Al Jazeera America Fault Lines has commissioned a film from us about the controversial proposed taconite mine in the Penokee Hills of northern Wisconsin. If the mine is approved it would be the largest open pit taconite mine in the world. But there are many who don’t want to see that happen, from the Bad River and other Indian tribes to residents and activists in northern Wisconsin. On the other hand, Governor Scott Walker and the Republican-led legislature have made the mine a centerpiece of their jobs agenda.
American Shtetl (w.t.) takes the audience into the unknown world of small Jewish communities living on the verge of extinction. Over 1 million of America’s Jews are in small towns that once thrived but have seen their populations dwindle as children leave for greener pastures in bigger cities. Exploring the themes of faith and community in the 21st century, our film takes you to Butte, Montana, Laredo, Texas, and Latrobe, Pennsylvania where you are sure to ask “there are Jews there?”
ALMOST HOME is a feature-length, cinema verité documentary chronicling a year in the life of a vibrant and revolutionary retirement community in America’s Midwest. ALMOST HOME is a feature-length, cinema verité documentary chronicling a year in the life of a vibrant and revolutionary retirement community in America’s Midwest. ALMOST HOME rescues real stories of aging — frightening, tender, funny, surprising and honest — from an exile of denial.
What happens when a nursing home decides to throw out the bingo boards and take on the Odyssey instead? Penelope: The Documentary 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!
As Goes Janesville catapults viewers to the front lines of America’s debate over the future of our middle class – a debate that has become a pitched battle over unions in the normally tranquil state of Wisconsin. First GM shuts down Janesville’s century-old plant, causing mass layoffs and exile in search of work. Then newly elected governor Scott Walker ignites a firestorm by introducing a bill to end collective bargaining, unleashing a fury of protest and sparking a recall election. We tell the epic tale from the inside, following 3 years in the lives of laid off workers trying to reinvent themselves; business leaders aligned with the Governor to promote a pro business agenda that they believe will woo new companies to town, and a state senator caught in the middle, trying to bring peace to his warring state and protect workers’ rights. As Goes Janesville, so goes America, a country mired in polarization and falling short of the American Dream.