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"Diane"

Winner of the Tribeca Film Festival 2018 Founders Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature.  "Diane” is a woman in her 60’s/70’s, who her friends and family can count on.  She is a mother who has never stopped caring, and truly values those close to her.  She can be found holding the hand of her dying cousin at her hospital bedside, at the dinner table gossiping with her relatives over a home cooked meal, at a soup kitchen dishing out meals to the homeless w...

"Notes from Dunblane, Lessons from a School Shooting"

Winner of the Best Documentary Short at The Tribeca Film Festival 2018.  On Wednesday, March 13, 1996 at 9:35 am, Thomas Hamilton (43 years old), entered the games hall at Dunblane Primary School in Dunblane, Scotland, shooting 16 children (aged 6-7 years old), and one teacher dead, before turning the gun on himself.  It remains the deadliest mass shooting in British history.  Following this school massacre, the United Kingdom had passed some of the toughest gun reform legislat...

"Smuggling Hendrix"

Winner of the Best International Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018! The Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded the northern part of the island in response to a military coup that was backed by the Athens government. The Greek South is inhabited by Greek Cypriots, while the Turkish North is inhabited by Turkish Cypriots.  Nicosia or Lefkosa, is the capital, and the seat of the Cyprus government. Before they broke up, former mus...

"O.G."

Winner of the Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film category at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018-Jeffrey Wright in "O.G." Tony, Emmy, AFI, and Golden Globe Award-winning actor, Jeffrey Wright ("Westworld," "Hunger Games: Catching Fire & Mockingjay Part 2," "Basquiat," and the upcoming film, "The Goldfinch"), plays Louis, an incarcerated African American male in a maximum security prison in Indiana. Once "the mayor" of one of ...

"United Skates"

Winner of the Audience Award in the Documentary Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018.  Roller rinks across America have been around for 30 to 40 years or longer, and are credited with hosting hip-hop and rap artists as a place where they could feel welcomed to perform.  Some may say that hip hop and rap were born out of the skating world.  The rinks have long been a place where those in the African American communities could go and meet up with one another, unwind, and ...

"Momentum Generation"

  From the Directors of “The Two Escobars,” Michael and Jeff Zimbalist, comes a surf documentary about the 80’s/90’s pro surf posse; Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Taylor Knox, Ross Williams, Taylor Steele, and Benji Weatherly.  When Benji’s parents split up, his mother moved to Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu.  World-renowned surf competitions like Billabong Pipeline Masters, Vans Triple Crown, WSL Championships are held at the Banza...

"Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable"

Determination, strength, willpower, and a supportive family, makes female pro surfer, Bethany Hamilton, unstoppable.  She grew up in Kauai, Hawaii, in a family that was passionate about surfing.  She learned how to surf at a young age, was naturally good at it, and let nothing stop her from returning to the sport.  Even when a tragic event occurred as a teenager, only four weeks later, she got right back up on her board, and kept paddling out, turning the negative into a positiv...

"To Dust"

  How can a serious topic, like the death of a Hasidic cantor’s wife, be so funny?   Matthew Broderick, plays Albert, a middle aged biology professor at the local community college.  Geza Rohrig, plays Shmuel, a Hasidic cantor who’s wife recently died of cancer.  Shmuel is distraught and his entire life has turned upside down.  He wants answers and he wants them now.  Shmuel is trying to teach his two sons to continue to respect their mother even...

"Into the Okavango"

    Conservation biologist, Steve Boyes, holds a Ph.D. in anthropology.  Originally from South Africa, he finds his refuge in the wild nature and vastness of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and the Kalahari Desert.  This area hosts a large population of elephants, cheetahs, rhinos, lions, hippos, buffalos, red lechwes, zebras, leopards, hyenas and crocodiles. Follow Steve, and his team of explorers,  as they collect and gather data on a four month long e...

"This Is Climate Change" A Virtual Reality 360 degree immersive at Tribeca

A Four-Part Virtual Reality Docu-Series at the Tribeca Film Festival. Place the headset and headphones on and submerge yourself  into four short films, in four different global locations, all relating to climate change. Look up, down, left and right, and swivel in your chair 360 degrees to get the complete effect. FEAST: (approximately an eight minute long 360 immersive), starts off with an aerial view flying high over the Brazilian Amazon rainforests. As you look down, you see trees vi...

"Jellyfish" by James Gardner

  Instead of having parents who provide for her,  fifteen year old Sarah takes on the role of parent, and acts as the mother to her own mother, and her younger brother and sister. Her mother, who is suffering from bipolar disorder, recently had her welfare benefits cut. Sarah is also being bullied at school by the popular kids from affluent backgrounds, and working at the local arcade for food and rent money. When her drama teacher picks up on Sarah’s angst (without knowing t...

"Sunday's Illness" by Ramón Salazar

A Netflix release.  Director, Ramón Salazar, reflects on the movie’s title.  “I remember when I was eight years old, I deeply hated the feeling I got on Sunday afternoons.  That moment when the sun goes down and all you can do is wait for Monday to arrive.  It was incredibly distressing for me. I was invaded by unease, which went away once Monday came. I would face Monday with strength and hope that Friday would arrive as soon as possi...

"Lemonade" by Ioana Uricaru

“Lemonade” is a riveting story about immigration, a questionable marriage of convenience, cultural differences, abuse of power, corruption, and the desire for a better life for an 8 year old boy.  Female Romanian film director, Ioana Uricaru, stated, “the idea for the story was sparked by a true story based on my own experiences of discovering the American way of life, and th...

"Shelter"

From the Director of "The Syrian Bride," and "The Lemon Tree," comes a story of a female Israeli Mossad agent who is sent to an apartment in Germany for two weeks to protect their Lebanese informant who is undergoing plastic surgery in order to claim a new identity. Who can be trusted? Will they make it out alive?   Starts on April 6, 2018 Santa Monica, CA-  Laemmle's Town Center 5 Beverly Hills, CA- Ahrya Fine Arts   ...

"27 Gone Too Soon"

Industry experts delve into and analyze the lives, human psyche, and family backgrounds of the "27 Club."   Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse.   Screening tomorrow March 26, 2018 at Regent St Cinema, London. ...

"Lives Well Lived"

Listen to the endearing stories of the lives of wise elders from all various backgrounds and ethnicities. In theaters on April 20, 2018  lives-well-lived.com ...

"Concert for George Harrison" In theaters on February 20, 2018

  Beatle, George Harrison, was born on February 25, 1943.    He left us on November 29, 2001.   On November 29, 2002, one year after his passing away from lung cancer, Olivia Harrison and Eric Clapton, organized a tribute concert, which was held at Royal Albert Hall in London.   The concert was filmed.    In honor of what would be George's 75th Birthday, the 2002 concert film will be re-released in theaters and remastered in 5.1 stereo surround...

"Jaha's Promise"

Jaha Dukureh has just been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Join her on her crusade against Female Genital Mutilation in The Gambia in the documentary, 'Jaha's Promise.' ...

"Human Flow" by Ai Weiwei

Controversial Chinese contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei, brings you on the struggling journey to the countries hardest hit by the global refugee and mass migration crisis around the world (Afghanistan, Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Kenya, Greece, Italy, Germany, France, Bangladesh, Israel, Myanmar/Rohingya, and Mexico). The first scene of the film depicts dozens of migrants on a treacherous sea crossing in a ra...

“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...
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