Archive for the ‘Documentary’ Category

Aliens of the Deep

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

James Cameron journeys to some of the Earth’s deepest, most extreme and unknown environments in search of the strange and alien creatures that live there. Joining him is a team of young NASA scientists and marine biologists who consider how these life forms represent life we may one day find in outer space not only on distant planets orbiting distant stars, but also within our own solar system. Aliens of the Deep is the result of expeditions to several hydrothermal vent sites in the Atlantic and the Pacific. These are violent volcanic regions where new planet is literally being born and where the interaction between ocean and molten rock creates plumes of super-heated, chemically-charged water that serve as oases for animals unlike anything ever discovered. Six-foot tall worms with blood-red plumes and no stomach, blind white crabs, and a biomass of shrimp capable of “seeing” heat all compete to find just the right location in the flow of the super-heated, life-giving water or to fry trying. Not dependent on sunlight (like all other life on earth), these ecosystems are as close to alien as anything ever imagined and provide one possible blueprint for the life that might exist beyond our world.

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Starsuckers

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Chris Atkins presents STAR SUCKERS as a series of five ‘lessons’ on fame in the modern world: how children are persuaded that fame is something they want, how television and the media reinforces the importance of celebrity and the efforts to attain it, how the mind and body reinforces our need to follow the activities of well-known people and strive to join their number, how the press became addicted to celebrity coverage, and how the art of promoting fame has led to celebrities and their handlers controlling the press instead of the press having say. Along the way, Atkins demonstrates how celebrity “news” with no basis in fact gets into print, why newspapers will run press releases almost verbatim, how parents will eagerly sign away the image rights to their kids, how certain mass scale charity events end up helping the performers far more than the causes they designed to support, and how publicists keep accurate but unflattering stories out of the news.

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Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Directed by noted actor-producer-director Robert Townsend (‘Hollywood Shuffle’), the documentary, which originally screened at Sundance in 2009 in the Premiere section, features interviews with prominent scholars, politicians, cultural critics, and a host of notable comics, including Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Steve Harvey, and Katt Williams.

Why We Laugh’ tracks the evolution of black comedy from the character of Stepin Fetchit and minstrels in blackface to the politically tinged humor of Dick Gregory, and from the television success of Good Times and The Jeffersons to the big-screen accomplishments of stars such as Eddie Murphy and Whoopi Goldberg. The film also turns a perceptive eye on the controversial career decision of Dave Chappelle and the implications of corporate efforts to capitalize on the massive success of Russell Simmons’s Def Comedy Jam and Spike Lee’s The Original Kings of Comedy.

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Hey Watch This

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Cameras were there when Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong re-teamed for their Light Up America comedy tour — culminating in this Weinstein Co. documentary. The two split up over two decades before coming back together to perform new and old material to sold-out shows across the country.

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Last Man Standing

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Carry My Cross examines a slice of America rarely seen on the evening news, with a cinema verite style, following Singer/Songwriter Drew Landry through one-year of his life as he records an album, tours, and inevitably fails or succeeds. Through interviews with friends, family, ex-lovers, employers and band members, we capture Landry’s essence as well as the disenfranchised America which inspires his politically truthful songs.

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Appunti per un’Orestiade africana

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

The director presents takes and scenes filmed on location in Africa for a film-that-never-was, a black Oresteia.

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Making Waves

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

What do a public access TV personality, an electronics engineer, a Vietnam vet, a libertarian congressional candidate and a retired millionaire have in common? They’re all operating unlicensed, ‘pirate’ radio stations in Tucson, Arizona. Making Waves follows their uphill struggle to be heard on our publicly-owned but corporate-controlled airwaves. Armed with low-cost micro-radio equipment, the First Amendment, even a how-to video by a Michigan pastor, the Tucson pirates use unlicensed radio as a form of civil disobedience. For their stations, this means everything from providing the real alternative to alternative music to educating the public about its Constitutional rights. Making Waves reveals the pirates’ personal and political passions that compel them to defy the U.S. Government,’

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Celine: Through the Eyes of the World

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Celine: Through the Eyes of the World will bring Celine Dion’s 2008-2009 Taking Chances World Tour to theaters. This event gives Dion fans who attended the extremely popular tour – which placed Dion second only to Madonna in ticket sales in 2008 – another chance to experience the magical event, this time from a vantage point unparalleled by any ticket.

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