Cast and credits
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white together to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the "Muscle Shoals sound" and The Swampers, the house band at FAME Studios that eventually left to start its own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Gregg Allman and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.
What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure.
Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country's three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to "battle" these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases.
Could it be there's a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive but so utterly straightforward, that it's mind-boggling that more of us haven't taken it seriously?
FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called "diseases of affluence" that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.
Narrated by Academy-Award Nominated Frank Langella, Genius On Hold is the story of Walter L. Shaw - a brilliant telecommunications inventor who created call forwarding, touchtone dialing, speakerphone, voice recognition, the presidential "red phone" and many other creations we use every day. He held over 39 patents and his creations should have earned him great fortune and lasting fame. Instead, this brilliant man was held down by corporate greed and government monopolies and ended up so desperate to provide for his family he ended up working for the mafia; creating the infamous "black box." His unimaginable decline led his son, Walter T. Shaw to turn to a life of crime rising to become the world's most notorious jewel-thief.
BUCK, a richly textured and visually stunning film, follows Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A real-life "horse-whisperer", he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses -- and people -- with his understanding, compassion and respect. In this film, the animal-human relationship becomes a metaphor for facing the daily challenges of life. A truly American story about an unsung hero, BUCK is about an ordinary man who has made an extraordinary life despite tremendous odds.
Imagine a school where the cool kids are the chess team! Welcome to I.S. 318. This irresistibly uplifting doc tells the stories of five members of the chess team at an inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. These are kids that you will not soon forget. A FilmBuff Presentation. MPAA Rating: PG
Heralded as "inspiring, beautifully executed, powerful, and one meant to teach," Monumental is the story of America's beginnings. The true story follows a father of six across Europe and the U.S. as he seeks to discover America's true national treasure: the people, places and principles that made America the freest, most prosperous and generous nation the world has ever known.
Long regarded as "the land of opportunity," there's no question the tiny band of religious outcasts who founded this country hit upon a formula for success that went way beyond what they could have imagined. How else can you explain the fact that they established a nation that has become the best example of civil, economic and religious liberty the world has ever known? What formula did they discover? More importantly, how can we apply these same foundational truths today?
Take your family on a new adventure to discover the true national treasure of America.
Countdown to Zero traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, leaving the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. The film makes a compelling case for worldwide nuclear disarmament, an issue more topical than ever. MPAA Rating: PG
Each year, through the Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge, 100 people across the country attempt to tame a wild mustang in 100 days. Following this dangerous and harrowing feat performed by everyday people from every walk of life, is a public showcase that determines whether these horses can be saved from a life in captivity. Complete with first-hand footage and interviews, Wild Horse Wild Ride provides an in-depth look at the incredible relationship that blossoms between man and animal.
From internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Adam Bhala Lough (The Carter, Bomb the System), this documentary follows eight of the world's best pro-skateboarders as they prepare for their sport's preeminent challenge- the Street League Championship. Each equally talented, they all must overcome unique challenges—family pressures, injuries, money, fame and their own internal struggles—for a chance to win $200,000, and most of all, the title of the world's best street-skateboarder. Featuring the biggest names in professional skateboarding today, including Rob Dyrdek, Ryan Sheckler, Paul Rodriguez, Eric Koston, Sean Malto, Chris Cole, Nyjah Huston, Chaz Ortiz and Steve Berra.
The second film in Frank Capra's epic "Why We Fight" series, "The Nazis Strike" was released in 1943 — a year after the Academy Award-winning "Prelude to War." Where that film dealt with the history of Japanese and Italian aggression, this installment focuses on Nazi Germany and Hitler's diplomatic and military deceptions. Part history lesson, part call to arms, the film makes clear that the invasion of Poland in 1939 was the last in a long series of violations of international law, made by a leader who believed he was destined to achieve world domination. Despite the fact that Hitler made clear his expansionist ideas in Mein Kampf, he was also a master propagandist who deceived the French and British. Their appeasement of Hitler resulted in the worst challenge to Western Civilization in a millennium. The documentary concludes with a stirring portrait of the Invasion of Poland.
Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world's most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. Bess Kargman's award-winning documentary, FIRST POSITION, follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, FIRST POSITION paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow.
REJOICE & SHOUT covers the 200 year history of African-American Christianity, featuring the legends of Gospel music, including The Staple Singers, The Clara Ward Singers, The Dixie Hummingbirds, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Culled from hundreds of hours of music, tracing the evolution of gospel music through its many styles -- the spirituals and early hymns, the four-part harmony-based quartets, the integration of blues and swing, the emergence of "soul," and the blending of rap and hip-hop elements. It connects the history of African-American culture with gospel as it first impacted popular culture at large and captures so much of what is special about this music and African-American Christianity.
Overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross was at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. With doctors and conventional medicine unable to help, Joe traded in junk food and hit the road with a juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe had one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.