Description: Richard Pryor's impact on the craft of comedy and today's top comics is legendary and unrivaled. This tool surveys the profound and enduring influence of one of the best American comics of all time.
Description: This documentary on the nightlife of Las Vegas was filmed primarily at the Topicana and Dunes Hotels, respectively, in 1962-63. Musical numbers performed by the film's stars aside, "Spree" also contains scenes of gambling casinos, cock wars and boxing.
Description: Station wagons were America's "workhorses on wheels." Today, they conjure photos of outdated family photos, over-sized hairdos and unfashionable wooden siding. In 2011, Volvo - the leading bonus wagon manufacturer - will discontinue the sale of its last wagon model in the United States. There are some, however, who still cling to these cars and what they stand for in American culture. Wagonmasters, a full-length documentary film, offers glimpses into the lives of such wagon enthusiasts, and says the storyline of the station wagon as it represents a changing America over the last one hundred years.
Description: The millions of Keiko fanatics around the globe finally learn the truth about what really happened when the Gratis Willy star became the first and only captive orca to be released back into the wild. The most unlikely candidate for release because of his long years in captivity, now thrived for over 5 years in his home waters, gaining over 3000 lbs during his rehabilitation, mixing it up with wild orcas, swimming across the North Atlantic, and finally passing as a middle aged orca as the only captive orca to ever be successfully rehabilitated and released back to to the 'wild' - come join Keiko's Pod and support Rescue Rehab and Release all of the another whales and dolphins currently in captivity.
Description: Charissa Lord O'Brien's intimate short documentary captures this pivotal collaboration between two influential artists, as world-renowned painter Riva Lehrer completes a compelling portrait of Alison Bechdel ("Dykes to Watch Out For," "Are You My Mother," "Fun Home") over the course of two years, yielding a highly satisfying work of psychological insight
Description: UFO's 1973 Movie takes you inside the Pascagoula Incident, the Charlie Hickson case, the Iran Pilot sighting, the Coyne case, the Jeffery Greenhaw case, and many more from around the globe where in this landmark year, the strangest and most mind-bending situations in UFO history occurred.
Description: Beavers shot The Hedge Theatre in Rome in the 1980s. It is an intimate movie inspired by the Baroque architecture and stone carvings of Francesco Borromini and St. Martin and the Beggar, a painting by the Sienese painter Il Sassetta. Beavers’ montage contrasts the sensuous softness of winter light with the lush green growth brought by spring rains. Every shot and every source of sound is steeped in meaning and placed within the film’s structure with exacting skill to build a poetic relationship between photo and sound.
Description: The real storyline of one boy's adventure as a victim of Nazi oppression. While exposed to some of the most horrific happenings of the Holocaust, Misa was able to endure the atrocities of genocide through his love of art and music.
Description: For centuries the saying of ghost stories has been a much-loved English tradition, and it's not only phantom specters that delight a susceptible audience. Witches, both nice and evil have also been included in such terrifying tales for as long as anyone can remember. "Ghosts and Witches of Olde England" is a remarkable journey, touring around the country to discover some of the greatest examples of fright inducing folklore ever related.
Description: Despite the attention paid to the U.S. Navy SEALs (Sea, Air and Land) since their daring takedown of Osama bin Laden, several know the storyline of how the first U.S. Navy frogmen became the renowned fighters of today. NAVY SEALs--THEIR UNTOLD STORY features their fascinating transformation and the folks who made this storyline happen. Explore how these clandestine commandoes morphed with evolving threats from Hitler to bin Laden. The Navy's first unique warfare troops date back to Globe Fight II, and, without them, much of U.S. and globe history would have been written differently, from the beaches of Normandy to the Pacific theater, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Through firsthand accounts and never-before-seen footage, this unprecedented documentary recounts many of the ticking-clock missions of the "Commandoes of the Deep."
Description: By all accounts, those that knew Royal Raymond Rife considered him to be a scientific genius. He is reported to have invented super-microscopes which allowed him to see live microbes as tiny as a virus. Using direct observation he was able to determine the presence of a microorganism in cancerous tumors. This discovery led to the development of a cure for cancer and most infectious diseases with a device that should destroy any viral or bacterial microorganism with electrical pulses tuned to a specific frequency. This is where Royal Rife's storyline takes a tragic turn. A drugless cure for such devastating diseases was an anathema for the monopolistic nature of the medical establishment in America during that time. The FDA considered experiments with his frequency device to be a crime and in 1946 Rife was forced to close his lab. Over 70 years later, folks are attempting to recreate Rife's lost discoveries and piece together the technology that promised miraculous cures.
Description: Alan Watts talks about our perception of the world, and how we derive metaphysics from it. Watts recorded this video in 1971 as a pilot for a public tv series in the United States.
Description: This VHS video contains two short documentaries by Elda Hartley. In the first, THE ART OF MEDITATION, Alan Watts gives us techniques and tip for meditating. Elda Hartley herself narrates the second film, MEDITATION: THE JOURNEY INWARD, which exposes viewers to various cultural approaches to meditation. Hartley then discusses how meditation enriches one's life, and what it can reveal to us.
Description: The first offering in the iconic Plan B video "fourology", the release of Questionable Video promptly set the skateboard community on its ear while screaming, "change!" into the other. In the age of cut-down high tops and late shove-its, the hellish Plan B roster (brought together by a visionary Mike Ternasky) rose above the transitional feel of the era by pioneering today's tech + handrail methodologies. Shot lovingly with shouldered VHS dinosaurs and screw-on fisheyes, Questionable is an undoubtedly raw, homegrown, and pure skateboarding video that not only reflects a major turning mission in skateboarding's evolution, but illuminates the path that the sport will follow over the next decade.
