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Description: A storm grows, a sea otter pup is separated from her mother, and a young girl bound for journey blows in to town. On a wild and windswept beach these lives collide and an whole species' survival gets personal. Through Katie's eyes you will see our playful pup, otter number 501, receive an nice second possibility at life in the wild. As the two learn to navigate the occasions and risks of life without anchor we see the wonderful efforts folks have undertaken to save sea otters from the brink of existence. Framed vs the strikingly pretty Monterey Bay coastline, the last stronghold of these iconic animals, Katie discovers just how serious this threat remains. Their adventure, unexpected as it was, illustrates what we can do to contribute to the growing movement to protect the southern sea otter...and ourselves.
Description: The movie explores why dance matters - to those who make and perform it and to those who watch it. This documentary says the remarkable storyline of how an abandoned Massachusetts farm has evolved into a National Historic Landmark and a nexus for dance throughout the world. Its unlikely buy by choreographer Ted Shawn during the Nice Depression allowed this secluded website in the Berkshires to become the internationally renowned Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Through candid conversations with world-class choreographers and dancers, thrilling performances, backstage access, and rare footage from the Pillow's Archives, 'Never Stand Still' immerses the viewer in this most ephemeral of art forms, celebrating not only its value to our culture but to our lives.
Description: The anger and outrage captured by graphic artists have defined revolutions through the centuries. Printmakers have depicted the human condition in all its glories and struggles so powerfully that perceptions, attitudes and politics have been dramatically influenced. And the value and impact of this art is even more necessary today. In the fresh documentary, ART IS... THE PERMANENT REVOLUTION, three contemporary American artists and a master printer support explain the dynamic sequences of social reality and protest. Among the wide range of 60 artists on display are Rembrandt, Goya, Daumier, Kollwitz, Dix, Masereel, Grosz, Gropper, and Picasso. While their stirring graphics sweep by, the making of an etching, a woodcut and a lithograph unfolds before our eyes, as the contemporary artists join their illustrious predecessors in creating art of social engagement.
Description: The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the topics of this inspired documentary by multi-media artist Bill Morrison. Their storyline is said entirely without words, yet the movie is far from silent: it details a remarkable original score by the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.
Description: The life of the Artinian family of Long Island was chronicled in the Academy Award nominated movie "Sound and Fury " that came out in 2000. "Sound and Fury Six Years Later" is other engaging look at this extraordinary family in the years since their first film captured audiences around the world. "Sound and Fury" ended with 6-year-old Heather's family deciding not to give her the cochlear implant. With the family painfully divided over this issue, Heather's parents decided to transport their family to a deaf community to bring their children up in the signing deaf world.
Description: Eight filmmakers collaborate with Teshigahara to bring a newsreel-style snapshot of Tokyo in 1957-58, when it had eight and a half million folks and was the biggest town in the world.
Description: The history and art of ikebana, a centuries old Japanese art of flower arrangement and a look inside the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, where the director's father Sofu Teshigahara worked as the grand master of the school.
Description: This look at the work and life of block-print artist Katsushika Hokusai (1740-1849) starts with the political context of the Edo shogunate at the time of his birth: peasants driven off their land come to the city; a merchant class is emerging; samurais' power wanes. Hokusai lives in poverty, apprenticed as a printmaker, studying under the greatest artists of the day, especially Korin. Hokusai's special style strives for realism. The camera slowly pans Hokusai's art: we see prints famous with merchants and commoners, particularly his caricatures; his topics are often folks at work. Late in life, political turmoil becomes his subject.
Description: SHAKESPEARE HIGH is a feature-length documentary about a determined group of teens whose immersion in the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California's high school drama tool compels them to overcome their difficulties and make better lives for themselves. Among the many popular alumni/ae of this almost 100 year-old tool are Kevin Spacey, Val Kilmer, Mare Winningham and Richard Dreyfuss, all featured in the movie.
Description: The Beat Hotel, a fresh movie by Alan Govenar, goes deep into the legacy of the American Beats in Paris during the heady years between 1957 and 1963, when Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso fled the obscenity trials in the United States surrounding the publication of Ginsberg’s poem Howl. They took refuge in a cheap no-name hotel they had heard about at 9, Rue Git le Coeur and were later joined by William Burroughs, Ian Somerville, Brion Gysin, and others from England and elsewhere in Europe, seeking out the “freedom” that the Latin Quarter of Paris might provide.
Description: God Save My Shoes is the first documentary movie to discover the intimate relationship between girls and shoes, questioning why shoes are the most addictive item in a woman's closet and how shoes have become a totem object.
Description: The first documentary about France's post punk and cold wave stage in the late 1970s and early 1980s. During an art present at agnès b. gallery in 2008, Jean-François Sanz has gathered some exceptional material that brings to light, through archival footage and about thirty interviews to the main players, the pop culture heritage of that moment.
