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Prom Night In Mississippi

Prom Night In Mississippi traces the tumultuous events leading up to Charleston's first integrated prom

Bring Your A Game

A groundbreaking documentary film that sheds light on the resilience and influence of black males

The exploration of the present economic cataclysm and it's roots of narcissism and self-indulgence

Wind power... It's green... It's good... Or is it? WINDFALL exposes the dark side of wind energy development when the residents of a rural upstate New York town consider going green

Denied

Simultaneously battling cancer and abandonment by her insurance company, one woman fights for her right to health care

9500 Liberty

A culture war erupts over immigration and a community is torn apart

On Native Soil

ON NATIVE SOIL details the systemic failures in U.S. national security that led to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Gerrymandering

For the first time, Gerrymandering exposes the most effective form of manipulating elections short of outright fraud

A one hour documentary and the result of a process of creative collaboration where a group of 14 photojournalists and videographers shot a collective documentation of Greece during the recent economic crisis

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  • Get To Know The Incumbent

    Becoming Barack / 2009 / 41 minutes

    Undoubtedly, Barack Obama’s Presidential term has been met with a variety of disparate reactions.  From continued support and admiration, to constant criticism and disapproval, Obama’s Presidency has driven a seemingly deep divide within America.  In addition, Obama’s past has been the subject of much investigation, scrutiny, and defense.  From William Ayers to the Birther Movement, President Obama’s past has seen controversy; yet, Becoming Barack gives us a clear portrait of Obama’s career as it led to his election in 2008.

  • Bigger Than The Beatles

    Bigger than the Beatles / 2010 / 81 minutes

    Woulda? Coulda? Shoulda? Were you there? Two million people showed up to celebrate the Inauguration of Barack Obama-now you can be part of the festivities. Bigger than the Beatles takes you to Washington, D.C. for the week of January 20, 2009. It captures the energy and spirit of that historic event as seen through the eyes of Everyday People. The title comes from a high school girl from Georgia who explains why she has been standing in the freezing cold for ten hours hoping for a glimpse of the new president.

  • The Thrill of Being a Player--How Grassroots Organizations Are The New Powers in American Politics

    MoveOn: The Movie / 2009 / 94 minutes

    Campaigns and money seem to be intertwined.  Campaign finance reform is a phrase that always inspired but never comes to fruition.  Various grassroots organizations such as MoveOn generate millions of dollars in campaign finance; yet, how much influence should money actually have on an election?  Is money speech?  Are organizations such as move only contributing the the dependence of political power on financial standing?  MoveOn: The Movie examines the organization that has given so much to the Democratic Party; yet, you will have to decide for yourself whether the money they generate contributes to the democratic process.

  • After Hurricane Sandy, "Violent Earth" Feels More Relevant Than Ever

    Violent Earth / 2006 / 52 minutes
    Posted by Anthony Kaufman


    If issues of climate change and environmental collapse were absent for most of this year's election campaign, Hurricane Sandy put those issues firmly back in play. President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney had to tone down their calls for oil drilling and rethink their positions on climate change and disaster relief. Even with the cataclysmic destruction of Sandy, many Americans still have doubts about the earth's increasingly changing weather patterns. Which is why "Violent Earth," a chilling National Geographic horror show, may be more essential viewing than ever. Read More and Watch >>

  • More Inconvenient Truths: The Geopolitics of "Climate Refugees"

    Climate Refugees / 2010 / 84 minutes
    Posted by Anthony Kaufman


    So far 2012 is the hottest year on record in the United States, according to the most recent report from the National Climatic Data Center. For all those naysayers who scoffed at "The Inconvenient Truth"'s dire warnings six years ago, consider this: Exceptional cases of drought plagued huge swaths of Midwestern and Southern states this summer such as Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, and Phoenix, Arizona experienced record highs of 116 degrees. Don't believe in global warming yet? Then watch "Climate Refugees," Michael Nash's 2010 documentary that has become all the more prescient considering the past year's weather patterns. Read More and Watch >> 

