REFUGE FILMS has produced award-winning documentaries, short narratives. music videos and web series.
Dostoevsky Behind Bars — A 2015 Media For a Just Society Award finalist, this documentary features graduate students who study literature with prison inmates. Winner of a Wisconsin Film Festival Golden Badger Award and official selection of the Beloit, (In) Justice For All, Julien Dubuque, Louisville, Interrobang, OM, Oneota and Philadelphia film festivals. Trailer. Press. Radio. TV. On-demand streaming.
In Search of America — A man crisscrosses the country asking people their opinions about the major issues of the day. Traveling from California to New Hampshire, and parts in between, he offers an intimate portrait of America as it heads toward the 2016 presidential election. A selection of the Oneota, Twin Cities Film Fest and River’s Edge International Film festivals. Trailer. Press.
What I Did in Fifth Grade — A teacher chronicles his final year working with underprivileged students to offer his take on the debate about proficiency vs. growth and the importance of community. Winner of the Critical Edge Films Festival Best Local Documentary Award and an official selection of Madrid’s Painted Birds Film Festival, as well as the Beloit, Sunrise, Julien Dubuque and Louisville International film festivals. Order through our contact page. Trailer. Radio.
Street Pulse — Robert is past 50. Angel is half his age. They met on the street after he was released from prison. Now they’re married and live under a bridge. Hoping to make it off the street, to earn money they sell a newspaper about homeless people. An official selection of the Wisconsin, Cincinnati and Beloit film festivals. Order through our contact page. Trailer. Press 1. Press 2. View Part I.
SHORT DOCS AND NARRATIVES
Bring on the Magic and… A compilation dvd featuring short pieces produced in the Midwest, including Because It’s Small, an award-winning doc about the Little Free Library movement. Order through our contact page.
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 doc, he looks back on his career, while sardonically forging ahead. A selection of the Columbus International and Wisconsin Film festivals. Trailer. Press 1. Press 2. Press 3.
Still 60 — A manic filmmaker celebrates his 60th birthday by doing nothing in this wok 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. Press. View video.
Colors of Love — In this silent narrative, two people meet in black, and white, then fall in love in color. An official selection of the Gulf of Naples Independent Film Festival, the International Monthly Film Festival, the Miami Independent and the North by Midwest Micro-Budget film festivals. Trailer.
Last Seder? — A man goes to spend Passover with his parents, wondering about their health and his own future. This short documentary is an official selection of the Wisconsin, Julien Dubuqe, North by Midwest Micro-Budget and Golden Door film festivals. View video.
Summer Texts — This short short narrative about a geezer, a dude and a pick-up game of b-ball is an official selection of the Miami Independent and Milwaukee Short film festivals. View video.
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, North by Midwest Micro-Budget Film Festival and the Down East Flick Fest. View video.
Challah It Forward — A father and daughter team up to build community and spread good cheer one loaf of bread at a time. An official selection of the Green Bay, Near Nazareth, Short Shorts and Santa Barbara Jewish film festivals. View video.
My Trip to the Mall — 2nd response to the 2016 election. View video.
Forward! — Response to the 2016 presidential election. View video.
Homage to Charleston — Response to a tragedy. View video.
It’s About the Kids — Campaigning for equity. View video.