Documentary

RICHARD LINKLATER:

dream is destiny

dir.  Louis Black/Karen Bernstein

A documentary portrait of the director of 'Boyhood' and 'Dazed and Confused' is full of revealing offscreen footage as well as a pinpoint feeling for the filmmaker's visionary humanism.

I'm Gonna Make You Love me

dir.  Karen Bernstein

Fellini meets Motown in i'm gonna make you love me, the tragi-comedic tale of one man’s search for self-acceptance, a journey that included tabloid celebrity, Tupperware parties, and two coming outs – first as a straight woman, then as the gay man he was born to be.

DMT: The Spirit Molecule

dir. Mitch Schultz

Weaves an account of Dr. Rick Strassman's groundbreaking DMT research through a multifaceted approach to this intriguing hallucinogen found in the human brain and hundreds of plants. Utilizing interviews with a variety of experts to explain their thoughts and experiences with DMT within their respective fields, and discussions with Stassman's research volunteers brings to life the awesome effects of this compound, and far-regarding its role in human consciousness.

INQUIRER:  Gene Roberts & the

Golden Age of Newspapers*

dir.  David Layton/Mike Nicholson

Tells the story of legendary newspaper editor Gene Roberts.  Roberts managed to turn the Philadelphia Inquirer - possibly the worst big- city paper in the country in the 1960s - into one of the very best.  This is a fascinating portrait of one man's amazing career and a primer on how a robust press nurtures democracy.

* in post-production

cancerpants

dir.  Nevie Owens

Told with courageous humor and unflinching candor, cancerpants tells the story of spirited and self-aware 36-year-old Austinite Rochelle “Ro” Poulson’s battle to stay strong after an unexpected diagnosis of stage III breast cancer. Unfolding in intimate diary style cancerpants charts Ro and her partner Julie’s emotional odyssey as they engage their entire circle of friends, family and local community to aid Ro’s quest to find meaning, life enrichment and personal growth.

Producing LIGHT

dir.  Karen Bernstein

Arts in Context spends a month with Ballet Austin, as Artistic Director Stephen Mills and company produce a re-staging of the acclaimed Light / Holocaust and Humanity Project. With unprecedented access to the dancers and staff on and off the stage, Producing Light provides a unique look into production for Mills' harrowing work on survival amidst a climate of indifference and hate.

MEXIPHOBIA

dir.  Nevie Owens

Chronicles the struggle of three rural Mexican villages after U.S.'s refusal to preserve familial and cultural bonds along the historic Rio Grande border.

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