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“The most heartwarming film of 2014.”
-The Huffington Post

The Starfish Throwers shows the power of one on a global scale…an important documentary….” 5/5✭

“Local filmmaker Jesse Roesler raised funds…to make this uplifting documentary about three disparate optimists, and he skillfully weaves their tales together for a powerful impact greater than the sum of its parts.”
-The Star Tribune 3.5/4✭

“The imagery in this film is so heartwarmingly authentic, I was on the verge of happy tears the entire time. The amount of genuine non-judgment, gratitude and compassion is enough to make an entire yoga class cry simultaneously.”

The Starfish Throwers will likely do two things to you: 1) inspire you to do more to make a difference in the world, and 2) make you reevaluate your priorities in life.”
– Documentary Talk: 4/5✭

“Jesse Roesler’s awe-inspiring, beautifully shot documentary…is humble in its own right, letting the compassion on screen speak for itself.”
– Joyless Creatures: 4.5/5✭

“A luminous window into the lives of true local heroes, this documentary is sure to leave the spectator with the feeling that they too can make a change in the lives of those around them.”
– The Arts Guild: 4/5✭

“…an inspiring, reaffirming, and uplifting film that reminds us that we can all do great things and can have a positive impact on this world.”
– The Roaming Life


1. Global Health Competition Audience Award, 2014 Cleveland International Film Festival
2. Human Spirit Award2014 Nashville Film Festival
3. Best Feature Documentary, MN-Made Program2014 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
4. Best Feature Documentary, Audience Award, 2014 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
5. Best Documentary, 2014 Myrtle Beach Film Festival
6. Best Overall Film, 2014 Myrtle Beach Film Festival
7. Big Cheese Award, 2014 Port Townsend Film Festival
8. Best Feature, 2014 Awareness Festival (Santa Monica, CA)
9. Most Uplifting Feature, 2014 Awareness Festival (Santa Monica, CA)
10. Best Feature Documentary, 2014 Washington West Film Festival (Washington, D.C.)
11. Best Documentary, 2014 Big Water Film Festival (Ashland, WI)
12. Spirit of Activism Award, 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival (Nevada City, CA)
13. Special Mention Feature Documentary, 2015 Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA)
14. Best Environmental FilmAudience Award, 2015 Sedona International Film Festival
15. Honorable Mention, 2015 Tasmanian Eco Film Festival (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)
16. Best Documentary, 2016 James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards


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