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Description: This documentary, filmed entirely by military photographers, recounts the U.S. Navy's 1946-47 expedition to Antarctica, known as Operation High Jump. The expedition was under the overall command of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, no stranger to the Antarctic. This was a huge undertaking involving 13 ships and over 4000 thousand men. The fleet departed from Norfolk, Virginia traveling through the Panama canal and then southward to their final destination. The trip through the ice package was fraught with danger and forced the submarine that was part of the fleet to withdraw. The trip was a success meeting all of its scientific goals.
Description: This biographical drama/part-time documentary, narrative written by Dr. Albert Schweitzer and spoken by Frederic March, traces the life of Dr. Schweitzer (with actors testing the characters), from his birth in France up to about the age of 30 when he makes the decision to go to French Equatorial Africa and build his jungle hospital. The latter half of the movie encompasses a full day in the hospital-village following the 80s-plus Samaritan in his everyday rounds.
Description: A documentary about the circumstances during a party at a University of Florida fraternity that led up to what may or may not have been a rape. Interspersed with current footage shot by the fraternity brothers on the night of the incident, including the sexual acts. This video led to the police not pressing charges and the involvement of NOW, and eventually led to the fraternity getting kicked off campus.
Description: The acclaimed poet is examined in this movie finished just prior to his death at age 88, with his speaking engagements at Amherst and Sarah Lawrence Colleges intercut with studies of his work, as well as with scenes of his life in rural Vermont and private reminiscences about his career. He is also seen receiving an award from President Kennedy and touring an aircraft carrier.
Description: Break Up Club director Barbara Wong and writer-producer Lawrence Cheng are back to break your heart with The Allure of Tears. Featuring Richie Jen, Gigi Leung, Aarif Lee (Echoes of the Rainbow), idol-drama queen Joe Chen, and Under the Hawthorn Tree fresh stars Shawn Dou and Zhou Dongyu, the poignantly romantic melodrama consists of a trilogy of standalone tales about life, dreams, and the often futile pursuit of happiness. Though they vary in tone and theme, the subtly connected storylines wield enough emotional power to drive home the message - cherish your loved ones before it's too late.
Description: An intimate and moving portrait of one of the most remarkable girls in American history. It is the storyline of a lonely, unhappy kid who became the most admired and respected girl in the world. Richard Kaplan's lively documentary reveals the human face behind the American icon, beginning with the emotional deprivation suffered by this plain, awkward tiny woman born into a socially prominent and strong family. Though she would eventually marry a boy who would look beyond her awkwardness, Eleanor was not content to be the proper, silent wife to her husband Franklin's extraordinary political career. Instead, she began a lifelong crusade to speak out about injustice and oppression in any form.
Description: The movie portrays a 16-hour group-therapy session of eight well-adjusted folks who have never met before, led by psychologists Richard Farson and Carl Rogers. The "patients" contain a cashier, a theology student, a teacher, a principal, three businessmen and a housewife.
Description: ZOO is a movie about the zoo in Miami, Florida, the care and maintenance of the animals by the keepers, the work of the veterinarians and their staff, and the visits to the zoo by folks from all over the world. The movie presents the wide diversity of interests and activities at the zoo and the interrelatedness of the animal, human, ethical, financial, technical, organizational and research aspects of operating the zoo.
Description: The mass murder of Jewish folks by the Nazi regime is chronicled, with a warning that anti-Semitism is on the rise and the happenings of the Holocaust should happen again. The history of European Jewish culture and happenings before and during the Holocaust are seen in newsreels, photographs, and animated segments. The words of the victims of the era are read, and footage from the liberation os a concentration camp is shown.
Description: In September, 1959, six Europeans leave Cook's Bay on the southern coast of Dutch Fresh Guinea, actually West Papua or Irian Jaya, to trek north to the far side of the island. The adventure (450 miles, as a crow flies) across unmapped zone took seven months; three Muyu porters died. Near both coasts, the expedition met villagers who invited them to observe rituals and live with them. In the interior, all villagers kept them at bay, and they depended on air lifts from Hollandia for meal and supplies. They climbed above 10,000 feet, built 14 bridges, and fought leeches and malaria. The narrator focuses on describing Stone Age savages, headhunters, and cannibals.