  • Addicted to Foreign Oil

    We Have The Power / 2008 / 61 minutes

    America is under assault from key oil producing states. The energy prices and policies of these radical regimes are systematically undermining our economy, our national security and our way of life. We pay a hefty ransom for oil - $2 billion every day - to the likes of Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Venezuela, as well as other foreign powers. Americans are sick and tired of our broken energy policy, and we want real solutions. WE HAVE THE POWER highlights America's abundant energy resources, including the vast amount of oil and gas offshore in the Outer Continental Shelf and in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). It also explores fascinating topics including hydroelectric, wind power, oil shale, natural gas, hydrogen, plug-in hybrids, electric cars, biofuels, solar, clean coal, nuclear power, the need for new refineries and the problem of a runaway litigation.

  • An Inside Look At The Radical Organization

    The Weather Underground / 2003 / 92 minutes

    The remarkable story of The Weathermen, a radical and militant organization in the 1970s, who in protest of the Vietnam War and racism in America, staged a low-level war to overthrow the U.S. government. Featuring interviews with former members, some of who were placed on the F.B.I.'s Most Wanted List, this is a compelling look at the rise and fall of a radical organization and idealism taken to its extremes.

  • What is the Legacy of Occupy: 1-Year Anniversary Brings New Protests and New Docs

    #whilewewatch / 2012 / 38 minutes
    Posted by Anthony Kaufman


    On the 1-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, hundreds of protesters converged today on New York City’s financial district, with dozens reportedly arrested by the NYPD. If OWS demonstrators continue to struggle in their fight for economic equality, they must also contend with the way they are represented in the history books and mainstream media that shape public opinion. On the eve of the release of Stephen Bannon's anti-OWS doc "Occupy Unmasked," another, more sympathetic view of Occupy can be seen in Kevin Breslin's "#whilewewatch," which examines the group as a social media juggernaut and enlivening people's movement. Read More and Watch >>

  • What makes us exceptional?

    A City Upon A Hill: The Spirit of American Exceptionalism / 2011 / 63 minutes

    At the time of our founding, no other nation had adopted the radical ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. No other nation had declared, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights" --rights that no king or government could take away. A CITY UPON A HILL explores the concept of American Exceptionalism from its origin to the present day. What makes our Declaration of Independence and Constitution special? Why did George Washington relinquish power? How did we climb out of the Great Depression to become the world's greatest economic power? Why did we lead the liberation of Europe during World War II? And why was it important to be the first to land on the moon?

  • Women's Issues Take Over Campaigns; "The Abortion Pill" Debate Continues

    The Abortion Pill / 1999 / 55 minutes
    Posted by Anthony Kaufman

    Propelled by questions about insurance coverage for contraception and Mitt Romney's now-infamous "binders full of women" comment at the second Presidential Debate, women's issues are once again at the center of this year's election tussle. The flap offers further proof that women's healthcare and the delicate issue of abortion continue to be one of the country's most divisive issues. Witness "The Abortion Pill": In the late 1990s, filmmakers Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt investigated the highly controversial drug, RU486, a.k.a. mifepristone, which stops pregnancies without the need for surgery, examining those for and against it. In 2012, the battle is still being waged.

  • While V.P.s Debate Medicare, Americans "Denied" Coverage

    Denied / 2010 / 12 minutes
    Posted by Anthony Kaufman

    On Thursday night, vice-presidential rivals Republican Paul Ryan and Democrat Joe Biden engaged in a fierce debate over their party's stark differences. But some of their sharpest exchanges dealt with the future of Medicare. If Ryan and Biden spoke mostly in abstractions, the harsh realities of everyday Americans seeking ways to survive illness comes to the fore in Julie Winokur's award-winning short documentary "Denied." The harrowing story of Sheila Wessenberg, a woman with breast cancer who couldn't find a way to pay for treatment, the movie succinctly tells her story: Insurance wouldn't cover her pre-existing condition; she had to stop chemotherapy; and Medicare wasn't an option. As Wessenberg says in the film, "You have to wait 24 months to be eligible for Medicare. I said I don't know if I'm going to alive 24 months." Read More and Watch >>

