A woman encounters a chair with strange properties, but can't decide if the experience is exciting or annoying. Created old-school style, using only pen and paper, and made up of 2,700 individual drawings
“David Mirisch, The Man Behind the Golden Stars,” is a feature documentary about the life of revered press agent David Mirisch (known as “The Man with the Gold Rolodex”), whose family founded the legendary Mirisch Film Company and produced classically acclaimed movies such as “Some Like It Hot,” “West Side Story,” “Moby Dick,” and “Fiddler on The Roof.”
With over a 50-year career in entertainment, David carved out a name for himself as a key publicist for some of Hollywood’s most elite stars. He personally discovered Farrah Fawcett when she was still just a student at the University of Texas, threw infamous and lavish parties for basketball great Wilt Chamberlain, created campaigns for some of the most beautiful and talented young actresses that went on to ignite the silver screen, such as Linda Carter, Raquel Welch, and Barbara Hershey. He was instrumental in public relation campaigns for such musical legends as Johnny Mathis, Pat Boone, The 5th Dimension, and Perry Como.
The documentary exposes the “Golden Age Era” of Hollywood and what it really took to create a star then and now, and the instrumental role a publicist plays in advancing careers, especially artists just starting out in the industry.
What makes David Mirisch’s story even more remarkable is his humanitarian contributions, responsible for raising over $35 million for charitable organizations and nonprofits, organizing more than 2,500 celebrity events and fundraisers. This documentary exemplars how celebrities can harness their star power to generate awareness to unknown and worthy causes, and help touch lives in an all encompassing and perpetuating domino effect. The documentary touches on the theory that one action is not just “a single drop in the ocean,” their cumulative effect can make a positive change in the world as a whole.
Navajo Math Circles follows Navajo students in a lively collaboration with mathematicians. The math circles approach puts children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction. Applications of math in Native culture highlight the special connections between Navajo culture, natural beauty, and mathematics.
To simply finish the Atlas Mountain Race means navigating 1,200 kilometres of the most rugged and remote roads in Morocco. To win requires riding almost non-stop, night and day, for days on end. It is a combination of strength and sleep deprivation that only a few riders in the world can manage. Alone, unsupported and loaded down with supplies, each competitor must constantly battle mechanicals, heat exhaustion and saddle sores to get to the finish. There is no prize, no money, simply the satisfaction that comes from pushing oneself to the limit while exploring the forgotten corners of a beautiful country.
With support from PEdALED, Canyon, Fizik and the race crew led by organiser and route creator Nelson Trees, filmmaker Brady Lawrence followed the race documenting everything from a brutal 80 kilometre walk through the high desert with a broken bike, to one racer’s simple joy at realising they’ll soon eat their first warm meal in days. Featuring the sport’s biggest names and first-time, ultra-distance racers alike, the film gets up close to the kind of people crazy enough to take on this epic challenge. Capturing the human drama set against an otherworldly landscape, Into the Rift is an in-depth look at a true cycling adventure.
Madison Perrins is an artist based in Bozeman, Montana. Madison found her way into the world of paintings when she transformed from photography and found out about the endless possibilities of her creativity.
Alayna Rasile is a Montana artist, designer, and costumer who works primarily with plant-based textiles and natural dyes. Her work involves foraged fibers and found fabrics, plant-dyes, woven cloth, and FM transmitters broadcasting loom sounds. With the verve of an astronaut or a child with a butterfly net, their work celebrates the most persistent zeitgeist in history: wonder.
Bonnie Tarses is a designer specializing in one-of-a-kind and custom handwoven textiles. Currently in Missoula, MT, Bonnie creates her unique Color Horoscope Weavings, Woven Words, and Turned-Weft Ikat (a twist on a traditional theme). Full of life and gusto, with masterful skill that is both precise and easeful, Tarses creates works that defy notions of pattern or reduction.
