Indie Films

America ReFramed

America ReFramed brings to life compelling stories, personal voices and experiences that illuminate the contours of our ever-changing country. Since 2012, the series has premiered 170 films - more than half helmed by female makers and a third credited to BIPOC makers - centering stories of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, the formerly incarcerated, veterans, immigrants and more.

Kid Candidate

1h 8m

A viral joke video catapults Hayden Pedigo – a 24-year-old artist and musician in Amarillo, TX – into the spotlight and prompts him to make a surprise bid for city council. With his goal of upending the status quo and ousting corrupt incumbent politicians, KID CANDIDATE follows Pedigo’s unorthodox campaign while unpacking issues of race, income inequality and gentrification in small-town America.

Episodes

  • Kid Candidate: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Kid Candidate

    S10 E9 - 1h 8m

    A viral joke video catapults Hayden Pedigo – a 24-year-old artist and musician in Amarillo, TX – into the spotlight and prompts him to make a surprise bid for city council. With his goal of upending the status quo and ousting corrupt incumbent politicians, KID CANDIDATE follows Pedigo’s unorthodox campaign while unpacking issues of race, income inequality and gentrification in small-town America.

  • La Manplesa: An Uprising Remembered: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    La Manplesa: An Uprising Remembered

    S10 E8 - 52m 16s

    On May 5th, 1991, people took to the streets of Washington D.C.’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood to protest the police shooting of a young Salvadoran man, Daniel Gomez. Through testimony, song, poetry, and street theater, LA MANPLESA: An Uprising Remembered weaves together the collective memory of one of D.C.’s first barrios and dives into the roots of the '91 rebellion.

  • Any Given Day: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Any Given Day

    S10 E7 - 1h 24m

    Filmmaker Margaret Byrne follows three formerly incarcerated Chicagoans as they manage their respective mental illnesses while searching for stability in their families, friendships, jobs and housing. While documenting the challenges that are faced at the intersections of a punitive carceral system, poverty and substance use, Byrne reckons with her own history of mental illness.

  • Geographies of Kinship: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Geographies of Kinship

    S10 E5 - 1h 19m

    GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP weaves together the complex personal histories of four adult adoptees born in South Korea with the rise of the country’s global adoption program. Raised in foreign families, each adoptee sets out on a journey to reconnect with their roots, mapping the geographies of kinship that bind them to a homeland they never knew.

  • Daughter of a Lost Bird: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Daughter of a Lost Bird

    S10 E4 - 1h 6m

    Kendra, a Native adoptee, grew up assimilated in a loving, white family with little connection to her heritage. Now, as an adult with a family of her own, Kendra embarks on a seven year journey to find her biological mother, April, and return to her Lummi homeland. Together, Kendra and April, also a Native adoptee, navigate what it means to be Native and to belong to a tribe from the outside.

  • Sapelo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Sapelo

    S10 E3 - 1h 31m

    On Sapelo island, two young brothers, JerMarkest and Jonathan, are coming of age in the last remaining enclave of the Saltwater Geechee. As Sapelo’s storyteller and elder matriarch, their adoptive mother, Cornelia Walker Bailey, works to preserve what remains of her African-American community in the face of encroachment by property developers.

  • For the Love of Rutland: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    For the Love of Rutland

    S10 E2 - 1h 24m

    An attempt to bring Syrian refugees to invigorate the economically struggling and predominantly white town of Rutland, VT unleashes deep partisan rancor. Despite a lifetime of feeling invalidated and shamed for her poverty and addiction, long-time Rutland resident, Stacie, emerges as an unexpected and resilient leader in a town divided by class, cultural values and political leanings.

  • Fannie Lou Hamer's America: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Fannie Lou Hamer's America

    S10 E1 - 58m 41s

    Fannie Lou Hamer's America is a portrait of a civil rights activist and the injustices in America that made her work essential. Through public speeches, personal interviews, and powerful songs of the fearless Mississippi sharecropper-turned-human-rights-activist, Fannie Lou Hamer's America explores and celebrates the lesser-known life of one of the Civil Rights Movement’s greatest leaders.

Extras + Features

  • The Death of My Two Fathers | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Death of My Two Fathers | Trailer

    S11 E2 - 2m 30s

    After 20 years, Sol Guy finally watches his late father’s tapes and embarks on a personal journey of healing and reconciliation. At once a conversation between past and present and a letter to Sol’s children, THE DEATH OF MY TWO FATHERS reveals the complexities of identity, the persistence of racial trauma, the challenges of fatherhood -- and the liberation that exists in facing our own mortality.

