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Governor Booth Gardner is fighting his last campaign. After a career of successful political battles, including his tenure as Washington state’s most popular governor, Gardner wants to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Shortly after leaving office the governor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and two decades later it is slowly deteriorating his body towards an ugly demise. To legalize assisted suicide, Gardner and his colleagues must convince a majority of voters to vote yes on ballot initiative 1000 – “Death with Dignity.” Standing in his way are a number of individuals and groups vehemently opposed to assisted suicide, including Eileen Geller of the Coalition against Assisted Suicide, Duane French of Not Dead Yet, and Sister Sharon Park representing the Catholic Church. Similar ballot initiatives have been quashed by such groups in 17 other states. The Last Campaign of Booth Gardner is an observational documentary following behind the scenes of both sides in this contentious campaign and is an intimate portrait of a man fighting his own physical deterioration to pass this legislation and solidify his legacy.

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A 19-year-old student named Ala'a Basatneh has been helping to coordinate the Syrian revolution from a suburb of Chicago since 2011, armed with all imaginable social media. And with 1,200 Facebook friends and 2,000 followers on Twitter, she has built up an impressive network. She posts demonstrations as Facebook events, plots escape routes using Google Maps and uploads footage shot by demonstrators. She also ensures that all kinds of recording equipment get to her friends, once ordinary students who now want to overthrow the rule by terror of President Bashar al-Assad. But what began as peaceful protest has escalated into a violent situation. We follow both Ala'a Basatneh and her Syrian friends throughout the crucial months. We see her friends mostly through their own footage, which gives a terrifying impression of brutal violence, death and devastated streets. The story of the young Syrians is accompanied by commentary from a range of experts in the fields of Syria, war, journalism and social media. What influence is the Internet having on the phenomenon of revolution? Why is a camera more effective than an AK-47? And why did the regimes in Egypt and Tunisia fall within a matter of days, while the Syrian regime is still holding out? Trailer provided on behalf of the filmmakers.

Ask Not

http://www.asknotfilm.com DVDs now available! of award-winning documentary. ASK NOT, which will be broadcast on PBS' Independent Lens on June 16, follows closeted American servicemembers and young charismatic activists fighting for their right to serve. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=12137228137

Fight Church

Fight Church Official Trailer (2014). Starring Jon Jones, Jill Burress and Ben Henderson. http://bit.ly/DeadlineSubscribe Academy Award Winning Director, Daniel Junge (Saving Face) and director Bryan Storkel (Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians) team up with producers Eben Kostbar and Joseph McKelheer (The Hammer) for a feature documentary about the confluence of Christianity and mixed martial arts, including ministries which train fighters.

Starring: Michaela DePrince, Joan Sebastian Zamora, and Aran Bell For the young dancers at the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the world's most prestigious ballet competitions, lifelong dreams are at stake. With hundreds competing for a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected.

A scene that I filmed for First Position.