My Name is Anita
In Namibia, a desert nation on the southwest coast of Africa, one in four people are infected with HIV. One of those people is Anita Isaacs. In this documentary film Anita tells her story– a story of how she was part of Namibia’s liberation struggle against South Africa, that she contracted HIV from her husband, and that after she contracted the disease, she became a leader for another liberation struggle in Namibia: the fight against HIV/AIDS. First the victim of HIV/AIDS, later an advocate for those afflicted by that disease, she is a metaphor for the heroic ideal. Anita Isaacs’ life will eventually end, but her story will live on through this film. “My Name is Anita” will hold your attention, give you hope, and shape your perspective of what it means to live with HIV/AIDS. It is a message of hope for change. "My Name is Anita" was chosen to be screened at the St. John's International Women's Film Festival in Newfoundland, Canada.
Director: Erin Barnett
In 1977, one of the first acts of President Jimmy Carter was to sell the U.S.S. Sequoia, the presidential yacht that had served the White House since the days of President Hoover. This rich piece of history was allowed to slip away, falling into disrepair and losing much hope for a future. The yacht was then nursed back to health by a public foundation and fell under the command of Capt. Giles M. Kelly, a retired naval and foreign-service officer. The film explores his time at the helm of one of our nation's valuable artifacts and his decades-long struggle for its preservation.
Directors: Conor Britain & Timothy Johnson
You Win Some, You Lose Some
In a culture where sports play such a large role in child development, youth baseball isn’t just a national pastime, it’s a rite of passage. This documentary follows The Bonefish baseball team, a group of 11-12-year-old boys trying to find the balance between fun and competition, new players with old, and their goals with those of their parents. As the kids struggle, Coach Yank has to figure out the key to teaching the fundamentals needed to win while navigating the social realm of pre-adolescent boys in order to lead a scrappy-yet-promising group of young ballplayers to fun, teamwork and victory.
Director: Conor Britain
Barry Steelman has always been a dreamer, first as the owner of an independent movie theater in Concord, N.H., called Cinema 93, and then as the owner of a small video store by the same name on Pleasant Street. For the past decade his dream has been to create a new theater in town. With construction underway, his dream looked to be coming true, but a breach with the board of directors caused Barry to leave the project. Now, with the opening approaching, he's left to think hard about his legacy.
Director: Max Cantor
This documentary film tells the stories of three different Southern churches and the common faith that leads them in daring directions. Follow the pastors and members of these churches in North Carolina and Georgia as they take unpopular stands for gays and lesbians, death row inmates, the poor, and the voiceless. Explore how scripture, history, and life experience are leading many Christians to a place of faith far from the nation of the Religious Right. They may be lacking in media glitz and political power now, but this is the Religious Left, a surprising group of believers who prove that Christianity in the South and in America may be about more than Bible-beating after all.
Documentary Filmmaking: Tips from the Trenches
Thirty documentary filmmakers talk about their craft including topics such as why documentaries matter, finding good stories, shooting & editing, finance & distribution and law & ethics. Filmmakers featured range from academy award winners and nominees to those who have just started in the business. Included with the DVD is a 12 page booklet with bios of all the filmmakers and discussion questions for the topical sections. This DVD is intended for the classroom or the living room.
It can be played straight through or in topical sections. Thirty documentary Filmmakers talk about their craft including topics such as why documentaries matter, finding good stories, shooting & editing, finance & distribution and law & ethics. Filmmakers featured range from academy award winners and nominees to those who have just started in the business.
Included with the DVD is a 12 page booklet with bios of all the filmmakers and discussion questions for the topical sections.
Director: Brooke Barnett; Editor: Katrina Tayler; Art Direction: Ken Calhoun
Dying To Get In: Undocumented Immigration at the U.S./Mexico Border
This film offers a first-hand look at the harsh reality of today's border crossing.
Degrees of Change
Most American colleges say they produce engaged citizens, but many students seem uninterested in today’s pivotal issues and in acting to create change in their communities. This film explores the role that universities play in encouraging activism, and questions the possible causes of student apathy at a time with such possibility for change.
Follow one group of students making dramatic demands for environmental policy change on their North Carolina campus. As the pressure mounts, they face doubtful administrators and indifferent students, and the group’s passionate leader struggles to convince her peers of the power they have in an age when student activism is often invisible.
This 12-minute film looks at the various ways that people remember an eccentric teacher who started an innovative program for gifted students in a Kentucky school.
At the Left Hand of God: The Religious Right in the South
This documentary will explore a group of activist Baptist and United Church of Christ churches in the South that are pitching an unapologetic liberal theology.
Fear in Florida
This 30-minute documentary film explores the hate crime and the controversy surrounding Lawrence Lombardi, a man convicted and sentenced to life in prison for detonating two pipe bombs at Florida A&M University.
Green Hair Grey Hair
What do punk rockers and senior citizens have in common? As Washington, D.C., rapidly gentrifies, a low income black community is threatened. This documentary takes a look at the struggles of living in a city in the midst of change, and the unique relationships that can develop. Mark Anderson, a writer, activist and punk rocker, created "We are Family" to provide an outreach network to a group of senior citizens. Through an existing group he worked with, he used similarities and punk rock ethics to bring the two together. Through grocery deliveries, neighborhood advocacy, visiting and more, "We are Family" provides a unique model for changing the way we look at old age. Very punk rock.
Fully Awake: Black Mountain College
This film focuses on the enormous impact the small, experimental college had on literary, artistic and architectural movements of the time—impacts that continue today.
The Idol and the Band
The film is about Chris Daughtry, a finalist on American Idol, and what happens when one member of a band makes it big.
In the Midst of a Movement: Southern journalists who covered civil rights
This 30-minute high-definition video documentary examines the risks and violent backlash experienced by southern journalists who covered civil rights.
On Our Own: Prepared for life through the help of others
After a decade away, Marion Aitcheson returns to the children’s home in Eisenach, Germany, where she spent her adolescent years. This documentary explores her bittersweet homecoming, reunites her with old friends and teachers, and brings her face to face with memories of the disintegration of her own family. Marion’s account of her experience emphasizes the strength of the government-run children’s homes in Germany, due in no small part to the commitment of the caretakers and teachers who provide structure, love and encouragement to the children under their care.