genre: Feature Documentary

Rodents of Unusual Size

Rodents of Unusual Size

Hard headed Louisiana fisherman Thomas Gonzales doesn’t know what will hit him next. After decades of hurricanes and oil spills, he faces a new threat—hordes of monstrous 20-pound swamp rats. Known as “nutria”, these invasive South American rodents breed faster than the roving squads of hunters can control them. And with their orange teeth and voracious appetite, they are eating up the coastal wetlands that protect Thomas and his town of Delacroix Island from hurricanes. But the people who have lived here for generations are not the type of folks who will give up without a fight. Thomas and a pack of lively bounty hunters are hellbent on saving Louisiana before it dissolves beneath their feet. It is man vs. rodent. May the best mammal win.

Monkey Business

Monkey Business

We all know Curious George – but what about his creators? On makeshift bicycles, Hans and Margret Rey rode across Nazi occupied Europe as refugees, in search of a freedom that would nurture one of the most treasured children’s book series of all time.

Floating Horses

Floating Horses

After entering his first rodeo, a teenage boy is abandoned by his father; setting in motion the iconic career of ‘America’s Most Beloved Cowboy.

The Primary Instinct

The Primary Instinct

Actor Stephen Tobolowsky has acted in over 200 TV shows and films over the past 40 years, possessing one of the most dazzlingly diverse filmographies on the planet. But even more compelling than the stories he’s been apart of onscreen are those he tells offscreen. In ‘The Primary Instinct,’ Stephen plays himself and uses the art of storytelling to take the audience through a riveting and moving journey about life, love, and Hollywood. Along the way, he just may answer one of the questions that’s dogged humanity since the beginning of time: Why do we tell stories in the first place?
Rising Voices/Hótȟaŋiŋpi

Rising Voices/Hótȟaŋiŋpi

A film about the imminent peril to the Lakota (Native American) language, the culture shaped by that language, and the history that created that peril. The film braids together several strands of the story: the struggles of Lakota to learn their tribal language today, the historical attempt by the United States to annihilate the language, the rise of immersion language schools and the participation of outsiders in the rescue of the Lakota language.

Welcome to Leith

Welcome to Leith

A white supremacist attempts to take over a small town in North Dakota.

 

Calamity Jane, Wild West Legend

Calamity Jane, Wild West Legend

August 1901. On a train heading back west, an old and lonesome woman. She fought the Indians and was close friends with Buffalo Bill: she was the terror of the plains. But no one ever knew who she really was. Her name was Martha Canary, her name is Calamity Jane.

Lost Conquest

Lost Conquest

Once upon a time, legendary Viking explorer Leif Ericson claimed the state of Minnesota for his Nordic king. And the nice folks who live there today have the ancient artifacts to prove it. So why doesn’t anybody believe them? Lost Conquest is a delightful deconstructionist documentary about science and faith. With swords.

Big Voice  *Special Sneak Peek*

Big Voice *Special Sneak Peek*

BIG VOICE chronicles a year in the life of high school choir director Jeffe Huls and his most advanced ensemble. Mr. Huls must convince his students to set aside their egos, conflicting styles, and teenage angst to achieve true artistry.

Young Lakota

Cecelia Fire Thunder has just been elected the first female president of the Oglala Lakota Nation on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. For Sunny Clifford, who works at the grocery store on the reservation, Cecelia’s forceful articulation of women’s rights speaks directly to Sunny’s inchoate dream of helping to change the harsh world around her. Through Cecelia’s leadership, Sunny, her twin sister Serena, and their neighbor Brandon discover the principles of women’s rights. Their political awakening deepens when the state passes a law criminalizing abortion with no exception for rape or incest and Fire Thunder retaliates by threatening to build a women’s clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation. Fire Thunder’s political enemies, with outside support from pro-life groups, play ‘the abortion card’ and immediately impeach her, setting off a chain reaction that divides the three young Lakotas. While Brandon takes a job with Cecelia’s opponent, Alex White Plume, Sunny and Serena continue to support Cecelia as she runs to re-gain her seat. As the tribal election and state vote on the abortion ban gain momentum, Sunny watches Brandon gradually abandon his ideals; in contrast, she grows in conviction and emotional strength. Finally, when the tribal election results in a complete debacle, Brandon is left jobless and lost, while Sunny and Serena’s decision to hew to principle leads to their first political victory–the defeat of the abortion ban

Miracle Cures and the History of Addiction Treatment

Miracle Cures explores how treatment methods have evolved from colonial times to today, making particular note of practices that did more harm than good. It advances the view that modern methods are more humane and effective than those of the past.  At the same time, the film leaves open the question of whether the predominant philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous and treatment centers like Hazelden is the answer or simply the best we have – the latest in America’s quest to resolve its addiction epidemic.  The film draws heavily from the history captured in William White’s book, Slaying the Dragon.  It explores how treatment methods have progressed from baseless, home remedy cure-alls; extreme, injurious medical practices; and inebriate asylums to methods of modern treatment centers and AA support groups. The film also debunks numerous myths and stereotypes.  The film was produced by Fiveman Films and Animation and post-production is currently underway, with a January 2014 release anticipated.

Donnie Vincent’s The River’s Divide

The River’s Divide follows Donnie Vincent on his two year bowhunting quest for a single whitetail buck notoriously nicknamed ‘Steve’. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the North Dakota Badlands, an amazing story unfolds as Donnie experiences the highs and lows of chasing a single animal in the middle of the vast wilderness. Experience each step of the way as Donnie’s raw emotion and insight pull you into this once in a lifetime story.

Ride with Larry

When retired police captain and Parkinson’s patient of twenty years Larry Smith embarks on a three hundred mile bike ride across South Dakota, he proves that exercise and medical marijuana mitigates symptoms and improves quality of life, serving as an inspiration to all those with a life altering illness.

The Buffalo King

A candid examination of the life of The Buffalo King, James (Scotty) Philip, who overcame countless years of this nation’s wanton buffalo slaughter to become a recognizable leader in the preservation of our iconic American bison.