About This Series
Local, USA is a half-hour series that features fascinating stories of diverse people, culled from public television stations and independent producers from across the country, and curated around a single theme for each program.
American Graduate: Stories from the Classroom
Short docs featuring stories from Latino filmmakers: The Smallest Step animates 3D modeled avatars of diverse H.S. students against real world backdrops; Overcomers highlights two teens succeeding despite odds stacked against them; and Every Girl Matters looks at a Catholic H.S. with a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate.
Beyond the Tap
The national spotlight is on Flint, Michigan in the midst of a water crisis that has been mismanaged by government officials and threatens its citizens. But the city is not alone. Local, USA: Beyond the Tap examines the human, economic, and political costs of one of America's greatest threats: our crumbling infrastructure.
Works in Progress
Michael, Savannah, Leon, Breon and Claudia are five St. Louis metro area youth up against a number of challenges on their path to graduation and success. Weaving together their stories within broader issues of economic and educational disparity, Works in Progress seeks to put a face and a story on the barriers so many young people face.
An Eastside Education
Austin's Eastside Memorial looks like a typical American high school. But the stories within the walls fall short; for years, they have been plagued by failing test scores and negative headlines. Spend one semester on campus as students, teachers and administrators fight to meet state accountability standards or watch the school close.
The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano
The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano follows photographer Phil Toledano, who becomes obsessed with his own fear of aging in the wake of his father’s death. Part dark comedy, part exploration of each of our deepest, most human fears, the film follows Toledano as he embarks on a strange, provocative three year journey to experience all of his futures.
Postcards from the Great Divide I - MN, TX, FL
Three episodes from the Postcards from the Great Divide series examine the partisan split among the electorate in Minnesota ("The Big Sort"), Florida ("Post-Obama Drama") and Texas ("The Giant Still Sleeps").
Postcards from the Great Divide II - WA, NV, WI
Three episodes from the Postcards from the Great Divide series examine the partisan split among the electorate in Washington ("Purple Reign"), Nevada ("Swinging Las Vegas") and Wisconsin ("Whatever Happened to Wisconsin Nice?").
Postcards from the Great Divide III - KY, NE, CO
Three episodes from the Postcards from the Great Divide series examine the partisan split among the electorate in Kentucky ("Gibraltar May Tumble"), Nebraska ("Blue Wind on a Red Prairie") and Colorado ("Million Dollar School Board").
Veterans Coming Home: Military/Civilian Divide
Four documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at the military-civilian divide in America: "Recruiting in Times Square" (WNET), "From War to the Happiest Place on Earth" (WUCF), "Invisible Wounds" (KPBS), and "It’s Not Easy Being a Queer Pacifist Vietnam Vet" (WHYY).
Veterans Coming Home: Stories of Service
Three documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at challenges our veterans face when they leave the military, and why their struggles matter to veterans and civilians alike: "Veteran’s Court," "A Veteran Fights Homelessness in San Francisco" (KQED), and "Veteran’s Bond" (WUCF).
Veterans Coming Home: Women in the Military
Five documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at women in the military: "Wife, Mother, Soldier" (WNPT), "For the Benefit of the Team" (KCPT), "Peacefully Organic" (WPT), "America’s Funniest Vets Are Serious About Service" (WHRO), and "On the Home Front."
Voices from Atlantic City
In 1976, Atlantic City legalized casinos but by 2014, four of the twelve closed, costing nearly 8,000 jobs. Today, the the political and economic future of the casinos, the people and the city hang precariously in the balance. This is the story of the rise and fall through the unique perspectives of local stakeholders who still manage to have hope.
Portrait of Harry
Harry Somers kept a dark secret for much of his life: Harry fled Nazi Germany and was one of the last of his family to survive the Holocaust. He eventually made his way to America, where he discovered his answer to hatred and brutality: painting. The film is an inspiring and joyous look at one man's journey, and the beauty he brought to so many.
Frank Wong has spent the past four decades creating extraordinary, miniature dioramas of the Chinatown he remembers from his youth. His replicas are a portal into a long-ago San Francisco, a time when life was difficult for many in the Chinese American community. Forever, Chinatown is a meditation on memory, community and one man’s artistic legacy.
The Roots of 'Ulu
1700 years ago, seafaring Polynesians brought 'ulu or breadfruit to Hawaii. It was a staple of the native cuisine for generations – until Western contact brought hamburgers and french fries, and with them, diabetes and obesity. Could a return to traditional foods reverse these trends? Many islanders believe it can: "Our foods have mana."