Description: SEDUCED AND ABANDONED combines acting legend Alec Baldwin with director James Toback as they lead us on a troublesome and often hilarious adventure of raising financing for their next detail film. Moving from director to financier to star actor, the two users deliever us with a special look behind the curtain at the world's largest and most glamourous movie festival, shining a light on the bitter-sweet relationship filmmakers have with Cannes and the movie business. Featuring insights from directors Martin Scorsese, 'Bernando Bertolucci' and Roman Polanski; actors Ryan Gosling and Jessica Chastain and a host of movie distribution luminaries.
Description: A celebration of slasher cinema - from PSYCHO to the show day, with a focus on highlighting many of the genre's forgotten cult classics, deconstructing how to survive a slice and dice film and meditating upon why it is almost everytime a final woman and rarely a final guy... this is a documentary which is designed for both the largest fanatic of "mad maniac" films and the person who may only have seen HALLOWEEN and SCREAM. Either way, this is a documentary that proves the SLASHER FILM is truly FOREVER!
Description: Director Sonja Lindén's private and sensitive quest to the core of the modern notification society where technology and human beings receive more and more entwined. This documentary explores our society on the verge of turning ubiquitous - a wireless society, where the laws of time, zone and distance are revolutionizing the idea of liaison. Do the consequences of the technological revolution increase our freedom, or do they limit us? Is it possible to search a balance between one's natural rhythm and the society that spins at an ever increasing and demanding speed? Are we chasing echoes of our lost inner wholeness in our daily lives, which are becoming busier and more fragmented than ever before?
Description: Matchmaker Nediljko Babic, also known as "Gangster", supports a Bulgarian single mother search a fresh husband in Croatia. But a series of comically disastrous dates discloses the real nature of conservative Croatian men: they would rather die alone than marry a foreigner with a child.
Description: Elemental follows three outsiders who are obsessed by nature and driven by a deep desire to change the status quo. Rajendra Singh, an Indian government official gone rogue, mounts a national crusade to save the Ganges River. Activist Eriel Deranger leads a David and Goliath war vs the oil giants who are destroying her homeland in the Canadian Tar Sands. Australian inventor, Jay Harman, is attempting to halve the world's energy consumption by mimicking natural systems. Separated by continents, every hero is part of a global storyline about water and climate change that goes beyond the problems to reveal the public triumphs and emotional scars of life on the front line.
Description: Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle says the surreal, fascinating, tragicomic storyline of the war over America's most scandalous clean energy project. Cape Wind would be the U.S.'s first offshore windfarm...But strange alliances formed for and against: Kennedys, Kochs, and daily people do war with the developer and green groups over the future of American power. With full access to both sides, a commitment to impartial storytelling and fueled by a satiric 'revolutionary' soundtrack, Cape Spin! is "a gripping and entertaining study of eco-capitalism and grassroots democracy".
Description: The documentary exposes the methods in which America's foreign privacy agenda in the Middle East drives the U.S. media's portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. The movie lays bare the truths behind taboo topics that are conspicuously avoided, or merely treated as sound bites, by the mainstream American media: "Why do they hate us?" "Why do we hate them?" What were the happenings that led to the 9/11 attacks? What are the politics behind the U.S.-Israeli relationship? Why is there a robust debate about these topics in Europe, the Arab Globe and in Israel itself, but not in the U.S.? Valentino's Ghost provides a new inquiry which challenges the media's everyday barrage of rhetoric and misinformation about our complex and vital relationship with this part of the globe
Description: Acclaimed doctor James Orbinski, former head of Doctors Without Borders, returns to Africa to confront the harsh reality of conditions there and explores what it means to be a humanitarian.
Description: In Cave of Forgotten Dreams, celebrated German movie director Werner Herzog gained exclusive access to movie the 32,000 year old Chauvet caves, which include the earliest known pictorial creations of humankind. In this follow-up film, Ode to the Dawn of Man, Herzog shows us an insight into the construction of the film’s score with footage and interviews with composer Ernst Reijseger and pianist Harmen Fraanje. Ode to the Dawn of Boy draws us into the creation of the truly epic melody used in Herzog’s awe-inspiring documentary and the magic created by all those involved including the musicians, composer and Herzog himself. –iTunes
Description: In August 1911, Serbian producer Svetozar Botoric and Louis de Beery (former Pathé’s cinematographer) left Belgrade to movie a country wedding. With the bridal procession of 300 guests bringing together all the social classes of the time, we follow the young married couple step by step : at home, then at the wedding luncheon beneath the old oak trees, and finally smiling at the party that presents a really pretty acc of Kolo, a traditional Serbian dance.
