Every three seconds someone in the world dies from factors related to extreme poverty – 30,000 people a day and 10.5 million a year. The sheer magnitude can be overwhelming, begging the question, "What can one person do, to possibly make a difference?" Through its portraits of five ordinary people—a young boy, a college student, a thirty-something entrepreneur, and two senior citizens—who are making significant contributions to the fight against hunger and poverty, EVERY THREE SECONDS demonstrates that each one of us has the potential to do great things to change the world.
Mississippi I AM
Directors: Harriet Hirshorn
Company: Lanai Productions
Lance Bass Productions
In 2006, ‘NSync’s Lance Bass came out publicly as gay. Once the “most beloved son” of his home state of Mississippi, he was instantly rejected and his hopes that Mississippi could ever embrace change were dashed. Four years later, the story of a Mississippi youth made national headlines. Constance McMillen was suing her school for denying her the right to go to prom with her girlfriend.
Something was shifting in one of the most socially conservative places in America. This gave Lance, and so many others, a glimmer of hope for change in the state they call home.
MISSISSIPPI: I AM, examines the relatively new battle on the part of primarily young LGBT people to bring gay civil rights and visibility out in the open and beyond division.
On January 19, 2000 Seton Hall University was vaulted to the national news when a fire set by arsonists, raced through a freshman dorm, killing three students and injuring fifty eight others. Two of the most critically burned survivors were freshmen roommates Shawn Simmons and Alvaro Llanos.
Laying in a coma, Shawn and Alvaro were unaware that a journalist and photographer were documenting every event in their fight for survival. The story proceeds from the devastating fire through the grueling medical treatment until their return to the same school where their ordeal had begun.
Pitted against the heroic efforts of firefighters, burn nurses and survivors, lies the story of the two arsonists. Running away after setting the deadly blaze, they conspire to obstruct the truth and hide away like cowards. As the determined investigators begin a dramatic and frustrating search for the arsonists, they uncover a vast conspiracy with ties to the local mafia.
Can the love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating gays and lesbians and Christianity too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate?
Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families -- including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson -- we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child.
Jason and deMarco have dealt with conflict all their lives. Being gay, Christian, and a struggling singer-songwriter duo will do that. They first had to deal with their inner conflicts in accepting their own homosexuality, then their parents' reactions, and now the not-so-welcoming reaction of the Christian music world. Sexy, funny and inspirational, the award-winning "We're All Angels" follows Jason and deMarco as they prepare their newest CD, laying down tracks in the studio, doing photo shoots, radio promotion, and performing across the country at any church that'll have them. While they strive to achieve a successful musical career, their message of hope and acceptance to young gay Christian teenagers is nothing less than life-saving. The teenage suicide rate among this demographic is horribly high, and Jason and deMarco are positive role models for kids struggling with their conflicting sexuality/spirituality. As their producer's mother says, "It must break God's heart the things we do in the name of religion." Amen.
Take a journey across the changing sexual landscape of America in the documentary film “Bi The Way.”Focusing on five subjects, “Bi The Way” will sift through scientific investigations, social constructions andpersonal experiences to glimpse an insight into the spectrum of human sexual identity. Spanning the continent from New York to Los Angeles, and featuring commentary from the likes of Michael Musto and Dan Savage, this film offers a hip, fresh insight into a growing awareness of a more fluid sexuality. As each of these young people reveals, however, bisexuality is mysterious, suspicious and largely undefined. Their journey reflects the struggle we all experience as we seek to understand ourselves and each other.