Makepeace Productions


Anne Makepeace


Tribal Justice

NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS: Our Volunteer First Responders


Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a short film about our volunteer first responders, who give their time and risk their lives to save those in need. They are the local heroes of our communities, and we need them now more than ever. We hope this film will inspire new volunteers to join, and everyone to donate funds to keep these organizations going. Run time: 13 minutes.

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  Tribal Justice
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Two Native American judges reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities, and create a more positive future for their youth. By addressing the root causes of crime, they are providing models of restorative justice that are working. Mainstream courts across the country are taking notice.

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Âs Nutayuneân tells a remarkable story of cultural revival by the Wampanoag of Southeastern Massachusetts. Their ancestors ensured the survival of the Pilgrims in New England, and lived to regret it. Now they are bringing their language home again.

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  Rain in a Dry Land
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RAIN IN A DRY LAND is a verité feature documentary chronicling two years in the lives of two Somali Bantu families as they journey from Africa to America. It is a story of time travel, culture shock, a leap from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century as these subsistence farmers find themselves in a mysterious and confusing land. More importantly, it is an intimate, human story about two extraordinary families who somehow managed to keep their spirits intact through years of mayhem and deprivation, and whose astonishing, open-hearted resilience enables them to make a new life.

  Coming to Light
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The award-winning documentary, Coming to Light, tells the dramatic story of the life of Edward S. Curtis, his creation of his monumental work, and his changing views of the people he set out to document. More importantly, the film gives Indian people a voice in the discussion of Curtis images. Hopi, Navajo, Cupig, Blackfeet, Piegan, Suquamish and Kwakiutl people, many of them descended from Curtis’s photographic subjects, tell stories about the people in the photographs, and discuss the meaning of the images from their own perspectives.

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Known the world over for his controversial glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris, renowned architect I. M. Pei returns to his ancestral home of Suzhou, China, to design a new museum.   I. M. Pei: Building China Modern looks at Pei's attempt to build modern architectural forms in the heart of this 2500-year-old Chinese city.

  Baby, It's You
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In Baby, It's You, filmmaker Anne Makepeace takes us on an intimate journey through the Kafkaesque world of fertility clinics, into the home of lesbian parents, to Christmas among Utah polygamists and New England Puritans, to her brother’s Appalachian goat farm, and on a time trip back to the dark age of illegal abortion. Linking these stories is the bond of family. The characters are the filmmaker, her husband, and their brothers and sisters, all baby-boomers in their forties. The documentary looks at the unconventional ways they are all belatedly creating families of their own. Woven throughout the program is the story of Makepeace and her husband's attempts to conceive a child through intensive fertility procedures, and the emotional roller coaster of anticipation, disappointment, and hope that carries them along.

  Frank Capa In Love and War
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For years, filmmakers have beaten a steady path to the door of Cornell Capa, hoping to secure the rights to his brother’s closely guarded photo archives: 70,000 images captured by Robert Capa, the most famous war photographer of our time. Thousands of the photos had never been seen before – until veteran documentary filmmaker Anne Makepeace began work on Robert Capa In Love and War. The first film devoted entirely to Robert Capa’s mythic life, it is a beautifully told with a stunning array of archival photographs and footage, and interviews with people from Isabella Rossellini to the last interview with Capa’s great friend and colleague, Henri Cartier Bresson

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Chris Carlson, a former member of the Moonie cult, plays himself in this riveting drama about his experiences in Sun Myung Moon’s insidious organization. The film begins when he accepts an invitation to dinner from an attractive young woman on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, then finds himself a hundred miles away in a remote camp in Northern California. An unsettling story of the exploitation of idealism and the perversion of spiritual values, Moonchild is a cautionary tale that reveals the fluidity of identity and the vulnerability of the human heart.

Winner of the National Educational Film Festival’s Paramount Award for Best Feature Film, as well as a Gold Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival, a CINE Golden Eagle, a Gold Award in the Cindy Competition, and a Red Ribbon in the American Film Festival.

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Set high in the Andes mountains and based on a Bolivian myth, Whistle in the Wind is a short film that tells the story of Gonzalo, an Aymara Indian boy, and his favorite llama, Mayta.

Winner of a CINE Golden Eagle Award.

  Eleanor Roosevelt: Close to Home

A short film that encapsulates the life of an extraordinary American. Eleanor Roosevelt fought for civil rights all her life, was a constant humanitarian adviser to her husband during his four terms in the White House, drafted the first Universal Bill of Human Rights, and devoted her life to the causes of peace, civil rights, and human rights throughout the world.

  Wlidest Dreams

A love triangle set in the Country and Western music world, Wildest Dreams is a dramatic short starring  William Peterson (CSI, Manhunter), Rebecca Jenkins (Bye Bye Blues), and Victoria Catlin (Twin Peaks).

  Night Driving

NIGHT DRIVING is a half-hour 35mm drama starring William Sadler and Elsie Sniffen as a drifting Vietnam veteran and an Amerasian girl he has taken under his wing. They travel around the country, stopping at night to gaze through picture windows of suburban homes as if watching foreign television. Tam dreams the American Dream of living inside one of these homes as part of a real family. When fundamentalist Christians take her into their home, she thinks her dream has come true, but the dream turns into a dark and eerie nightmare
Night Driving won a CINE Golden Eagle and a Gold Award from the Houston International Film Festival, and was broadcast on Showtime.

A Thousand Pieces of Gold

The story of Lalu (Rosalind Chao, The Joy Luck Club, The Last Emperor, Star Trek), a young Chinese woman sold by her father and brought to America as a slave during the late Gold Rush. In a remote Idaho mining town’s thriving saloon, Lalu rebels against her owner and pays a terrible price for her fight against racism and sexism. Wagered as a piece of property, Lalu is finally handed over to her new owner Charile (Chris Cooper Adaptation, American Beauty), who opens the door to a whole new life for Lalu – and himself.

Written by Anne Makepeace, Director of Photography Bobby Bukowski, Art Director Dan Bishop, Composer Gary Remal Malkin, Associate Producer Rachel Lyons, Line Producer Sarah Green, Adapted from the novel by Ruthanne Lum McCunn, Executive Producers Lindsay Law, Sidney Kantor , John Sham, Produced and Edited by Kenji Yamamoto, Produced and Directed by Nancy Kelly

  Ishi, The Last Yahi

This widely acclaimed film recounts one of the most extraordinary and important stories in American history and explains its contemporary relevance with power and eloquence. The sudden appearance in northern California in 1911 of Ishi, "the last wild Indian in North America," stunned the nation. At anthropologist Alfred Kroeber's invitation, Ishi lived out the remaining four years of his life at the Museum of Anthropology in San Francisco.

Written by Anne Makepeace, Produced by Jed Riffe and Pam Roberts, and Narrated by Linda Hunt. Winner, Best of Festival, National Educational Film Festival; Gold Hugo Award, Chicago Intl. Film Festival, Margaret Mead Film Festival honoree, Society for Visual Anthropology honoree, CINE Golden Eagle.