Jacob RosenbergWaiting for Lightning, the story of visionary skateboarder Danny Way, who attempted to jump China’s Great Wall on a skateboard and created a new movement in sport. As a young boy from a broken home in Vista, CA, no one would have ever imagined that Way’s passion for skateboarding would one day bring him and his creation, a ramp of prodigious and dangerous proportions, across many cultural and ideological boundaries to attempt the impossible. Waiting for Lightning is a film about how much abuse the body can sustain, how deep you have to dig to survive the betrayals of family, and how high and far dreams can fly.In association with DC Shoes, a company co-founded by Danny’s brother, Damon Way, the film features interviews by action sports legends such as Tony Hawk, Rob Dyrdek, Laird Hamilton, Rodney Mullen, Travis Pastrana, Matt Hoffman and Ken Block.
Steven CantorUkrainian-born 'bad boy of ballet' Sergei Polunin became the Royal Ballet's youngest ever principal dancer at age 19. But two years later—at the height of his success—he walked away from it all, resolving to give up dance entirely. Steven Cantor's Dancer tracks the life of this iconoclastic virtuoso, from his prodigal beginnings in the Ukraine to his awe-inspiring performances in the U.K., Russia, and eventually the U.S., where he went viral after David LaChapelle filmed him dancing to Hozier's 'Take Me to Church.' Yet beyond celebrating the raw talent and wild ambition of Polunin, whose sights are now set on Hollywood, Dancer considers how wealth and success may not be enough when it comes to finding personal and professional identity.
Patrick ForestierAs the Iraqi government threatens to expel all foreign mercenaries following the Blackwater shootout, the role of private military contractors is once again in the spotlight. There's no denying that the rise of the private military contractor is transforming the way we wage war. They earn four times more than regular soldiers, act with impunity and - in Iraq - outnumber all non-US soldiers combined. 'Private Armies' follows the training and deployment of these men. From skidding around a racing track, practicing escaping from kidnappers, to dodging bullets in Baghdad, it's an eye-opening look at life as a private soldier.
Doug NicholCALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER launches us into the bittersweet moment when a beloved technology, the typewriter, faces extinction. Delivering a thought-provoking view on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, director and three-time Grammy Award® winner and nominee Doug Nichol explores the mythology attached to the classic typewriter, as cultural historians, collectors and various celebrity obsessives (including Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, and Sam Shepard) celebrate the typewriter both as object and means of summoning the creative spirit. The film culminates in the movingly documented struggle of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking.
Alain ResnaisTen years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard) contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps’ quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage. With Night and Fog, Resnais investigates the cyclical nature of man’s violence toward man and presents the unsettling suggestion that such horrors could come again.
Chris James ThompsonWatch while in theaters! A dark and disturbing exploration of America's most infamous serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer, as seen through the eyes of the arresting officer and his next door neighbor.
Andy Heathcote & Heike BachelierSince the 19th century the craftsmen of the family firm Hardy’s have hand-made beautiful cane fishing rods and exotic salmon flies which are cherished by keen fishermen all over the world. This documentary tells of the history of the company, using interviews with family members and archive film from the 1930s, all the while making us realise what this country has lost in skills and the tradition of craft. “The greater issue accumulates forcefully but quietly - the value of craftsmanship in a global economy preoccupied with quantity.” -Ken Russell, The Times
Leslie WoodheadHere's the triumphant, true-life story of an Olympic hero...and just how far he came in order to become the fastest Olympic long distance runner the world has ever seen! Raised under oppressive conditions in one of the world's poorest countries, the Ethiopian boy named Haile Gebrselassie was born to run! When he wasn't laboring in his father's fields, young Haile would be running: the six miles to school and back, while doing chores or simply for pleasure at the end of a long, hard day! In an inspirational and artfully crafted motion picture, the climactic moment comes as the unstoppable Haile chases down his lifelong dream in a stirring Gold Medal performance at the Atlanta Olympic Games.
Greg BarkerThe nearly two-decade hunt for Osama bin Laden is the focus of this fascinating documentary. Filled with riveting testimony and recollections from actual C.I.A. agents, this in-depth account reveals the remarkable true story of the pursuit of the world's most notorious terrorist, beginning with the intelligence gathering of a group of mostly female analysts known as 'The Sisterhood' and culminating in the May 1, 2011 raid in which he was killed.
Liam DaleAs the capital of Scotland, Edinburghʼs got the lot! A sense of history, examples of the finest architecture, fascinating museums and a vibrant cultural life that rivals any of the worldʼs major cities, all add an extra dimension to this premier tourist attraction. If you have plenty of time at your disposal, Edinburgh is ideal for wandering at leisure, but if your time is limited, you need to know exactly where the main places of interest are to be found. “Whistlestop Edinburgh” has been designed to give you a brief glimpse of the cityʼs favorite treasures, ranging from the magnificent castle to the peace and tranquility of Holyrood Park, just a stoneʼs throw from the hustle and bustle of Princes Streetʼs shopping emporiums. Not only does this program offer a comprehensive guide on where to go and what to look out for, it also fills in the background history of the locations, including the stories of such great Scottish heroes as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Mary Qu
Keith MaitlandPacked wall to wall with the greatest music from Texas and beyond, with performances by Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ray Charles, Beck, Alabama Shakes, Wilco, Pixies, and Radiohead, A SONG FOR YOU: THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS STORY is music to the ears of fans everywhere. This film highlights the PBS series’ evolution, proving that after 40 years, Austin City Limits is more relevant now than ever before. Featuring interviews with dozens of artists and fans, and untold insights from long-time producer Terry Lickona, A SONG FOR YOU transcends the TV show and gives audiences a front row seat and backstage pass to the greatest performances of the longest running music show in television history.
Michael Bernard & Gavin FroomeTravelling along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver, the film showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies. This relaxed journey takes us across three generations of Modernist architecture, all finding beauty in their own times, and all taking us back to the basics of true living. A sense of place, light and a deep connection to the earth. Interviewed in Coast Modern are some of the most respected names in architecture, including James Steele, Ray Kappe, Hernik Bull, Pierluigi Serraino, John Cava, Barbara Bestor and Dion Neutra, son of the legendary Richard Neutra.
J.T.S. MooreRevolution OS tells the inside story of the hackers who rebelled against Microsoft’s proprietary software model and created Linux and the Open Source movement. Believing that computer software should be free - economically and intellectually - Richard Stallman and other high-profile technology experts started the Open Source movement. An admirer of Stallman named Linus Torvalds created a new operating system and called it Linux. Linux was freely distributed software that many programmers consider far superior to Windows. Revolution OS paints a compelling picture for tech heads and laymen alike.
