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Get Up

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What happens when people give up their seat for a pregnant lady

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Dan Balcaban          Director         

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Arrested (Again)

Arrested (Again)

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Activist Karen Topakian has been arrested dozens of times for using nonviolent civil disobedience to protest nuclear proliferation, human rights abuses, environmental issues, and war. What drives her to repeatedly put her body on the line?

In turn lighthearted and moving, Karen's story speaks to the need for Americans, now more than ever, to exercise this important First Amendment right.

Karen is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Greenpeace, Inc. She began protesting in New York City and her native Rhode Island as well as the greater New England area, and now lives in San Francisco, with her wife, Peg Stevenson.

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Dan Goldes          Director         

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Dan's first film, "ub2", about language related to HIV, was an official selection of 37 U.S. and international festivals, while his second, "Equal Justice Under Law", about the U.S. Supreme Court's marriage equality decision, played at 20 festivals around the world. Dan is currently in production on "5 Blocks", a long-form documentary about a San Francisco neighborhood undergoing its most dramatic change in 50 years. Dan is a graduate of the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking and has served on the screening committees of the San Francisco Green Film Festival and the Sebastopol Documentary Festival. He is currently in the incubator program at San Francisco's Ninth Street Independent Film Center.

Director Statement

"Arrested Again" ties Karen Topakian's long history of nonviolent civil disobedience to today's political situation. With a President unlike any the country has ever known, the constitutional right to demonstrate peacefully is now more important than ever.

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1,2 Million Children

1,2 Million Children

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1,2 Million Children are bought and sold across international borders each year. The majority of these victims are forced into the commercial sex trade. The animation short "1,2 Million Children" focuses on human trafficking through the sight of an african children who pursuits the dream of freedom and becomes a victim of the tragic statistic.

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Effie Pappa          Director         

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Additional Cast and Crew

Marietta Fafouti, Stelios Polychronakis, Stelios Kourpetoris, Lefteris Zanthis, Thanasis Arvanitis

Director Biography

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Effie is a London based award-winning freelance film and advertising Director, Animator and Artist with extensive experience in branding, music promos and films.

Her artistic background and precision to detail led to visually striking films and promos and collaborations with leading agencies and brands such as “La Perla”, Cartè D’Or, Mc Donalds, The Laughing Cow.

In the film world, she is known for her quirky, tragicomical and politically driven stop motion film “My Stuffed Granny”, nominated in more than 200 Film Festivals worldwide (ANNECY, Palm Springs, Raindance) while earning twenty awards for “Best Short Film” during 2014, amongst others in Edinburgh Film Festival.

Her work is featured in BFI Showcase, Short of the Week, Athens Design Week , Promo News and The Fader amongst others.

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The present

The present

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Jake spends most of his time playing videogames
indoors until his mum decides to give him a present.

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Jacob Frey            Director         BOB, Jelly Jeff, Wedding cake, Room on the broom, Jimbo clementine 

Jacob Frey            Writer            BOB, Jelly Jeff, Wedding cake, Room on the broom, Jimbo clementine

Fabio Coala           Writer        

Anna Matacz        Producer       BOB, Jelly Jeff, Bear me, Kellerkind   

Jacob Frey            Producer       BOB, Jelly Jeff, Wedding cake, Room on the broom, Jimbo clementine

Director Biography

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Jacob Frey graduated from the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Animation in 2014. During his studies he decided early on to specialize in character animation and directing and helped animating on several projects at the Filmakademie. In addition he directed four shorts himelf, inter alia "BOB" which was running worldwide on over 250 festivals.
In 2011 Jacob took one year of from university, to gain international experience and worked for Psyop in Los Angeles as an animator. Coming back to Germany he started working on his final thesis script and animated on the Oscar nominated short "Room on the Broom" at Studio Soi.
After that he fully concentrated on creating his final project "The Present" at the Filmakademie, which he finished in early 2014.

This Side of the Dirt

This Side of the Dirt

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Ryan Ederer            Director        

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Humanity Please

Humanity Please

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Music Video: 'Dear God' by Lawless feat. Sydney Wayser
This video is in support of Human Rights. This video aims to highlight the human rights that people around the world lack today and have lacked in the past. This video calls on people to start acting and bring about the positive change that the world needs. This video is a call for people's humanity to start acting.

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Tharushi Wijesena            Director        

Director Biography

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‘My name is Tharushi Wijesena. I am a 17-year-old A-level student aspiring to be a doctor and I am a self published author of ‘The Aveline’ Trilogy and ‘The Mighty Sycamore’.
At my core, I am a mathematical and natural philosopher who hopes to never stop being able to see the geometric and connected beauty of the universe.
I believe that the kindness of a single person has the power to change the world and when I feel the injustice and lack of humanity in the world, I make videos to re-inspire hope and promote love. I have made videos for Human Rights Day, Remembrance Day, Black History Month, Female Empowerment, LGBT History Month and Red Hand for Child Soldiers Day. I have used these videos alongside the talks I deliver at school for these events.’

