July 3, 2017 § Leave a comment
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 heroes who are so often ignored and neglected. Happy July 4th, 2017!!!
“Thank You For Your Service,” comes out October 2017!!!
July 2, 2017 § Leave a comment
FREE! 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, but a Doctor, without proper training, saving mothers, fathers, and children’s lives from the harsh winds and choppy waters. The hospitals are overwhelmed with children who have lost their parents, those responsible aren’t helping, the world turns a blind eye and closes it’s borders, and the Turkish smugglers are in it for the money.
Between 2015-2016, over one million people made the 4.1 mile crossing from Turkey to Lesbos.
July 2, 2017 § Leave a comment
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, Dalya, in an all girls Catholic school with other young girls from different backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities.
Dalya, and her family discuss their concerns about being Muslim Americans, and what the impact of growing up in a Western country might have on Dalya, as she enrolls in an all female basketball team, learns to dance hip-hop, wears make-up, attends dances and formals, has female friends from varied backgrounds, and has desires and ambitions to attend college, and graduate school. She discusses her viewpoints on marriage, and her life as a Muslim in the US during the 2016 presidential debates.
Dalya’s mother, Rudanya, discusses her marriage and divorce from a Muslim man, and his desire to marry a second wife, and what it was like to go from being a homemaker in Syria, to being a business woman in Los Angeles.
Dalya’s brother, Mustafa, discusses what it is like to become the head of the household and father-figure to Dalya.
Dalya’s father, Mohammed, discusses his desire to stay in Mersin, Turkey or Syria, rather than living the good life in the US.
“Dalya’s Other Country”
June 13, 2017 § Leave a comment
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 impact the sentences will have on the rest of their lives.
To offset the toll his daily routine takes on him, the Judge created a running club at the Midnight Mission in LA’s Skid Row area in Downtown, LA, which contains one of the largest populations of homeless in the United States (5,000-8,000).
Some of the members who joined the running club had served time for their crimes, have battled drug and alcohol addictions, and/or were homeless at one point or another. The long distance, early morning runs, not only trained them for 26.2 mile marathons, but also gave them a sense of purpose, discipline, and an opportunity to meet others with difficult living situations. By running, they tested their strength and endurance, learned to team build, worked through their demons, and did what they never thought was possible, traveling to places they never thought they would ever have the opportunity to travel to.
Not only do the participants train to run long distances, they also demonstrate their drive to accomplish life goals, for example, continuing education, building a career in the arts and music, finding employment, and helping others and their families who were in situations similar to theirs. Observe the Midnight Mission’s running club members take their literal steps in the right direction, and see who will achieve their goals, and who will fall by the wayside.
Screening in LA on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 12:00pm
April 29, 2017 § Leave a comment
April 23, 2017 § Leave a comment
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 his sophomore year interned with fashion designer, Nicole Miller. He went on to intern at the Metropolitan Costume Institute, enrolled in classes at Parsons, and attended London’s Central Saint Martin’s. Zac’s collections, Zac Posen, ZAC Zac Posen (accessories), have been found in Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s New York, Bergdorf Goodman, and Neiman Marcus, and have been worn by Michelle Obama, and well known Hollywood actresses.
Who will stick by his side through the company’s up’s and downs? How will the changing of his CEO impact his brand? How hard will he have to work to stay relevant?
April 23, 2017 § Leave a comment
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 children for nine months beneath our hearts, in water.”
Hydraulic fracturing extracts natural gas from underground shale rock by forcing a mixture of water, toxic chemicals, and sand deep into the Earth. Millions of gallons of this fracking fluid are used to break apart the rock, creating fissures in the Earth, and access to the gas below.
In the Summer of 2013, the thumper and work trucks arrived to bang down on the earth and read the results like an ultrasound to see if there is any shale gas below.
The locals decided to send out an eviction notice to SWN to remove their trucks, and a raid between the protestors, SWN security, and police, broke out. The raid made national news and new supporters to the cause for clean water began to add fuel to the fire.
Will the power of the people, who care deeply about the health of current and future generations, lead to a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, and and eviction of SWN?