Mark Deeble & Victoria StoneA multi award-winning film from Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone, narrated by Ian Holm, tells the story of the seasonal Grumeti - home to the most spectacular population of giant crocodiles in Africa. When it rains in Serengeti, a flash flood sweeps along a sandy river-bed. It is the Grumeti river, a seasonal lifeline for all the creatures at Kirawira - especially its giant crocodiles. Trapped in drying pools, clams and fish become a yearly feast for the riverside creatures. Crocodiles dam rivers, lizards go fishing, storks spear clams and flowers trap the unwary. As it dries on the plains, the great wildebeest herds head out towards Kirawira, where giant crocodiles and catfish are forced to trek along the drying riverbed, in search of permanent water. Aestivation or migration are the only options left for the river’s residents. Then, one morning, the wildebeest arrive to play their part in the seasonal drama of the drying pools - primordial carnage reigns as the desperate herds try to
Annette van TrigtThe most-talked about horse in the world, came, saw and conquered the dressage with his rider Edward Gal. Together they won the heart of millions all over the world, winning three titles at the FEI World Equestrian Games and setting multiple record scores in Kentucky in 2010. An extreme sum of money, somewhere between 10 and 15 million, caused the stallion to move to Germany, after which he took, in name of the Germans, the - what should have been Dutch - golden medals at the Olympic Games. But new owner Paul Schockemöhle shot himself in the foot. He had to find a new rider for Totilas: Matthias Alexander Rath. But it turned out to be a very unlucky combination. Even Dutch top trainer Sjef Janssen got involved, but the highly coveted Olympic medals were not coming in. Due to another injury, Totilas had to leave the competition arena in 2015, which would later turn out the be his last ever performance. Totilas retired in 2015. It was a great loss to his millions of fans all over the wo
T.C. JohnstoneTwo worlds collide when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help the first Rwandan National Cycling Team in their six-year journey to compete in the Olympic Games in London. Setting out against impossible odds, both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past. Executive produced and narrated by Forest Whitaker, this stunningly shot film follows Jock (the first American to compete in the Tour de France) and his Rwandan riders as they slowly but steadily learn what it means to be a professional cyclist - how to train, how to compete, how to live the life of a top level athlete. As they get better and better, the riders of Team Rwanda give their countrymen a vision of something greater then themselves and their history: hope for a future.
Hector GalánAfter a childhood of playing cantinas and honky tonks from Texas to Tennessee, Los Lonely Boys have rocked their way to the top of the American music industry, determined to fulfill their father's long held dream. LOS LONLEY BOYS: COTTONFIELDS AND CROSSROADS tells the story of three Mexican American brothers from San Angelo Texas who are creating a unique sound that melds the core of the early San Angelo music scene of the 1950s and 60s with a signature style they call 'Texican.' Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Hector Galán, himself a San Angelo native, fuses exciting live performances, vivid imagery of West Texas, and intimate personal stories in this feature documentary. Galán was able to capture a magical moment in time when the stars finally aligned in the boys' favor after so many years of struggle. LOS LONLEY BOYS: COTTONFIELDS AND CROSSROADS is a heartfelt and moving account that brings to life Los Lonely Boys' incredible personal musical journey. The film weaves a historical
Alan StivelmanA lonely gaucho lives a solitary existence on a remote farm ever since he witnessed a UFO event. Filmmaker Alan Stivelman - together with the help of well-known scientist and researcher Jacques Vallée -begin an epic journey to help Juan in understanding the deep meaning of his close encounter. This true story shows the long-term consequences of close encounters, proving that no one is exempt from a potential contact.
Howard HallAward-winning documentary filmmaker Howard Hall and the production team behind IMAX® film favorites "Deep Sea" and "Into the Deep" return for a dynamic new underwater adventure, "Under the Sea." Filmed entirely with IMAX® cameras for a vivid, immersive viewing experience unlike any other, this new film will transport audiences to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, including Southern Australia and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as Papua New Guinea and Indonesia in the famed Coral Triangle, for face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea. Discover the habits and habitats of Great White Sharks, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Leafy Sea Dragons, Giant Stingrays, Jellyfish, Green Sea Turtles, playful Australian Sea Lions, six-foot Garden Eels and a multitude of brilliantly colorful fish and sea life as they play out the daily dramas of their lives amidst vast coral formations that rise from the ocean floor.
Bryn PryorThey’ve entertained us, enthralled us, aroused us and amazed us. Who are the 30 greatest stars in the history of the adult film business? This documentary, a sequel to the popular Greatest Adult Movies of All-Time, brings the viewer up close and personal into the lives of legendary porn stars who’ve survived the test of time. How these personalities have impacted pop culture while shaping the skin business makes for an in-depth and entertaining film. Hosted by the notorious Mr. Skin, featuring Jenna Jameson, Ron Jeremy, Sasha Grey, Belladonna, Marilyn Chambers and many more, blends rare interviews with the industry's biggest stars, clips of their greatest performances and a peek into their mainstream careers, takes us on a journey of historical and sexual discovery. Additional appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Soderbergh, Rob Zombie and a host of adult stars, directors and trend-setters.
Ky DickensOnly a handful of people have come through major plane crashes alive and alone. Sole Survivors examines four of those stories: The toddler, the "Miracle Girl," the co-pilot and the seeker. They survived when no one else did.
Joerg SteineckLo Sound Desert is a documentary about the Californian Desert music scene, which gave birth to bands like Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age. What basically started by revolving punk rock kids - hidden from narrow-minded authorities of suburban desert communities in the early 80s, became a vibe over the years. Desert Rock, often misinterpreted as musical genre continued its international underground spread until today.
David EvanA poignant, thought-provoking account of friendship and the toll of inherited guilt, WHAT OUR FATHERS DID explores the relationship between two men, each of whom are the children of very high-ranking Nazi officials and possess starkly contrasting attitudes toward their fathers. Eminent human rights lawyer Philippe Sands investigates the complicated connection between the two, and even delves into the story of his own grandfather who escaped the same town where their fathers carried out mass killings. The three embark on an emotional journey together, as they travel through Europe and converse about the past, examining the sins of their fathers and providing a unique view of the father-son relationship, ultimately coming to some very unexpected and difficult conclusions.
Brigid MaherFrom executive producers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (The Business of Being Born), this topical new documentary examines a growing shift in the birthing industry: the rise of Caesarean sections. With C-section rates dangerously over 30% in America, are midwives the solution? In recent years, the idea of a “collaborative care” practice where doctors and midwives manage women’s care together has begun to gain traction. Research has demonstrated that collaborative care models produce better outcomes for mother and baby, including fewer C-sections. This moving and urgent film provides an intimate lens into how midwives across the country work within and better the hospital system, redefining how the US looks at the birthing process.
