Description: A look at the debate over same sex marriage in the USA. The reasons behind it are illustrated with true life couples that have run afoul of actual laws despite varying lvls of planning. Also, the reasons vs it are debunked by proponents.
Description: Here's the most detailed, informative, fascinating Zappa & the Mothers doc yet! Their restless experimentation and agitated social satire come into sharper focus as melody journalists and Zappa biographers chime in with Zappa's bandmates and as you watch rare '60s performances and interviews.
Description: Djeferson, Barbara, Rayana and Platini live in a drug controlled slum of Rio de Janeiro. Their families are struggling, their homes are physically unstable and everyone they know has dropped out of school. When a big-top circus tent suddenly appears in a nearby parking lot, they decide to take a chance. They learn trapeze, acrobatics, juggling and contortion, then audition for the end-of-year show, rehearse and prepare for the curtains to part on opening night. Along the way, WITHOUT A NET explores the connections between risk, desire, poverty and circus, and celebrates the perseverance of youth in the face of tremendous odds.
Description: Each time 22-year-old Heba Afify heads out to cover the historical happenings shaping her country's future, her mother is compelled to remind her, 'I know you are a journalist, but you're still a girl!' Defying cultural norms and family expectations, Heba takes to the roads to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and posts. Her coming of age, political awakening and the disillusionment that follows, mirrors that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny and democracy.
Description: Cut-n-paste pseudo-documentary about the history of censorship in cinema and the changing mores of the '60s, comprised mostly of footage from the movies of Joseph Mawra (who also directed this under the pseudonym of "Carlo Scappine"). Likely the only method to catch footage from Mawra's lost MME. OLGA'S MASSAGE PARLOR.
Description: About the fear of public speaking and chronicles few characters as they prepare for the Globe Championships of Public Speaking. One leaves behind a job and his wife and 6 children on his quest to be the best. Other spends 6 weeks writing and rewriting his speech only to write it once more 72 hours before the contest. For another, it is a war for life that gives her the strength to speak and say her storyline while she still has time. They all wish to share with the globe their very private stories of triumph over adversity. But only one will be called the World's Greatest Speaker.
Description: 2016: Obama's America takes audiences on a gripping visual adventure into the heart of the worlds most strong office to reveal the struggle of whether one man's past will redefine America over the next four years. The movie examines the question, "If Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?" Across the world and in America, folks in 2008 hungered for a leader who would unite and lift us from economic turmoil and war. Real to Americas ideals, they invested their hope in a fresh type of president, Barack Obama. What they didn't know is that Obama is a boy with a past, and in strong methods that past defines him--who he is, how he thinks, and where he intends to take America and the world. Immersed in exotic locales across four continents, greatest selling creator Dinesh DSouza races vs time to search answers to Obama's past and reveal where America will be in 2016.
Description: A travel documentary essay, interspersed with specially composed songs, about the early life and legacy of Chin Peng, exiled leader of the banned Communist Party of Malaya.
Description: Looping, chugging and barreling by, the trains in Benning's recent monumental movie map a stunning topography and a history of American development. RR comes three decades after Benning and Bette Gordon made The United States of America (1975), a cinematic adventure along the country’s interstates that is keenly aware “of superhighways and railroad tracks as American public symbols.” A political essay responding to the economic histories of trains as instruments in a culture of hyper-consumption, RR articulates its concern most explicitly when Eisenhower's military-industrial complex speech is heard as a mile long coal train passes through eastern Wyoming. Benning spent two and a half years collecting two hundred and sixteen shots of trains, forty-three of which appear in RR. The locomotives' varying colors, speeds, vectors, and reverberations are charged with visual thrills, romance and a nostalgia heightened by Benning's declaration that this will be his last work in 16mm film.
Description: "A many-faceted portrait of those individuals who sought radical solutions to social issues in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. It cuts back and forth between six major storyline lines and more than fifty characters, and across a vast landscape, to discover the lifestyles and attitudes of the American left who faced both private and historical transitions in the period following the Vietnam War." Written by Laurence Kardish, Museum of Modern Art
Description: Grand Opera marks a stock-taking of Benning's work and his life, presenting a private and artistic autobiography woven together with a series of happenings dealing with the historical development of the number pi, Benning's travels, and homages to Michael Snow, Hollis Frampton, George Landow (Owen Land), and Yvonne Rainer.
Description: The movie details in-depth accounts by folks who are willing to risk their jobs and reputations to speak out about their extraordinary experiences, such as former Arizona Governor Symington III; Nickname Pope, former head of the British Defense Ministry's UFO Investigative Unit, and others. Commentary is provided by investigative journalist Leslie Kean, creator of the NY Times bestseller UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record, who spent ten years studying the UFO phenomenon and bringing together high lvl sources from around the world.
Description: Australia’s El Dorado was found by Lewis Harold Bell Lasseter – if we trust his claims in the late 1800s to have discovered a vast gold deposit in central Australia. This mysterious zone has never again been found, and many trust it doesn’t exist. But one thing is certain: Lasseter was a larger-than-life character. Seen by some as an eccentric conman, he was ridiculed for his extravagant assertions, which he held until his tragic end. But Lasseter remains the embodiment of the Australian folk hero, who lived a life full of wonderful adventures, tall tales and outrageous claims – including a possible faked death and his insistence that he designed the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Description: Director Alan Berliner takes on his reclusive father as the reluctant topics of this affecting and graceful study of family history and memory. Ultimately this complex portrait is a meeting of the minds -- where the past meets the present, where generations collide and where the boundaries of family life are stretched, torn and surprisingly, at times, also healed. Berliner has transformed a storyline of a troubled boy who has sealed himself off from life's pain into a work of universal resonance.
Description: Henryk Greenberg, a Polish-born American who lost much of his family in the Holocaust, is the topics of Pavel Lozinski's mind-blowing, 47-minute, 1992 documentary chronicling Greenberg's return to the village of his childhood. Certain of the zone where his father and younger brother were murdered, Greenberg returns to search most of his former neighbors predictably claiming foggy memories at first; but later their recollections come more easily.
Description: In 1996, Marcello Mastroianni talks about life as an actor. It's an anecdotal and philosophical memoir, moving from subject to topic, totally conscious of a boy "of a certain age" looking back. He says stories about Fellini and De Sica's direction, of using irony in performances, of constantly working (an actor tries to search himself in characters). He's diffident about prizes, celebrates Rome and Paris, salutes Naples and its people. He answers the question, why create terrible films; recalls his father and grandfather, carpenters, his mother, deaf in her old age, and his brother, a movie editor; he's modest about his looks. In repose, time's swift passage holds Mastroianni inward gaze.
Description: This documentary says the storyline of an underground movement, from its beginning until now. Born in Detroit in the late 80s, Techno met its audience a several years late in Europe, as the UK, Germany, France, and many another countries started to host the foundations of a Techno scene. It is mostly focused on Paris and Berlin: Two various cities, two various tales, but Techno grew up in both, from secret underground parties to large clubs, from a tiny faceless movement to an established business, and from vinyl to digital.
Description: Beth Thomas is a six year old woman suffering from reactive attachment disorder as a effect of being sexually abused as a child. This documentary consists of interviews with Beth, followed by her treatment and partial recovery at a unique center for kids.
Description: Stratovarius Unlimited Visions review This is a 120 minute DVD by top Death-metal band Stratovarius, featuring live performance footage, each official promotional melody video ever shot, up close and private backstage footage, never-before-seen documentation of recording sessions and much more. Stratovarius Unlimited Visions DVD Stratovarius are the continental lords of melodic massive metal music. Stratovarius Unlimited Visions film One of Europe's most loved metal acts, the group finally arrives in America with this melody video. Stratovarius Unlimited Visions video A compilation which truly illustrates the first decade of their career, INFINITE VISIONS includes two hours worth of live performances, behind-the-scenes and backstage footage, plus all of their promotional videos. Stratovarius Unlimited Visions movie In total, the video serves as either a unbelievable introduction or affirmation of fandom.
Description: A look into the intense workouts that built the six-time Mr. Olympia, Dorian Yates. At 300 lbs, Dorian re-defined the professional bodybuilder, and this workout documentary shows how he did it.
Description: R.W. Paul's early footage showing the fresh Blackfriars Bridge. It had been opened by Queen Victoria in 1869 for both street and rail, and showcases the distinctive Venetian Gothic ironwork.
Description: From Edison movies catalog: One of the most peculiar customs of the Sioux Tribe is here shown, the dancers being genuine Sioux Indians, in full fight paint and fight costumes. 40 feet. 7.50. According to Edison movie historian C. Musser, this movie and others shot on the same day (see also Buffalo dance) featured Native American Indian dancers from Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, and represent the American Indian's first appearance before a motion picture camera.
Description: Welcome to the modest tiny city of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Play your stay at Bucksville house and have your room tidied up in the morning by colonial maids who turn and vanish. At the Wedgewood Inn, discover a tunnel of the Underground Railroad where slaves passed through to freedom and the spirits of some still linger. Examine the mystery of the figure on horseback, spotted in the woods outside the Arianna Miles, as this fascinating documentary reveals some of the most nice photos of spirits ever recorded!
Description: Former football user and wrestler Chris Nowinski's quest to publicize newest findings about the often dire consequences of head concussions sustained by athletes in contact sports — injuries that have previously been considered momentary setbacks and ignored in the name of toughness and dedication to the team.
Description: Spike Lee pays tribute to Michael Jackson's Terrible on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the epochal album, offering behind-the-scenes footage of Jackson recording the album and interviews with confidants, musicians, choreographers, and such music-world superstars as Kanye West, Sheryl Crow, Cee Lo Green and Mariah Carey.
Description: This eye-opening documentary follows American basketball user Kevin Sheppard during his 2008-09 season testing for a professional squad in Iran. Although Kevin is nervous, he makes many friends, including few politically active Iranian women.
Description: Both up-roaringly funny and unerringly cautionary, Broomfield's behind-the-scenes document of the making of a musical becomes a ceremonious unmaking-of as egos, budgets and general calamity conspire to crash the greatest efforts of all involved in the Fresh York rehearsals for an extravagant, glitzy production.
Description: This breakthrough filmessay explores the strange situation of G.W.Pabst, the Austrian Movie Director who was considered a giant of early cinema before his reputation went behind a cloud. The movie takes us through his work with Garbo and Louise Brooks, and his making of such classics as "Pandora's Box", "The Joyless Street", and "The Threepenny Opera". But this is no ordinary movie tribute. For "The Another Eye", Johanna Heer and Werner Schmiedel, have evolved a rich visual language fresh to the documentary field, using a elaborate color structure that reflects not only different moods but various periods of time. The film's jazzy style and sophisticated narration probes unflinchingly the controversy surrounding Pabst: What possessed this liberal, cosmopolitan filmmaker to return to Austria in 1939 and direct films for the Third Reich?
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