When Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist less than a week after the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in August 2017, he was already a notorious figure in Trump’s inner circle, known for bringing a far-right ideology into the highest echelons of American politics. Unconstrained by an official post — though some say he still has a direct line to the White House — he became free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker, turning his controversial brand of nationalism into a global movement. THE BRINK follows Bannon through the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States, shedding light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections. To maintain his power and influence, the former Goldman Sachs banker and media investor reinvents himself — as he has many times before — this time as the self-appointed leader of a global populist movement. Keen manipulator of the press and gifted self-promoter, Bannon continues to draw headlines and protests wherever he goes, feeding the powerful myth on which his survival relies.
Made In Boise
Four women find purpose carrying babies for strangers in the conservative heartland of Boise, Idaho — the unregulated and unofficial “surrogacy capital” of the United States. As the surrogacy industry booms globally, MADE IN BOISE tells the story of a community of women risking their own health for humanity’s sake and the emotional complications that come with the journey of surrogacy.
Bass to Infinity
Imagine hanging out with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, hearing them jam together, trading riffs, then riffing with words and trading stories. Bird and Diz are gone, but giants still walk among us. One of those giants is Buster Williams. Buster has played with everyone, from Sarah Vaughan to Miles Davis, Nancy Wilson, Art Blakey, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and on. Join Buster as he tells stories about his life and the lives of other great jazz musicians, and is joined by, and plays with, some of the greatest living contributors to this music – Benny Golson, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Reid, Christian McBride, Larry Willis, Carmen Lundy, Kenny Barron and Lenny White.
The personal impact of America’s immigration policies on families is deeply felt in this intimate portrait of 15-year-old Jamil Sunsin and his family. Jamil, born in the US, only finds out his parents and older sister are undocumented when they are deported to Honduras following a routine traffic stop. Traumatized by violence there, Jamil returns to Jersey City to stay with relatives and seek a better life, but this imposed separation weighs heavily on all members of the family.
An investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring accounts from well-known actors, executives and artists in the Industry.
Take Your Pills
Alternately characterized as an epidemic or a love affair, prescription stimulants like Adderall, Vyvanse and Ritalin have become a $13 billion industry in America. These drugs increase dopamine and adrenaline levels, promising a dose of performance enhancement for our hyper-competitive age. TAKE YOUR PILLS raises vital questions about our society today and where we are headed.
CREDITS Director: Alison Klayman Producer: Christopher Clements, Julie Goldman, Carolyn Hepburn, Kate Osborn Executive Producers: Ben Cotner, Adam Del Deo, Lisa Nishimura, Maria Shriver, Christina Schwarzenegger Co-Producer: Daniel Ming Cinematographer: Julia C. Liu Editor: Jen Fineran Music: Ilan Isakov, Tom Deis
FESTIVAL PREMIERE & AWARDS SXSW Film Festival: 2018 Premiere
Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media in this Emmy-nominated and Academy-award short-listed documentary.
From the Montana Rockies to the wheat fields of Kansas and the Gulf of Mexico, families who work the land and sea are crossing political divides to find unexpected ways to protect the natural resources vital to their livelihoods.
Premieres at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
Germans & Jews
Directed by Janina Quint and produced by Tal Recanati and Maria Giacchino
Through personal stories Germans & Jews explores the country’s transformation from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. What began as a private conversation between two filmmakers, grew into a cultural exchange among many. Unexpectedly, a nuanced story of reconciliation emerges.
Directed and produced by Alison Klayman. Produced by Julie Goldman and Brett Ratner
Carmen Herrera is one of the oldest working artists today. She was a pioneering abstract painter in the '40s and '50s, but only recently found the recognition that eluded her for most of her career as she approaches her 100th birthday.
Winner: 5 x best short documentary! Winner: Best Editing
Every Three Secondssomeone in the world dies from factors related to extreme poverty – 30,000 people a day and 10.5 million a year. The sheer magnitude can be overwhelming, causing people to ask the question, “What can one person do, to possibly make a difference?”
These are five ordinary people between the ages of 7 and 70 who chose to engage with the world in their own way. By helping to meet the fundamental needs of others, each has filled their own hunger for fulfillment and purpose in the world in a way material reward could never do.
Directed by Matt D'Avella and co-directed by Jen Fineran. Produced by InVision.
A series of snapshots into renowned designers’ secret worlds to demystify how the design choices they’ve made directly impact the viewer’s daily life. Featuring John Maeda and Jason Mayden, plus top designer at Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, AirBnB and more.
Directed by Emily Kassie. Produced by Emily Kassie, Jen Fineran and Ace Weims
I Married My Family's Killer depicts the lives of three genocide victims who married into the families that killed their own. Featuring original animation by Dustin Grella an original score by Ilan Isakov.
Directed by Tom Capello and produced by Scott Thigpen.
A Powerful Noisetakes you inside the lives of three women – a girls' education crusader from Mali, an HIV-positive widow from Vietnam, and a peacemaking survivor of the war in Bosnia – who each overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to bring lasting solutions to their communities.
Confederacy Theory explores the complexities of a controversy steeped in American history and racial divisiveness: the debate over the Confederate flag in South Carolina, the last state to fly the flag on its capitol.
Winner: Best Documentary, Atlanta Film Festival
All of Me
The ‘Girls’ have been friends for years, bonding over hopes, dreams, food, and the shared experience of being obese. But, now, as some pursue weight-loss surgery, their center has shifted and upset everything they knew about happiness, friendship, and love.
A true tale of miraculous chance encounters, high-risk rescue, a dramatic reunion as the iron curtain is shutting closed, and incredible lives forged from Auschwitz to America, René and I is the story of two resilient souls who triumphed over inhumane circumstances with their emotional selves intact.
Winner: Best Doc Feature, River Run International Film Fest
Directed and produced by Ruth Leitman. Edited by Ann Husaini an Darcy Bowman. First assistant editor: Jen Fineran
Alma Thorpe’s bizarre views on sexuality, motherhood, God and mail-order sweepstakes, make her a living breathing shrine to Southern Gothic. This intimate and darkly humorous film follows Alma’s daughter Margie’s struggle with a mentally ill mother and abusive alcoholic father. Framed by accusations of incest, ALMA is an unflinching examination of family secrets and pain tangled up in love.