Food scandals, climate change, lifestyle diseases and ethical concerns move more and more people to reconsider eating animals and animal products. From butcher to vegan chef, from factory farmer to farm sanctuary owner – Live and Let Live tells the stories of six individuals who decided to stop consuming animal products for different reasons and shows the impact the decision has had on their lives.
Praised by critics as one of the best films of the year, The Elephant in the Living Room takes viewers deep inside the controversial subculture of raising the most dangerous animals in the world, as common household pets. Set against the backdrop of a heated national debate, director Michael Webber chronicles the extraordinary journey of two men at the heart of the issue – Tim Harrison, a police officer whose friend was killed by an exotic pet; and Terry Brumfield, a big-hearted man who struggles to raise two African lions. In the first of many unexpected twists, the lives of these two men collide when Terry’s male lion escapes its pen and is found attacking cars on a nearby highway. Winner of 5 Best Documentary Awards, the film exposes the shocking reality behind this multi-billion dollar industry with stunning photography, inspiring storytelling and unprecedented access to a world rarely seen, right in our backyard.
Mea Maxima Culpa investigates the secret crimes of Father Lawrence Murphy, a charismatic Milwaukee priest who abused more than 200 deaf children in a school under his control. The film documents the first known public protest against clerical sex abuse in the U.S., which led to a case that spanned three decades and ultimately resulted in a lawsuit against the pontiff himself. The investigation helped uncover documents from the secret Vatican archives that show the Pope, who must operate within the rules of the Roman Curia, as both responsible and helpless in the face of evil.
The Mountain Runners is the story of America's first mountain endurance foot race, which took place in 1911. The grueling 28 to 32 mile race to the glacial summit of Mount Baker and back utilized steam trains and modified Model T autos, and lasted only three years, due to its intrepid dangers. Told in a docudrama style, the film incorporates never before released historic images, archival film, visual effects, and recreated dramatizations starring William B. Davis (X-Files). The film is narrated by Kevin Tighe (Lost, Emergency, What's Eating Gilbert Grape) and is well-supported by a cast of historians, descendants of race participants, and a group of world-renowned experts in their field. Interviews with multiple contemporary world-champion athletes, including alpine speed-climbers, climbing authors Steve House and Chad Kellogg, ultra running champions and world-record holders Krissy Moehl, Scott Jurek, and Doug McKeever, as well as Second Wind author Cami Ostman. Their interviews and insights illuminate the accomplishments of their endurance-athlete predecessors, whose achievements are astonishing.
Korengal picks up where Restrepo left off; the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war. Korengal explains how war works, what it feels like and what it does to the young men who fight it. As one soldier cheers when he kills an enemy fighter, another looks into the camera and asks if God will ever forgive him for all of the killing he has done. As one soldier grieves the loss of his friend in combat, another explains why he misses the war now that his deployment has ended, and admits he would go back to the front line in a heartbeat. Every bit as intense and affecting as Restrepo, Korengal goes a step further in bringing the war into people's living rooms back home.
Meet Carolina, Ken, Bishnu, Jermaine, Dawn and Gail - six seemingly ordinary individuals with extraordinary stories of service and redemption. This entertaining and inspiring film examines the challenges and triumphs of leading a life of faith.
Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present Life Itself, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
French philosopher Voltaire once cautioned, "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong." As the powerful new documentary A Whisper to a Roar demonstrates, Voltaire's warning has never been truer than it is today. Directed by Ben Moses (Taking the Hill: The Warrior's Journey Home) and inspired by the work of renowned democracy scholar and author Larry Diamond (The Spirit of Democracy), the film spotlights the perilous plight of pro-democracy activists in five countries as they mobilize against authoritarian governments that have been very wrong, in some cases for a very long time.