Nottapon Boonprakob's (2017) 2,215, following rockstar Artiwara "Toon Bodyslam" Kongmalai on his historic charity run across Thailand. 2,215 has won awards across Thailand, including the Thailand National Film Association Award - Best Documentary and the Bangkok Critics' Best New Filmmaker. (pictured above)
Elephant Path - Njaia Njoku now on World Channel. In the forests of the Central African Republic, one of the last wild herds of elephants struggles for survival. Todd McGrain (2014) directs, produces, edits; Natalie Ruiz Tofano (2014) produces; Victor Ilyuhkin (2014) co-produces; Sarah Khaki (2012) edits.
Yuqi Kang (2016)’s thesis film A Little Wisdom streaming on your favorite platforms. Crew includes DP and co-producer Amitabh Joshi (2014; faculty); DP Paola Ochoa (2015); faculty Maro Chermayeff (Producer), Alan Berliner (story consultant), and Donna Shepherd (editing consultant). See the world through the eyes of five-year-old Tibetan novice monk Hopakuli and share in his joys and sorrows as he endures the rigors of monastic life.
A Tale Of Two Kitchens, produced by Daniela Alatorre (2015), explores how a restaurant is a place of dignity and community across Mexico City and San Francisco. The short is directed by Trisha Ziff and is part of the Rio Grande, Rio Bravo project, executive produced by Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, which aims to tell stories about the relationship between Mexico and the U.S.
Digital series We Gon' Be Alright, a production of ITVS/Indie Lens Storycast in partnership with CAAM. Directed & produced by Bao Nguyen (2011), cinematography by Caleb Heller (2011) and additional crew: Ben Nimkin (2011) and Ana Montgomery-Neutze (2018). Inspired by Jeff Chang’s critically acclaimed collection of essays, We Gon' Be Alright explores a nation of historically unprecedented diversity that also seems to be becoming more separate and unequal. From Silicon Valley gentrification and resegregation to new Hollywood attempts to overcome typecasting by diversifying, from college admission debates to the flawed U.S. census' way of categorizing race, the series asks the questions: how did we become so divided, and what can we do now to be alright?
Still Streaming: (a few deep cuts from the archives)
Thank You For Playing, David Osit's (2011)'s second feature and a winner of an Emmy for Best Documentary. Ryan, an indie video game developer, is creating a poetic video game to document his experiences raising Joel, his 5-year-old son who has terminal cancer.
La Camioneta: Journey of One American School Bus, Mark Kendall's (2011) thesis film. Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day.
Victoria Campbell's (2014) debut feature Monsieur Le President Volunteering in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, Victoria Campbell meets Gaston, a charming voodoo priest and local hero in the relief efforts. Over 3 years, he becomes a close friend, until an unexpected turn causes Victoria to re-examine her entire experience in Haiti.
Tashi's Turbine, Amitabh Joshi's (2013) thesis film. Set in the grassroots of the Himalayan mountains, a small village attempts to harness renewable, sustainable energy with the power of the wind. The story begins with the strong friendship between Tashi Bista and Jeevan, who journey from Kathmandu to Namdok with hopes of building a stronger Nepal, one wind turbine at a time.