A unique coming of age story with Chinese characteristics, The Road to Fame chronicles the staging of the American musical Fame, China's first official collaboration with Broadway, by the senior class of the Central Academy of Drama.
It’s August 2006, just days before Brooklyn Community Arts and Media high school (BCAM) will open its doors for the first time. Dr. James O’Brien, former D.J. and point guard turned first-time principal, and his faculty of eight, take to the streets in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn to recruit students. Their enthusiasm is infectious and their ethos is enticing: to build strong personal relationships, meet kids where they are at and provide unconventional arts and media electives taught by local artists. From the first day of school, the buzz from the student body (a single class of 104 freshman) is that this is a dream come true. But as the months go by, conflicts arise when “the honeymoon is over.” Flash forward to September 2010, the first day of senior year. Principal O’Brien arrives at the morning staff meeting and marvels that his faculty has grown from 8 to 50. It will be their first year as a complete school with four grades and 450 students. That’s the good news! The bad news is, of the 104 students in their founding class, almost half have transferred or dropped out, leaving a senior class of 60 – and only 30 on track to graduate. What happened? What happened is both compelling and frustrating, and it’s what makes The New Public a critical document of the complexities, frustrations and personal dramas that put public education at the center of national debate. What makes a kid or a school succeed are a series of complicated, interconnected dynamics, including, a re-evaluation of how we define “success.” BCAM has made major adjustments – most notably, more disciplinary structure and no arts electives for seniors. But as O’Brien owns, “We spent more time thinking about empowering our community than board of Ed requirements…now it’s a race to the finish.” Casualties are unavoidable. Their story explores issues of class, race and culture in the contemporary battlefield of urban education. It’s a case study and a detailed map for the road ahead.
Film legend and Academy Award-nominee James Earl Jones ("Clear and Present Danger," "The Lion King") narrates this fascinating and moving documentary about the life of the assassinated black leader through various sources, including speeches, newsreels, film clips and new footage provided by his friends and acquaintances.
A very long, sloppy trailer for the original film - This is NOT the film COLOR ME OBSESSED, A FILM ABOUT THE REPLACEMENTS. That film is 2 hours long and tells the full story of the band through the eyes of their fans, followers, fellow musicians, roadies, sound men, and more. This film, which runs 49 minutes, is a collection of funny Replacements stories, most of which do not appear in the finished film.
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.
Filmed over 14 months with unprecedented access into the inner circle of the man and the sport, this is the first official and fully authorized film of one of the most celebrated figures in football. For the first time ever, the world gets vividly candid and un-paralleled, behind-closed-doors access to the footballer, father, family-man and friend in this moving & fascinating documentary. Through in-depth conversations, state of the art football footage and never before seen archival footage, the film gives an astonishing insight into the sporting and personal life of triple Ballon D'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo at the peak of his career. From the makers of ‘Senna’ and ‘Amy’, Ronaldo takes audiences on an intimate and revealing journey of what it’s like to live as an iconic athlete in the eye of the storm. (Original Title - Ronaldo) - 2015 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Narrated by Oscar-winner Russell Crowe, this stunningly shot doc explores the voracious thirst for Bordeaux, the holy grail of fine wines, by a new breed of Chinese wine enthusiasts who are changing the global wine market. A FilmBuff Presentation.
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.
Bowling for Columbine is an alternately humourous and horrifying film about the United States. It is a film about the state of the Union, about the violent soul of America. Why do 11,000 people die in America each year at the hands of gun violence? The talking heads yelling from every TV camera blame everything from Satan to video games. But are we that much different from many other countries? What sets us apart? How have we become both the master and victim of such enormous amounts of violence? This is not a film about gun control. It is a film about the fearful heart and soul of the United States, and the 280 million Americans lucky enough to have the right to a constitutionally protected Uzi.
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.
The Waiting Room is a riveting look behind the doors of a public hospital's overtaxed emergency room in Oakland, California. A poignant blend of humor and drama, the film offers a raw, intimate and ultimately uplifting look at the struggle and determination of one community and one hospital coping with limited resources and no road map for navigating a health care landscape marked by historic economic and political dysfunction. The Waiting Room is an eloquent and urgent anthem of the power of our collective humanity to meet the greatest challenges of our times.
90% of the media in the USA are controlled by five big for-profit-conglomerats, creating a media monopoly that manipulates our political, economical, and social world. Shadows of Liberty reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control.
When you discover that your heroes have all broken the rules, do you follow the rules, or do you follow your heroes? From the producers of Bowling For Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 comes a powerful documentary that unflinchingly explores steroid use in the biggest, strongest, fastest country in the world: America. MPAA Rating: PG-13
Marijuana is the most controversial drug of the twentieth century. Smoked by generations of musicians, students, and workers to little discernible ill effect, it continues to be reviled by the vast majority of governments around the world. With Grass, veteran filmmaker Ron Mann brings his impeccable historical facility and storytelling skills to recount how a relatively harmless drug has been demonized for decades. With a rueful yet incisive script, deft editing, and an impressive soundtrack featuring original songs by Mark Mothersbaugh and a veritable potpourri of tunes ranging from Swing Era’s “Reefer Man” through Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women” to the hippy lament “One Toke Over The Line,” Ron Mann’s Grass boasts extraordinary production values. Funny yet political, the film charts the terrible loss in imprisoned lives and billions of dollars wasted fighting a drug that refuses to go away.
In HILLARY'S AMERICA, bestselling author and influential filmmaker D’Souza reveals the sordid truth about Hillary and the secret history of the Democratic Party. This important and controversial film releases at a critical time leading up to the 2016 Presidential campaign and challenges the state of American politics.
A gritty and unflinching descent into the shadowy world of black-market organ trafficking: the street-level brokers, the rogue surgeons, the impoverished men and women who are willing to sacrifice a slice of their own bodies for a quick payday, and the desperate patients who face the agonizing choice of obeying the law or saving their lives.
Critically-acclaimed documentary explores the underbelly of the high-glitz, low-politics, skin-baring media culture promulgated by Berlusconi's ownership of the majority of the Italy's TV stations. Approaching the material as both insider and outsider, Gandini gains re- markable access to the world of Berlusconi's associates and the willing wannabes that swarm around them, unveiling a modern Italy as both comedy and tragedy.