REFUGE FILMS has produced award-winning documentaries, short narratives. music videos and web series. Find a sampling of the company’s work below. Click on the sub-headings above for more. Order dvds through the company contact page.
Last Seder? — A man goes to spend Passover with his parents, wondering about their health and his own future. This short documentary, an official selection of the Wisconsin, Julien Dubuqe, North by Midwest Micro-Budget and Golden Door film festivals, is a celebration of the filmmaker’s love for his family. View video.
My Trip to the Mall — This two-minute video, shot on an iPhone, serves as a sequel to Forward!, offering director Marc Kornblatt’s take on the world after the 2016 presidential election. View video.
Forward! — This one-minute video, shot on an iPhone, serves as a coda to In Search of America, director Marc Kornblatt’s feature-length documentary described below. 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.
Colors of Love — In this short silent film, two people meet in black, and white, then fall in love in color. An official selection of the International Monthly Film Festival. View trailer.
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. View trailer.
In Search of America — In this feature-length documentary, a filmmaker crisscrosses the country asking people from all walks of life their opinions about the major issues of the day. A Twin Cities Film Fest and River’s Edge International Film Festival selection. View trailer.
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.
Artists in Absentia — This short documentary takes viewers inside a Wisconsin minimum-security prison to meet the inmates create a multi-media exhibition at the state capital’s central library. Watch web series. Visit website. Read press.
What I Did in Fifth Grade — A teacher chronicles his final year working with underprivileged students. This feature-length documentary is an official selection of the Beloit, Sunrise, Julien Dubuque and Louisville International film festivals. Listen to radio interview. View trailer.
Still 60 — A manic filmmaker celebrates his 60th birthday by doing nothing. This short documentary, winner of a Canada International Film Festival Award of Excellence, is an official selection of the St. Louis International, Princeton Independent, Wisconsin and Underfunded film festivals. View trailer. TV interview. Read press.
Challah It Forward — A father and daughter team up to build community and spread good cheer one loaf of bread at a time. The film is an official selection of the Green Bay, Near Nazareth, Short Shorts and Santa Barbara Jewish film festivals. View video.
Homage to Charleston — When words fail us… A response to the South Carolina tragedy, June 16, 2015. View video.
It’s About the Kids — In tribute to their departed principal, high school grads launch a campaign to create a college scholarship fund for less-privileged students. View video.
Dostoevsky Behind Bars — A 2015 Media For a Just Society Award finalist, this full-length documentary features graduate students who study literature with prison inmates. Winner of a Wisconsin Film Festival Golden Badger Award and screened at Louisville, Kansas, Philadelphia and Julien Dubuque film festivals, among others, as well as on Wisconsin Public TV.
While It Lasts, — This documentary, featuring the work and wisdom of 81-year-old artist Jamie Ross, has been screened at the Beloit, Green Bay, Driftless, Oneota, Skyline International and Milwaukee Short film festivals.
Bring on the Magic — In this dramatic short, a divorced man faces a parent’s ultimate nightmare when his son runs away. Official Selection of Wisconsin, Driftless and San Francisco Black film festivals.
Street Pulse — Homeless people struggle to make it off the street in this feature-length documentary, which has been screened at the Wisconsin, Cincinnati and Beloit film festivals and on Wisconsin Public TV.
Old Country Lullaby — In this dramatic short, a daughter helps her father pack up their house where a long-forgotten melody won’t leave him alone. Official Selection of Beloit, Green Bay, Wildwood and Milwaukee Short film festivals.
Because It’s Small — This short documentary, “Best of the Fest” at the Oneota Film Festival, celebrates the joy of reading and the power of community. It has been screened on public television, and at film festivals, in libraries and schools across the country. View trailer.
Walk the Walk — Made for a reality TV show that fizzled, this romantic fantasy about a young woman who tries to suppress her erotic dreams features two aspiring models in their film debuts. Official Selection of Bare Bones International and Kenosha film festivals.
Alone Together — In this short dark comedy, two people meet in a bird sanctuary to satisfy their conflicting urges. Official Selection of Detroit Windsor, Green Bay, Driftless and Wildwood film festivals. View trailer.