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Description: Every of the twelve 50-minute episodes details a various aspect of the adventure through life, from birth to adulthood and continuation of the species through reproduction.
Description: Historians, veterans, politicians, and anti-war leaders discuss the history of the military draft in the United States through the Vietnam War, and examine the consequences of its replacement with an all-volunteer professional force currently comprising less than one-half of one percent of the population.
Description: Surviving Skokie, an intensely private documentary, explores the results of a late 1970s threatened neo-Nazi march in Skokie, IL on its huge Holocaust survivor population. Thousands of survivors comprised 10 percent of this Chicago suburb, including Jack, the father of co-producer, Eli Adler. The relationship between father and son deepens as they return to Poland, where Eli learns more about the extended family that perished during the Shoah. Together they retrace the painful and debilitating adventure through two ghettos and two concentration camps. Included are poignant commentaries and archival footage of the historical happenings spanning 70 years and two continents.
Description: Lithuanian photographer, the legend of Soviet Sixties' generation Vitas Luckus tragically passed away in 1987. Yet the life and times of the talented rebel still impassion and lead us to a adventure questioning why, at all times, we are wary of those who are really free.
Description: A movie about three of our leading visual artists, Bhupen Khakar, Nalini Malani and Vivan Sundaram. It takes, as its mission of departure, a glass mural on which all three were working, then zeros into every of them. It urls them to their physical and mental worlds through cinematic devices like associative sounds, variable light and montage. Compositionally, the visuals aim to url with the styles of every artist, as well as the larger narrative traditions of India.
Description: In 2009, Mountain Bicycle Hall of Fame inductee Mike “The Bike” Rust went missing from his off-the-grid property in Colorado's San Luis Valley. His disappearance—which received almost no press—remains unsolved. An innovator in his sport, Rust custom-built bicycles for Colorado’s mountain passes, starting a fat-tire revolution and designing gear that transformed the industry. Salida native Nathan Ward, himself an intrepid mountain biker, set out to say Rust’s story, tracking the pioneer’s topics through the infancy of the sport to his role in the thriving community that surrounds it today. Ward brings the riveting documentary to life with a special local perspective and access. By combining interviews, re-enactments, home movies, and archival footage—and even consulting a psychic to communicate with Rust’s sprit—the director/cinematographer attempts to search answers to this mystery full of loose ends and cold trails. -Denver Movie Society
Description: After six weeks of gruelling competition, England war reigning champions Australia. The two squads are inseparable after eighty minutes. Deep into additional time, there are just two mins left on the clock. England rumble to within 40 yards of the posts. The ball is sent spiralling back to Jonny Wilkinson, the golden man of English rugby, in a split second he drop kicks for target and a possibility for sporting immortality. It is an astonishing storyline of pressure, expectation and courage, tracing the roots of success back to the professionalization of the minigame in the 90s and culminating in that glorious Globe Cup campaign of 2003 that turned Woodward’s poisoned chalice into a golden cup.
