It's one of the best in a recent array of cinematic docs looking at such hot topics as oil, water, food production, climate change, the economy and telling us, as scientist Jay Famiglietti so...
Be assured, this thorough doc with its gorgeous opening sequence will sear a central message into your brain: think before you drink.
"Last Call at the Oasis" represents nonfiction filmmaking at its most urgent, timely and stylistically smooth.
One can argue the movie's finer points, but in the end, there's no escaping its creeping pile-up of evidence that Mother Earth is critically dehydrated - and we need to do something, fast.
Yu ends on a mildly optimistic note, but it's hard not to walk away convinced we're all in for a rather severe dry spell.
Ms. Yu, who has directed scripted television episodes as well as documentaries, wraps a lot of bad news into a slick, informative, fast-moving package.
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From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, the award-winning producers of The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions, strategic partner, Intel Corporation, and distribution partners CNN Films and Gathr, comes Girl Rising -an innovative new feature film about the power of education to change a girl - and the world. Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez and other esteemed actresses contribute voice performances to the film, which features original music from Academy Award winner Rachel Portman and Grammy Award winner Lorne Balfe. The film spotlights unforgettable girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from the dumps of Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who composes music to help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; and Ruksana, an Indian 'pavement-dweller' whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter's dreams. Each girl is paired with a renowned writer from her native country. Edwidge Danticat, Sooni Taraporevala Aminatta Forna and others tell the girls' stories, each in its own style, and all with profound resonance. These girls are each unique, but the obstacles they faced are ubiquitous. Like the 66 million girls around the world who dream of going to school, what Sokha, Suma, Ruksana and the rest want most is to be students - to learn. And now, by sharing their personal journeys, they have become teachers. Watch Girl Rising, and you will see - One girl with courage is a revolution.
In the spring of 2005, acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history. Chasing Ice is a feature documentary about one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, Balog conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic, by helicopter, canoe, and dogsled, to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether, risking both his career and his well-being. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for him to see the fruits of his labor. But his hauntingly beautiful videos compress those years into seconds. His Extreme Ice Survey captures ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist doing everything in his power to deliver hope to our carbon-powered planet.
Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER'S JOURNEY follows Clash's remarkable career, while also offering a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop. As a teenager growing up in Baltimore in the 1970s, Clash had very different aspirations from his classmates—he wanted to be a part of Henson's team, the creative force responsible for delivering the magic of Sesame Street on a daily basis. With a supportive family behind him, Kevin made his dreams come true.
FASTEST captures the thrilling, terrifying reality of MotoGP racing. From award-winning filmmaker Mark Neale ("Faster," "The Doctor," "The Tornado and The Kentucky Kid") and with unprecedented access and never-before-seen footage, the film charts Valentino Rossi's quest for his eighth premier class championship as he battles back from a horrific leg-shattering crash. Rossi takes on a wave of ferociously fast young riders and the emerging stars of the sport, including Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies, Dani Pedrosa, Marco Simoncelli and Casey Stoner. FASTEST explores the greatest feeling coupled with the greatest risk in MotoGP racing, asking the question every rider - even the greatest of all time - must face: Who's fastest now?
A worldwide cultural phenomenon, the classic board game Monopoly has been played by over a billion people in the last 75 years. UNDER THE BOARDWALK - THE MONOPOLY STORY presents the captivating stories about the game and those who play it, culminating with the high-stakes MONOPOLYÂ® world championships held every four years. Leading up to the exciting coronation of a new champion in Las Vegas, the film follows some of the most colorful players in the game. They are lawyers and math teachers, defending champions and underdogs, all brought together by a shared love of the game. From helping WWII POWs escape to cropping up in movies and television since its inception, MONOPOLY's rich history is revealed in this fascinating documentary, narrated by Zachary Levi (Chuck).
America is in the grip of a societal economic panic. Lawmakers cry 'We're Broke!' as they slash budgets, lay off schoolteachers, police, and firefighters, crumbling our country's social fabric and leaving many Americans scrambling to survive. Meanwhile, multibillion-dollar American corporations like Exxon, Google and Bank of America are making record profits. And while the deficit climbs and the cuts go deeper, these corporationsówith intimate ties to our political leadersóare concealing colossal profits overseas to avoid paying U.S. income tax. We're Not Broke is the story of how U.S. corporations have been able to hide over a trillion dollars from Uncle Sam, and how seven fed-up Americans from across the country, take their frustration to the streets...and vow to make the corporations pay their fair share.
On May 6th, 2009, Maine became the first state in this country to legislatively grant same-sex couples the right to marry. Seven months later Maine reversed, becoming the thirty-first state in this country to say "no" to gay and lesbian marriage.
Filmed from within both campaigns, Question One chronicles the fierce and emotional battle that took place in Maine during that time, a battle whose political symbolism is a bellwether for the greater ideological battlefield in American politics.
Inside Job' is the first film to provide a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China. MPAA Rating: PG-13 Â© 2010 Sony Pictures Classics Inc. All Rights Reserved.
From the Oscar®-winning team behind MAN ON WIRE comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark 1970s experiment to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. But as Nim's natural instincts take over and the humans around him fail to protect him, PROJECT NIM uncovers the unflinching and extraordinary journey of one animal thrust into human society.
From the Academy Award-winning Director of An Inconvenient Truth comes the groundbreaking feature film that provides an engaging and inspiring look at public education in the United States. Waiting For "Superman" has helped launch a movement to achieve a real and lasting change through the compelling stories of five unforgettable students such as Emily, a Silicon Valley eighth-grader who is afraid of being labeled as unfit for college and Francisco, a Bronx first-grader whose mom will do anything to give him a shot at a better life. Waiting For "Superman" will leave a lasting and powerful impression that you will want to share with your friends and family.
More than 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. BULLY, one of the most buzzed about documentaries in recent years, brings a human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, BULLY opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders.
On June 28th, 2005, during an infamous mountainside battle with Taliban forces, Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy was killed while trying to protect his Navy SEAL team. In 2007, he was posthumously awarded the Medal Of Honor for his bravery, the first ever given for combat in Afghanistan. This powerful documentary features interviews with Lt. Murphy's friends, family, and teammates, and reveals the remarkable life of the son, brother, neighbor, and warrior known to all as Murph, a man who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and the cause of freedom to become a true American hero. This is the story and legacy of MURPH: THE PROTECTOR.
In his fascinating exploration of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, master filmmaker Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) probes the human psyche to explore why people kill—and why a state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (scheduled to die within eight days of appearing on-screen), Herzog achieves what he describes as "a gaze into the abyss of the human soul." Herzog's inquiries also extend to the families of the victims and perpetrators as well as a state executioner and pastor who've been with death row prisoners as they've taken their final breaths. As he's so often done before, Herzog's investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.