REFUGE FILMS has produced award-winning documentaries, short narratives. music videos and web series. To arrange screenings and purchase dvds, reach us through our contact page.
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 from all walks of life 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 the Beloit, Sunrise, Julien Dubuque and Louisville International film festivals. 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. 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.
Still 60 — A manic filmmaker celebrates his 60th birthday by doing nothing. Winner of a Canada International Film Festival Award of Excellence, this work of creative non-fiction is an official selection of the St. Louis International, Princeton Independent, Wisconsin and Underfunded film festivals. Trailer. TV. Press.
Artists in Absentia — Returning to the same Wisconsin minimum-security prison that was the setting for Dostoevsky Behind Bars, this film documents the collaboration between inmates and volunteers to create a multi-media exhibition at the state capital’s central library. A selection of the (In)Justice For All Film Festival. Web series. Project website. Press.
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 International Monthly Film Festival and the North by Midwest Micro-Budget Film Festival. 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.
Whad’Ya Do Now? — After three decades of making people laugh, radio host Michael Feldman has gotten the word: It’s time to go. In this short documentary, he looks back whimsically on his career, while forging ahead. An official selection of the Wisconsin Film Festival. Trailer.
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 — Visiting D.C. after 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.