Description: For twenty years the Wiesenbergers cultivated the same rituals. Practising once a week in the local chappel and singing for weddings and birthdays. Meanwhile, their globe turned upside down. Their CD is rising up the charts and they're overwhelmed with concert request - showbusiness is calling. Now, they even were invited to perform in Shanghai. But the tempting offer puts their solidarity to a test.
Description: Ex-addict Frank Ferrante is a 54-year-old, overweight Sicilian-American from Brooklyn with hepatitis C and some terrible habits. He also wants to fall in love one more time before he dies. MAY I BE FRANK documents Frank’s transformation as he stumbles into the aptly-named vegan Café Gratitude, and, over 42 days, starts a life-changing adventure during which he is coached physically, emotionally and spiritually by three twenty-something staff members on the path to enlightenment. Challenged by years of addiction, fatigue, and family dysfunction, Frank’s quest for a healthier lifestyle is both tense and touching. Through Frank’s metamorphosis, we witness the strong results of change upon one person’s life, and the potential we all have to search the most necessary love of all–love of ourselves.
Description: The movie takes zone in rural Tennessee, where communities have experienced economic and environmental devastation created by the coal mining industry. The introduction of the Highlander Folk School in 1931 by educator Myles Horton and the movement to bring labor union representation to the region are shown as means of empowering the population. Efforts are made to stop the union activities with the murder of a local organizer, but eventually the union movement is able to take root with the local workforce.
Description: The movie about Maximum Bill (1908-1994) moves between the dynamic fields of art, aesthetics and politics. Maximum Bill was probably the most necessary swiss artist of the 20th century and the most popular student to come out of the legendary Bauhaus in Dessau. He was an ardent anti-fascist and all his avant-garde work as an artist, sculptor, architect and typographer showed a social responsibility and environmental awareness right through his life. His views have become incredibly topical.
Description: Documentary about the Rikers Island prison. If you're arrested in Fresh York Town and can't create bail, you'll be sent to Rikers Island--a mammoth holding facility for 17,000 boys and girls awaiting trial. TV journalist Jon Alpert spent ten months filming there, coming away with a graphic and unblinking portrait of life inside America's biggest jail complex, including a moving look at the human faces behind the statistics.
Description: I walk, in the night, in the town and I hear televisions. I suppose they all together should say a storyline and give me a sign before I receive home. It’s like an house inside and its residents’ extension to the outside, to the road and to me. I walk. Like a Ghost. I’m getting inside all these houses… But as I walk, as I receive closer, I test to fix them to hear better, see more, more, more…
Description: Champion of the 2002 Oscar for Greatest Documentary Short Subject, this movie chronicles the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the Globe Trade Towers. Filmmakers Bill Guttentag and Robert David Port joined Harlem police as they arrived at the chaotic stage after jet airplanes had struck the two buildings. The movie captures the harrowing reality of the attacks as the officers cope with disbelief and fear while remaining focused on saving lives.
Description: Turn Me On explores the history of the vibrator. Through a group of sexpert characters, the documentary uncovers the socially camouflaged sex toy - hidden in the underwear drawer since it was invented over 120 years ago. Turn Me On reveals a social and sexual history that some folks would prefer remained a secret. Champion of Greatest Tertiary Documentary, ATOM Awards, Melbourne, Australia, 2002.
Description: In 2007 three artists joined the conservative Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) and officially changed their names to that of the leader of that party, the Prime Minister of Slovenia, Janez Janša. While they renamed themselves for private reasons, the boundaries between their lives and their art began to merge in numerous and unforeseen ways.
Description: Vanity Fair Unique Correspondent Dominick Dunne has become known the globe over for his vociferous championing of the rights of the victim in high-profile murder cases. His strong commentaries have made compelling reading in Vanity Fair for a quarter of a century. Now, aged 82, Dunne is covering his last murder trial for Vanity Fair -- the trial of melody producer Phil Spector -- and reflects upon his past as a decorated WWII Veteran, his rise and spectacular collapse as a Hollywood producer, and his rebirth as the writer we know today. Dunne's mind offers a fascinating insight into the American psyche and its obsession with fame.