The story is about men who are the last of a dying breed. It is simultaneously forlorn and beautiful. More and more, living as a cowboy is a choice. Ultimately it is a tale of the American West - rugged individualism that burns bright but fades away as no man and no culture truly stand the test of time.
A young and successful lawyer from Chicago is questioning if what he does is meaningful enough. He decides to follow his internal call and try to become a priest. Only then he discovers what his true purpose in this world is.
Named to evoke the vital internal layers of a tree’s living structure, Xylem, designed by celebrated architect Francis Kéré, is a place where visitors may gather to converse, contemplate the views of the aspen and cottonwood trees near the bank of the creek, or sit and meditate in solitude.
Pathfinder is a tale about the human spirit.
The film follows six world-class slackliners (Highliners) on a mission deep into the Norwegian mountains to attempt something that's never been seen before: Walking a thin line, elevated in the vastness between two colossal cliffs, illuminated only by the mystical northern lights.
The yearning that drives adventurers and explorers to climb the highest peaks, sail endless oceans, and cross vast deserts in the name of progress, is the same passion that drives these slack-liners to attempt what has still been unclaimed.
Through the extreme conditions and endless challenges, we learn about their elemental desire to explore the limits of humankind.
The story of one athlete whose dream is to become the world champion in winter triathlon.
In the center of the film is an athlete,Dmitry Bregeda. Dmitry is 2019 European Champion in individual results and the World Champion in 2014 winter triathlon, the winner of Russian trail running competitions. Looking at these regalia, you understand that you can’t hide from him at a race neither in winter, nor in summer. Dmitry confirms it with his victories at the competitions. At the trailrunningrace he with a smile on his face and at the same time filming the race on the action camera leaves behind all the competitors, famous sportsmen in trailrunning. Dmitry is not only physically strong, he is wise and has enough internal strength to achieve high results and meet the goals set by this superman.
After shedding a lifetime of belongings, moving to an assisted living facility with his ailing sweetheart, and now coping with losing his mind, former world-class athlete Alan Jackson, 87, embraces his last tracks, and what remains despite the losses.
A glimpse into the struggle of a young bull riders pursuit to be one of the best.
A genocide survivor transcends overwhelming odds to become a master chimpanzee linguist
As the world’s chimpanzee population dwindles in the wild, one-man risks everything to care for a group of mistreated animals rescued by Jane Goodall’s Chimp Eden Sanctuary in South Africa. Stany Nyandwi, a survivor of the Burundi genocide, overcomes insurmountable odds to become one of the only humans to master the complicated ‘pant hoot’ chimp language. Recognizing that it’s not just a chimpanzee/human struggle, he’s taken it upon himself to reconnect with our closest relatives on this planet.
Love knows no man-made boundaries in this universal story about understanding.
This award winning story follows the life of a young pilot who flew in Alaska’s frontier arctic. Experience the front-seat thrills of bush planes and helicopters operating in the most dangerous conditions on earth, airborne among the magnificent mountains, glaciers and rivers that only Alaska has to offer. Includes true-life experiences of accidents, comradeship, humor and heartbreak of life in early Alaska, gone forever when dismantled into parks in the 1980’s. Based on the book Last of the Long Hunters by Mark Rose, the scene opens with an early history of the Great Land and those that lived in it through interviews with several life-long Alaskans, including Hilda Lidner, Ray Atkins and Gale Ranny to name a few. Leading up to the introduction of the authors use of a new tool of transport – the single engine airplane, but not without extracting a terrible price. Experience what it was like to growing up among the dangerous game, hunting the massive caribou herds and absorbing the greatness of the county. Pilots will gain from the flying experiences related, and every boy, man and aviator will be compelled to grapple with its final truth, concluding with a crisis encounter that forever changed the pilot's life forever. Filmed on Location in Alaska. Premiere's Spring 2020. www.alaskalonghunters.com
A midwestern boy moves to Montana to get into backcountry snowboarding. His splitboard allows him to hike into the mountains under his own power, climb the slopes, then snowboard down. Splitboarding is not just snowboarding though, it's about the adventure of traveling through the mountains in the winter.
