About This Program
Through the lens of 26 independent films, America ReFramed tells the many stories of a transforming American culture and its broad diversity. In these weekly 60 or 90 minute independent films, the series takes an unfiltered look at relevant domestic topics (healthcare, immigration, the workplace, and politics) with personal storytelling tied to programming social themes.
America ReFramed showcases films that will give viewers a “snapshot” of the transforming American life —the guts, the glory, the grit of a new and changing America. From contemporary life on Native American reservations to stories of recovery on the Gulf, from hardships and revitalization in towns big and small, to stories from city streets across the country, these independent, personal and opinionated films document the times in which we live.
Episodes from Season 2
The Way We Get By
On call 24 hours a day for the past five years, a group of senior citizens has made history by greeting nearly 800,000 American troops at a tiny airport in Bangor, Maine. A deeply moving film about life and how to live it, the film offers an intimate look at three of these greeters as they confront the losses that come with aging and rediscover their reason for living.
For more than 120 years, Mohawk ironworkers or 'sky walkers' have raised America’s modern cityscapes like the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building. Skydancer takes a provocative look at Indian life in the 21st Century: from the hierarchy on top of New York City's steel structures to life 'on the Rez' where problems like unemployment and crime make it hard to see the beauty of the land.
Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives
Follow 18-year-old Hondureña, Marlin, and fellow actors of Chicago’s Albany Park Theater Project as they transform her personal story into the daring, original play, Remember Me Like This.
American Dreams Deferred
William Caballero, a young Latino, juggles unconditional family love with the challenges of breaking the cycle that has kept so many of his relatives from reaching their "American dream." Set against a backdrop of Coney Island and Fayetteville, North Carolina, the NYU graduate student turns the camera on his Puerto Rican-American family to examine U.S. issues of health care and culture.
Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea
An offbeat portrait of the peculiar and individualistic people who populate the shores of the Salton Sea. It is an epic western tale of fantastic real estate ventures and failed boomtowns, inner-city gangs fleeing to white small town America, and the subjective notion of success and failure amidst the ruins of the past.
Code of the West
A showdown between state and nation, Code of the West follows the failed politics of marijuana policy reform in Montana and the federal crackdown on medical marijuana growers across the United States.
America ReFramed: The New Public
Over the course of the founding year, and then the senior year of the first graduating class, The New Public follows the lives of the ambitious educators and lively students of Bed Stuy’s new Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School (BCAM). The film captures the complexities, frustrations and personal dramas that put public education at the center of national debate.
America ReFramed: The Medicine Game
The remarkable journey of two brothers from the Onondaga Nation driven by a single goal - to beat the odds and play lacrosse for Syracuse University. Facing daunting obstacles and crumbling dreams, they turn to family and their Native teachings for guidance and stability. Over six years, The Medicine Game follows their coming of age story to one of a study of modern Native American life.
America ReFramed: Radio Unnameable
For nearly 50 years, radio personality Bob Fass revolutionized late night FM radio by serving as a cultural hub for music, politics and audience participation. With Fass's archives, Radio Unnameable exposes the underexposed world of independent radio, and the relationship he and WBAI built with listeners to create one of the most successful listener-sponsored programs in the United States.
America ReFramed: Building Babel
Building Babel follows a year in the life of Sharif El-Gamal, the developer of Park51 or the "Ground Zero Mosque," a Muslim-led community center two blocks from the World Trade Center. With unlimited access, the film paints a portrait of a Muslim-American businessman up against impossible odds.