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WATCH: How We Built a Tiny House and Why We Made a Film About It

Merete Mueller | Posted 06.25.2014 | HuffPost Home
Merete Mueller

If a home wasn't defined by stuff or by space, we wondered, then what was it? We hoped that building our own, from scratch, would help us to find out.

Two Outstanding Films Not to Miss: 'Belle' and 'Fed Up'

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 07.19.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Belle's lineage affords he...

WATCH: 'The Rules Of Racism' Film Trailer You Need To See

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.16.2014 | Black Voices

One summer documentary is tackling the topic of American racism head on. "Hidden Colors" -- a documentary series about the cultural history of Afr...

Building a Transmedia Project for Young Adults With Mental Illness, Their Families and Their Health Care Providers

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Mona Shattell

Telling stories across multiple media forms, tapping the strengths of each, offers the potential to develop meaningful stories in much deeper and more engaging ways.

Your Life Is the Lab: Toxic Chemicals in 5 Unexpected Places

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

When your child has a chronic health condition that threatens his life and well-being, you gain a sharp perspective on what's important in life.

Feminist Stories From Women's Liberation: 1963-1970

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 06.08.2014 | Women
Marcia G. Yerman

Shining a light on the grassroots women who had less media visibility, Jennifer Lee traces the fight for rights that now appear to once again be in danger. She also exposes the fissures within the movement, which continue to play out today.

The War Against Poets and Adjuncts: Is Obamacare Enough?

Julie Sokolow | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Julie Sokolow

How can creatives who freelance, wait tables, and piece together stressful hodgepodge livings achieve security?

How an Interdisciplinary Transmedia Project Can Address Mental Illness Stigma

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Mona Shattell

How does one go about an interdisciplinary project spanning art and science? How might this look? we set out to explore how mental health advocacy, video game design, and documentary filmmaking could come together to enhance understanding and fight stigma about mental illness.

Pitching for Manipur: Documentary Sheds New Light on Northeast India Through Baseball

Jaime Lubin | Posted 05.20.2014 | Arts
Jaime Lubin

The Only Real Game follows passionate Manipuri baseball players fighting for happiness amid the daily chaos that threatens their lives. When U.S. envoys from MLB arrive to tutor Manipuri coaches, the love of a game shared by two disparate cultures becomes a powerful force for change and hope.

Battered Women Behind Bars

Julie Flynn Badal | Posted 05.13.2014 | Arts
Julie Flynn Badal

At the time of their trials, the legal system had little understanding of the Battered Spouse Syndrome and did not allow evidence of ongoing abuse to be presented to the judge and jury. As a result, these women were harshly convicted with life sentences.

On Making Harmontown

Neil Berkeley | Posted 05.07.2014 | Entertainment
Neil Berkeley

We may occasionally be heroes and sometimes villains but mostly we're just people ... Truth is we're mostly extras.

An Unknown Home: My Journey to the True/False Film Festival

Annie Pfeifer | Posted 05.06.2014 | Arts
Annie Pfeifer

The best thing about coming home is finding it better than the way you left it. After all, a festival is only as good as the town that makes it possible.

Respecting the Future in the Life and Cinematic Work of Jean Rouch

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.18.2014 | Arts
Paul Stoller

Known in Europe and Africa for his highly creative work in documentary film, Rouch's work helped to spark The New Wave of French filmmaking, inspiring filmmakers like Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.

The Clearance Kids

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

These kids are collectibles. Their value has yet to be set. Their stories represent a new American voice -- the voices of those who can never be counted out.

Hot Docs, TIFF Host Benefit Screening of Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky & The Media to Complete Final Work By Peter Wintonick

Michael Vazquez | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Tomorrow afternoon in Toronto, a film community will honor the late documentarist Peter Wintonick, in perhaps the best way possible: by screening his ...

A Year in Champagne

Terence Clarke | Posted 03.11.2014 | Entertainment
Terence Clarke

That the wine so noted for sprightly bubbles and light-hearted festivity comes from this often difficult setting is the first of many surprises in the film.

Charisma and Character of Public Figures Define Documentaries of 2013

Stacy Schneider | Posted 02.26.2014 | Entertainment
Stacy Schneider

There's nothing like a film about a champion. Two surprisingly fascinating documentary films about two extraordinary people were released this year. Both films remind us about the days when people were famous for a reason.

Human Trafficking: Coming Soon to a City Near You

Dan Steele | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Dan Steele

The vast majority of detectives investigating sex trafficking spend hours behind their desks, compiling thousands of pages of case file documentation. There are no high speed chases, no shootouts and there are definitely no suspenseful, last minute rescues.

Making Tricked

Jane Wells | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Jane Wells

There is precious little data on the subject, and urban myths supporting both sides of the prostitution debate abound. We had to dispel the myths first; clarify the truths, second.

'Toxic Hot Seat' Ignites Awareness

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Toxic Hot Seat, a new documentary directed by James Redford and Kirby Walker, takes an in-depth look at chemical flame retardants.

A 'Trifecta of Discrimination'? Queer Women of Color Have a Trifecta of Power!

Sekiya Dorsett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Sekiya Dorsett

In 2009 I witnessed a safe space created by, and for, queer women of color. It is a space that encourages our expression, champions our growth, and works tirelessly to maintain our survival. This space is called THE REVIVAL, and it has become a community that I've dedicated my life to.

A Cultural Cure for Post-Genocide Rwanda: Drumming and Ice Cream

Corinna Clendenen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Corinna Clendenen

A long-standing tradition In Rwandan society prohibited women from touching the drums or even approaching the drummers. When asked why, men told her drums are too heavy for women to handle. To which she answered, 'Let's see how strong we are.'

GMO OMG! Is a Documentary About People, Not Science

Food Politic | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Food Politic

Scientific debates aside, the GMO frames the American way of eating in alarming terms: We are mechanized eaters (85 percent of our processed foods contain GMOs) dependant on mechanized farmers -- of our population -- to feed us. Do we wish this on the rest of the world?

A Fresh Look at America's Oldest Sporting Venue, Saratoga Race Course

Liz O'Connell | Posted 11.27.2013 | Entertainment
Liz O'Connell

As the opening of The Track at Saratoga, America's Grandest Race Course unfolds, tales of the lure of Saratoga -- the setting, the characters, the horses and the legends -- are promised.

Eco Docs Hit Mainstream Media

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 11.20.2013 | Green
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Not one but TWO major documentaries are out this year raising awareness about toxic chemicals. For so long, there's been this gentle murmuring of environmentalism that was pretty much ignored by the mainstream media.