  • Creative Responses: Talking Art and Politics with DJ Spooky, John Sayles and Antonio D'Ambrosio

    Let Fury Have the Hour / 2012 / 87 minutes
    Posted by Anthony Kaufman

    "Politics has become something that's done to us," said filmmaker Antonio D'Ambrosio last night at New York's Paley Center for Media. "The great thing about art is that it's something that we do. And that's what democracy should be: it's something that we do." D'Ambrosio's activist sentiment embodied SnagFilms' Social Screening of his film, "Let Fury Have the Hour," a documentary about the intersection of art and politics, conducted Tuesday night at the Paley Center. After the movie, Tribeca Enterprises Chief Creative Officer and former Sundance honcho Geoffrey Gilmore moderated a post-screening discussion, which also included legendary American independent filmmaker John Sayles and groundbreaking artist DJ Spooky, both of whom also appear in the documentary. Read More and Watch >>

  • "The Corporation" Stays As Timely As Ever

    The Corporation / 2004 / 142 minutes
    Posted by Anthony Kaufman


    If corporations are people, too, as Mitt Romney has reminded us, they are, says Noam Chomsky in the landmark documentary "The Corporation," "a special kind of person who have no moral conscience, designed only to be concerned for their stockholders." Or even worse--as the film goes on to suggest, they're psychopaths, exhibiting all of the traits of the typical anti-social personality, such as "callous unconcern for the feelings of others" and "incapacity to experience guilt. Read More and Watch >>

  • The Battle to Stop Mountaintop Removal

    On Coal River / 2011 / 81 minutes

    Ed Wiley once worked at the same coal plant that threatens his granddaughter’s elementary school. When his local government refuses to act, Ed embarks on a quest to have the school relocated to safer ground.  With a sharp sense of right and wrong, Ed confronts his local school board, the state government, and a notorious coal company for putting his granddaughter and his community at risk. Along the way, Ed is helped by his neighbors Bo and Judy, who are locked in their own battle with the company over their practice of “mountaintop removal” — blowing up mountains to extract coal. Together, Bo and Judy help Ed bring attention to the dangers at Marsh Fork Elementary, hoping that if they save the school, they can save the valley.

  • Once Great Cities Are Now Floundering

    The Forgotten City / 2009 / 121 minutes

    Given the United States’ current economic situation, “Strained budgets are forcing police layoffs that many cities cannot afford to make,” thus contributing to an increased crime rate. Watch The Forgotten City and see how a once flourishing city took an economic downturn, leading to tense race and political relations. How will the next president address the issue of economy and jobs?

  • What Do a Billion Muslims Really Think? It's not violent protest.

    Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think / 2010 / 58 minutes
    Posted by Anthony Kaufman

    As Muslim protests continue to sweep across the world, from the Middle East all the way to Thailand, sparked by an offensive anti-Islamic video on YouTube, much of the Western media has continued to perpetuate an image of Muslims as violent faceless mobs. Not since the Iraq War have news images been dominated by so many pictures of gun-toting, angry Arab thugs. But as with all political events, the real story is far more complex, as the recent documentary "Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think" shows. Rather than inflammatory pictures, the film offers extremely valuable information and a far more accurate depiction of the Muslim world. Read More and Watch >>

  • "Krisis" Puts Human Face on Greece's Debt Crisis

    Krisis / 2011 / 62 minutes
    Posted by Anthony Kaufman


    In Greece today, widespread demonstrations exploded across Athens to protest against proposed new austerity measures, according to the New York Times, which would cut billions of euros from salaries and pensions. While a peaceful 24-hour strike was called, a group of people wearing black facemasks threw Molotov cocktails at police. But who are the protestors and what exactly do they want? Nikos Katsaounis and Nina Maria Pashalidou's recent documentary "Krisis" goes beyond the headlines of economic panic to reveal the real people effected by it. Read More and Watch >>