Description: This documentary is a sad sight of the reality of kid abuse victims who actually live in public shelters in Brazil, with stories said by themselves. Kids and adolescents who are actually in shelters were victims of violence. Most were the victim of the own family and others never knew theirs. The years are passing and the childhood and adolescence of them also ...
Description: An intriguing look at an authoritarian state on the verge of democratization: how Zimbabwe got a fresh constitution. Two political opponents are forced on a joint point to write Zimbabwe's fresh constitution. The ultimate use that will either take the country a decisive step closer to democracy and away from President Mugabe's dictatorship, or toward renewed repression. In a country with tiny respect for human rights, impeded by economic sanctions and hyperinflation running rampant, failure is not an option.
Description: Jean-Pierre Bauwens Junior is a 23-year-old youth globe winner in the lightweight genre of boxing, with a very unique family. He is the oldest of seven siblings, four of whom suffer from autism. Junior doesn't just war for pride or glory; he is fighting for a better future for his terrible family. By boxing his method to the top, he wants to purchase them a bigger house. But then tragedy strikes: Junior's autistic brother kills his father by accident. This movie shows the tough clash between a loving family and the cold reality.
Description: The Siberian discovery of the best-preserved woolly mammoth on record has squads of experts working around the globe, and around the clock, on some of the most ambitious projects in science. In Russia, paleontologists are conducting a historic autopsy on the 40,000-year-old beast to search out how it lived, and how it died. Meanwhile labs in South Korea and at Harvard University are using the recent advances in DNA manipulation in hopes of cloning the furry giant and introducing it to the modern world.
Description: It's death on an unimaginable scale, when a majority of Earth's species quickly die out. It's named "mass extinction," and it's happened at least five times before. Cataclysms, such as supervolcanoes or asteroids, are thought to cause these events, but some experts trust a manmade mass extinction should be next. Is our planet in trouble? And if so, is there anything we can do to stop the next catastrophic annihilation? Experts are traveling the world, performing groundbreaking scientific detective work to respond these very questions.
Description: A Night at the Movies, the ongoing TCM series of one-hour "Film Studies 101" specials, takes up the topics of "Fantasy" in its seventh and recent installment. Once again Laurent Bouzereau has created a documentary examining the many various methods that writers and directors have explored a particular genre--in this case, the limitless globe of the imagination as portrayed in fantasy films.
Description: The unusual talents of Johnny Price, a minor league baseball pitcher and trick artist, are showcased in this Pete Smith Specialty. Among another talents, Mr. Price can throw two (and, in certain cases three) baseballs simultaneously to various people. The catchers can be side by side, with one high and one low, or standing on the pitcher's mound and second base while Price throws the ball from the catcher's position. He can even perform these feats while suspended upside-down.
Description: Jean-François Davy is a legendary French director of erotic cinema, whose work was among the most notable European adult movie productions of the 1970s and 80s, particularly his documentaries on Parisian sexuality including Prostitution (1975), Les Pornocrates (1976), and the trilogy of Exhibition (1975), Exhibition 2 (1978), and Exhibition 79 (1979). After an absence of few years, Davy actually returns to the erotic documentary category that made him famous, only actually he turns his probing camera on himself as well. Davy and his cameraman travel to the major towns of Eastern Europe – from Prague to Budapest, with stops in between – as the filmmaker searches for a pretty muse to serve as the leading lady of his next carnal opus. As countless superb young girls undress to audition for the camera, Davy keeps looking for a woman with a unique quality, and when he finds her, he also finds himself falling head over heels for her charms.
Description: Documentary filmmaker Rebecka Rasmusson becomes pregnant with the boy she believes to love, when it turns out that he also has other woman. One evening in front of the TV, Rebecka sees an interview with the 90 year old premier queen Alice Timander who tells she never felt loved. Rebecka decides to look her up and together insinuates itself a drama about love, betrayal, being a mother, daughter, and as a girl wearing a dream about making a career.
Description: "Avoid Straight Angles" - Once upon a time Stefan Sundström was Farsta's Mick Jagger. Then he was influenced by the punk. Actually he is one of Sweden's most productive, self-centered and socially critical artists - diligent in terms of both songwriting and touring.
Description: At a 2005 Carnival night, something mysterious happens at Porto Formoso bay, leaving the fishing boats wrecked. Fishermen decide to build bigger boats, but at the tiny village harbor it is impossible to deck them. They demand the construction of a fresh harbor, but many inhabitants are opposed due to a Castle ruins that lay there. If to some residents ruins look worthless, for others they are the village soul and future, as a lot of tourists would like to visit them...While the landscape transforms, we follow the Director voice through the storyline of the last seven years of this community.
Description: Portraits the crude reality a young and troubled teenage mother faces, while searching for her identity. It is the storyline of a young girl facing the challenge of raising a tiny woman on her own, while trying to reinvent herself every day in a relentless social environment towards the least mistake.
Description: Not My Life comprehensively depicts the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life takes viewers into a globe where millions of kids are exploited through an astonishing array of practices including forced labor, sex tourism, sexual exploitation, and kid soldiering.
Description: Gil Hedley, Ph.D., former massage therapist and Rolfer, dissects a cadaver in order to teach bodyworkers and another interested students about the interconnectedness of muscle and deep fascia.
Description: Gil Hedley, Ph.D., former massage therapist and Rolfer, dissects a cadaver in order to teach bodyworkers and another interested students about the integument and superficial fascia.
Description: Gil Hedley, Ph.D., former massage therapist and Rolfer, dissects a cadaver in order to teach bodyworkers and another interested students about the fascia of the viscera and cranium.
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