Description: Members of the photographic convention carrying tripods and cameras file past a waiting room on the deck of the Clyde steamer “Lady Rowena”. Members of party contain Craig Annan, Mr. Harold Baker, Mrs. W. Baker and Mrs. Ralph Robinson.
Description: In 2014, scientists declared West Antarctic ice sheet melt unstoppable, threatening the future of our planet. A group of world-class researchers is in a race to understand climate change in the fastest winter-warming zone on earth: the West Antarctic Peninsula. Trekking through risky and uncharted landscape, these scientists push the limits of their research and come to terms with the sacrifices important to understand this rapidly changing world.
Description: In 1990, during the filming of Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton asked actor Vincent Price (who Burton had idolized since childhood, and who subsequently was given a role in Edward Scissorhands and different another Burton productions) if he would be interested in starring in an independent documentary on Price's life. Price agreed, and the self-financed black-and-white documentary was shot over 3 days in April 1990 at the Vincent Price Gallery in East Los Angeles College, under the working game Conversations With Vincent.
Description: They tell everyone collects something. At what mission does owning a several things become a collection? At what mission does a collection spill over into hoarding? Never Enough sets out to understand the mindset and addictive nature of extreme collecting. Director and obsessive record collector Doug Brown, explores collecting from a collector's perspective, peeking into the hearts of people's desire to search that one elusive item. Is this a product of consumerism or the trait of hunting and collecting carried on from man's earliest time? Brown explores the genesis, growth and ultimate end of what it's like to live for the next find. Whether it's Legos, Cadillacs, or My Tiny Ponies, the tournament to have the most is a common and complex pursuit.
Description: What is a Jew? Is it a person who practices the Jewish religion, is it one that belongs to the Jewish folks or is it both? This movie examines the key aspects of the Jewish religion and doctrine, Tora and Talmud. It says about Jewish traditions and festivals, about worship, Sabbath and on Jewish eating guidelines and kosher food. The movie also discusses Jewish history and stories of the first Jews who came to Norway, about pogroms and anti-Semitism and how the Jewish folks have managed to preserve their traditions and cultural identity over thousands of years. Norwegian Jewish youngsters say how they feel to belong to a minority and what is necessary to them today as Jews.
Description: By trying to support their kids to a better future, two families from a Roma ghetto in Bulgaria face discrimination from the outside globe and pressure from within their own community.
Description: Issei Sagawa murdered an innocent girl and spent three days eating her flesh. Due to loopholes in the law, Issei is a gratis boy to this day. Sagawa was declared insane and unfit for trial and was institutionalized in Paris. His incarceration was to be short, however, as the French public later grew weary of their hard-earned francs going to help this evil woman-eater, and Issei was promptly deported. Herein followed a bizarre and seemingly too convenient set of legal loopholes and psychiatric reports that led doctors in Japan declaring him "sane, but evil." On August 12, 1986, Sagawa checked himself out of Tokyo's Matsuzawa Psychiatric hospital, and has been a gratis boy ever since.
Description: Kinder Surprise eggs are hugely famous all around the world. From the foil wrapper to the chocolate shell, the plastic yolk capsule to the intelligent toy inside, Kinder eggs are practically a global rite of childhood. That is, except in the United States, where they're considered a choking hazard and are illegal. This is the storyline of a boy who loves the tiny chocolate eggs so much that he's become a Kinder smuggler.
Description: David Becks highly original, intricate and kinetic artwork combines sculpture, painting, textiles, and mechanics on a scale that creates a category all its own. Curious Worlds takes us into David Becks magical universe, to watch as he creates minutely detailed and often humorous animals, folks and whole scenes that inspire profound wonder, delight and awe. A skilled woodworker, sculptor, painter and craftsman, Beck is recognized as a genuine American original. He is the only living artist to have three solo exhibits at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and his work is sought after by personal art collectors across the country.
Description: A fresh documentary movie about the nature of play, risk and hazard, set in a European journey playground. Here, kids climb trees, light fires and test hammers and nails in a play-space rooted in the belief that children are empowered when they learn to manage risks on their own.
Description: In the summer of 2008 Demon Hunter embarked on the most prolific tour of their career, a 45 night pummeling of the United States, aptly titled the "Stronger Than Hell Tour". 45 Days and 1 Night is an exclusive audio/visual adventure that follows each step of the band during this ground breaking tour.
Description: Hans Scharoun has built houses which present not only structural substance and aesthetic forms but also how human beings could live in buildings. This depiction can only be imaginary - like reading invisible writing on walls. Bitomsky's movie looks at few of Scharoun's buildings.
