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Description: Iverson is the ultimate legacy of NBA legend Allen Iverson, who rose from a childhood of crushing poverty in Hampton, Virginia, to become an 11-time NBA All-Star and universally recognized icon of his sport. Off the court, his audacious rejection of conservative NBA convention and unapologetic embrace of hip hop culture sent shockwaves throughout the league and influenced an whole generation. Said largely in Iverson's own words, the movie charts the career highs and lows of one of the most distinctive and accomplished figures the sport of basketball has ever seen.
Description: Acclaimed Montreal band Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra is one of a growing number of rock groups to have agreed an infant into their touring tribe. Touring with kids is both costly and complicated, yet SMZ are determined to combine family life and being on the street with the band's deep political commitment.
Description: The City was a short propaganda movie produced by the Office of Fight Notification in 1945. It presents an idealized vision of American life, shown in microcosm by Madison, Indiana.
Description: In many of Hollywood's best film musicals the stars did not sing their own songs. This documentary pulls back the curtain to reveal the secret globe of the 'ghost singers' who provided the vocals, the screen legends who were dubbed and the classic films in which the songs were ghosted.
Description: Ramón, an art photographer, buys a painting in an auction house in Barcelona, a 19th century anonymous portrait that, according to him and the experts who advise him, is a work by Goya, a Goya in the shadows. A contemporary and private adventure through the globe of art, the universe of Francisco de Goya and his extraordinary legend.
Description: Louise Solomon's logical blend of pilates and yoga in the original Yogalates was presented as a software for weight loss aimed at professional women. The Australian expert's second offering Yogalates: Total Body Toner is a curiously--and most definitely welcome--softer approach. Although billed as a total body toner, the graceful Solomon ensures that this is no pounding quick-fix. Far from glossing over features crucial to both pilates and yoga (namely an understanding of one's anatomy and breathing), Solomon creates a fundamental respect for the body by attaching nice importance to detail. It's an attitude which benefits newcomers, without alienating the more advanced. Similarly, seamless editing that cuts to less advanced positions is useful for beginners without being intrusive to others.
Description: Pensioners, lawyers, married couples and teenagers are all customers at the Angel Love Hotel in Osaka Japan. With unprecedented access into one of the most personal and anonymous territories in Japanese society, this movie follows the love hotel's struggling manager and staff as the test to hold their hotel running, as well as revealing the intimate and personal lives of the customers who visit.
Description: During the 80s, french magazine Angry Films open his first festival dedicated to amateur super 8 movies. This documentary say the storyline of this french « Do It Yourself » trend.
Description: HALF THE ROAD is a documentary movie that explores the globe of women's professional cycling, focusing on both the love of sport and the pressing problems of inequity that modern-day female riders face in a male-dominated sport. With footage from some of the world's greatest races to interviews with Olympians, globe champs, rookies, coaches, managers, officials, doctors and even the U.S. Surgeon General, HALF THE ROAD offers a special insight into the drive, dedication and passion it takes for a female cyclist to thrive despite oppression. Both on and off the bike, the voices and advocates of women's pro cycling take the audience on a adventure of enlightenment, depth, strength, love, humor and greatest of all, change and growth.
Description: He’s from a zone so old it’s been named the cradle of mankind. She’s led a privileged life in America without hardship or pain. Together these two unlikely mates embark upon a adventure from the heights of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the depths of an AIDS ravaged village where even the smallest kids become outcasts at the mere tip of the illness and malaria is an ever-present threat. As Venance and Kristen experience the ancient culture, heart-breaking poverty, and eternal spirituality of Venance’s motherland, the ability of the Tanzanian folks to love, dream, and persevere in the face of overwhelming hardship triggers a life-changing transformation in Kristen—one that brings her face to face with her own mortality and will ultimately cause thousands of lives to be saved. Tanzania: A Adventure Within is a dramatic, emotional, and visually stunning odyssey that will challenge and inspire you.
