A portrait of Highlights magazine following the creation of the cultural phenomenon's 70th anniversary issue, from the first editorial meeting to its arrival in homes, and introducing the people who passionately produce the monthly publication. Along the way, a rich and tragic history is revealed, the state of childhood, technology, and education is explored, and the future of print media is questioned. Director: Tony Shaff
This astonishing true story of an amateur adventurer's solo crossing of Antarctica reveals the incredible power of the human spirit when faced with impossible odds. Director: Jason Markland Starring: Tom Marshall
Marty had a heart condition that made her pass out every day. Adele was a cardiac alert service dog who could literally sense the beating of Marty's heart and save her from fainting. They were the perfect team. They were soulmates. But nothing can last forever, and as the time comes for Adele's retirement, Marty must figure out how to let go of her best friend and find a new partner who can take over the job of protecting her heart. Director: Melissa Dowler
Independent journalists like Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Matt Taibbi are changing the face of journalism, providing investigative, adversarial alternatives to mainstream, corporate news outlets. Cameras follow as they expose government and corporate deception, just as the groundbreaking independent journalist I.F. Stone did decades ago. Director: Fred Peabody. Starring: I.F. Stone, Carl Bernstein, Noam Chomsky, Desmond Cole, Michael Moore, Colin Powell, Glenn Greenwald
Until the nineteenth century, most Bible-reading Christians believed the Old and New Testaments represented the Divine Word of God, presented in text without error. But when scholars began to question the authority and accuracy of the Holy Scripture, a group of intrepid explorers set out to discover the historical roots of the Bible. What they found would rock the foundations of Christianity.
One of the most talented performers of his time and a dedicated humanitarian who ultimately sacrificed fame and fortune for what he believed in. Richard Wright: A major influence on world literature and politics, who brought the Black Experience to the forefront of social discourse. Paul Robeson was a celebrated African-American Actor, Athlete, Singer, Writer, and Civil Rights Activist.
In this gripping documentary, filmmaker Nicholas de Pencier examines the complex global impact that the Internet has had on matters of free speech, privacy, and activism. Based on the book by Ron Deiber, it is the story of how the Internet is being controlled and manipulated by governments across the world in order to censor and monitor their citizens. As they battle for control of cyberspace, ideas of citizenship, privacy, and democracy are challenged to the core. Director: Nicholas De Pencier
Over two million children are bullied every year, and 4,400 high school students commit suicide. Victims often do not know where to turn. This film is their chance to be heard. Director: Daniel Marlow. Starring: Zach Foster
Cassette inventor Lou Ottens digs through his past to figure out why the audiotape won't die. Rock veterans like Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore, and Ian MacKaye join a legion of young bands releasing music on tape to push Lou along on his journey to remember. Director: Zack Taylor. Starring: Lou F. Ottens, Henry Rollins, Rob Sheffield, Damien Jurado, Ian Mackaye
The deluxe two-disc DVD set includes a new 2K restoration of Ghost Town (1935) an astonishing and haunting amateur documentary about post-cinema Fort Lee. Disc One also features five films made at Champion Studios, thanks to the efforts of the Library of Congress and the Fort Lee Film Commission. Disc Two includes exciting NJ film rediscoveries, a slapstick comedy from director Mack Sennett, a 'melodramatic comedy' starring Madge Kenney, and the earliest surviving film version of Robin Hood.
