Friday, September 26, 2014

Je chanterai pour toi (I'll Sing for You)




This documentary, presented by Jonathan Demme, paints a low-key, entrancing portrait of African guitar legend Boubacar Traore, known to his countrymen as Karkar, a musician who regularly stirred the spirits of listeners on the radio and the dance floor during the early 1960s after Mali achieved independence.
Features: three performance films; interview with Lieve Joris; interview with ethnographer Youssouf Tata Cissé; archival photo gallery.
Haruna Barry, Demba-Kane Niang, Madieye Niang, Blaise Pascal, Mamadou Sangaré, Malik Sidibé, Ballaké Sissoko, and Ali Farka Touré.
les Productions faire bleu present; director, Jacques Sarasin.

French dialogue with English subtitles.

2003 77 minutes


Jimi Hendrix




A tribute to the late rock singer/guitarist featuring some of his most memorable performances, behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with family, friends, and fellow performers.
Special features: From the ukelele to the strat, interviews with family and friends; The making of Dolly dagger (producer/engineer Eddie Kramer breaks down the mix); Stone free, never-before-seen Hendrix performance from the July 4, 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival.
Producer, John Head.
Film editor, Peter Colbert.

Soundtrack in English; subtitles in English or French.

1973 103 minutes


Tom Dowd & The Language of Music






Profiles the life and work of music producer/recording engineer Tom Dowd. Featuring music and appearances by Les Paul, Eric Clapton, John Coltrane, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Ornette Coleman and other musical luminaries.
Special features: Deleted scenes; weblinks.
Film by Mark Moormann; a Language of Music Film.
Producer, Scott L. Gordon, Mark Hunt, Mark Moormann ; director, Mark Moormann.

Closed-captioned.
2004 90 minutes

Beware of Mr. Baker





The documentary about the ailing-yet-ferocious Ginger Baker, the brilliant and wildly self-destructive drummer for Cream and Blind Faith. An almost impossible man to be around, he allows the director unprecedented access--even if he strikes him violently on the nose with his cane on the final day of filming.
Ginger Baker, Jay Bulger, John Lydon, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Charlie Watts, Mickey Hart, Marky Ramone, Carlos Santana.
Insurgent Media presents a Pugilist at Rest production; executive producers, Julie Goldman, Tony Palmer; produced by Andrew Karsch, Fisher Stevens, Erik H. Gordon; written, directed and produced by Jay Bulger.
Editor, Abhay Sofsky; director of photography, Eric Robbins; music supervisor, Susan Jacobs.

2012 92 minutes

B.B. King, The Life of Riley



 


"Survival is a word... this is its story!"

Director Jon Brewer worked closely with the gregarious and charming musician and was given extraordinary access to his friends, family and colleagues. This is a no holds barred, powerful documentary that explores how an orphaned kid from Mississippi turned his life around, battled against all odds and against unrelenting racism to overcome even the toughest critics in the entertainment industry, to become 'King of the Blues'.
Special features: Extended interviews; live performance from the Royal Albert Hall 2011.
Produced and directed by Jon Brewer.
Featuring Eric Clapton, Bono, Ringo Starr, Carlos Santana, Bruce Willis, Bobby Bland, Buddy Guy, Bill Wyman, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Joe Walsh, John Mayall and others.

Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

2014 119 minutes

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Silk Road: Music, Art and Poetry from Istanbul to Samarqand


(Trailer unavailable)


"Traces the Silk Road through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and Central Asia, where Islam flourished after the 7th century with an artistic renaissance that reflected the beauty of Persian culture. The legendary journey of the caravans forms a backdrop for this region's exquisite legacy of music, poetry, and visual arts. The DVD features six selections of Persian classical music and Sufi music recorded up to 40 years ago, with 140 photos of Islamic art and architecture in historic Silk Road cities of western Asia. From Istanbul, a choir performs Persian poetry in its traditional form, through song. Persian classical music of the 6th century unfolds as the expression of a moment in time, or a state of being. A Sufi call to prayer is performed on the ney, a reed flute whose tone is the symbol of the ecstatic, in an order of Dervishes founded in the 13th century by the poet Jallaludin Rumi. A Sufi melody is performed on the ney in the mode of nostalgia, bringing the past and present together in a timeless rhythm. A flute solo from Samarqand improvises on a Sufi theme, evoking the mystical feeling of this ancient land"--www.silkroadmusicandart.com
Directed and produced by Judith Frey. Editor, Don Poe; Milky Way panorama, Axel Mellinger.