  • Steering Away From Our Dependence on Foreign Oil

    Fuel / 2009 / 112 minutes

    Eleven years in the making, FUEL is the in-depth personal journey of filmmaker and eco-evangelist Josh Ticknell, who takes us on a hip, fast-paced road trip into America’s dependence on foreign oil. Combining a history lesson of the US auto and petroleum industries and interviews with a wide range of policy makers, educators, and activists such as Woody Harrelson, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young and Willie Nelson. Animated by powerful graphics, FUEL looks into our future offering hope via a wide-range of renewable energy and bio-fuels. Winner of the Sundance Audience Award.

  • It's the Global Economy, Stupid!

    The Red Tail / 2009 / 86 minutes
    Posted by Anthony Kaufman

    "It's the economy, stupid."  In 1992, it was this strategic message that Bill Clinton used to wage his successful presidential campaign against sitting president George H. W. Bush. While times have changed, the issue remains the most dominant in this year's campaign. Speaking at Wednesday's Democratic National Convention, former President Clinton once again emerged with a similar message, which resonates with a number of documentaries that have been made in recent years; one, "The Red Tail," stretches back to 2005, when some 4,400 Northwest Airline mechanics went on strike after the company demanded massive wage-cuts and layoffs. The conflict did not resolve well, with thousands losing their jobs to oursourcing. Read More and Watch >>

  • One Year Anniversary of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    Don't Ask, Don't Tell / 2011 / 85 minutes

    With the official repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy on September 20th, 2011, actor Marc Wolf, filmmaker John C. Walsh, and Creative Consultant Mary Harron bring Wolf’s acclaimed one-man Off Broadway show to the screen. The text from Wolf’s Obie Award-winning Off-Broadway show Another American: Asking and Telling was created verbatim from tape-recorded interviews conducted between 1996 and 1999. Like the play, this adaptation, aptly titled Don't Ask, Don't Tell, uses Wolf's interviews with hundreds of soldiers and veterans, male and female, gay and straight and distills them into a compelling, and deeply humanist, exploration of this highly politicized issue.

  • "Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath" Chronicles America's Growing Divide

    Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon / 2006 / 72 minutes
    Posted by Anthony Kaufman


    "Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon" tells an enduring story of the competing ideologies that divide this country. While the movie covers events that took place several years ago, director Peter Richardson's debut documentary remains as timely as ever this election season, as it chronicles a conflict of old-school values vs. progressive ideals, educated elite vs. blue-collar workers; industry vs. environmentalism. Read More and Watch >>

  • The Life of the Great Communicator

    Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny / 2009 / 84 minutes

    Rendezvous with Destiny traces the path of Reagan's remarkable life, from his childhood in Tampico and Dixon, Illinois, through his career in Hollywood and his time in the Governor's mansion in California, and on to his two terms in the White House. Through this journey, we see how Reagan formed his conservative principles and came to view America as a "shining city on a hill." This film explores how Reagan, "The Great Communicator," used his words and vision to help restore our confidence in the nation and its future. Through President Reagan's leadership, America emerged from a recession with then-unprecedented economic growth.

  • Can Political Films Lead to Outrage and Murder? Only if They're Provocation

    Posted by Anthony Kaufman

    Political films are meant to outrage, galvanize and incite viewers to action. But something went horribly wrong yesterday when Islamic protests at the U.S. consulates in Egypt and Libya lead to the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three American staffers, reportedly based on a trailer of an anti-Muslim movie called "Innocence of Muslims." Currently going viral on YouTube, the 14-minute trailer appears so poorly conceived -- a low-budget lampooning of Islam and the Prophet Muhammed -- that one is hard-pressed to take it seriously. But as the stellar box office performance of Dinesh D'Souza's Obama-bashing documentary "2016: Obama's America" has shown, it doesn't take intelligent insights or solid evidence to move audiences; it just takes provocation. 