Description: Three sectors of American society hit by recession in the mid-1980s: heartland farms, factory workers out of a job, and the fresh homeless. In Minnesota, 250 family farms are being repossesed every week; boys and girls talk about their farms, the nature of their bank loans, the onslaught of corporate farming, and their sorrow and despair. In towns where 3,500 jobs per day go overseas, unemployed workers contemplate their options. The newly homeless talk about the jobs they've lost, "Justice Ville" in Los Angeles (bulldozed by court order), and squatting in Fresh York's abandoned buildings. A family living in a welfare hotel says their story.
Description: An unflinching verité portrait of the kids of Stanton Elementary School in North Philadelphia, an inner-city neighborhood where 90% of the students live below the poverty line. Seen through the viewpoint of devoted principal Deanna Burney, the movie shows Stanton as grossly underfunded, understaffed, and filled with kids struggling to overcome their difficulties. But for these at-risk kids, however, the hope for their future survives only in the success of their education. A captivating series of vignettes concerning kids growing up outside the American dream, echoing actual “hot-button” problems in our country’s ongoing political discussion.
Description: A hilarious and affectionate look at the path to stardom inside the competitive globe of opera. Filmmakers Allie Light and Irving Saraf relegate the divas to the background and focus on a limelight-craving group of "choristers" -- the seldom-noticed singers who stand behind the soloists portraying peasants, troops and slaves.
Description: In "The Happiest Toddler", Dr. Harvey Karp, noted pediatrician and kid development expert, reveals a fully fresh and extraordinarily effective method to communicate with our "uncivilized" tiny toddlers. For the past 30 years, Dr. Karp has taught his remarkable techniques to thousands of parents from working moms to superstars like Madonna! And now, America's top doctors are lining up to praise this revolutionary fresh approach that will change parenting forever!
Description: Indie folk heroes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tennessee’s Old Crow Medicine Show, and Britain’s acclaimed Mumford & Sons, climbed aboard a pretty vintage train in California, setting out for Fresh Orleans, Louisiana on a “tour of dreams”. The resulting movie from this adventure is nothing short of magical. Part street film and part concert film, BIG EASY EXPRESS bears witness to the birth of a fresh musical era. With poignancy and beauty, Malloy documents these wonderful musicians as they ride the rails and wow the crowds, from Oakland… to Fresh Orleans.
Description: Each year thousands compete in the world's best singing tournament - that you've never heard of. AMERICAN HARMONY adventures deep into the ultra-obsessive, zany, and heartfelt globe of competitive barbershop singing, where passion is equaled only by raw talent, and the reward is not fame or fortune, but simply victory. The movie focuses on four quartets vying to victory the International Championships of Barbershop Singing, in what turns out to be the closest and most controversial win in its 70 year history. Maximum Q is the massive favourite - a superstar quartet comprised of former Champions. Looking to upset them is OC Times (The Heart-Throbs), Vocal Spectrum (The Rookies) and Reveille, an aging foursome who that has been together for 30 years. In total, fifty quartets duke it out for the coveted gold medal, while facing the pressures of quartet life - from large egos to brain cancer and everything in between. - Written by Colin Lord Miller
Description: Typically controversial speech by psychoanalyst/philosopher Lacan is disrupted by a student, ridiculing such public intellectuals. Lacan refuses to let safety to haul off the student, lets him speak and incorporates such criticisms into his presentation. The packed performance took zone at the Catholic University of Louvain on October 13, 1972, with Lacan interrelating death, language, love, alienation, paranoia and life. His talk is followed by a probing interview of Lacan on his ideas of psychoanalysis, conducted by the director, Belgian documentarian Francoise Wolff. One of only 2 known filmed appearances by Lacan, both by Wolff, who also made documentaries of Albert Einstein and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
Description: Chronological look at the life and career of Johnny Carson (1925-2005), with commentary from an ex-wife and more than 30 fellow comedians, friends, employees, and biographers. The biography defines why Carson was an enduring star (his cool, his timing, his genuine laugh, his breadth of knowledge) and pursues his motivations and inner self (a loner with a drinking problem, a decent Midwesterner whose mother withheld approval, a quiet person who loved to entertain). The key to understanding him, argues the biography, is his love of magic.
Description: Public Housing is Wiseman’s unflinching portrayal of life at the Ida B. Wells housing project in Chicago, a raw exposition of the everyday conflicts between residents and the bureaucratic machinery to which they are continually subjected. With intimate feature and an abiding dedication to his subject, Wiseman unearths the hidden facets of institutions to search humanity and websites of unexpected beauty.