Every two years in Frankfurt, 24 young conductors from around the world are invited to take part in the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conductors' Competition. They only have 20 minutes to work with an orchestra they've never met before and to impress an intimidating panel of judges. The documentary follows five conductors, the 20-year-old Aziz Shokhakimov from Uzbekistan, star New Yorker Alondra de la Parra, Englishman James Lowe, Andreas Hotz from Germany and Japan's Shizuo Z Kuwahara. Director: Gotz Schauder
Investigate how an asteroid vanquished the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Join scientists as they drill into the impact crater and, for the first time, reconstruct the hell on earth that unfolded in the minutes, hours, and months after the impact. Director: Sarah Holt
Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century. Includes Spanish subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Director: Peter Bratt
Home from three combat tours in Iraq, Alex Sutton forges a new identity as a farmer, hatching chicks and raising goats on 43 acres in rural North Carolina. He dives into life on the farm with his new love Jessica, but cannot shake the lingering traumas of war. Director: Alix Blair, Jeremy Lange
As a young man, Michael Ta'Bon's ex-con father taught him about drugs and crime, and those lessons landed him in prison for fifteen years. During his incarceration, Michael promised himself that he would one day start a movement to prevent young black people from getting caught in the cycle of violence he found himself in. Seven years after being released from prison, now married with a pregnant wife and a young son, Michael is a dedicated public servant in his North Philadelphia. Director: Andrew Michael Ellis
Daniel Everett is an American linguist and author best known for his study of the Amazon Basin's Piraha people and their language. This documentary explores whether one man's journey into the heart of the Amazon can redefine the understanding of human language. Director: Randall Wood, Michael O'Neill
When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang first came to America, Florida seemed like an exotic frontier full of theme parks, prehistoric swamp creatures, and sunburned denizens. As she travels wide-eyed from one city to another, she eventually encounters a charismatic young drifter named Dylan. Fascinated by his rejection of society's rules and unsure of his past, Nanfu follows Dylan with her camera on a journey that spans years, takes her across America, and explores the meaning of freedom. Director: Nanfu Wang
Young Australian filmmaker Heidi Lee Douglas goes to Tasmania to make a documentary about the destruction of the island's ancient forests. As anti-logging protests escalate, logging giant Gunns Ltd reacts to public pressure by suing Heidi and nineteen others for $6.4 million for allegedly conspiring to destroy the company's business. When Heidi discovers Gunns wants to use her footage as evidence to support its claims, she faces a crisis of conscience. Director: Heidi Lee Douglas. Green Planet Films.
Puggles, Schnoodles, Labradoodles - they're not newfangled snack treats, they're actually newfangled dogs. Join us as we chronicle the never-ending search for the perfect canine and look at the world of hybrid, purebred, and rescue dogs. PBS- Smithsonian Channel series.
An astonishing journey revealing the awesome power of the natural world. Over the course of one single day, we track the sun from the highest mountains to the remotest islands to exotic jungles. Breakthroughs in filmmaking technology bring you up close with a cast of unforgettable characters. Told with humor, intimacy and a jaw-dropping sense of cinematic splendor. Director: Richard Dale, Lixin Fan. Starring: Robert Redford, Jackie Chan. Publisher: BBC.
The world's most consumed fruit has an untold story. The industrialization of the humble tomato preceded the globalized economy that was to follow. It is now as much of a commodity as wheat, rice, or petrol. Director: Xavier Deleu, Jean-Baptiste Malet. Passion River Films.
From lobster claws and dog teeth to bee stings and snake fangs, every creature depends on a weapon. Showcasing astonishing wildlife cinematography, Extreme Animal Weapons investigates the riddle of outsize weaponry, uncovers a bold new theory about what triggers an animal arms race, and explores the secrets that underlie nature's battleground. Director: Peter Fison. Starring: Eric Meyers. PBS-Nova series.
Discover the public and personal life of Fidel Castro, from his upbringing to the beginning of his dissent and beyond, and everything that led to the man history knows today. Director: Al Caudullo. Dreamscape Media, LLC.
Goes beyond the news headlines to spotlight the impact of the devastating water contamination crisis on the people of Flint, Michigan. The film highlights the stories of residents who were personally injured, along with the work of local organizations and individuals that rallied to support them. Director: Elise Conklin, Liv Larsen. Publisher: Video Project.
A compelling and complex story of one of the most convulsive and transformative eras in American history. In the closing decades of the nineteenth century, the U.S. population doubled in the span of a single generation, national wealth expanded, and two classes rose simultaneously, separated by a gulf of experience and circumstance that was unprecedented in American life. PBS-The American Experience series.
