The X-Factor: A Post-Katrina Narrative

After Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, while the city of New Orleans was searched house by house and building by building, first responders used a graphic code readable by others as they criss-crossed the city searching and rescuing residents from structures damaged by the hurricane and subsequent flood. The code consisted of a large X …

A Life After Death

After spending 30 years on Alabama’s death row, an innocent man navigates his newfound freedom while his renowned civil rights attorney fights to hold the state accountable. Framed by a national conversation about race relations, this is a story about a broken criminal justice system operating in a society unwilling to honestly confront its past. …

True Conviction

There’s a new detective agency in Dallas, Texas, started by three exonerated men, with decades in prison served between them. They call themselves the Freedom Fighters, and they are looking to free innocent people still behind bars. Christopher Scott was released from prison after serving 13 years of a life sentence for a murder he …

The Imaginary Village of Allan Gurganus

Allan Gurganus is a product of small towns of the North Carolina Piedmont, which have been increasingly reflected in his fiction. Having returned from New York City to his home state, Gurganus has found comfort and inspiration in stories of the people who stayed put and welcomed him back. Now situated in a large “four …

The Case Against 8

This documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at the key players and events involved in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the case that became the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to be decided by the Supreme Court. With unparalleled access to the legal team (Ted Olson and David Boies, two famous American litigators from opposite sides of the political …

Tig

“Good evening, I have cancer,” comedian Tig Notaro famously announced in front of a stunned audience back in 2012, “Everyone having a good time? I have cancer.” In just 30 minutes, Notaro not only revealed her grave prognosis, she delivered the news with a disarming mixture of humor and vulnerability. The set became a media …

Pass It On

Pass It On reflects on Reynolds Price’s 50 years of teaching English literature and writing at Duke University. Through the eyes of colleagues, former students, his peers, and with Price’s own voice, his vision and philosophy of teaching unfolds. Fresh interviews, aided by archival film and video footage and the realization of Price’s own fiction, demonstrate …

Pelada

Four soccer-playing filmmakers abandon jobs, renew passports, trade novels for Lonely Planets, and travel the world in search of pick-up games: impromptu scenes that arise anywhere, between anyone. As we trek around the globe, we’ll visit soccer superpowers as well as countries where soccer savvy may not be at its best, but where the game’s …

A Puppet Intervention

Forget anything that comes to mind when you think of a puppet show. The documentary film A Puppet Intervention brings to the screen radical puppetry as alternative community theater – all with a killer soundtrack. It takes you behind the curtain of a production of Paperhand Puppet Intervention, one of the most innovative and original …