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Little Hope Was Arson

by Theo Love

A plague of arson in East Texas that saw 10 churches burn to the ground in 2010 ignited the largest criminal investigation in the area’s history, involving local law enforcement, Texas Rangers, and the ATF.

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Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story

by Daniel Birman

Follows the sad and startling story of Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence for a murder she committed at age of 16.

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Mimi and Dona

by Sophie Sartain

A 92-year-old mother, Mimi, who has cared 64 years for Dona, a daughter who has an intellectual disability, faces the inevitable and has to find her daughter a home. This poignant, heartbreaking and, at times, humorous documentary tells the story of a quirky and fiercely devoted mother-daughter duo.

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Night Ride

by Andrew Garrison

A boy's night ride in the Appalachian countryside allows him to learn a thing or two about life and his father from his wild-livin' uncle.

Nuclear Family

by Don Howard

Forming a cinéma vérité metaphor for the American family, the rites of Texas football, cheerleading, and weddings shed light on how we pass sexual identity on to our children.

The Old Man and the Storm

by June Cross

A year in the life of one extended family in New Orleans struggling to rebuild after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.


Shared History

by Felicia Dryden

The great, great granddaughter of a slaveowner and a descendant of a slave seek to reconcile the connections between their families with the reality of slavery.

The Spirituals

by Eren McGinnis and Ari Palos

The Spirituals recounts an indigenous American music form's bitter histories through the work of a world-renown contemporary spiritual group.


by Karen Skloss

Director Karen Skloss is herself the result of an unplanned pregnancy, and now finds herself pregnant and single in her 20s. She shares this intimate story of two mothers and the circumstances that afforded them very different options.

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Third Ward TX

by Nancy Bless, Andrew Garrison, and Noland Walker

Turning an abandoned block of shotgun houses into art, Rick Lowe's Project Row Houses is re-shaping its Houston community, paying tribute to its past and racing to protect its future.


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