Description: What we tend to identify with the acting profession has tiny to do with what is really this profession. Thirty-six Spanish actors reflect on their work and contrasted their experiences. As thread, the contrast between the voices of veterans and photos of young theater students , for whom everything is still possible. Among the many actors are interviewed Javier Bardem, Antonio Banderas, Victoria Abril, Carmen Maura, Fernando Fernán Gómez, José Luis López Vázquez, José Coronado, Emma Suarez, Alberto San Juan, Ariadna Gil, Ana Belén, Pilar Lopez de Ayala and many other.
Description: Syrian traditional story-telling, folklore, tales, fictional mythological characters enjoy an necessary role in their culture. This tradition is passed generation to the next generation — from grandparents to grandchildren. However, in the modern era these stories are being lost. This is event in Damascus, the capital and the second biggest town of Syria, too.
Description: When fishing tutorial and filmmaker Tag Titus learns why wild salmon populations plummeted in his native Pacific Northwest, he embarks on a adventure to explore where the fish have gone and what might bring them back. Along the way, Titus unravels a trail of human hubris, historical amnesia and potential tragedy looming in Alaska, all conspiring to end the most sustainable wild meal left on the planet.
Description: This documentary weaves three stories – all set in the blind community of Havana, Cuba – into a tale of private independence. As Lis, Mily, and Margarita every face family issues and heartbreak, their dependence on others turns out to be a double-edged sword. From the melody halls of Havana to a cinema club for the blind, their stories reveal both the pain and the joys of fighting for yourself.
Description: A real celebration, ushering in the Fresh Year with one of the finest orchestras and best conductors in the world. The 2007 Gala from Berlin details the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle in Alexander Borodin's Second Symphony, a richly lyrical work of immense poetic grandeur and fairy-tale magic, in a programme that also contains one of the best classical hits ever: Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition
Description: "Les Chimères des Švankmajer" takes an in depth look at both of the Švankmajers as they work on the full length movie "Little Otik". -http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews49/jan_svankmajer_short_films.htm
Description: Frank Turek, co-author of "I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist," and Christopher Hitchens, creator of "god is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything," met at VCU in Richmond, VA to debate the subject, "Does God Exist?"
Description: A collection of The Making of 'The Fellowship of the Ring', 'The Two Towers' and 'The Return of the King'. This documentary treats movie, unique result and fantasy fanatics to a behnd-the-scenes look at the making of The King of the Rings, Peter Jackson's blockbuster three-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic work of fiction about the war to save Middle World from the power of Sauron, and the quest that gotta be undertaken by a single tiny hobbit. Contains interviews with director Jackson, stars Ian McKellen and Elijah Wood, and the rest of the cast and team who share some of the experiences they had in making the film, as well as discuss the heavy effort that went into making the myths and creatures of Middle World a reality.
Description: Two old Chinese communists visit run down England. The boy who lost his voice scribbles his comments: "Water is so nice in the West." "Flowers are long dead on Karl Marx's grave." His wife has no doubts : Back home is much better.
Description: Once a maverick who was nearly run out of the American Institute of Architects, John Portman is actually recognized as one of the most innovative and imitated architects ever. Over 45 years, Portman's iconic urban statements and eye-popping interiors have risen in 60 towns on four continents to redefine cityscapes in America, and skylines in China and the rest of Asia. The movie captures Portman's approach in an intimate portrait that, by turn, assesses and appreciates Portman's work. Dramatic time-lapse footage shows off Portman's buildings at their best- often in moving sunlight that washes over his facades and spaces.
Description: Episode one starts on tour with one of Mainland China’s most legendary bands, P.K.14. We delve into different towns along the way, including Guangzhou, Chengdu, Beijing, and Wuhan. Over three dozen artists create up the first new, cumulative feature-length modernize on China’s underground in over half a decade. Yingling spent two months in China documenting countless indie acts, including one of the country’s most renowned post-punk bands, P.K. 14. According to Yingling, the whole 90-minute detail was shot with a shoestring budget of just $6,000 — an impressive feat considering its vast scope.
Description: Dziga Vertov-directed Soviet newsreel covering: Trial of the Socialist Revolutionaries / Rebuilding of the destroyed Siberian village of Taseevo / Railroad station Sljudjanka / Abandoned mica pits near Lake Baikal / Soči health resort / Chudjakovskij-Park / Beach near Tuapse / The loading of silk / Afghanistan, Kabul / Peacetime test of tanks / Mountain street / Chapel in the Caucasus
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