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Take some time to get lost in a story. Gather together to make positive change. Indie Street is honored to present films from some courageously Independent human storytellers.
A Year with Betty Gold
Directed by J. McMerty (Born in Red Bank)
Edited By Katrina Taylor, Laith Majali
Betty Gold is about to turn 80 with no plans on retiring. From her early days as Miss. Texas to installing large scale sculptures around the world, some things have not changed; her tenacity, humor and philosophy of yes. A Year with Betty Gold follows this abstract California artist as she shares her insights on love and life while pulling back the curtain on the struggles of a contemporary artist.
"Hurley" is the story of American racing legend Hurley Haywood, who speaks for the first time about being gay in the 1970's macho world of motor sports, and sets the record straight about his relationship with co-driver Peter Gregg. Hurley’s story is particularly incredible because it has the power to impact the middle of America – an audience that doesn’t usually get exposed to LGBTQ issues.
Directed by Derek Dodge
Executive Produced by Patrick Dempsey & Derek Dodge
Produced by Justin Franklin, Derek Dodge & William C. Sullivan
Featuring: Hurley Haywood, Patrick Dempsey, Patrick Long, Sam Posey & Frank Stella
When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang meets a young American drifter who lives on the streets, she decides to adopt his lifestyle and document it in a journey that explores the meaning of personal freedom - and its limits.
Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor: Nanfu Wang
Producer: Lorie Cheatle
Featuring Dylan Olsen
Instant Dreams is a feature documentary by Willem Baptist (Wild boar, I’m Never Afraid!) about the fascination and love for Polaroids. When Polaroid announced the end of instant film in 2008, the last still working factory was bought by a small group of enthusiasts. Among them is the retired scientist Stephen Herchen who previously collaborated with the inventor of Polaroid and is still trying to unravel the secret of the lost chemical formula.
Directed By: Willem Baptist
Produced by: Pieter van Huijstee
In Modified, the filmmaker and her mother embark on a poignant investigative journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and Canada, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world. Filmed over ten years, the film is a visual celebration of food and family legacy anchored in the filmmaker’s relationship to her mother, a gardener and food activist who battled cancer during the film’s production.
Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor: Aube Giroux
Executive Producer: Camelia Frieberg
Editors: Avril Jacobson, Mike Munn
North Pole, NY is a documentary about Santa's Workshop, one of the very first theme parks in the U.S. Battling against a changing economy, the digital world, and a con-man who tries to steal Christmas, the dreamers in one small town vow to keep the park open and the magic of Christmas alive all year.
Directed by Ali Cotterill
Produced by Christa Orth
PIZZA SHOP introduces us to Charlie and Fred Osso, brothers from Italy, who have run a successful pizzeria for over 40 years. Now in their seventies, they’re facing construction of a new restaurant and encroaching old age. But retirement is a dirty word to these workhorses: Charlie is serious and detail-oriented, with a soft center, while Fred is a lighthearted and easygoing passionate chef.
PIZZA SHOP explores how a Mom-and-Pop shop can be a hub for a community, the sacrifices parents make for their children, and what it means for immigrants to live out the American dream.
Directed by Antony Osso
Executive Producers: Carmine Osso, Fiore Osso, & Rick Osso
Producers: Laura Nespola & Antony Osso
Cast: Carmine “Charlie” Osso, Fiore “Fred” Osso
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In 1945, DuPont introduced Teflon to the marketplace and changed millions of American households. Today, a biopersistent chemical used in the creation of those products is in the bloodstream of 99 percent of all Americans. A compelling and ultimately terrifying watch that will make you question everything in your kitchen.
DIRECTOR STEPHANIE SOECHTIG
CO-DIRECTOR JEREMY SEIFERT
WRITERS MARK MONROE, STEPHANIE SOECHTIG
PRODUCERS JOSHUA KUNAU, KRISTIN LAZURE, CARLY PALMOUR, STEPHANIE SOECHTIG
In a country torn apart by political and economic upheaval, a team of young women finds refuge in a sport that rises above their personal poverty and gendered social status. But when this new soccer team goes undefeated in all of South America, these women find themselves in the position to win Venezuela's first World Cup and gain a new acceptance and voice in their home country.
Directed by: Jennifer Socorro, Edwin Corona, David Alonso
Produced by: Priscilla Torres
Players: Deyna Castellanos, Daniuska Rodriguez, Veronica Herrera, Yerliane Moreno, Sandra Luzardo