Documentary Films

We produce non-fiction films that inspire and motivate audiences to create a better future for all. We also help fellow filmmakers secure funding and organize screenings of their work.

CONTRIBUTE TO OUR DOCUMENTARY FILM FUND

Our Documentary Film Fund provides seed funding for independent documentaries. We also rely on funding from grants, nonprofit partners & supporters like you to make this work possible.

Currently Funding: Oracle: the Life & Music of Michael Hedges

Doc Night screening series

A monthly screening series in Sonoma County, featuring award-winning documentaries about the environment, social justice, adventure, art & music, followed by drinks & conversation with the North Bay Filmmaking community.

Woodlands

IN DEVELOPMENT

Humans have been depleting the world’s forests for centuries. With growing demand for wood products and threats from climate change, is there any hope for restoring our forests? Woodlands tells the story of modern timber management in the Pacific Northwest.

As forest managers, small logging companies and multi-national corporations navigate what it means to manage forest resources responsibly, they can either collaborate with local tribal councils and community activists or face extreme criticism.

Producer/Director: Mischa Hedges

Oracle Film Poster

Oracle: the Life & Music of Michael Hedges

IN PRODUCTION

The eldest son of Midwestern musicians/educators, Michael Hedges was a young musical prodigy – with an emerging talent that would take him from small-town Oklahoma to Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory, and Carnegie Hall.

Known as a once-in-a-generation force that would revolutionize the acoustic guitar, perhaps Michael’s truest story and lasting legacy is that of an important twentieth-century composer.

Produced & Directed by:
Mischa Hedges & Brendan Hedges

Writer: Brendan Hedges
Director of Photography: Clare Major
Editor: Mischa Hedges

Ellavut Cimirtuq [Our World Is Changing] (2023)

(Yupik Pronounciation: Shla-vut sche-mik-tuk) 

As an archeological team digs to save cultural artifacts from rising sea levels in her coastal village, a Yupik filmmaker explores her tribe’s relationship with its language, subsistence hunting and gathering practices and cultural traditions in Alaska.

Producer: Mischa Hedges
Co-Directors: Jacqueline Cleveland, Mischa Hedges & Sonia Luokkala

Cinematography: Mischa Hedges & Jacqueline Cleveland
Editor: Alex Albers
Colorist: Nicolai Crane
Graphics: Michelle Olivera
Original Score: Cleod9 Music

Finding Home (2023)

A father and daughter explore their Tatar heritage and the story of their family’s migration from Russia to the United States.

Executive Producer: Simone Otus Coxe
Producers: Mischa Hedges & Ariana Reguzzoni
Director: Ariana Reguzzoni

Cinematography: Eric Ivey, Clare Major
Sound Recordist: Jesse Mills
Editor: Michelle Olivera
Colorist: Nicolai Crane
Sound Design: Scotty Beam & Cleod9 Music
Music: Cleod9 Music

Commissioned by Simone Otus Coxe

The Shepherd’s Way (2021)

A group of young shepherds and farmers explore: what does it mean to work with animals and the land?

What is the role of a shepherd in today’s modern world? The Shepherd’s Way reconnects us to the land, and the people who are passionate about stewarding it.

Producer/Director: Mischa Hedges
Words by: Guido Frosini
Cinematography: Sashwa Burrous, Tim Terry, Gary Ottonello
Editor & Colorist: Nicolai Crane
Sound Design: Scotty Beam & Cleod9 Music
Music: Cleod9 Music

Produced in collaboration with Friends of the Petaluma River.

Women’s March (2017)

A film about democracy, human rights and what it means to stand up for your values in America today.

On January 21, 2017, millions of women marched on Washington and around the world to express to the new president & congress that women’s rights are human rights and their power cannot be ignored.

Director: Mischa Hedges
Producers: Mischa Hedges, Michelle Olivera, Iliani Matisse
Cinematography: Justin Lewis, Nicolai Crane, Ben Pender-Cudlip, Sam Price-Waldman, Nile Sprague
Editors: Alex Albers, Michelle Olivera
Original Score: Giovanna Joyce Imbesi
Colorist: Gary Coates

Of The Sea (2016)

Struggling to revive a fading way of life, fishermen are creating new models for how to support sustainably produced seafood.

OF THE SEA is a feature documentary that tells the story of five California fishermen, and shows how our seafood choices can influence ocean sustainability.

Director: Mischa Hedges
Producers: Mischa Hedges & Melissa Mahoney
Cinematography: Justin Lewis & Sashwa Burrous
Editor: Mischa Hedges
Original Score: Michael Allison
Colorist: Modulus Studios

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