Description: Lettre d’un cinéaste à sa fille is a playful, gratis and private movie in the form of a letter, a movie interwoven with a thousand stories knit together with various textures, a ebook of photos where a filmmaker shows the photos and the stories he wants to share.
Description: A breakthrough documentary on the multi-billion dollar industry & the pioneers behind the blips on the screen. Decades soon it's all gone extreme! Go beyond the pixels and behind the scenes for the real storyline about video games. Hosted by Tony Hawk, globe winner skateboarder and co-creator of such hit video minigames as "Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater" and "Tony Hawk’s Underground," VIDEO GAME INVASION explores the creation of video minigames in an entertaining and comprehensive fashion, taking viewers through the maze of minigames that comprised the evolution of video gaming.
Description: Federal officer with the Department of Homeland Safety discovers a national safety breach similar to the entry of 23 aliens from terrorist countries into the United States. Customs and Border Security Commissioner, former head of the DEA Robert Bonner can't afford any more media scrutiny, since his incompetence was already exposed in the NASA 'Challenger' disaster. To avoid the scandal, the full might of the government is unleashed vs Julia Davis, her family and witnesses. This retaliation reaches an unprecedented magnitude, including four unexplained deaths, Hollywood and the Mafia, false imprisonments and the test of Blackhawk helicopters and airplanes for warrantless surveillance. Amidst many shocking revelations, this documentary provides a fresh insight into the deaths of well-known Hollywood figures unwittingly dragged into this scandal. The truth is no longer a secret.
Description: The fringes of Iranian society can be a lonely place, especially if you are a teenage woman with several resources to fall back on. Finding Home follows four women striving to pull themselves out of the margins by attending a one-of-kind rehabilitation center in uptown Tehran. Forget about the Iran that you've seen before. With a virtually invisible camera, the women of Finding Home take us on a never-before-seen tour of the underclass of Iran with their brave and defiant stories: Samira struggles to overcome forced drug addiction; Mitra harnesses abandonment into her constructive writing; Sussan teeters on a risky ledge after years of sexual abuse; and Nazila burgeons out of her hatred with her blazing rap music.
Description: Shot clandestinely over a two year period, this movie provides a rare look into the second most isolated country on the planet held in a stasis by a brutal military regime for almost a half century. From over 100 interviews of folks across Burma, including the recently released Aung San Suu Kyi, interwoven with stunning footage of Burmese life this documentary is truly unique.
Description: A slice-of-life documentary about three women who have migrated to Beijing to test their luck and earn some money. We don't receive to learn very much about these women, both because of the short running time (46 minutes) and because of the style of the film, which lingers at length observing particular scenes in their lives without any sort of omnicient narrator to describe the background of their lives.
Description: Each Day Except Christmas is a 37-minute documentary movie filmed in 1957 at the Covent Garden fruit, vegetable and flower market, then located in the Covent Garden zone of East central London. It was directed by Lindsay Anderson and produced by Karel Reisz and Leon Clore under the sponsorship of Ford of Britain, the first of the company's "Look At Britain" series.
Description: Part of the British 'Free Cinema' movement, which included Lindsay Anderson's 'Every Day Except Christmas' (daily life at Covent Garden fruit/vegetable market) and 'O Dreamland' (a working-class trip to Margate amusements), and Reisz and Tony Richardson's 'Momma Don't Allow' (about a London jazz club) all made in the mid to late 1950s, before the three went on to direct details in the British 'new wave' social realist category that drew from their experiences in Gratis Cinema.
Description: ETOILES: DANCERS OF THE PARIS OPERA BALLET celebrates the legacy one of the greatest ballet companies in the globe by weaving together rehearsals, tour snapshots and performances of classical ballets such as Swan Lake and La Sylphide, as well as contemporary works such as Maurice Bejart's Ninth Symphony, Jiri Kylian's Doux Mensonge (Sweet Lies) and Pierre Darde's Orison. Celebrated filmmaker Nils Tavernier endeavors to understand the psychology of dance by talking candidly with some of the largest stars in dance today. The movie also details interviews with the dancers who explain how and why they endure the emotional and physical hardships of their profession in their intense drive to be on stage.
Description: Much as the game suggests, Beyond Vanilla explores the kinkier aspects of sex on the another side of vanilla. With interviews, demonstrations and a nice dose of how-to instructions, this documentary covers the gamut of fetishes and SM practices. From bondage, flogging and fisting to knife play, fire and golden showers, director Claes Lilja takes us on an unforgettable adventure to the wilder side of sex. Sharing fantasies, experiences and pleasures, the over 60 folks interviewed in the movie support to blur boundaries and shed fresh light on sexuality and sexual practices. Launch your mind and the rest will follow...
Description: Pat O'Neill, one of the most interesting filmmakers in America today, offers a dazzling reflection on the conflict between nature and boy in Los Angeles, or the desertification of the city's surroundings due to its enormous water consumption. More interestingly, it is also a movie in the age-old tradition of town symphonies: a movie about LA's foundation myths and the dreams it embodies, about its history and (grim) future, its topography and ethnography. O'Neill uses footage from few classic movies to recreate the few layers of meaning emanating from the city, juxtaposing photos and fantasies and hardly ever allowing one picture to go untouched. George Lockwood's swarming soundtrack is likewise composed of conflicting languages, an elaborate work of plunderphonics in which snippets of sound stolen from films collide with electronic soundscapes, contemporary chamber music, improv, and what not.
