By Basil Tsiokos | Indiewire July 23, 2013 at 10:30AM
In "Fuel," director Joshua Tickell, concerned about our overdependence on foreign oil, finds his own solution. Traveling across the US in his biodiesel-fueled Veggie Van, he spreads the word about sustainable energy alternatives.
Offering a unique perspective on modern America, Doug Pray's "Big Rig" rides along with long-haul truck drivers, crossing over forty state-lines to reveal the lives of these often overlooked men and women.
Amanda and Rachel, a young lesbian couple, set out from their home in Philadelphia to Ames, Iowa to tie the knot in an over-the-top ceremony presided by a lady rapper. Devin Gallagher's "Married in Spandex" takes a lighthearted approach to demonstrate the obstacles same-sex couples must face to marry.
Also dealing with issues facing the LGBT community, Erin Davies' "Fagbug" finds the director taking a two month roadtrip across the US and Canada to spread awareness of an act of homophobic vandalism she experienced on her school campus.
After living with HIV for more than two decades, Gregg is given six months to live. Choosing to go out on his own terms, he decides to cross the country in an RV to say goodbye to friends and family. Michelle Boyaner and Barbara Green follow his unusual journey in "A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour."
Finally, ending on a more optimistic note, Dani Menkin's "39 Pounds of Love" follows Ami, a man immobilized by Muscular Dystrophy, as he travels across the US to find the doctor who gave him a terminal prognosis more than thirty years ago.
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ABOUT THE WRITER: Basil Tsiokos is a Programming Associate, Documentary Features for Sundance, Senior Programmer for DOC NYC, and a consultant to documentary filmmakers and festivals. Follow him on Twitter (@1basil1) and visit his blog (what (not) to doc).