Our freedom mission is to discover and share films from around the world that tell stories about freedom, courage, success against abuse of power, social justice issues and more. We welcome all stories with any touch of the freedom theme.

Don Lewis, the Festival Founder, has a vision to support freedom everywhere. He strongly believes the key to freedom belongs to the people, and understands the significant impact of music on society. Therefore, he wrote an original musical comedy called New York in Chains, that tells a tale about a time when NYC is dark. The Statue of Liberty is sad and lonely. She leaves her island with a mysterious key and secret. Two sisters, living in an illegal AirBnB garage apartment, enlist to help Miss Liberty and solve their own problems with the evil landlord William McGreedy. Through song and dance, the sisters discover heroes that teach them how to save the free world and the light of freedom. Here's a sneek peak of the uplifting music from the show: https://youtu.be/TXRNOkjYIDU

The story of Joshua Wong, a freedom fighter, was the true inspiration for Don's spirit behind writing this musical. Now he is currently booking this inspiring show nationally across the country, spreading joy and light to those who need it. For more info about the musical and how you can support the freedom mission, please visit: neworkinchains.com

Our first festival featured these great films

"Flying Fishes"
Maohammad Towrivaryan

The subject of my film is child abuse and oppression to women.

Synopsis:
The new teacher in the village understood that one of his student who is the only girl in the class don't talk and a cigarette burn is visible in her hand.

"With my own two hands"
Director Biography - Michaël Barocas
The life of a man through his hands and the ones around him

"Kainaattu (Uneducated)"
First day of school
by Harish Gokul

"GSLV Mark3"

GSLV Mark3 is a two point of view narration told from a girl
and also the ISRO team who wants to launch their
GSLV mark 3 satellite into the space.

There is a beautiful connect between girl and rocket which is about to launc
Director - Dinesh Kumar

"Balance"

It's a story about the soldiers who are sacrificing their lives and resist in order to the people of the city and future generations live in peace...

Director Biography - Barzan Rostami

"New York In Chains", Musical Trailer

PRODUCERS: Don Lewis, Mary Rachel Gardner
WRITERS: Don Lewis, Leonid Andronov
MUSIC & LYRICS: Don Lewis, Brad Hubisz, Jeffrey Bryan

"From Now On"
Ivonne Coll - Javi Mulero


"IKU MANIEVA"
Hello friends, we've made a short documentary about the displaced people of the Sinaloa sierra by the narco violence here in Mexico

Director: Isaac Ruiz Gastélum

"Genesis"
Abtin Mozafari

"Badger Creek"
Randy Vasquez

All films were highly appreciated by our audience!

Looking for strong visions that impact, educate, uplift, empower, encourage and spread love and light.

Challenge perspectives. Make us think. Make us cheer. Let's build an army of visionaries and hearts to protect freedom and shine light everywhere. Share your visions of freedom and how we can better the world.