MentorMentor, Ohio, is largely white, largely upper middle class, and listed as one of the “Top 100 Places to Live in the United States.” Its attraction for immigrants and others proves to be a deadly illusion. The Vidovics swap the perils of war in Bosnia for trying to fit in to this culture of conformity. Their daughter Sladjana endures constant bullying from 8th grade on. Kids make fun of her name, her Croatian accent, her clothes, and her perceived queerness. She suffers nightly death threats and daily physical abuse. The Vidovics seek help from the school—principals, counselors, nurses, security guards, and the police all systematically fail to stop the bullying or create a safer environment. No abuser is held accountable. Sladjana hangs herself at 16. Another victim of this bullying, Eric Mohat does not tell his parents of his daily physical abuse, being called “fag” and “queer” at school. Eric is finally taunted into killing himself at 17. The Vidovics and Mohats both sue the school district, which pursues a policy of denial, destroys evidence, and willfully refuses to address bullying at all. At its heart, the documentary poses a harrowing question: What tragedies will some endure to maintain the status quo, and what risks must we take to reclaim the future of a community in conflict?"
The Great Space CoasterThe Great Space Coater is a classic half-hour children’s program from the 1980s starring three young adult musicians who board a magical Space Coaster to visit their zany puppet friends and occasionally well-known celebrities of the time. This Peabody Award winning series focuses on a moral lesson in its main storyline and each episode is jam-packed with great musical numbers, whimsical animation, and No Gnews Reports from the renowned Gary Gnu. All proceeds from the sale of the episodes go to preserving the over 200 episodes left to digitize in the tape archives
Being Ginger"Being Ginger" is a wonderful, illuminating look into the life of the film's maker, Scott P. Harris. At first the film seems to be a comedy about a red haired man trying to find love. But through revealing moments, whimsical animation, and real interviews, a universal story arises. We are all different. We all have aspects of our lives that set us apart from the crowd and greatly affect us. In Scott's case, it's his red hair. Through captivating storytelling, we journey with Scott as he lets the viewer into his thoughts, experiences, and internal processing of how his red hair has influence over his life and how it makes him feel about himself. Finding oneself through finding love and being able to accept it, can be experienced by all. So, while the film's title highlights red hair, it is about much, much more. Everyone should watch this film and reflect on what makes them 'ginger' in their own life. And, of course, give a ginger some love.
Rude DudeSteve Rude is “The Dude”--an eccentric personality as colorful as his comic book art. Filmmaker Ian Fischer (Magritte Moment) documents Rude's descent into the world of fine art in Rude Dude, where the artist trades the comic book shop for art gallery walls while dealing with his own personal demons.
Desert RidersCamel racing, often called the Sport of Kings, is one of the most popular sports in the Middle East. Desert Riders is the story of some of the thousands of boys, as young as two years old, who have been trafficked to the Middle East to work as camel jockeys from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mauritania and Sudan. With stunning visuals, Desert Riders illuminates the beauty of the Middle East, while featuring the children and their experiences in a bold, revealing and compelling way.
BoobsBOOBS is a documentary about one girl’s journey through the beauty industry. British model Precious Muir has moved from London to New York to make it as a fashion model. Her career has not been what she had hoped, and she has decided that the best route to success is to undergo breast enhancement surgery. The film follows Precious as she undergoes the procedure (going from a B cup to a D cup), and the unexpected aftermath of this dramatic, life-altering decision.
A Bridge ApartA Bridge Apart is a story about the journey of the thousands of people from Central America and Mexico who leave their homes and families, suffer extraordinary brutality -or loss of life itself- in search of the American Dream. The program also examines ways that economic development can minimize this flow of migration.
We Don't Care About Music Anyway...From radical turntablism (Otomo Yoshihide) to laptop music innovation (Numb), via classical instrument hijacking (Sakamoto Hiromichi), Tokyo's avant-garde music scene is internationally known for its boldness. While introducing some of the greatest musicians of this scene, "We Don't Care About Music Anyway..." offers a kaleidoscopic view of Tokyo, confronting music and noise, sound and image, reality and representation, documentary and fiction. "We don't care about music anyway"... In other words, "we make it and that'sall". Beyond the music and beyond its performance, the future and mode of existence of a city, and society as a whole, are in motion.
Crime: The Animated SeriesCreated by Sam Chou and Alix Lambert, CRIME: The Animated Series is an animated, documentary series revolving around Crime. It is a gritty, raw, disturbing animated documentary of real-life accounts, narrated by everyday people who know all too well the violent struggles of street life and crime. Make no mistake, these cartoon tales are as spine-tingling as any thriller. From bank robbers to cops to victims to observers, Crime: The Animated Series explores how crime affects us all.
Skatopia: 88 Acres of AnarchyMercurial skateboarder Brewce Martin has built a 'sovereign nation' in Appalachia free from society's rules, but his radical twist on the American dream is challenged by bill collectors, a rag-tag labor force and an unexpected stint in the regional jail.
UltrasonicULTRASONIC tells the tale of Simon York, an aspiring musician with a beautiful wife and baby on the way. Ruth, Simon's wife, is supportive of Simon's dream, but their recent financial problems prove to be a strain on them. Simon begins to hear things that Ruth believes is just a result of his stress. Ruth's brother Jonas, an eccentric young conspiracy theorist, is the only person that seems to take Simon seriously. Simon's ailment leads the two of them into an obsession that spirals out of control and leaves everyone wondering, is it real?
