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John Noltner
In a world that asks us to focus on the things that can separate us, A Peace of My Mind encourages us to consider the common humanity that connects us.
Founded in 2009, A Peace of My Mind is a multimedia art project that fosters public dialogue about issues related to conflict resolution, civic responsibility, and peace. With engaging portraits...
Brenda Piekarski

Adventure Minnesota Films brings you Among the Wild, an artistic and independent film series designed to inspire  greatness in outdoor adventurers everywhere. The documentary will profile four local athletes engaging in extreme, uniquely Minnesotan, sports. YOU will nominate athletes for inclusion in the...

Bonnie Laabs

Teens that are acting out, struggling with depression, or coping with addiction will be motivated to take charge of their own lives...

Jan Selby

Beyond the Divide (formerly 9 Pieces of Peace), a documentary film, will tell the story of how a 30-foot high peace symbol, which began as an illicit act of graffiti overlooking the city of Missoula, Montana, became the focal point of community-wide conflict resolution efforts over two decades. Underlying the story is a universal message about the complexity...

Jan Selby

Building the Pink Tower is a documentary film project that reimagines schools and learning through the lens of Montessori education. In a climate of concern and criticism about American schools, Building the Pink Tower shines a light on what we want in education: eager learning, creative thinking, and collaborative work. The film will examine how Montessori schools nurture...

Maria Tototzintle

Butter City is a thirty minute television program that highlights film and television making in Minnesota.  Butter City premiered locally in St. Paul and Minneapolis on SPNN and MTN channels in April 2007.  The first season of Butter City was picked up by Twin Cities Public television and broadcasted on TPT Ch17 in 2008.  The main goal of this series was to...

Aaron Shipp

Caged Men: Tales from Chicago’s Single Room Occupancy Hotels

Caged.  Invisible.  Shamed.  Trapped.  These words mark the tenants, clerks and even the owners of Chicago’s last remaining Singe Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels. Caged Men is a feature-length documentary that examines the...

Kelly Gilpatrick

CUNNINGHAM follows Merce Cunningham's artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944–1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in New York City to his emergence as one of the most visionary and influential choreographers worldwide. The film is a 3D cinematic journey through over twenty iconic Cunningham works, performed by the last generation of his dancers. It...

Matt Stenerson

Rene and Frankie make the best of going to high school by dreaming up high-fashion photo shoots, and bribing their siblings to model for them. Rene is gay as the day is long, loves his fashion magazines and designing clothes. Frankie lives for her dark eye shadow, her camera, and punk rock. The drama they dream up in their fashion shoots becomes very real when they end up fighting over their...

Mark Steele

En Avant is a documentary film about the French Heritage in Minnesota. We will try to answer the following question: Are the roots of the French Heritage in Minnesota still alive?
Directed by Christine Loÿs. Produced by Mark Steele.

Peter Marshall

This film documents the preparations for a canoe expedition that relies on traditional, non-synthetic equipment. Along the way philosophers and artisans reflect upon working with your hands, local economy, and our relationship with technology and the equipment we use. The film cumulates in retracing a historic route through...

Norah Shapiro

Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile explores the improbable connection between a Tibetan beauty pageant and the contemporary Tibetan struggle for survival.

Charles Strinz

Co-produced by Twin Cities Public TV (TPT) and Back of the Mississippi, LLC, the series spotlights obscure, unusal, out-of-the-way museums in the state.

Jeffrey Hohman

A two-hour documentary film revealing the history and times of the First Minnesota Volunteering Regiment during the United States Civil War (1861-1865) against the backdrop of pioneer Minnesota. Its remarkable story will be told in a documentary film, companion books and education materials. The premiere of the film will coincide with the 150th Anniversary of their unparalleled charge.

Marc Ye

Would you board an aircraft without any pilots?  PILOTLESS is a documentary film currently in production that explores the possibility of unmanned aerial systems slowly working their way into today's modern cargo and passenger jetliners. Airliners being built today have a high level of automation allowing pilots a virtually "hands-free" approach to flying. ...

Megan Huber

Steady Stalward is a burnt-out former advertising executive going forward with his television sit-com series and his big white wedding, although both have been cancelled.

North Dakota was long America’s forsaken frontier. But when it offered an open invitation to test modern extraction techniques on the Bakken, its underground sea of oil, the state permanently altered its path in history. Our character-driven documentary gives viewers a look at the economic opportunities and harsh realities of shirking foreign oil in favor of a backyard boom. Artists: ...

Dawn Mikkelson

A mother kisses the cheek of her child’s killer. A victim of genocide builds a school for the children of those who oversaw his torture. Two members of the “stolen generation” forgive the government that tore them from their parents’ arms, simply because of the color of their skin, while still working to hold that system accountable for the pain it has caused.   These are the stories of...

