• Festivals

Interview with dir. Maya Newell on “The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone” Documentary

Spanning nineteen years, The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone reveals the memories of Georgie Stone, an Australian transgender teen as she helps change laws, affirms her gender, finds her voice, and emerges into adulthood. Australian director Maya Newell – whose 2013 documentary, Gayby Baby, followed four children of LGBQTI families –  began filming Georgie and her family six years ago, after hearing about her advocacy and wanting to document the teenager’s point of view.
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“The Ghost of Richard Harris” – The Man Behind the “Hellraiser” Image

Director-screenwriter Damian Harris, the eldest son of legendary British actor Richard Harris, has collaborated with his two brothers, actors Jared (Chernobyl, The Crown), and Jamie (Carnival Row, West Side Story) on the long-awaited documentary about their father, The Ghost of Richard Harris.   Regarded, alongside Peter O’Toole and Richard Burton, as one of the greatest actors of his generation, Harris was born in Limerick, Ireland, and performed in numerous stage productions.
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Docs: “Let the Little Light Shine” Tackles Primary Education, Discrimination

When a thriving, top-ranked, predominantly African American elementary school is threatened with replacement by a new high school favoring a community’s wealthier residents, a passionate group of parents, students and educators band together to fight for their institution’s survival in the documentary Let the Little Light Shine. After benefitting from a world premiere earlier this year at the True/False Film Festival, one of the United States’ most prestigious showcases of nonfiction cinema, director Kevin Shaw’s movie is enjoying theatrical engagements this month and throughout autumn, in advance of a “POV” showcase presentation on PBS stations later this fall.
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Docs: “We Are As Gods” Explores Provocative Idea of De-Extinction

Once described as the “intellectual Johnny Appleseed of the counterculture,” writer Stewart Brand, member of the Merry Pranksters and founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, cut an influential swath through the 60s, the 70s, and beyond, helping to birth and shape what we now recognize as the modern-day environmental movement.   The documentary We Are As Gods, receiving limited theatrical exposure in advance of its release across digital platforms on September 6, chronicles Brand’s standing within this community of environmental defenders, and a great schism which has now made enemies of many past friends and supporters.