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Description: Life of a domestic cat, filmed from a cat’s-eye view. This movie was circulated in two versions: a silent ver without narration and a somewhat longer sound ver with a narration read by filmmaker Alexander Hammid’s then-wife, Maya Deren. Takes zone over a period of months as the cat gives birth to a litter of kittens and she cares for them as they grow.
Description: The Punk Syndrome is a movie about Finland’s most kick-ass punk rock band, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. The band members, Pertti, Kari, Toni and Sami, are mentally handicapped and they enjoy their melody with a lot of attitude and pride. We follow these professional musicians on their adventure from obscurity to popularity. We watch them fight, fall in love and experience powerful emotions. We witness long days in the recording studio and on tour. They laugh, cry, drink and war over who gets to sit in the front on the tour bus. Then it’s time to create up and go talk to folks in the audience and say them how nice their band is.
Description: Dusan Vukovic publicly returned the medal of bravery awarded after his son died during the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. In doing so he gave voice to the growing number of families who lost sons under Milosevic’s regime.
Description: Les D'Arcy is a living legend. At 89 years old, he's obviously not received the memo about slowing down, and is going for gold, literally. He's headed to China to compete in the over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. A seven time globe champion, he still lifts weights to train - something he's been doing for decades, after surviving a sickly childhood. Of course compared to some, Les is a spring chicken. Australian legend Dorothy deLow is 100, and finds herself a mega celebrity in this rarefied world. She'd better watch out though- Texan Lisa Modlich is fifteen years her junior and is determined to do what it takes to victory her first gold. Director Hugh Hartford follows eight users from five countries, as they prepare to compete in this extraordinary sporting happening that is as much about the tenacity of the human spirit as it is about taking home the title.
Description: Discovered by the Polynesians centuries ago, Hawaii has seen dramatic changes since its exploration by the Europeans. This documentary shows how the islands were formed and are still being formed to this day, plus their abundant wildlife.
Description: Far from civilization, a squad of scientists, led by Dr. Enric Sala and joined by Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay, find in a wilderness of waves for ancient secrets and living treasures. In the most comprehensive survey ever attempted, our scientists explore a hidden globe found no where else on earth. Full of coral, fish, and, especially, sharks - this is a globe where predators outnumber prey. What they search should change our understanding of coral reefs forever. Enric Sala and his squad find for the key to save our planet's reefs... in a hidden paradise named Shark Eden.
Description: In La Source (pronounced lah-soos), Haiti water does not come easily. Every day, villagers of this small, rural community gotta select between enduring a long, treacherous walk to retrieve clean water or drink contaminated water from a nearby river. For over 30 years, the villagers have attempted to address this trouble by constructing a means of channeling the water from a natural spring in the mountains, but with limited funding and an unsupportive government their attempts to deliever clean water were to no avail. Since he was a teenager, Josue Lajeunesse, along with his brother Chrismedonne have dreamt of remedying this trouble for their people. In 1989, Josue moved from La Source to Fresh Jersey where he found employment as a custodian at Princeton University. His custodial work and second job as a taxi driver, which total close to 20 hours a day, allows him to send cash home to La Source so that he and Chrismedonne...
Description: Imagine waking up in the hospital, bandaged from head to toe, and discovering that your life, as you knew it, had been destroyed? TRIAL BY FIRE: Lives Re-Forged chronicles the inspirational and surprising adventures of seven burn survivors before and after the harrowing accidents that forever changed their lives. When you forge metal with fire it becomes stronger - it turns out the same is real of the human spirit.
Description: Slavik (34), former globe winner in Latin American dancing is making a last and final arrival with Anna, his ten years younger fresh dance partner and girlfriend. Slavik is addicted to the limelight and the dance and he misses the rush. These days, however, his aging body is causing him severe pains, and his flaring temper puts his relationship with Anna at risk. The street to reclaiming the championships is a long, tough struggle. Slavik literally puts everything on the line in his ultimate push for the throne. Failure is not an option, yet failure is so hard to avoid.
Description: Documentary celebrating the triumph, tragedy and human comedy that was Manchester record company, Factory. Started by the late Tony Wilson, Alan Erasmus, Peter Saville and Martin Hannett in the late 1970s, it became known as the home of Joy Divsion, Fresh Order and Satisfied Mondays and for creating the Hacienda club. The label pioneered Britain's independent pop culture, creating a fresh Manchester and blowing a shed-load of money. Contains interviews with all the main users in the Factory story.
