Description: Chronicles a boy who is obsessively interested in only one thing, the pictures he takes that document the method folks dress. The 80-year-old Fresh York Times photographer has two columns in the paper's Style section, yet nobody knows who he is.
Description: Hollywood is a city of tinsel and glamour; but there is other Hollywood, a zone where maverick independent exploitation filmmakers went toe to toe with the large guys and came out on top.
Description: Later after the fall of Baghdad in 2003, a young and charismatic movie student, Muthana Mohmed, stands in the rubble of the city's movie school and explains to an American tv audience that his dream of becoming a filmmaker has been destroyed - first by Saddam Hussein, then by American bombs. This brief, fortuitous appearance on MTV changes Muthana's life forever. Watching in the United States, actor/director Liev Schreiber stops channel surfing, utterly captivated. Feeling guilty about a fight he opposed, Schreiber decides to extend to the unknown Iraqi the occasion of a lifetime - to come to Prague to work on an American movie, Everything Is Illuminated. On set, frustrated expectations complicate the relationship between Muthana and his American benefactors in what becomes a cross-cultural endeavor gone awry. Filmmaker Nina Davenport becomes increasingly entangled in the young Iraqi's life as his visa is about to expire and the threat of returning to Baghdad looms...
Description: Imagine a globe in which folks seem hostile while inanimate objects appear friendly – even affectionate. Imagine dreading the touch of other human but longing for a passionate encounter with a huge public structure. This is the strange globe of the "objectum sexual"– a group of people, mainly women, whose intimate lives revolve around objects with which they tell they share romantic and sexual love. Erika is married to the Eiffel Tower. She has a passion for inanimate objects, and her point is to war the stigma surrounding the disorder and make a global network of sufferers - like Amy, in love with a church organ, and Eija Riita, who married the Berlin Wall.
Description: Explore how six seemingly ordinary but supremely talented boys became Monty Python, sketch comedy's inspired group of lunatics who turned such unlikely sources of inspiration as Spam, dead parrots and the Inquisition into enduring punch lines. This entertaining documentary contains interviews with members of the troupe, as well as home movies, images and rare recordings from Monty Python's early years
Description: Think Thank goes straight to the dome with Right Brain Left Brain. Meticulously messy, precisely unpredictable and controlled chaos; snowboarding is everything and can do anything. Such a lofty pursuit takes both halves of one’s brain. Think Thank is taking the time this season to pull our brains apart, examine the differences and then place them back stronger than ever. Constructive control concisely conjured for cuticle carousing co-opting corrosive comatose inducing creatures. Thanks again brain!
Description: French artist and creator Jean Giraud is one of the most popular and influential comic strip illustrators and creators of all time. He achieved his best fame as Moebius - not so much a pseudonym as an alter ego. With his triple-split personality - Jean Giraud, Moebius, Gir - he succeeded in making his work available in famous comic strip series like Blueberry, in metaphysical fantasies like John Difool and, not least, to a broad public, with set designs for movies such as The Fifth Element. In Moebius Redux - A Life in Pictures an exceptional artist says his life's and work's story. Extraordinary views on Paris, Los Angeles and the Mexican desert build a visual url between his life and his artistic universe, accompanied by the electronic soundtrack composed by "Kraftwerk" legend Karl Bartos.
Description: For almost two decades Standard Movies has dropped explosive shred-flicks featuring brawny large mountain riding and pee-your-pants park seggies, and The Storming is no different. Shot entirely in HD, The Storming follows a stacked roster of riders around the world while tallying up footy of choking powder, techy pillow drops, and mind-numbingly gargantuan airs. From the sled-accessed Tahoe backcountry to the sphincter-clenching peaks of Iceland, The Storming grabs you by the gnads and leaves you whimpering in the corner with that tingly "ready to shred" feeling in the pit of your stomach.
Description: Live in Cuba is the first live DVD of the American difficult rock band Audioslave, containing footage of the gratis concert that the band performed in Cuba in front of over 70,000 people. The concert itself is considered to be an historical event, as it marks the first time in Cuban history that an American rock band has been permitted to perform within the country. The DVD details the present itself, and also a 37 minute documentary based on the band and their time spent in Cuba. According to Chris Cornell (said during the concert), at the time the concert was performed it was the longest one that Audioslave had played.
