Giving Time to Time

(original title : Donner du Temps au Temps)
What is time?
In a dream world, how long would life last?
What if you had a time machine?

A 52-minute French documentary about an exploration of time through 15 questions and images.

15 questions attempted to be answered by a shepherd, 6-year-old twins, a 95 year-old man, a martial arts master, a nano-physicist, a novelist, a neurologist, two teens, an archaeological objects restorer, a mother of four, a fireman, a journalist, a midwife, a writer, a singer, a corporate executive and a personal coach.

They answer questions that come up throughout a Man's life by entrusting us with their experience of time passing: their memories, their dreams, their fears, their regrets, their desires.
With novelist Nancy Huston, nanophysicist Harry Bernas, Professor Jean Cambier, singer Sophia Nelson, …

By Masha Schmidt and Sebastien Brochot, directed by Sebastien Brochot, 1st assistant Polina Skoch.

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Mayan Renaissance

First 8 minutes

“Mayan Renaissance” is a feature length documentary which documents the glory of the ancient Maya civilization, the Spanish conquest in 1519, five hundred years of oppression, and the courageous fight of the Maya to reclaim their voice and determine their own future, in Guatemala and throughout Central America. This elegant, beautiful, and thought provoking film will share their vision for the future, their call for a long-foretold renaissance of Maya culture and wisdom, and their 100 year plan to lead humanity forward, from the year 2012 on.
The film stars 1992 Nobel Peace Laureate and Maya leader Rigoberta Menchu Tum. All of the images, voices, expert commentary and music in the film come directly from Central America, from the heart of the Mayan world.
We finished principal photography for this film in September of 2011, began post-production in October of 2011, and completed post-production in May of 2012. Mayan Renaissance was screened May 16, 2012 at the United Nations in New York City, at the U.N.’s “World Forum on Indigenous Issues.” and was awarded Best Colorado Filmmaker Documentary Award at The Film Festival of Colorado in July of 2012.
This film will be featured on PBS, online, on DVD, and it will also become a permanent part of the PeaceJam Curriculum for students in educational settings worldwide. The PeaceJam Foundation is an international education foundation, led by thirteen inspiring Nobel Peace Prize winners. “Mayan Renaissance” is the first of ten films which will be produced by PeaceJam over the next decade — the Nobel Legacy Film Series, ten films to provide a creative vision from these inspiring Nobel Peace Laureates, for creating a better world.

"Game Over" Interview with South African actress Sarah Kozlowski

1) Game Over is the first movie about pickup artists. How do you feel about the topic?
I have heard about pick up artists that incorporate lying and seducing woman in order to financially gain from them. This story highlights an ever more dangerous type, the ones that do it in order to satisfy various addictions to power and sex. The emotional damage some woman have suffered by these men is just as dangerous as physical abuse.

2) Do you think people can relate to the movie?
Absolutely, there are so many degrees of manipulation that any girl or woman would be able to relate to this story, even if their story was not as severe as Gloria's in the film. It also applies to men suffering from betrayal at the hands of woman!

3) How would you describe the atmosphere on set?
Everyone was so happy to be there. It was very inspiring to watch the attention to detail that the creators had paid to every element of the making of this movie! It is also hilarious watching dancers rehearse for the 100th time to get a routine just right!

4) Is this your first musical film? What makes it special in comparison to other dance movies or musical films?
Most other musicals focus mainly on the entertainment element and lack in the story and message department! This film has it all.

Expendable: A Political Sacrifice

This documentary film demonstrates what happens when an individual's human rights conflict with strategic political need.

It is a unique production. Every abuse, every comment, every sentence, is proven via the publication of government cables and materials made available for public scrutiny on the Expendable.TV website.

The trailer can be viewed directly below. The full film can be viewed further down this page.

Expendable is the fruit of four years of intensive research through a team spanning four continents, many man years of analysis, scrutiny of countless thousands of government documents (some of them classified) and the use of hundreds of verified sources.



To this day, Schapelle Corby remains incarcerated in Keroboken prison, Indonesia. She remains diagnosed as mentally ill and is sustained by strong psychotic medication. She survived an overdose last year, and is now in her ninth year of incarceration.