Description: Thom Andersen's remarkable and sadly neglected hour-long documentary adroitly combines biography, history, movie theory, and philosophical reflection. Muybridge's photographic studies of animal locomotion in the 1870s were a major forerunner of movies; even more interesting are his subsequent studies of diverse people, photographed vs neutral backgrounds.
Description: The insistently brash Kazuo Hara's first movie Goodbye CP (sometimes named Sayonara CP) is a relentlessly honest documentary that's more than a tiny hard to watch. For 82 minutes, without outside narration or comment, Kazuo's camera studies Yokota Hiroshi, a Japanese cerebral palsy victim.
Description: Nice Woman Terrible Woman says the storyline of Rihanna, and her triumphant adventure from poverty and obscurity on the Caribbean island of Barbados, to becoming a worldwide pop sensation.
Description: The definitive and true-life storyline of Nancy Kwan who as a young Eurasian woman from Hong Kong captured the hearts and minds of cinemagoers around the globe in her stunning motion picture debut in THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG (1960). Nancy Kwan's storyline is both fairytale and poignant as it takes its audience on a private journey, a woman's journey, which is as equally compelling as it is inspiring.
Description: Hellhounds On My Trail is a tribute to the influence of Delta Blues legend Robert Johnson and the result that he has had on today's music. The movie was made in conjunction with the "American Masters Series" week-long tribute place on by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and chronicles the legacy of Robert Johnson through interviews and speeches by a number of musicologists and through the performances of Robert Johnson's work by a number of fairly famous contemporary artists. The movie details performances from Rob Wasserman and Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead; Keb' Mo; Robert Lockwood Jr.; G Love and Unique Sauce; Gov't Mule and a lot of another performers.
Description: A easy can of ravioli propels this spectacular 30,000-kilometre, eight-country adventure through all phases of meal production and the far flung sources of international ingredients. A dream-like voyage with glimpses of disconcerting realities, the storyline starts with a single mother toiling in one of the largest launch pit mines in Brazil and ends on the shelf of a grocery shop in Finland. Along the way, the workers whose calloused hands mine, raise and harvest every ingredient reveal their dreams and hopes, like the Danish pig farmer who loves his sows but longs for a girlfriend, and the Portuguese tomato picker who wants to stay healthy long enough to pay her daughters method through university. Sumptuous photography and impressive sound design create an eloquent statement about our modern, globalized world, making us aware of the hundreds of invisible folks who prepare the meal we eat each day. -Gisèle Gordon (HotDocs.ca)
Description: Rick Kirkham was a reporter for Inside Edition who appeared on a segment named "Inside Adventure". From the age of 14, he filmed more than 3,000 hours of a video diary; this included footage during his tenure on Inside Edition during which he was addicted to crack cocaine.
Description: Tag Rappaport's constructive bio-pic about actress Jean Seberg is presented in a first-person, autobiographical format (with Seberg played by Mary Beth Hurt). He seamlessly interweaves cinema, politics, American society and culture, and movie theory to inform, entertain, and transport the viewer. Seberg's many marriages, as well as her movie roles, are discussed extensively. Her involvement with the Black Panther Movement and subsequent investigation by the FBI is covered. Notably, features of French Fresh Wave cinema, Russian Expressionist (silent) films, and the careers of Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, and Clint Eastwood are also intensively examined. Much of the movie is based on conjecture, but Rappaport encourages viewers to re-examine their concepts about girls in movie with this thought-provoking picture.
Description: This movie recounts the murder of Vincent Chin, an automotive engineer mistaken as Japanese who was slain by an assembly line worker who blamed him for the tournament by the Japanese auto makers that were threatening his job. It then recounts how that murderer escaped justice in the court system.
Description: Naked States is a humorous and provocative examination of one artist's dynamic work and its relevance within the cultural biography of America, documenting one man's adventure as he traveled every of the 50 states to ask Americans of all races, shapes and body sizes to take off their clothes and pose in public, before his camera all for the sake of art. Artist Spencer Tunick's topics are not paid models, but ordinary citizens. The movie exposes America's actual attitudes towards nudity, sexuality, body image, and all the another baggage that comes up when we take off our clothes.
