The Biggest little farm SHOWN: June 6, 2019

A testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. When the barking of their beloved dog leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature. The land they have chosen is utterly depleted of nutrients and suffering from a brutal drought. The film chronicles eight years of daunting work as they attempt to create the utopia they seek.



PAVAROTTI SHOWN: June 26, 2019


A riveting Ron Howard documentary that lifts the curtain on Pavarotti the icon who brought opera to the people.  Luciano Pavarotti gave his life to the music and a voice to the world. The film offers an extensive overview of its namesake’s personal struggles, professional triumphs, and even his political activism.


"Susan is able to tell this story like no other director. Engaging, personal and hopeful all at once."    --John Decker, KPBS Director of Programming

"Susan is able to tell this story like no other director. Engaging, personal and hopeful all at once."
--John Decker, KPBS Director of Programming

IT’S ‘JUST’ ANXIETY - SHOWN: April 2, 2019

An honest film showing what anxiety is like, giving hope to anxious people that they can feel better. Forty million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders. In this revealing film a dozen people from diverse backgrounds describe how they have struggled with anxiety. Their symptoms cover a wide range from excessive worry, uneasiness and fear, to more extreme symptoms such as compulsive behavior, post-traumatic stress syndrome, phobias, and torturous panic attacks. The film takes you on the crippling ride people with anxiety go on every day. These people are stunted by the fear of what would happen if ... instead of living life. The film explores the unpublicized fact that anxiety is the most treatable form of mental illness. The real-life stories of the people demonstrate how they were able to get on the path to recovery via various therapies.

THE DEVIL WE KNOW - SHOWN: January 15, 2019

This is the story of how one synthetic chemical, used to make Teflon products, contaminated a West Virginia community. Tucked in the rolling hills of West Virginia, the town of Parkersburg is described by those who live there as an idyllic place to raise a family. It's also home to a sprawling DuPont chemical plant that manufactures Teflon. Wilbur Tennant’s family farm was located next to a “non-hazardous” landfill operated by the chemical company. When he noticed his cows were mysteriously dying, he filmed what was happening on the farm, and the toxic legacy of C8 – DuPont's Teflon chemical – was discovered.

The film takes aim at powerful corporations such as Dupont and 3M, following a group of West Virginia whistleblowers who claim both companies knew of the harmful environmental properties of the patented chemical Teflon, and covered it up for decades.

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PICK OF THE LITTER - SHOWN: November 29, 2018

The documentary follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become guide dogs for the blind. Cameras follow these pups through an intense two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm. Along the way, these remarkable animals rely on a community of dedicated individuals who train them to do amazing, life-changing things in the service of their human. The stakes are high and not every dog can make the cut. Only the best of the best. The pick of the litter.

Winner Sundance Audience Award

Winner Sundance Audience Award

THE SENTENCE - Shown: October 23, 2018

Rise Documentary Films is pleased to present The Sentence by first-time filmmaker Rudy Valdez. The Sentence tells the story of Valdez's sister Cindy Shank, a mother of three beautiful little girls who received a 15-year mandatory sentence for conspiracy charges connected to her ex-boyfriend’s crimes.

Courtesy of HBO Documentary Films