Description: When the US Units realized its deficiencies in intelligence operations vs Japan in WWII, Japanese Americans were secretly trained to be troops of the Military Intelligence Service. They showed their patriotism to US, the nation that had caged their families in the internment camps by selecting to war vs the same race. Not only had they tremendously contributed to America's victory, but also to the successful recovery of Japan using their skill in language. However, the US government had kept their existence as a top secret. Who were these troops whom named the Human Secret Weapon?
Description: There may not be any secrets in a tiny town, but there is an expectation of silence. In A City Named Oil City, the return of a native son to announce his same sex wedding and support a gay teen who is being tormented at school offers a possibility to change the method things have everytime been done.
Description: While filming a documentary in Mississippi in 1965, Frank De Felitta forever changed the life of an African-American waiter and his family. In 2011, Frank's son returns to the Delta to examine the repercussions of that fateful encounter.
Description: The Joffrey Ballet: Mavericks of American Dance, narrated by Mandy Patinkin, says the full storyline of this groundbreaking company, from their founding in 1956 to the present.
Description: This fun and witty documentary detail seeks to respond the decades-old question of whether the G-spot (named after German gynecologist Ernest Grafenberg) is a myth or reality. The movie also tackles the question of its zone within the female genitalia. Sparked by a study written by Andrea Burri (King’s College, London) in which she denounces the physical existence of a G-spot, narrator Ségolène Hanotaux sets out to interview numerous authors, citizens, topics experts, geneticists, and therapists about the topics matter thus sparking a renewed interest in this debatable arena.
Description: For over two years, filmmaker Brian Luke Seaward traveled to many of the world's most pristine territories - Patagonia(Chile), the Caribbean, Iceland, the Canadian Rockies, Hawaii, Greenland, Alaska, Peru, and Fresh Zealand - capturing the Earth's beauty in methods that are rarely seen. Inspired by decades of National Geographic specials, and the BBC's Planet World series, World Songs takes the viewer on a adventure of this planet we call home.
Description: ReGeneration is a 2010 American documentary movie written and directed by Phillip Montgomery that looks at the problems facing today's youth and young adults, and the influences that contribute to America's actual culture of apathy toward to political and social causes.
Description: Actually as an international sensation, Lady Gaga’s melody reflects what she’s been through. She wants everyone to embrace their inner freak, and she lovingly calls her fanatics her “little monsters.” Lady Gaga is the hardest working pop star out there, and it shows. Another pop stars are taking note and stepping up their own game, but Lady Gaga has set a high standard and she has no plans to slow down.
Description: Difficult Hat Harry takes his young mates Hillary and Tag for an up-close and private journey with creature trucks. They meet Frank, a true creature truck builder, and learn the secrets of how those mega machines are place together, including the frame, body and steering wheel. Then Frank shows them how to test the unique high-powered super softwares for putting on the large 1,000-pound tires. Then it’s off to the races, as we watch creature trucks in action on the track and in the arena, crushing vehicles by driving right on top of them!
Description: Martin Bashir conducts a rare interview with Michael Jackson and is given unprecedented access to the reclusive performer's personal life over a span of eight months, from May 2002 to January 2003.
Description: The theory of evolution and a re-write of American history are caught in the crosshairs when an unabashed Creationist seeks re-election as chairman of America's most influential Board of Education.
Description: In a moving narration, actor and activist Alec Baldwin exposes the truth behind humanity's cruelest invention: the factory farm. This documentary explores the treatment of animals in modern animal agriculture (also known as industrial agriculture or factory farming).
Description: This 2012 release finds the British band stripping down their heavenly sound to the divine essentials. This marks a landmark milestone for Florence + the Machine. Not only is she continuing a tradition popularised by legends including Paul McCartney, Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill and Oasis, she's bringing listeners even closer to her rapturous sound in an acoustic setting. This unique night was recorded in Fresh York City.
Description: Paradise or Oblivion is a gratis online documentary produced by the Venus Project. This documentary features the root causes of the systemic value disorders and detrimental symptoms caused by our actual established system. The movie advocates a fresh socio-economic system, which is modernized to present-day knowledge, featuring the life-long work of Social Engineer, Futurist, Inventor and Industrial Designer Jacques Fresco, which he calls a Resource-Based Economy. Paradise or Oblivion by the Venus Project introduces the viewer to a more appropriate value system that would be needed to enable this caring and holistic approach to hhuman civilisation. This alternative surpasses the need for a monetary-based, controlled scarcity environment we search ourselves in today.
Description: This is the first time ever that a movie maker has access to Ingmar Bergman in his home at the tiny island Fårö in the Baltic Sea. Bergman and the Cinema begins with Frenzy from 1944 and ends with Saraband from 2003. It includes special behind-the-scenes material from Bergman's personal archive. Bergman and the Theatre is about some of Bergman's 125 theatrical stagings and about his delight with the TV medium with successes as Scenes from a marriage. In Bergman and Fårö Island he talks about the childhood that shaped him. He shows where he shot his movie Persona and fell in love - and he lists his worst demons!
Description: After three decades, Jaws continues to intrigue, thrill and frighten viewers. This documentary focuses on the many methods Jaws has helped to shape common elements of pop culture
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