Description: Hal Ashby's obsessive genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar®-winning classics, including Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There. But as contemporaries Coppola, Scorsese and Spielberg rose to blockbuster stardom in the 1980s, Ashby's uncompromising nature played out as a cautionary tale of art vs commerce.
Description: The excellent method to reminisce about your Walt Disney Globe vacation! It's all here, exquisitely photographed and totally narrated. From Liberty Square to Fantasyland, the file covers each part of the Magic Kingdom. There's much more, though... an whole resort playground with all the luxurious resort hotels and rustic campgrounds that create up the Holiday Kingdom. Here's a pretty souvenir of the single most famous holiday destination in the world!
Description: Everything That Rises Gotta Converge is a hybrid documentary/fiction film. It follows four real-life adult movie performers as they begin their day at home, receive in their vehicles and drive to work in a nondescript residential house in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. In between documentary scenes, we also encounter few fictional characters whose stories revolve around the same residential house where the performers work. Shown as a grid of four simultaneous images, the movie weaves scenes of daily life with moments of beauty, as well as the strange and absurd moments of apparent convergence.
Description: Grace Hopper dedicated her life to bringing computers to the masses, when most supposed the technology was only helpful for scientists and the military. Through her genius, she taught tool English, so that everyone should communicate with computers.
Description: This 13-minute short subject, marketed as an educational film, records a slice of life in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles prior to the rebellions of 1965. Filmmakers Trevor Greenwood, Robert Dickson and Alan Gorg were UCLA movie students when they crafted a documentary from the perspective of the unassuming-yet-articulate teenager Felicia Bragg, a high-school student of African-American and Hispanic descent. Felicia’s first-person narrative reflects her hopes and frustrations as she annotates footage of her family, school and neighborhood, creating a time capsule that’s both historically and culturally significant. Its provenance as an educational movie continues today as university courses test "Felicia" to teach documentary filmmaking techniques and cite it as an example of how non-traditional sources, as well as mainstream tv news, reflect and influence public opinion.
Description: This absolutely top-notch documentary by Robert Fischer is a fascinating look back at not just the movie in question, but Fassbinder's meteoric career which ended all too later with his untimely death. Archival footage of Fassbinder is utilized (including few fascinating snippets culled from interviews he did at the disastrous Cannes premiere of Despair), as well as many others involved in the movie and its release. Even if you're not a particular fanatic of Despair, or even in fact of Fassbinder, this is stellar documentary movie making and is an intriguing look at one of the most enigmatic masters of the Fresh German Cinema.
Description: While female-to-male transgender visibility has recently exploded in this country, conversations about trans problems in the lesbian community often run into resistance from the many queer girls who view transitioning as a "trend" or as an anti-feminist act that taps into male privilege. Man I Am is a feature-length documentary that starts to break down that barrier and promote dialogue about trans problems through a look at the experiences of three young transitioning FTMs in Fresh York City--Nicco, Norie and Keegan--as they go through major junctures in their transitions, as well as through the voices of lesbians, activists and theorists who raise and address the questions that many folks have but several openly discuss.
Description: “Kosher”, in a figurative sense, means “pure”. And in the Jewish kitchen, everything that is pure is certified as such by the kosher certificate of purity. In “Being Kosher”, Ruth Olshan applies this Jewish tradition of verifying the purity of things to her own Jewish family history. A tragicomic exploration of Jewish purity laws! From kosher meal to ritual hygiene, sex by the ebook to the “not quite kosher” Jewish identity and family history of the filmmaker.
Description: Show in nearly all cultures and used for many purposes, drums have special shapes, sounds, names and accents in every region of the world. Behind this vast legacy are individuals who enjoy them and are touched by these ancestral instruments. From the rare budimas used by Tonga folks in Zambia to the huge drums of the Chinese temples, from the religious festivals of Brazil to the rhythmic richness of the Arab World, these boys and girls hold this tradition alive.
Description: An associative collection of visual impressions across fifteen chapters: a seagull in Porto, political posters in Fresh York, an abstract painting in St. Petersburg, an abandoned video store in Cairo and cats everywhere you look.
Description: Melody and politics collide when international melody star, Pras Michel of the Fugees, returns to his homeland of Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010 to mobilize a presidential campaign for Haiti's most controversial musician: Michel Martelly aka Sweet Micky. The politically inexperienced pair set out vs a corrupted government, civil unrest, and a fixed election. When Pras's former bandmate, superstar Wyclef Jean, also enters the presidential race, their possibilities seem further doomed. But with the support of a several friends, including Ben Stiller and former president Bill Clinton, they never give up on their honest dream of changing the course of Haiti's future forever
Description: Insane War Club is back. This year the men are taking their special form of entertainment to England as they scene war nights in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool and Newcastle.
Description: The lifetime of the nice Argentinian boy of letters Jorge Luis Borges through narration and interviews of such key users in his life as Leonor de Acevedo —his mother—, María Kodama —his second wife—, and Adolfo Bioy Casares —his greatest mate and collaborator for decades.
Description: Each major social trouble that plagues our nation today can be traced back to one root cause: Fatherlessness. For instance, 71% of pregnant teenagers live in a fatherless home. Additionally, 85% of young boys in prison grew up without a dad. They are not stats, they are desperate for stability. From tiny city American to the heart of Fresh York City, 'Becoming Sons & Daughters' says the stories of folks who are stepping into the lives of fatherless kids. Through adoption, mentoring, and simply paying attention, these boys and girls are planting hope and security. They are giving children a future and supporting them become sons and daughters.
Description: It is quickly becoming the most populated country in the world, but India holds a dark secret. Boys and girls who create their homes in the terrible villages throughout the central region of the country are forced to create decisions that no parents could ever have to make. Sell a kid into slavery or watch your kids starve to death.