Description: Award-winning sports chronicler Bud Greenspan delivers a strong and emotional look at six individual stories in the official movie of the 2002 Olympic Winter Minigames in Salt Lake City. Greenspan goes beyond highlight footage to say the storyline of how these athletes overcome wonderful obstacles to achieve Olympic glory.
Description: Mother of Rock: Lillian Roxon shines a light into the decadent globe of Max's Kansas City, a small underground club in Fresh York, and Lillian Roxon's zone in documenting the emerging rock revolution as it rolled over the US in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Description: North Korea is one of the world's most isolated nations. For sixty years, North Koreans have been governed by a totalitarian regime that controls all notification entering and leaving the country. A cult of personality surrounds its two newest leaders: first, Kim Il Sung, and actually his son, Kim Jong Il...
Description: A engaging and exotic man–nature documentary that is sure to capture audiences in many countries. Beautifully filmed by Peter Gerdehag and sensitively edited by Say Johansson. He lives for horses, he lives with horses, he works with horses and he just about dies when he is forced to leave his horses because of a storm that turns his life upside down.
Description: The wonderful storyline of how the mummified corpse of a 40-year-old boy was discovered by a hunter in one of the most remote parts of the country. The dead man's detailed notes reveal that he now committed suicide through self-imposed starvation only the summer before. Liechti's movie is a stunning rapprochement of a fictional text, which itself is based upon a real event: a cinematic manifesto for life, challenged by the main character's radical renunciation of life itself. (peterliechti.ch)
Description: The most widely associated perception of Straight Edge involves abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, another drugs and promiscuous sex. Since it's origin in the early 1980's these beliefs have spread all over the world, connected through the Punk and Hardcore melody scenes. Through interviews with musicians that directly shaped the concept of Straight Edge from its inception until today, EDGE reveals that the abstinence from drugs was established as a youth counter culture rejecting a society dominated by substance abuse and hegemony. Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi), Ray Cappo (Youth of Today, Shelter) and Karl Buechner (Earth Crisis, Freya) give witness to their perception of the history of Straight Edge, why it was so necessary to them and what it changed in their private and professional careers. But they also address issues like violence, sexism and intolerance that emerged within Straight Edge, and how it changed the 'scene' as well as its public image.
Description: When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil slash by more than half – and meal by 80 percent – folks were desperate. This movie says of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban folks during this hard time.
Description: Vows of Silence is an anatomy of the Vatican justice system, following the haunting saga of Father Marcial Maciel, who won the favor of Pope John Paul II despite years of pedophilia accusations. The best fundraiser of the modern church, Maciel founded the Legionaries of Christ, a religious order with a $650 million budget and history of controversial tactics.
Description: This 70-minute documentary covers the whole career of Joy Division, one of Manchester and Post-Punks most respected bands. It charts the whole short lifespan of the group, from their origins in their days as Warsaw to the more well known incarnation of Joy Division. Details contain rare musical performances, obscure footage of rare interviews and rarely seen photographs. Plus review, comment, criticism and insight from; Mick Middles, co-author of Torn Apart: The Life Of Ian Curtis; former NME and Music Maker journalist, Barney Hoskyns; Ex-Mojo Magazine editor, Pat Gilbert; Manchester punk musician and author, John Robb; melody journalist and creator David Stubbs; and more.
Description: Featuring interviews with daughter Nicola Lubitsch, movie historians Enno Patalas and Jan-Christopher Horak and filmmaker Tom Tykwer (among others), Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin documents the life of the legendary filmmaker from his birth in 1892 to his departure for Hollywood in 1923. The documentary is sprinkled with excerpts from Lubitsch's rarely-seen early work (both as actor and director) and offers fascinating insights into the German movie industry in the silent era.
