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The Burning Barrel

by Christina Craton and Timothy Schwab

The Burning Barrel explores the personal costs of consumerism in the rise and fall of a small rural community.

By Invitation Only

by Rebecca Snedeker

New Orleans filmmaker Rebecca Snedeker gives an unprecedented look at the secrets and inner workings of the old-line Carnival societies and debutante balls of Mardi Gras.

D Tour

by Jim Granato

Refusing to let a failing kidney deter him, indie rock drummer Pat Spurgeon goes on tour with his band while searching for a donor and administering his own dialysis.

Independent Lens

Daddy & Papa

by Johnny Symons

Exploring the growing phenomenon of gay fatherhood through the stories of four families, Daddy & Papa looks at gay fathers who face both the routine and revolutionary challenges of becoming parents.

Independent Lens

Death of a Shaman

by Fahm Fong Saeyang and Richard Hall

Through a journey that takes her back to her roots in Thailand, a second-generation Mien American woman strives to come to terms with her late father’s death, his drug addiction, and the murder of her sister.

Independent Lens, Global Voices

Denial

by Derek Hallquist

Derek begins making a film about how power is consumed, generated, and misused, centered around his dad David, CEO of a Vermont electric utility and a growing presence on national energy scene. But Denial becomes something much more personal and surprising.

The Devil Never Sleeps

by Lourdes Portillo

The Devil Never Sleeps is a “whodunit” documentary about family secrets. Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo travels to Mexico to learn the truth about her wealthy uncle’s death.

Global Voices

Doc

by Immy Humes

The amazing adventures of novelist and Paris Review founder Harold Louis “Doc” Humes — featuring a paper house, the Hip Messiah, Don Peyote, Leary, Mailer, Auster, and the FBI. A story about ideas, drugs, literature, protest, and paranoia, that sheds light on American cultural history as well as an original mind.

Independent Lens, Global Voices

E Haku Inoa: To Weave a Name

by Christen Hepuakoamana‘a Marquez

Filmmaker Christen Marquez's drive to learn the meaning of her enigmatic Hawaiian name impels her to unite her scattered family and come to terms with her estranged, mentally ill mother, who is the only person in the world who knows the meaning of her name.

Evolution of a Criminal

by Darius Clark Monroe

In this gripping blend of documentary, true crime, and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey of reflection and forgiveness.

Independent Lens

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