CAMDEN/TFI RETREAT presented by CNN FILMS
An educational program dedicated to discovering and nurturing a new generation of U.S.-based filmmakers, the Camden / TFI Retreat is focused on creative, cinematic, character-driven documentary. Over the course of five Summer days on the coast of Maine, selected filmmakers will develop their artistic voice and the skills they need to complete their films and establish sustainable careers. Selected projects will revolve around the theme “American Stories,” featuring character-driven portraits of modern America, drawn from a variety of different regions, issues and perspectives. The result will be a diverse but intersecting body of films that maps the social, cultural and economic shifts happening in American life today.
Developed in partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute
Presented by CNN Films
An Act of Worship
Travel Bans, surveillance and deportations have shaped the lives of young Muslims in this country, but now they are pushing back. AN ACT OF WORSHIP follows a new generation of female Muslim-American activists while Islamophobia is sharply on the rise in the U.S. This is the story of what is has been like to live as a Muslim in America for the last 18 years, as told by an all-Muslim filmmaking team.
Directed by Nausheen Dadabhoy
An American Prisoner (Working Title)
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A Korean immigrant convicted of a 1973 Chinatown gang murder in San Francisco inspires a landmark Asian American movement to free him. But after his release, the ex-con descends into a life of addiction and crime, exposing the lasting scars of a man still struggling to break free. AN AMERICAN PRISONER (Working Title) explores the tension between man and symbol, identity and idealism, through the lens of one man’s turbulent life.
Directed by Julie Ha, Eugene Yi
The In Between
THE IN BETWEEN is an interwoven coming of age story of the border kid. Told through a wide cast of characters the film follows the ups and downs of growing up interspersed with marker life events. THE IN BETWEEN explores the border beyond the headlines, chronicling the quotidian and the grand moments of day-to-day life.
Directed by Robie Flores
Following the 2016 election, an evangelical pastor faces a crisis of conscience. As he confronts his faith, he uncovers a decades-old political conspiracy enacted by the religious right — a shocking scheme that threatens to undermine America’s democracy.
Directed by Kristen Irving-Jordan
Once the world’s most popular astrologer, Walter Mercado seeks to resurrect a forgotten legacy. Walter is a gender non-conforming, cape-wearing psychic whose televised horoscopes reached 120 million viewers daily before he mysteriously disappeared. This is the story of what happened and why. On the 50th anniversary of his first show, he’s planning a star-studded comeback to share one final message.