Three episodes from the Postcards from the Great Divide series examine the partisan split among the electorate in Kentucky, Nebraska and Colorado. In GIBRALTAR MAY TUMBLE, we examine the disappearance of the Democratic Party in western Kentucky. In BLUE WIND ON A RED PRAIRIE, we travel through Nebraska with the new chair of the minority Democratic party. MILLION-DOLLAR SCHOOL BOARD looks at a little, local school board race in Colorado and how it became a million-dollar battle when dark money comes to town. All films by the award-winning team and Postcards From the Great Divide Executive Producers Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, and Paul Stekler.
Four documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at the military-civilian divide in America. "Recruiting in Times Square" goes inside the recruitment process, and the unlikely candidates who enlist, including new Americans. "From War to the Happiest Place on Earth" features an Army veteran who has a picture perfect life and job but wrestles with the demons of post-traumatic stress disorder. "Invisible Wounds" explores the trauma of military sexual assault, and one survivor who seeks justice and healing. And it's not easy being a queer pacifist Vietnam veteran in "LGBT Rights and Vets for Peace." These stories reflect the diverse post-war experience of our veterans, as civilians ask how we can truly support our troops.
America has 165,000 women enlisted and active, and an additional 35, 000 serving as officers - but our female soldiers are still fighting a battle of perception. Five shorts from the Veterans Coming Home Project looks at women in the military. From Nashville Public Television, WIFE, MOTHER, SOLDIER is the story of a female vet who held the line on the battlefield while her civilian husband held the line at home. FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE TEAM profiles an Army veteran and recruiter who missed the close bonds of military service - then found that camaraderie in the all-female sport of roller derby. From Wisconsin Public Television, PEACEFULLY ORGANIC looks at the difficult struggle many soldiers face in transitioning back to civilian life. In AMERICA'S FUNNIEST VETS ARE SERIOUS ABOUT SERVICE, a veteran uses comedy to share her story, including the harassment she endured in the military. And ON THE HOME FRONT reflects on the career of an Army intelligence officer who received a Bronze star for her military service - a recognition that doesn't always translate to the civilian world, especially for female veterans.
While most people avoid thinking about fears of the future at all costs photographer Phillip Toledano has decided to face his head on. Using DNA tests, fortune tellers, and a prosthetic makeup artist, Toledano immerses himself in the many dark possibilities that frighten him most, including obesity, desolation, stroke, isolation, suicide, and violent death.
Follow students, teachers and staff at an Austin high school under threat of closure by the state. For years Eastside Memorial High School has been plagued by failing test scores and negative headlines. An Eastside Education spends one semester at one of Austin's lowest income schools, as teachers, parents, administrators, and students fight to meet state accountability standards or watch their school be closed.
3 episodes from the Postcards from the Great Divide series examine the partisan split among the electorate in Minnesota, Texas & Florida. The Big Sort - There's a political self-sorting process that is happening across America. Blue voters are choosing to live in "creative-class" urban oases, as red voters remain in rural areas. Minnesota native Aaron Spading, conservative church-goer turned far-left Powderhorn Park resident, guides us as we explore one of those blue-dots-in-a-sea-of-red. Meetings with family and old neighbors illustrate just how deep the political gulf between people can be, but the film ends on a hopeful note; where there is dialogue, there can still be community. Post-Obama Drama - In 2008 and 2012 African-Americans in Florida turned out in record numbers for Barack Obama even when voting hours and registration rules were tightened. What are the challenges among the black electorate that the Democratic candidate in 2016 will face in this must-win state? To find out, we visit a number of African-Americans in the city, from a black chamber of commerce meeting, to a picnic of friends, and ending at a lively black heritage celebration. The Giant Still Sleeps - Pundits seem convinced that a purple Texas is just around the corner due to its burgeoning Latino population, yet the state gets redder and redder. One factor is that Latino turnout remains low. Our study case is Pasadena, a city just outside the limits of Houston, where Oscar Del Toro is registering and motivating potential voters as he plans his own city council race.
Three episodes from the Postcards from the Great Divide series examine the partisan split among the electorate in Washington, Nevada and Wisconsin. In PURPLE REIGN by Laura Nix, we follow a GOP strategist in the supposedly left-leaning state of Washington, as he works with socially moderate candidates, including a Latino former marine, to win swing districts and change the statehouse balance of power. SWINGING NEVADA by Laura Pacheco and Jackie Mow looks at Nevada, once solidly Republican. But things have changed as more Latinos have moved in. So what's the GOP strategy to win a changing purple state? WHATEVER HAPPENED TO WISCONSIN NICE? by Brad Lichtenstein, explores how the Badger State has become an ideological battleground in recent years and what to expect for the state's political future.