An independent production company, Refuge Films has created 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.
Blue and Red Respectful Encounters of the Political Kind — As the 2020 Presidential Election nears, a Democrat and a Republican talk about America, without trying to score points or draw blood, in this seven-part web series recorded on Zoom.
Narrow Bridge Project — A filmmaker finds ways to connect as the pandemic lockdown confines people to their homes.
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.
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.
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 Little Free Library. Buy through contact page.
Life on the Ledge — In this short documentary, two laughing doves capture the heart and imagination of a man mourning the recent death of his mother. Winner of a Ginny Award at the Twin Falls Sandwiches Film Festival, and an official selection of the Green Bay, Oneota, Sunrise 45, Snake Alley, and Waltham Film Factory Short film festivals.
Still 60 — A too-peppy 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, Princeton Independent, Wisconsin, and Underfunded film festivals.
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 film festivals.
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, and Golden Door film festivals.
On Account of a Hedgehog — As they look ahead to their wedding, a young couple debates the details of how they met and fell in love. An official selection of the Beloit International, Oneota, and NxMW 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, and Down East Flick Fest.
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.
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.
An American Story – Jim Kerr, 1929-2017 — A community comes together to laugh, cry, and remember a lost loved one in this short documentary.