  • When Did Unions Go Bad? "Harlan County U.S.A." Remains Powerful Reminder of Labor's Goodwill

    Harlan County, USA / 1976 / 103 minutes
    Posted by Anthony Kaufman


    When did unions become the bad guys in American politics? It wasn't so long ago that labor unions were seen as protecting the rights and livelihoods of American workers over the callous interests of the corporations that employed them. But as Chicago's teachers continue to go on strike against the city, they face an even bigger uphill battle: public opinion. According to Gallup polling, between 1998 and 2011 Americans have become increasingly skeptical of teachers' unions, with 26% disapproving of them in 1998 to 47% in 2011. But one of the most important documentaries ever made, Barbara Kopple's 1976 Oscar winner "Harlan County, U.S.A." offers an important counterpoint to this negativity towards unions in its harrowing, intimate portrait of a long-running coal mining strike in Kentucky. Read More and Watch >>

  • A Tribute to Labor Unions

    American Dream / 1990 / 98 minutes

    American Dream is a feature documentary film, which tells the story of meatpackers’ years-long strike in Austin, Minnesota. Barbara Kopple and her crew spent four years filming the drama within the Austin community and the ensuing debates among labor organizations across the country. Brothers and neighbors must eventually make the painful and emotional decision whether the strike or their families take precedent as members of Austin’s P-9 Union consider crossing the picket line. The film is a human look at the brutal consequences of corporate greed and Reaganomics. It is an intimate portrait of working families in America whose efforts to make a living are challenged time and again, and it is a tribute to the noble spirit of labor unions all over the nation.

  • Inside The World of Ex-Gay Ministries

    Chasing the Devil: Inside the Ex-Gay Movement / 2009 / 102 minutes

    John Sterback is a member of the most politically incorrect subculture in America. He's a self-described 'Ex-gay', someone who claims to have changed his sexual orientation from gay to straight. Richard Cohen is John's inspiration. He represents the face of the ex-gay movement, while working hard to hide his own controversial past. CHASING THE DEVIL uncovers the truth behind the claims of reparative therapists who attack gay identity as nothing more than a developmental disorder that can be fixed with a healthy dose of therapy and prayer. Joanne Highley and Peterson Toscano take viewers even deeper, inside the world of ex-gay ministries -- specifically journeying inside New York City's Life Ministry, where Demons are believed to cause homosexuality and exorcisms are the preferred form of treatment.

  • Cory Booker Is On Fire!

    Street Fight / 2006 / 83 minutes

    Going against the incumbent can be difficult--there are long days and even longer nights, lots of cold calls, and in the end, you may not even make a dent in the votes. But Cory Booker didn't run against an incumbent because he knew it would be easy. He did it because he believed it was the necesssary thing to do. Nominated for an Academy Award, this film chronicles the hard-fought campaign for mayor of Newark, New Jersey by Cory Booker, a young community activist and City Council member, against a 16-year incumbent with a powerful political machine.

  • "9500 Liberty" Reveals Latino Population Not Just Key to Election Victory, But American Prosperity

    9500 Liberty / 2010 / 81 minutes
    Posted by Anthony Kaufman


    Among the takeaways of last night's Democratic Convention was the party's emphasis on immigrants, and particularly the country's growing Latino population—a sore spot for the Romney camp, who is lagging far behind Obama with Latino voters (according to some polls, Obama leads 65% to 26% in the demographic). But Republicans only have themselves to blame for alienating Latino voters. Arizona's G.O.P. Governor Jan Brewer has pushed hard to estrange the state's Latino community, for example. And while the effects of Arizona's anti-immigration laws—and other states like Alabama's—hasn't been documented, similar laws in the community of Prince William County, Virginia, are shown to be highly problematic for its community in "9500 Liberty," a recent documentary that remains as topical as it is prescient. Read More and Watch >>

  • Nuclear TIpping Point

    Nuclear Tipping Point / 2010 / 55 minutes

    Nuclear Tipping Point is a conversation with four men intimately involved in American diplomacy and national security over the last four decades. Former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry and former Senator Sam Nunn share the personal experiences that led them to write three Wall Street Journal op-eds, in support of a world free of nuclear weapons and the steps needed to get there. Their efforts have reframed the global debate on nuclear issues and, according to the New York Times, "sent waves through the global policy establishment."