Description: Dad's in Heaven with Nixon is a 2010 documentary movie produced, directed and written by Tom Murray. It concerns the history of the Murray family and especially of Tom's brother Chris Murray, a boy with autism whose paintings of cityscapes, first promoted by family mate Gloria Vanderbilt, have garnered widespread praise. The game refers to Chris' belief that his late father, who loathed Richard Nixon, is actually mates in heaven with the former president. Ranging over three generations of Murrays, whose patriarchs struggled with alcoholism and bipolar disorder, the movie treats of topics ranging from father-son relationships to the Nice Depression, from the results of divorce on families to the cushy lifestyle of the residents of Southhampton, Fresh York.
Description: After a successful amateur boxing career, a blue-collar family boy struggles to live his life as a professional warrior in spite of a history of head injuries and newest losses in the ring.
Description: One Peace at a Time is a movie by Turk and Christy Pipkin. It was produced by The Nobelity Project and was premiered to a sold out audience at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, USA, on April 14, 2009. It is the sequel to the movie Nobelity. It has been shown all across the United States and in multiple countries across the globe
Description: In 2003, surgeon Dr. John Bagnato and accountant Charles Rehberg stumble upon evidence that non-profit Phoebe Putney Hospital is overcharging uninsured and indigent patients, has stashed millions in offshore bank accounts and controls lucrative for-profit businesses. As Bagnato and Rehberg dig deeper, they search these practices at non-profit hospitals around the country. When these discoveries are made public, Bagnato and Rehberg become the goals of threats and intimidation, and are eventually prosecuted by local authorities for blowing the whistle on the hospital's practices. With their reputations and livelihoods on the line, Bagnato and Rehberg gotta confront what they're willing to sacrifice to bring about justice.
Description: A one-hour documentary on the making of Frank Zappa's bizarre 1971 comic musical. Vintage personal footage from Frank's private archives plus behind-the-scenes of the current shooting and recording. With Ringo Starr, Theodore Bikel, Keith Moon and such songs as "Sleeping in a Jar," and "Strictly Genteel." The inside history of the first feature-length movie to be shot on video in 6 days.
Description: Howbility's Caring For Your Newborn DVD covers the major points of parenting, from diaper changes, to feedings, to the importance of cuddling your tiny one! You’ll also search nice hints on building a help network and creating a safer environment, as well as softwares and techniques that help the emotional life of families. Each moment you care for your baby is a possibility to love, teach and connect! So play learning and play your fresh baby! Expecting and fresh parents receive the DVD at birth education classes provided by members of the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA).
Description: Crude Independence is a documentary movie about the heartland in the process of transplanting itself, and the fresh heart is pumping oil. In 2006, the United States Geological Survey estimated there to be more than 200 billion barrels of crude oil resting in a previously unreachable formation beneath western North Dakota. With the advent of fresh drilling technologies, oil companies from far and wide are descending on tiny rural cities across America with boys and machinery in tow. Director Noah Hutton takes us to the city of Stanley (population 1300), sitting atop the biggest oil discovery in the history of the North American continent, and captures the change wrought by the unprecedented boom. Through revealing interviews and breathtaking imagery of the northern plains, Crude Independence is a rumination on the future of tiny city America-a tale of change at the hands of the global energy store and America's unyielding thirst for oil.
Description: The globe had rarely seen a frenzy as the one the Dream Squad created when it arrived in Barcelona, Spain, in July 1992. The Dream Squad featured 11 future Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame users and three future Hall of Famers on the coaching staff, including head coach Chuck Daly.
Description: Ghost Blues follows the life and career of Rory Gallagher from his upbringing in Cork, his early days with a showband, the brief success of Taste and then his legendary solo career leading up to his health issues in soon life and tragic death at the age of just 47. There are archive interviews, both audio and visual, with Rory and contributions from many of his mates and admirers including his brother Donal, Bob Geldof, The Edge, Cameron Crowe, Slash, Johnny Marr, James Dean Bradfield, Ronnie Drew, Bill Wyman, Martin Carthy, band members Ted McKenna and Gerry McAvoy and many more.
Description: 9/11: It was a PR stunt which killed thousands and launched a propaganda fight that has, so far, lasted a decade. Since then, the US and al-Qaeda have competed furiously to victory “hearts and minds” with elaborate media strategies. Spin, threats, lies, censorship, the killing of journalists; how far has every side been prepared to go to victory the propaganda war?
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