The Pine Ridge Reservation declares a "State of Emergency", after a devastating rash of youth suicides tragically reaches the highest levels in the country. Due to inadequate federal assistance, residents take prevention efforts into their hands.
With the grand opening of their chai stand, Iranian siblings Sanam and Reza are faced with the unexpected competition from their neighbors' hot chocolate stand. Soon enough, their conflict becomes much more than just selling the most drinks. Sanam decides to face this feud head on and take matters into her own hands.
Duet is the story of one fateful day in the lives of 8-year-old girls May and Shadmit, who dislike each other but learn that their lives have become oddly intertwined forever.
Duet is a multidisciplinary project, uniquely integrating film and music. The story raises questions about loneliness, regret, subject memory and fate that ties two children together for a lifetime.
In a twist of perception, a Latina woman mistakes a caucasian man inside her son's home as an intruder and knocks him unconscious. A language barrier leaves them both confused about their situation.
Aurora, Colorado's GEO ICE facility is a private immigrant detention center whose shadowy practices are obscured from advocates and lawmakers alike. But through the stories of those fighting to free their loved ones, and those who have done time on the inside, this film will shine a light on a facility too often shrouded in darkness.
Feeling Through, the first film to star a DeafBlind actor, is a coming of age story that follows Tereek, a teen wandering the streets of New York, desperate for a place to crash when he encounters Artie, a DeafBlind man in need of help getting home. From an awkward meeting between strangers emerges an intimate bond, and a journey that forever changes Tereek.
When Joy’s fairytale romance crashes and burns on the eve of her 35th birthday, the TICK-TOCK of her biological clock gets so loud, it pushes her into a series of romantic misadventures and provokes wild hallucinations. Pressures stack up against her, and everybody seems to have an opinion about what she should do with her dwindling egg count.
When Erica gets a last minute call to promote her Japanese American Cultural festival on the "Good Evening LA" Show, she has 2 hours to figure what to wear and participate in the interview, or risk losing her job. A Girl Problem is a short comedy about something we've all faced- a closet full of clothes, and nothing to wear!
An adopted woman is forced to confront her darkest fear about motherhood at her sister’s baby shower.
When Taiwanese American 5-year-old Christy and her mom reunite with her father and two older sisters at the airport after a year of separation, the cracks between them grow even wider. Through Christy’s eyes, we explore the struggles of the family attempting to reconnect.
LAYERS portrays the poetic style of Hadi Salehi’s analog photography. Through a series of captivating conversations with the artist, and an exploration of his experimental process, BAFTA nominated director Bita Shafipour taps into Hadi’s layers of consciousness and maps out a visual narrative of the creativity that shapes his rich and diverse body of work. Using Hadi’s photographs and archival film footage, captured in dozens of countries and including thousands of subjects, this art film visualizes Hadi’s life as an Iranian immigrant in Los Angeles, dodging the Iranian Revolution, surviving the post Hostage Crisis ICE raids and deportations, and finally becoming an accomplished artist in a city where he has been capturing stories and making images over the past four decades. Shot primarily on 16mm film, Shafipour aims to pay tribute to Hadi’s creative process and the art of analog photography through her own analog filmmaking.
Keith, a white elementary school teacher, journeys to South Los Angeles to investigate the home life of his gifted student Lamont. When he meets the boy’s elderly Grandmother, they begin a polite dialogue about Lamont’s frequent absences from school, but the conversation grows increasingly hostile. Unbeknownst to Keith, there’s a special ingredient in Grandma’s sweet tea… and the teacher may be in store for learning a powerful lesson of his own.
This documentary is a lyrical meditation on my father's experiences with brotherhood, incarceration, and the relationship between the two.
Princess portraits a resolving of identity for non-binary Vietnamese-American dancer Jason Vu as they revisit memories of desire from their childhood. Celebrating uninhibited queerness and reckoning with its violent histories, Vu finds themself at the crux of past, present, and future—discovering that sanctuary is not a place, but an action of remembering.
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Just as Jordyn is about to finally get it on with the (literal) man of her dreams, she is rudely pulled into the waking world by the discomfort of reality. Battling obnoxious roommates, nagging parents, and an air conditioner with a mind of its own, Jordyn desperately attempts to get a little extra sleep.
Esi is a young, first generation woman from a conservative town in Missouri, where her questioning of her sexuality and desire to be a photographer have become laced with shame and guilt. After moving to LA, Esi stumbles upon a vivid house party of QTPOC (queer and trans people of color). For the first time in her life, Esi is welcomed into a community where she can let down her walls, let go of societal and family pressures and take the first steps towards self acceptance.
A young dancer struggles with her bi-cultural identity when she meets a confident young Deaf drummer who stirs up old conflicted feelings about growing up hearing in a Deaf family.
Feeling Through - ADFeeling Through, the first film to star a DeafBlind actor, is a coming of age story that follows Tereek, a teen wandering the streets of New York, desperate for a place to crash when he encounters Artie, a DeafBlind man in need of help getting home. From an awkward meeting between strangers emerges an intimate bond, and a journey that forever changes Tereek.
When Joy's fairytale romance crashes and burns on her 35th birthday, the incessant TICK-TOCK of her biological clock pushes her to try new things.