Description: With a dual motion a cruise ship and a fishing boat pass one other on the Nile and butlers in turbans set up a wooden gangway. Thanks to a rope and pulley system cows climb skywards then disappear into the keep of the sailing vessel. On the bank, black-haired girls rock back and forth, bursting out laughing and showing the first signs of going into a state of trance. Never-before filmed gestures and faces of the folks of the Nile succeed one another, uprooted to an unknown, magical world. The Banks of the Nile is one of the first experiments of movie in colour that uses the Kinemacolor process.
Description: This extraordinary movie says the storyline of the boys and girls who formed the Jewish partisan movement in Vilna, Lithuania, during Globe Fight II. Using rare archival movie footage dating from 1939 to 1944 and contemporary interviews with 40 partisan survivors (including Abba Kovner, a founder of the partisan movement and one of Israel's leading poets) the movie explores the difficulties of organizing under the anarchic conditions of the ghetto.
Description: Learn how one boy reluctantly took on the most strong institution of his day and won. Martin Luther is credited with expounding a fresh vision of man's relationship with God and, by extension, a redefinition of man's relationship with authority. Filmed across Europe -- from the rustic rural Germany to the opulence of the Vatican Town -- you'll witness the collapse of the medieval globe and the birth of the modern age.
Description: "Percy Smith (1880-1944) was globe popular as a photographer of plant life. Probably the first British example of time-lapse photography as applied to the growth of plants." Montly Movie Bulletin, November 1955
Description: A couple visiting Fresh York Town leave their hotel, and take a sight-seeing vehicle to tour the city. They begin with Grant's Tomb, and then go to Central Park and Times Square. At Luna Park, they feed the pigeons and play some of the rides. They then continue to visit another sections of town, and they see some of the city's most prominent buildings.
Description: In a room at their local YMCA in Hebron, the West Bank, a group of teenage men come together every week to discuss their shared traumatic experiences. They are just a several of the 7,500 Palestinian minors aged 12-18 who, over the past decade, have been arrested on a everyday basis and placed in Israeli jails, where their rights as kids are fully ignored. Most have committed crimes no worse than throwing stones, but every is subjected to an average of two years in jail and rarely escapes without suffering the devastating results of post-traumatic stress disorder. Following these young men as they undergo three months of group therapy, all the while struggling to integrate back into the routines they once knew, director Tone Anderson takes us deep into the lives of some of the conflict's largest victims.
Description: Factory workers create Christmas crackers, a process that is shown in detail. Later, a family gathers around the tree at Christmas and enjoys their noise-making toys. Finally, Santa Claus emerges from a large cracker.
Description: The movie starts with a shot of Wilbur Wright starting the engine; an unidentified assistant (quite likely his brother, Orville) is seen at the front of the aircraft. From there, shots of the aircraft in flight with Wright at the controls along with an unidentified passenger slash to shots of onlookers on the ground, presumably military and press liaisons. The aircraft is shown in side-to-side flybys as well as low-altitude passes directly toward and away from the camera. The aerial shots start at the 1:34 tag instantly after a shot of the aircraft coming to a landing directly approaching the camera. (Wikipedia)
Description: Sallie Gardner at a Gallop was one of the earliest silent movies — a production experiment by the photographer Eadward Muybridge on June 15, 1878 that led to the development of motion pictures. The motion picture consists of 24 photographs in a fast-motion series that were shown on a zoopraxiscope.
Description: The two inventors of the Bioskop, a sort of magic lantern that projected photos so quick as to give the illusion of movement, bow to the camera at both sides of an empty screen. The stage was shown in continuity, at the end of the session, as if the producers and directors of the session were beading the public a farewell.
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