Returning home from a long career in the U.S. Marine Corps, Richard “Mac” McKinney found himself struggling under the weight of a ferocious rage fueled by 25 years of an indoctrinated hatred of Muslims. Desperate to take action in the name of his country, McKinney set out to commit an unthinkable crime against his community’s mosque. His plans took an unexpected path however when he faced his enemy head-on.
“An Oscar contender … a remarkable story of redemption.” Matthew Carey for DEADLINE
“One of the best films of the year no matter the lenght” AWARDSDAILY
Academy Awards (Oscars), USA, Nominated for Best Documentary Short Film (pending) – 2023
Tribeca Film Festival, USA, Special Jury Mention for Best Documentary Short – 2022
Indy Shorts International Film Festival, USA, Grand Jury Prize – 2022
Virginia Film Festival, USA, Audience Award for Documentary Short Film – 2022
Filmmaker Joshua Seftel is known for directing the Emmy Award-winning TV show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and the feature film War. After his father passed away, Seftel wanted to find a better way to connect with his mother, Pat. Seftel and his mother mastered FaceTiming. He steered their conversations towards pop culture and loved her hilarious and candid opinions about Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and twerking. She said the things that everyone was thinking, and as a sweet Jewish grandmother, she could get away with it. Ever the filmmaker, Seftel started recording these conversations, and soon the web series, My Mom on Movies, hit the Internet. Whether it’s through his award-winning films, television specials, or digital media, Joshua Seftel is constantly finding ways to create content with a conscience.