“Into the Okavango”

April 26, 2018 § Leave a comment

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 expedition across Botswana, Namibia, and Angola, in an effort to preserve the area.  Angola, once a corrupt nation, is changing as development and irrigation systems are being created.  Observe as the group treks up the Cuito river, with all of their food and supplies in a solar powered canoe.
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“This is Climate Change”

April 23, 2018 § Leave a comment

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 vital to regulating the global climate, being chainsawed down, making room for the lucrative billion dollar cattle ranch industry.

FAMINE: transports the viewer to the once fertile land of Somalia, now a vast, dry, arid land of starving people living in squalor.

FIRE: follows the California wildfire firefighters during last years outbreak.  Learn about the aerial, land, and chemical methods the firefighters use to extinguish them, while listening to the locals personal stories of loss.

MELTING ICE: Glaciers disappearing into the sea.

People at home can watch the first two episodes from the series on the same day it premieres at the festival—April 21st—via the WITHIN app, available on iPhone, Android and all major VR headsets.

 

 

 

“Jellyfish”

April 22, 2018 § Leave a comment

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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 is working at the local arcade for food and rent money.

When her drama teacher picks up on Sarah’s angst (without knowing the full extent of her tumultuous personal life), he encourages her to channel her anger and frustration into standup comedy.

The film sheds light on mental health, and the psychologic damage of being bullied.

  • Bipolar I Disorder— defined by manic episodes that last at least 7 days, or by manic symptoms that are so severe that the person needs immediate hospital care. Usually, depressive episodes occur as well, typically lasting at least 2 weeks. Episodes of depression with mixed features (having depression and manic symptoms at the same time) are also possible.
  • Bipolar II Disorder— defined by a pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes, but not the full-blown manic episodes described above.
  • Cyclothymic Disorder (also called cyclothymia)— defined by numerous periods of hypomanic symptoms as well numerous periods of depressive symptoms lasting for at least 2 years (1 year in children and adolescents). However, the symptoms do not meet the diagnostic requirements for a hypomanic episode and a depressive episode.
  • Other Specified and Unspecified Bipolar and Related Disorders— defined by bipolar disorder symptoms that do not match the three categories listed above.

Great performance from the actress who plays Sarah, Liv Hil.

“Sunday’s Illness”

April 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

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 possible.”

When Anabel, a sophisticated diplomat’s wife, hosts a charitable fundraiser, she comes face to face with one of the waitstaff,  her 43 year old daughter Chiara, who she abandoned 35 years prior.  There is a long pause in the film as Anabel and Chiara glance at one another from across a long banquet table with gazes of uncertainty and certainty, curiosity and disbelief.

Reunited, Chiara, proposes a strange request for her biological mother. She asks that her mother spend 10 days with her at her farmhouse in the country.  Due to the class differences, Anabel’s family is concerned for her safety, and forces Chiara to sign legal documents stating that she will never ask for anything else in the future. Chiara signs the document without any hesitation or review.  Skeptical, Anabel, agrees to the proposition, and with reservations is dropped off in the picturesque country setting.  Gradually, as the two spend time getting to know one other, Chiara, helps Anabel shed her pretension and upscale attire, for a more relaxed attitude, and jeans and sneakers. The two slowly begin to make up for lost time, however, Chiara has a deeper ulterior motive to their visit other than bonding and getting to know one another better.

Stars Barbara Lennie and Susi Sanchez.

A Netflix release.

“27 Gone Too Soon”

March 25, 2018 § Leave a comment

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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”

March 16, 2018 § Leave a comment

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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”

February 17, 2018 § Leave a comment

 

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 sound. ‘Concert for George’ will be in local cinemas on February 20, 2018.

“Human Flow”

October 7, 2017 § Leave a comment

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 in a raft boat, on a treacherous sea crossing, in the middle of an azure blue sea with a mountainous skyline in the background.  The film provides astonishing statistics of the number of refugees who have fled their countries to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster, in search of the basic necessities, food, water, and shelter. The film also demonstrates their migration efforts to conflict free nations like Germany and Sweden, their housing situations in tent cities, and feelings of unwantedness.  The average stay for a refugee is 25 years.

Opens in New York at the Angelika Film Center and The Landmark at 57 West, and in Los Angeles, on Friday, October 13, 2017. 

 

 

 

“Thank You For Your Service” October’17

July 3, 2017 § Leave a comment

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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!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“4.1 Miles” FREE! Must see!

July 2, 2017 § Leave a comment

FREE!  This 25 minute long documentary is a Must See!

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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.

Must see!

http://www.pbs.org/pov/