  • A Tribute to Working American Families

    Harlan County, USA / 1976 / 103 minutes

    Harlan County, USA is a feature documentary film, which tells the story of the striking coal miners of Eastern Kentucky. Barbara Kopple and her crew spent three years filming within the mining community and 180 families' bitter struggle to win a contract.  Facing dangerous and violent anti-union gun thugs and the brutal murder of one of their own, the striking miners fearlessly face the picket line day in and day out in the hopes of securing a fare wage and a better way of life for their families.  The film is a tribute to the working families of America, particularly the women of Harlan County who actively organized and spearheaded efforts to keep the struggle alive.

  • Does Running for President Begin in Adolescence?

    Third Monday in October / 2006 / 91 minutes
    Posted by Anthony Kaufman


    What does it take to get ahead in politics these days? Popularity, a savvy marketing campaign, a cool haircut. If Presidential politics involving the future of the economy and national security might seem a far cry from middle school elections, with its impassioned calls for better Jamba Juice flavors and newer textbooks, think again. In Vanessa Roth's documentary "Third Monday in October," one gets the sense that pint-sized candidates aren't so different from their adult counterparts. "There is an underlying theme that I saw unfold in making the film," says director Vanessa Roth. "This is the troubling fact that things don’t change an awful lot between the politics of middle school elections and the road to becoming president of the United States. In both we see how our votes are strongly influenced by popularity, image and a good marketing campaign." Read More and Watch >>

  • The Thrill of Being a Player--How Grassroots Organizations Are The New Powers in American Politics

    MoveOn: The Movie / 2009 / 94 minutes

    Campaigns and money seem to be intertwined.  Campaign finance reform is a phrase that always inspired but never comes to fruition.  Various grassroots organizations such as MoveOn generate millions of dollars in campaign finance; yet, how much influence should money actually have on an election?  Is money speech?  Are organizations such as move only contributing the the dependence of political power on financial standing?  MoveOn: The Movie examines the organization that has given so much to the Democratic Party; yet, you will have to decide for yourself whether the money they generate contributes to the democratic process.

  • Gerrymandering Exposes How Elections Get Manipulated

    Gerrymandering / 2010 / 77 minutes

    Do you know what your district looks like? Some districts, such as Maryland’s 3rd, have a shape that looks something like a vertical ‘z,’ or a dragon, or maybe even a sea lion.  These lines are not by accident.  After each census, a redistricting process occurs and many times districts are configured so that a party will comfortably control the district for the foreseeable future.  In a sense, at the local level, your vote might not matter, as your district’s choice for representation has been predetermined.  This will not affect the presidential election this November, but if the party you tend to choose in local elections always wins, watch GERRYMANDERING and you might see exactly why this is the case.

  • “I will never get on stage and say ‘vote for my dad over this democrat’”

    Republican Dad / 2010 / 35 minutes

    “If you’re not liberal when you’re young, you don’t have a heart. If you’re not conservative when you’re old, then you don’t have a brain.” Jeff Hatch-Miller, an Arizona politician, spoke these words in an exclusive interview with his son and filmmaker, Robert. As Robert worked in New York to support Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, his Republican Dad was busy running for the U.S. House of Representatives. Take a look into what happens when political beliefs clash within a family.

  • Fagbug

    Fagbug / 2010 / 82 minutes

    A young grad student named Erin was shocked one day when she found out her VW Beetle was graffiti'd with 'u r gay' and 'fag'. Not deterred, Erin decided to embrace what happened by leaving the graffiti on her car. She took her car, now known worldwide as the "fagbug," on a 58-day trip around the United States and Canada. Along the way, Erin discovered other, more serious hate crimes, had people attempt to remove the graffiti, and experimented with having a male drive her car. After driving the fagbug for one year, Erin decided to give her car a makeover...

