In the aftermath of Trump's election, Arkansas evangelical Republican Robb Ryerse was one of the many first-time candidates inspired to run for U.S. Congress. In his grassroots campaign to topple an incumbent congressman supported by some of the largest corporations in the country, Robb discovers the steep price of breaking into politics.
Filmed in October 2008 on the eve of Obama’s historic election and an unprecedented economic crisis, this lyrical time capsule of New York City follows WFMU radio reporter Clay Pigeon as he takes to the streets to talk to fellow New Yorkers about their lives, their dreams, and their relationship with the city.
2017 / 56 min. / Documentary
Directed by Rachel Shuman
World Premiere: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
James, a left-leaning poet, decides to travel to Idaho to visit his brother Dolph, a Trump-supporting former Marine, to bridge the longstanding divide between them. BROTHERS was originally created for the Filmmakers Unite (FU) Collective, curated by Jay Rosenblatt and Ellen Bruno.
Bnei Sakhnin is an underdog Israeli soccer team with a Jewish coach, an Arab captain, and a roster of Arabs, Jews, and foreigners. For a brief moment in history, this team’s unprecedented win of the 2004 Israeli National Cup offers an alternative to the violence and racial tensions that plague Israel today.
In 2008–09, I co-directed and edited a series of videos for the Guggenheim Museum. This particular example, created for their 2008 exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want To Believe, captures the heroic installation and exhibition of Cai Guo-Qiang’s centerpiece sculpture Inopportune: Stage One.
2008 / 5 min. / Documentary
Directed by: Thomas Piper, David Sampliner, and Rachel Shuman
In this revealing portrait created for Checkerboard Films’ Landmarks in 21st Century American Architecture, legendary architect Peter Eisenman takes the viewer on a tour of the University of Phoenix Stadium for the Arizona Cardinals, which represents the culmination of nearly a decade of work on this visionary sports facility.
Negotiations chronicles the lives and conversations of a cross-cultural and interfaith couple as they anticipate the birth of their first child. Andy, born and raised in Japan to an American family of Lutheran missionaries, and Maital, a first-generation Israeli from a family of Iraqi Jews, try to come to terms with each other in negotiations of love and will.