“Machsom,” the Hebrew word for “Checkpoint,” tells the story of Yaniv Greenblatt, a young Israeli soldier stationed at one of the most dangerous such checkpoints along the West Bank. He would like to be a pacifist and struggles to be fair to the Palestinians, but has to contend with the prying eyes of his superiors. The problems Yaniv faces at home are no easier. His mother is a wheelchair bound hard-right-winger due to the same terrorist attack that killed her husband.
The story centers on Yaniv’s relationship with his younger brother, Avi, who attends one of the few mixed Jewish-Arab schools in Israel, and builds towards an incident at the checkpoint that challenges all involved to reconsider their previous resolve.
America’s Forgotten Heroine: Ida Lewis, Keeper of the Light is an historical documentary that focuses on the intriguing life story of this country’s most famous maritime heroine.
Written, directed and produced by Marian Gagnon of Goodnight Irene Productions and shot and edited by Jim Karpeichik of Ocean State Video, this 47-minute documentary film provides an intimate portrayal of Ida’s life from age 15 to 69 (from 1857 to 1911) and the passion and moral fiber she intrinsically brought to her work as a lighthouse keeper and unlikely heroine. It also explores the myriad decisions which led to a life of both fame and isolation, Ida’s unexpected celebrity in Newport as well as across the U.S., and the impact she inadvertently had on the early women’s rights movement.
As John Williams Haley, author of The Rhode Island Historian wrote in 1939: “…of all the Rhode Island women who have achieved fame in one way or another…and there have been many…none attained the world renown of a modest little woman who was born and lived most of her life in Newport. In fact, it would hardly be exaggeration to say that she was more famous, particularly during the latter half of her life, than any American woman of the past or present.”
While this statement may very well stand today, Ida’s story has largely been forgotten. Gagnon’s goal with this film is to renew the “national memory” of Ida Lewis as an American heroine not only in her hometown of Newport and throughout RI, but across the United States.
Throwback Brewery is a short documentary on the women-owned nanobrewery in North Hampton, NH. Founded by Annette Lee and Nicole Carrier in 2010, Throwback’s mission is to source all of their ingredients within a 200-mile radius of the brewery— be it oysters for a stout or watermelon for a blonde ale.
When Christopher Robinson, an aspiring entrepreneur and unsettled father, arrives at an opulent hotel to pitch his business idea to Doctor Schneider, he is forced to realize that the entire foundation of his reality is false, and must choose whether to return to his family or to remain in the safer, logical world of his delusion.
Revolution is among us all; but will it lead to another world war, or will it be a spiritual revolution of true human intelligence and enlightenment?
Candles in Paradise tells the story of a young girl’s journey to the other side where she meets two friends from her family’s distant past on her first day in Paradise.
An homage to the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s. Newlyweds Grace and Johnny survive a plane crash on an mysterious island only to discover the entire place has been taken over by zombies!
Five young travelers embark on a journey to find buried treasure and the fabled Mulligan’s Island. Part homage to the works of Georges Melies, part sideshow carnival with rich visuals that leap off the screen, this interpretive fantasy of We Govern We’s indie rock heartwarming single “Mulligan’s Island” will have audiences dancing in the aisles demanding a do-over.