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    Science Bytes

    Kiki Kapany, Producer/Director

    $50.00

    Today, we are facing daunting global crises—climate change, pandemics, famine—that threaten our livelihoods, our health, and even our survival. If we are going to meet these challenges, we need a well-educated population that can understand and unlock the science that is central to so many of these problems. In memory of Michael Schwarz, we ask that you consider helping us bring to fruition a project he cared about deeply. It’s a series of short documentaries called Science Bytes.  

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    The First Angry Man: Howard Jarvis and the Birth of the Tax Revolt

    Jason Cohn & Camille Servan-Shreiber, Producers

    $50.00

    Airing on PBS in 2020

    The untold story of Howard Jarvis and his 1978 campaign to pass Prop 13, an anti-tax bill that forever changed the political landscape of California and then the nation.

  3. An Impolite FIlm About Paul Krassner

    An Impolite FIlm About Paul Krassner

    Produced by Ravin’ Films: Bob Sarles & Christina Keating, Directed by Bob Sarles

    $50.00

    When referred to as a founding father of American satire, Paul Krassner demanded a paternity test. An Impolite Film About Paul Krassner is an irreverent biographical documentary about Paul Krassner, the irreverent author, journalist, comedian, co-founder of the Yippies and founding publisher of the free thought magazine The Realist.

  4. No Straight Lines

    No Straight Lines: 4 Decades of Queer Comics

    Vivian Kleiman, Producer/Director; Justin Hall, Producer

    $50.00

    In Post-Production

    No Straight Lines: 4 Decades of Queer Comics, a feature-length documentary film that chronicles 4 decades of queer cartooning, is the story of a culture in transition -- from the margins to the mainstream.

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    Singing for Justice: Faith Petric and the Folk Process

    Christie Herring & Estelle Freedman, Producers

    $50.00

    In Post-Production

    A cinematic portrait of Faith Petric (1915 - 2013), San Francisco folk musician and community builder who lent her voice to social justice movements in the Bay Area and nationally for over half a century.

  6. Try Harder!

    Try Harder!

    Debbie Lum, Producer/Director; Amy Ferraris, Co-Producer

    $50.00

    In a universe where cool kids are nerds, the school orchestra is world class, and being Asian American is normal, seniors at Lowell High School compete for the top prize: admission to the college of their dreams. The film follows a diverse group of students through a heart-pounding last year of high school at this iconic San Francisco public school. Will their hard work pay off? What happens if they fail? Try Harder! is an engaging, heart-breaking journey about dreams that don’t always come true – a story that will ring true for so many young college hopefuls today. 

  7. Side by Side: Autism and Relationship

    Side by Side: Autism and Relationship

    Bill Chayes, Producer/Director; Sherri Kimbell, Co-Producer

    $50.00

    Film #1 - Men Caring - will air on PBS in 2019.

    A series of short films, each focusing on the critical relationship between a young autistic adult and his or her caregiver - a relationship that is the basis for developing a sense of emotional warmth and connection.

  8. The 60s at Fifty

    The 60s at Fifty

    Ray Telles, Director/Producer; Jim Belson, Writer/Producer; Bill Jersey, Executive Producer

    $50.00

    The members of Oakland's Mexican-American gang, "The 60s", featured in the Emmy award-winning 1982 documentary "Children of Violence", and the producers of that film return, and through the voice of Chico, Chita and others chronicle the struggles and achievements (some inspirational) of the survivors.

  9. Beating Superbugs: Can We Win?

    Beating Superbugs: Can We Win?

    Bill Mudge, Jean Mudge, and Bob Milley, Producers

    $50.00

    This television special focuses on new ways to fight increasingly resistant “superbugs.” Unlike the trillions of friendly bacteria essential to life, these emerging superbugs threaten us all, rich and poor alike. They are now chronic for millions and fatal for tens of thousands. Few antibiotics remain effective. Yet promising new treatments exist in the lab. How soon might they begin to save lives?

  10. Midwife/Nurses: Saving Mothers and Babies

    Midwife/Nurses: Saving Mothers and Babies

    Richard Wormser: Writer/Producer/Director

    $50.00

    Every year, approximately 20,000 to 25,000 babies die in America within the first year of life. The United States has the fifth highest infant mortality rate when compared to 34 other Western countries and the highest rate of maternal mortality in the industrialized world. One solution: free-standing birth centers staffed by nurse/midwives providing prenatal and natal care.

  11. One More Mission

    One More Mission

    Ed Gray, Producer

    $50.00

    How does a person find the courage to take an unpopular moral stand? And how does that decision shape the course of a lifetime? One More Mission, a feature-length documentary, examines these questions through the stories of some of the 20,000 members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

  12. Near Normal Man

    Near Normal Man

    Producer/Director, Charlene Stern; Creative Producer, Vivian Kleiman

    $50.00

    After 2 ghettos, 9 concentration camps, and 2 death marches in Nazi Europe, Ben Stern builds a new life, only to face American Nazis and their planned march in Skokie, Illinois, 30 years later. Ben stands up, speaks out and sparks a fierce public battle over Hate Speech. He defies many who said, “Stay home”, and builds huge national support. Ben’s story ignites conversation and inspires commitment to action – today. And a new generation gets it.

  13. Modernism, Inc.

    Modernism, Inc.

    A Bread and Butter Films production. Director/Writer, Jason Cohn; Producer, Camille Servan-Schreiber; Executive Producers, Eli Noyes and Ralph Guggenheim.

    $50.00

    “Modernism, Inc.” explores the intersection of postwar business, culture and design through the life and career of Eliot Noyes, the iconic architect and designer who built the design programs for IBM, Westinghouse and Mobil Oil. The Noyes story shows how the ideals and ethos of Modernism were embraced by the postwar cultural elite before being challenged in a countercultural backlash.

    Images: Eliot Noyes Archive

  14. My Tiger Mom

    My Tiger Mom

    Debbie Lum, Producer/Director

    $50.00

    Concerned about where her young daughters might go to college one day, award-winning filmmaker Debbie Lum sets out to discover whether being a “tiger mother” will turn her kids into “the model minority” in this humorous and heartfelt tour through the central nervous system of Asian America. 

  15. Amplifi Media: Telling NGO Stories

    Amplifi Media: Telling NGO Stories

    Pierre Valette, Producer

    $50.00

    Amplifi Media provides media support to mid-size non-profits around the world, helping them tell their stories via video and social media. Amplifi’s current effort raises awareness about Haiti Project’s work providing Haitian women & their families with jobs, education, and healthcare.

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    DARK HERO OF THE INFORMATION AGE: In Search of Norbert Wiener

    Produced and Directed by J. Mitchell Johnson, William Cran and Robert M. Elfstrom

    $50.00

    The legacy of Norbert Wiener, founder of the lost science of Cybernetics, is rediscovered in this feature-length documentary film that asks the question: is humanity’s love affair with technology pushing civilization to a crisis point?

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