Description: The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache, Louisiana. This city of nearly 300 is struggling to survive following the BP Oil Spill that left their crop dead, finances in crash and culture facing extinction. This community has a history of being overlooked by the State, and therefore, are taking matters into their own hands, to assure their voice is heard so that they may not otherwise vanish
Description: Women's Prison recounts the life of the prisoners and the issues their families encounter in their struggle to survive. Here again filmmaker Kamran Shirdel employs the cinema verité style. The interviews with the prisoners, social workers and teachers serve as commentaries for "constructed" documentary images.
Description: The movie shows the life of prostitutes in Tehran's town brothels, an zone known as Shahre Now. The movie closely follows a number of girls and communicates how the burden of social constraints led them to surrender in the face of their common fate. The movie does discover the chance of re-education and development for these women, but in no method does it paint over the difficult and brutal reality. The movie was produced on behalf of the Organization of Iranian Girls and was instantly banned while shooting was still going on. After the revolution, a portion of the material was found, and Shirdel decided to finish the movie using images by the late Kaveh Golestan that were taken more than ten years after the movie itself was shot.
Description: Tehran Is the Capital of Iran (1966-79) documents life in a deprived district in the south of Tehran. The photos of destitution in Tehran's terrible territories is accompanied by a tons of spoken accounts: the official viewpoint on the district's living conditions, what the inhabitants have to say, and occasional extracts read out of school manuals. The key element in Shirdel's movie is the counterpoint result he creates with photo and sound. His impressively strong portrayal of social unease supports reinforce the impact of his astonishing documentary photos and social themes.
Description: Camel racing is a famous sport in the Middle East. In past years, thousands of young men have been trafficked from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mauritania and another countries to work as jockeys in the UAE under excruciating conditions. Over the last 10 years, some governments have tried to place an end to the test of kid jockeys. Desert Riders will examine the case before and since these government disclaimers were enacted, as well as the hard adventure to retrieve and recuperate these kids
Description: Immerse yourself in the lives of extraordinary characters that stand a several inches tall. From chipmunks to mice, be entertained and spellbound by the monsters that call the Hidden Kingdoms home.
Description: The Living Room of the Nation is a documentary movie that portrays a number of Finnish living rooms. The movie is a storyline of changes, the inevitable passing of time, and the human desire to be needed, visible.
Description: Line watershed falls within the scope of the watershed of the Loire, the source of the Vienna Convention on the Millevaches to the estuary. Watershed, not the Loire river! That is to tell the inclined to the sea level, all of the irrigated area, not only the stroke of the river. That is to say, the business territories and wetlands, ditches and highways, meeting rooms and yards. Because water is everywhere, in soil, ground, air, flowing, seeping, evaporating and everywhere connecting the spaces between them, indicating their interdependence, making us dream of solidarity. The line of the watershed is not only the geographical dividing line between watersheds but it is also the privacy line that connects individuals and groups who have something shared: water, territory, landscape.
Description: Hear it straight from the Legends themselves about their stories of success and heartbreak. EVOLUTION OF BODYBUILDING offers a close look at what it takes to compete in the "Mr. Olympia" and how the industry has changes over the past 50 years.
Description: A documentary about the life and work of musician, composer, poet, actor, activist, columnist, and melody producer José Mário Branco, a multitalented boy who has been using his songs to transform the country and whose lyrics create as much sense today as they did 40 years ago. The shooting began in 2005 and covered seven years of rehearsals, recordings, talks and concerts, both in Portugal and France. In this film, José Mário Branco talks about music, his convictions, his generation, the dictatorship, the colonial fight and his imprisonment and exile. It is the portrait of a boy for whom “the song [was always] a weapon.”
Description: This 90-minute documentary brings to life Gavin Pretor-Pinney’s international bestseller, “The Cloudspotter’s Guide”, which draws on science, meteorology and mythology for a magical adventure through the globe of clouds. It is no dry treatise on the science of nephology but a playful trip through the varied beauty and distinctive personalities of the ten principal cloud types From the ethereal cirrus to the terrifying cumulonimbus, the movie says the storyline of the short but eventful life of clouds and their importance to our planet. Search out how immense quantities of water can stay up in the sky for so long and how lightning and thunder are created.
