He calls them his wilderness shrines -- massive in scale, poetic in their design. If his work takes your breath away, that's just what he hoped it would do.

Find out more and see the trailer HERE.

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In Karachi, Pakistan, a runaway boy's life hangs on one critical question: where is home? The streets, an orphanage, or with the family he fled in the first place?.

Find out more & see the trailer HERE.

On January 15, 2014, Alex Honnold free-soloed El Sendero Luminoso (The Shining Path) in El Portrero Chico, Mexico in a little over 3 hours. The climb rises 2,500 feet to the summit of El Toro. It could be the most difficult rope-less climb in history.  Find out more and see the trailer HERE.

Ishita Malaviya, India's first female surfer, is joined by a unique and talented group of women that traveled through Southern India documenting the ways in which surfing, yoga, and ecological creativity are bringing hope and fueling change for local people and the Planet.  See the trailer HERE.

...is the story of an expedition along the Amur River. Over 70 days, from Mongolia to Russia, and traveling 5,000 kilometers along a wild, free-flowing river, the team documented the adventures of this incredible journey.  See the trailer HERE.

Teenagers didn’t always exist. They had to be invented. This is a film about the life and times.  

 

Revolution never gets old.

 

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Luther College student Emily Tope has been working on cataloging the video from the Raptor Resource Project  Eagle Cam, which began in 2009, and recognized that the video footage told a story beyond the nests above the Decorah Trout Hatchery, where the Decorah Eagles live. With that in mind, Emily created this fun and touching short film! ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Read more and see the trailer HERE.

...  illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world.

 

See the trailer HERE.

No classroom for these kindergarteners.


A year in the life of a forest kindergarten in Switzerland where being outdoors and unstructured play are the main components.

 

See the trailer HERE.

There was time when the Salton Sea, tucked into the southeast corner of California was known as the Riviera of the West. Originally created by accident, it's now one of the country's worst ecological disasters

 

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George Takei doesn’t shy away from digging into his remarkable career and personal life in Jennifer Kroot’s delightful and incisive film To Be Takei. As a child forced into Japanese-American internment camps, the actor-turned-activist reveals... 

 

Read more and see the trailer HERE.

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Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora desert Arizona border police discover a decomposing male body. Lifting a tattered t-shirt, they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal”.

Who is this person? What brought him here? How did he die? And who—or what—is Dayani Cristal?

 

Read more and see the trailer HERE.

In this film,the filmmmaker journies from farm to mill to table on a quest for answers about gluten intolerance and a hunt for the perfect loaf, one she can eat without getting sick. Along the way

 

See the trailer HERE.

For the last half-century, James “The Amazing” Randi has entertained millions of people around the world with his remarkable feats of magic, escape and trickery. Then Randi saw his beloved magician’s tricks being used...

 

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...traces the evolution of Elizabeth Streb’s movement philosophy as she pushes herself and her performers from the ground to the sky. Revealing the passions behind the dancers’ bruises and broken noses, BORN TO FLY offers a breathtaking tale...

 

See the trailer HERE.

The Colorado River hasn't kissed the sea in almost two decades -- until the spring of 2014 when an experimental pulse of water was released into this forgotten delta. A team of river runners . . .

 

See the trailer HERE.

Following The Ninth: In The Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony, is a documentary film taking us on a cinematic journey across five continents and into the heart and soul of one of the world’s greatest works of art.

 

See the trailer HERE.

Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows . . .

 

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The film applies an unconventional narrative. It presents a subjective world through 47 scenes. The small events, interlaced by associations, express the irrational coherence of our surroundings. The surreal situations are based on the interactions of humans and nature.

 

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In their search for answers, filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette take a road trip and meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food...

 

See the trailer HERE.

January 2013.  A 135-mile snowmobile trail course on foot, bike or ski in only 60 hours. Completely self-supported, only 3 checkpoints through northern Minnesota.  Cold, terrain & lack of sleep at the Arrowhead 135 conquer even the most hearty and experienced racers...

See the trailer HERE.

John Storkamp, one of the featured racers will be on hand to talk about his experience and answer questions after the screening.

From the makers of The People vs. George Lucas… delves deep into the evolution of the zombie genre in Film, Television and Literature, as well as its impact and influence on pop culture.  But don't be fooled...

 

See the trailer HERE.

A modern-day Grapes of Wrath, award-winning documentary The Overnighters engages and dramatizes a set of universal societal and economic themes: the promise and limits of re-invention, redemption and compassion, as well as...
 

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How do you solve a problem, when the problem is you don’t know how to solve problems?

 

How are we teaching our children to solve the problems they will face for the rest of their lives?....
 

Read more and see the trailer HERE.

Modern yoga, that is, the form practiced daily by tens of millions of people around the world, goes back directly to Lord Shiva according to Indian tradition. At the same time, however, modern yoga originated in the early 20th century,

 

See the trailer HERE.

An award-winning documentary short film that features the story of the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by a 32 year old rebel fighter, Mowya, and a 24 year old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Syria. The film is a 15 minute short documentary about why...

 

Read more and see the trailer HERE.

An Iowa State University research team has discovered that strategically adding a little bit of prairie back onto the agricultural landscape can result in water and soil quality, habitat for wildlife and pollinators, as well as opportunities for biomass production...

 

See the trailer HERE.

The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008, the day before the last day of his life
 

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A short film that examines the politics behind the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) controversial policies on public lands and questions the fate of America’s wild horses and burros, whose very existence is in jeopardy.

 

See the trailer HERE.

The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People is a positive, fun film that focuses on energy solutions and the people behind the renewable energy revolution. 
 

See the trailer HERE.

A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Gene banks of the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation inspired rioting, and...

 

Read more and see the trailer HERE.

ABRAZOS tells the story of a group of U.S. citizen children who travel 3,000 miles, from Minnesota to Guatemala, to  meet their grandparents for the first time. After being separated for nearly two decades... 

 

Read more and see the trailer HERE.

A beautifully hand-drawn, award winning animation feature set in the shadow drenched alleyways of Paris.  Dino is a pet cat that leads a double life.  By day he lives with Zoe, a little mute girl whose mother, Jeanne, is a detective in the Parisian police force.  But at night he sneaks out the window…...

 

Read more and see the trailer HERE.

Myriad rivers once flowed through nearly every industrialized city worldwide. Houses peppered their banks. Roads hugged their curves. And mills and factories thrived on their currents. But as these cities grew, so too did the pollution of their rivers.

 

Read more and see the trailer HERE.

“Egyptian Sons” takes audiences inside the lives of two Egyptian preteen boys: Abdallah, who lives with his mother in the bustling city of Cairo, and  Islam, who calls a rural village home. These two engaging Egyptian boys couldn’t possibly have anything in common.Or could they?

 

Read more and see the trailer HERE.

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