In 2011, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, a homemade bomb detonated beside Sergeant First Class Aaron Causey, costing him both legs. “That first moment I saw him, the only thing I could think is, ‘What do we do now?'” his wife Kathleen says in this short documentary, The Next Part. The film is an intimate and unflinching look at Causey and his wife’s journey through recovery, as well as their struggle to conceive before Aaron’s medical treatments eventually sterilize him. 

This documentary was created by Shoulder 2 Shoulder; for more information you can visit their website. The company is currently in pre-production for their next documentary film, which will also be directed by Erin Sanger.


Atlantic Politics

Sep 23, 2015 | 4-part series
The Atlantic

Donald Trump is huge right now—but if you talk to Republican insiders, virtually nobody thinks he’s actually going to get the nomination. Atlantic staff writer Molly Ball breaks down the possibilities for the end of his campaign.

About This Series

Voices and ideas about politics by The Atlantic.

In this short film by Tim Sessler, we witness the dilapidated remains of human existence in slow and deliberate drone footage. Sessler and his team traveled around upstate New York and western Massachusetts to tell this post-apocalyptic story. “Instead of seeing the destruction of human existence as something dramatic and negative—how it would otherwise always be portrayed in popular culture—we wanted to emphasize the beauty of it,” Sessler said in an email. For a cinematic approach, Sessler used the Freefly ALTA drone.

Tim Sessler is the founder of BROOKLYN AERIALS; to see more of his work, you can visit his personal website.


Atlantic Politics

Sep 21, 2015 | 3-part series
The Atlantic

Some of the most successful politicians in America today are not even politicians. Atlantic staff writer Molly Ball explores the popularity of political outsiders like Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina.

About This Series

Voices and ideas about politics by The Atlantic.

You might remember Lacey Schwartz from a clip we posted from Little White Lie, a documentary about her childhood spent believing she was white. Now, Schwartz is on other side of her journey of uncovering her racial identity—married to a black man and raising two young boys. This short film captures a conversation among Schwartz and her two close friends, Mehret and Zuhairah, as they discuss motherhood, identity, and how to raise their children in America today. “I’m very aware of the fact that I grew up in a white family, in a white space. Race didn’t really exist,” Schwartz says. “I never questioned that I would have access to things.”

For more information about Little White Lie, visit the Independent Lens website.