Chronicles the inspirational life of Christopher Rush, a quadriplegic and national MDA poster child, who lived with muscular dystrophy from birth to death at age 30, well beyond his predicted two years of life. Director: Zack Arnold. Starring: Mark Hamill. Passion River Films.
The remarkable story of the journey taken by President Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon into the heart of the South American rainforest to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon. PBS-The American Experience series.
A feature-length, non-partisan documentary which examines the capture and counting of ballots in American elections. It asks the question: What are the specific assurances of accuracy and security in American voting? The answers are both surprising and disturbing. Director: Jason Grant Smith. Passion River Films.
All over the world, scientists are discovering traces of ancient floods on a scale that dwarfs even the most severe flood disasters of recent times. In Killer Floods, NOVA discovers gigantic scars in the landscape that testify to North America's greatest ever mega flood, which tore across the western states with 60 times the flow of today's Amazon. Director: Oliver Twinch, Elliot Kew. PBS-Nova series.
Killer Hurricanes pursues the riddle of an 18th century Caribbean super storm that killed 20,000, the highest known death toll of any single weather event. To reconstruct its epic scale and investigate what made it so devastating, NOVA joins historians and storm sleuths as they track down clues in eyewitness chronicles, old ruins, and computer simulations. Director: Oliver Twinch, Paul Williams. Starring: Craig Sechler. PBS-Nova series.
Star-studded, provocative and thoroughly entertaining, It dares to ask uncomfortable questions about just how free speech can really be, with unexpected and hilarious results that will leave viewers both laughing and appreciating the importance of humor even in the face of events that make them want to cry. Director: Ferne Pearlstein. Starring: Gilbert Gottfried, Rob Reiner, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Judy Gold. Passion River Films.
The West African country of Mali is a birthplace of the blues, yet today the music and musicians of Mali are in grave danger. As fundamentalist Islam and sharia law become more widespread, dance and music are prohibited and musical instruments are being destroyed. Director: Lutz Gregor. Starring: Fatoumata Diawara, Ahmed Ag Kaedi, Bassekou Kouyate. Icarus Films.
Story of how the courageous and selfless actions of one man can touch and inspire thousands. A documentary about Welles Remy Crowther, who saved at least ten people on September 11, 2001 at the cost of his own life. Director: Matthew J. Weiss. Starring: Alison Crowther, Jefferson Crowther, Welles Remy Crowther. Passion River Films.
An in-depth portrait of Manolo Blahnik, self-confessed cobbler and the man regarded by most influential fashion figures as the best shoemaker of the 20th and 21st centuries. Director: Michael Roberts. Starring: River Hawkins, Rick Kissack, Manolo Blahnik. Music Box Films.
Making a printable gun landed Cody Wilson on the U.S. government's watch list. Together with British programmer Amir Taaki, they founded a Bitcoin app that allows its users to 'go dark', because for this pair of crypto-anarchists, ensuring freedom of information and challenging economic structures they view as corrupt is mandatory. Adam Lough glimpses a rarified world, where these radicals revel in questioning everything from gun control to encryption, even if it means incarceration. Director: Adam Bhala Lough. Passion River Films.
Are we on the verge of a nuclear holocaust? Political tensions are at an all-time high and with North Korea and Iran nuking up it's even more of a concern as Nuclear accidents via human error and machine malfunction continue to occur and cyber-terrorism is a top concern for national security. As if that's not enough, there is evidence of unknown craft being responsible for the disarming of ballistic missiles with a technology beyond our comprehension. Director: Philip Gardiner. Publisher: UMN.
A cinematic and intimate profile of four transgender women that come out for the first time in their senior years in the hyper masculine culture of the Pacific Northwest. Director: Christopher LaMarca. Publisher: Gravitas Ventures.
