Objects of Desire: The Life and Art of Jerry Ross Barrish
William Farley, Janis Plotkin
William Farley, Janis Plotkin
Sculptor Jerry Barrish is an original. After successful careers as a bail bond’s man and independent filmmaker, Barrish at age 50 made a seamless transition to figurative sculpture mostly from plastic refuse. Twenty years later, a film will celebrate his vitality and drive as an artist in mid-career. The visual narrative will follow his artistic process of assemblage and construction of a bronze sculpture commissioned by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. Attention will be given to Barrish’s fascinating life-stories that will shine a light on the essence of his art: gesture, form, compassion and wit. The film culminates with the installation of a new bronze sculpture in the City of San Francisco.
On Life's Terms: Mothers in Recovery
The feature documentary On Life's Terms: Mothers In Recovery focuses on the three-year struggle of five drug-addicted mothers who enter an innovative residential treatment program to transform a life of domestic violence, prostitution and incarceration to parent their children. The program teaches the women skills for recovery, parenting and self-sufficiency. Filmed on location in San Rafael, California, the film follows the women through the transitional phase and re-entry to the community. With fewer restrictions can the women rise to the challenges of a new job, being a single mom and fending off temptation? As their story unfolds, the film takes an unflinching look at America’s war on drugs aimed at pregnant and parenting women with addictions and the legacy on their children.
On the Banks of the Tigris
On the Banks of the Tigris celebrates the beautiful music shared by Iraqis around the world. It tells the story of Majid Shokor, an Iraqi-Australian from a Muslim background who seeks the source of songs he loves and discovers a hidden history—the Jewish role in Iraqi music. This inspiring tale shows how culture transcends borders and builds bridges between people of all faiths.
Opening Our Eyes
In the summer of 2010, mother/daughter filmmakers Gail Mooney and Erin Kelly embarked on a 99-day journey around the globe. They were seeking ordinary people, who were making a positive difference in the world. This documentary tells the stories of eleven people on six continents who are making our world a better place through the power of ONE. The filmmakers goal is to inspire and motivate people as to what they can do.
Welcome to Sonoma, California, where young farmer Austin Blair re-embraces the traditional agriculture practices that built America—practices that comprise one part of a larger solution to fixing the American agricultural system and localizing our food consumption. His partner, filmmaker Casey Beck, relays their story and Austin’s struggle to profit from growing organic, seasonal produce, showing the sweat, blisters, sun, and rain as well as a passion for life, food, and the earth that goes hand-in-hand with farming.