Tocando la Luz weaves three stories – all set in the blind community of Havana, Cuba – into a tale of personal independence.
U.S. prisons and jails lead the world in incarcerating women—what happens when they return to their families?
Jennifer Redfearn is an Academy Award nominated director and an Associate Professor of Visual Journalism at Boston University. She directed and produced SUN COME UP, about a small island community losing their land to rising seas. SUN COME UP was nominated for an Academy Award in 2011, screened in theaters across the U.S. and aired on HBO. TOCANDO LA LUZ… Show more (TOUCH THE LIGHT) was co-produced with ITVS and aired on PBS in 2016. It premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Festival where it won the Charles E. Guggenheim Award. Jennifer worked on the 2016 SXSW audience award winner LANDFILL HARMONIC as a field director and consulting producer. She has produced television documentaries for PBS, the BBC, National Geographic, CNN, and Discovery. She has received support for her independent films from the National Endowment for the Arts, IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund, Fork Films, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Tribeca Film Institute, LEF Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, NYSCA and NYWIFT, and co-production funding from ITVS. Show less
Tim Metzger is an Academy Award nominated producer and Emmy nominated cinematographer with over 15 years of experience filming documentaries. Tim filmed and produced the 2011 Oscar nominee SUN COME UP, as well as the award-winning feature documentary TOCANDO LA LUZ (TOUCH THE LIGHT.) He has served as director of photography for several major… Show more Emmy-nominated series, including National Geographic's THE STORY OF GOD WITH MORGAN FREEMAN and RISING: REBUILDING GROUND ZEROfor Discovery, executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Tim has filmed in more than 20 countries and his work has also appeared on PBS, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, and HBO among others. He has also taught documentary filmmaking at New York University. Show less
This intimate portrait dives into the heart of America’s opioid crisis through the reentry of three mothers imprisoned for drug-related crimes. As the women prepare to rejoin their families after years of incarceration, they enter an innovative prison program in Cleveland, Ohio where they lean on each other to learn the skills it will take to get a job, stay sober, and win the trust of their kids. After facing alienation and addiction, the women begin to see the promise of reunion and redemption.