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by Bill Ross and Turner Ross
45365 is a vérité exploration of the congruities of daily life in an American town. From the patrol car to the courtroom, the playground to the nursing home, it explores relationships and interactions with and between people and their community. The stories of a father and son, a young relationship, cops and criminals, officials and their electorate coalesce into a mosaic of faces, places, and events. 45365 is a portrait of a city and its people.
by Brad Lichtenstein
From the day the GM factory closes through a showdown with national resonance at the state capitol, As Goes Janesville traces the impact of the economic crisis on the people of Janesville, Wisconsin.
by Todd Melby
One of the most serene places in America has become a brash, noisy place full of drilling rigs and massive trucks. A 30-minute television documentary and transmedia project, Black Gold Boom explores how North Dakota's oil boom has changed lives and altered the peaceful prairie.
by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
Can the Motor City rise from its ashes? There is a growing feeling that as Detroit goes, so goes the nation. This film tells the dramatic story of a city and its most innovative people who refuse to leave the building, even as the flames are rising.
by Jeremy Levine, Landon Van Soest, and Nick Weissman
School of Last Resort follows three teenagers in St. Louis — one of the most dangerous cities in America — as they move from juvenile court to an experimental educational program that offers them one last chance to get their lives on track.
by Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart
A community beset by a crippled economy and dwindling population is the setting for this documentary following a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season. The team’s struggle to compete parallels the town’s own fight for survival.
by Rita Baghdadi and Jeremiah Hammerling
Generations of family farming go up in flames as the North Dakota oil rush leaves human memory, culture, and identity scorched in its wake. My Country, No More follows one rural American family’s path of resistance through the rise and fall of the boom.
by Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo
Rich Hill follows three teenage boys, Andrew, Harley, and Appachey, as they struggle with isolation, broken families, and lack of opportunity, providing an immersive and realistic picture of growing up poor in America.
by Michael Nichols and Christopher Walker
Welcome to Leith chronicles the attempted takeover of a small North Dakota town by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As his behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor.
by Mat Hames
A tribal elder and Vietnam vet, who hasn't left the Wind River Indian Reservation in over 40 years, visits the underground archives of Chicago’s Field Museum with two young Arapaho to explore ancestral objects kept in boxes for many years. Together they try to learn how these artifacts vanished from their tribe in the first place.