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 Hartley Film Foundation's seed grants and fiscal sponsorship programs support filmmakers in developing innovative documentaries about world religions and spirituality.

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Loyalty By Another Name

A film by David Washburn

Loyalty By Another Name is a story about Muslims who are reshaping our image of the patriotic American soldier. The film will profile a number of individuals across the country who represent the variety of experiences shared by American Muslims in the Armed Forces. Loyalty By Another Name dives into the contradiction Muslim Americans face as they defend a country that does not always defend them. 

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Moral Monday

A film by Eric Preston

Moral Monday tells the story of a civil rights struggle underway in the U.S. and charts the progress, pitfalls and outcomes of this faith-rooted national justice movement.

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Nobody Should Know

A film by Andrea Eisenman

Nobody Should Know follows three courageous Orthodox Jews, forced by the customs of their community to keep their life-threatening illness, the genetic disease cystic fibrosis, a secret.

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Opening the Gates

A film by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky

Opening the Gates tells the story of the historic Polish concert tour of composer and singer rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.

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Peace in the Valley

A film by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher

Filmmakers Palmieri and Mosher film in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, an Ozark mountain town that is the home of the of The Passion Play, the largest outdoor production of the Passion of Christ in the U.S., and a tourist mecca for the LGBT community. They are capturing the theatrical ways in which inhabitants of Eureka Springs express their religions and political beliefs.

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Playing God

A film by Beth Earl

“Jerusalem Syndrome,” which affects about 100 individuals annually, is a most unique diagnosis. While in Jerusalem, subjects with so-called "Jerusalem Syndrome" begin to believe that they have messianic qualities or are the reincarnations of a Biblical figures.

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A film by Sandi DuBowski

Rabbi traces the dramatic life of Amichai Lau-Lavie, a 21st-century spiritual innovator.  Amichai is a link in a 5,772 year-old spiritual chain.

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Reframing Palestine: The Story of the American Colony Photo Department

A film by Orna Raviv and Itay Ken-Tor

In 1881, a sect of Swedish immigrants to America immigrated again to Jerusalem in anticipation of the End Times. They established the American Colony in Jerusalem. One new convert to millenialism who joined the Colony established a photo department. Between 1881 and 1934, the American Colony provided a half-century's documentation of persons, places and events, and the photo collection is now considered the most prestigious in the Middle East.

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Rites of Passage

A film by Frederick Marx

Rites of Passage integrates the wisdom of indigenous peoples, science and the humanities to reveal the benefits of teen initiation into adulthood.

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Same God

A film by Linda Midgett

Wheaton College is considered to be the “Harvard” of evangelical schools, according to director Linda Midgett, a college founded by abolitionists dedicated to rooting out slavery and racism.  Midgett herself is a graduate of the school, which she says historically has been the “keeper” of evangelical culture and a bellwether of its future. 

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