A riveting investigation of how the U.S. struggled to confront Vladimir Putin over Russian involvement in the 2016 election, how revenge may have motivated Putin to target American democracy, and the U.S. responses under Presidents Obama and Trump. PBS- Frontline series.
It is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher 'Quest' Rainey, and his wife, Christine'a 'Ma Quest' raise a family while nurturing a community of hip-hop artists in their home music studio. It's a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can't always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Director: John Olshefski. First Run Features.
With gentle eyes, alert ears, and white-flashed tail, a small furry body hops disarmingly into our affections. Underground, in sand dune, hedgerow, or on clifftop, the secrets of rabbit society at peace and war are revealed. Starring: David Attenborough. BBC Films.
All-access glimpse into the world of advertising in America during the tumultuous decade of the 1960s. It was inspired by the real men and women of Madison Avenue who perfected the art of the sale and transformed American culture in the process. Director: Molly Hermann, Rob Lyall, Tim Evans. Starring: John Slattery. PBS-The Smithsonian Channel series.
Inspired to make a movie about his life, Sisley became fascinated with the long-forgotten story of Perez, who rose to great fame in 1931 as the youngest world champion in boxing history, only to be deported to Auschwitz, where he was forced to box in the concentration camp for the amusement of the guards. This compelling documentary follows Sisley on his quest to learn more about Perez's harrowing, emotional story and to meet the last people who knew Perez and the secret of his tragic fate. Director: Sophie Nahum. EPF Media.
In the fall of 1940, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered a small team of scientists on a clandestine transatlantic mission to deliver his country's most valuable military secret, a revolutionary radar component, not to the US government, but to a mysterious Wall Street tycoon, Alfred Lee Loomis. Director: Nazenet Habtezgi, Rob Rapley. Starring: Campbell Scott. PBS-The American Experience series.
The landmark four-part series documents the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the British colonies to its end in the Southern states, and through the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction. The series examines the integral role slavery played in shaping the new country's development, challenging the long-held notion that it was exclusively a Southern enterprise. Starring: Morgan Freeman. PBS.
In-depth look into the exploding subculture of sneaker collecting and the widespread influence it has had on popular culture around the world. Director: David T. Friendly, Mick Partridge. Music Video Distribution.
An avid fan of the actor, and owner of a replica of McQueen's car in the classic film Bullitt, Pastor Greg Laurie hits the road in his mint Mustang, traveling the country in search of the true, untold story of McQueen's redemption-filled final chapters. Director: Jon Erwin. Starring: Stan Barrett, Mel Gibson, Barbara Leigh.
Laird Hamilton is perhaps the greatest big wave surer of all time, a living legend who has tamed some of the world's mightiest waves. Amongst the surf community, he is also one of the most controversial figures, an innovator who has revolutionized the sport often to the dismay of purists. This thrilling, up-close portrait traces Hamilton's remarkable journey, from his rebellious childhood in Hawaii to his fearless first forays into surfing to his relentless pursuit of ever-bigger waves. Director: Rory Kennedy. IFC Films.
It is an inspiring film about the power of music to consume, enhance, and propel lives. Filmed over seven years, the film is a window into the mysterious world of the artist, the passion that can grip and sustain a young player from childhood through the last days of life and the years of sacrifice and dedication a budding artist needs to fulfill one's talent. The film focuses on the challenges of guiding gifted young people through the struggles of mastering the cello. Director: Josh Aronson. First Run Features.
Many football experts enthusiastically believe that if South African's township players had played international games during the apartheid era they could have won the World Cup. This is the untold story of what happened to South African soccer during its years in the international wilderness through the eyes of three characters. Director: Greg Appel. Dreamscape Media, LLC.
Black colleges and universities are a haven for black intellectuals, artists, and revolutionaries, and have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. Examine the impact these institutions have had on American history, culture, and national identity. Director: Stanley Nelson. PBS.
