Freedom Love Gold

Freedom Love Gold is a 70-minute documentary film that brings to life the amazing true story of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick E. Tarnay and their three young children, who, with much bravery and sacrifice, helped to save their homeland from destruction. In the last days of WWII, Hungary’s treasury (32 tons of gold and national treasures, including the Crown of St. Stephen), along with 500 of the bank's family members, were spared due to the extraordinary selflessness and courage of the Tarnay family.

Freedom Love Gold has screened at over 16 festivals and counting. It has won over four awards and has thrilled audiences in Sweden, the UK, Hungary, Italy, Australia, and the USA.

 

Freedom Love Gold is based on a book by the same name. The book is available here.

 

Freedom Love Gold directed by Christina Hodel

Jessie in Reverie

A day in the mind of a young neurosurgeon heads for a downward spiral until a handful of powerful incidences penetrates her gray matter giving her a new look on life. Combining aspects of art and medicine, this poignant story portrays focus and determination through the eyes of a woman who is set to do one thing: be the best by giving it her all. Jessie in Reverie has screened at festivals including Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival and Tallgrass International Film Festival.

Christina Hodel - Jessie in Reverie

Life on Tap

Told almost entirely through tap dancing, this mysterious experimental drama chronicles the lives of a master tapper and his protégé, whose relationship is ruined when a mysterious painting causes them to hallucinate horrors. Life On Tap has screened at festivals including Lady's First International Film Festival.

Sam Weber in Life on Tap directed by Christina Hodel

Moth To The Fame

This documentary creates a metaphor between the bright lights of success and moths to a flame as told through a Cannes Film Festival lighting technician's eyes.

Christina Hodel - Moth To The Fame

Chamaedorea Don

Plant collectors worldwide seek the services of a world-renowned environmental horticulturalist with a mind like a GPS. Discovering new plants in leech-infested forests in Thailand and the sweltering heat of a Tahitian jungle comes with controversies and competition. This documentary uncovers the truths behind the special abilities of one amazing world-traveler and explorer.

Christina Hodel  - Chamaedorea Don

How To Make A Chocolate Cake

It's easier to get into trouble than it is to get out of it--and this story proves just that. In this witty, dark comedy, alarm bells ring when Brenna's delicious school project sparks debate with her paranoid teacher until she figures out a lot of icing and cherries on top are the ingredients needed for a sweet escape.

Christina Hodel

Mashed Potatoes

What stemmed from an open script about mashed potatoes results in a heartwarming story about a woman's experience giving birth and the healing power of new life and family ties during times of adversity...and silliness!

Christina Hodel, Director

Girl Real

In this educational coming-of-age drama, a fresh look at fighting prejudice is told through the eyes of an everyday teen girl who is forced into extraordinary situations as she faces the harsh realities of the so-called "real world".

Christina Hodel

Connections

Produced for the University of Kansas Office of First-Year Experience, this film--made up of a series of skits, parodies, and improvisation--instills university freshman with the knowledge needed for success as a newly minted Jayhawk.

Connections directed by Christina Hodel

International House Video Yearbook

In this documentary, a year in the lives of international graduate students housed at a unique non-profit organization in the heart of New York City is examined as they cross cultural boundaries, form life-long friendships, and discover that--although they've grown up worlds apart--they are more alike than they are different.

Video Yearbook Directed by Christina Hodel

This I Love

William Shakespeare time travels to the present, writes a new hit play, and falls in love with a former prima ballerina who serves as his muse in the most unusual way.

Christina Hodel - This I Love

True Stories of Hyperpigmentation

In this animated musical comedy, a young woman laments about Western beauty's societal expectations until she finds the courage to set her own rules.

Christina Hodel - True Stories of Hyperpigmentation

The Incredibly Boring Life of The World's Most Untalented Person

In this hilarious mockumentary, Brinn Taff deconstructs the ever-elusive college admissions process in an attempt to gauge her "talent." Figuring out if she has what it takes to get into top schools, she solicits advice to everyone she thinks she knows, until she learns she's not the lost hope she always dreaded she was--she's just close.

Christina Hodel - The Incredibly Boring Life

Puzzle Enigma

A young woman is a depressed recluse until she is transported to another world where she sees clones of herself from every year of her life thus far and in the future. Once she sees her positive future life, she learns how to befriend herself and emerges from her anti-social shell.

Christina Hodel - Puzzle Enigma

BodyWorks

Set to the hauntingly beautiful music of Beethoven's 5th Symphony, this experimental dance film takes an in-depth look into the parallels between the movement of a human dancer and the motion of heavy machinery.

Christina Hodel