Movies

Why Did You Kill Me?

(Feature Documentary, Netflix, 2021) A mother pledges to find the people who killed her daughter, and uses MySpace to do so. Why Did You Kill Me? is all about the tireless efforts of Belinda Lane, who stopped at nothing to get justice. The documentary tells the story of Crystal Theobald […]

The Last Blockbuster

(Feature Documentary, Netflix, 2021) There weren’t cameras around to document the closing of the last buggy-whip store, but that’s the sensation one gets watching “The Last Blockbuster.” This new documentary is about more than just nostalgia, however, coming as movie theaters — closed by the pandemic — face their own […]

TRUTH TO POWER

(Feature Documentary, Tribeca Film Festival 2020) In 2001, the band System Of A Down partnered with music producer Rick Rubin to record their sophomore album. Against all odds, and during one of the most painful and precarious months in American history, the album Toxicityskyrocketed up the Billboard chart and catapulted to […]

Whirlybird

(Feature Documentary, Premiere Sundance Film Festival 2020) Flying high above Los Angeles in a whirling news helicopter, Marika Gerrard and Zoey Tur (known then as Bob) captured some of the city’s most epic breaking news stories. The two recount the salacious details of their career as a husband-and-wife journalist team […]

Boys State

(Feature Documentary, Winner SUNDANCE Grand Prize 2020) Strap up your saddle and get ready for a wild ride. Boys State is a political coming-of-age story, examining the health of American democracy through an unusual experiment: a thousand 17-year-old boys from across the state of Texas gather together to build a […]

THE ANIMAL PEOPLE

(Documentary Feature, Premiere Austin Film Festival, 2019) The Animal People, executive produced by Joaquin Phoenix,  follows a group of six activists from the United States arm of British animal-rights group Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) who were surveilled by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and ultimately indicted as domestic terrorists for […]

I Am Not Alone

(Feature Documentary, Winner Audience Award, TIFF 2019) The 2018 Armenian revolution fuels Garin Hovannisian’s gripping documentary about a modern-day political power struggle and the citizen activists who refused to accept it. This galvanizing chronicle of the 2018 Armenian revolution combines gripping front-line reportage with new interviews that describe incidents the […]

Red, White & Wasted

(Feature Documentary, Premiere Tribeca Film Festival 2019) “The Florida Project” captured one kind of poverty in the shadow of Disney World; “Red White & Wasted” depicts another. Embedding in a culture where the term “redneck” is used proudly, the documentary follows the family of Matthew Burns, who, with the nickname […]

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

(Documentary Feature, 2017, Premiere Venice International Film Festival) In 1999, Milos Forman cast Jim Carrey to play cult comedian Andy Kaufman in the biopic Man on the Moon-but only after Carrey had convinced the renowned Czech director by nailing Kaufman in an audition. When Carrey heard that he had the part, […]

Don’t Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker

(Feature Music Documentary, 2017) In 2007, 11 years after one of the most influential American punk bands, Jawbreaker, called it quits the three members, Blake Schwarzenbach, Chris Bauermeister, and Adam Pfahler reconnected in a San Francisco recording studio to listen back to their albums, reminisce and even perform together. Follow […]

The Blood is at the Doorstep

(Documentary Feature, 2017, Premiere SXSW) The policeman who killed Milwaukee resident Dontre Hamilton in April 2014, in a public park in the middle of the day, shot him 14 times. He wasn’t the first cop to approach Hamilton as he dozed in the downtown park — others had been there […]

Operation Allie

(Documentary Short, 2016, Big Sky Film Fest) Anthony Marquez, a former Marine and military dog handler, has returned from Afghanistan. He lost 17 friends in the war, and has been suffering from the effects of PTSD. When he finds out that the dog that he went through the war with, Allie, […]

Raiders!

(Documentary Feature, 2015, Premiere SXSW) There’s a good reason why TV and movies have adopted the disclaimer “Remember kids, don’t try this at home.” As inventive as they were impressionable, pint-sized super-fans Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb nearly killed themselves on multiple occasions attempting to remake the first […]

Psychopath

(Documentary Feature, 2014, Premiere MIFF) Oklahoma garbageman Victor Marquez has held a lifelong dream of creating gruesome makeup effects for Hollywood movies, but life got in the way and Victor deferred his dream to start a family with the love of his life. Twenty-five years later, husband and wife pool […]

Animals

(Dramatic Feature, 2014, Winner SXSW) Bobbie and Jude are a young couple living in their broken-down car parked alongside Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. Their days are a continuous ritual of theft and scoring until they must confront the difficult truth of their relationship after one of them is hospitalized. Here’s […]

The Jeffery Dahmer Files

(Documentary Feature, 2012, Premiere SXSW) In the summer of 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. Through the use of archival footage and interviews with the local medical examiner, police detective, and Dahmer’s neighbors, this […]

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(Documentary Feature, 2009, Premiere TIFF) Meet Michael Ruppert, a different kind of American. A former Los Angeles police officer turned independent reporter, he predicted the 2008 financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness, at a time when most of Wall Street and Washington analysts were still in denial. […]

The Pool

(Dramatic Feature, 2007, Winner SUNDANCE Jury Prize) A boy in abject poverty works in a hotel and becomes obsessed with a swimming pool in the opulent hills of Panjim, Goa, India. His life gets turned upside-down when he attempts to meet the mysterious family who lives at the house. Winner of the […]

Rock The Bells

(Documentary Feature, 2006, Premiere TRIBECA) Personifying the fierce independence and do-it-yourself spirit of the Hip Hop movement, festival producer Chang Weisberg puts everything on the line for his impossible dream of reuniting notorious no-shows The Wu-Tang Clan. In July 2004, concert promoter Chang Weisberg organized a hip-hop festival in San […]

The Life of Reilly

(Documentary Feature, 2006, Premiere SXSW) As a child, game-show fixture Charles Nelson Reilly had a lobotomized aunt, an institutionalized father, a racist mother, and was the only gay kid on the block. So how did he end up a Tony winner, a staple of television, and a generational icon?  The […]

American Movie

(Documentary Feature, 1999, Winner SUNDANCE Grand Prize) On the northwest side of Milwaukee, Mark Borchardt dreams the American dream: for him, it’s making movies. Using relatives, local theater talent, slacker friends, his Mastercard, and $3,000 from his Uncle Bill, Mark strives over three years to finish Coven, a short horror […]