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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.

To visit the Refuge Films YouTube channel, click here.

While It Lasts — one rainy autumn afternoon a retired professor looks back at his years creating and collecting art.  View video.

Tel Aviv Walks — filmed on the streets of Tel Aviv this web series looks at the locked down world of the pandemic with an eye for the quirky and the beautiful. View series.

Blue and Red Respectful Encounters of the Political Kind — A Democrat and a Republican discuss American politics, without trying to score points or draw blood, in this Zoom-based web series celebrating civil discourse. Winner of Best Web Series Award at the Honor Film Festival.  To watch all  episodes, click here.

I See You — The Whiskey Farm, an Americana folk rock band, shares the screen with the homeless and people who support them in this documentary-style music video. Radio Interview. View video.

Street Pulse — He is past 50, she 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. More Press. TV. View Video. 

Narrow Bridge Project — People find ways to soar in the midst of the pandemic lockdown.

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. Podcast. Press. More Press. Trailer. View video.

Because It’s Small — This award-winning doc traces the origin of Little Free Library movement. View video.

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. Trailer.

Still 60

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.  Trailer. TV. Press. 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 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, and Golden Door film festivals.View Video.

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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.  View Video.

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.

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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 — A community comes together to laugh, cry, and remember a lost loved one in this short documentary. View Video.