Description: A documentary movie that says the storyline of the origins of Riot Grrrl in the American independent melody stage of the 1990s, and how this feminist movement evolved into a revolutionary underground network of education and self-awareness through music, writing, activism, and women-friendly community.
Description: In close-ups and extreme close-ups, we watch two tiny species of marine crustaceans, the slender long-legged stenorhynchus and the clumsy, short-legged hyas. To blend in, both cover themselves with found objects, such as algae and sponges. We watch them move, eat, greet every other, and fight. They have tiny mandibles and huge claws. Near them are spirograph worms, 6 inches long, with a plume of branchiae that fanatic out like exploding fireworks. We see vibrating cilia, 0.001 mm long, on the branchiae, sending meal toward the mouth at the plume's center. Chopin's melody and an off-screen narrator recommend we're watching a ballet.
Description: Examines the sea horse, the only fish that swims upright. We watch it test its prehensile tail to wrap around plants and another sea horses. A frontal bulge houses organs including an air ballast. Three fins propel this fish. We see a female zone her eggs in a male's pouch where they are fertilized and nurtured until birth in violent contractions. Inside the pouch are nurturing blood vessels. We then follow the growth of an embryo, greatly magnified: we examine its heart beating and its dorsal fin moving. Young sea horses attach themselves to every other. The movie ends with photos of many sea horses moving on the ocean floor, superimposed on a horse race.
Description: In mud flats along the coast of Brittany we watch acera, tiny ball-shaped mollusks that are about two inches in diameter. They rest in mud; then, in water, they dance, their skirt-like hood spreading like a dervish's cassock. They spin and spin. The movie adds musical accompaniment. We watch them friend and secrete eggs: acera are both male and female, and can form chains with another acera in which they simultaneously friend as a male and as a female. The eggs hatch, and the cycle starts again.
Description: At a marine biology station, a clump of algae reveals polyps, stomachs with limbs, limbs with buds, buds with poison cells. This animal reproduces by buds, which we watch close up in time-lapse images. In other type of jellyfish, the buds grow inside then live outside for a several days until being on their own. Other produces eggs, sometimes self-fertilized. Some single eggs become buds with colonies. Other clump gathered at weak tide consists of filaments of a colony - plumes with poison ends. In photos taking 72 hours, we see filaments grow and produce a feeding organ from which a plume emerges. Fresh jellyfish emerge from buds twice a day at set times to form a fresh colonies.
Description: An octopus slithers into a narrow crack near the shore; we see its eye up close; blowing water propels it through water. It feeds on a crab. In spring it's time to mate. A male grabs a female; he inserts his third arm in her respiratory cavity. We watch other pair: a larger female is the attacker here. Mating is repeated over hours and days. With high magnification, we see many sperm; she releases strings of fertilized eggs that hang from the roof of a nest. She guards it for a month, fanning the strings to circulate water for oxygen and cleanliness. We watch the eggs up close develop at 1,400 times nature's rate. Then they're born and propel away.
Description: Rhythm and Blues Revue is a plotless tons show, one of few compiled for theatrical exhibition from the made-for-television short movies produced by Snader and Studio Telescriptions, with newly-filmed host segments by Willie Bryant. Originally 86 minutes, the "short" ver accessible on public domain collections and sites is missing a reel
Description: The present details Henry Hill, Martin Scorsese (director of Goodfellas), Nicholas Pileggi (writer of Wiseguy and co-writer of Goodfellas), Gus Russo (author of Gangsters and GoodFellas), Marie Jones (Henry Hill's boss), Alfie McNeil (former U.S. Marshal), FBI agent Edward McDonald, and Joe Hill (Henry Hill's brother). It shows surveillance footage of mob capo Paul Vario's team and photographs of Jimmy Burke and Paul Vario. The programme gives Henry Hill's private opinion on what happened, as well as the testimonies of eyewitnesses. It also details an excerpt of a 1978 news report on the famed Lufthansa heist and footage of a newspaper column printed at the same time.
Description: It's Easyrider with a quadriplegic at the throttle when forty-five year old Evan Somers sets out on a self-reflective odyssey by modified motorcycle seeking answers to the questions of his life.
Description: The movie looks behind the fear, hype and politics that polarize folks into emotionally charged pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine camps with no room for middle ground. Verite stories of individuals and their families, whose lives have been forever changed by vaccine choices, interwoven with interviews from leading experts in the field, will re-frame the vaccine debate and offer, for the first time, the occasion to have a rational, scientific and factual discussion on how to make a more effective vaccine tool in America today.
Description: Questions of race, identity and heritage are explored through the lives of young American girls growing up as adoptees from China. These four distinct individuals reflect on their experiences as members of transracial families.
Description: 'He who wants water gotta be prepared to slay for it' an old Arab telling goes. At the beginning of the 21st century water, the ancient source of life, already is in short supply all over the world. From the heart of Africa to the Aral Sea in the Kazakh steppe the movie portrays various people's lives and their struggle for water and survival.
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