FILMS

 
 
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STREET FIGHTING MEN

In a rapidly changing America where mass inequality and dwindling opportunity have devastated the black working class, three Detroit men must fight to build something lasting for themselves and future generations. Street Fighting Men, which celebrates dogged persistence in the face of overwhelming adversity, takes a deep, observational dive into the lives of three African American men: retired cop Jack Rabbit, who continues to patrol the streets as a citizen; Deris, who has made bad choices in the past but wants to further his education and serve as a role model for his baby daughter; and Luke, who labors mightily as he rehabs a dilapidated house while putting together a meager living. Shot over three years in the neighborhoods of Detroit, Street Fighting Men is a story of hard work, faith and manhood in a community left to fend for itself. (102 min.)

"Painful but honest depiction of black life in urban Detroit, featuring multifaceted men striving against the odds. A portrait of black resilience and perseverance — without sentimentality — that stands in stark contrast to the one-dimensional uplifting stories of transformation in Detroit, but still offers a way out of the dark." - April Wolfe

Director: Andrew James (Cleanflix)

Producers: Sara Archambault, Katie Tibaldi

Official Selection: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Freep Film Fest, IFFBoston, SF DocFest, St. Louis International Film Festival, Athens International Film Festival, RI International Film Festival, Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival.

Winner: Spirit Award, Brooklyn Film Festival

 
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COMMUNITY PATROL

A Detroit minister rallies the community to shut down a drug house in an inspiring display of collective action. (13 min.) 

Director: Andrew James (Cleanflix)

Producers: Sara Archambault, Katie Tibaldi, Jolyn Schleiffarth

Official Selection: True/False Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Salem Film Festival, Ashland Independent Film Festival, Freep Film Festival, Bozeman Doc Series, Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston), San Francisco Documentary Festival (SF DocFest), Vidlings and Tapeheads, Traverse City Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, Hell’s Half Mile Film Series, BendFilm Festival, Charlotte Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

Winner: Best Mini Doc - Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Special Jury Prize - Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston), Made in Michigan Award - Vidlings and Tapeheads

 
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IN PRODUCTION - RIOTSVILLE, USA

Riotsville, USA is an archival documentary about the US Army’s response to the riots of the late 1960s: take a military base, build a mock inner-city set, casts soldiers to play rioters, burn the place down, and film it all.

Director: Sierra Pettengill (Graven Image, The Reagan Show, Cutie & the Boxer)

Producers: Sara Archambault, Jamila Wignot

Executive Producers: Charlotte Cook, Laura Poitras (Field of Vision)

Funders/Partners/Support from: Catapult Film Fund, Doc Society, Field of Vision, Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellowship

 
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IN PRODUCTION - TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

Truth or Consequences is a speculative documentary about progress and what gets left in its wake. Set in an alternate present where some have left for other planets, it tells the story of those who stayed. The film follows seven people who persevere in finding meaning in what is, rather than what could be. Their stories open up echoes of New Mexico’s rich and complex history of frontiership - the first nuclear testing, Geronimo, the Spaceport, the ranchers, the town renaming itself after a 1950’s gameshow, Ancestral Pueblo Peoples, Los Alamos, the Conquistadores. 

Director: Hannah Jayanti

Producer: Sara Archambault

Funders/Partners/Support from: NYSCAJerome FoundationCamden/TFI Documentary Retreat presented by CNN Films, True/False & Catapult Rough Cut Retreat, Puffin Foundation and Women Make Movies Production Assistance Program (where you can make a tax deductible donation here)

 

IN DEVELOPMENT - PATAGONIA PARK

On former ranch lands in Patagonia, a vast private park is established by American billionaires and tended by the same people whose herds once grazed its valleys and hunted its pumas. Through the eyes of those charged with re-wilding the endangered species of this land – a Chilean wildlife director, puma tracker, and endangered birds caretaker, Patagonia Park explores the contradictions of conservation in the global south, giving a nuanced portrait of one of the most ambitious public parks projects in the world.

Director: Stephanie Spray (Manakamana)

Producer: Sara Archambault

 

IN DEVELOPMENT - RAINBOW FARM

RAINBOW FARM is the fugitive love story of two queer visionaries who built a counterculture community of radical freedom and marijuana activism in rural Michigan. Refusing to surrender to local authorities, they tragically lost their son, their property, and their lives during an armed standoff that ended just one week before September 11th, 2001.

Director: JP Sniadecki (El Mar La Mar, The Iron Ministry, People’s Park)

Producers: Sara Archambault, Shane Boris

Executive Producers: Doug Tirola, Susan Bedusa (4th Row Films)