Description: Jerry Ross Barrish sees the beauty in—and creates the unexpected out of—discarded materials. The son of hard-working Jewish immigrants with crime-family connections, Barrish worked for 50 years as a bail bondsman, much of it for radical protesters. He stumbled into acclaim as a filmmaker, earning the Museum of Modern Art’s prestigious Fresh Director distinction and winning major European awards along the way. Then one day, inspiration struck as he picked up plastic trash on a beach, leading him to open a entire fresh career as a sculptor. Though acclaimed by curators, he long went virtually unnoticed in the commercial-art realm. But at age 75, the unassuming Barrish may finally be on the verge of success, as William Farley’s engaging documentary goes to show. Seeing the playfulness of his pieces, you’ll understand why: with artificial materials, he has managed to capture true life. -Denver Movie Society
Description: The final documentary in Christopher Sykes’ trilogy about legendary Palestinian-born Israeli film director, producer, and studio mogul Menahem Golan looks back to the prolific filmmaker’s nice Hollywood days, then forward to reveal a boy who, in his eighties, still buzzes with energy, talking lovingly about what inspires him as he anticipates making a fresh blockbuster and receiving the Oscar he’s everytime wanted. - Denver Movie Society
Description: In Find of Kundun, a “making-of” documentary that is so much more, follows Scorsese as he plans his epic movie and shoots in Morocco, and continues on to an audience with the Dalai Lama himself in the foothills of the Himalayas. Edited from over a hundred hours of footage, the documentary captures Scorsese’s fervor as a filmmaker and a man, the modest yet charismatic Dalai Lama, and the plight of the exiled Tibetans. -Denver Movie Society
Description: All the seemingly innocent symbolism of Halloween – blackcats, snakes, broomsticks, bonfires, “trick or treat,” jack-o’-lanterns, apple dunking and costumes – has its roots in Sorcery, Witchcraft and Satanism. Parents’ responsibilities are challenged to decide whether to let their kids to participate in celebrations which glorify Pagan Occultism. This highly informative video traces the pagan origins and history of Halloween. The Pagan Occult calendar of Druids, Witches, Pagans and Satanists marks Halloween as one of their highest “holy days.” This video uncovers the mystic Druidic rites and ceremonies with which “Samhain” (Halloween) was originally observed 4,000 years ago. The occult rituals seen in this video are true and not re-enactments. The DVD details Chuck Smith, Caryl Matrisciana and Hal Lindsey, as well as a number of Witches, Satanists and Law Enforcement Officials.
Description: All odds were stacked vs the pit-bulls rescued from quarterback Michael Vick's dogfighting ring. Forced to war for their lives, they were considered so risky many wanted them euthanized. But no one should have predicted how the dogs would change the lives of those who risked everything to save them. -IMDB
Description: A documentary about Bristol's booming jungle stage in 1996. 'Sounds of the West' documents the work of influential labels and club nights such as Ruffneck Ting and Full Cycle, and contains interviews with Roni Size, Dazee, Krust, Jakes and more.
Description: This documentary detail follows the much-hyped 2012 charity boxing match between Liberal MP Justin Trudeau and Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau. A behind-the-scenes look at the war to win, whether in politics or in the ring, gives new, surprising insights into what makes these ambitious political leaders tick, and reminds us that outcomes are never certain.
Description: A documentary about Dusan Petrovic Prele "urban Jekyll and Heidi". Singer. Bohemian. Wild intellectual. His life philosophy was - as tiny philosophize. The last of its type from Belgrade. Equally well-known to sing, write and drink.
Description: This film is about the visit of Clive Harris, the popular healer, to Warsaw. Wonderful crowds gather before the entrance and Harris "heals" thousands of folks by briefly touching them. Tireless on his stand, he fulfills his duty for 24 hours a day.
Description: 200 kmh winds, 18 cyclones, 12 countries - Andy Byatt (Blue Planet, Earth) Cyril Barbançon and Jacqueline Farmer have teamed up with NASA and composer Yann Tiersen to bring this thrilling and immersive experience to the large screen. Beginning its tumultuous adventure as an ominous sandstorm in Senegal, heading west across the Atlantic to toss enormous ships and waves topsy-turvy, then ruining into the jungles of the Caribbean, we live inside this hurricane, and it is truly awesome, scary and incredible. Ants, lizards, bats, frogs, horses, homeless men, rivers, ocean reefs, the US Gulf coast - all bend before the power of this monsoon turned magnificent. We see it from space, we see it through the eyes of animals, from the operations' rooms of the emergency agencies meant to warn us and support us cope - and we see it from the ground as it explodes and unleashes its fury upon us.
Description: This portrait of the nice Austrian writer combines a brilliant monologue delivered by Thomas Bernhard and the artful movie work of Ferry Radax. The zone selected for three summer days is a park in Hamburg full of large old trees. While sitting on a white bench, Bernhard talks about dark childhood memories, his youth, and his struggles with writing. A striking element is his high praise of obstacles as "material for the brain."
Description: The storyline of the Fresh York writer and Catholic anarchist who at the height of the Depression unwittingly created what would become a worldwide peace and social justice movement.
Description: A collaborator since 2002 (Notre Musique), Fabrice Aragno did not wish to create a documentary ‘on’ but ‘with’ Jean-Luc Godard. The latter decided on a mathematical approach. The TV station asked for 26 minutes, and so Godard recommended they create 26 one-minute sequences, and have 4 shots in every sequence, all recycled from his work.
