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“Thank You For Your Service” October 2017

Important film about what life is like for modern day veteran’s after they return home from tours of duty, and their attempts to integrate into society, form bonds with their estranged families, find employment, their battles with physical and mental illnesses like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Depression, and SI, and the long waits at the VA Hospitals to see physicians and counselors.   The movie is very pertinent to society, and sheds light on the...

"4.1 Miles” FREE! Must see!

This 25 minute long documentary is a Must See! Step onboard the Greek Coast Guard Captain, Kyriakos Papadopoulos’ boat while he and his crew, help rescue hundreds of migrants and refugees from rubber boats, in the “4.1 Mile” stretch of Aegean Sea between Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos. Lesbos, Greece is the E.U. entry point for people fleeing conflict in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The Captain discusses how he is no longer just a Coast Guard Captain, bu...

"Dalya's Other Country" FREE on http://www.pbs.org/pov/

FREE: Now streaming for free on PBS.org Point of View documentary films through July 25, 2017! “Other Country Films” presents this one hour and fifteen minute documentary by Julia Metzer about, Dalya, a young Muslim teenage girl,  and her mother, Rudanya, who had no choice but to leave war torn Syria to come and live with her son, Mustafa, in Los Angeles in 2012. When both Rudanya’s marriage, and her country fell apart, Rudanya, a US citizen, came to LA, and enrolled, D...

LA Film Festival June 14-22, 2017 "Skid Row Marathon" June 17, 2017 at 12:00pm

LA Film Festival from June 14-22 at ArcLight Cinemas What is the "Skid Row Marathon?" The documentary, "Skid Row Marathon," begins with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, Craig Mitchell, finishing a run through the city streets, jogging past tarps and tent cities of homeless, and into his courtroom, where he sentences criminals, often, to very long life sentences.  Although the criminals have committed the wrongdoings, the Judge feels an emotional strain from the im...

"Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait"

  “A Private Portrait” takes an up-close look at the upbringing, family, friendships, passions and successes of Renassiance Man, famed artist, and masterful, award winning filmmaker, Julian Schnabel.  Born on October 26, 1951, Julian knew that he wanted to be an artist from a very young age. His mother enrolled him in art lessons, and his optimistic views, and belief without true understanding, perception, or discrimination, has carried him throughout.  Many of h...

"House of Z"

If you love all of the fashion documentaries, you will love, “House of Z.” Go behind the scenes with genius clothing designer, Zac Posen, to see what it takes to survive the harsh realities of the “glamourous” world of fashion design, as almost all runway shows lose money, the competition and pressure are fierce, and as with most of human nature, loves to see people fail. Zac attended the Saint Ann’s School, a private school in Brooklyn, and in hi...

"Water Warriors"

Can the land holders, protectors, and Water Warriors of Mi’kma’ki, New Brunswick, Canada (near Maine), scare off a large energy company (SWN), based out of Houston, Texas, who were awarded a license in 2010 to explore their province for oil and natural gas? An indiginous female begins the 22 minute short stating, “Water is the gift of life. Nothing in this world can live without water. As women, we have a special relationship with water as we too are life givers, and carry c...

'Dog Years'

One of the best films at Tribeca Film Festival this year!   The film opens with Vic Edwards, played by Burt Reynolds (Smokey and the Bandit), as a virile actor in his prime being interviewed on a talk show about his latest screen tests and movie roles.   Cut to a gray bearded, elderly Vic Edwards who brings his 15 year old dog to the veterinarian and learns that his dogs kidneys are shutting down, and it is best to put him to sleep.  Vic asks to be alone with his dog in or...

"LA 92" By far one of the best documentaries you will ever see

By far one of the best documentaries you will ever see, from award winning directors, Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin. Once again, on the National Geographic Channel April 30th at 9/8c! April 29th through May 4, 2017 will mark the 25th Anniversary of the L.A. Race Riots, which were triggered as a result of three out of the four Caucasian policemen in Los Angeles, who were charged and acquitted of all charges of assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force, on the African American t...

'Genius' Albert Einstein

‘Genius,’ has been picked up for a second season even before the first episode of its first season has even aired. Beginning on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 9/8c, and every week thereafter for 10 weeks, you can watch the story of Albert Einstein starring Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, and Richard Topol on http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/genius/ The hour long program flashes back and forth from Albert Einstein in his later stages of life as a professor teaching to Universit...

"Clive Davis: Soundtrack of Our Lives"

Over 6,000 Tribeca Film Festival fans attended the 16th Anniversary of the Opening Night of the "Triangle Below Canada," Film Festival.  Governor Cuomo joked that the Festival will soon be called the "Triangle Below Canada," because due to it's growth in popularity, the opening night was held at Radio City Music Hall (which is North of Tribeca), and perhaps next year, the opening night might be held in Albany.  Hahahaha!   Governor Cuomo also reminded the...

"The Ivory Game" on Netflix A Race Against Time

  Elephants are disappearing at the staggering rate of 1 every 15 minutes. Their deaths are fueled by the illegal ivory trade, a dangerous network of violence and corruption that a brave and dedicated few are daring to dismantle. THE IVORY GAME exposes the dark world of ivory trafficking from the planes of Africa to the streets of China. By working with undercover intelligence organizations, activists, frontline rangers and conservationists to infiltrate the corrupt global n...

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, June 10-19th, NYC

'Almost Sunrise,' is an open and honest documentary that discusses the emotional demons and moral injuries that some veterans face upon returning home from tours of war. What is a 'Moral Injury'?  'Moral injury is a wound to the soul caused by participation in events that violate one's deeply held sense of right and wrong.' Being sent to combat at a young age, wondering why they were doing the things they were doing, yet being unable to question it, Tom Voss a...

