Roselly Torres

Third World Newsreel – Briefly Interview Roselly Torres, Distribution Manager at Third World Newsreel (TWN), discusses her organization’s commitment to making films available to underserved audiences. She describes TWN’s work training filmmakers to tell stories relevant to their communities. Third World Newsreel – Briefly  

Third World Newsreel - Briefly

Third World Newsreel – Briefly   We dedicate this episode to highlight the work of Third World Newsreel(TWN). 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. Since the first season, Short Docs has collaborated with TWN, streaming documentaries […]

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Alex Lora Interview Through collaborative documentary, CCNY Film alumni and Award-winning filmmaker Alex Lora dedicates himself to socially sensitive issues: “Parivara” (A family) is a short film about an orphanage for blind children in Nepal; “The Fourth Kingdom,” is a documentary about building a community in a can redemption center, and “Thy Fathers Chair,” is a film […]

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The Fourth Kingdom

“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 the mutual disappointment of a reality that is very different from the one promised in the ‘land of opportunity.’ Yet, though […]

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Ellis Island: The Making of a Master Race in America

‘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. The film reconstructs the medical and mental examination of “aliens” at Ellis Island, which was designed to exclude “inferior stock” from Southern and Eastern Europe, and describes the social agenda […]

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David Pavlosky Interview

Hunter College documentary filmmaker David Pavlosky reflects on his dedication to subjects like LGBTQ rights, religion, homophobia, and politics. His first documentary “Don’t Bring Scott,” describes the challenge of his religious parents accepting his male partner as a family member. “PUZZLES: When Hate Came to Town” explores the damaging effects of a Neo-Nazi hate crime […]

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Stand Up, Stand Out

David Pavlosky’s “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. As AIDS ravaged the city, three gay teachers’ fight for equal rights led to the establishment of a gay and lesbian comedy club that flourished in of all […]

Tami Gold

Tami Gold

  Tami Gold, Hunter College professor and filmmaker, shares her life-long journey uniting film and activism. We learn about her initial work documenting the U.S. destabilization of democracy in Central America. She also revisits the killing of Amadou Diallo by NYC police officers, the subject of her documentary, “Every Mother’s Son,” already a classic in […]

Puzzles: When Hate Comes to Town

Puzzles: When Hate Comes To Town

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. This 12-minute version of the original feature documentary explores the correlation between American economic desperation, homophobia, […]

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