Chained to a pipe in a dark room, a young woman must fight her way out and discover the dark secret to her imprisonment.
Casiopea is a beautiful young woman who emerges in the middle of the creation of the
universe, locked in between two aquatic worlds where she seeks a way out and flee from her
A veteran, struggling to manage her PTSD, decides to explore psilocybin and finds herself in the face of danger after foreseeing her sister in trouble.
In L.A. Chinatown, a young woman Nan dreams of becoming a chef at her father MEI’s Chinese restaurant. Nan has been taking care of her father for many years, because he has a serious backache due to long hours in the kitchen. An invitation to move in with her boyfriend in New York presents Nan with a choice between moving east and remaining with her father and pursuing her dream of becoming a chef. However, when she discovers that her father plans to will the restaurant to her brother MING, she has to find another plan for her life...
A man takes a day off to fish...
A remote community in Africa, led by a woman chief, attempts to break the stranglehold of absolute poverty by waging a war on wildlife poaching. For decades illegal wildlife poaching by both subsistence and bush meat gangs has led to the government declaring this community’s homeland “depleted” of wildlife.
The chief finds help in the form of a safari operator and they work together to bring stability to the community. But all was not well. Disease, food stability, and rampant alcoholism hamper basic needs like health care and education. Even young girls, just after reaching puberty, are sold by their parents as child brides in order to feed their family for one year. Dark forces including South African land speculators, criminal poaching gangs, and her own people conspire against the chief. Even elements from the modern world work against the chief’s wishes.
Will the chief and her community see success?
We follows four NGOs (non-governmental organizations) throughout Southeast Asia that are struggling to end sex trafficking and save as many children, girls and women as possible. The movie is an investigation that digs deep into the wounds of societies that are still traumatized by recent historical tragedies which have led to poverty and the systemization of abuse.
The global pandemic cannot stop a friendship between a 4-year-old girl and boy. This film was shot and edited on the iPhone 11.
When a person falls asleep, he immersed in another reality ,where anything can happen to him. He can fly above the ground in red slippers. Or he can be eaten by a green bear. Or he can see the blue house falling. And when a person wakes up, he can probably remember nothing. As if he did not exist all this time ...
What do you feel when you are asleep?
The Irish Ballad is a wry interpretation of a popular song by Tom Lehrer. It is the grisly tale of a slightly angry and confused young woman. The hauntingly beautiful vocals are sung by Wendi Arnold (Polson), who has professionally performed this song in a various venues. Piano accompaniment is by Trish Tavener (Ronan), a local bookstore owner and longtime Tom Lehrer fan.
A Chaplinesque chase drives a runaway wanderer to make his escape by posing
as a chef for an impatient wedding party. Being a complete culinary incompetent,
he creates a percussive symphony out of pots, pans, cheese graters, measuring cups
and food in order to hide his lack of cooking skills.
In the process, he somehow manages to create a feast for the wedding party - which
in turn, inspires them to dance a celebratory tarantella.
A boarding school student is whisked home to Chappaqua, NY to find out that her favorite bakery has been baking more than just sticky buns.
In a small Belarusian village where time seems to stand still, Jasja, a 9-year-old girl, has to deal with
her mother‘s death. Her father decides to send her to an orphanage. But one day she decides to run away,
“RenaiDance” is a 3D narrative emotional animation.
The theme invigorates cultural inheritance and the integration of dreams, courage, and culture as transformation. By artistically interpreting a motif of inheritance and family support, integrating different cultures“inheritance” through the inspiring story, this film braces strong family love and elder culture in a never-ending chain.
THE GIRL WHO WORE FREEDOM brings us to Normandy, France. Once an idyllic landscape, Normandy had succumbed to German invaders who overran its farms, its manors, its countryside.