This film is commended to you, as a true political horror story, which is still unfolding today.

"Game Over" Directors Statement

As an artist I started travelling around the world very early and met a lot of versatile and extraordinary people. I was fascinated by human relationships, special communities, underground movements and social interaction and that led to my study in sociology. Shortly before I started writing my master thesis I met a guy whose behavior seemed irritating, strange and as if he was reciting a speech or a theatrical pattern. My interest was captured and I started researching things he did and said. That’s how I found out about the secret community of pickup artists.

The pickup artists see themselves professional seducers. They train manipulative and psychological techniques to seduce women. It’s a whole industry of coaches, internet forums, local groups, books, internet forums. They use their own vocabulary and the more women you “lay” the higher you get in the hierarchy. I wrote my master thesis about “pua’s” and when my studies were published there was a huge public awareness. Newspapers, tv networks, radio stations and magazines wrote about me and my studies.

The pua’s reacted with lots of hate mails, threats and insulting phone calls. Yet, I still started working on my PhD about pickup artists in 2012. Because I am not only a researcher but also an artist I wanted to express my knowledge about the community in an artificial way, too. I wanted to inform people about the existence of puas, make them see the phenomenon through a young girls eyes. That was when I started working on a theater play and later on a screenplay for Game Over and wrote the story of Gloria and Julien.

Trailer: ARCANE, directed by Bastien Belvaux

Constantly running away in a world that doesn't accept him, a man will have to find, in the depths of himself, a way to turn his difference into a strength. He will then be able to stop hiding.

Directed by Bastien Belvaux.

Trailer "Game Over" (written, produced & directed by Leonie Viola Thoene)

Its about a game. A game of manipulation and love, power and show business. Its Magnolia meets High School Musical. Fight Club meets Black Swan. A story of a secret seduction community called pickup artists, a web of crucial plans, use and betrayal behind the curtain of the dazzling and colorful world of music, dance and theater. Its about a guy who is hiding a secret and invented the rules when playing with peoples minds. And the story of an innocent and gifted girl searching for the truth and finding her voice. A musical trip that will make you wonder whats real, who's faking and who's crazy.


Derrick Redford (Julien Michaels)
Leonie Viola Thoene (Gloria Johnson)
Christopher Cass (Adam Johnson)
Preston Mui (Gordon)
Sarah Kozlowski (Ms. Hurt)
Marina Dishka (Brianna)
Kim Romano (Amanda)
Patrick Ferroni (Josh)
Ondina Frate (Betsy)
John Combs (Philipp)
Natasha Marcuse (Violet Johnson)
Jaime Venum Burgos (Bboy)
Jonathan Legacy Perez (Bboy)
Oren Flearock Michaeli (Bboy)
Dave Birr (Dancer)
Angela Gacad (Dancer)
Morgan Nagatani (Dancer)
Tomas Protivinski (Dancer)
Paulina Pulido (Dancer)
Arielle Fernandez (Alice)

Director of Photography - Tobias Deml
Video Editor - David Schenk
Music Editor - Alex Niedt

Bidder 70

Bidder 70 is the story of Tim DeChristopher, a University of Utah student, who on December 19, 2008, halted the outgoing Bush administration’s controversial Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease sale, bidding 1.8 million dollars to save 22,000 pristine acres around Utah’s National Parks. Tim had no intention to pay or drill; now he’s paying for it with his future.

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The Fourth World [A Billion People At the Bottom of the Pile]

First World. Second World. Developing World … Slums.
There's a hidden world out there that is getting ready to explode:  The world of slums.
A seething mass of humanity--1 billion people--inhabits this hidden world and if the United Nations is right--that number will triple in the years to come.
Who are these people and what are these slums? Are they a danger? A menace? Or are slums a breeding ground for entrepreneurs? A transition point for people on a desperate journey from poverty to middle-class respectability?
The Fourth World takes you inside slums on three continents to meet individuals caught up in the largest people migration in the history of the world. Understanding 'a billion people' is almost impossible, but meeting a handful of slum dwellers strips away the statistic and begins the process of building understanding.
Journey with the filmmakers to Guatemala, Kenya and the Philippines to meet slum dwellers. Listen to published experts--leaders in their fields from three more continents--as they bring understanding to the 'why' of slums, and foreshadow what's going to happen if the world ignores this social powder keg much longer.
Mark Volkers has won multiple national and international awards for his work. He has filmed in more than 20 countries over the past 15 years and brings his unique storytelling style to this powerful documentary film about how one in six human beings live.
The stories are real. The implications of turning a blind eye to this situation are real. We ignore this at our own peril.