Carlos SauraDirected by legendary Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura, FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO is an evolutionary musical journey through the light, song and dance of a dynamic and alive art form. Beautifully photographed by famed Academy Award®-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (APOCALYPSE NOW), and showcasing a powerful new Flamenco through dazzling musical and dance performances by emerging talents and the greatest living Flamenco masters, this unique musical odyssey reaches beyond the borders of Flamenco and Spanish culture toward a universal artistic expression.
João Moreira SallesMade following the discovery of amateur footage shot in China in 1966 during the first and most radical stage of the Cultural Revolution, IN THE INTENSE NOW speaks to the fleeting nature of moments of great intensity. Scenes of China are set alongside archival images of the events of 1968 in France, Czechoslovakia, and, to a lesser extent, Brazil. In keeping with the tradition of the film-essay, they serve to investigate how the people who took part in those events continued onward after passions had cooled. The footage, all of it archival, not only reveals the state of mind of those filmed—joy, enchantment, fear, disappointment, dismay—but also sheds light on the relationship between a document and its political context. What can one say of Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, or Beijing by looking at the images of the period? Why did each of these cities produce a specific sort of record?
Ian McCrudden & Robbie CavolinaAnita O’Day was one of the greatest of American jazzsingers and this is her astonishing story—a journey of survival, and above all the endurance of her talent, told in a number of frank interviews with her and with those who knew her. Her career was long and eventful, spanning seven decades, her last album recorded when she was 84. This documentary of a legend was co-directed by Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden who produced with Melissa Davis. Anita O’Day only ever wanted to be a singer and the film showcases performances that date back to the 50s with such artists as Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge, Stan Kenton, Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael. She is shown teaching Billy Taylor how to be a jazz vocalist. She speaks candidly, always candidly, with Dick Cavett, Bryant Gumble and David Frost, with clips from interviews done on 60 Minutes and CBS This Morning. Bert Stern, commenting on his experience filming Anita perform Sweet Georgia Brown for his film Jazz on a Summer’s Day, sa
Justin MoeForever changed by witnessing the devastation of an aluminum plant shutting down in his hometown, Josh Miller sets out on a 30 day journey across America to find out if “Made in the USA” still means anything. Throughout the journey Josh lives off of “Made in USA” products as best he can, and speaks to people in the heart of America about issues facing the country today as the continued outsourcing of the manufacture of goods erodes the manufacturing backbone of the American economy - and the dreams of countless workers around the nation.
Cameron MaierIn 2002, Craig DeMartino was climbing with a friend in Rocky Mountain National Park when a terrible miscommunication occurred; DeMartino fell nearly 100 feet onto the rocks below. He survived, but his injuries were devastating — ruptured lung, fractured spine, pulverized feet, among others — and the accident forever altered his life. He could have retreated into his injuries and given up on climbing. Instead, DeMartino, who had one leg amputated under the knee, got back into his harness. Today, he has climbed grades as hard as 5.13, led an all-disabled ascent of El Capitan and introduced scores of fellow disabled athletes to the joy of climbing.
Al ReinertIn 1986 Michael Morton’s wife Christine is brutally murdered in front of their only child, and Michael is convicted of the crime. Locked away in Texas prisons for a quarter century, estranged from his son, he has years to ponder questions of justice and innocence, truth and fate. Though he is virtually invisible to society, the Innocence Project and Michael’s pro bono attorney spend years fighting for the right to test DNA evidence found at the murder scene. Their discoveries ultimately reveal that the price of a wrongful conviction goes well beyond one man’s loss of freedom.
UnknownIn the age of manscaping, metrosexuals, and grooming products galore - what does it mean to be a man? Oscar nominee Morgan Spurlock and executive producers Ben Silverman, Will Arnett, and Jason Bateman present a delightfully entertaining doc featuring candid interviews from Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, and everyday people weighing in on everything from the obsession with facial hair to body dysmorphic disorder. A FilmBuff presentation.
Randall MacLowrySILICON VALLEY tells the story of the pioneering scientists who transformed rural Santa Clara County into the hub of technological ingenuity we now know as Silicon Valley. The film spotlights the creativity of the young men who founded Fairchild Semiconductor and in particular the brilliant, charismatic young physicist Robert Noyce.
UnknownRise of the Sufferfests is the first documentary about Tough Mudder, Spartan Race and the global obstacle course phenomenon. The film asks why millions of people are suddenly paying to suffer through ice, fire, electricity, barbed wire, mud and more… and what it says about the world we’re living in. It features a colorful cast of characters from the cultish “OCR” community, as well as sharp—and often funny—social commentary from thought leaders like Morgan Spurlock, Tim Ferriss, A. J. Jacobs and Hanna Rosin. It also follows the misadventures of journalist-turned-filmmaker Scott Keneally, a self-proclaimed “beta male” who wanders deep into the crucible, tackling some of the world’s most brutal sufferfests. Far from just a movie about mud, it’s a smart, entertaining film about modern life and the journey of a “just enougher” to steel up in the face of fatherhood.
Robert D. KlineFifty-years after his assassination, John F. Kennedy is still remembered as one of the greatest presidents in United States history. This inspiring documentary recounts the historic moments, accomplishments and challenges of his presidency during an era of change.
Andrew RossiIs college worth the cost? Groundbreaking filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) asks the critical question about the value of higher education, revealing how colleges have come to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. With escalating tuition rates and student-loan debt now over the one trillion dollar mark, the once-great American institution is at a breaking point. Ivory Tower explores the current education crisis from the halls of Harvard, to community colleges, to online learning, providing an astonishing look at the university landscape.
Liam DaleFear, paranoia, terror, yearning—such are the themes synonymous with the works of Edgar Allan Poe. But just how did this troubled author known as the “Master of the Macabre” come to create some of the most terrifying and haunting works of all fiction? What happened in his early childhood that significantly altered the young mind of Poe? Where did the author’s haunting despair and longing for the dead come from? What led him to excessive drinking and opium smoking as a way of escaping reality? And just what were the circumstances behind his mysterious and still unresolved death? These questions and more will be answered in this unique and exciting documentary as we follow in the footsteps of Poe to discover the mystery behind the man who wrote such classics as “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Black Cat,” and countless others.
