Aftermaths AFTERMATHS is a short hybrid documentary that explores the psychological impact of peace for FARC female rebels who have defined themselves for so long by war in Colombia. By focusing on a family of ex-rebels, it exposes the challenges of leaving armed life behind: the trauma, fears, hopes, dreams and difficulties of adapting to [...]

Untitled Safer Schools Project


Untitled Safer Schools Project UNTITLED SAFER SCHOOLS PROJECT explores the landscape of 21st century school security in the United States, illuminating the complex ways in which we as a nation struggle to understand and prevent violence, and endeavor to create safer schools. Charting the paths of architects, entrepreneurs, security consultants, teachers, students, and parents, the [...]

Midnight Traveler


Midnight Traveler MIDNIGHT TRAVELER follows the struggles of a family of Afghan filmmakers on the run from the Taliban. Told from refugee-Director Hassan Fazili’s unique perspective, their story provides unprecedented access to the refugee experience and its portrayal in Western media. Date: September 14-18 Time: 10:00am - 8:00pm Location: Storyforms Barn, 21 Winter [...]

Ghost Wives


Ghost Wives A documentary/fiction hybrid, GHOST WIVES tells the story of a Chinese journalist who investigates the case of a real-life serial killer who killed six women to sell their bodies for ghost weddings. Walking the razor’s edge between true-crime story and stylish noir mystery, GHOST WIVES will be both an expressionist investigation into the [...]

The Children’s City


The Children's City JA BizTown is an 8,000 square foot kid-sized model city where each day over 150 students take on jobs from Mayor to Bank CEO to UPS driver in order to learn “how the real world works.” THE CHILDREN’S CITY follows fifth graders from suburban Portland, OR as they navigate this simulated world. [...]

The Youth


THE YOUTH explores a father’s search for answers after his firstborn is arrested in an FBI sting operation and accused of attempting to join ISIS in Syria. Through the journey of Yusuf Abdurahman and his family, THE YOUTH will confront issues of Islamophobia, the rise of radical Islam, and seek to understand what it means [...]

The Mountain and the Magic City


In the shadow of a mountain, a place once known as the Magic City stands as a symbol of the American heartland, abandoned by industry and disappearing back into the forest. THE MOUNTAIN AND THE MAGIC CITY is an intimate portrait of neighbors forced to confront the issues dividing America today when a controversial national [...]

Border South


Since 2014 Mexico has deported more immigrants than the United States, becoming an expansion of the U.S. Southern Border and forever changing the migrant trail. Through a series of portraits BORDER SOUTH melds ethnography and cinema-verité to explore the harsh physical environment and brutal journey of undocumented Central American immigrants crossing Mexico towards the United [...]

How to Have an American Baby


There is a city in Southern California that is teeming with pregnant women from China. Through a network of deeply personal vignettes, this film traces the human supply chain of the booming shadow economy of Chinese birth tourism from Beijing and Shanghai to Los Angeles—chronicling the fortunes and tragedies that befall the ordinary people [...]

The Mountain and the Magic City



The Mountain and the Magic City In the shadow of a northern mountain, a place once known as The Magic City stands on the brink of collapse, abandoned by industry and torn apart by a national park that threatens to unite or divide it. This is the story of what happens when the American dream [...]

A Taste of Sky



A Taste Of Sky In the dizzying heights of Bolivia's capital of La Paz a gastronomical revolution is offering the possibility of hope to the country’s impoverished youth. We follow the trials and tribulations of GUSTU, the innovative cooking school and world-class restaurant of South America's poorest country. Date: 5/13/2016 Time: 5:30pm [...]

Midnight Family



Midnight Family The Ochoa family operates a for-profit, independent ambulance in Mexico City. When they hear of an emergency over their illegal police radio, they rush to the scene with twin motives: saving lives and getting paid. Date: 5/13/2016 Time: 5:30pm Location: Points North Campus Schedule

The Feeling Of Being Watched



The Feeling Of Being Watched A filmmaker digs into tales of surveillance inside her Arab neighborhood in Chicago’s south suburbs and discovers that her hometown was the subject of the largest FBI terrorism investigation conducted before 9/11. The Feeling of Being Watched follows a filmmaker’s personal journey to discover the truth about why her community [...]

Rescue Breath



Rescue Breath After his son holds up a bank while high on heroin, Kevin Blankenship, a successful doctor who reinvented the urgent care system, is forced out of retirement to battle the opioid epidemic that has swept through his home state of West Virginia. In his six-month, farming-based recovery center, addicts attempt to let go [...]