This is the story of the family at the heart of American roots music - The Carters and the Cashes. Part history, part family saga, the film highlights a who's who of country music including Johnny Cash, George Jones, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, The Carolina Chocolate Drops and more.
DO YOU DREAM IN COLOR? is an enlightening and poignant coming of age story that follows the journeys of four teenagers as they strive to achieve their dreams: to be a sponsored skateboarder, travel the world, become a rock star and be the first family member to graduate. Their stories shine a proactive light on the social and institutional obstacles faced by people who are blind and what it takes to surmount those barriers.
For a select group of young men, video gaming isn't just a hobby - it's a job. To be a professional gamer, you need a competitive drive, tactical skill, and creativity. With increasingly larger prizes and six figure player salaries, esports is on the rise as a career. Good Game follows a new kind of athlete, the Starcraft 2 division of team Evil Geniuses, as they compete around the world to take the top prizes in the biggest tournaments. But between injuries, exhaustion, and egos, those who start at the top might not stay there for long. New superstars are waiting to take the spotlight, and wanting to succeed sometimes just isn't enough.
In This Binary Universe of ours there still exists places not overrun by Western commercialism. This film represents a musical journey that explores the amazing, exotic and fearsome world that we live in and extending to our universe within.
Making babies for money is big business in India. The Akanksha clinic is the largest outfit producing infants for clients, often foreigners, who can't conceive themselves. For the women who get pregnant on demand it's a way of escaping poverty but it's still deeply traumatic. Intimate narratives chart the aspirations and fears of client and surrogate. A sensitive but powerful documentary exposing the emotional hurdles involved in breaking the laws of mother nature.
"In the vibrant, bohemian neighborhood of South Philadelphia, 50,000-square feet of concrete are covered with tile and mirrors—mosaics that were created by Isaiah Zagar, an eccentric, tormented artist. The murals chronicle his love for his wife, Julia, and subtly hint at the darker corners of an extraordinary imagination. Where Isaiah is obsessive and narcissistic—a former Peace Corps volunteer who has become an icon in South Philly's art community—Julia is gracious and warm. For decades, their opposing natures complemented one another perfectly. But suddenly the family is torn apart at the seams: A few hours before picking up his oldest son from a rehabilitation center, Isaiah declares to the camera, "As people get older they have less and less passion." He then confesses to an affair with his assistant, is kicked out of the house, and spirals into a debilitating, suicidal depression. A fascinating portrait of love and betrayal, family bonds, and the intimacy of dysfunction. Shot on 35mm, Hi Def, digital video; with 8mm and 16mm home movie footage. The soundtrack features music by the Books, Explosions in the Sky, Efterklang, and Kelli Scarr.
Is the American Dream alive or dead? Political comedian John Fugelsang hits the road to find out in Dream On. This epic road trip retraces the journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, whose study of our young country in 1831 came to define America as a place where anyone, of any background, could climb the ladder of economic opportunity. Following in the Frenchman’s footsteps, Fugelsang asks whether the optimistic spirit of the American Dream that Tocqueville popularized is alive and well in the twenty-first century, or whether George Carlin was right when he famously quipped, “It’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.” Dream On features stories of hard-working people trapped in poverty; senior citizens who have lost their pensions; blue collar workers whose jobs have disappeared; homeowners fighting foreclosure; once prosperous families struggling with hunger and homelessness; fast food workers fighting for a living wage; non-violent drug offenders in prison for decades; undocumented immigrants fighting deportation; low-income communities struggling with poverty-related disease; rust belt cities coping with deindustrialization; educators trying to reform our failing public schools; and social entrepreneurs designing new ways to reduce poverty. As countless Americans struggle with diminished prospects for the future, our core beliefs about the value of work, the inevitability of progress, the fairness of the system, and America’s standing in the world are being shaken. After decades of rising income inequality and declining economic mobility, reviving the American Dream has become the defining issue of our time.
"Springsteen & I" is a unique feature music documentary celebrating a rock 'n' roll icon: Bruce Springsteen. Working with the filmmakers, Springsteen's fans have helped create a film that reflects on their personal insights and experiences to explore what this timeless artist means to them. Their stories are at times touching, at times humorous, at times extraordinary and they all come from the heart. Combined with previously unseen archive footage of performances throughout Springsteen's career, this is a film by the fans and for the fans created with the full support of Bruce Springsteen.
Witness a portrait of a new breed of artist: the videogame designer. At first, the only way to make it as a designer in the video game industry was to work with major developers. Taking the industry by storm, these programmers have spent years of their lives building entirely new games from the bottom up. Risking everything, their results are deeply personal, visionary works whose success has redefined the gaming industry.
NEON celebrates the beauty, colour and vibrant history of the neon sign from an international perspective as we face a world where it will soon be lost and superceded by L.E.D. signage. Neon is 100 years old and the craft and construction has changed very little, making neon one the greenest forms of light ever produced and an amazing and enduring force of colour and light in the visual landscapes of our lives.
Anthony worked with the PlayStation stimulus word "Challenge". This thought-provoking film tells the tale of a Native American, a dying man and a young boy - who find their lives connected by strange dreams and the untamed wilderness.
Constructed from plastic tubes, artist Theo Jansens's beautiful animal-like creations move independently, powered by the wind. For Theo, the creation of his mythical strandbeesten, or 'beach animals', is about much more than just art: "I am creating a new nature...a new species" he says. A Boy's Dream follows the artist as he reveals his remarkable new creations, delving into his troubled past and reflecting on his own philosophical anxieties.
After leading the USSR to a gold medal (and victory over the U.S.A.) at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Sarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis were poster boys for the Soviet sports machine. Four years later, after the fall of the Soviet Union, they emerged as symbols of democracy, helping their country break free from the shackles of Communism, and willing newly independent Lithuania to the medal stand at the Barcelona Olympics.
CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS, a breathtaking new documentary from the incomparable Werner Herzog (ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, GRIZZLY MAN) follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. A hit at this year's Toronto Film Festival, CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS is an unforgettable cinematic experience that provides a unique glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago -- almost twice as old as any previous discovery.