A Sundance and Catapult supported film, Mississippi Red looks at the status of women in America through the lens of race, religion and the political establishment as a pair of bipartisan allies fight to pass an equal pay bill in one of the most conservative states in the union.


A grieving teenager discovers he has a superpower, an old fisherman thinks the cure for his ailing wife can be found in the sea, and a muse struggles to exit the story her author is penning, in this magical neorealist fable set in Haiti five years after a devastating earthquake. Ayiti premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016 and was a 2018 Oscar contender. 

New York Times OpDoc about the gutting of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 produced as part of Project Turnout. “If you can get just half a percent of people to not show up then you can win elections." Featuring Rev. Barber and Edward Blum. 

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In 2012, California amended its "Three Strikes" law — one of the harshest criminal sentencing policies in the country. The passage of Prop. 36 marked the first time in U.S. history that citizens voted to shorten sentences of those currently incarcerated. Within days, the reintegration of thousands of "lifers" was underway. The Return examines this unprecedented reform through the eyes of those on the front lines — prisoners suddenly freed, families turned upside down, reentry providers helping navigate complex transitions and attorneys and judges wrestling with an untested law. 
Won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at Tribeca Film Festival
Nominated for a National Emmy for Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary
Finalist for the 2017 Peabody Award
Won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at Tribeca Film Festival
Won the Golden Gate Award for Best Documentary at SFIFF

The MASK YOU LIVE IN uncovers the social, emotional and societal effects of America's toxic notion of masculinity and calls into question the status quo around how we raise our boys. Featuring leaders experts in psychology, sociology, and nueroscience as well as showcasing the real life struggles of young boys and men, the film is a moving call to action for all who have a stake in our children's lives. 

EL POETA (2013)
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After his only son is murdered – collateral damage in the Mexican drug war – a mystic poet becomes a modern-day Odysseus, launching an international crusade to save his country before returning to his hometown. EL POETA reinterprets the “hard news” horror story of the Mexican drug war as a deeply personal, poetic and even hopeful one, tracing Sicilia’s path from poet and father to movement leader and international symbol of grief and redemption.

POV/PBS National Broadcast / Netflix

How did two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas wind up arrested on terrorism charges at the 2008 Republican National Convention? Better This World follows the journey of David McKay (22) and Bradley Crowder (23) from political neophytes to accused domestic terrorists with a particular focus on the relationship they develop with a radical activist mentor in the six months leading up to their arrests. A dramatic story of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal, Better This World goes to the heart of the War on Terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.  
Won the Writers Guild Best Documentary Screenplay
Won the Gotham Award for Best Documentary
Won Barbara Hendricks Foundation Prize for Peace & Reconciliation
Won the IDA's new Creative Recognition Award
Won the Best Documentary at San Francisco International Film Festival
Won the Best Documentary at Sarasota Film Festival
Won the Audience award for Best Documentary at DOCUWEST
Nominated for an Emmy for Best Documentary
Nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism – Long form
Nominated for an Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Craft - Editing
Nominated for Best Documentary by IDA
Nominated for Cinema Eye Award
Nominated for London’s Grierson Award

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From the moment David Brower first witnessed the extraordinary beauty of the Yosemite Valley, his life was tied to the fight to preserve the American wilderness for future generations. Monumental is the story of a true American legend, an artist, a publisher, a filmmaker and a zealous crusader whose fiery dedication and activism inspired the environmental movement. 
Nominated for Emmy Best Documentary West
Won Best Environmental Documentary at Vermont International Film Festival
Won Best Environmental Documentary at the Wine Country Film Festival

"Stylish and substantial... delivers a stirring and visually dense account of the life and times of Brower...Wilderness footage makes [Monumental] richly cinematic, but it's not merely inserted. A crack team of gifted editors and a wondrous soundtrack of various bands playing dreamy rock give Brower's and friend Martin Litton's lensing a blissful lift." Robert Koehler, Variety

"An engrossing study in the power, and the perils, of charismatic single- mindedness...Duane's research is exhaustive and informative, but the film's real pleasures are Brower's own Sierra Club movies of majestic mountains, canyons and forests." --LA Weekly


In 1999, celebrity Mayor Willie Brown ruled San Francisco and appeared to be a shoo-in for re-election to a second term. Twelve candidates wanted his job, but the only threat was a write-in candidate – openly gay city supervisor and stand-up comedian Tom Amman. What ensued was a David vs. Goliath showdown mired in intense political backstabbing and media fighting that was all captured on film. In the spirit of such hit films as Primary Colors and The War RoomSee How They Run is the ultimate insider’s look at campaign politics. 
Silver Prize: Dallas Film Festival