Documentary Features

We Like It Like That

Description

Latin boogaloo is New York City. It is a product of the melting pot, a colorful expression of 1960s Latino soul, straight from the streets of El Barrio, the South Bronx and Brooklyn. Starring Latin boogaloo legends like Joe Bataan, Johnny Colon and Pete Rodriguez, We Like It Like That explores this lesser-known, but pivotal moment in Latin music history, through original interviews, music recordings, live performances, dancing and rare archival footage and images. From its origins to its recent resurgence in popularity, We Like It Like That tells the story of a sound that redefined a generation and was too funky to keep down.


Cast & Crew

Director: Mathew Ramirez Warren

Cast:
Joe Bataan
Johnny Colon
Ricardo Ray
Pete Rodriguez
Joey Pastrana

Tito Ramos
Harvey Averne
Larry Harlow
Bobby Marin
Felipe Luciano
Aurora Flores and Bobbito Garcia.


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Tap World

Description

The documentary film TAP WORLD looks at the lives of tap dancers and the contemporary styles of the American art form known as tap dance as practiced around the world. The improvisational spirit of the artists profiled in the film exemplifies how they continue to evolve the art form of tap dance by expressing the powerful energy and emotion in their souls. TAP WORLD travels the world painting a portrait of the global tap community. No matter where they reside, tap dancers reveal their burning desire to dance – often despite economic and social obstacles. Tap heals their souls.


Cast & Crew

Director: Dean Hargrove

Cast:
Alaman
Chloe Arnold
Luyz Baldijao
Arthur Benhamou
Pandit Chitresh Das

Joshua Johnson
Ted Louis Levy
Vicki Riordan
Evan Ruggiero
Jason Samuels Smith
Ivery Wheeler


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Romeo Is Bleeding

Description

A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA. Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his experiences. Using his voice to inspire those around him, he and the like-minded youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with the hope of starting a real dialogue about violence in the city. Will Richmond force Donté to compromise his idealistic ambitions? Or will Donté end Richmond’s cycle of trauma?


Cast & Crew

Director: Jason Zeldes

Cast:
Donté Clark
D'neise Robinson
Molly Raynor
Deandre Evans


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In Football We Trust

Description

IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST is an insightful and moving documentary feature film exploring in rich detail the remarkable story behind the Polynesian Pipeline to the NFL. A contemporary American story, the film transports viewers deep inside the tightly-knit and complex Polynesian community in Salt Lake City, Utah, one of the chief sources for the modern influx of Pacific Islander NFLers. With unprecedented access and shot over a four year time period, the film intimately portrays four young Polynesian men striving to overcome gang violence and near poverty through the promise of American football.


Cast & Crew

Director: Tony Vainuku & Erica Cohn

Cast: N/A


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Hate Crimes in The Heartland

Description

Hate Crimes in the Heartland is an award winning documentary film and community outreach project by Emmy Award winner Rachel Lyon. Like no other documentary exploring this topic, Heartland portrays the shocking violence rooted in America’s history of racial hatred through the lens of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where two hate crimes, over 90 years apart, are impacting human rights, education and communities today. Hate Crimes in the Heartland will soon be available on DVD and at major media outlets.


Cast & Crew

Director: Rachel Lyon

Cast: N/A


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Dramatic Escape

Description

Dramatic Escape transports the viewer into the lives of a group of maximum security inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York, as they attempt to mount a behind-the-bars stage production of A Few Good Men.


Cast & Crew

Director: Nick Quested

Cast:
N/A


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Can You Dig This

Description

South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America. CAN YOU DIG THIS follows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. This is not a story of science and economics. This is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and “plant some shit.”


Cast & Crew

Director: Delila Vallot

Cast:
Ron Finley
Mychael “Spicey” Evans
Kenya Johnson
Quimonie Lewis
and Hosea Smith
 

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Anatomy of a Dress

Description

ANATOMY OF A DRESS is a documentary that presents the passion, the talents, the history, the struggles and triumphs of the most renowned fashion designers in Puerto Rico. It also takes us through the history of manual garment industry in Puerto Rico and how it marked our lives, culture and traditions forever. A touching view of the beginning of the exploitation in this labor industry and how it was the only means of survival for many families. This history has served as the basis for what we have today as a fashion industry and the hopes of a better future and a spot for our designers in the world.


Cast & Crew

Director: Flora Pérez-Garay

Cast:
Nono Maldonado
Antonio Martorell
Edmundo Castillo
Sonia Rivera
Ruben Dario
Stella Nolasco
David Antonio
Harry Robles
Vilma Martinez
Jaer Caban


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