DOCUMENTARY

48 Hours with Muhammad Ali
UK / Sports / 17 mins

Director: Daniel Glynn

Producer: Mat Hodgson, Daniel Glynn

Cast: Muhammad Ali, George Forman

In 1974, weeks before "The Rumble in the Jungle", photographer Peter Simon spent an intense 48 hours at Muhammad Ali's personal training camp, dubbed "Fighters Heaven", deep in the Pennsylvanian countryside. For decades, 95% of the photographs Peter captured have remained unseen, this film showcases them and his unique experience for the very first time.

Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible
USA / Sports / 29 mins

Director: Kristen Lappas, Tom Rinaldi

Producer: Jose Morales

Cast: Frank Kipp, Kimberly Loring

A boxing gym on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation teaches young girls how to defend themselves in response to over 100 Native American girls and women from Montana having disappeared, been murdered, or their status remains unknown in the past two years.

Kim I Am
USA /  Music / 14 mins

Director: Ben Proudfoot

Producer: Gabriel Berk Godoi, Abby Lynn Kang Davis

Cast:​ Kim Hill

Kim Hill was a rising singer. She met a young rapper named will.i.am. The rest is history — or is it? “Almost Famous” is a Breakwater Studios x New York Times Op-Docs series of films featuring people who nearly made history — and were happy anyway.

L.A. Roll
USA / Documentary / 18 mins

Director: Helki Frantzen

Producer: Helki Frantzen, Frederick Thornton

L.A. ROLL follows members of Sk8 Mafia, a crew of Los Angeles-based dance skaters, as they reflect on the closure of their beloved home rink and seek out a new rink despite adversity and setbacks.

Making Waves
USA / Documentary / 32 mins

Director: Laura Zéphirin

Producer: Laura Zéphirin

Lamya Essemlali is an ocean activist, dedicated to protecting marine turtles from being poached in the Indian Ocean and Pilot Whales from being hunted in the North Atlantic. But who is really in danger, the sea life or the humans facing an empty ocean by 2048?

Moved
USA / Experimental / 3 mins

Director: Rebecca Reaney

Producer: Grasie Mercedes

Cast: Matthew Law, Grasie Mercedes

A love story without words. A movement short film.

Sixth of June
USA / Drama / 15 mins

Director: Henry Roosevelt

Producer: Rylan Soref, Nicole Galovski

Cast: Susan Eisenhower, Helen Patton

Sainte-Mère-Église was ground zero on D-Day. For 75 years, people of all countries, races and faiths have gathered to commemorate those whose sacrifice changed the world. With few veterans left, who will preserve their legacy? Sixth of June is the story of why we remember and what we lose if we forget.

Skull Bliss: Portrait of a Skull Carver
Indonesia / Documentary / 5 mins

Director: Romain Cailliez

Writer: Romain Cailliez, Karen Donald

Producer: Josh Patil, Omri Ben-Canaan

Skull Carving is an ancient, unique Balinese tradition, that is carried out in order to honour the dead.
Follow Wayan, as he takes you around the island of Bali, explaining how the people he sees empower each other through their communities and traditions.

The Grass is Always Greener on TV
USA / Documentary / 15 mins

Director: Matt Pizzano

Producer: Nic Wehmeyer

Before TV binging was our collective reality, Mark Bennett obsessively memorized every detail in the 1950s television shows of his childhood. These idyllic imaginary worlds were an escape from his isolated life filled with traumatic memories and became the source of his art. But when fame surprisingly found Mark, the dangers of living deeply within fantasy emerged.

The Last Flight
Brazil / Animation / 3 mins

Director: Ander Alencar

Producer: Ander Alencar

Life is a breath, a breath that while it is with us, always blows us around, allows us to do everything we do, live what we live.

The Lost Astronaut
USA / Documentary / 13 mins

Director: Ben Proudfoot

Producer: Gabriel Berk Godoi, Abby Lynn Kang Davis

Cast: Edward Dwight Jr.

In 1963, Ed Dwight Jr. was poised to be NASA’s first African-American astronaut. Until suddenly he wasn’t. “Almost Famous” is a Breakwater Studios x New York Times Op-Docs series of films featuring people who nearly made history — and were happy anyway.

The Mountain & The Maiden
USA / Documentary / 20 mins

Director/Writer: Shmuel Hoffman, Anton von Heiseler

Producer: Sheikh Ayub, Margelit Hoffman

Cast: Aspiya

This is the story of a day in the life of Aspiya. A 10-year-old girl living with her younger brother, older sister and parents in a one-room-shack in New Delhi near Asia's biggest landfill.

The Twelve Thousand
Canada / True Story Drama  / 30 mins

Director/Writer: Eric Davis

Producer: Randy Watson

Cast: Sita Nepali

The true story of a child lured from Nepal and sold in India. She's not the only one.

To Calm the Pig Inside
Philippines / Experimental / 19 mins

Director/Writer: Joanna Vasquez Arong

Producer: Joanna Vasquez Arong

Ang Pagpakalma sa Unos (To Calm the Pig Inside) is a contemplative film that ponders the effects a typhoon leaves on a small town. Myths are woven to try to understand how the people cope with the devastation and trauma. A girl divulges bits and pieces of her own memory of her grandmother and mother to tie in the experiences she felt visiting this ravaged town.

Engage Earth
Brazil  / Experimental / 16 mins

Director/Writer: James Choi

Producer: Denise Milan

A look inside Brazilian artist, Denise Milan and her long ongoing work with stones leading to an impactful art program in Heliópolis, one of the largest favelas in the Americas located outside of Sao Paulo.

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