Michael SchwarzJoin best-selling author Michael Pollan (Food Rules, The Botany of Desire) on a fascinating journey to answer the question: What should I eat to be healthy? Cutting through confusion and busting myths and misconceptions, In Defense of Food shows how common sense and old-fashioned wisdom can help us rediscover the pleasures of eating and avoid the chronic diseases so often associated with the modern diet. Pollan's journey of discovery takes him from the plains of Tanzania, where one of the world's last remaining tribes of hunter-gatherers still eats the way our ancestors did, to Loma Linda, California, where a group of Seventh Day Adventist vegetarians live longer than almost anyone else on earth, and eventually to Paris, where the French diet, rooted in culture and tradition, proves surprisingly healthy. Along the way he shows how a combination of faulty nutrition science and deceptive marketing practices have encouraged us to replace real food with scientifically engineered “food-l
Jeff BowdenGet Back To Dirt takes you inside the soul of American auto racing—the World Class dirt track street stocks—at the legendary Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. Racers careen on and off the track. The speed, the roar, the smell of cheap corny dogs and racing fuel—Get Back to Dirt hurtles toward the championship, which is decided on the final night of the season. “We may never get to Daytona, ” one grizzled driver tells the camera, “But the Devil’s Bowl is our Daytona, every Saturday night. ”
Barry AvrichBLURRED LINES: INSIDE THE ART WORLD lifts the curtain on the provocative contemporary art scene, a glamorous and cutthroat game of genius versus commerce. Go behind the scenes to discover how art is created, exhibited, and sold around the globe. Featuring insider accounts from the most influential and powerful players in the industry, audiences will hear from renowned artists such as Julian Schnabel and Marina Abramovic, experts from prominent museums like MoMA and art fairs like Art Basel , insiders at Sotheby's and Christie's, and leading gallerists. With billions of dollars at stake, witness an unattainable world where the struggle between creative expression and wealth have led to today's dizzying art landscape.
Andrew ZuckermanInspired by the idea that one of the greatest gifts one generation can give to another is the wisdom gained from experience, multi-award-winning filmmaker and photographer, Andrew Zuckerman, traveled the globe to interview more than fifty of the world’s most prominent writers, artists, designers, actors, politicians, and religious and business leaders – all over the age of sixty-five. The resulting film captures their voices, physical presences, words and ideas, providing an extraordinary legacy for the generations that follow and a timeless portrait of the universalities that connect us all.
Ruud PelgrumIn Ecstasy takes you on a journey into the fascinating world of Dance music from within. Listen to 8 top deejays talking about their craft and experience how a new track is composed. Dive into House, Techno, Hardcore and Trance, visit clubs and festivals. This movie treats you to the ultimate insider’s experience in just 65 minutes.
Billy LutherCrystal Frazier, a 21-year-old Navajo, lives on the reservation in Table Mesa, New Mexico. A tom-boy and former high school basketball champ, the beauty pageant presents a new set of challenges for Crystal - as well as the responsibilities that come with the crown. Miss Navajo Nation is a fifty-four year old pageant that celebrates traditional values and language. Contestants must compete in rounds in which the women must showcase their skills as Navajo women, skills they were taught by their mothers and grandmothers, skills that are crucial to Navajo daily life - sheep butchering, fry bread making, and rug weaving, are just some of the challenges. Crystal will compete in the five-day pageant and will be mentored by her mother and sisters, who will be with her every step of the way. Embarking on this journey with her family she learns more about her culture to prepare for the competition. Through Crystal's journey leading up to the competition, former Miss Navajos from the past half-ce
Keith MalloyTo some, the ocean is a fearsome place. But to others, it’s a limitless world of fun, freedom and opportunity where life can be lived to the full. A new documentary presented by Patagonia and directed by Keith Malloy, Fishpeople tells the stories of a unique cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea. From surfers and spearfishers to a long-distance swimmer, a former coal miner and a group of at-risk kids, it’s a film about the transformative effects of time spent in the ocean—and how we can leave our limitations behind to find deeper meaning in the saltwater wilderness that lies just beyond the shore.
Harry SannaOn the battlefields of Afghanistan the pilots, medics and engineers of medevac save thousands of lives in deadly conditions. The mission is sacred - get to them fast and bring them back alive. Journalist and Director Harry Sanna was embedded with a Blackhawk medevac unit in Afghanistan. Living and flying with the unit, he captured unprecedented and unfiltered access to the rush and chaos of their mission. After the completion of their deployment, Sanna followed the team members home, recording their lives and thoughts in the years since their return with an access only afforded to a member of the unit.
Liam DaleThere are few characters from literature that take on a life of their own, but Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective, is definitely one of them. From his first appearance in 1887 in the “Strand Magazine”, Sherlock Holmes and his constant companion Dr. Watson delighted every reader who came into contact with them, and when Conan Doyle, tiring of his masterly creation, killed him off in 1893, there was such a public outcry that he was forced to devise a complex story line to bring him back to life. This program has been designed to explore not only the legend of Sherlock Holmes, but also take you on a journey of discovery through the life and times of his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Beginning with the medical establishments of Edinburgh, where Conan Doyle trained as a Doctor, we will travel to London and Baker Street. Today you'll find that 221b Baker Street, the fictional home of the great detective is in fact the Sherlock Holmes Museum. After enjoying
UnknownWith a new baby and wife to support, out-of-work filmmaker Matt Gallagher tries his hand - and some would say "luck"- at playing poker for a living. This inside journey into the unconventional, often bizarre, underground world of illegal poker clubs finds a world populated by colourful characters, straight out of central casting. A world where the workday starts at midnight, runs strictly on cash, and can change forever with the simple flip of a card. Playing poker to pay the bills means living side by side with risk. But, as Matt soon discovers, the real meaning of risk lies far outside the poker room and can strike in the most personal way. Matt's intimate, first person narrative is joined by the voices of other grinders with stories that range from tales of ultimate success to personal disaster. For the first time ever, Grinders pushes past the conventional curtain of mainstream poker and brings the camera inside the underground poker circuit and into the lives of those chasing the
Ric Esther BienstockA gritty and unflinching descent into the shadowy world of black-market organ trafficking: the street-level brokers, the rogue surgeons, the impoverished men and women who are willing to sacrifice a slice of their own bodies for a quick payday, and the desperate patients who face the agonizing choice of obeying the law or saving their lives.
Kirby Dick & Amy ZieringThe most ambitious cinematic project ever undertaken about a world-class philosopher, Derrida (co-directed with Amy Ziering) is a complex, personal and theoretical portrait of the internationally renowned French philosopher, Jacques Derrida. Best known for generating a movement known as "deconstruction," Derrida's radical rethinking of the founding precepts of Western metaphysics has profoundly influenced the fields of literature, philosophy, ethics, architecture and law, inalterably transforming the intellectual landscape of the 20th and 21st centuries. Filmed over five years across several continents, Derrida is far from a talking heads movie or conventional biographical portrait. A complex and reflexive work that attempts both to capture its protagonist and be a cooperative venture with him, the film's bold, visual style, mesmerizing score by Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, and novel editorial approach create a rich, lively cinematic experience, which simultaneously provoke
James CarmanThe Hidden Hand is a controversial EBE Award winning documentary that explores the possibility of an extraterrestrial presence here on Earth. The film takes a keen look at a range of topics like alien abduction, human/alien hybridization, the military’s reverse-engineering of alien technology and the government cover-up of anything related to extraterrestrials. Is preoccupation with the extraterrestrial a form of cultural madness or is something really going on? How would E. T. contact change the religious and political institutions of our society? The shadowy world of UFOs is suddenly brought to light.
