Academy Award®-winning director Alex Gibney [Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief] pulls no punches in his portrait of Apple founder Steve Jobs and his legacy. This probing and unflinching look at the life and aftermath of the bold, brilliant and at times ruthless iconoclast explores what accounted for the grief of so many when he died.
Errol Morris turns his camera on one of the most fascinating men in the world: pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, afflicted by a motor neuron disease that has left him without a voice or the use of his limbs. Telling the man’s incredible story via the voices of his colleagues and loved ones, A Brief History of Time is as small as a single life and as big as the ever-expanding universe.
From Bedrooms to Billions tells the incredible true story of the pioneers of the British video games industry. As home computer technology development gathered pace in the 1970’s and 1980’s computers such as the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, BBC Micro and later the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST saw a generation of small team enthusiasts, hobbyists, school kids, and entrepreneurs emerge. Their creativity and vision, along with those that followed allowed the UK to play a key role in the shaping of the largest entertainment business in the world today, the billion dollar video games industry! The film journeys through those early 8-bit game design years, the transition into the 16-bit era and PC, the influence of the Japanese and American consoles (Sega Mega Drive, Nintendo SNES), the availability of finance caused by rising development costs, right through to the present day of big budget triple A games, indie development and the future. Featuring interviews with Mark Healey (Little Big Planet), Ian Livingstone (Tomb Raider), Peter Molyneux (Populous), Jeff Minter (TxK), David Braben (Elite Dangerous), David Perry (Earthworm Jim), Mark Cerny (Sonic the Hedgehog 2) and many others from across video game development, publishing and journalism from over the last 40 years, combined with compelling archive footage and music. The film reveals some of the remarkable stories, struggles and successes that saw the UK video games industry go from quite literally nothing into a major force littered with original thinkers, innovators and eccentric characters.
From Focus Features, the premiere global brand in original and daring cinema, comes Focus World. Charged with finding the most exciting voices in international and independent film, Focus World is proud to present 1/2 Revolution, a stunning, action-packed document of the first days of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution from a unique, on-the-ground perspective. Omar, a Danish filmmaker, arrives in Cairo on January 24, 2011 one day before the history making revolution begins. Staying with a friend and fellow filmmaker near Tahrir Square, the two take to the streets and begin to document the action. As the heavily-armed and brutal police move in, the directors and their group of friends, using a combination of stunning HD footage with a variety of other discovered sources, provide a breathtaking lens into the dangers faced by those who partook in the uprising, and create an incredibly gripping and personal story from the Arab Spring.
Walt Disney discusses the history of animation, beginning with J. Stuart Blackton and his Humorous Phases of Funny Faces in 1906, and including Gertie the Dinosaur (Winsor McCay). Disney composer Oliver Wallace, who at one time accompanied silent films on the organ in movie theaters, re-creates a scene featuring a Koko the Clown cartoon.
Legendary Texan outlaw comic Bill Hicks was and still is an inspiration to millions. A true product of the American dream, his rebellious and exhilarating comedy left no stone unturned and his profound observations on American life were a life changing experience for many who saw him. The story of a son, a brother and a friend, this funny and critically acclaimed film is told 'in the round' by the family and peers who knew Hicks best. With captivating photographs animating the scenes of his rollercoaster life - from precocious teenager, through the dark years of addiction to his spectacular recovery, Hicks found international fame before his life was tragically cut short by cancer at the age of just 32. With rare unseen footage, this intimate and emotional portrait is both a revelation for fans and the perfect introduction for newcomers, to an iconic comedy hero whose timeless material seems to resonate stronger by the year.
Academy Award® Winner Martin Scorsese's tribute to the films of Academy Award0®-Winning director Elia Kazan. In this deeply moving documentary, Scorsese personally takes us through Kazan's legendary body of work, including Gentleman's Agreement and Viva Zapata!. Kazan's classic movies captivated Scorsese as a young man, mirroring his life story and inspiring him to become a master filmmaker.
When the Cold War ended, the generations that lived through it were relieved to finally vanquish the specter of a mushroom cloud from their minds. But today, thousands of nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia remain on high-alert, still poised to destroy the planet. THE FORGOTTEN BOMB explores our pre-conceptions about nuclear weapons and their history, investigates how they inform our sense of identity and discovers what the Bomber can learn from the Bombed.
Inside Metal is an original documentary series dedicated to Heavy Metal - Inside Metal is an original documentary series dedicated to Heavy Metal music and its diverse array of musical styles and genres. Features Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot, Ratt, Snow), Jack Russell (Great White, Dante Fox), Don Dokken (Dokken), Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.), Ann Boleyn (Hellion), Michael DesBarres and many others.
Dozens of the greatest rappers of all time, including Redman, Method Man, Busta Rhymes, Sean "Puffy" Combs, and the late Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., come together for Rhyme & Reason - the ultimate backstage pass inside the vibrant world of rap and hip-hop! With a #1 Gold soundtrack featuring the #1 hit rap single "Nothin' But the Cavi Hit" by Mack 10 and Tha Dogg Pound, this daring motion picture tells the fascinating story behind the evolution of hip-hop culture! From a neighborhood pastime to a multibillion-dollar industry surrounded by controversy - this funny, honest and uncompromising look at true cultural phenomenon has drawn critical acclaim from coast to coast!
In 1980, the filmmaker’s birth is overshadowed by the revolution. “I was born in the middle of a dream.” But another refrain runs through the film: “What am I to do with this legacy?” This family drama is a quest of identity and politics that takes us from Turkey in the 1970s to Switzerland in the 21st century, dealing with exile, prison, false money, fallen heroes, hippies gone astray and a revolutionary disco along the way. A mosaic of a film, which moves freely between documentary, fiction and animation.
"McConkey" is a heartfelt examination of the legacy one athlete left to the progression of his sports, and the path he paved to conquer his dreams. Shane McConkey is revered as a pioneer of freeskiing and ski-BASE jumping, and through his talent and ability to use his trademark irreverent humor, he inspired countless lives. Featuring incredible action footage and Shane’s own home videos, "McConkey" offers a rare look at his most intense risks as well as an intimate portrait of his personal life. Through interviews with friends, family, and other action sports legends, the film celebrates Shane and the way he lived. A film from Red Bull Media House in association with Matchstick Productions, "McConkey" celebrates the life of one of the world's ultimate innovators. Proceeds from the film will go to a trust set up for the McConkey family.
"Children of the Light" is the first film to tell the life story of Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu, one of the fathers of modern day South Africa. With extensive archival footage, family photos and never before seen interviews, "Children of the Light" is a personal look into the legacy of one of the greatest peacemakers of our time.