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Cowboys, Indians, & Lawyers

by Julia Dengel

A Western community fights over a massive dam proposed to serve Indian-owned, coal-fired power plants, providing an intimate portrait of American pork barrel politics and Anglo-Indian relations.

Deep Down

by Sally Rubin and Jen Gilomen

Deep in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, Beverly May and Terry Ratliff find themselves at the center of a contentious community battle over a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine.

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Deep Down Virtual Mine

by Sally Rubin and Jen Gilomen

Enter a complete 3D virtual mountaintop removal mine in the popular world Second Life. Inspired by the documentary Deep Down, the Virtual Mine offers an educational 3D environment, game, and curriculum for teachers and students. Grab an avatar and a hard hat and go deep into the virtual mine to learn about mountain top removal, coal fired power production, alternative energies, and the music and culture of Appalachia.

Dinka Diaries

by Filmon Mebrahu

Five Sudanese refugee orphans resettled near Philadelphia use digital cameras to tell their experiences adjusting to American culture and a new way of life.

Dogtown Redemption

by Amir Soltani

Dogtown Redemption explores the complex dynamics of race, class, and systemic poverty as it tells the story of four recyclers in Oakland who struggle to survive in a neighborhood already decimated by unemployment, addiction, and violence.

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Eating Alabama

by Andrew Beck Grace

A filmmaker turns the camera on himself as he and his wife upend their lives in pursuit of local food, discovering along the way stories about community, sustainability, and identity.

The Eyes of Me

by Keith Maitland

How do you see yourself, when you can’t see at all? Follow four visually impaired teenagers in Texas as they face the usual challenges of adolescence while simultaneously learning to navigate a world designed for the sighted.

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The Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans

by Dawn Logsdon

Nestled at the edge of New Orleans’ fabled French Quarter, Faubourg Tremé is one of America’s oldest African American neighborhoods: it is also the origin of the civil rights movement in the South, and the birthplace of jazz.

Fender Philosophers

by Lisa Leeman

The bumper sticker is the status update of the highway: a means of identifying oneself by association with political philosophies, religious beliefs, or even dirty jokes. This film explores America’s love affair with the bumper sticker.

Figures of Speech

by Tommy Pallotta and Bob Sabiston

Figures of Speech is a collection of regular people telling personal stories, while the film is overlain with transmogrifying graphics manipulated by a different artist.

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