Eugene Kim Captures Important Moment in Asian-American Music
S1 E9 - 4m 25s
For his short film ‘Cherry,’ filmmaker Eugene Kim pulled from his own memories of growing up in 90s Daly City, California, when Filipino DJs were pioneering a new style, B-Boys competed at car shows and everyone knew they were part of a historic moment in music history.
Scars Become Badges of Honor in Talibah Newman’s Films
S1 E8 - 7m 2s
The narrative film director draws on her own family experiences to portray innocence and resilience in her children-centered films.
Pete Lee’s Bold Filmmaking Traverses Genres
S1 E7 - 4m 32s
The Taiwanese-born director and lifelong kung-fu aficionado has worked on martial arts shorts, music videos and a Sundance-selected heist film, 'Don't Be A Hero'.
Nijla Mu'min Creates a Black Muslim Coming-of-Age Story
S1 E6 - 4m 35s
Growing up, director and writer Nijla Mu'min didn't see nuanced representations of girls like her, so she created her own with her semi-autobiographical feature 'Jinn'.
In ‘Rodents of Unusual Size,’ Truth is Stranger Than Fiction
S1 E5 - 6m 22s
Documentary filmmakers Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer spent four years following giant swamp rats decimating the Louisiana coastline—and the local hunters committed to stopping them.
Pamela Chavez's Magical Animation Tells Her Migration Story
S1 E4 - 4m 33s
Pamela Chavez draws on memories of her own family's migration from Costa Rica to the U.S. in her animated short 'Caracol Cruzando'.
Leo Herrera Imagines an Alternate World Without AIDS
S1 E3 - 6m 1s
Leo Herrera's film honors more than 18,500 'Fathers'—notable artists and activists—whose lives were claimed by the AIDS epidemic in the '80s and '90s.
Peter Nicks Navigates Opposing Worlds in 'The Force'
S1 E2 - 7m 48s
Inspired in part by the HBO series 'The Wire' and drawing on his own experiences with law enforcement, Bay Area filmmaker Peter Nicks of 'The Force' spent two years embedded with the Oakland Police, capturing the most turbulent period in the department's history.
‘Moses’ Documentary About Homelessness Changes Lives
S1 E1 - 5m 1s
When Fran Guijarro made a short film about a man who had experienced nearly two decades of homelessness, he never imagined it would be the beginning of a 10-year-long documentary project that transformed the lives of everyone involved.
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