Freedom Riders Voted Top 10 of the Year!

         Freedom Riders now available on iTunes!

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Freedom Riders is written, directed and produced by Stanley Nelson; Produced by Laurens Grant; & Edited by Lewis Erskine and Aljernon Tunsil.
Freedom Riders won three Primetime Emmys for exceptional merit in nonfiction filmmaking, writing and editing.
Freedom Riders is the first feature-length documentary to tell the story of a courageous band of civil rights activists who dared to defy the laws of Jim Crow in the Deep South in 1961. They were America’s first inter-racial and inter-religious mass movement to challenge segregation in bus and train facilities. Because of their efforts, the signs “whites only” and “colored only” were taken down forever.
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Check out what they’re saying about the film:
If you missed us on Oprah‘s final season:
Variety.com
Freedom Riders is a superb piece of filmic journalism”
so good that it exhausts all common versions of praise

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Iva Radivojevic

I learn many fascinating things about Iva over our brunch in the East Village such as she immigrated from to NYC from Yugoslavia via Cyprus, she spends time every year in the southwest, and she thought she might have lost her eyesight for two terrifying months. Iva is as delightful and creative as her work as you can see from the interview she granted in Thompson Square Park. You can check out her website and her blog for more information.

“Your Environmental Road Trip” aka “Y.E.R.T.” screening details revealed!

Sponsored by Dolphin Blue.

“Your Environmental Road Trip,” abbreviated “YERT” will play on Thursday, September 22, at the Angelika Dallas at 8:45 pm, with introduction by North Texas environmental activist and entrepreneur, Thomas Kemper of Dolphin Blue. Tom will hold a Q&A with director Ben Evans following the film. We are truly excited to have this wonderful and innovative film at our fest alongside all the other fantastic works we have selected this year.

“YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip): 50 States. 1 Year. Zero Garbage? Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road – traveling with hope, humor, and all of their garbage – to explore every state in America (the good, the bad…and the weird) in search of the extraordinary innovators and citizens who are tackling humanity’s greatest environmental crises. As the YERT team layers outlandish eco-challenges onto their year-long quest, an unexpected turn of events pushes them to the brink in this award-winning docu-comedy. Featuring Bill McKibben, Wes Jackson, Will Allen, Janine Benyus, Joel Salatin, David Orr, and others.”

 

“YERT has taken its adventure and turned it into a feature film celebrating the American spirit in the face of adversity.”–Rider Press

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Official Festival Selection: “Once I Was A Champion”

Our latest festival selection, ” Once I Was A Champion” should be a very big treat for fans of the MMA sport. “Champion” is a gripping documentary from director Gerard Roxburgh about the sudden and tragic death of former UFC Champion Evan Tanner and its effect on the MMA community.

Tanner, who was a huge staple for UFC died on September 8, 2008 at the age of 37 while on a personal quest through the desert in Brawley, California searching for what was said to be a “treasure,” not necessarily referring to some form of material possession. Tanner, who had become an avid blogger before his death, touched many lives and inspired countless people. He had admitted to his problems with alcoholism and vowed to better his life, embarking on a personal and spiritual quest to become a better person.

Told from the perspective of interviews from fellow MMA fighters, friends and family, “Champion” tells the story of one man’s fighting spirit, his rise to the top and his personal struggles before passing on before his time.

“Once I Was A Champion” has received much attention from UFC and the entire MMA community and had a recent run at the 2011 LA Film Festival. It can now add DVF 24, to screen Friday Sept 23 at 9PM. Gerard Roxburgh will be in attendance. This will also be the film’s premiere for the city of Dallas. You can learn more about the film at its official website,

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