CITY OF TREES tells a deeply personal story about the struggle to implement a high-stakes, stimulus-funded green job-training program at the height of the recession. CTY OF TREES follows the point-of-view of three long-term unemployed DC residents hired by the program Charles, Michael, and James; and Steve, the director tasked with managing the multi-million dollar stimulus grant. When local racial tensions and a marginalized communitys entrenched distrust of outsiders complicate a seemingly simple goal of putting unemployed people back to work by planting trees, CITY OF TREES thrusts viewers into the inspiring but messy world of job training and the paradoxes changemakers face in urban communities everyday.
Combining cinematic western landscapes with intimate poetry recitation, MINING THE MOTHER LODE is an agrarian dirge on wasted resources, our culture of consumption, and brokers who trade on our most precious resource: water.
A year after his wife's murder, once-successful Hong Kong businessman Leonard To (Jason Tobin) is still reeling from the tragedy. Having lost his job, friends and all sense of order in his life, Leonard becomes obsessed with a mysterious stranger he sees at his wife's grave, believing him to be responsible for her death.
Carl Reed, a 27 year old single father and recently released ex convict, struggles to find work before the week is up in order to pay his overbearing grandmother rent money before she kicks him out of the house. As his crunch for time nears its deadline, he is forced to choose between doing the right thing and doing what put him in jail in the first place.
A 70 year-old Kentuckian loses sleep after buying a second-hand lamp.
My name is Jason Gunner Jackson, and I know, without a doubt, that I am a target of a multi-agency program that intends to surveil, track, and document my life.
Following in the footsteps of Paul Pena (Genghis Blues), Beatboxer, Shodekeh, travels across the world from Baltimore, MD to Kyzyl, Tuva, Russia to take part in a festival celebrating the 50th Birthday of the legendary musician, Kongar-ool Ondar. While there, he collaborates and competes with some of the worlds best Tuvan throat singers in pursuit of a goal to create an oasis of unity with music. Music is the language in this exploratory documentary filled with rare recordings and open landscapes.
Five years ago, the 14-year-old Yuhan killed his abusive father. During the two years probation, he has lived with his paternal grandmother. She always stares at him in silence, and he never knows her real intentions. He just hopes to go back to Seoul.
Eighteen-year-old Jack gets kicked out of school after an extreme attempt at fitting in. But back at home he doesnt quite fit either. Against the backdrop of his fathers death, Jack must navigate the expectations of his family and his friends to discover, on his own terms, what it really means to be a man.
Derek is a remarkable Scottish painter. He's served in the Navy and the Fire Service - surviving wars, PTSD and cancer. However, his artistic achievements are all the more noteworthy because Derek has a physical disability. This is not revealed until the end of the film - in an effort to put the person before the disability.