Run Time: 54 minutes

Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds (2012) - Trailer

Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds

There is one vibratory field that connects all things. It has been called Akasha, Logos, the primordial OM, the music of the spheres, the Higgs field, dark energy, and a thousand other names throughout history. The ancient teachers taught Nada Brahma, the universe is vibration. The vibratory field is at the root of all true spiritual experience and scientific investigation. It is the same field of energy that saints, Buddhas, yogis, mystics, priests, shamans and seers have observed by looking within themselves. In today's society, most of humanity has forgotten this ancient wisdom. We have strayed too far into the realm of thinking; what we perceive to be the outer world of form. We have lost our connection to our inner worlds. This balance, what the Buddha called the middle way, what Aristotle called the golden mean, is the birthright of every human being. It is the common link between all religions, and the link between our inner worlds and our outer worlds. Check out for more.

Trailer: Finding Your Voice

The Finding Your Voice film is designed to promote discussion and help children make healthy choices when faced with challenging situations.  Happy to receive the 7th Surge Film Fest Award I would like to acknowledge the hard work, professionalism and creative commitment of both the cast and crew without which this film would not have been made. They include Peter Wigand, Amy Dzambo, Yazzie Gabler-Alonzo, Haidyn Harvey, Henry Venrick, Eve Cohen, Austen Martinez, Michelle Guasto, Chris Canfield, Devon Orand and Dustin Lawrence.

Ivory Heart, a feature film, by Wendell Charles NeSmith

Human Skab: The Accolade Award-Winning Documentary

This film tells the poignant story of Human Skab and its front man, Travis Roberts, who led the group as a young child since 1986, accompanied by his siblings, friends, and cousin Frankie (co-director Frank Gunderson). The music that they created and recorded in the late 1980s as a result of the boy's adventures and creative explorations gathered a dedicated following in the cassette underground. After two years of making music, life caught up to young Travis. He finished school, grew up, and joined the army, serving as a soldier and contractor in Egypt, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.

'I'm not doin' this for the money, I'm on a mission,' Travis once said in a 1987 interview with SPIN magazine. 'I have a message for the world. It's not just playin' guitars good that is important. It's all the things that you do.' Rife with amazing synchronicities, Travis's music, both old and new, not only provides a powerful creative vision of American society, but offers a wealth of insight to present politics, 'outsider music,' life as a war veteran, and personal healing.

Three years in the making, our film documents Travis's story as he reconnects with the music he created as a young child in 1986. After serving in the military and then returning home, Travis decided to reconstruct the band and continue the message of his music. Human Skab held their first reunion tour in December 2009, with bassist Matt Love and drummer Bret (co-director Bret Woods). We realized rather quickly that the process of Travis's musical reunion was a story that needed to be told, so we gathered camera equipment and recorded footage throughout the entirety of our rehearsals and tour. During the tour, it became more apparent that the story was not simply a band ethnography and reunion, but a reclamation and remembrance; our film is an eye-opening narrative about a veteran's post-war experience and personal healing.

About Human Skab as both a performance group and a concept, Travis noted: "The thing that appealed to me about playing music both when I was young as well as now is that within my music I find a freedom unparalleled within the confines of everyday American life. Since pre-history music has played an integral part in the human experience. Not just listening to music but creating it. Unfortunately, capitalism has stolen this aspect of humanity from most people living behind the bars of consumerist systems. If you want music, just pop in a CD or turn on your IPOD. Let the pros make the tunes. In my house we are taking music back." Our film making approach follows this aesthetic as a mash-up of cinéma vérité and vaudeville: we follow the action as it happens; if you don't like what you see, wait thirty seconds and then you will.

Visit our website,, to read more about the film, the band, and the music. You can also find Human Skab and OddFreak Films on YouTube.