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Is college worth the cost? Ivory Tower explores the current education crisis from the halls of Harvard, to community colleges, to online learning, providing an astonishing look at the American university landscape.
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Since his tragic death from cancer at age 32, comedian Bill Hicks's legend and stature have only grown, and this unique documentary tells his story, blending live footage, interviews and animation to fill in the details of a life cut short. A comic's comic and unflagging critic of hypocrisy and cultural emptiness, Hicks was one of a kind, a Lenny Bruce for the late 20th century, and few are more deserving of this in-depth biographic treatment.
The Source Family
A commune of people takes up residence in a Hollywood mansion before fleeing to Hawaii.
2009 documentary, biography
TRANSCENDENT MAN gets inside the mind of the award-winning scientist and A.I. specialist Ray Kurzweil through extensive interviews with him and revealing conversations with friends and colleagues.
Boogie Man: The Lee Altwater Story
This documentary from director Stefan Forbes examines the political and personal life of the late Lee Atwater, notorious for his no-holds-barred strategies that powered the campaign of George H.W. Bush. Forbes analyzes Atwater's pivotal role in the rise of the Republican Party in the 1980s, and also documents a decidedly less partisan side of the strategist, including his passion for playing the blues.
How to Die in Oregon
Winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Award, How to Die in Oregon explores the state's historic and controversial Death with Dignity Act, which legalizes physician aid-in-dying for terminally ill patients.
Once a vibrant part of American culture, nearly 5000 drive-ins once dotted the nation from big cities to small towns, but today less than 400 remain. In a nation that loves cars and movies, why haven't they survived?
The number of popular conspiracy theories and the speed at which they spread is growing. Over a third of Americans believe their government did not tell them the truth about 9/11. A third of Britons believes that Princess Diana did not die an accidental death. Cyberspace is bursting with sites dedicated to theories about JFK, UFOs, or Area 51. Looking at these events and others, this film reveals how our societys mistrust for government has created a culture of doubt. It examines the ways that fearful people find comfort in the order and explanations that conspiracy theories provide. But it also discusses how conspiracy theories frequently discourage honest discourse, and, historically, have led to disaster. Conspiracy Rising takes a hard, penetrating look at the psycho-social and philosophical roots of conspiracy theories, examining who tends to believe in them and why.
Cattleman Kirk Hanna struggled to protect a once prominent way of life in Colorado. Born into ranch life, Hanna became a leader in the environmental ranching movement, setting out to protect encroachment of development and misuse.
2015 Documentary, Independent
Doctors, nutritionists, chefs, bloggers, authors and entrepreneurs from 4 countries share why they choose to go against conventional health wisdom to promote paleo. Documentary, Love Paleo reflects on how real-life people were profoundly transformed by their new way of life and became passionate about promoting the Paleo lifestyle through their business as a means for others to achieve optimal health." This film intends to spread the message about the paleo movement and raise public awareness about this healthy alternative to the Standard American/Western Diet (SAD). The features also presents the basic tenets of the lifestyle through the eyes of medical doctors, nutritionists, authors, business owners, chefs and personal trainers who have adopted this way of life and have thrived ever since thus also addressing some misconceptions about it.
Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?
2010 biographies, documentary
John Scheinfeld explores the life and work of Grammy-winning Harry Nilsson with never before seen clips, home videos, photos, and interviews.
1930 classic-movies, biographies, drama
Returning to the historic era of his greatest success, D.W. Griffith pays homage to the sixteenth President in this drama starring Walter Huston
My Best Fiend
Herzog traces the often violent ups and downs of his relationship with actor Klaus Kinski, revisiting the various locations of their films and talking to the people they worked with.
Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond explores Hollywood's portrayal of Native Americans in a century of cinema.
One of the most powerfully intimate films ever made about the final stages of life, The End began as a bold experiment. In November 2001, director Kirby Dick invited terminal patients and their families in a hospice program to take home cameras and record their last experiences on earth. Surprisingly, many patients and families embraced the concept. The resulting film is a profound and moving chronicle of five hospice patients whose stories are in turns honest, humorous, and heartbreaking. Examining such profound issues as the meaning of suffering, the desire for love and forgiveness, and the horror of death, the film is an intensely personal meditation on the experience of death, both for the dying and for those who must go on living.
Inside Hana's Suitcase
2011 Documentary, History
The poignant story of two young children who grew up in pre-WWII Czechoslovakia and the terrible events that they endured for being Jewish. Based on the internationally acclaimed book "Hana's Suitcase" which has been translated into 40 languages, the film is an effective blend of documentary and dramatic techniques. In addition to tracing the lives of George and Hana Brady in the 1930's and 40's, "Inside Hana's Suitcase" tells the present-day story of "The Small Wings", a group of Japanese children, and how their passionate and tenacious teacher, Fumiko Ishioka, helped them solve the mystery of Hana Brady, whose name was painted on an old battered suitcase that they received from Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi death camp built in Poland. The film's plot unfolds as told through contemporary young storytellers who act as the omniscient narrators. They seamlessly transport us through 70 years of history and back and forth across three continents, and relate to us a story of unspeakable sadness and also of shining hope.
From the controversial author of the best-selling "The Skeptical Environmentalist" comes this engrossing (NY Times) documentary that challenges green movement scare tactics and is called "far more convincing than An Inconvenient Truth"
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
This hilarious musical stars Robert Morse as a charming and scheming window washer who climbs to the top of the corporate ladder by way of a self-help book.