'Bilal: A New Breed of Hero'

'Bilal,' is set to be the opening film at this years Cannes Film Festival 'Animation Day' on May 18, 2016. 'Bilal,' Directed by Khurram H. Alavi, and Co-Directed by Ayman Jamal, is inspired by the real life story of historical figure, Bilal Ibn Rabah (580-640 AD), and his struggle for equality and freedom. Bilal's life teaches humanity, the importance of racial equality, to stand together as one, without discrimination. The film begins a thou...

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople”

Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is a lovable and funny adventure comedy.  Ricky Baker goes from being an unwanted  child passed around from foster home to foster home, to an outlaw on the run hiding in the New Zealand back country with his guardian.  The first scene opens up with a young Maori boy dressed in hip hop clothes and a bad attitude. His case worker drops him off by a police escort to his new foster home in the New Zealand countryside. Ricky takes a walk around the gr...

“Reset”/”Releve”

    Renowned choreographer and dancer, Benjamin Millepied, takes you behind the scenes during his time in the position as Director of Dance at the Opera National de Paris. Observe the dancers rehearse as they prepare for the upcoming gala performance of  ‘La Fille mal gardée (English: The Wayward Daughter, literal translation: “The Poorly Guarded Girl” and also known as The Girl W...

“Don’t Think Twice”

This is a fascinating film from a psychosocial standpoint. Take a group of comedic improv actors known as “The Commune.” They have all worked together for over a decade.  Not only are they quick-witted with each other’s responses on stage, but they are also emotionally supportive of each other’s needs off stage as well. That is, until their theater is going to close down and a talent scout comes to observe them. Two walk away with auditions to a very well-kno...

“Midsummer in Newtown”

No words can ever describe the tragedy that took place in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, however, filmmaker, Lloyd Kramer, took Shakespeare’s words and used them to aide the grieving town.  By performing in a musical version of “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” the local students, aged 5 to 20, found a voice, expressed their feelings, and put their energy into something creative, confident building and fun.  The film follows the students, thei...

“Bugs”

Lead food researcher, Josh Evans, from the Nordic Food Lab in Denmark, Ben Reade, and Chef Roberto, bring new meaning to the term “Farm-to-table molecular gastronomy.” Fractioned fats from soldier fly larvae, aka maggot fats, chicken with garlic saffron sauce crumbed in buffalo worms, tabouli with locusts, dung beetle stew, noodles fried in soldier fly larvae fat, and rose beetle larvae, are just a few of the insects that the documentary “Bugs” shows being prepar...

"Strike a Pose"

“Truth or Dare?” “Express Yourself” “Strike a Pose” Seven back up dancers (six gay, one straight),  joined Madonna on her “Blond Ambition” World Tour back in 1990. Madonna used that tour and the “Truth or Dare”documentary to shed light on gay rights,  AIDS awareness, and encouraging people to open up about their sexuality.  However, if you recall, there was a controversial kissing scene between two men in the film, and...

"The First Monday in May" Opening Night of the Tribeca Film Festival 2016!

  Welcome to the Opening Night of the Tribeca Film Festival 2016! Although paintings, architecture and sculpture are often revered in the art world, fashion and film are undeniably art forms as well.  From the initial stages of the creative process, the implementation and collaborative phases, to the end result of hosting the world-renowned Gala at 'The Metropolitan Museum of Art,' with the most influential names in society wearing photography worthy designer dresses, the d...

“Get Happy”

Get Happy! – is a debut feature film by Manoj Annadurai,  that premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival!  It won best Romantic Comedy at the Manhattan Film Festival. The title of the film sounds shallow, however, the romantic comedy, in actuality, is pretty deep, and very enjoyable to watch.  Charlie is a young professional, living in NYC. He has a sullen, depressed personality, and his close friends think that if he were to just start dating...

“The Lion’s Mouth Opens” on HBO, June 1st (9pm to 9:30pm ET/PT)

  May is Huntington’s Disease Awareness month. http://www.huntingtonsociety.ca/may-is-huntington-disease-awareness-month/ What is Huntington’s Disease? Huntington’s Disease is a hereditary degenerative brain disorder that results in the progressive loss of mental faculties and physical control. Around 30,000 Americans have been diagnosed, and 200,000 have a 50/50 chance of developing it, though less than 10% of those at risk choose to take the available te...

“The Epic of Everest”

The “7th Explorers Club Film Festival,” held at their New York City Headquarters, opened with a newly restored documentary by Captain John Noel from 1924. Produced by the British Film Institute (BFI), “The Epic of Everest,” documents the official record of English mountaineers, George Herbert Leigh Mallory (June 18, 1886-June 9, 1924), and Andrew “Sandy” Irvine’s (April 8, 1902-June 8, 1924), 1924 British Mount Everest Expedition which was the third...

“Les Bosquet” – French street artist, JR, turns the projects into a ballet stage in remembrance of the riots in 2005.

  French street artist, JR, is well known for plastering large posters of everyday people’s portraits on outdoor spaces in favelas, the Gaza Strip, and cities all over the world. In 2014, he collaborated with the NYC Ballet on a ballet called Les Bosquets. Les Bosquets was inspired by JR’s first art project, ‘Portrait of a Generation’ and by the riots that took place in France in 2005, when two teens in Clichy-sous-Bois (a predominantly Africa...
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