Nina RosenblumAmerica and Lewis Hine is an award-winning, critically acclaimed documentary, narrated by Jason Robards, Jr. and Maureen Stapleton. It portrays the life and times of America's pioneer social photographer, Lewis Hine (1874-1940), who recorded the development of industrial America during the first four decades of the 20th century and whose photographs were used to enact child labor laws. Between 1902 and 1926, fourteen men, women and children poured through Ellis Island to become part of the American labor force. Lewis Hine was present at this great drama; his photographs capture the essence of the immigrants courage and aspirations as they faced the rigors of life in the New World. For the next thirty-five years, in over 15,000 photographs, Hine followed the story of these newcomers as they lived and labored to build America, from the sweatshops of New York's Lower East Side to the mines, mills, and factories across the nation during the early years of this century. Hine's dedication t
Marilyn HigginsThe Clintons are nothing if not the ultimate survivors. Nearly two decades after they burst onto the national stage they're still dominating it. As one of the most powerful couples in politics for the last few decades, the Clintons' continued political influence has not been without complication. Opinion aside, Bill and Hillary Clinton are a powerful partnership.
Liam DaleWhen “The Da Vinci Code”, written by Dan Brown, was launched on an unsuspecting literary world, few would have predicted the publishing phenomenon that this incredible book was destined to become. However, mention “The Da Vinci Code” today, just about anywhere, and you’ll find that everyone has heard of it and the majority have read it! This would be remarkable enough if “The Da Vinci Code” was purely a work of fiction, but the interwoven facts, that are indeed the backbone of the novel, put it in a class of its own. Yet the history, paintings and locations that inspired Dan Brown’s tale are equally as fascinating as the book itself, and this program has been devised to take you on an intriguing journey of discovery in search of the facts behind the fiction. Follow in the author’s footsteps from the elegant Louvre Museum in Paris to the beautiful Chateau de Villette in the heart of the French countryside, and then travel on to London for Westmin¬ster Abbey and the Te
Joe BerlingerFrom Academy Award®-nominated director Joe Berlinger, WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER is a sweeping and revelatory documentary film that follows the trial of the infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, using the courtroom action as a springboard to examine accusations of multi-faceted corruption within our nation’s law enforcement and legal systems. This real-life documentary, based on Bulger’s trials, mirrors the narrative feature release of BLACK MASS starring Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger.
Mark EdlitzSTAR WARS isn't just a series of films. It's an indelible part of the last thirty years of American culture, going far beyond mere entertainment. For some, its become a way of life. Join us as we profile a unique group of individuals whose love of STAR WARS goes well beyond mere movie fan. JEDI JUNKIES is a fun, affectionate and funny look at a series of people whose personal and professional lives were changed forever by this incredible franchise.
Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer CorbellBased on the best-selling book by George Knapp & Dr. Colm Kelleher, Hunt for The Skinwalker investigates the confidential, most extensive scientific study of a paranormal hotspot in human history. Skinwalker Ranch in Utah is famous throughout the world because of the myriad of frightening, seemingly supernatural events that have been reported in the scenic basin surrounding the property for hundreds of years. Sightings include orbs, UFOs, animal mutilations, unknown creatures, poltergeist-type activity, and many other inexplicable incidents. An exhaustive, multidisciplinary scientific study began in 1996, spearheaded by an enigmatic Las Vegas billionaire. A team of PhD-level investigators was deployed to collect evidence and spent more than a decade on the ground, interviewing witnesses, searching for explanations, and directly confronting an unknown intelligence. Recent headlines have revealed that a second, government-funded but confidential study was initiated by the Defense Intelli
Will BakkeAlex, Matt, Michael, and Will have grown up as Bible-believing Christians who did all the right things. As they’ve grown older, they’ve realized that the Jesus in the Bible doesn’t exactly look like the healthy, wealthy, American Jesus they’ve been trained to know and love. They soon realize that their biases and allegiances to worldly things have determined their views on Christianity. So, they decided to leave the United States for a while and reexamine what Jesus says about certain topics. Their travels feature 10 European cities including Barcelona, Rome, Budapest, and Munich. Beginning in London, they narrate from a roundtable in a studio city by city, tackling topics such as materialism, sexuality, alcohol, and entertainment. As the journey progresses, they build a deep bond with each other and discover a new meaning for the words, “trusting in Jesus.” By the end of their adventure, they truly begin to understand the joy and redemption that comes from giving up the wo
Gabrielle AnwarIn a post sexual revolution world, where you can purchase a vibrator just as easily as a pair of shoes, roughly one-third of all women have never experienced an orgasm. Armed with shocking sexual data, a bunch of insecurities and a determination to unlock the key to feminine sexual energy, filmmakers Catherine Oxenberg and Gabrielle Anwar seek out sexual experts, tantric masters, researchers and everyday women to unearth the full female potential.
Marco VisalberghiBy the time Caravaggio died he had changed the face of the art world forever. But the paintings that now fetch millions and adorn the walls of the world's most prestigious galleries were painted by a murderer with a bounty on his head. In this captivating investigation archaeologists work tirelessly to track down Caravaggio's long lost remains, and finally establish the cause of the troubled young genius' demise.
Tommy Sowards & Joachim SchroederOver a period of 10 years, filmmakers Joachim Schroeder and Tommy Sowards hit the streets to follow a group of teenagers from L.A.'s Rollin' 20s Bloods documenting the violent and troubled lives of one of the toughest gangs in the country.
