The Hip Hop Project
From Executive Producers Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah, The Hip Hop Project, winner of 13 film festival awards, is the compelling story of Kazi, a formerly homeless teenager who inspired a group of New York City teens to transform their life stories into powerful works of art, using hip hop as a vehicle for self-development and personal discovery.
Founded by Executive Producer Brent Hoff and novelist Dave Eggers as a new offering from McSweeney's, Wholphin debuted in an audio visual edition of The Believer magazine. Wholphin is now a quarterly DVD magazine featuring short films, documentaries, animation, and instructional videos that have not, for whatever reason, found wide release.
One of the near-universal experiences of American life today is personal debt. At a time when personal savings are actually negative, personal debt has risen by 262% since 1980—since 2000 alone, from 96 percent of disposable income to 126 percent, a record high. Credit cards are one of the leading causes for this rise in personal debt, with Americans owing some $813 billion in credit card debt.
God Grew Tired of Us
Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, God Grew Tired of Us explores the indomitable spirit of three “Lost Boys” from the Sudan who leave their homeland, triumph over seemingly insurmountable adversities, and move to America.
Darfur Diaries: Message from Home
In February 2003, the Sudanese Liberation Army in Darfur (the western region of Sudan) took up arms against the Sudanese government after years of oppression. The government and allied militias answered the rebellion with mass murder, rape, and the wholesale destruction of villages and livelihood, resulting in one of the world's largest humanitarian and political crises. Up to two million people were displaced; 400,000 people killed.
Shut Up and Sing
Shut Up And Sing chronicles the Dixie Chick’s political journey over the past three years. At a 2003 concert, the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, made an offhand and lighthearted comment in opposition to American operation in Iraq. “We don’t want this violence, this war” she said. “And we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.”
Our immigration system is broken. It is estimated that eleven million undocumented immigrants currently live in the United States. Throughout this year, policy makers have engaged in a heated debate in Congress and in main street America about what to do with them. Meanwhile, there have been unprecedented mobilizations at the local level with hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their supporters coming out in support of immigration reform.
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is the hilarious story of what happens when the U.S. Government sends comedian Albert Brooks to India and Pakistan to find out what makes the over 300 million Muslims in the region laugh. Brooks, accompanied by two state department handlers and his trusted assistant, goes on a journey that takes him from a concert stage in New Delhi, to the Taj Mahal, to a secret location in the mountains of Pakistan.
Good Night, and Good Luck
A Section Eight Production, "Good Night, And Good Luck." takes place during the early days of broadcast journalism in 1950's America. It chronicles the real-life conflict between television newsman Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee.
The Education of Shelby Knox
The Education of Shelby Knox is a coming of age story about a teenage girl who joins a campaign for comprehensive sex education in the high schools of Lubbock, Texas, an area that boasts some of the nation's highest teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease rates in the country.
A Brentwood housewife and her DA husband. A Persian store owner. Two police detectives who are also lovers. An African-American television director and his wife. A Mexican locksmith. Two car-jackers. A rookie cop. A middle-aged Korean couple… They all live in Los Angeles. And during the next 36 hours, they will all collide…