Musher peels back the veil behind the bond that four women have between their dogs and the world of sled-dog racing. As each woman prepares for the Copperdog annual race, we reveal the intimate insight into the mushing community, devotion to that lifestyle, and how women influence the sport.
The Light of Truth: Richard Hunt's Monument to Ida B. Wells
In this feature documentary, producers Rana Segal and Laurie Little weave together the process of the creation of the monument of Ida B. Wells with her history and the sculptor’s history. Richard Hunt has been a major figure in American art for 40 years. We will show why a monument for this "shero" is so important at this time.
Canopy highlights the stories of green spaces in North Lawndale on Chicago’s west side, where high-schoolers, college students, their mentors and teachers work with community organizers, designers, architects and artists, to use planting and nature to enhance and preserve the quality of life in North Lawndale.
This short documentary by Justin T. Jones and Laurie Little tells the story of eclipse chaser and rock photographer Richard Bellia as he visits the 2017 eclipse in Goreville, USA from Lyon, France with his daughter, Valentine Bellia-Chavret.
A new short documentary by the Luminist Films team. Jungle Jay Christie realizes his childhood dream at Safari Lake Geneva, a new Safari Park that focuses on education and animal conservation. More episodes coming soon.
Documents the journey between Chicago and DC with a focus on intersectionality. Mothers and daughters reflect on the work that is to come for the women's movement and how we can continue to mobilize for change.
A film by Laurie Little, Jess Mattison and Theresa Campagna.
The Distant Architect is a short dramatc Film Noir that tells the story of young architect Karen who begins to question what she knows about herself and her body. Are there parts of her that are cybernetic? Does it matter? Can she still be considered a "normal"? This character based story is heavy with tension and mood.
Variations Variations follows three artists distinctive for how they define ability. Musician Chris Foreman, dancer Kris Lenzo and painter Riva Lehrer reveal their processes as they talk about the influence of their lives on their practices. A film by Laurie Little and Anuradha Rana
"Cut Out" is about a young college student who lives in a Chicago neighborhood that is experiencing the influence of gangs. Allie has become friends with neighbor Belshi, a prince of the street. Their friendship brings Allie to the brink of gang violence.
When atheist Rob sees the image of the Virgin Mary in his taco, he finds himself in a quandary. June, the owner, sees nothing wrong with the taco and won't remake the taco or refund his money. Maya, the cook, sees the Virgin Mary and customer Jayson wants to sell it on E-bay. When Rob makes a deal with June, he questions whether or not he did the right thing.
Jane loves to go to Marianne's Beauty Salon with her mother. It's a crisp November day in 1963, and the salon is buzzing with energy and music while Jane looks through her favorite magazine. Suddenly the television delivers tragic news into this safe, happy place. Jane tries to make sense of a moment that opens her eyes to peril in the world, a historic moment that has come to symbolize the loss of innocence in America.
A Day on the Force: Women's Professional Tackle Football, features Chicago's first pro-tackle women's football team. This upbeat, humorous film chronicles the challenges and triumphs of the Chicago Force, the newest member of the Independent Women's Football League.
God's Eye was adapted to film by Caroline Brandes from a short story by German writer Wolfgang Borchert. Borchert died in 1947 of his war injuries at the young age of 26. The subject of God's Eye is timeless, even though it is set in WWII. It deals with the absurdity of war and the suffering of civilian's as a result. It questions the existence of a God who lets war happen.
Lonewolf is a psychological drama about a young woman's discovery of her brother's mental breakdown. As Nathan spirals into the world of schizoid delusions, Celia desperately tries to "reason" with him without setting off a time bomb.
Disability Pride is a film about a community fighting to be seen and heard, to be acknowledged as able and proud.
The film weaves 'on the street' interviews with verite footage of the 6th Annual Disability Pride Parade to convey human experiences that promote the belief that disability is a natural part of human diversity and can take pride in its heritage and culture.
The parade, held every year in Chicago, is the first of its kind in the world and people travel far and wide to attend the event. The filmmaker's hope that this film can persuade more people to attend and show their support for Disability Rights.