Hilari ScarlThis multi-award winning documentary offers a rare and powerful glimpse into the lives of four extraordinarily talented Deaf entertainers (actor Robert DeMayo, singer TL Forsberg, drummer Bob Hiltermann, and comedian CJ Jones) as they strive to cross over into mainstream popular culture. Their intertwined and gripping stories bring to light the universal need to be seen. Director Hilari Scarl, whose involvement with the Deaf community began when she toured with the National Theatre of the Deaf, insightfully captures the many obstacles these performers face daily with equal measures of humor and emotion. The New York Times Critics’ Pick calls it “Complex, candid and all-but essential viewing for hearing audiences” and USA Today raves, "Hilari Scarl's powerful and moving film about the unsung community of deaf entertainers does something few documentaries accomplish: It takes us into a world we know little or nothing about and not only enlightens, but entertains. Scarl has captured
Matthew WhitemanThe official BBC documentary. An emotional documentary, which tells the true story of two great drivers and the managers that almost killed them. This film features unseen footage and exclusive interviews from friends, colleagues and family members of both drivers, as well as the journalists who worked on the Formula 1 circuit at the height of their rivalry in the mid-1970s. Formula 1 was at its sexiest, most glamorous moment in 1976, a time when it seemed Playboy racers ruled the world. But the reality was very different. The weak were preyed on by the strong. There was no margin for error: if you made a mistake, you died. Grand Prix was mortal combat and the drivers knew it. Hunt and Lauda were at the mercy of their ferociously ambitious team managers every time they raced. In the mind of Ferrari's Daniele Audetto, and McLaren's Alastair Caldwell, 1976 was to become a legendary battle between Ferrari and McLaren. Both teams craved victory - whatever the cost. Like gladiators, Hunt an
Matthew LongfellowCream were rock’s first true supergroup combining the extraordinary talents of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce in a power trio that formed the template for most hard rock during the seventies and remain a huge influence on the genre to this day. Disraeli Gears was their second album and featured two huge hits Strange Brew and Sunshine Of Your Love. This addition to the acclaimed Classic Albums series features brand new interviews with Clapton, Baker and Bruce along with lyricist Pete Brown, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, John Mayall and Manfred Mann, along with archive live footage, acoustic performances and original studio tracks.
Kristina BorjessonAn independent scientist is joined by former members of the official investigation into the crash of TWA Flight 800 (1996) to blow the whistle on the cover-up of the real cause of the crash.
Morgan NevilleOver the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences. "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble", the latest film from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary "20 Feet from Stardom" and the critically-hailed "Best of Enemies", follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. Blending performance footage, personal interviews and archival film, director Morgan N
Robert KennerInspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.
Errol MorrisThirty years before the antics of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears were regular gossip fodder, Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney made her mark as a tabloid staple ne plus ultra. Morris follows the salacious adventures of this beauty queen with an IQ of 168 whose single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams leads her across the globe, into jail, and onto the front page. Joyce’s labyrinthine crusade for love takes her through a surreal world of kidnapping, manacled Mormons, risqué photography, magic underwear, and celestial sex—until her dream is finally realized in a cloning laboratory in Seoul, South Korea. By turns funny, strange, and disturbing, TABLOID is a vivid portrayal of a phenomenally driven woman whose romantic obsessions and delusions catapult her over the edge into scandal sheet notoriety and an unimaginable life.
Katie DellamaggioreImagine a school where the cool kids are the chess team! Welcome to I.S. 318. This irresistibly uplifting doc tells the stories of five members of the chess team at an inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. These are kids that you will not soon forget. A FilmBuff Presentation.
Lynn StevensonOn March 6, 1836 the 13-day siege of the Alamo ended. Among the dead were three men destined to become martyrs and heroes: David Crockett, James Bowie and William B. Travis. Though considered a “small affair” at the time by victorious Mexican commander, General Santa Anna, the Alamo would take its place in history as a key battle of the Texas Revolution. Cries of Remember the Alamo! would eventually fuel an American victory over Mexico. The Alamo and its defenders grew into enduring symbols of courage and sacrifice in the face of overwhelming odds. Under the loving care of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the neglected mission was transformed into a shrine that continues to attract thousands of visitors from around the world each year. Today, Living History groups stage reenactments of the battle to educate the public, while historians seek the truth in a haystack of conflicting eyewitness accounts. Controversy has always been part of the history and legend of the Alamo. Whe
Andrew EastelSee Michael Jackson, one of the most recognizable and popular entertainers of all time, like never before in the feature-length tribute Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon. Known to millions of fans worldwide for his record-breaking albums, groundbreaking music videos, mesmerizing dance moves and humanitarian efforts, his true story has never really been told…until now. This unprecedented look into the King of Pop’s fascinating life includes all-new interviews with his mother Katherine Jackson as well as siblings Tito and Rebbie Jackson, family, friends and music legends such as Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick and many more.
Luke LorentzenIn Mexico City, the government operates fewer than 45 emergency ambulances for a population of 9 million. This has spawned an underground industry of for-profit ambulances often run by people with little or no training or certification. An exception in this ethically fraught, cutthroat industry, the Ochoa family struggles to keep their financial needs from jeopardizing the people in their care. When a crackdown by corrupt police pushes the family into greater hardship, they face increasing moral dilemmas even as they continue providing essential emergency medical services.
James FowlerUsing historically-accurate, battle-filled re-enactments and interviews with expert historians and noted authors, this documentary series brings to vivid life the captivating true stories behind Britain’s bloody civil wars.
Liam DaleWhen Jane Austen, the daughter of a country clergyman, was born in the picturesque village of Steventon in Hampshire in December 1775, few people could have guessed the impact she would have on the world of literature. With just six completed novels, “Sense and Sensibility”, “Pride and Prejudice”, “Mansfield Park”, “Emma”, “Persuasion” and “Northanger Abbey”, Jane Austen is one of that rare collection of classic authors to have remained popular throughout the ages. Although this program touches upon Jane Austen’s literary abilities, it is in fact far more concerned with the great lady herself, and her own fascinating life at a time in England’s history when Georgian elegance was at its most graceful. Take a tour around the English landscape and see the lovely locations that inspired Jane Austen’s novels. From the beautiful Hampshire countryside of her birth, follow in Jane’s footsteps to the West Country city of Bath and discover what she really thought
Todd Hughes & P. David EbersoleBased on rumors and hearsay, the documentary explores the last two years of the life of actress Jayne Mansfield and her alleged romantic relationship with Anton LaVey, head of the Church of Satan. Featuring interviews from an eclectic array of cultural luminaries, the documentary looks to answer the question: did the devil make her do it?
Philip GardinerNostradamus predicted the rise of Hitler, the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and 9/11. New research reveals further predictions that an Islamic army will rise to set in motion World War III, that China will conquer the East and the rise of the Antichrist.
Jon Erwin & Ben SmallboneSteve McQueen is one of America's most endearing and intriguing movie stars. On the surface, McQueen had everything he could want—fame, cars, homes, and more money than he could spend in a lifetime. Follow an avid fan of the actor, Pastor Greg Laurie, as he hits the road in his mint Mustang (replica of McQueen's car in the classic film Bullitt), traveling the country in search of the true, untold story of McQueen's redemption-filled final chapters. Discover this amazing, true faith journey narrated by Gary Sinise.