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Power the Kid

Power the Kid

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To escape the confronting reality of his home life, eight year old Callum retreats to the world of comic books. Stepping forward as his favourite comic book hero, Power the Kid, and together with his older sister Jane, Callum withdraws to his imagination and away from the source of their family's torment. Can Callum find the courage to banish his evil arch nemesis from their lives once and for all?

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Alex Barnes                        Director        

Julian Curtis                       Writer

Ben Hether                          Producer

Julian Mineo                       Key Cast

Zoe Tuckwell-Smith          Key Cast

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The Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative

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The US has the world’s highest incarceration rate, with nearly a third of young black men under some form of criminal justice control.

Seeking freedom for the unjustly imprisoned and reform of the system, Bryan Stevenson and Equal Justice Initiative start with research, share insights with key audiences, and litigate cases with potentially broad impact.

EJI has won relief for hundreds of wrongfully convicted people, successfully argued before the Supreme Court to end life-without-parole sentences for children, challenged excessive sentencing, and more.

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Gabriel Diamond               Director        Less, We Are In The Field

Matthew Beighley             Editor

Director Biography

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Gabriel Diamond started working in video at age 13 at KDOL-TV in Oakland, CA. Now he travels the world making films about people who make things better.

Along with Ken Ikeda he co-founded The Factory, a filmmaking lab for Bay Area youth. Works created under his mentorship won top prizes at dozens of national festivals including an Emmy. His first feature Less, follows and idealistic and troubled a man who has chosen to live on the streets in San Francisco. It received honorable mention for the grand jury prize at Dances With Films Festival.

He shot and acted in How To Cheat which premiered at the LA Film Festival and won best acting ensemble and best narrative at Bend Film Festival.

In 2011 he shot a short documentary in Nepal entitled “We Are In The Field: Adventures of a 3rd World Environmental Activist.” It’s now being developed into a feature length film “All Living Things” with Jane Goodall.

He’s now the staff filmmaker & photographer at the Skoll Foundation in Palo Alto.

Director Statement

It's hard to say anything about Bryan Stevenson without slipping into a state of awe. He's the most inspiring person I've ever met. Period. And I've met a lot of inspiring people.

Operation Mustang™ Documentary – The Plight and Partnership of America’s Military Veterans and Wild Mustangs

Operation Mustang™ Documentary - The Plight and Partnership of America's Military Veterans and Wild Mustangs

Operation Mustang™ Documentary, documents the value of the work being done to help veterans heal from mental, physical, and emotional challenges they face after their military service has ended and particularly a program that teaches them Horsemanship and the skills they need to gentle wild mustangs who have been captured by the Bureau of Land Management and adopted by BraveHearts.

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David Glossberg                        Director

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Page’s Great and Grand Escape

Page's Great and Grand Escape

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In ODE ON A GRECIAN URN, John Keats famously said: "Beauty is truth, truth beauty, that is all; ye know on earth, and all ye need to know." Page, a 16-year-old, is about to find out that Keats was dead wrong.

Page is a misfit, who dreams about being beautiful and popular. She feels unattractive and trapped in her own body, which she considers to be average if not downright repulsive. Only Page is anything but average. She has a special gift: She can communicate telepathically and move objects with her mind.

This gift enables her to pull off the biggest escape of all, an escape from herself. But Page is about to learn the hard way that beauty isn't everything, after all.

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Micky Levy                        Director

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Richard Joel                      Producer

Brian Meade                      Producer

B.K. Cannon                       Key Cast

Noell Coet                           Key Cast

Antonimar Murphy            Key Cast

Director Biography

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RAILS & TIES (Warner Bros.) directed by Alison Eastwood, starring Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden, was Micky’s first produced feature screenplay. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007. Since then, Micky has completed several book adaptations, including AMISH GRACE for which she received a Humanitas Prize nomination and won the Epiphany Prize. AMISH GRACE premiered on Lifetime in 2011.

Micky’s adaptation of Caryl Phillips’ award-winning novel, DANCING IN THE DARK placed in the top ten of the 2015 Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition. Preston Holmes (THE BIRTH OF A NATION), Elliott Williams (NIGHT CATCHES US) and philanthropist Lauren Embrey are producing.

Micky wrote and directed the award-winning short, PAGE’S GREAT AND GRAND ESCAPE, which played at over thirty film festivals, including Foyle Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Lady Filmmakers Film Festival, Raindance and Hollyshorts. The film was picked up by Virgin Produced and is currently playing on Virgin America and in Virgin Hotels.

Micky workshopped her feature script, ALMOST TOTALLY TRUE—a coming-of-age story which she plans to direct—at the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab.

Recently, Micky completed an adaptation for Gumbo Limbo Films and Life Out Loud Films. The dramedy script titled, SPANISH LIMES is a mother-daughter story set in Key West, Florida.

Born and raised in Israel, Micky arrived in Los Angeles when she was a teenager. After acting in a number of films, she studied screenwriting and directing at UCLA.

Director Statement

I believe a film is judged by the degree to which it makes its audience feel and by its ability to transport the viewer to a universe that is new and fantastic, yet somewhat familiar and completely relatable. It’s my aim to create this universe with my work.