feature films

  This Is The House Where I Learned Not To Sleep

(In Development) A former Nashville cop and childhood domestic violence survivor works to shatter the culture of violence and silence that surrounds crimes against women in America.  For 11 years as a child, Mark Wynn hid from both his stepfather and the cops when they showed up at the front door.  Then for 21 years as a decorated Nashville Cop who started the first ever Domestic Violence unit in America, he was the cop who showed up.  This dual perspective gives Mark powerful insight; “I lived with a monster, I know how this works,” he says, “I’ve been on both sides of that door.”  Supported, in part, by the Chicago Media Project, Cindy Waitt and The Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention and the Nathan Cummings Foundation by way of Jane Saks.  

   The Homestretch

2015 Emmy Award Winner.  Three homeless teenagers brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, these kids defy stereotypes as they create new, surprising definitions of home - but can they recover from the traumas of abandonment and homelessness to build the future they dream of?  Supported by MacArthur Foundation and Sundance Institute, The Homestretch premiered at the 2014 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and broadcast nationally on Independent Lens in the spring of 2015 and won the News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Buisiness and Economic Reporting - Long Form.  The film is a co-production of Spargel Productions, Kartemquin Films and The Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). For more information visit the film's Official Website.

  Asparagus! (Stalking the American Life)

For 30 years, Oceana County Michigan has been the Asparagus Capital of the World. Now its spear-struck residents and family farms take on the U.S. War on Drugs, Free Trade and a Fast Food Nation, all to save their beloved roots.  This award-winning feature documentary premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in 2006, had its regional public television debut in 2008, and was released on DVD in 2009.