Monday, April 11, 2016

How to Change the World


"The Revolution will not be Organized."

In 1971 a small group of activists set sail from Vancouver, Canada in an old fishing boat. Their mission was to stop Nixon’s atomic test bomb in Amchitka, Alaska. Chronicling this untold story at the birth of the modern environmental movement and with access to dramatic archive footage unseen for over 40 years, the film centres on eco-hero Robert Hunter and his part in the creation of the global organization we now know as Greenpeace.
Website

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear





A filmmaker puts out a casting call for young adults, aged 15- to 23. The director wants to make a film about growing up in her home country, Georgia, and find commonalities across social and ethnic lines. She travels through cities and villages interviewing the candidates who responded and filming their daily lives.
ICARUS Films


Friday, April 8, 2016

Hello, Dolly!



In 1890, all of New York City is excited because widowed, brassy Dolly Levi is in town ("Call On Dolly"). Dolly makes a living through matchmaking and numerous sidelines ("Just Leave Everything to Me"). She is currently seeking a wife for grumpy Horace Vandergelder, the well-known "half-a-millionaire", but it becomes clear that Dolly intends to marry Horace herself. Dolly travels to Yonkers, New York to visit Horace. Ambrose Kemper, a young artist, wants to marry Horace's weepy niece, Ermengarde, but Horace opposes this because Ambrose's vocation does not guarantee a steady living. Horace, who is the owner of Vandergelder's Hay and Feed, explains to his two clerks, Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker, that he is going to get married because "It Takes a Woman" to cheerfully do all the household chores. He plans to travel to New York City to propose to Irene Molloy, who owns a hat shop there. Dolly arrives in Yonkers and sends Horace ahead to the city. Before leaving he tells Cornelius and Barnaby to mind the store. 

Original film poster by Richard Amsel
Directed byGene Kelly
Produced byErnest Lehman
Screenplay byErnest Lehman
Based onHello, Dolly!
by Michael Stewart
StarringBarbra Streisand
Walter Matthau
Michael Crawford
Marianne McAndrew
E. J. Peaker
Louis Armstrong
Music byJerry Herman
CinematographyHarry Stradling Sr.
Edited byWilliam Reynolds
Production
company
Chenault Productions
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • December 16, 1969 (1969-12-16)
Running time
148 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$25 million
Box office$26 million 

Wikipedia

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Stories of Sevdah-the Balkan Blues





Sevdah, one of the world's extraordinary music forms, is an expression of a people recovering from a brutal past. The film is a view into a world of beauty and harrowing darkness addressing cultural identity and barbarism.
IMDB

Holy Man: The USA vs Douglas White





Holy Man is the story of Douglas White, an 88 year old Lakota Sioux medicine man from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, who spent 17 years in federal prison for a crime he did not commit. During the making of this film, filmmakers uncovered new evidence of White's innocence and brought the case back to Federal Court. Holy Man offers a rare glimpse into the mysterious world of Lakota religion, their intimate connection to the land, and a provocative expose of the systemic injustice that Native Americans face in the criminal justice system. - Written by Anonymous  IMDB


International Documentary Association Interview


Thoughtful





Thursday, March 31, 2016

Edward Said on Orientalism


In this adaptation of his paradigm-shifting book, Edward Said examines the origins and evolution of Western attitudes towards the Middle East. Said shows how perceptions of the Middle East as an exotic land full of villains and terrorists are deeply rooted in the Western imagination, and argues that this caricatured cultural heritage continues to blind too many Europeans and Americans to the complexity and diversity of the region. -Media Education Foundation Website

Probably his last interview

C-Span Book TV Out of Place: A Memoir - Early Years

The Shadow of the West — a film by Edward Said


Take Me to the River



A celebration of the inter generational, interracial and undeniable influence of Memphis, TN on American culture and its music. Features Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Yo Gotti, and many more award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians.

Website