Description: CERN in Switzerland is a research center where they test to recreate the large bang. Nikolaus Geyrhalter follows the center's infrastructure and meets the folks who created the "Large Hadron Collider".
Description: The Emmy Award-nominated 30 Years from Here examines the AIDS pandemic over the past 30 years. Activists and medical experts that share stories contain Terrence McNally, Larry Kramer, Marjorie Hill, Frank Spinelli, Jerry Mitchell, and Larry Flick.
Description: ‘Shakedown’ was a series of parties founded by and for African American girls in Los Angeles that featured go-go dancing and strip shows for the city’s lesbian underground scene. Inspired by transwoman Mahogany who, as the mother of the scene, presided over queer strip shows and balls for non-heterosexual audiences in the 1980s, butch Ronnie Ron created, produced and presented the fresh shows. In them, the largely female clientele from the ‘hood’ slipped dollar notes into lap dancers’ panties while celebrating lesbian sexuality to pulsating hip-hop beats.
Description: Zoom-out from a too-tight focus on issues like dropout rates, loss of motivation among students, and depression among teachers. Entering the everyday lives of "problem cases" at a Montreal secondary school that sits at the bottom of the school performance rankings, Denys Desjardins sweeps away preconceptions about the quality of teaching in disadvantaged neighbourhoods and the alleged delinquency of the children who live there. A far-reaching examination of student life that stimulates reflection on the role of school in our society and asks how willing we are to help and finance the school system so that it will not be merely a factory churning out parts for the social machine.
Description: The Yuanhai Migrants Children’s School, which serves kids of migrant laborers in Beijing, is shut down by town officials for reasons never made clear. The students and teachers manage to continue class, first by sneaking into the shuttered campus, then moving inside a crashed factory, and even setting up class on the street. Following the private adventures of students as they war bureaucratic corruption for their right to learn, Cui exposes a crisis of social values in the wake of China’s economic reforms.
Description: A snapshot of the porn industry in the San Fernando Valley focusing on a handful of people: Luke Ford, a reporter who breaks the industry's gentlemen's agreement and writes about actors who have HIV/AIDS; Kimberley Jade, a veteran actress who contracts AIDS; Katie June, who arrives in Los Angeles from the South, going on 20, with dreams of becoming a porn star and with her mother's approval; Jim South, who runs a talent agency; and, William Margold, an aging factotum. Others appear on camera to round out a portrait of a busy industry that's lucrative for some and risky for others.
Description: As with everything in life, the same goes for East Lake, a threatened lake near the expanding mega town of Wuhan. You can receive worked up about it and receive involved - or you can think, it won’t affect me. Fortunately there’s the intriguing fresh movie by Li Luo, which brings to an end these doubts. East Lake (Dong Hu) is a scenic zone in the town of Wuhan, threatened by fresh amusement parks, high-rises and even an airport. ‘East Lake is getting smaller and smaller, but it's bigger and bigger in my memory,’ wrote a mate to the Canada-based Chinese filmmaker Li Luo as a effect of the development. In a lucid way, the movie investigates how the lake is linked to the people, leading to reflection on identity and survival in today’s China. The form is varied and free. Li uses documentary as well as fictional style elements, and often an ironic mixture of both. © iffr.com
Description: Jag är inte beredd att dö än (I'm Not Yet Ready to Die) is a documentary that follows Laleh Pourkarim—one of Sweden's most celebrated musicians—over two years time. Laleh takes pains to maintain her policy in spite of her popularity. This movie is a rare occasion for fanatics to glimpse her everyday life, from her hometown of Hammarkullen to settings abroad.
Description: Imagine purchasing the works of real masters, like Renoir, Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Rembrant, Matisse and Raphael for just thirty US dollars! Welcome to the most prolific copy artists in China. The Dafen Village, in southern China, is greatest described as the oil painting copy capital of the world. It’s here where the masterpiece meets the mass market, where the world's nice and not-so-great oil paintings are copied. Thousands of artists turn out reproductions of famed European masterpieces, and the not so famous, for homes and businesses around the world. Last year, Dafen generated about US$35 million in sales. Thousands of painters supply 600 galleries that fill orders from around the world. This documentary talks to the copy-artists to search out what in the name of art, is going on.
Description: A coming-of-age storyline about a filmmaker and his family as they struggle to adapt to both a changing globe and a traditional one. Can the filmmaker's family agree that he is more interested selecting to document a famine that happened 50 years ago than selecting a wife? Will the family continue to farm their land and grow rice as they everytime have or sell it to developers? How can they adapt to life in modern China when the country itself is in the midst of identity crisis? The movie explores these subject and more in a refreshingly original style that bridges the gap between documentary and narrative detail while providing a delightfully intimate portal into family life in modern China.
Description: Armi Ratia is the girl behind the legendary design company Marimekko and a worldwide celebrity. A theatre company has taken on the task of trying to portray the life and work of this complex person. The sets mainly consist of the well-known patterns that we all have grown to love. Armi is a brave, risk-taking businesswoman and her passion for her company repeatedly takes its toll on her employees, finances and family. The company grows while Armi's private life is shaken by suicide attempts and turbulence. In Armi Alive!, Oscar-nominated movie producer and director Jörn Donner portrays a fascinating girl with fervent concepts about the fresh Finnish man, her company, fabrics and clothes.
Description: A motorcycle travel documentary to Tibet. Herbert Schwarz, Heike Bogdanski and Michael Martin travel to Tibet on BMW motorcycles. These motorcycles are equipped with some Touratech parts (understatement). In German language only, no subtitles.
Description: For generations, researchers have been trying to unravel the nature of human thought. Thoughts are invisible but have nice effect, evidently reaching beyond our own bodies. Through every decision we direct the course of our lives & decide our fate.
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