2006 33 minutes

Monday, September 22, 2014

Parked




"Victim of the current recession, Fred Daly lives a quiet, isolated life in his Parked car. His situation improves after he forms an unlikely friendship with Cathal, a dope-smoking free spirit with a positive attitude. Sharing laughs and hard times, the two men rediscover the simple pleasure of life. One day at the community swimming pool, Fred meets Jules, an attractive music teacher who lives nearby. The two begin to develp a romantic relationship as Fred tries to keep his living situation a secret."--Container.
Olive Films; Ripple World Pictures presents a Ripple World Picture, Helsinki Filmi production with the participation of Bord Scannán na hÉireann, the Irish Film Board; the Finnish Film Foundation, Suomen Elokuvasāātiō in association with RTÉ; 
Director of photography, John Conroy; editor, Guy Montgomery; composer, Niall Byrne. 
Directed by Darragh Byrne; producers, Jacqueline Kerrin, Dominic Wright; written by Ciaran Creagh.
Colm Meaney, Colin Morgan, Milka Ahlroth, Stuart Graham, Michael McElhatton, David Wilmot.
Dublin, Ireland: Ripple World Pictures, 

2010 94 minutes


Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam (Master, Mistress, Servant)






A neglected young wife within a landed aristocratic family seeks the assistance of an innocent youth to win back her husband from his many distractions.
Guru Dutt Films; produced by Guru Dutt; directed by Abrar Alvi.
Photography, V.K. Murthy ; music, Hemant Kumar; editing, Y.G. Chawhan.
Meena Kumari, Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Rehman, Nasir Hussain.
"Based on a novel by Bimal Mitra."

In Hindi with English subtitles.

1962 162 minutes

Fanie Fourie's Lobola




What happens when an Afrikaans guy and a Zulu girl fall in love and have to navigate their way through the complicated process of lobola? A contemporary romantic comedy about love and tradition in a rapidly evolving society. Funny yet hard-hitting, the film tackles the thorny subject of cross-cultural relationships with humor and honesty.
Jerry Mofokeng, Zethu Dlomo, Eduan Van Jaarsveldt.

English dialogue; English subtitles.

 2014 96 minutes



Jigyaku no uta (Happily Ever After)





A visually striking, dark comedy that follows Yukie Morita, a devoted wife, and Isao Hayama, her boorish, unemployed ex-gangster husband. Isao has an uncontrollable temper and everyone advises Yukie to leave him, but her love for him is unconditional because he was the one who initially saved her from her misery.
Special features: original Japanese trailer; VIZ pictures presents; plus J-culture tip sheet.
Editor, Nobuyuki Ito; music, Hiroyuki Sawano; director of photography, Satoru Karasawa.
Satsuei, Karasawa Satoru; henshū, Itō Nobuyuki; ongaku, Sawano Hiroyuki.
Nakatani Miki, Abe Hiroshi, Nishida Toshiyuki.

Based on the comic strip series by Yoshiie Gōda, Happily ever after.

Japanese dialogue with optional English subtitles.

2007 115 minutes

Friday, September 19, 2014

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo




This documentary explores Japan's fascination and love affair with insects. The film intertwines their love for something so mundane, be it a beetle or butterfly, with their cultural values and traditions. In the end, it challenges viewers to not only alter their view of insects but also our lives.
Editors, Theo Angell and Jessica Oreck; music, JC Morrison; photography, Sean Price Williams.
Myriapod Productions; written, directed and produced by Jessica Oreck; co-produced by Maiko Endo and Akito Kawahara.

In English, with an interview with Takeshi Yoro.

2011 90 minutes

Jodorowsky's Dune






A documentary film about Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempt to make a film adaptation of Frank Herbert's 1965 science fiction novel, Dune, starring Jodorowsky's own 12-year-old son, as well as Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali with music by Pink Floyd; film includes interviews with Jodorowsky and others.
Cinematographer, David Cavallo; editors, Alex Ricciardi, Paul Docherty; composer, Kurt Stenzel.
With Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, Chris Foss, H.R. Giger, Jean-Paul Gibon, Brontis Jodorowsky.
Blu-ray disc contains the feature film in high definition and special features; DVD contains the feature film in standard definition and the same selection of special features.

2014 90 minutes

The Interrupters




"The Interrupters tells stories of three violence interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. The film's main subjects work for an innovative organization, CeaseFire. Founded by an epidemiologist who believes that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar, they go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source. One of the cornerstones of the organization is the violence interrupters program. The Interrupters -- who have credibility on the streets because of their own personal histories -- intervene in conflicts before they explode into violence."--Container.
Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams, Eddie Bocanegra, Tio Hardiman.
Edited by Aaron Wickenden, Steve James; music, Joshua Abrams.
Kartemquin Films presents; for WGBH/Frontline, The Independent Television Service (ITVS) and BBC Storyville; in association with Rise Films; a film by Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz; directed and photographed by Steve James; produced by Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James.

