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Fight for marriage equality gets personal in THE CASE AGAINST 8

In 2008, Proposition 8 passed in California, banning gay marriage six months after the state Supreme Court legalized it. The surprising reversal brought together gay-marriage supporters from across the political spectrum, including the very lawyers who argued against each other in the infamous case of Bush v. Gore. This riveting documentary delves deep into the legal twists and turns of perhaps the most important civil rights issue of a generation. “Making this film was a fairy tale,” say directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White. “We realized each day that history was unfolding right in front of us, in front of our cameras.”

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BROTHERS OF THE BLACK LIST relives legacy of perserverance in the face of injustice

On September 4, 1992, a woman in a small upstate New York town reported a crime to the local police. In response, officers contacted officials at SUNY Oneonta, a nearby college, where school administrators responded by handing over a list of names and home addresses of 125 black male students. For the next several days, those students were tracked down and interrogated by various police departments under a presumption of guilty until proven innocent. World premiering at DIFF 2014, director Sean Gallagher’s THE BROTHERS OF THE BLACK LIST is a gripping cautionary tale of equal rights gone wrong.

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In TOMATO REPUBLIC, Jacksonville, Texas is ripe for the pickin’

They’ve got something in the water down in Jacksonville, Texas, or rather, something in the tomatoes. With an intense mayoral election on the way, a flamboyant restaurateur, a good ol’ boy and a political newbie duke it out to see who will become leader of Tomato Republic. World premiering at DIFF 2014, this charming and suspenseful documentary wrestles with a thorny issue felt by small towns all across America: “how do we stay rooted in tradition while growing toward the future?”

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WE FROM DALLAS & THE STARCK CLUB highlight big music in Big D

“Music is a very regional thing, I believe most cities or regions of the world have some genre of music they have made their own,” says Teddy Cool, director of WE FROM DALLAS. Together with THE STARCK CLUB, these films capture the history of Dallas’s music scene that until now were mostly unknown to people who didn’t experience them personally.

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WEB JUNKIE offers inside look into China’s internet addiction

In 2008, China became the first country to officially consider internet addiction as a medical disorder, declaring it the number one health threat to its youth. Since then, over 400 private rehabilitation centers have sprung up across the country, aiming to combat this “illness” with a blend of re-education, boot camp and (electroshock) therapy. In this surprising documentary, filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia take us inside one such center for an intimate look at this complicated issue and the personal and social problems at its heart.

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NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY separates the man from the myth

The story of the Major League pitcher who threw a no-hitter while high on acid has become emblematic of professional baseball’s excess in the 1970s. NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY offers a deeper look at the man and myth, Dock Phillip Ellis, Jr., who lived a complicated and fascinating life. Complete with interviews from former teammates, ex-wives, friends, family, and the man himself, this documentary shows a more complete picture of a complex man.

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