HIGHLIGHTS: March 2023 LA DOCUMENTARY Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Feature Film: ALMOST HOME: LIFE AFTER INCARCERATION
Best Long Form Short Film: LOVE WITHOUT PAROLE
Best Short Form Short Film: COMPLEX
Best Human Interest Film: 45 MILL STREET
Best Original Story: UNTREATED & UNHEARD Best Cinematography: DOWN RIVER JORDAN Best Sound & Music: A BETTER PLACE

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

ALMOST HOME: LIFE AFTER INCARCERATION, 87min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Bill Wisneski
Almost Home is a feature-length documentary that examines the many challenges individuals face when they get released from prison and the positive impact they can have if given the opportunity to succeed.

https://www.facebook.com/almosthomefilm
https://www.instagram.com/almosthomefilm/

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!



LOVE WITHOUT PAROLE, 27min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Greg Womble
Michael falls deeply in love and matrimony follows. But married life can be tough when you’re serving a life-without-parole sentence in a notorious Alabama prison. The union soon dies, but the love doesn’t. When Michael is miraculously freed after serving 36 years for relatively minor crimes, will the romance be reignited?

https://www.womcom.net/love-without-parole
https://www.facebook.com/Love-Without-Parole-a-short-film-by-Greg-Womble-Elaine-Witt-108611718616646

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!



COMPLEX, 13min., USA, Documentary

Directed by David Taylor
COMPLEX depicts the vast system of privately operated prisons which incarcerate migrants and refugees under contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the United States. In 2019 the average daily population in ICE custody reached 50000 with upwards of 70% incarcerated in for-profit facilities. Narrated entirely by refugees who were in detention as the global pandemic began to infect prison populations, this short documentary focuses on the La Palma Correctional Facility located in Eloy, Arizona. Functioning as a chapter in a larger project, the documentary suggests the pervasiveness of the border security industrial complex in the American geography and reveals the commodification of human displacement.

http://dtaylorphoto.com/https://www.twitter.com/DavidTaylorFoto

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!



45 MILL STREET, 54min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Daaniel Catulo
Collin Wiant was found unresponsive in the early morning of November 12, 2018 at 45 Mill Street in Athens, Ohio. He was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead at the age of 18. His family would soon learn that Collin was a victim of extreme hazing by the Sigma Pi fraternity at Ohio University. “45 Mill Street” is about the life and death of Collin Wiant as told by his family, friends, and subject-matter experts.

http://collinwiantfoundation.org/
https://www.facebook.com/CollinWiantFoundation
https://www.instagram.com/collinwiantfoundation/

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

Untreated & Unheard: The Addiction Crisis in America, 77min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Laura Casey, Spencer Parker
Substance use disorder kills more people every year than any other disease and yet only 1 in 10 people who need treatment get access to it. These are unheard stories of the addiction crisis from families whose lives have been forever changed by addiction and the experts dedicated to changing the outcome for those suffering from this fatal disease. It follows families on the frontline of America’s greatest public health crisis sharing their loss, frustration, and hope for how we can do better.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


DOWN RIVER JORDAN, 60min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Addie Navarro
The Jordan River has played a major role in shaping human society as we know it, providing freshwater and fertile soil for some of the earliest civilizations and witnessing the rise and fall of empires. For centuries, the lower Jordan Valley has served as one of the largest bird migration sites in the world, as well as the biologically diverse sanctuary where the flora and fauna of the East African and West Asian continents come together.

https://www.riverjordanfilm.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheRiverJordanFilm
https://www.instagram.com/theriverjordanfilm/

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


A BETTER PLACE, 33min., UK, Documentary
Directed by Jennifer Fearnley
A Better Place is an in depth look at the toxic legacy of British colonial-era laws, which criminalise consensual same-sex love, while at the same time allowing perpetrators of sexual violence to go unpunished. More than 70 countries still criminalise gay sex. In over 30, rape within marriage is still legal. Behind these statistics are the people whose lives are paralysed by these archaic laws.

https://jenfearnley.com/

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


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