David SingtonForsaking easy explanations of greedy bankers and incompetent regulators, this investigative doc examines the deluded belief that everyone could be rich and property prices would rise forever.
Marc H. SimonJust days before Bernard Madoff captured headlines as the largest Ponzi schemer in U.S. history, Marc Dreier, a prominent Manhattan attorney, was arrested for orchestrating a massive fraud scheme that netted hundreds of millions of dollars from hedge funds. Brazen forgeries and impersonations branded the white-collar crime spree remarkable. "Unraveled" is set in the "purgatory" of house arrest in an upper East Side penthouse, where the Court has ordered Dreier confined until his sentencing day. The film weaves Dreier's struggle to prepare for the possibility of life imprisonment with first-person flashbacks, which reveal his audacious path of destruction. Destroyed by his own hubris, Dreier attempts to grasp his tragic unraveling. With unprecedented access, "Unraveled" exposes a portrait of a man who achieved the distinction he so desperately craved, but not for his keen intellect or ambition, but as a “mastermind of criminal deception."
Phillip Andrew Morton8 miles outside of Ferguson Missouri lies Spanish Lake, a post WW2 suburb. The town experiences rapid economic decline and population turnover due to racism and governmental policies which support the white exodus. The themes of the film parallel America's growing political divide, racial tension, and rise of anti-government sentiment. Spanish Lake is a bold and unflinching documentary on large scale migration known as 'white flight'.
Ada UshpizThe German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt caused an uproar in the 1960s by coining the subversive concept of the "Banality of Evil" when referring to the trial of Adolph Eichmann, which she covered for the New Yorker magazine. Her private life was no less controversial thanks to her early love affair with the renowned German philosopher and Nazi supporter Martin Heidegger. This thought provoking and spirited documentary, with its abundance of archival materials, offers an intimate portrait of the whole of Arendt's life, traveling to places where she lived, worked, loved, and was betrayed, as she wrote about the open wounds of modern times. Through her books, which are still widely read and the recent release of Margarethe von Trotta's biopic Hannah Arendt (also a Zeitgeist Films release) there is renewed interest in Arendt throughout the world, especially among young people who find her insights into the nature of evil, totalitarianism, ideologies, and the perils faced by refugees, m
Almudena CarracedoThe Emmy-winning film Made In L.A. tells the remarkable story of María, Lupe and Maura, three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops who embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer. Hailed as an excellent documentary about basic human dignity, and a rousing true story of solidarity, perseverance and triumph, Made In L.A. offers a deeply human story about immigration, the power of unity, and the courage it takes to find your voice. Lupe Hernandez, a five-foot tall dynamo, has been working in Los Angeles garment factories since she left Mexico City at age 17. Maura Colorado left her three children in the care of relatives in El Salvador while she sought work in L.A. to support them. But the low-paid work came with high price wretched working conditions and an 'undocumented' status that deprived her of seeing her children for over 15 years. And, at 18, María Pineda came from Mexico in hopes of a better life. Twenty t
Alan RavenscroftRitchie Blackmore is beyond doubt one of the all-time great guitar players. From his pop roots with The Outlaws and his many session recordings in the sixties, through defining hard rock with Deep Purple and Rainbow in the seventies and eighties and on to the renaissance rock of Blackmore’s Night, Ritchie has proved that he is a master of the guitar across a multitude of styles. For the first time “The Ritchie Blackmore Story” tells the story of his remarkable career through extensive specially recorded new interviews with Ritchie himself plus contributions from many of his colleagues and admirers including: Brian May, Glenn Hughes, Lars Ulrich, Steve Lukather, Joe Satriani, the late Jon Lord, David Coverdale, Gene Simmons, Joe Lynn Turner, Steve Vai, Graham Bonnet and Ian Anderson. This is the definitive story of a true guitar legend.
Alex GibneyAcademy Award®-winning director Alex Gibney [Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief] pulls no punches in his portrait of Apple founder Steve Jobs and his legacy. This probing and unflinching look at the life and aftermath of the bold, brilliant and at times ruthless iconoclast explores what accounted for the grief of so many when he died.
Joe PantolianoJoe Pantoliano (The Sopranos, Memento, The Matrix) makes his documentary directorial debut with NO KIDDING! ME 2!! as part of his fight against the stigma and shame of mental/brain “dis-ease” (or disease). This empowering film sheds light on what nearly 100 million Americans suffer in isolation. Through candid, often humorous discussions with Pantoliano and his family on their struggle with his own clinical depression, as well as the compelling stories of six other people from all walks of life, all affected differently by mental illness, including a brain surgeon with bipolar disorder and three high school students managing bipolar disorder and clinical depression. Each frankly discusses the struggle before they were diagnosed, including attempts at self-medication and other destructive behavior, as well as the hope and encouragement they discover when managing their own recovery and realizing they are not alone. The result is an inspiring vision of a society that “stomps the s
Dina MandeIn the heart of Paso Robles Wine Country there is a concentrated village—a wine region within a wine region—populated by rebellious, creative winemakers, brew and cider masters and distillers who've changed their lives and risked it all. These are not the privileged ones who own vast estates of lush vineyards and land. These are the bootstrap entrepreneurs who, despite not having deep pockets, are living the dream. Through blood, sweat and tears, they are sourcing fruit from vineyards around California and building edgy and creative wine, beer and spirits brands. This touching and humorous film takes you the dark cellars with the upstarts and industry veterans working to thrive together and make history. Welcome to Tin City, as detailed in this documentary film by director Dina Mande. In recent years, this industrial epicurean playground has grown into a mecca for food and wine travelers from around the world.
Mark ObenhausWarning: You're about to experience the most breath taking, exhilarating and inspirational ride of your life. The world's best skiers go beyond their dreams to conquer the steepest runs ever faced. From the sheer cliffs of Grand Teton, to the treachery of Chamonix France, to the untouched Alaskan peaks of Valdez, these extremers sacrifice their lives for a thrill but what a thrill it is. Fantastically beautiful images of the most magnificent peaks on the globe along with devastating avalanches and fatal spills only serve to push them harder. But you're about to discover -- not everyone who goes up the mountain -- returns.
