The People's Advocate: The Life & Times of Charles R. Garry
- 59 min
During the late 1960s, when Charles R. Garry gained prominence as one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the United States, his clientele read like a who's who of the leadership of the Black liberation and anti-Vietnam war movements. His groundbreaking legal approach and unwavering commitment to justice made him the choice "movement attorney." Figures like Black Panther Party leaders Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale relied on him is innovative use of the law to relieve them of charges that would have otherwise led them to the gas chamber. Garry used America's courtrooms as a platform through which issues like racism and economic inequity were constantly addressed. And, although he faced numerous challenges with his many high-profile cases, he always came up on top. "The People's Advocate" seeks to fill the gap that Bobby Seale wrote about nearly thirty years ago in his autobiography Seize the Time: "We don't know every detail of Charles' life, but we can see that he is a man who is dedicated to the survival and the existence of the right to self-determination of human beings. We need a lot more history on Charles R. Garry so we can understand what motivates a man to be such a defender of the people's human rights." This film traces Garry's life from his early days growing up as the son of Armenian immigrants in Fresno, California to his subsequent dealings with the most outspoken political radicals of the twentieth century. Rare archival footage is interwoven with rich interviews to tell the story of one the most influential legal figures of our times. Amongst the film's interviewees are Black Panther Party leaders Bobby Seale, Kathleen Cleaver, David Hilliard and Ericka Huggins; attorneys Leonard Weinglass, Malcolm Burnstein and Ann Fagan Ginger; and famed historian Howard Zinn. The film concludes with the most controversial chapter of Garry's life-his involvement with the notorious Reverend Jim Jones of the Peoples Temple. As the civil rights and anti-war movements started to wind down during the first half of the 1970s, many well meaning activists began to drift to newly developing groups, including Jones' Peoples Temple. When the group asked Garry to defend them against various allegations, he agreed. Several months later, Garry found himself in the middle of one of the most tragic events of the last century-the mass suicide and killings of over 900 people at Jonestown, Guyana. Garry was there when it occurred and was one of the handful who survived. Although he continued to practice law after Jonestown, he was never the same again. In 1991, Garry died of a stroke. Jim Jones's son, Stephan, helps describe the events surrounding this tragic chapter in Garry's life. Written by Hrag Yedalian
- 72 min
Baghdad, September 2003: In a middle class house on a quiet street, a family is fast asleep. Without warning, the front door is crashed and American soldiers storm the house looking for weapons and bomb-making material. Cameraman Michael Tucker documents the event as the men in the house are cuffed and forced to kneel in the garden. A search of the house uncovers no incriminating evidence, however Yunis Khatayer Abbas and three of his brothers are taken and detained. Bent on forcing Yunis to confess to crimes he did not commit, his captors press him with bizarre questions about music tastes, sexual preferences and Harrison Ford. His intelligence value exhausted, he is then transferred to Abu Ghraib Prison. The charge: Planning the Assassination of Tony Blair.
The Robber Bride
- 89 min
The facts: journalist Zenia Arden is missing, her abandoned car is found with three pints of her blood splattered inside, and one of her fingers severed from her body is found close to the car. From these facts, the authorities believe there is no way she could have survived what looks to be a brutal slaying. Henry Kelly, her police officer secret boyfriend, believes he will be implicated as the murderer. Henry goes to his old friend John Grismer, an ex-police officer now insurance investigator, to help him uncover what happened to Zenia. In his search for the truth, John finds that Zenia's three supposedly closest friends - magazine editor Roz Andrews, university history professor Tony Fremont and yoga instructor Charis White - are all less than sad at Zenia's death, their lack of remorse which they are open about when questioned by John. Apparently, Zenia came unexpectedly and independently into each of their lives, made it great for a while before she did something intentionally to ruin their friendship. As John uncovers some of the information regarding Zenia's relationship with these three women, he finds that the bonds of friendship go deep. Written by Huggo
The Speed Track
- 117 min
The movie tells the story of Arjun, a young athlete, who is all set to create history with his speed and spirits.
The Wild West
- 180 min
Third Ward TX
- 56 min
A group of African-American artists use art as the engine to transform an inner-city, left-for-dead, Houston neighborhood back into a lively, livable neighborhood and, ironically, a better target for developers. Their creative response to the gentrification may save the neighborhood. Written by A. Garrison
Tick Tock Lullaby
- 73 min
A wry interweave film about baby making and how as time marches on the decision gets more intense and less romantic.
Tie a Yellow Ribbon
- 86 min
Joy Dietrich's drama Tie a Yellow Ribbon relates the friendships between three young Asian-American woman. Jenny was adopted from her Korean home by a white family, and she carries around great anger for the way she was treated by her adopted family. She moves in with Bea, an innocent who is easily taken advantage of by a number of different men. Their apartment is across the street hall from Sandy, a wallflower who has difficulty expressing herself in any way at all. The film points out how each of them are acting out in self-defeating ways in response to their upbringings, and shows why the suicide rate among young Asian-American women is higher than it is for other groups.
- 78 min
Lisa is a young, Christian woman. Bobby, her boyfriend, however, is a street hoodlum. Lisa prays constantly that Bobby will accept God in his life. She soon gets what she wants, but discovers that Bobby's conversion means that she has to get her life in order as well. As a result, she is forced to resolve not only her relationship with Bobby, but with everyone in her life. Written by Anonymous
- 94 min
A hilarious and heartwarming story of a down on his luck restaurant owner who's fortunes suddenly change when the image of Jesus appears on one of his hand made tortillas.
Falfurrias New Mexico is a tightly-knit community revolving around church, family, and fresh Mexican food - and not necessarily in that order. Isidor's Tortilla Heaven is the best restaurant in town, maybe even the world. But though his tortillas are scrumptious, his enchiladas divine, Isidor has never made a dime. Why? Falfurrias only has a population of 73. One Sunday, upon one of his famous, hand-made tortillas the face of Jesus Christ appears. It's a miracle that threatens to turn this sleepy community upside down.