Description: Ten women, most of them in Vancouver or Toronto, talk about being lesbian in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s: discovering the pulp fiction of the day about girls in love, their own first affairs, the pain of breaking up, frequenting gay bars, facing police raids, men's responses, and the etiquette of butch and femme roles. Interspersed among the interviews and archival footage are four dramatized chapters from a pulp novel, "Forbidden Love": Laura leaves her hick city and heads for the city, where she meets Mitch in a bar. Sparks fly, and so do laughter and joy. Ann Bannon, one of the writers of those paperback novels about forbidden love, talks about the genre.
Description: Videographer Paul H-O gotta confront problems of ego and identity when he starts a relationship with the reclusive Cindy Sherman. With unprecedented access, the documentary territories us in the company of the artist and offers a critique of the ever-inflated Fresh York art store and the culture of celebrity. Written by Anonymous
Description: What a difference 8 years makes, in the life of a troubled nation, a battleground state, and an American family. All three meet head-on in the 2006 Ohio Governor's race, a campaign in which J. Kenneth Blackwell, responsible for "delivering" Ohio to George W. Bush in 2004, meets his match: Democratic candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor Ted Strickland and Lee Fisher. In "Swing State," the entire process is documented, with an intimate look at not only a critical war in a key state, but also the experience of the Fisher family as they place it all on the line to avenge Lee's devastating loss for governor in 1998. A moving and dramatic family journey, highlighted by appearances from top politicos such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., John Edwards and John Kerry, "Swing State" shines a light on an American family campaigning to place the "heart" back in "heartland." Written by H. Spencer Young
Description: Waitresses serve up a delightful and illuminating look at the lives of girls in the restaurant biz of Toronto’s diners, Montreal’s “sexy restos”, Paris’ haute eateries and Tokyo’s fantasy “maid bars”.
Description: Idaho, the Film is a one-hour tv documentary featuring the well known and the hidden treasures of Idaho. An elemental theme carries viewers on a tour of the state’s mountains, rivers, deserts, landscapes, lakes and more. Think of it as Idaho’s own “Planet Earth” style program. From the Sawtooths to the Tetons, from the large lakes of North Idaho to the deserts of the South-West, from special landscapes like Craters of the Moon and Thousand Springs to Mesa and Shoshone Falls, to the rivers huge and small… Idaho the Film shares them all.
Description: From Edison movies catalog: Taken during the Klondike excitement. The roads are crowded with miners purchasing outfits and supplies. Mule trains, trolley vehicles and hurrying pedestrians give life and bustle to the scene. 50 feet. $7.50. Advertised as part of the "Northern Pacific Railway Series" (Edison movies catalog): The following pictures were taken by our artists at different points on the Northern Pacific Railway. We are greatly indebted to their officials who afforded us each occasion in their power to receive these splendid views. Many of the scenes are incident to the excitement prevailing at the time of the Klondike gold rush. They present the resources of this company for handling huge numbers of people, baggage, freight and excursion parties, and give to prospective tourists and merchants an concept of the facilities with which this street handles traffic of all kinds (p. 9). (LoC)
Description: “Shows the vessel after she has been totally turned and on her method across the Pacific. The boat shows huge and clear with smoke coming from the stack. In the foreground is a constantly changing crowd of folks composed of men, girls and children. Action is added by some late comers who rush to the dock to wave their last farewell. Life-size, sharp and clear.” (F.Z. Maguire catalogue)
Description: From F.Z. Maguire catalogue: The background of this picture is the Lick Observatory, Mount Hamilton, Cal. This observatory, the gift of James Lick, of Pennsylvania, was constructed at a cost of $700,000, being equipped with one of the most strong telescopes that has ever been produced, and is popular the globe over. The view of the Observatory is very complete, showing the style of architecture, including the glass covered dome in which are placed the different astronomical instruments. Each Saturday night throughout the year is set apart for visitors to inspect the Observatory and look through the nice glass. This view shows a coach load driving up and alighting.
Description: “By the Leanders. The dress of one consists of a pair of wings and a bow and arrow; the another represents a fairy. Bathers in all stages of dress and undress watch the graceful dance.” (Edison movie catalog)
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