Description: Maxed Out takes us on a adventure deep inside the American debt-style, where everything seems okay as long as the minimum monthly payment arrives on time. Sure, most of us may have that sinking feeling that something isn't quite right, but we're said not to worry. After all, there's everytime more credit!
Description: "It gotta schwing!" was the motto of Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two German Jewish immigrants who in 1939 set up Blue Note Records, the jazz label that was home to such greats as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins. Blue Note, the most successful film ever made about jazz, is a testimony to the passion and vision of these two boys and certainly swings like the propulsive sounds that made their label so famous.
Description: Physicians around the globe are actually successfully treating patients who desire to have medical care without blood transfusions. With the support of many recognized experts, this three-video series explores the medical, legal, and ethical principles surrounding transfusion alternatives.
Description: A look at the "Hell House" performed annually in October by the youth members of Trinity Church (Assemblies of God) in Cedar Hill, Texas (a Dallas suburb) — seen by over 10,000 visitors every year.
Description: A documentary on China, concentrating mainly on the faces of the people, filmed in the territories they were allowed to visit. The 220 minute ver consists of three parts. The first part, taken around Beijing, contains a cotton factory, older sections of the city, and a clinic where a Cesarean operation is performed, using acupuncture. The middle part visits the Red Flag canal and a collective farm in Henan, as well as the old town of Suzhou. The final part shows the port and industries of Shanghai, and ends with a scene presentation by Chinese acrobats.
Description: Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and one of the first openly gay U.S. politicians elected to public office; even after his assassination in 1978, he continues to inspire disenfranchised folks around the world.
Description: This installment of A&E's famous "Biography" series traces the private history of Santa Claus, from his origins in fourth century Turkey to his immortalization in "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and modern appearances on the large screen. Despite the commercialization of Christmas celebrations, the "Jolly Old Elf" remains a symbol of what is worthwhile about the vacation season: generosity, kindness and goodwill toward men.
Description: You Can't Be Neutral documents the life and times of the historian, activist and creator of the greatest selling classic "A People's History of the United States". Featuring rare archival materials, interviews with Howard Zinn as well as colleagues and mates including Noam Chomsky, Marian Wright Edelman, Daniel Ellsberg, Tom Hayden and Alice Walker.
Description: ECW: Extreme Championship Wrestling redefined professional wrestling in the '90s with a reckless, brutal, death-defying, and often bloody style that came to be known as "hardcore." It attracted a rabid, cult-like following that is still going powerful today.
Description: Has America entered an Orwellian globe of doublespeak where outright lies can pass for truth? The country's leading intellectuals discuss and examine the mix of businesses, politics and ideology that is the mainstream media.
Description: Her enemies gave her the “Bullshit Award” for sustaining global poverty. Time Magazine hailed her as one of the nice heroes of our time – an icon for young folks all over the world. She is Vandana Shiva and this is a movie about globalization, genetic engineering, bio-piracy, and indigenous knowledge.
Description: William K.L. Dickson brings his hat from his one hand to the another and moves his head slightly, as a tiny nod toward the audience. This was the first movie produced by the Edison Manufacturing Company to be shown to public audiences and the press.
Description: J'accuse is an 'essay-istic' documentary in which Greenaway's fierce criticism of today's visual illiteracy is argued by means of a forensic find of Rembrandt's Nightwatch. Greenaway explains the background, the context, the conspiracy, the murder and the motives of all its 34 painted characters who have conspired to slay for their combined self-advantage. Greenaway leads us through Rembrandt's paintings into 17th century Amsterdam. He paints a globe that is democratic in principle, but is almost entirely ruled by twelve families. The notion exists of these regents as charitable and compassionate beings. However, reality was different.
Description: This High Definition, PBS miniseries uses letters, diaries, speeches, journalistic accounts, historical text and military records to document and acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-American service boys and girls since the earliest days of the republic.
Description: This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James' adventure to fame.
Description: Hugo Chavez was a colourful, unpredictable folk character who was beloved by his nation’s working class. He was elected president of Venezuela in 1998, and proved to be a tough, quixotic enemy to the power structure that wanted to depose him. When he was forcibly removed from office on 11 April 2002, two independent filmmakers were inside the presidential palace.