Liam DaleIn a house in Oxford lived a remarkable man called J.R.R. Tolkien who told stories that thrilled the world. To this very day readers and film audiences are enjoying his magnificent epics “THE LORD OF THE RINGS” and “The Hobbit” – adapted to the big screen by producer, Peter Jackson. Although everybody has heard of Tolkien’s writing, very few people could tell you much about the man responsible for creating the best loved magical creatures that have become household names. This program will give you a real insight into the man behind the legends of “THE LORD OF THE RINGS,” and the people and places that shaped his unique literary genius. From the rolling English countryside to the sooty streets of Industrial Birmingham, the dreaming spires of Oxford to the World War I trenches of the blood soaked Somme; this is the story of the quintessential English College Professor who made epic mythology and legend accessible to one and all. LEARN THESE AND MORE FASCINATING FACTS ABO
Randy OlsonIn a light-hearted take on the culture wars, FLOCK OF DODOS tweaks egos and pokes fun at both sides in the evolution vs. intelligent design debate.Evolutionary biologist and filmmaker Dr. Randy Olson rides along with jargon-impaired scientists and jargon-rebranding intelligent designers as they engage in the comic theatrics that erupt wherever science and religion clash over the origins of life. From the shadowy, well-funded headquarters of the pro-intelligent design Discovery Institute in Seattle to the rarefied talk of Olson's science buddies around a late-night poker table, FLOCK OF DODOS lends a thoughtfully critical ear to the wonderful personalities and passions driving the Darwin wars. By explaining the quirks of evolution with colorful visual aides while respectfully listening to people of faith, FLOCK OF DODOS is "intelligently designed for popular appeal" (VARIETY). And if you find it difficult to determine which side of the issue is the bigger flock of dodos, Olson offers up
Jeff PakostaTold through the eyes of Travis Pastrana, the 8-time X-Games Gold Medalist who's known for his double backflip on a motorcycle, Baja Diaries will document the challenges and trials facing Travis and crew as they embark on racing the Baja 1,000 on a motorcycle and in a truck! From the inception of the team, to the purchase and construction of the motorcycle and super-fast pro truck that will carry them to victory, Baja Diaries covers the difficulties and expenses that face any team attempting to mount a charge in the Mexican Desert. Joining Travis for this incredible journey is motocross legends Rick Johnson and Andy Grider plus CEO maverick Gabrielle Mazarollo and Pro truck Racer Wade Kelson. This film is a classic and Travis Pastrana at his very best!
Peter Kunhardt, George Kunhardt & Teddy KunhardtIlluminating profile of Arizona Senator John McCain, whose recent battle against cancer epitomizes the courage and fortitude of a man who spent five-plus years as a Vietnam POW, followed by an illustrious 31-year career in Congress.
Adam Ravetch & Sarah RobertsonMarch of the Penguins producers National Geographic Films team with An Inconvenient Truth producers Paramount Vantage to take viewers on an epic journey into the arctic wilderness in a documentary that explores what happens when the beautiful frozen world occupied by two majestic creatures gradually begins to melt away. Seela is a mother walrus thriving in the chilly waters of the Great North and Nanu is a polar bear with curved claws that make it easy to maintain her footing on ice. As director Sarah Robertson follows these two remarkable creatures from birth through adolescence, maturity, and, ultimately, parenthood, viewers will bear witness to the cycle of life as it unfolds in a vast frozen landscape that could pose problems for all of mankind if it continues to thaw at the current rate.
UnknownThe programme looks at a collection of live performances of the psychedelic movement, examining the music, the drugs and the people who were instrumental in its development and success. Including performances from Jimmy Hendrix, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and many more....
John Lennon & The BeatlesJohn Lennon: Love is All You Need is a fitting documentary to one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century, with some truly unique interviews and previously unseen footage from those who really knew John Lennon.
Martin L BirnbaumCentral Park: The People’s Place is a loving portrait of New York’s collective backyard. It is a biography of a living place that continues to evolve as the city changes. The documentary explores its historic creation as the first truly public park, its psychological and sociological significance, artistic design, and role as an urban oasis as the world becomes increasingly aware of the importance of green spaces. The film celebrates nature’s seasonal changes with beautiful photography and original music that capture the “good vibes” of a park filled with New Yorkers at play. Home to birdwatchers, sunbathers, kids playing in the snow, musicians giving impromptu concerts and big events like Shakespeare in the Park and the New York City Marathon, Central Park is central to the life of the city. Central Park: The People’s Place examines both the collective and individual experiences of Central Park, rejoicing in the diversity and splendor of an American experiment in social de
Charlotte ZwerinFilmmaker Bruce Ricker couldn't believe his luck. Michael and Christian Blackwood's extensive 1968 footage of the groundbreaking modern jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, including the only footage of the very private Monk off stage was in excellent condition. Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser combines Blackwood's rare footage of Monk in studio, on tour, and behind the scenes with new interviews, archival photos and more to create a landmark aural and visual treat.
Heidi Ewing & Rachel GradyDetroit was the birthplace of the middle class, an industrial utopia where anyone who worked hard enough could experience the "American dream." Today, Detroit is on the brink of bankruptcy. In the past 10 years this Midwestern icon has lost 25% of its population and 50% of its manufacturing jobs. City officials are in the midst of the most dramatic "downsizing" of an American city ever seen - demolishing thousands of homes, reconsolidating massive tracts of excess land, cutting basic services and encouraging Detroiters in marginal neighborhoods to move. Detroiters who have stuck with the city are at the breaking point. Artists and curious outsiders flock to the city in search of inspiration and opportunity. Racial tension, globalization, lack of innovation and greed has led to a moment of truth for Detroit. How the Motor City reboots itself will set the example for countless other post-industrial cities with similar fates. And today the entire country is watching to see if this storied
David WeissmanDavid Weissman's critically-acclaimed 2012 Independent Spirit Award nominee, WE WERE HERE is the first documentary to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. It explores how the City's inhabitants were affected by, and how they responded to, that calamitous epidemic. Though a San Francisco-based story, WE WERE HERE extends beyond San Francisco and beyond AIDS itself. It speaks to our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and to the incredible power of a community coming together with love, compassion, and determination. Offering an intensely personal account of five individuals whose lives were forever transformed by the tragedy of AIDS, WE WERE HERE offers a hauntingly beautiful tribute to an era of tremendous suffering, loss and resilience.
Roberta GrossmanIn 1944, 22-year-old Hannah Senesh parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe with a small group of Jewish volunteers from Palestine. Theirs was the only military rescue mission for Jews that occurred in World War II. Narrated by Academy Award winner Joan Allen, the multi-award-winning "Blesses Is the Match" follows the remarkable journey of this young Hungarian poet and diarist, paratrooper and resistance fighter. Told through Hannah's letters, diaries, and poems, her mother's memoirs, and the recollections of those who knew and loved her (including two of her fellow parachutists), the film traces her life from her childhood in Budapest to her time in British-controlled Palestine - where she was drawn by the Kibbutz Movement that sought to build an independent Jewish state - to her daring mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary. Both devastating and inspiring, "Blessed Is the Match" offers an intimate portrait of a singularly talented, courageous and complex girl who believed that one