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Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You

Albuquerque’s Rusty Tidenberg, auto mechanic and drag-racing aficionado, shocked friends and family by coming out as trans. Followed for eight years by filmmaker Harrod Blank, Rusty guides us through the aftermath of her transition, as growing acceptance among her straight-talking Southwest community still doesn’t ease her romantic and professional woes. A sensitive and unpredictable love letter to people who fight to be unapologetically themselves.

Trailer editor: Shirley Thompson

Directed by Harrod Blank with Sjoerd Dijk

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Is Your Story Making You Sick?

Heal your story, heal your world. A powerful look at how we can transform our lives and our health through changing our “story.”

Trailer editor: Shirley Thompson

Director: Frances Causey


A Dangerous Idea

The documentary A DANGEROUS IDEA: Eugenics, Genetics and The American Dream reveals how biologically determined politics has historically disenfranchised women and people of color, provided a rationale for state sanctioned crimes committed against America’s most vulnerable citizens, and now gains new traction under the Trump administration.

Trailer editor: Shirley Thompson

Director: Stephanie Welch

Mañana Seguimos/Tomorrow We Carry On

“Tomorrow, We Carry On” highlights Dulce Garcia, the Dreamer who risked the life she leads in America to sue the President for rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Winner of the 2019 San Diego Latino Film Festival Migrant Voices competition.

Editor: Shirley Thompson

Director: Marlene “Mo” Morris

Producers: Jed Riffe, Marlene “Mo” Morris

25 Texans in the Land of Lincoln

Ellen Brodsky’s delightful film about a young group of Texas history students who embark on a quest to return General Santa Anna’s wooden leg to Mexico. Don’t know who Santa Anna is? Watch the trailer!

Trailer editor: Shirley Thompson

Director: Ellen Brodsky

Life on the Ganges

On the banks of the Ganges, in India’s holiest city, the gods descend to earth once a year to celebrate. And the boatmen carry the faithful who come to honor them.

Trailer editor: Shirley Thompson

Director: Indira Somani

The Long Shadow

Director Frances Causey examines the impact of white privilege on American society today through the lens of her family’s colonial past as slave owners.

Trailer editor: Shirley Thompson

Director: Frances Causey


Crossing Spaces

Short film docu-series featuring three women from Micronesia who are transforming their lives and the lives of their families through higher education. Part of the Pacific Pulse online series, Pacific Islanders in Communications.

Editor/Producer: Shirley Thompson.

Director/Producer: Dr. Lola Quan Bautista

39 1/2

Trailer for 39 1/2, an independent feature film which mixes narrative drama, comedy and animation to follow the journey of a single, female filmmaker pushing 40 and determined to have a child by virtually any means necessary.

Trailer editor: Shirley Thompson

Director: Kara Herold

Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno

In Adios Amor, the discovery of lost photographs sparks the search for a hero that history forgot—Maria Moreno, a migrant mother driven to speak out by her twelve children’s hunger. Years before Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta launched the United Farm Workers, Maria picked up the only weapon she had—her voice—and became an outspoken leader in an era when women were relegated to the background.

Trailer editor: Shirley Thompson

Director: Laurie Coyle