  • Big Chief, Black Hawk | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Big Chief, Black Hawk | Trailer

    S11 E1 - 2m 19s

    Big Chief Tee is a high school senior and the youngest Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief in New Orleans. During COVID-19, he and the Black Hawk Hunters navigate the impacts of gentrification and systemic racism on their annual masking tradition. Through haute couture, movement, and words, BIG CHIEF, BLACK HAWK celebrates the beauty and resilience of “the culture” even in the face of crisis and change.

Schedule

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    Vision Portraits

    Thursday
    Feb 9

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Director Rodney Evans interviews blind and low-vision artists who continue to create art, as he explores how the deterioration of his own vision will impact his life and work.
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    America ReFramed

    Vision Portraits

    Friday
    Feb 10

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Director Rodney Evans interviews blind and low-vision artists who continue to create art, as he explores how the deterioration of his own vision will impact his life and work.
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    America ReFramed

    Vision Portraits

    Friday
    Feb 10

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Director Rodney Evans interviews blind and low-vision artists who continue to create art, as he explores how the deterioration of his own vision will impact his life and work.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Vision Portraits

    Friday
    Feb 10

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Director Rodney Evans interviews blind and low-vision artists who continue to create art, as he explores how the deterioration of his own vision will impact his life and work.
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    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Vision Portraits

    Saturday
    Feb 11

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Director Rodney Evans interviews blind and low-vision artists who continue to create art, as he explores how the deterioration of his own vision will impact his life and work.
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    America ReFramed

    Vision Portraits

    Sunday
    Feb 12

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Director Rodney Evans interviews blind and low-vision artists who continue to create art, as he explores how the deterioration of his own vision will impact his life and work.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Vision Portraits

    Sunday
    Feb 12

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Director Rodney Evans interviews blind and low-vision artists who continue to create art, as he explores how the deterioration of his own vision will impact his life and work.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Vision Portraits

    Sunday
    Feb 12

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Director Rodney Evans interviews blind and low-vision artists who continue to create art, as he explores how the deterioration of his own vision will impact his life and work.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Big Chief, Black Hawk

    Thursday
    Feb 16

    1 Hour

    Big Chief Tee, the youngest Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief in New Orleans, and the Black Hawk Hunters navigate the impacts of gentrification and systemic racism on their annual masking tradition.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Big Chief, Black Hawk

    Friday
    Feb 17

    1 Hour

    Big Chief Tee, the youngest Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief in New Orleans, and the Black Hawk Hunters navigate the impacts of gentrification and systemic racism on their annual masking tradition.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Big Chief, Black Hawk

    Friday
    Feb 17

    1 Hour

    Big Chief Tee, the youngest Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief in New Orleans, and the Black Hawk Hunters navigate the impacts of gentrification and systemic racism on their annual masking tradition.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Big Chief, Black Hawk

    Friday
    Feb 17

    1 Hour

    Big Chief Tee, the youngest Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief in New Orleans, and the Black Hawk Hunters navigate the impacts of gentrification and systemic racism on their annual masking tradition.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Big Chief, Black Hawk

    Saturday
    Feb 18

    1 Hour

    Big Chief Tee, the youngest Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief in New Orleans, and the Black Hawk Hunters navigate the impacts of gentrification and systemic racism on their annual masking tradition.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Big Chief, Black Hawk

    Sunday
    Feb 19

    1 Hour

    Big Chief Tee, the youngest Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief in New Orleans, and the Black Hawk Hunters navigate the impacts of gentrification and systemic racism on their annual masking tradition.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Big Chief, Black Hawk

    Sunday
    Feb 19

    1 Hour

    Big Chief Tee, the youngest Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief in New Orleans, and the Black Hawk Hunters navigate the impacts of gentrification and systemic racism on their annual masking tradition.
  • Image
    America ReFramed: TVSS: Iconic

    America ReFramed

    Big Chief, Black Hawk

    Sunday
    Feb 19

    1 Hour

    Big Chief Tee, the youngest Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief in New Orleans, and the Black Hawk Hunters navigate the impacts of gentrification and systemic racism on their annual masking tradition.

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