The world of colored gemstones is still dominated by individual miners and artisans, and each has a powerful and extremely unique story to tell. Sharing the Rough has captured the realism and appreciation of the world of colored gemstones: from the hands of the East African Miners who bring these treasures to the surface, to the Gem Cutter who breathes life into the rough stone, to the Designer who accentuates the beauty of the gem through precious metals. Sharing the Rough encapsulates the passion and beauty of one of nature's most precious gifts, weaving together the remarkable journey of all the hands that share in the creation of wearable art. Never before has a film documented the passion of what it takes to bring a colored gemstone from deep inside an African mine, to an heirloom that will be treasured for generations.
Edited by: Austin Anderson
Writers: Orin Mazzoni
Director: Orin Mazzoni
Stars: Roger Dery, Gichuchu Okeno
Below the streets of New York is a dark and dangerous world hidden in the shadows of abandoned subway tunnels and miles of forgotten infrastructure. When a young documentary filmmaker goes into these tunnels to uncover the unseen stories of the people living below our feet, she finds out that there is more to be afraid of than the dark. A mysterious figure, living beyond the reach of the law, has declared war on the outside world that threatens to tear apart the fragile underground society living in the tunnels and maybe even the city above it.
Edited by: Austin Anderson
Writers: Frank Krueger
Director: Marc Clebanoff
Stars: Danny Trejo, Kinga Philipps, Frank Krueger
Upon release from prison a father is pushed to his physical and psychological limits, forced by a menacing figure from his past to execute a multilayered crime spree to save his estranged family.
STRUNG is an emotionally-charged, hyperkinetic crime thriller set in a neo-noir San Francisco underbelly.
Vincent Cappelli is a regular guy with nothing but good intentions. A talented tattoo artist by day, he moonlights as an underground MMA fighter to help earn the extra cash needed to pay for an engagement ring. But on the night he plans to propose to his pregnant girlfriend Norah, in attempting to protect her while she’s helplessly cornered in a scuffle, he accidentally kills a man outside of a pub. Given his level of martial arts training, he winds up convicted of voluntary manslaughter and is sentenced to eleven years in state prison. Distraught and ashamed, he cuts off all communication, with everyone...
Eight years later, upon release, he attempts to repair the past and make a fresh start -- but instead finds himself set up for a brutal murder, and that Norah and his estranged young daughter have been abducted by a mentally unhinged figure from his past. In order to secure their safe release, Vincent must participate in a high-stakes, multilayered game of revenge that has been strategically set up by this menacing "puppeteer." In a race against the clock, he's forced to carry out a violent crime spree throughout the city as a one-man army, where he must survive a dodgy world filled with dangerous drug dealers, dirty undercover narcs, a crooked politician-crime lord, and a much sought-after briefcase of cash that winds up in his possession.
Meanwhile, he must continue to elude two seasoned SFPD homicide inspectors hot on his trail. But as they quickly close in, Vincent soon learns that not everything is as it seems.
Writers: Davin Affrunti and Austin Anderson
Director: Austin Anderson
Genre: Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller