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Description: By the early 1980s, after two decades of violence and unrest, the case in Northern Ireland took a sudden and profound turn inside the infamous Maze Prison. Seeking the right to be treated as political prisoners rather than common criminals, Irish Republicans led by Bobby Sands began a prison hunger strike that would draw international attention to the conflict. In the 66 days that he refused food, Sands would be elected to the British Parliament, place the Irish Republican struggle centre scene on the globe news agenda, and pay the ultimate price for his political convictions. The movie combines a strong mosaic of archival materials, reconstructions and the illuminating accounts of former prisoners, commentators and key users in the drama. With Sands's evocative prison diary at its core, the movie brings new insight to an iconic figure who single-handedly created a transformative moment in Ireland's history that had global aftershocks.
Description: There are six another heart-pounding hunts including what many tell was the biggest tusked elephant taken that year in Tanzania. Expertly filmed, "Death At My Feet" is played out on some of Africa's finest hunting grounds.
Description: John Walker grew up an Anglophone in Montreal in the years surrounding Quebec's Quiet Revolution. He witnessed first-hand the upheaval that transformed the political and cultural landscape. In those years, more than 500,000 English-speaking Quebecers left the province, many of them—including Walker—finding their method to Toronto. After decades as a cinematographer and documentary filmmaker, Walker decides to turn his lens on his own storyline and dig into the heart of the social revolution that shaped his identity. His instant and extended family express their conflicted feelings about their zone in modern Quebec. Others, from a police officer who diffused FLQ bombs to director Denys Arcand, contemplate the problems that drive Quebec's desire for sovereignty. A province's past is informed by private reflection and Walker's perspective that "my grandmothers taught me that history is a path to understanding and myths and half-truths gotta be challenged." (Summary by Alexander Rogalski)
Description: Obscure Italian mondo movie never released in it's home country, only receiving a home video run in Japan and a theatrical release in Hong Kong. Featuring the usual 70's mondo juxtaposition of sex, violence and cultural curiosities.
Description: Germany’s first tv channel proudly presents its “docudrama”: “Eichmann’s End – love, betrayal and death”. It shows the Nazi fight criminal’s last years in Argentina and the “heroic search” of the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency and a tragic love story: Romeo and Juliet of the twentieth century, a Nazi Romeo and a Jewish Juliet. Klaus is Adolf Eichmann’s son and Silvia, the daughter of Lothar Hermann, a survivor of the Shoah. The docudrama is based on material from the Mossad and is given many laurels around the entire world. And suddenly, Liliana Hermann, grandniece of Lothar Hermann, is protesting: “Your praised docudrama is lousy disinformation”. In her fresh documentary, Gaby Weber investigated about the early days of Zionism in Germany, Eichmann´s role and about his citizenship. Her conclusion: At the time of his arrest, he had the Israeli citizenship and there was no “heroic kidnapping” by the Mossad, but a legal expulsion by Argentinean officials in May 1960.
Description: Set within the rainforests of southern Mexico, La Laguna says the storyline of a Mayan boy's remarkable adventure from childhood to adolescence. While Yu'uk and his younger brother José play a childhood of uncommon freedom in the jungle, Yu'uk's family's issues start to mount and leaving his village - and his beloved tiny brother - may be his family's only hope.
Description: Born the son of a prophet in 1876, Joseph Fielding Smith's life spanned one of the most dynamic times in the history of the world. While his devoted father and mother were exiled to Hawaii, seven-year-old Joseph was left alone for few years to mature. A historian for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 25, Joseph defended the faith as a scholar and prolific writer over the next 70 years. Through his lifelong commitment as theologian, apostle, and Prophet of God, he helped the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints grow to be a worldwide religion.
Description: Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas is a noted expert on canine body language, notably calming signals which are signals dogs give another dogs and humans that denote stress. These are dogs attempt to defuse cases that otherwise might effect in wars or aggression. The DVD shows footage of many calming signals, how dogs test them, and how you can test them to calm your dog. This is the DVD format and companion to the famous book, On Talking Terms with Dogs. Note - this is not a professionally filmed DVD rather one done by dedicated amateur dog people; however, it does a nice job of illustrating the canine body language topics it addresses. Become a keen observer of canine behavior at home, in the community and among dogs to receive better behavior and build a solid relationship. Learn to identify cases that are stressful to your dog so that you can resolve or avoid them. Filmed by the creator in lovely outdoor settings, see the signals in action while Turid narrates.
Description: Since 1980, Lucille Côté has lived in Laterrière, surrounded by more than 250 animals. With a silver mane and candid demeanor, Lucille practices a craft that has long been the exclusive domain of men: Taxidermy. Through different contemplative and country-flavoured tableaux, we meet a particular breed of taxidermist, living outside of the digital age, with enough skills to receive by in the woods without a compass or a frying pan.
Description: REAL BOY is the coming-of-age storyline of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager on a adventure to search his voice-as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. As he navigates the ups and downs of young adulthood, Bennett works to gain the love and help of his mother, who has deep misgivings about her child's transition. Along the way, he forges a strong friendship with his idol, Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician with his own demons to fight.
Description: Among Alexander Calder's creations were miniature spring-loaded circus figures, made of wire. In this short film, Calder (1989-1976) talks about and demonstrates these toy-like creations. We see them spin, hop, roll, and leap. It's pure whimsy, wit, and glee.
Description: D-Day: June 6, 1944. As the Allied forces landed on the shores of Normandy, Hitler ordered the refund of Das Reich, the notorious elite division of combat SS, which is greatest known for the mass murders in Ukraine and Belarus and that time had its base in northwestern France. Its point is to stop the allies and to reverse the outcome of the war in favor of Germanon.I division of the SS, with 15,000 boys and over 200 tanks under attack by the Resistance, as it moves north through France.
Description: An average wizard can entertain but a world-class artist can reawaken your faith in the impossible. In this utterly charming showbiz chronicle, four stellar magicians will amaze even the staunchest of skeptics. But for every of these virtuosos, real success seems illusory. Among them: Brian Gillis was Johnny Carson’s favorite close-up wizard and a regular on The Tonight Show; David Minkin can levitate almost anything with his mind; and Jon Armstrong might be the greatest card trickster in the world—but none of them are satisfied. Every can captivate a crowd, but how long can they chase their dreams and at what cost? Following the artists on and off the stage, Magicians: Life in the Impossible captures the sacrifices, the obsessive drive, and the very true chance of losing everything for the one real love of their lives.
Description: Something of a formal and thematic template for his subsequent work, Frank Cole’s first short movie brings a terrifying mixture of intimacy and distance to bear on his aging grandparents.
Description: Born in 1873, David O. McKay was reared in pretty Huntsville, Utah. As a boy, he learned the value of difficult work and the importance of kindness. His gentle manner and keen sense of humor endeared him to all whom he met. His eternal marriage to his beloved Emma Ray, was a model of love and respect. As an effective educator, missionary, and an apostle and prophet of God, David O. successfully "acted well his part." Serving as the Prophet for 19 years, President McKay held a leading role in the emergence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a worldwide religion.
Description: A full three years after Alive, Large Bang returned in 2015 with the ambitious MADE Series album and the MADE Globe Tour. After touring the globe from April to October, Large Bang touched down in Japan for a heavy dome tour that lasted from November 2015 to February 2016 and was attended by over 910,000 people! This live release includes not only Large Bang's November 14, 2015 concert at the Tokyo Dome but also Large Bang; Greatest Live Selection 2012-2015 featuring a fan-voted setlist of Large Bang's greatest performances.
Description: Documentary that says the storyline of one of the most successful baseball squads in Puerto Rico: los Indios de Mayagüez. It is the first and only project that narrates the origins of baseball in Puerto Rico.
Description: As Sir David Attenborough turns 90, this intimate movie presents fresh interviews, eye-opening behind-the-scenes footage and extraordinary clips from some of his most newest films. The doc, which was made for the opportunity of Attenborough’s 90th birthday, was shot over seven years and follows him as he travels to Borneo, Morocco and the Galapagos to shoot wildlife specials. Anthony Geffen, the CEO of Atlantic Productions, commented, “This is such a unique Attenborough movie because unusually he is the subject. As I look back over the last seven years, I never fail to be amazed by his extraordinary ambition and drive to test the very recent technology to communicate the natural globe to audiences around the globe. This movie gives audiences the possibility to see what it’s like to be on the street with David.”
Description: A former radical Muslim reveals the foundation of modern Islamic beliefs and actions. Daniel Shayesteh was born in Iran near the Caspian sea. By age nine he was able to recite the whole Qur'an in Arabic, which made him a popular man in the area. As a young boy he was fully committed to Islam and was a co-founder of Hezbollah (then known as the Iranian Revolutionary Army). He inspired another nice Muslims to hate and slay Americans and Jews. After he helped to oust the Shah of Iran and bring Ayatollah Khomeini to power, he was kidnapped and sentenced to death; the Ayatollah didn’t like Daniel’s opposition to his political agenda. He existed for a time in torturous prison conditions. His cellmates were executed, but by the grace of God Daniel escaped to Turkey. It was there that he met a group of Iranian Christians. And it was through their witness of the love of Christ and training in the truth of the Bible, beginning in Genesis, that he came to know Christ as Savior.
Description: A family's home films document a desperate crime spree and the bid to outrun the consequences. Born from a colossal trove of innocuous uploads to YouTube, Fraud is an impressionistic meta-fiction thriller that reveals one family's struggle for the American Dream and the mutability of the stories we say online.
Description: Each summer, thousands of country melody fanatics from all over the globe transport in to Nashville for four days to experience CMA Melody Festival - four days of melody from hundreds of artists including live concerts, meet & greets, autograph signings, celebrity sporting events, and more.
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Edgeplay is a documentary. It is a movie that "documents" the stories and life experiences of 6 women, who were once 6 young women named The Runaways. What Edgeplay is not, is other in a seemingly unlimited string of rock biog's, in which aging rockers wax nostalgic about their first gold record, or their sexual escapades. It is not a typical, unimaginative E! channel collection of interviews with worshipful and obsequious narration, constantly reminding you of the legendary status of the subjects, just in situation you didn't know. Apparently, over the years, with the mounds of praise heaped over newest entries like Metallica - Some Type Of Creature and Ramones - End Of The Century, the art of documentary seems to have been reduced to :Point a DV camera at a musician in a chair and ask him questions, present scans of nostaligic photos, and mission a DV camera at a talking head or critic and let them to explain why the artist in study is brilliant. The trouble with this tired approach is not only Deja Vu to the nth degree after seeing essentially the same movie over and over, but at least to me, an exasperating need on the part of the film-makers to take you by the hand, and lead you like a kid to the conclusion they would like you to draw, ala Oliver Stone.Victory Tischler-Blue seems to have seen as many of these as we have, and decided, luckily for us, that the simple method was the wrong method to say this often dark and disturbing tale. Admittedly, a static camera and an interesting anecdote can be informative, even absorbing, if the storyline and the storyteller are good, but there comes a time when you begin to ask yourself; "Is this it?" Is this all that can be done with the documentary medium? Directors normally utilize melody as a software to influence mood in their films, and in the greatest of examples, it's a tried and real approach. However in Edgeplay, that role is largely taken over by the camera. When Cherrie Currie, starts to relate a particularly sordid tale, the movie starts to go faded and jumpy, not unlike the deadly video featured in Hideo Nakata's "Ringu" or the dream sequence in Friedken's "The Exorcist". A short, sudden jumble of nightmarish photos and fast edits creates a palpable sense of unease - a sense that the movie is trying to say us something more - sending out a message in a bottle - a visual metaphor that parallels the storyline as surely and effectively as the pulsing ostinato in "Jaws". There's a persistent sense of haunting running through some of the scenes that I found impossible to shake-off for hours after I'd seen it.A nice deal of the darkness in Edgeplay derives from the evident bitterness of Cherrie Currie and Sandy West, the two members who arguably suffered the most from their experiences in the band, and seem unable to receive past it, continuing to keep grudges (some certainly understandable), and harbor feelings of loss and betrayal almost 30 years later. The final segment of the movie focuses on drummer Sandy, who takes you on a very rough adventure through her post-Runaways life, in a very short scene, that nonetheless seems to go on forever. The director's camera is merciless in starkly lit close-up, each haggard line in a face that has seen too much, speaks more loudly than any narration or musical cue ever could. Tischler-blue puts us into a stare-down with West that most of us will lose. The pain and regret in her clear eyes is unforgettable. But there is hope as well. For each tragic heroine and/or victim in Edgeplay, there is also a survivor. There is the unflappable Lita Ford, who not only went on to become the rock star she wanted to be, but seems to remain largely unperturbed by her memories of her time in the band. There is Jackie Fox (Fuchs) who, rather than wallow in self-pity from her negative experience in the melody business, ended-up an entertainment lawyer, representing artists and musicians. If that isn't sweet revenge, I don't know what is. And then of course there's Vicki Blue, Director of the film, who after leaving the band, decided to follow her muse into film-making. The hope lies in the sureness of the lessons learned, by Ms. Tischler-Blue, Ms. Fuchs and Ms. Ford that refusal to remain a victim, can render the creatures of our youth toothless.It would have been great to have heard from Joan Jett, who doesn't appear in the movie except for archival footage, yet her presence, oddly enough is felt just the same. What makes Edgeplay such a disturbing and yet satisfying experience, is it's utter refusal to say you how you could be feeling about anything. It very smartly assumes you can decide for yourself who the heroes and villains are, and it does so in such a special and refreshingly cinematic way, that it makes most of the rock biographies on the video shelf seem like cheap, generic DVD extras in comparison. Edgeplay can be dark and ominous, exciting and hilariously funny, edgy yet thoughtful, but it is never pedestrian, and never boring. It is a kind-of aerial photograph of the lives of 6 very talented, very complex women, taken from such a height, that we can see where there different paths all went, in a method that is shockingly easy - and yet, isn't hindsight always?
The best strength of this very good-but-flawed documentary is honesty. Four of the five members of the most popular ver of the group (excluding Joan Jett) deliever extensive on-camera interviews, as does replacement bassist Vicki Blue (also the director), and they are mostly no holds barred. Instigator/original manager Kim Fowley also appears for guarded but unvarnished commentary. The original Runaways are all interviewed separately, and every provides her reminiscences. It is quite clear from the interviews that all the the original members look back at both the another members and the overall experience with a mixture of ambivalence, bitterness, and regret. Taken as a whole, their reminiscences deliever a Roshoman-like perspective from which a net truth can be pieced. This is as close to that truth as we have gotten, and much closer than we receive in the more newest bigger budget Runaways movie.To anyone interested in the Runaways story, or interested in the sordid machinations behind the Svengali fueled star-making machinery of the melody business, this will be engrossing and will be essential viewing.That said, this documentary falls a bit short of great, due in varying degrees to a paucity of archival material, Joan Jett's failure to participate, and a somewhat too narrow, too inside approach to the story.OK, let's take those three points one at a time: 1) Limitations on the archival source material. Joan Jett declined to participate. As a result, vintage Runaways songs co-written by Jett were not accessible either for the soundtrack, or for video. Therefore, for example, footage of the Runaways performing is limited to two cover songs. The soundtrack is populated mostly by Lita Ford (solo) and Suzi Quatro songs. Perhaps more significant is the absence of vintage footage of the Runaways at press conferences, in TV interviews, etc. The contrast between the middle aged girls the Runaways have become and these girls as teenagers would have added tremendously to the film.2) Joan Jett's lack of participation. As noted, this resulted in the lack of vintage performance materials. But it also means we are not treated to Jett's perspective on the days of the Runaways. Surprisingly, this is a relatively modest loss. The interviews with the another former members are (seemingly) honest enough that they paint a cute finished picture. One doesn't now sense that her lack of interview participation leaves as huge a hole as might be expected.3) A too narrow, too inside approach. The movie takes as almost a given that the viewer is invested in the Runaways as cultural icons, and that there is tiny need to investigate their zone in the development of pop music. While that's OK for die hards, it unnecessarily limits the appeal of this film. Where is the essential commentary contemporaries of The Runaways--from artists with whom they toured or co-mingled, such as The Ramones, Cheap Trick, Blondie, etc? Where is the back storyline on the girls, which might explain how 14 year old women were hanging out at nightclubs by themselves, accessible to be exploited? The meat of this film would everytime be the interviews with the girls themselves, of course, but framing is critical to create something more universal.Despite these limitations, if you have an interest in The Runaways, the movie still packages a punch.Compared to the slick, bigger budget Runaways docudrama (which was produced with Joan Jett's participation, and which reflects a mostly Jett-centric view, and an almost entirely Jett Currie focus), this is most certainly the deeper film.That said, the sad thing is that this documentary includes the outline of a GREAT docudrama: Young, naive women with doe-eyed dreams taken in by a predatory Svengali, used, abused and discarded, with the most fulfilling part of the storyline how they ultimately dealt with the collapse of those early promises. There's plenty of sex, drugs, and rock and roll to spice it all up, of course. But I think that's the far less interesting story. Too terrible that's the storyline that, for the most part, the large budget Runaways movie chose to feature. Contrasting how the various members of the group dealt with the collapse of the Runaways offers a wonderful mix of success, failure, reinvention, the triumph of tenacity, and tragedy of being unable to reconcile childhood dreams with adult realities, specifically: Jackie Fox, the smartest one (and the one who would everytime have the most options accessible to her), drops out of the group first, goes off the grid, finds herself, goes back to college, Harvard law, and becomes a successful attorney.Vicki Blue, replacement bassist, leaves and becomes a successful video auteur.Joan Jett and Lita Ford: Prospects outside the melody globe might have been minimal, but they were driven and lucky, and ultimately found legitimate success in melody on their own terms.Cheri Currie: Directionless but benign woman has her innocence and childhood evaporate as she becomes the sexed up jail-bait singer for The Runaways. She buys into the photo and lifestyle, but finally quits in disgust, eventually finding a certain peace in a modest (figuratively) just outside of Hollywood existence.Sandy West: Fox had the brains, Blue the artistic and private perspective, Jett and Ford had the musical talent and drive and Currie was scrappy enough to search her way. West just wanted to enjoy drums. When that went south, her life trajectory was one of deepening decent into darkness: drug dealing, jail, etc. Her interview for this movie reveals that nearly a quarter of century later, she still wondered "what happened?" and was waiting for that Runaways reunion that would never come. (West died a couple of years after this movie was completed).If you've seen The Runaways movie, and you're interested in further back story, this documentary is a must. The Runaways is adequate entertainment. But there's a lot more heart in this film.
I don't even know where to start. I've watched Edgeplay three times in the several days since I got it, and still feel as if I am seeing new, dusty corners in a room I grew-up in.If you are looking for other typical, VH-1 styled look at the fun and excesses of a dysfunctional rock band, this complex movie may disappoint you. Edgeplay is not a movie intended to excite, gawk, or fawn over it's subjects, and I tell topics rather than "subject" intentionally, as it's a movie about people, not about the rock 'n roll lifestyle. There is no whimsy for the joyful free-sex and drugs of the 70's, or any fan-boy enthusiasm for The Runaways as a band.What there is, is an insightful and compassionate look at a tragic and yet stoic group of young women, who made history, without ever receiving any praise, who made nice melody without ever selling many records, and who paid dearly in many methods for their actually legendary status, with a nice part of their childhoods.Edgeplay is a documentary about the all-girl hard-rock band The Runaways, who so much like their tour-mates The Ramones, set the next two decades on fire, without getting any of the credit or rewards.Victory Tischler-Blue, the director, writer and conscience of Edgeplay, endured a 6-year trial-by-fire getting this movie made and released,(and is a storyline as compelling as any in her movie), and I think much of the raw honesty and poignancy in this movie is in some methods a direct effect of that struggle.There is an almost Dickensian cast of characters: A young, Joan Jett-Talented and driven, yet shy and unsure of herself, Cherie Currie-A striking blonde, who never expected to be a singer, and yet, much like Lana Turner sitting at a soda fountain, was selected to be one, Kim Fowley-A slimy Svengali who unashamedly preyed on very, young women to create himself rich, and makes no apology, Sandy West-A tomboyish, young drummer who simply loved testing her drums, and wanted no more than to spend her life doing it, Jackie Fox-A doe-eyed bassist who found out earlier than the others that stardom should be an empty trophy cup, Lita Ford-Fiesty, tough, and driven, and Vicky Blue-The bassist who walked into this dysfunctional family in the midst of meltdown, and yet stayed on the outside enough, and more importantly, grew-up enough to create this wonderful film.I think Miss Blue, ex-band member and director of Edgeplay, knew something that Margaret Mitchell, creator of Gone With The Wind knew. Mrs. Mitchell once told about the theme of her novel, " I often wondered why some folks should rise above nice adversity, while others, just as brave and smart, go under. All I know is that my daddy named that quality "gumption". I wanted to write about folks that had gumption, and those who didn't". Well whether intentional or not (though I expect it was), that is exactly what Miss Tischler-blue has done here.As most will know, Lita Ford and Joan Jett managed to escape the musical ghetto that was The Runaways, to search nice success in the melody business. The original bassist is actually a successful attorney. Cheri Currie, although never achieving the same lvl of success, managed to search work in Hollywood for many years, and has continued with a low-profile melody and art career. Sandy West, however was plagued with misfortune after her band dissolved, falling into desperately difficult times, both financially, and otherwise, and much of this is explored unflinchingly in Edgeplay.This movie works on so many lvls that I sometimes am awed by it. When you watch it the first time, you see and hear the storyline of a rock band. When you watch it a second time however, you start to become absorbed by the enormous differences in these women. All but one of the members, actually in middle-age and 25 years away from The Runaways, still carry deep emotional scars from their experiences, that seem to transcend anything that has happened to them since. All but one of them breaks down on camera in a method that's agonizing to watch. Is it really possible to carry resentment from teen-aged slights and squabbles into middle age? Once the girls begin talking to Miss Blue's camera, you search out that you can indeed.The only one who does not seem affected by her experiences so long ago is Lita Ford, who I found, quite unexpectedly, the most fascinating of all. After 4 decades or so of life, I like to think I know false bravado when I see it, and yet in Lita I saw none. It's nice to watch her face as she walks back over the same old paths as the others while recounting her experiences, and yet, to her, it was almost like describing a film she had seen, and enjoyed, but should only partially remember; not because it wasn't exciting, but because, well....it was only a movie. Lita ends-up being Edgeplay's Scarlett O'Hara. The one who had gumption.Of course Joan Jett became a star as well, but we'll never know her thoughts and feelings on things, as she declined to participate in the film. As I understand it, she was violently opposed to the film, it apparently not focusing enough on her, and did everything in her power to crush the movie before it should be released. This is utterly mystifying, as her treatment in the movie is essentially positive.Edgeplay is, in many ways, the "Clockwork Orange" of rock documentaries. From the dark, sardonic tales of excess and loss-of-innocence, to the startlingly effective and moody camera-work, (which usually annoys me, but here served a true dramatic purpose for a change), this is a movie that anyone can receive something out of, whether you're a Runaways fanatic or not.
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