Here we meet Dany Patrix, Maurice Lecoueur, Henri-Jean Renaud, and others, who recount their unique relationships with the Allied forces who liberated Normandy on June 6, 1944. The journey from occupation to liberation, to acceptance and forgiveness to gratitude and pride, is explored through interviews with French survivors and American veterans in this powerful, personal film that tells stories handed down over two generations.
We visit Brecourt Manor, the site of the battle between the men of Easy Company - known as the Band of Brothers - and a German battery. We hear from the children of D-Day, who were cared for by American soldiers after their families were killed in the onslaught. We explore the nature of war, of forgiveness, of gratitude through interviews with French survivors and American veterans.
We travel today’s United States with Flo Plana, who seeks out the men of the 101st Airborne Division to collect and curate their stories for the Utah Beach D-Day Museum. We meet veterans like Ceo Bauer, Brad Freeman, and Bob DeVinney, who recount their experiences and the relationships they built over the summer of 1944.
Normandy itself is now a living war museum, with shrapnel on the beaches, bullet holes in its walls, and blood staining its church pews. Those that were there have vowed never to forget the lessons of World War II and to pass down the value of freedom to their children and their children’s children.
The film closes on contemporary D-Day celebrations of remembrance and gratitude, where French citizens of all ages celebrate those who were and are willing to defend freedom because they, the people of Normandy, know all too well that freedom is not free.
Gwen Verdon changed the face of Broadway choreography over forty years. Through rare footage of Gwen Verdon performing in iconic stage musicals from Can-Can through Damn Yankees, Sweet Charity and Chicago modern audiences can see Gwen at her best and learn the unexpected and surprising true story behind her success and career.
From overcoming debilitating childhood rickets to becoming pregnant out-of-wedlock at sixteen, Gwen’s rise to success is the story of a woman who never gave up, and persevered to become Broadway’s greatest dancer against all the odds. She was a powerhouse of creativity, talent, and determination whose legacy can still be seen in dancers on Broadway today.
Featuring interviews with family members such as son, James Henaghan, daughter, Nicole Fosse, and nephew, Paul Verdon - they add personal reminiscences as well as never-before-seen home movies. Also featured are fellow cast members, collaborators, and Broadway & film legends such as Chita Rivera, Tab Hunter, John Kander, Charlotte d'Amboise, Harvey Evans, Lee Roy Reams, and dance historian Kevin Winkler. Merely Marvelous is a glorious look at Broadway through the career of one of its greatest stars and her unexpected rise to fame.
Film critic Leonard Maltin calls it, “A welcome celebration of a great, great talent, filled with rare footage of Verdon in her prime."
Singer-songwriter Joanna Wallfisch pedals 2000 miles through Australian for a zero-emissions musical adventure. This unique biopic reveals the raw effort it takes to be a touring musician, while focusing on the environment, community, and human endeavor. Taking in the breathtaking landscape of Australia by bicycle it is a film of determination, beauty, triumph and song.
When a spirit visited the bedroom of eight-year-old boy Jack McKey and carried him to a mountaintop at the end of the world, the young man’s life veered toward primitivism. He later discovered hidden skills inside himself for making birch bark canoes and sheep horn bows. Ultimately, it would drive him to a life in the wilderness and the most devastating decision of his life – to leave his young son behind.
“Blood, Bone and Stone” tells the story of McKey’s journey from his adoption into a privileged family in South Georgia to his life as a mountain man in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. His friends call him a man born out of time. He has hunted bison with a hand-made sheep horn bow – and he is one only a handful of people who can make such a weapon. But he also crafts incredible horse lances, stone knives and war clubs in the styles of ancient North America natives.
The film follows McKey as he eventually reunites with his son, nearly 40 years after leaving him behind. And it follows the two as they travel to Chief Mountain, the site in Montana where the spirit carried McKey as a child and prophesied that the world would end if he set foot there again.