  • "Windfall" Stirs Up Debate on Wind Power Tax Credit

    Posted by Anthony Kaufman


    While the chants of "Drill, Baby, Drill" aren't as loud this election season, the country remains divided as ever about our nations' energy policy. Are oil, coal and nuclear power still the best ways to fuel our growing energy needs, or should we increase our investments in developing alternative and more renewable energies? Wind power, for example, has become a hot topic of debate this election season, particularly since a crucial federal tax credit for the energy resource is set to expire at the end of this year. President Obama wants to continue the subsidy; Romney says he would let it expire. Beyond the heated political rhetoric, Laura Israel's engaging and fair-minded documentary "Windfall" puts a human face on the wind-power debate. Read More and Watch >>

  • Shepard Fairey Creates Art for Snag The Vote

    Posted by SnagFilms Staff


    Renowned artist Shepard Fairey has created six posters to be used in the "Snag the Vote 2012" initiative from SnagFilms. The posters are further inspired by Antononio D'Ambrosio's film, LET FURY HAVE THE HOUR, which will premiere in October using SnagFilm's Social Screening (TM) technology.

    LET FURY HAVE THE HOUR explores how artists and activists (such as Eve Ensler, Chuck D, Tom Morello, and Shepard himself) used "creative response" to promote social change and increase youth participation in politics. Artists and activists alike use film as a political tool to educate and inform the public about issues. D'Ambrosio regarded SnagFilms as a unique hub for social change films, and immediately understood the potential impact of "Snag the Vote 2012." Check out the first poster right on this main page. We're proud of his work.

  • Politicians and Lobbyists Determine Elections as Much as Voters, Docs Suggest

    Posted by Anthony Kaufman

    With the Republican convention finally ready to start, let's consider for a moment the ways that our political parties try to yank control of the White House and tilt the balance of power of Congress in their favor. It's not persuasive campaign ads, a platform of compelling ideas, or reaching out to the American people. In documentaries like Jeff Reichert's "Gerrymandering," Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck's "The Big Buy: Tom Delay's Stolen Congress," and Alex Gibney's "Casino Jack and the United States of Money," it's apparent that much of our politics doesn't take place in voting booths, but in the secret meetings of the powerful and the wealthy.  Read More and Watch >>

  • The story of how Tom Delay stole the U.S. Congress.

    The Big Buy: Tom Delay's Stolen Congress / 2006 / 76 minutes

    Tom DeLay was first elected to Congress as a Republican representative from Sugar Land, TX in 1984. He quickly earned the nickname "the Hammer" in the House of Representatives for his habit of making life extremely difficult for all who opposed him, insuring his GOP colleagues voted as party leaders wanted. When DeLay became the House Majority Leader in 2002, he made his agenda very clear: he would eliminate the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, among various other things in order to support big business. This is the documentary on how all of DeLays grandiose plans unravel into a writhing mess of lies, criminal conspiracy, and money laundering.

  • Dangers On Both Sides of the Border

    Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration / 2006 / 93 minutes

    The combination of human and drug trafficking across the United States-Mexico border has been called "the illegal immigration invasion." It's a serious national security and humanitarian problem. Dangers are escalating on both sides of the issue, and BORDER WAR documents the lives of five individuals affected by the massive rise in illegal immigration - primarily via the porous U.S. southern border. The story is told through the eyes of those involved firsthand, prompting viewers to think about the issue on a personal level. Although there are no easy answers, the compelling stories and incredible visuals will leave viewers demanding one; the safety, economy and way of life for U.S. citizens depends on it.