Description: A village mayor is trying to bring together local folks in their thirties who are still single. 21st century social engineering in a case documentary by Erika Hníková. Slowly but surely, the Slovak village of Zemplínske Hámre is dying out. But its mayor, a retired general, refuses to give up. In fighting the thirty-year-olds‘ solitude he has used a tons of weapons such as offering a financial incentives for each newborn kid or encouraging childbearing via the local PA system. None of it has worked. However, the mayor has a fresh plan. He decides to organize an evening get-together for singles from all the neighboring villages. Will our heroes search their partners after all?
Description: This movie is about patient and dedicated teaching, about learning to look and visualize in order to design, about the importance of drawing. It is one designer’s private experience of problems that face all designers, expressed with sympathy and encouragement, and illustrated with examples of Inge [Druckrey]’s own work and that of grateful generations of her students. There are easy phrases that give insights into complex matters, for example that letterforms are ‘memories of motion.’ Above all, it is characteristic of Inge that in this examination of primary principles the word “beautiful” is used few times.
Description: Documentary from celebrated Bruce Lee devotee, John Little, tracing the chronology of Lee's four films. Tiny follows Lee's footsteps from Macau, through Rome and Hong Kong, and blends re-mastered clips from Lee's movies and interviews with key cast and team to offer a special insight into Lee's filmmaking style. This is the ultimate tutorial to Lee's short, yet inspirational film career.
Description: “McConkey,” a 90-minute documentary to be released in 2013, is a heartfelt examination of the legacy one athlete left to the progression of his sports, and the path he paved to defeat his dreams. Shane McConkey is revered as the pioneer of freeskiing and ski base jumping, and through his talent and special outlook on life, he inspired countless lives. In a fresh movie from Red Bull Media House in association with Matchstick Productions, “McConkey” celebrates the life of one of the world’s ultimate innovators
Description: David Attenborough returns to the island of Madagascar on a very private quest. In 1960 he visited the island to movie one of his first ever wildlife series, Zoo Quest. Whilst he was there, he acquired a giant egg. It was the egg of an extinct bird known as the 'elephant bird' - the biggest bird that ever lived. It has been one of his most treasured possessions ever since. Fifty years older, he actually returns to the island to search out more about this nice monster and to see how the island has changed. Should the elephant bird's fate deliever lessons that may support protect Madagascar's remaining wildlife? Using Zoo Quest archive and specially shot zone footage, this movie follows David as he revisits scenes from his youth and meets folks at the front line of wildlife protection. On his return, scientists at Oxford University are able to reveal for the first time how old David's egg now is - and what that might say us about the legendary elephant bird.
Description: David Attenborough recounts his very private experiences with the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. Ever since they were discovered over a century ago, these remarkable monsters have been threatened by loss of habitat, poaching, illness and political instability. But despite all odds their numbers have increased. David says the extraordinary tale of how conservationists like Dian Fossey have battled to save the mountain gorilla from the brink of extinction.
Description: In a zone where assassins are celebrated as heroes, these filmmakers challenge unrepentant death-squad leaders to dramatize their role in genocide. The effect is a surreal, cinematic journey, not only into the memories and imaginations of mass murderers, but also into a frighteningly banal regime of corruption and impunity.
Description: Documentary which says the storyline of evolution theory since Darwin postulated it in 1859 in 'On the Origin of Species'. The theory of evolution by natural selection is actually scientific orthodoxy, but when it was unveiled it caused a storm of controversy, from fellow scientists as well as religious people. They criticised it for being short on evidence and long on assertion and Darwin, being the honest scientist that he was, accepted with them. He knew that his theory was riddled with 'difficulties', but he entrusted future generations to finished his work and prove the essential truth of his vision, which is what scientists have been doing for the past 150 years.
Description: Explores the storyline behind the discovery of an early primate fossil, Darwinius masillae, nicknamed Ida, in a shale quarry in Germany. The fossil is believed to be around 47 million years old, and is extraordinarily well-preserved. Originally unearthed in 1983, Ida lay in the hands of a personal collector for 20 years before it was shown to a Norwegian paleontologist, Dr Jørn Hurum. Realising that Ida should turn out to be a significant missing url between modern primates, lemurs and lower mammals, he persuaded the Natural History Museum in Oslo to buy the fossil and assembled an international squad of experts to study it. Their findings were announced in a press symposium and the online publication of a scientific paper on 19 May 2009.
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