Bayou BlueFrom 1997 to 2006, serial killer Ronald Dominique, raped and killed twenty-three men in poverty stricken Southeastern Louisiana. Difficulties in apprehending Dominique ranged from the under funding of law enforcement to a lack of family advocacy for the victims, to the general distraction by other catastrophes, such as hurricane Katrina. Bayou Blue meditates on the decay of a community. It is a portrait of one American region’s descent into darkness.
Man in the Glass: The Dale Brown StoryBorn on Halloween, 1935, Dale Brown's fight for justice began the day his father walked out - two days before he was born. With a cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, John Wooden, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Brando, Dick Vitale, Dick Gregory and Don Yaeger, Man in the Glass: The Dale Brown Story is the "fast-paced"* "must-own"** documentary film about how an overachiever from tiny Minot, North Dakota relentlessly fought, scratched and clawed his way to the top. Hired by Louisiana State University in 1972 as head men's basketball coach, Dale's on-the-court success would quickly become overshadowed by his efforts off of the court. His de-segregation of the basketball program would ultimately lead to the complete integration of the school; his battles with the NCAA, which began in 1981 continue today and his weekly letters to a self-conscious struggling teenager helped to create the superstar the world has come to know simply as "Shaq". Man in the Glass: The Dale Brown Story is the inspiring story of a truly unique man on a life-long quest to answer the question: How much can one man really do?
A Working Title: WunderkindA film about coming of age famous musical prodigy Alex Prior, who was born in London to a Russian mother and British father. Film crew followed Alex and his devoted parents for two years, starting when fourteen-year boy just entered St Petersburg Conservatory as a composer-conductor and ending with prestigious premier of ballet Mowgli inside Moscow Kremlin.
Inspired: The Voices Against Prop 8On November 4, 2008 the voters of California passed Proposition 8 revoking marriage rights for same sex couples. The next day in Los Angeles a movement was born.
The Last PhantomsThe world famous Russian ballet is experiencing some tough times. A group of amateurs tries to revive the past with a performance at the Mariinsky Theatre. However, the audience is professional viewers. Are they ready to carry on a century long tradition of ballet or fail in front a super critical audience?
Makers Our Story"Makers Our Story" is a feature length documentary about the UK independent film industry directed and produced by independent filmmakers. It is an inspirational documentary featuring an array of talent from the UK filmmaking community with interviews from award-winning filmmakers and film industry experts. The documentary gives a rare insight into the work of the indie filmmakers who exist outside of the Hollywood studios and shows the passion and commitment of a generation of filmmakers who share their experiences working in a challenging industry.
Tailgate 32Tailgate32 is a 25,000-mile, cross-country football odyssey in a 42-foot RV. WGN Radio recently described it as "so incredibly cool...and insane!" Led by thrill-seeking brothers John and Mike Trupiano, Football Nation's Tailgate32 will visit all 32 NFL arenas in just 17 weeks this season, before powering on to the playoffs and Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
Pit No. 8In the heart of Ukrainian coal-mining region everybody digs – retirees, unemployed miners and even the children. Years ago, the town's desperate residents decided to start mining illegally; they excavate everywhere: in abandoned mines, under the basements of demolished buildings, in the neighborhood woods and leisure parks, as well as in their own vegetable gardens. The story focuses on the Sikanov family, which has three children. Fifteen-year-old Yura, the grandson of once powerful Soviet plant director, puts his dreams on hold in an emotionally riveting struggle to provide for his sisters the only way possible: illegally, and perilously, mining the remaining scraps in a once-thriving Ukrainian coal town.
Clara Como El AguaClara is the only light-skinned and clear-eyed girl in an all black neighborhood in Puerto Rico. The children tease her endlessly, telling her that her father is some “gringo” tourist whom her mother had an affair with. However, her grandmother tells her a different story: she claims Clara’s mother bathed in the bioluminescent bay while pregnant, giving Clara not only her olive skin tone but also her name, Clara, or, clear. Tired of the harassment and contradicting stories, Clara steals a boat and struggles to reach the bioluminescent bay, where she discovers the water will indeed change her life, but in a way she doesn't expect.
Garden Thieves NewsNews Archive
August 10 2014
"Off We Go!" The Great Space Coaster makes a comeback with fan support
May 16 2014
"Being Ginger" Wins Best International Doc at Global Visions Film Festival
April 17 2014
Feature Documentary Film "Desert Riders" Opening at New York's Quad Cinema
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August 12 2014
Get on Board for a Magical Ride
June 03 2014
Real Animated Crime
May 06 2014
The coming of age of the famous musical prodigy, Alex Prior.
Films Coming Soon
December 02 2014
The Fagbug drives to all 50 states
November 18 2014
Teens in Mentor, Ohio are bullied to suicide
October 21 2014
Inside look at immigration from Central America to the United States
October 14 2014
Aspiring model Precious Muir gets her breasts enlarged in an effort to further her career.
October 07 2014
When legendary comic book artist Steve "The Dude" Rude leaves comics to become a fine artist, the results are devastating to his family and himself.