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?
April 23, 2017 § Leave a comment
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 order to say goodbye and pay his last respects. Depressed Vic drives away in his Mercedes and heads back to his Hollywood mansion reflecting back on his former movie star glory days when he was King of the Box Office. He stops off at a Ralphs grocery store along the way. He ambulates with a cane, buys prune juice and frozen dinners, and ogles the younger girls, who don’t ogle back.
Without giving the entire storyline away, the film continues on when Vic is sitting at a coffeeshop with his friend, Sonny (Chevy Chase), and opens an invitation to attend a Film Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, where evidently the likes of Robert DeNiro and Clint Eastwood have been previous guests. Reluctant Vic thinks this is ridiculous and refuses to go, when his friend reminds him it will be fun, he will be treated like royalty, and how he wished someone would invite him to a festival.
Vic gets coerced into going, however, when he arrives at the airport, he is not seated in first class, instead he is crammed into coach class, and is met by a snarky, tattooed girl on her cell phone, driving a beater car, as his fixer. Needless to say, the weekend does not turn out the way he planned, however, it might just be what the MD ordered.
Director’s Statement: “I wrote ‘Dog Years’ for one actor and one actor alone, Burt Reynolds. I didn’t know him when I wrote the screenplay, yet somehow I felt compelled to create this character and this story just for him. The tale of an older man who once upon a time had been the world’s biggest movie star, but now must face the fact that those halcyon days of fame and fortune are but a foggy memory. But ‘Dog Years’ isn’t just a tale about faded fame, at its core it’s a universal story about growing old.’
4/23/2017 2:45pm at Cinepolis Chelsea 260 W. 23rd Street, Theater 4
4/25/2017: 9:00pm at Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 at 102 North End Ave, Theater 10
4/26/2017: 4:45pm at Cinepolis Chelsea 260 West 23rd Street (Theater 1)
April 22, 2017 § Leave a comment
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 taxi driver, Rodney King. The riots were also a result of the death of the fifteen year old African American honor roll student, Latasha Harlins, who was shot dead by a Korean convenient store cashier, for stealing an orange juice.
Rodney King and two passengers had been pulled over for a traffic violation following a high-speed car chase on March 3, 1991, when he was suspected of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and although, yes, Rodney King did obtain a previous arrest history for robbery and domestic violence, he was clearly a victim of excessive force and police brutality, having been tasered two times, kicked seven times, and beaten with a baton up to 56 times by LA police for continuously trying to get up while being instructed to stay down on the ground.
To look at both sides of the situation, the police are confronted with dangerous situations on a routine basis where they are trying to protect the public and themselves from harm, and are required to restrain unruly, drunk and people who are detoxing off of toxic substances that are deemed a threat to the safety of others. They are uncertain of what someone is capable of carrying out.
In the age before iPhones, George Holliday, filmed and recorded the events from his balcony on a Sony camcorder, and submitted it to the local news station. It soon went global, and changed his life forever.
The documentary demonstrates the events as they unfolded from the frontlines using intense footage of the beatings, interviews of Rodney King shortly after, the riots and deterioration of race relations between Asian Americans and African Americans in South Central Los Angeles. The six days of unrest, looting, and burning buildings, cost the city over $1 billion dollars in damages, and 50 lives lost.
Sunday 4/23 8:30pm Regal-4
Tuesday 4/25 6:30pm CIN-08
Thursday 4/27 3:45pm CIN-02
April 21, 2017 § Leave a comment
‘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 University aged men in the 1930’s in Berlin, to him as a teenage student himself in the late 1800’s. Raised in a non-observant Ashkenazi Jewish family in Germany, the program demonstrates his upbringing and his concerned father who was afraid that Albert wouldn’t amount to much if he didn’t earn a degree, Albert’s education and passion for math and physics at various schools in Germany and Switzerland, his non-monogamous beliefs and his relationships with many women, including his first cousin, his renunciation and requests of varied citizenships, to the tumultuous political conflicts of that era, his beliefs, and how they impacted his family, life, and career.
April 20, 2017 § Leave a comment
Over 6,000 Tribeca Film Festival Fans attended the 16th Anniversary of the Opening Night of the “Triangle Below Canada.” 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 will be held in Albany. Hahahaha! Governor Cuomo reminded the audience that New York continues to celebrate diversity and individuality, offering tax incentives to the arts with over 200 shows and movies having been filmed in NY.
Take a musical journey with the ‘master producer of music,’ Clive Davis. Born a Jewish boy in Brooklyn, NY, where there was a lot of emphasis on becoming either a lawyer or a doctor, Clive, who grew up with radio, believed the future was Rock and Roll and decided to discover and sign musicians instead. Having a weakness for artists, and loving the process, he helped pave the career paths for so many well known and respected artists instead. Both of his parents died when he was University aged, which gave him fuel to work very hard. When the President of Columbia Records asked him to be the head of the musical instruments division, he turned it down. He was then offered to become the new head of Columbia Records, which he accepted, and he became ‘the one suit the musicians trusted.”
The documentary starts off with Janis Joplin playing acoustic guitar singing, “Me and Bobby McGee,” and continues on with interviews and discussions from the best of the best in the music industry from the Haight Ashbury/Monterey Pop music revolution, through today. There is a strong emphasis on his father/daughter relationship with Whitney Houston, and his experience at Arista records.
The following artists are featured in the film: Santana, Barry Manilow, ‘Earth, Wind, and Fire,’ Simon and Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Miles Davis, Alan Parson, Bay City Rollers, Grateful Dead, Patti Smith, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Air Supply, The Kinks, Kenny G, Whitney Houston. Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Velvet Revolver, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Rod Stewart.
There was a concert after the screening at Radio City to celebrate the career and to show gratitude to Clive Davis: Barry Manilow sang a compilation of his greatest hits, Jennifer Hudson sang, “Hallelujah,” and a few of Whitney’s songs, “Earth, Wind, and Fire along with Kenny G, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, and Aretha Franklin.
June 6, 2016 § Leave a comment
‘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 and Anthony Anderson felt as if they have done something morally wrong and wondered if they could ever be forgiven for their actions. Even years after returning home from war, they felt a deep sense of guilt, shame and anger. The therapy that the soldiers found solace and comfort from is a must for every healthcare provider to learn from.
Tom and Anthony walked 2700 miles in approximately 5 months, from the War Memorial in Milwaukee, WI to the Santa Monica Pier, in LA, raising awareness for vets, and restoring some level of faith and trust from the kindness they received from strangers they met along the way. The goal of the walk: to change the narrative, promote wellness, and change legislation.
Can they forgive and be forgiven? Can their futures be brighter than their pasts? What healing and therapy techniques were used?
‘Almost Sunrise’ screens at the New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival on Saturday, June 11th at 9:15pm at IFC Center, and Monday, June 13th at 6:30pm at Lincoln Center.
To purchase tickets: http://ff.hrw.org/new-york