  • Beyond Ryan's Rhetoric: The Human Side of the Healthcare Debate

    Posted by Anthony Kaufman

    Last night, Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan's speech at the Republican National Convention specifically attacked so-called "Obamacare," the current Administration's heathcare overhaul, which was recently upheld by the Supreme Course. But the G.O.P.'s anti-government platform, which attacks the country's social safety net, ignores the existence of the tens of millions of unemployed and working poor Americans who need help.Katie Falkenberg's accomplished short documentary "Uninsured in the Mississippi Delta" puts a sympathetic face on the millions of Americans surviving without health care by focusing on the town of Greenville, Mississippi, which has, on a per-capita basis, the highest number of uninsured households in the country. Read More and Watch>>

  • Capitalism is not the Culprit

    Generation Zero / 2010 / 90 minutes

    Many people would like to think that the economic crisis and the resulting repercussions were all 100% avoidable, and not a byproduct of a system that was designed to fail if unchecked. The current economic crisis is not a failure of capitalism, but a failure of culture. GENERATION ZERO explores the cultural roots of the global financial meltdown - beginning with the narcissism of the 1960's, spreading like a virus through the self-indulgent 1990's, and exploding across the world in the present economic cataclysm. This documentary goes beneath the shallow media headlines and talking head sound bites to get to the source of today's economic nightmare. With a cutting edge style and haunting imagery, this must-see documentary will change everything you thought you knew about Wall Street and Washington.

  • Politicians and Lobbyists Determine Elections as Much as Voters, Docs Suggest

    Posted by Anthony Kaufman

    With the Republican convention finally ready to start, let's consider for a moment the ways that our political parties try to yank control of the White House and tilt the balance of power of Congress in their favor. It's not persuasive campaign ads, a platform of compelling ideas, or reaching out to the American people. In documentaries like Jeff Reichert's "Gerrymandering," Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck's "The Big Buy: Tom Delay's Stolen Congress," and Alex Gibney's "Casino Jack and the United States of Money," it's apparent that much of our politics doesn't take place in voting booths, but in the secret meetings of the powerful and the wealthy.  Read More and Watch >>

  • Nine Days That Changed the World

    Nine Days That Changed the World / 2010 / 95 minutes

    Pope John Paul II's historic nine-day pilgrimage to Poland in June of 1979 created a revolution of conscience that transformed Poland and fundamentally reshaped the spiritual and political landscape of the 20th century. Newt and Callista Gingrich, along with a Polish, American, and Italian cast, explore what transpired during these nine days that moved the Polish people to renew their hearts, reclaim their courage, and free themselves from the shackles of Communism. The momentum of this nine-day visit would eventually lead to the fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989 and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

  • State of the Union

    State of the Union / 2006 / 41 minutes
    State of the Union

    Gray area. This is the area between black and white, good and bad, left and right, Republican and Democratic. But what happens when the gray area goes away? An investigation into the last 14 political election cycles shows an ever-growing divide as the country becomes more politically segregated.

  • Politics Post-9/11: "The After Party" Exposes Civil Liberties Crisis on the Campaign Trail

    Posted by Anthony Kaufman

    Whether liberal or libertarian, ACLU or NRA, OWS or Tea Party, both ends of the political spectrum surprisingly agree on one thing: No one likes to be spied on.


    In "THE AFTER PARTY" -- the third in a trilogy of political docs about presidential politics that began with 1992's "THE LAST PARTY," starring Robert Downey, Jr and continued with 2000's "THE PARTY'S OVER," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman -- the comedic antics of the campaign trail and the intricacies of party conventions have given way to a serious inquiry into the dire state of Americans' civil liberties. 
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  • The After Party (After Party)

    The After Party / 2012 / 64 minutes
    Posted by Harrison Bender

    The panel, consisting of filmmaker Michael Schiller and programmer Kelly DeVine, spoke at length about how, despite many changes, there hasn't been a whole lot of differences with how the police have handled protests and mass dissent since the 1960s. Schiller believes that the response to protestors during the 2012 Republican National Convention won't be all that different than previous conventions. But do they think things can change? Absolutely. Their advice to people: vote, be involved, be engaged, and BRING A VIDEO CAMERA! Filming everything, post, and expose the truth.

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