During his eight-decade career, Bob Hope was the only performer to achieve top-rated success in every form of mass entertainment: Vaudeville, Broadway, movies, radio, television, popular song, and personal appearances, including hosting the Academy Awards a record nineteen times and his annual USO Christmas military tours. Director: John Scheinfeld. PBS-The American Masters series.
Concerned citizens living at the frontiers of extreme oil and gas extraction, bearing witness to a global crossroads. They call for human ingenuity to rebuild society at the end of the fossil fuel era. Includes Director's Cut and Broadcast versions. Director: David Lavallee. Starring: Emma Thompson. Green Planet Films.
The life and work of a pioneering Chinese-American artist. Tyrus would overcome a life of poverty, racism, and discrimination to become a renowned painter and Hollywood sketch artist. Tyrus's Eastern-influenced paintings caught the eye of Walt Disney and became the inspiration for the classic animated feature Bambi. Director: Pamela Tom, Don Hahn. Starring: Tyrus Wong, Sonia Mak. PBS-The American Masters series.
A film that follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise as he tries to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. Director: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker. Starring: Steven Wise, Gail Price-Wise, David Favre, Mary Lee Jensvold, Gloria Grow. First Run Features.
Five subjects suffering from common health issues are put on a regimen of a plant-based diet and exercise for six weeks. The results are impressive as the five people quickly turn their health around in the six-week period. Director: Juan-Carlos Asse. Passion River Films.
John Pilger's epic portrayal of Earth's oldest continuous human culture, Aboriginal Australians, and his investigation into Australia's suppressed colonial past and rapacious present. Director: John Pilger. Starring: Jon Altman. Bullfrog Films.
The film takes a broad look at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, examining the organization's history, leadership, structure, funding and relationship to veterans. The film chronicles, in depth and often in wrenching detail, the workings of this crucial but at times beleaguered American institution. Director: Ric Burns. PBS.
In this surprising documentary, archaeologist and historian Neil Oliver examines the links between racism today in the Deep South and the Scots who first occupied it. Director: Ian Lilley. Starring: Neil Oliver. Dreamscape Media, LLC.
Obesity is the biggest health crisis on the planet. This documentary explains the reasons for rapid weight gain and looks at what people can do about it. Director: Mark McNeill, Will Sergeant. Starring: Simon Gault. Dreamscape Media, LLC.
Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, it follows three men from outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. The raw and revealing process that the incarcerated men undertake exceeds the expectations of the free men, ripping them out of their comfort zones and forcing them to see themselves and the prisoners in unexpected ways. Director: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous. Passion River Films.
Separate man from myth as you learn the true story of Paul Revere, with detailed graphics, diagrams and exciting video. On-screen, multiple-choice reviews at the end of each segment reinforce important concepts.
Viewers will learn about the three key components of the nervous system; the brain, spinal cord and nerves; all made up of special cells called neurons that transmit electrical impulses throughout the body. They'll discover the different types of neuron, sensory, motor and associative; each with a specialized function. Reflex actions are discussed, as well as an in-depth look at the three main parts of the brain: cerebrum, cerebellum and brain stem.
Program one takes young viewers on a journey to different types of biomes around the globe. Live-action footage and colorful graphics teach kids about different regions and climates, explain what an ecosystem is, and examine the impact living organisms and their environments have on each other. Program two teaches kids what the food chain is and shows how each living thing uses the next lower member as a source of food.
Volume one: Sound, helps viewers learn the principles of sound, the range of human hearing and significant terms, as they discover the science behind everyday sounds. Volume Two: Light, features real world demonstrations and colorful graphics to teach the different properties of light, pertinent definitions and how light travels. Learn how different mediums can affect light, resulting in reflection, refraction and absorption.
Incorporates many research-based learning strategies proven to help young viewers learn and retain science vocabulary. The use of video footage, photographs, diagrams and colorful, animated graphics reinforce comprehension and retention. Kids will fully comprehend what the Food Chain is and see how each living thing uses the next lower member as a source of food.