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Jonah Stands Up

Jonah Bascle was an unconventional mayoral candidate, even by New Orleans standards: artist, comedian, disability-rights activist. Born with muscular dystrophy, Jonah raced against mortality throughout his twenties. Combining humor, political action, and a sense of urgency, Jonah Stands Up challenges stereotypes associated with differently-abled individuals in New Orleans.

Film by Hannah Engelson.

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62 Days

Marlise Munoz was 33 years old and 14 weeks pregnant when she suffered a pulmonary embolism and was pronounced brain-dead. Due to a little-known Texas law, the Munoz family was forced to keep Marlise on life support against her wishes. "62 Days" follows the Munoz family's journey from tragedy to activism as they fight to change this law, revealing the human toll behind a growing political trend.

Produced and directed by Rebecca Haimowitz.

Driven Blind

Dan Parker, a world champion drag racer, struggles to adjust to his new reality after he is blinded in a fiery racing accident. Though visually impaired, Dan has not given up his love of working with his hands, or his love of racing. Driven Blind follows Dan's single-minded quest to find meaningful work and to get back behind the wheel.

Produced and directed by Scott E. Schimmel.

See The Keepers

With unprecedented behind-the-scenes access at the Memphis Zoo, "See the Keepers" gets up close and personal with big cats, penguins, snakes, Komodo dragons, and their human caretakers. When Kofi the giraffe faces an uncertain future, the film bears witness to the complexity of caring for animals in captivity, and the love and fortitude of the keepers that care for them.

Produced and directed by Sara Kaye Larson and Joann Self Selvidge.

Honky Tonk Heaven

Brimming with cowboy boots, country music, and longneck beers, "Honky Tonk Heaven" is a toe-tapping tour of this legendary Texas dancehall. With 50 years under its belt, the Broken Spoke has endured Austin's rapid growth and skyrocketing rents. Beyond the story of its illustrious history and celebrated performers, the Spoke is a treasured family business that has survived against the odds.

Soul City

Learn the story of a group of civil rights activists who attempted to build a multiracial utopia - Soul City - in the heart of North Carolina's Klan country in the 1970s. Rich archival material, interviews with former and current Soul City residents, animation and soulful rhythms of the era bring alive the vision of founder Floyd B. McKissick and his band of idealists who, though the odds were stacked against them, risked it all to build the city of their dreams.

By Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol and Gini Richards.

Eat White Dirt

Discover the oddly spellbinding personal, cultural and scientific history of the deeply transgressive and often misunderstood practice of consuming earth, a phenomenon known as geophagy. The film collects and combines the experiences, processes and explanations of people who eat white dirt with information from the scientists who study the phenomenon. 

By Adam Forrester.

Deep Run

Exiled by family and rejected by an ex, 17-year-old Jasmine finds new love and the courage to become Cole, a strong-willed transgender man, in this powerful verite portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Cole's candid humor and steadfast Christian beliefs counter the bigotry he experiences daily.

By Hillevi Loven and executive produced by Susan Sarandon.