Description: This movie documents the coal miners' strike vs the Brookside Mine of the Eastover Mining Company in Harlan County, Kentucky in June, 1973. Eastovers refusal to sign a contract (when the miners joined with the United Mine Workers of America) led to the strike, which lasted more than a year and included violent wars between gun-toting company thugs/scabs and the picketing miners and their supportive women-folk. Director Barbara Kopple puts the strike into perspective by giving us some background on the historical plight of the miners and some history of the UMWA.
Description: In the early 1970s, Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval (Andy Garcia) is torn between his own musical dreams and the dreams of his wife, Marianela (Mía Maestro), a fervent supporter of the ideals of the Castro revolution. Also starring Charles S. Dutton as Dizzy Gillespie and José Zúñiga as Paquito D'Rivera, this gripping jazz biopic is at once a detailed portrait of a musician and a stinging critique
Description: Along the wild edges of the Earth, vs a stunning backdrop of aerial, underwater, and wildlife photography, evolutionary biologist Armand Leroi leads us on an unforgettable adventure retracing the adventure- and uncovering the evidence-that inspired Darwin's revolutionary work, On The Origin of Species.
Description: American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince is a 1978 documentary directed by Martin Scorsese. Its topics is Scorsese's mate Steven Prince, greatest known for his tiny role as Simple Andy, the gun salesman in Taxi Driver. Prince is a raconteur saying stories about his life as an ex-drug addict and a street manager for Neil Diamond. Scorsese intersperses home films of Prince as a kid as he talks about his family. When talking of his years as a heroin addict, Prince says a storyline about injecting adrenaline into the heart of a girl who overdosed, with the support of a medical dictionary and a Magic Marker. This storyline was re-enacted by Quentin Tarantino in his screenplay for Pulp Fiction. Prince also says a storyline about his days working at a gas station, and having to shoot a boy he caught stealing tires, after the boy pulled out a knife and tried to attack him. This storyline was retold in the Richard Linklater movie Waking Life.
Description: Crazy Legs Conti is an eccentric Fresh York window washer, nude model and sperm donor, and large fanatic of the annual July 4th hot dog eating competition. When he casually breaks the globe oyster eating record in Fresh Orleans, he decides to dedicate himself to fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a professional competitive eater.
Description: Steven Okazaki presents a deeply moving look at the painful legacy of the first -- and hopefully last -- uses of thermonuclear weapons in war. Featuring interviews with fourteen atomic bomb survivors - many who have never spoken publicly before - and four Americans intimately involved in the bombings, White Light/Black Rain provides a detailed exploration of the bombings and their aftermath.
Description: Based on the journal of Knud Rasmussen's "Great Sled Journey" of 1922 across arctic Canada. The movie is shot from the perspective of the Inuit, showing their traditional beliefs and lifestyle. It says the storyline of the last nice Inuit shaman and his pretty and headstrong daughter; the shaman gotta decide whether to agree the Christian religion that is converting the Inuit across Greenland.
Description: Trudell is a 2005 documentary movie about the life of creator and American Indian activist John Trudell. The movie traces Trudell from his childhood in Omaha, Nebraska, to his role in the American Indian Movement, and finally to his rebirth as a musician and spoken word poet.
Description: Ruining the Con is a documentary on San Diego Comic-Con 2008, and more importantly, a profile on the different types of folks whom attend and exhibit at it each year. Said through a series of humorous stories and interviews, we discover what makes these individuals tick and why they travel from around the world to attend this convention each year.
Description: Wie in vielen anderen Städten leben auch in Freiburg Menschen in Wohnwagen und umgebauten LKWs. Ende 2005 ergeht ein Räumungsbescheid für das Gelände, auf das sich bis dato die seit 12 Jahren immer wieder der Vertreibung und Repression ausgesetzten WagenbewohnerInnen ’Schattenparker’ zurückziehen konnten. Doch die Schattenparker kämpfen mit öffentlichen Aktionen für die Akzeptanz ihrer Wohnform
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