2020 | USA | 98 min | Documentary
Director: Sabrina Van Tassel
Producer: Isaac Sharry
Editor: Damien Bois
The State of Texas vs Melissa explores the life journey of Melissa Lucio, the first Hispanic woman to be sentenced to death in the state of Texas. For ten years she has been awaiting her fate, and now faces her last appeal. No one had ever seen Melissa be violent towards her children, yet she was blamed for the daily abuse and subsequent death of her two year-old daughter, who died from blunt head trauma. Set in the heart of the Latino community of South Texas, the film takes a look at Melissa’s broken childhood, her adulthood plagued by poverty and prejudice, and the miscarriage of justice Melissa faced, from the court appointed attorney who willingly set aside evidence, to the District attorney who used her case to help his re-election. State of Melissa v. Texas is the portrait of a woman’s fight against an entire system. Official Selection at Tribeca FF 2020. Winner Best Feature Documentary at Raindance Film Festival.PURCHASE PASS RETURN TO FILMS
2019 | USA | 75 min | Documentary
Directors: Deborah Shaffer, Rachel Reichman (Co-Director)
Producers: Deborah Shaffer, Davina Pardo, Amy Sultan
Editor: Rachel Reichman
At 88 years-old, Audrey Flack holds a unique place in the history of contemporary art in America. Feminist, rebel, mother, painter, sculptor and teacher, Audrey’s often controversial 40-year career evolved from abstract expressionism in the 1950s to photorealism in the 1970s. One of the first women ever included in the famed Janson’s History of Art, Audrey continues to create, explore, and inspire with her unique style and indomitable spirit.
Queen of Hearts follows Flack as she takes her work in a brand new direction and reveals her long-term struggles as the mother of a child with autism. Flack has something deep and genuine to communicate to the world. She is a provocateur and a rebel, an example and an inspiration. Queen of Hearts is a moving portrait of an artist who is still testing, still experimenting, still searching.
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Deborah Shaffer, a new documentary about the art and life of Audrey Flack.
Forbes, The Artiest Films From New York’s Documentary Film Festival: “…she has been an incredible photorealist, armed with a convincing spray brush. Now, the artist finally gets her due in this documentary.”
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2020 | USA | 5 min | Drama
Directors: Matthew Myer Boulton, Elizabeth Myer Boulton
Producers: Matthew Myer Boulton, Elizabeth Myer Boulton
Editor: Zach McCallion
Eric Masterson is no ordinary birdwatcher. An immigrant himself from Ireland to New England, he’s fallen in love with bird migration – and specifically with a little-known wonder of the world that happens every spring and fall, just above our heads, under cover of darkness. To avoid hawks and navigate by the stars, millions upon millions of birds migrate at night, skimming over our rooftops while we sleep. To experience this invisible wonder, Masterson says, we have to learn to “see with our ears.” Celebrating both avian achievement and human devotion, “Nightsongs” is a meditation on the art of seeing – and treasuring – what cannot be seen.PURCHASE PASS RETURN TO FILMS
2019 | USA | 3 min | Comedy
Director: Laina Barakat
Producer: Laina Barakat, André Jaeger, David Le Ross, Ruzzel Zullo
Editor: David Le Ross
Cats. You either love them or hate them. What happens when the one who doesn’t love them takes things a bit too far?PURCHASE PASS RETURN TO FILMS