An independent production company, Refuge Films has produced award-winning web series, documentaries, short narratives and music videos. Find examples of the work below. Click on sub-headings above for links to other projects.
Shabazz Says — In this short documentary, students at a Wisconsin high school offer their opinions on divisive issues facing the US as the country heads toward the mid-term elections. Recipient of a Teaching for Tolerance grant from the Southern Poverty Law Center. View video.
Whad’Ya Do Now?— After three decades of making people laugh, radio host Michael Feldman has gotten the word: Time’s up. In this 30-minute documentary, he looks back on his career, while sardonically forging ahead. A selection of the Columbus International, North by Midwest Micro-Budget, and Wisconsin film festivals. Request viewing through contact page. Podcast. Press Coverage. More Press Coverage. Yet More Press. Trailer.
Bring on the Magic and… — A collection of short narratives and documentaries, including Because It’s Small, an award-winning doc that traces the origin of the Little Free Library movement. Purchase through contact page. View film from collection. Trailer.
Life on the Ledge — In this short documentary, two laughing doves nesting on his window ledge capture the heart and imagination of a man mourning the recent death of his mother. An official selection of the Green Bay, Oneota, Sunrise 45, and Waltham Film Factory Short film festivals. Trailer.
Street Pulse — Robert is past 50, Angel is half his age. They met on the street after he got out of prison. Now they’re married and live under a bridge. This full-length documentary is an official selection of the Culture Unplugged, Beloit International, Cincinnati, and Wisconsin film festivals. Trailer. Press. More Press. View video.
Still 60 — An overly energetic man celebrates his 60th birthday by doing nothing in this short work of creative non-fiction. Winner of a Canada International Film Festival Award of Excellence and an official selection of the St. Louis International, Princeton Independent, Wisconsin, and Underfunded film festivals. Trailer. TV Interview. Press Coverage. View video.
Colors of Love — In this short silent narrative, two people meet in black and white, and fall in love in color. An official selection of the Gulf of Naples Independent, International Monthly, Blow-Up International Arthouse, Miami Independent, and the NxMW Micro-Budget film festivals. Trailer. View video.
Last Seder? — In this short documentary a man goes home to visit his parents, worrying about their health and future. An official selection of the Wisconsin, Julien Dubuqe, NxMW Micro-Budget, and Golden Door film festivals. View video.
On Account of a Hedgehog — As they look ahead to their wedding, a young couple debates he details of how they met and fell in love. An official selection of the Beloit International and NxMW Micro-Budget film festivals.
A Hobbit’s Heart — A young father celebrates family, community and Middle Earth in this whimsical short documentary. A selection of the Ozarks Shorts Film Series, NxMW Micro-Budget Film Festival, and the Down East Flick Fest. View video.
Summer Texts — A short narrative about a geezer, a dude and a b-ball game. An official selection of the Miami Independent and Milwaukee Short film festivals. View video.
Challah It Forward — In this short documentary a father and daughter build community by sharing bread. An official selection of the Green Bay, Near Nazareth, Short Shorts, and Santa Barbara Jewish film festivals. View video.
An American Story – Jim Kerr, 1929-2017 — In this short documentary a community comes together to laugh, cry, and remember a departed loved one. View video.