David Eberhardt

The River Media Arts Center was established in 2014 with three specific goals:

Now: To provide a space for artists to develop and produce work free from the pressures of the commercial workspace. Artists working with us will be encouraged to exhibit their work in our galleries and show spaces, as well as internationally, through our vast network of art...

Dawn Mikkelson

A story of how a determined diverse group of artists (from graffiti artists and breakdancers to an orchestra) occupied a vacant lot in urban Caracas, Venezuela resulting in the Tiuna el Fuerte Cultural Park. This park, embedded in a community known for its druglords and poverty, is now home to a thriving arts scene receiving national and international acclaim.

Brenda Bell Brown
Sing Blues, Thank You

A short film written, directed, and produced by Brenda Bell Brown.

This short film drama begins at the end of the transcontinental trek of Takashi Sato, who is intent on hearing his...

Julie Rappaport
Paul Creager
Louise Woehrle

Stalag Luft III - One Man's Story told by World War II prisoner of war U.S. Army 8th Air Force Lt. Charles Woehrle, one of many PoWs crowded into Stalag Luft III barracks that would later be made famous by the iconic film "The Great Escape." Woehrle was shot down May 29th, 1943. His parachute...

Diane Halverson and Marlene Halverson

Standing Ground (working title) explores how the unrestrained commodification of food production -- particularly the industrialization and globalization of food production from animals -- affects people's quality of life and their continued ability to feed themselves and to sustain the planet.

Using stories of agricultural change and tradition, Standing Ground (w.t.)...

Shelli Ainsworth

Stay Then Go is a moving and personal story, written by Shelli Ainsworth, who will also direct the film. It is the fictional story of a mother and her autistic son, and illuminates the amazing connection they share and how they tackle the world that lives outside of that bond.

Cathy Wurzer

Tales of the Road-Highway 61: Another Journey is the sequel to journalist Cathy Wurzer’s award-winning public television documentary. Viewers take a return trip down Minnesota's Highway 61 to explore new stories of the famous, infamous and quirky places and people that have made it an iconic route.  It's history...worth repeating!

Highway 61 is a road most Minnesotans have...

Matthew Roy

Ten Dollars For The Dead is a modern western tale of revenge and absolution. After his brother is brutally murdered as an act of revenge for a crime Tom committed, he comes to terms with what he needs to do to ensure that the rest of his family remains unharmed. Facing his destiny head on, killing whoever stands in his way, and ultimately breaking that tie that binds...

J.D. O'Brien

The End explores the relationship between people of faith and climate change, specifically in their beliefs surrounding the end of the world. We look at different interpretations of the Bible, and how those beliefs create the lenses through which many people view climate change and other environmental concerns. We ask the question, “How does your eschatology...

Keri Pickett

“The Fabulous Ice Age” chronicles the era of the great American touring ice shows revealing how, with their dazzling production numbers and variety acts, they dominated family entertainment for decades. It also depicts one skater’s quest to keep this history from being forgotten. The ice shows’ creation and success changed the lives of skaters and audiences alike – eventually...

Steve Nelson

The Global Monastic Film Documentary will tell compelling stories and offer a window into an often-closed world few people know about. From baking traditions and techniques in a Russian Orthodox monastery in New York State to a Trappist monastery in southern India, who produce traditional Indian breads, the film is a portrait of these diversified communities, as well...


The Homestead Experience: A Bridge Over Troubled Water –is a new film that focuses on a visionary, yet simple approach to youth empowerment and community building that was born in the cultural cauldron of the 1960‘s. Championed by Massachusetts Civil Rights activist/educator John...

Marilyn Larson

The film will document the "dance" of three women as they explore and expand their connection with heaven and earth. In doing so, it will serve a number of purposes.  For example, it will serve as a vehicle to raise awareness about the relatedness of all things.  It will also be a tool for awakening the viewer to his or her potential as fully human components of the cosmos....

Patrick Coyle

August 1, 2007, 6:05pm, the hottest day of the year in Minneapolis. A bridge spanning the Mississippi River collapses during rush hour. Thirteen die, 145 are injured, a US Senator arrives on the scene and declares, “A bridge shouldn’t just fall down in the middle of America.”

Five years later the lives of four people, impacted by the tragedy and on the run from their personal...

Lorie Marsh

Has hurt ever blinded you? A short film about a level-headed woman who loses the love of her life and mourns him by taking on his bad habits. 

Lorie Marsh produces and writes: narrative films, multiplatform IPs, and children's picture books. When she's not geeking out about storytelling, she's obsessive about iced mochas and gardening.

Colorado resident Jentri Quinn Chancey...

Scott McLain
Based on a true story, an African American woman who starts a record label battles to keep her marriage alive while riding a tidal wave of success, corruption and failure that rocks the 1950' s and 60's music industry. Hers was the first label to bring the Beatles to the US market. 
Justin Schell

We Rock Long Distance follows three Minnesota hip-hop artists with roots far beyond the state’s borders as they travel the globe exploring the surprising and emotionally powerful ties of home and family that shape their lives and music.

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