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SNAP2018 is a snapshot of the 2018 midterm elections. The theme: participation and democracy. Mixing short narrative films, interviews and data, SNAP is a digital site that invites viewers to watch, engage, participate and reference their points of view with others. We present a series of short films on first time candidates, and a series of interviews with two voter groups likely to influence the election - the Millennials, now the largest voting block in the country and the non-voters - a whopping 45% of eligible voters who sat out 2016. SNAP2018 is a hive project with a fantastic group of indie producers.
Project Creator/Director: Lise Zumwalt Contributors: Maryanne Galvin, Joey Forsythe, Jenny Alexander
We are proud to partner with founder and producer Joey Forsythe on A Band of Voters. ABOV is a Get Out The Vote effort to mobilize youth to vote in the 2018 midterms. A Band of Voters is working with a number of organizations including Students Learn Students Vote, a coalition of 90 groups all dedicated to the youth vote. Our strategy - to make voting social by supporting campus events, developing an Instagram campaign that promotes voting and producing a website that delivers the nuts and bolts of how to vote and how to make informed choices.
In the award-winning indie documentary “CRAZY,” Eric, diagnosed schizophrenic, faces a critical choice - whether to comply with traditional mental health treatment or follow his own path to wellness. Eric's doctors want to medicate him for his own protection...but after eight years of psych drugs, Eric decides to go off his meds because he is afraid of their side effects. His decision unleashes a powerful human drama of personal, medical and legal conflicts that take us right into the heart of how we think about and how we treat severe mental illness. Official selection in 10 (2017) film festivals (including Sheffield Doc Player &Hampton TK2), finalist in 2, & winner of 3 awards including Best Documentary in international competition, SMHAF.
Distribution in US, Europe and Middle East.
Producer/Director/Editor: Lise Zumwalt Co-producer/Editor: Tony Breuer
AMERICAN SEX TRADE
In the documentary “Sex Victims or Criminals,” produced by National Geographic Television for the Who Cares About Girls series, reporter Lisa Ling explores why American girls in the American sex trade are criminalized rather than treated as victims. The film focuses on three adults trying to make a difference: Rachel Lloyd, founder GEMS in NYC, Sgt Byron Fassett, Dallas PD and Judge William Voy in Las Vegas.
Producer/Director/Writer: Lise Zumwalt Editor: Lias Shreve
YOUTHFUL OFFENDER SYSTEM COLORADO
To avoid incarcerating young felons with an adult prison population, Colorado developed a diversionary bootcamp program called the Youthful Offender System located in Pueblo, Colorado. Produced for National Geographic.
Producer/Director/Writer Lise Zumwalt DP Scott Ransom Editor Dena Mermelstein
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: BEST OF 125 YEARS
National Geographic: Best of 125 years presents the explorers on the cutting edge of frontiers in space, in the sea, in technology, in medicine and exploration of the past. Featuring James Cameron, Bob Ballard and many others.
In this one hour Discovery doc, astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson leads us through an exploration of the future of the universe - the destiny of the sun, the nature of galactic collisions, star deaths and black holes and their possible effect on our universe, the Milky Way.
Producer: Tom Lucas Writer: Rob Golderg Camera: Michael Mayers Editor: Lise Zumwalt
Late Talkers Silent Voices profiles children, ages 3 -19 with speech disorders. Five families and kids tell their stories as they sort through the diagnoses of autism or apraxia and negotiate the labyrinth of treatments and social adjustments making incredible progress against tough odds. Produced for the Cherab Foundation.
Producer/Director/Editor Lise Zumwalt Camera: Jerry Risius
THE POWER OF PAINT
When abstract painter Tim Lefens met a group of institutionalized teens born with cerebral palsy his life took an abrupt turn. Galvanized by the spirit he saw in their eyes, Tim figured out a way for them to use a brush without using their hands and to gain agency, power and identity using the power of paint.