Director Thomas Grant is a professor at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in South Georgia. This film was made over the course of nearly three years by Dr. Grant and his broadcasting students.
‘Sweet’, tells the story of TFL station officer Sylvain’s struggles with loneliness after he moved to Europe from Côte d’Ivoire and subsequent death of his only family in the country died in 2016, and how he tries to make everyone who passes through the station smile.
Through a group of “classic” cyclists and their common interest in the classic bicycle, we’ll discover values that are being lost in our modern society, such as the importance of friendship, ecology, valuing the old, minimalism and, other important premises to achieve a happier, simpler and more fulfilled life with what really matters. As in life, in this documentary, bicycles transport us in our discovery, in our reflection.
An animated short on how visual perception can be twisted with dyslexia.
In this short animated film titled Arrival/Departure Scott Duce tries to explain through humor and animated drawings how a simple drive to take his wife to the airport brings up confusion and anxiety caused by his inability to read the arrival-departure signs correctly. An insightful explanation of how his brain perceives and mixes words and symbols establishes the first of a series of animated shorts on the exploration into dyslexia stories.
“Bound by Movement” takes its viewers where only those with enough guts, dedication and heart can reach. Join the world's best parkour athletes as they travel to the edge of possibility on an all access behind the scenes journey risking their lives to create a film about doing what they love. Discover what connects this group of pros from 6 different countries and 13 different cities as they as they film some of the world's most insane flips and tricks in iconic land marks and abandon buildings on their 63 day tour around the USA. However breaking the law and pushing the limits of the human body can only go on for so long until something drastic goes wrong.
Directed by Jesse La Flair and produced by Jesse La Flair
A young girl in her age of innocence discovers Rehak, a
magical drawing hidden behind her bedroom wall.
Zahida arrives at a home for the old, believing her son will take her back after a week. Hesitant and apprehensive, she meets Farhat, who is full of hope but as the story unfolds she realizes that the future might be different from her expectations.
As an immigrant to the US, Vela left behind everything she knew: her home, her family, her traditions and beliefs. A few years later she makes her way back home to search for her family and her roots.
The story is about a teenage girl named Delaram who has Down syndrome, and because of the genetic disorder that has caused her particular appearance and limited verbal expression; normal children and society think of her as mentally retarded. Delaram wants their judgments that, in her view, have created a border between them, to be removed.
A story about a human trafficking survivor's journey freedom.
Across time and space, an unlikely romance forms between two star crossed lovers, each trapped in a quantum bubble of isolation. When Manny, a sarcastic video blogger wakes to find himself in Quantum Isolation, his only companion is Heather, a vibrant single mother who can only communicate via video chat. Through their communications, we see the joy of love in bloom, and despair as that love is tested. Can Manny and Heather make it through this isolation... or will they remain... THE DISTANCED.
A disenchanted young woman ascribes to the get-rich-quick advice of self-help guru - only to learn the cost of getting exactly what you want.
Australian Academy Cinema Television & Arts (AACTA) Nominee for Best Short Film
When a young girl discovers a mysterious antique mirror in the basement of her ailing grandmother’s house, she accidentally opens a window between time that allows her to cross over into war-torn Nazi-occupied Poland.
With wonderful performances from two remarkable newcomers - Ingrid Torelli (Suzi) and Amelia Westlake (Young Hilda).
In 1910 Louie, Peck and Peeler crash through the woods, bent on skinny-dipping in an abandoned gravel pit. They catch a hobo going through their pockets on shore, tackle him, shove him around and accidently kill him. Louie lies to his older brother Roscoe about that night and leaves with his two friends to keep the secret safe. 48 years later a dying Louie needs to come clean.
In the early 1970s, twenty-one year old Alex reflects on what led her to participate in the murders of three people. In doing so, we see how she met and was seduced by Jay as a teenager, becoming the first follower of his dangerous cult.