Mirlyn Catalog 55657-D 2011 125 minutes

Shouting Secrets



"..a hopeful and heartwarming universal story taking place in a Native American family. Yet, it is everybody's story and does not belong to a single race, religion, or class. It is a human story of choices and regrets. Funny and heartbreaking, Shouting Secrets tells a story that is at once about the constancy and the fragility of love ... " -- Container.
Written by Mickey Blaine, Steven Judd, Tvli Jakob. Produced by Korinna Sehringer, Josef Ueli Bollag. Directed by Korinna Sehringer.
Chaske Spencer, Q'orianka Kil Cher, Tyler Christopher.
A Korinna Sehringer film.

Mirlyn Catalog 64012-D 2011 88 minutes

Whoopi Goldberg presents Moms Mabley: The Original Queen of Comedy





An homage to "the funniest woman in the world", Jackie "Moms" Mabley, who emerged from African-American vaudeville to become a showbiz pioneer. Mabley, who broke racial and gender boundaries over the course of five decades, continues to inspire comedians today.
Featuring Whoopi Goldberg; interviewees: Debbie Allen, Kaye Ballard, Harry Belafonte, Dick Cavett, Ellen Sebastian Chang, Bill Cosby, Joshua Gamson, Kathy Griffin, Bambi Haggins, Arsenio Hall, Quincy Jones, Robert Klein, Anne Meara, Norma Miller, Billy Mitchell, Eddie Murphy, Mrs. Jackie Parton, Sidney Poitier, Joan Rivers, George Schlatter, Tommy Smothers, Jerry Stiller.
HBO Documentary Films; George Schlatter Productions; a Whoop Inc. production; directed by Whoopi Goldberg; produced by Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Leonardis.

Mirlyn Catalog 64320-D 2014 71 minutes



Arresting Ana: by Lucie Schwartz




Women sharing tips on living with anorexia. Valerie Boyer is a passionate French National Assembly legislator proposing a groundbreaking bill to ban these online forums, issuing hefty fines and two-year prison sentences to their members. This documentary offers an unprecedented access into anorexia's hidden underground and considers how legal and free-speech issues are contested in a new media landscape.
"Made possible in part by a grant from Margaret and Will Hearst UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism."
Documentary produced at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley, c2008 by Lucie Schwartz.

Mirlyn Catalog 62819-D 2009 25 minutes

Tim's Vermeer





Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did seventeenth century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically, 150 years before the invention of photography? Spanning ten years, his adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, to the north coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and even to Buckingham Palace to see a Vermeer masterpiece in the collection of the Queen.
Special features: Commentaries; deleted, extended and alternate scenes; Toronto International Film Festival Q&A.
Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, David Hockney, Philip Steadman, Martin Mull.

English dialogue; optional French subtitles; Subtitled in English for the deaf and hard of hearing; described video.

Mirlyn Catalog 64002-B Blu-ray, 64002-D DVD 2014 80 minutes


Friday, September 5, 2014

J'Accuse




The story of two men, one married, the other the lover of the other's wife, who meet in the trenches of the First World War, and how their tale becomes a microcosm for the horrors of war. -IMDB
Written and Directed by Abel Gance
Romuald Joubé, Séverin-Mars, Maryse Dauvray

Mirlyn Catalog 47561-D 1918 166 minutes

Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada





This documentary on the life of potter Beatrice Wood provides a glimpse into her life, loves and influences. Includes archival photographs, original artwork, commentary by art historians and interviews with the artist.
Written and directed by Tom Neff; produced by Diandra Douglas, Tom Neff, Amie Knox.
Wild Wolf Productions: distributed by the Documentary Channel
Cinematographer, Steven J. Wacks; editor, Barry Rubinow; music, John Rosasco.

Mirlyn Catalog 63788-D 1993 DVD 2006 55 minutes

Against the Grain: An artist's survival guide to Perú




For every artist, the need to create and be heard is as basic as food and shelter. But what happens when you live in a country where the state clamps down on free thinkers, forcing artists to censure themselves?
Spanish title from container: Contracorriente : guia de supervivencia para artistas en el Perú
A Random Films production; an Ann Kaneko film ; directed and produced by Ann Kaneko.
Photography, Ann Kaneko, Franklin Arévalo, Micaela Blondet; editing, Bob Brooks, Michael Lim; music, Johnny Wilson, Pilar Díaz, David Green.
Featuring: Natalia Iguiñiz, Claudio Jiménez Quispe, Alfredo Márquez, Eduardo Tokeshi.

English narration, with dialogue In Spanish, English, Quechua and Japanese with optional subtitles in English, Spanish and English closed captions.