Description: In this pretentious attempt to combine documentary scenes of Somalia's past and show economic and human tragedies with a highly personalized, personal monologue, director and writer Frederic Mitterrand (nephew of François Mitterrand) becomes too self-absorbed and overly sentimental to pull off the experiment. Beginning with scenes of an unmade, empty bed, the narration reveals that a lover has just split for good, yet an assignment to cover happenings in Somalia has to continue. Those "events" contain on-going starvation and disease, refugee camps filled with the human detritus of desert warfare, and interviews with Somali militarists -- raising the trouble of exactly what kind of private narration should ever successfully enjoy off the somber and depressing Somalian conflicts -- the very idea itself seems doomed from the beginning.
Description: 1939: Hollywood's Best Year is a once-over-lightly evocation of a slate of classic movies unmatched before or since. In a year permitting 10 Greatest Picture nominees, the final slash included Gone with the Wind, The Sorcerer of Oz, Dark Victory, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach, Wuthering Heights, Love Affair. Shut out: The Roaring '20s, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Intermezzo, Destry Rides Again, Idiot's Delight, Young Mr. Lincoln, Gunga Din. This hour-long movie finds room to acknowledge a several of these non-starters, but its brevity means a lot gets left out. This contains the absence of anything that doesn't celebrate the studio system, including the practices of the shrewd tyrants who ran them, seen in brief archival footage.
Description: NGC presents the real storyline of an unlikely Globe Fight II band of brothers. The unsuspecting group of scholars, academics, historians and architects headed to the front lines of the bloodiest fight in history to rescue thousands of years' worth of European art and culture from Nazi-occupied Europe. Through extensive archive sources and photographs, journals and letter excerpts, along with the private accounts from surviving family members, this unique sheds light on the remarkable story. Documentary - 10 February 2014 (USA)
Description: While the rest of America slept, DIY filmmaker/musician Giuseppe Andrews has made over 30 experimental features. Set in some demented alternate universe (i.e. Ventura, California), they are populated by real-life alcoholics and drug addicts, trash-talking senior citizens and trailer park residents dressed in cow outfits and costume-shop wigs, acting out booze-fueled vignettes filtered through Giuseppe's John Waters-meets-Harmony Korine-meets-Werner Herzog sensibility. Director Adam Rifkin (Look, The Dark Backward) creates a wildly surreal, outrageously funny and strangely touching portrait of a truly Outsider Artist inhabiting a globe several of us even know exists, as he follows Giuseppe and his seriously impaired troupe on the production of his recent 2-day opus, Garbanzo Gas, starring Vietnam Ron as a Cow given a weekend reprieve from the slaughterhouse at the local motel. An Official Selection of Hot Docs 2014, Los Angeles Movie Festival (LAFF) and the Rooftop Movies Summer Series.
Description: Paul Otlet was a Belgian, *1868, died 1944, who perfected the Dewey Classification system as "the Universal Decimal Classification", in his lifetime alone totalling 17 million index cards of human knowledge.
Description: In the United States more than 2,500 folks are serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes they committed when they were 17 or younger. In this film, five of them, all convicted for first degree murder, say their stories. Brian was a 16-year-old outsider inspired by the Columbine School massacre when he and school mate Torey killed their classmate Cassie in a chilling murder reminiscent of a stage from a horror film. Josiah and Jacob both reflect on the impact childhood abuse had on the appalling murders they committed and Sean recalls gang life in the notorious Bloods, killing a passer-by the first time he shot a gun. All five give sober insights into their teenage selves and the deep regret they feel for their victims and all those impacted by their crimes. Through their stories the movie asks some hard questions. What is justice when a teenager kills? Can a horrific act zone a life beyond redemption? Are there alternatives or could we simply dispose of them?
Description: Starting in 1927 when the first film, The White Sheik, was made there, Elstree Storyline details excerpts from over forty productions – including Hitchcock’s Blackmail, the first feature-length British talkie ever shown – with early appearances by some of cinema’s best stars; it is a most memorable and evocative adventure through the years.