Description: At the age of 16 Ana was locked up in a psychiatric hospital by her parents, who arranged the treatment to cure her homosexuality. After all she went through, she longs for a woman who won’t think of her as insane. She finds all that in Martina, her fresh love, who she plans to marry. However, Martina’s patience wanes with time as she finds Ana more obsessed with her traumatic past than with the life they’re sharing together.
Description: The documentary says the storyline of telecatch —or wrestling— in Brazil. With archive material, the film rescues stories and characters from the sport’s glory days, such as Achilles, Belo and Mr. Argentina. It also portrays the actual scenario, with the top three teams: Gigantes do Ringue, Trupe do Trovão and BWF
Description: Enric Marco, ex-president of the Spain’s main deportees’ association, embarks on a vehicle trip to Germany, a demythologising adventure into his past. Two years earlier, a historian had shown that Enric Marco wasn’t the member of the Resistance he had claimed to be, and that he’d made up the stories of his experiences in a concentration camp that he had been recounting on tv for years. Now, Marco retraces the route of his 1941 train adventure as part of a convoy of workers sent by Franco to Hitler, in the middle of the Second Globe War.
Description: Mikhail Khodorkovsky is back to challenge Putin’s grip on power. Once Russia’s richest boy and head of energy giant Yukos, he spent a decade in jail after challenging the Kremlin. His takedown sent a powerful signal to Russia’s strong tycoons not to meddle in politics. For the first time after his release, he talks about his time behind bars and his vision for a fresh Russia. He relaunched the Launch Russia Movement to strengthen democracy in Russia - a transport towards presidency?
Description: Step into the extraordinary life of a Chinese immigrant who overcame the challenges to achieve the American dream. This biography follows the path of a young man who learns the value of difficult work and perseverance through kung fu training. He escapes the harshness of political oppression, bravely ventures out on his own, and embraces occasion in a fresh land. The actually highly recognized Grandmaster Pui Chan is one of the pioneers responsible for bringing traditional kung fu to America. He built his first kung fu temple in America, and leads and internationally renowned martial arts system across the world. Pui's eldest daughter and successor Mimi Chan confronts a fresh set of challenges, trying to hold the traditional values alive in an increasingly updated era.
Description: “Grozny Blues” follows a several folks around Grozny, the capital of war-torn Chechnya where everyday life is defined by political repression, constricting customs, forced Islamification and the failure to come to terms with newest history. The movie revolves around four girls who have been fighting for human rights under worsening conditions for many years but receive more and more disillusioned with the case in Putin’s Russia. The building where they work is also home to a Blues Club that is frequented by a group of young people. Having only vague memories of the Chechen fights in the 90s, they test to create sense of the strange things that are event in their country. In linking the private and intimate to the political, Nicola Bellucci shows in a dramatic and yet very poetic method what it means to live in a divided society that navigates a no-man’s land between fight and peace, repression and freedom, archaic traditions and modern life.
Description: An in-depth look at the work and views of the boy described as 'one of the best minds in human history'. He first emerged through his pioneering work in linguistics in the 1950s but soon became a political activist and a critic of US foreign privacy in Vietnam, its neo-liberal capitalism, and mainstream media. Consisting primarily of interviews with Chomsky and another writers, academics, philosophers, social commentators and broadcasters, this movie explores the breadth, originality and importance of his work; and the alternative narratives he has advanced at some of the most critical periods in newest history.
Description: The second annual Arctic Fire swordsmithing invitational was held in Anchorage, Alaska on May 28-31, 2013. Like the 2012 EVENT, this happening featured some of the world’s finest swordsmiths in a four day, live webcast event. Many of last year’s attendees returned, and we are were satisfied to welcome two wonderful smiths for the first time to Arctic Fire, Owen Bush of the UK, and Petr Florianek from the Czech Republic.
Description: Storyline about the last Yugoslavian national soccer cup final, held on May 8, 1991. The match proudly remembered by fanatics of Croatian side NK Hajduk who defeated Serbian FC Red Star on the eve of subsequent civil war.
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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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