Mirlyn Catalog 54479-D 2008 65 minutes

A negação do Brasil (Denying Brazil)




Using his own memories, as well as television footage, the director analyzes race relations as portrayed in early Brazilian soap operas.
Casa de Criação apresenta; escrito e dirigido por Joel Zito Araújo.
Narration, João Acaiabe, Joel Zito Araújo.
Photography, Adrian Cooper.

Portuguese with English subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 54226-D 2000 92 minutes


Against My Will


Box Art and Trailer unavialable.
Visit website at Icarus Films

Investigates violence against women in Pakistan, where concepts of family honor and the status of women as property perpetuate the practice of "honor killing", the murder of women by male relatives for behavior deemed socially or morally unacceptable. One of the women interviewed at the Dastak women's shelter in Lahore, Kubra, is murdered three weeks after she returns to her family.
Direction and production, Ayfer Ergün.
Camera, Rob Brouwer, Saskya Jol; editor, Jan Willem Looze.

Interviewers: Asya Elahi, Farida Batool, Ayfer Ergün.

Askwith Media Library 54224-D 2002 59 minutes

Thunderbirds are Go!







"Zero-X, a manned exploration mission crashes during lift-off on its maiden flight. Two years later an investigative committee finally concludes sabotage, and decides to call on the services of International Rescue to oversee security at the impending second launch. The second Zero-X successfully reaches its destination, but encounters unexpected hazards, ultimately leading to another call for assistance on its return to Earth. International Rescue respond, and once again Thunderbirds are GO!"--IMDb.
Bonus: Thunderbird 6 (1968 : 89 min.): produced by Sylvia Anderson; directed by David Lane; written by Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson; voices: Peter Dyneley, Sylvia Anderson, Shane Rimmer; cinematography, Harry Oakes)
Special features include: interviews with cast and crew, audio commentaries, trailers.
Creator, Gerry Anderson; video effects director, Derek Meddings; producer, Sylvia Anderson; director, David Lane.
Uncredited in the film: video effects director, Derek Meddings; producer, Sylvia Anderson; director, David Lane.
Voices: Ray Barrett, Sylvia Anderson, Keith Alexander, Peter Dyneley.

English soundtrack, with optional subtitles for hearing impaired.

Mirlyn Catalog 63833-B 1966 hi-definition release 2014 93 minutes

Particle Fever





"PARTICLE FEVER gives audiences a front row seat to our generation's most significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. The film follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries join forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist? PARTICLE FEVER is a celebration of discovery, revealing the very human stories behind the tale of this epic experiment."--Container.
CERN 2007 - David meets Fabiola -- Aspen Center for Physics talk -- Experimentalists and Theorists -- Monica explains the LHC -- History of particle physics -- The magnificent machine -- First beam test -- ATLAS start-up party -- The accident -- Discovery is a marathon -- Sculpture garden - supersymmetry -- Big problems - the multiverse -- First high energy collisions -- Summer of 140 -- Higgs discovery!
Producers, David E. Kaplan, Andrea Miller and Carla Solomon ; executive producers, Thomas Campbell Jackson and Gerry Ohrstrom; cinematography, Claudia Raschke-Robinson and Wolfgang Held; design and animation, MK12; editor, Walter Murch ; music, Robert Miller.
Featuring: Martin Aleksa, Nima Arkani-Hamed, Savas Dimopoulos, Monica Dunford, Fabiola Gianotti, David Kaplan, Mike Lamont, Peter Higgs.
Special features: customized video chapters and excerpts.

PF Productions LLC,  2013.

Chiefly in English, with some French, German and Italian with English subtitles; closed captioned; available in censored or uncensored audio.

Mirlyn Catalog 63825-D 2013 99 minutes

Monday, September 1, 2014

Kibō no kuni (Land of Hope)




Several years after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, the neighbouring families deal with the forced evacuation from their home following another large earthquake and nuclear power plant meltdown.
Special features: 70 minute making of ; Theatrical trailer; Teaser.
Shochiku; Bitters End; a Sono Sion film; seisaku Kibō no Kuni Seisaku Iinkai, Third Window Films, Joint Entertainment International; gensaku Sono Shion; kyakuhon Sono Shion; purodyūsā Sadai Yūji; kantoku Sono Shion.
Diretor of photography, Miki Shigenori ; art direction, Matsuzuka Takashi.
Natsuyagi Isao, Ōtani Naoko, Murakami Jun, Kagurazaka Megumi.
Based on the novel "Kibō no kuni" by Shion Sono.

In Japanese with optional subtitles in English.

Mirlyn Catalog 63831-D 2013 133 minutes (PAL, Region 2)

Disconnect




A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. An ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site. They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide in this riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world.
Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgard, Frank Grillo.

English dialogue; English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.

Mirlyn Catalog 61484-D 2013 115 minutes