Documentary Film Projects


Yellow Fever – Uncovering the Navajo Uranium Legacy
PBS WORLD CHANNEL BROADCAST
YELLOW FEVER follows Tina Garnanez, a Navajo veteran returning from duty with the U.S. Army who realizes that her home on the Navajo Reservation has become a battleground in a protracted war over nuclear proliferation. As she seeks to learn about her own family history and its relationship to the uranium mines, we witness her evolution from curious family member to environmental justice activist.This project was supported in part by the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, VIsion maker Media, and Akasha Entertainment. It was broadcast to 60 millions homes 5 times on the award winning series “America Reframed.”
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THE MODERN PRIMITIVE: FAKIR MUSAFAR

Fakir Musafar, the godfather of modern body piercing began photographing his “body play” experiments in secret in the 1940s. He went on to pioneer a “modern-primitive” tribal culture that uses pain and ritual to access spiritual and emotional healing. Body piercing has become a modern aesthetic following his research and development of body arts. To Fakir, however, recreating ancient body arts and practices led to personal liberation and access to the “god-self”. To his millions of followers, his work gave way to survival, acceptance and loving community. This project is supported in part by the city of Austin Cultural Arts Department of Economic Development.
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Radio Taboo
Artist/activist Issa Nyaphaga returns to his small village in Cameroon to build a community radio station. By training citizen journalists he aims to help educate and empower his community about local affairs, health and women’s rights. Issue TV staff helped create the radio station for public health education and human rights in Issa’s small village in central Cameroon. this project received funding from National Geographic Foundation, City of Austin Cultural Dept,
The film is in post production.
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Nova’s Nature Show
Nova is a kid who knows a lot about nature. Nova shares her nature knowledge and explores fun things our natural world can offer us. This short form webseries is produced by Issue Television and supported in part by the city of Austin Cultural Arts Department of Economic Development.
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Honk! – Brass Band Revolution

Honk! Brass Band Revolution is a documentary film about the activist and community street band culture brewing worldwide . . Across the country and around the world, a new type of street band is emerging. Acoustic and mobile, borrowing repertoire and inspiration from a diverse set of folk music traditions – New Orleans second line brass bands, European Klezmer, Balkan and Romani music, Brazilian Afro Bloc and Frevo traditions, as well as the passion and spirit of Mardi Gras and Carnival.” ** This is the Honk! movement. The film is in seeking post production funding

Fracking The Contract
Oil and gas companies are exploring the Algarve region of southern Portugal with permits in place to begin extraction. The local community is at odds with these plans. Fishermen,local mayors, home-owners, farmers, and the general tourism industry are vigorously lobbying against this proposed development. Fracking exploration is already creating a serious threat of an increase in earthquakes and water contamination. The film toured the nation of Portugal in 2019 with grassroots groups and environmental organizations leading the charge. This project was supported in part by the Mayor’s office of the city of Loulé, Portugal.

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Eat Up Austin
Eat Up Austin is an Austin foodie’s delight. Jane Ko, Austin’s top food blogger, nutritionist and Instagram star spends time in Austin’s eclectic and cutting edge food scene visiting chefs, restaurants, food startups, urban farms, food festivals, breweries, local vineyards, supper clubs, food trucks, nutritionists, creative culinary characters and the tenacious local farmers that bring it all together.  and supported in part by the city of Austin Cultural Arts Department of Economic Development.

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Hilda Bih’s Wheelchair
When Issue TV staff were in Cameroon working on Radio Taboo they met Hilda Bih. She is an inspired, hard working radio host in Bamenda Cameroon, West Africa. Hilda has Muscular Dystrophy. She has been slowly loosing her ability to move her limbs since she was a child. The team raised funds for her to have a motorized wheelchair.
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Community Media Projects in Cameroon

Navajo Nation Dependents of Uranium Workers Committee

Theater of Change

“Clean?”