Short Docs


Third World Newsreel - Briefly

Justice / Video Production / Media Arts

TWN is an alternative media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation, and dissemination of independent film and video by and about people of color and social justice issues Read more

Roselly Torres

image of bottle and can redemption center

The Fourth Kingdom

Immigration / Public Spaces / Community

“The Fourth Kingdom” is a documentary about daily life in a bottle and can redemption center on the outskirts of New York. It’s a “Kingdom” in which both undocumented immigrants and US citizens share Read more
picture of Alex Lora

Alex Lora

American flag with Immigrants and

Ellis Island: The Making of a Master Race in America

Discrimination / Immigration / Eugenics

‘Ellis Island: The Making of a Master Race in America’ documents the influence of eugenics on U.S. immigration policies from the 19th century until now. Read more
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Robert Tutak

image from Stand Up, Stand Out

Stand Up, Stand Out

LBGTQ / AIDS / Gay Liberation

"Stand Up, Stand Out" tells a unique story of activism that took place in San Francisco during the burgeoning Gay Liberation Movement of the 1970s. Read more
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David Pavloksy

Children In Gold

Immigration / Youth / Islam

“Children in Gold” is an intimate documentation of Syrian child refugees as they first disembark on Lesbos, Greece in the fall of 2015. Read more

Irina Patkanian

Puzzles: When Hate Comes to Town

Hate Crimes / Homophobia / Intolerance

"Puzzles" tells the complex story of a brutal 2006 hate crime attack on three patrons of Puzzles Lounge, a gay bar in New Bedford, MA, and how the conflicting worlds of a violent homophobic offender and his victims collided. Read more

Tami Gold

40 Years of Hip-Hop

40 Years of Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop / Artists

"With the help of archival footage, Hip-Hop pioneer Grandmaster Caz and other cultural historians, "40 Years Of Hip-Hop" looks back at what has quickly become a global phenomenon. Read more
Eddie Bailey

Eddie Bailey

Between Neighborhoods

Between Neighborhoods

Immigration / Diversity / Discrimination

"Between Neighborhoods" explores the inter-borough and international present and past of imperialism and immigration that orbit the Unisphere in Queens. ... it connects the neoliberal/nationalist age of Trump to the authoritarian liberal legacy of Robert Moses... Read more
Seth Fein

Seth Fein

Still Living Undocumented: Five Years Later

DACA / Immigration / Youth

"Still Living Undocumented" follows three individuals from the first film to see how DACA has impacted some of their lives and left others outside of its reach Read more

Tatyana Kleyn

Prodigal Fatther

Incarceration / Children of Inmates

"Prodigal Father" follows a filmmaker as he explores the aftermath of his father’s decades-long heroin addiction and violent past. How do a mother and her eight children survive with a father in-and-out of prison? Read more

Robert Exley

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