, and she's thoroughly convinced there's no such thing as bad press.

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