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Attache

The Clinton, Mississippi High School Attache Show Choir is considered to be among the most successful in history. In a region where arts and music funding have been virtually demolished and attitudes to popular music have been slow to change, Clinton public school's music programs manage to thrive. Composed of students from different backgrounds, Attache unites generations of performers and newcomers to travel across the country and complete a heart-pounding routine. LOCAL ANGLES: arts funding in the south, Mississippi (close to Clinton), Arkansas (close to Clinton), Memphis region, show choirs, musical performance, youth, woman director, LA based director.

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Unmarked

Much of America's rich history is being lost to time. In the South, vast amounts of African-American gravesites and burial grounds for enslaved persons have been disappearing over the years. In Virginia alone, stories of thousands at rest could vanish from history altogether if these locations are not restored. Those with personal connections to these burial sites have recently begun to uncover and maintain locations across the state. However, there is much work to be done in order to preserve this part of America's history.

  • 2020-08-09T16:00:00-07:00
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All Skinfolk Ain't Kinfolk

After a contentious race, the 2017 runoff for mayor of New Orleans came down to two candidates: Desiree Charbonnet and LaToya Cantrell, two very different black women. The winner of this election would take office as the first female mayor of New Orleans and the city's fourth black mayor. Through news footage, campaign advertisements and archival audio and video, All Skinfolk Ain't Kinfolk is the unprecedented story of this mayoral runoff told through the eyes of black women living in this city.

  • 2020-08-09T16:30:00-07:00
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Sustained Outrage

The story of the Charleston Gazette-Mail, a family-owned, Pulitzer Prize-winning local newspaper in West Virginia fighting for survival. LOCAL ANGLES: local news, news sustainability, Pulitzer, opioid crisis, West Virginia-cinematographer, NYC-based director/editor, woman director.

  • 2020-08-16T16:00:00-07:00
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Outspoken

LGBTQ West Virginians fight to live free from discrimination, calling us to reimagine the power of a small town queer community.

  • 2020-08-16T16:30:00-07:00
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First Lady of the Revolution

Henrietta Boggs, a reluctant Southern belle, finds her way to Central America in the 1940s, in search of freedom and adventure. Instead, she is swept up in political upheaval, when her new husband is elected president of Costa Rica. This film portrays a courageous woman who escaped the confines of a sheltered existence to help nurture a young democracy.

  • 2020-08-23T16:00:00-07:00
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Seadrift

In 1979, a fatal shooting ignites a maelstrom of hostilities against Vietnamese refugee fishermen along the Gulf Coast. Set during the early days of Vietnamese refugee arrival in the U.S., "Seadrift" examines this turbulent yet little-seen chapter of American history and explores its consequences that continue to reverberate today. LOCAL ANGLE: Vietnamese, refugee theme, civil rights, gulf coast, San Antonio (close to Seadrift), Houston (close to Seadrift), racism, UT Austin filmmaker, Taiwanese filmmaker, CAAM funded film, ITVS funded film, Firelight fellow filmmaker, racial reconciliation.

  • 2020-08-30T16:02:00-07:00
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You Gave Me A Song

At 84, folk music pioneer Alice Gerrard performs, teaches, and inspires the next generation while safeguarding groundbreaking moments of her past. LOCAL ANGLES: NC / Durham based director and film subject, folk music, trailblazing women, Ohio, Pennsylvania, DC, NC regions referenced in film.

  • 2020-09-06T16:00:00-07:00
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Gip

In 1952, gravedigger by day and bluesman by night Henry 'Gip' Gipson opened a ramshackle backyard juke joint in Alabama. Once scattered across the rural South, juke joints have become relics of the past. In the Spring of 2013, Gip's Place, the last juke joint in Alabama, was raided and ordered to shut down. Gip follows the battle to keep the blues alive.

Filmed and Directed by: Patrick Sheehan.

  • 2020-09-07T14:00:00-07:00
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