AN ACT OF LOVE
Director, Producer, Editor & Writer
Rev. Frank Schaefer never set out to be an activist, but after officiating the same-sex wedding of his son, the United Methodist Church put him on trial, igniting a media firestorm. Schaefer's act of parental love for his gay son thrust him to the forefront of a decades-long movement for LGBTQ equality in the nation's second largest protestant denomination. This gripping documentary plays out like a courtroom drama, chronicling the Schaefer family's struggle and the divide in a mainstream church facing cultural shifts.
Winner of 8 awards, this film has shown over 175 times at film festivals, community screenings, churches, universities, and theaters in the United States, Canada, Greece, and India.
Executive Produced by Pauley Perrette of NCIS.
Currently available on DVD, iTunes, Amazon, Kanopy, and other VOD platforms. More info at anactoflovefilm.com
PLANES, TRAINS & AUTORICKSHAWS
Director, Producer, Cinematographer & Editor
Home. To American sisters Sylvia, Sheila, and Sandy, home was a mission compound on the edge of a jungle in South India. The daughters of missionaries J.T. and Ruth Seamands, the three sisters loved every minute of their Indian childhoods. But the Seamands family left India for America in 1959 and the sisters never returned. Until now.
"Planes, Trains & Autorickshaws" follows the Seamands sisters on their first journey back to India in over fifty years. They know things have changed, but they’re not prepared for the vast difference a half-century has made in their homeland. Sandy's son, Scott Sheppard, travels with them and documents the trip. Sylvia, Sheila, and Sandy revisit their childhoods while Scott discovers the legacy of the Seamands family in India.
Emotional and entertaining, their journey proves that it's never too late to go home.
Screened at the 2013 India International Film Festival of Tampa Bay and the 2014 Grand Rapids Film Festival.
Available on Amazon Prime.
AMERICAN DREAM / AMERICAN KNIGHTMARE
From director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer), this documentary delves deep into the life and storied exploits of the iconic Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight, as well as the volatile and highly influential era in gangsta rap he presided over.
BE ABOUT IT
The story of two fathers, two families and their battle against chronic Hepatitis B, a potentially deadly disease impacting the Asian American community.
This 37-minute film screened at the Hawaii International Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival, Orlando Film Festival, DC Asian American Film Festival, Louisville's International Festival of Film, and others.
Directed by Christopher C.C. Wong
More info at hepb.com/documentary/be-about-it-documentary
This series of doc-style commercials explore the challenges of student loan debt. 30-second spots were made for broadcast and longer 45-second versions were created for social media.
Directed by Reiss/Hill
Production Company: Wondros