Description: Industry insiders like Stan Lee and Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) reflect on the method their colourful creations reflect society at large. They have spread from the pulpy pages of nickel comics to Saturday morning cartoons, the large screen and beyond. They have evolved from simple, All-American heroes to tortured, complicated characters reflecting the dreams, desires and fears of modern society. From Superman to The Sandman, Comic Ebook Superheroes Unmasked is a fascinating, feature-length look at the evolution of an art form that has proved remarkably adaptable and enduring. Filled with classic photos from DC and Marvel Comics as well as extensive interviews with modern masters of the graphic novel like Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns), this documentary, originally aired on the History Channel, goes far beyond the superficial escapist fantasies to probe the forces that shaped the characters who have become legend...
Description: "No Justice!" "No Peace!" This rising chant from the roads escalated in respond to the seemingly unlimited incidents of police brutality throughout this nice nation. Following the shooting of Amadou Diallo by 4 members of the NY Town Police Department these chants rose from the roads by heartbroken and enraged voices. However, there are two sides to each storyline and the truth is often found where you least expect it. "If I Die Tonight" reflects on the lives and stories of those who survive on both sides of an impenetrable divide.
Description: A presentation of the facts and theory surrounding the astronomical phenomenon of "black holes", using the recent in computer-generated imagery. Theories regarding their origin are presented, along with speculation about what lies with and beyond them.
Description: From civil rights to the anti-war movement to the struggles of workers, folksinger Phil Ochs wrote topical songs that engaged his audiences in the problems of the 1960s and 70s. In this biographical documentary, veteran director Kenneth Bowser shows how Phil's melody and his fascinating life storyline and eventual decline into depression and suicide were intertwined with the history-making happenings that defined a generation. Even as his contemporaries moved into folk-rock and pop music, Phil followed his own vision, challenging himself and his listeners. Not one to pull punches, Ochs never achieved the commercial success he desperately desired. But his melody remains relevant, reaching fresh audiences in a generation that finds his themes all too familiar.
Description: This moving documentary chronicles the last year in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual dying of ovarian cancer. We're introduced to few prominent figures in Robert's life -- most importantly, his life partner, Lola Cola. Lola is a transsexual who's become Robert's life partner and caretaker. The two prepare to lead a panel at the annual Southern Comfort conference, a yearly happening created for transgendered individuals.
Description: Warcraft III is the most famous real-time tactic pc game, thrilling over 2.5 million North Americans and 10 million folks worldwide everyday. The minigame creates an alternate universe, where users challenge every another with a mythically-charged online globe of humans, orcs, the undead, knights, and elves. In Beyond the Game, we meet - in true life and within the minigame - two of the game's leading figures, known as Grubby and Sky. Acclaimed filmmaker Jos de Putter tracks these Kasparovs of a fresh generation and a fresh minigame across the globe all the method to the globe championships in Seattle. A fascinating, surprising, and genuinely touching portrait, Beyond the Minigame is a study of, and participation in, the reformation of our communities in the internet age.
Description: Trashed is a provocative investigation of one of the fastest growing industries in North America. The garbage business. The movie examines a fundamental element of modern American culture...the disposal of what our society defines as "waste".
Description: Although our actions for the past 150 years have lifted our civilization to fresh heights, it has come at a tremendous price. We are actually at a mission where humanity's demands for natural resources far exceed the earth's capacity to sustain us.
Description: Commissioned by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, OCEAN ODYSSEY takes viewers on an undersea adventure to remote and magical places. Follow Feodor Pitcairn, a pioneer in underwater HD cinematography, as he explores the marine ecosystems of the Galápagos Islands, Raja Ampat in Indonesia, the Maldives, the Azores, Hawai'i, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, the Channel Islands, British Columbia, the Gulf of Mexico, French Polynesia and Belize. Filmed in high definition, with commentary by Feodor Pitcairn and fellow cinematographer Bob Cranston, OCEAN ODYSSEY is a stunning movie that reveals some of the most nice underwater footage ever seen and offers reflections by two of the most prominent cinematographers at work today.
Description: One of the most influential American bands of all time, The Pixies created the blueprint for alternative rock. Beginning their musical career in the late 80's until the early 90's, the band took an extended break, until reforming once again in 2004. This recording captures their first ever all acoustic performance filmed at the popular Newport Folk Festival.
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