Description: In Fresh York City, a distraught activist confronts the mayor with a storyline of a mate who languished on a cot in an emergency room hallway for nine days, only to die 48 hours after leaving the hospital. In 1988, thousands of activists keep the Meal and Drug Administration under siege, demanding speedier drug approval. In 1990 AIDS activists converge on the National Institute of Health, calling for a more equitable clinical trial system and expanded research into fresh drugs and treatment. Voices From the Front, the first feature-length documentary on AIDS activism in America, makes clear the emotional and political results of community activism using the voices of those directly engaged. It is a strong distillation of pictures and words from happenings organized to change public consciousness, expose the failure of the health care systems, and challenge government inaction and neglect concerning AIDS.
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I'm not quite sure why the credits state that this was "written by Richard Schickel" because STEVEN SPIELBERG does all of the talking without notes, seemingly from the top of his head, and they seem to be his own words, not the words of a writer.He starts saying how he made home films as a boy, and as a young boy took one of those bus tours to the Universal studio where he hid out in the men's restroom and waited until the tour left before he began his own walking tour of the different buildings. After meeting one of the department heads, he was lucky enough to receive a three day pass that enabled him to return day after day for further inspection of the premises and to receive familiar with the different aspects of film-making. He even returned on the fourth day, hoping the studio guard would recognize him and allow him in. He did, and Spielberg spent the rest of his summer holiday on the Universal studio lot.He dropped out of college in his sophomore year to direct and thereby began his career behind the camera, first in movies for tv (his first TV movie starred Joan Crawford and Barry Sullivan), and then for the major studios.He has some fascinating tidbits to say about his reasons for making all the movies on his resume--everything from early movies like DUEL and SUGARLAND EXPRESS, to his triumph with JAWS and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. He even had to learn from his failure with 1941 (Pauline Kael had warned him what a hard time critics would give him once he had a failure).But then came RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, E.T. and JURASSIC PARK, all of which benefited from his unbridled imagination and enthusiasm.He discusses his darker movies too, declaring that THE COLOR PURPLE was his first adult drama; that EMPIRE OF THE SUN was said from a boy's mission of view, everytime looking upward at the freedom of flying; SCHINDLER'S LIST was the portrait of a very ambiguous boy and a very hard period for the Jewish people.He talks too about SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, A.I., MINORITY REPORT, WAR OF THE WORLDS, MUNICH and AMISTAD, and why these projects captured his imagination and were necessary projects for him to do.Any movie buff would be interested in this documentary on a nice filmmaker.
Richard Schickel, who everytime does perfect movie documentaries, has again given us an insightful interview with a director. This time it's Steven Spielberg. Spielberg talks of the movies he made in childhood, his entry into present business, his first forays in directing, and his many accomplishments. The interview is interspersed with movie clips of Spielberg's teen efforts, the TV film he directed, "Duel," as well as "Jaws," "Schindler's List," "E.T.," "Close Encounters" et al.It's obvious from listening to Spielberg talk that he's a boy of tremendous energy and passion whose ambition early on led him to take risks and ask for what he wanted. I doubt very much if his success was ever in doubt among those who knew him. A dedicated family man, he tells that he wouldn't end "Close Encounters" the method he did originally, that now, as an older and committed husband and father, he knows the value of family in a method that he didn't back then. He also speaks of the formation of his Shoah Foundation, an offshoot of his work in "Schindler's List." At 60 years old, Spielberg speaks with the excitement of a boy years younger and with the rapid speech of a teenager. We can expect much more interesting and varied work from him in the years to come.
Spielberg on Spielberg (2007) *** 1/2 (out of 4) Richard Schickel's "documentary" on Spielberg is in the same vein as his 2002 movie Woody Allen: A Life in Movie and 2004's Scorsese on Scorsese. Like those two documentaries, this one here doesn't run nearly long enough but it's great hearing from Spielberg on some of his lesser known films, although there's method too much time spent with a couple of the soon day projects. The Jaws talk is kept very slim, which is nice since there are countless documents on this subject. The one thing I was really letdown by is that, unlike the another two movies I mentioned earlier, this one here doesn't really give Spielberg the time to discuss his favourite movies as a kid or the movies that influenced him the most. Schickel's documentary Watch the Skies! now has Spielberg talking about older movies so with that in mind I want some of that footage would have made it in here.
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