Sunday, August 20, 2017

Tag: Documentary

Sidemen: Long Road to Glory (2016)?

Title: Sidemen: Long Road to Glory
Rating: NR
Directed by: Scott D. Rosenbaum
Written by: Jasin Cadic, and Scott D. Rosenbaum
Starring: Marc Maron, Pinetop Perkins, and Hubert Sumlin
Release Date: 8/18/2017
Running Time: 77 minutes

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In the summer of 2008, a group of legendary bluesmen, some of the last surviving members of the Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters bands, were brought together by director Scott Rosenbaum for a cameo appearance in his feature film, The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Hubert Sumlin were cast for their authenticity and ability to underscore the film’s critical subplot, the evolution of rock ‘n’ roll through the blues. During breaks in production, these bluesmen thrilled Rosenbaum with their tales of a lifetime spent on the road. First hand accounts of experiences with the mythical Robert Johnson, the larger-than-life Howlin’ Wolf, the seminal Muddy Waters and disciples such as Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones got the director’s creative wheels spinning. Between takes, Sumlin called Rosenbaum over to the bandstand and prophetically told him of his feeling that they would be working together again. In an instant, an idea that had been germinating with the director for years took root.

When the bluesmen’s booking agent, Hugh Southard approached Rosenbaum, asking him to lend the film’s name to help galvanize a world tour featuring these legendary musicians, a concept had fully blossomed. Having grown up on Martin Scorsese’s valediction to The Band, The Last Waltz, Rosenbaum wanted to make a film that similarly honored the life and musical legacy of these aging bluesmen. When Pinetop, Hubert and Willie “Big Eyes,” along with Sugar Blue, Robert Stroger and Bob Margolin hit the road as The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll Blues Band, Rosenbaum, along with producers Jasin Cadic, Tony Grazia, Joe White and Emmett James were determined to capture this important moment and fleeting history. Over the next three years they would follow these blues legends, shooting live performances, an historic Grammy win, dozens of intimate interviews, countless behind-the-scenes moments, and documenting their lives on the road. Sadly, the 2011 deaths of Willie, Pine and Hubert altered the film’s initial Last Waltz style vision; to capture these legends performing live versions of classic blues songs with the musicians they had so heavily influenced. Luckily, several of these performance pairings were filmed before their deaths. Those treasured moments are complimented by over two dozen subsequent interviews with some of blues and rock’s biggest names, demonstrating the true impact and tremendous respect that these men engendered over the course of their long careers.

Members of The Doors, The Allman Brothers, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Aerosmith, The Dave Matthews Band, as well as artists like Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Winter, Bobby Rush and Shemekia Copeland share their personal and professional recollections of these men and the impact that they’ve had on their own careers. When asked how they hoped to be remembered, Willie, Pine and Hubert consistently expressed their wish to be known for both having kept the blues alive and to serve as an inspiration for the younger generations of musicians. Interviews with blues acolytes Joe Bonamassa, Eric Gales, Warren Haynes, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Derek Trucks affirm that their legacies are alive and well. Several of these musicians have even contributed searing on-camera solo performances in tribute to these late blues legends. Haunting imagery of the Mississippi Delta region, the birthplace of the blues and these legendary bluesmen, punctuates this powerful piece of history. This film succeeds in capturing the personal triumphs, tragedies and tremendous perseverance of three of the last original Delta and Chicago bluesmen while preserving a critical legacy that is nothing short of our last links to the origins of all popular music.


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Whose Streets?

Title: Whose Streets?
Rating: R
Directed by: Sabaah Folayan, and Damon Davis
Starring: Brittany Ferrell, Tef Poe, and Kayla Reed
Release Date: 8/11/2017
Running Time: 90 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy.

Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Dedication: For Michael Brown Jr.


Step (2017)

Title: Step
Rating: PG
Directed by: Amanda Lipitz
Starring: Paula Dofat, Blessin Giraldo, and Cori Grainger
Release Date: 8/4/2017
Running Time: 83 minutes

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TEP is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step team against the background of the heart of Baltimore. These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive – on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college.

This all female school is reshaping the futures of its students’ lives by making it their goal to have every member of their senior class accepted to and graduate from college, many of whom will be the first in their family to do so. Deeply insightful and emotionally inspiring, STEP embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for.


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Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No


Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, An (2017)?

Title: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Rating: PG
Directed by: Jon Shenk, and Bonni Cohen
Starring: Al Gore
Release Date: 8/4/2017
Running Time: 98 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.


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Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No


Chasing Coral (2017)?

Title: Chasing Coral
Rating: NR
Directed by: Jeff Orlowski
Written by: Davis Coombe, Vickie Curtis, and Jeff Orlowski
Starring: Andrew Ackerman, Pim Bongaerts, and Neal Cantin
Release Date: 7/14/2017
Running Time: 93 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
With the same adventurous spirit and curiosity that inspired Emmy Award-Winning Chasing Ice, Director Jeff Orlowski and the film team train their lens on the world’s oceans on a journey to reveal a mysterious phenomenon happening beneath the surface.

The team follows Richard Vevers, a former ad man, who left his advertising career to become an underwater photographer. Captivated by the magic of the reefs, he sets out to reveal the oceans to the world. He meets with the world’s most brilliant coral scientists, and learns of a horrific event unfolding: an underwater heatwave is killing corals around the planet. With young scientist and self-proclaimed “coral nerd” Zackery Rago, the film team ventures to remote regions of the planet, racing the clock and battling the unpredictable nature of the ocean to document this beautiful yet haunting phenomenon.

Chasing Coral was shot over three years, with expeditions to coral reefs around the world. The imagery is an ominous warning of the planet’s future along the current course; at the same time, it is a celebration of the most biodiverse ecosystem on the planet.


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City of Ghosts (2017)

Title: City of Ghosts
Rating: R
Directed by: Matthew Heineman
Release Date: 7/7/2017
Running Time: 90 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
City of Ghosts is a singularly powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core as it elevates the canon of one of the most talented documentary filmmakers working today. Captivating in its immediacy, City of Ghosts follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” – a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No


Santoalla (2016)?

Title: Santoalla
Rating: NR
Directed by: Andrew Becker, and Daniel Mehrer
Starring: Margo Verfondern, Martin Verfondern, and Manolo Rodríguez
Release Date: 7/19/2017
Running Time: 83 minutes

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Progressive Dutch couple, Martin Verfondern and Margo Pool, had only one dream – to live off the land, far from the constraints and complications of the city. But, when they arrive in the crumbling, Spanish village of Santoalla, the foreigners challenge the traditions of the town’s sole remaining family, igniting a decade-long conflict that culminates in Martin’s mysterious disappearance. As this once forgotten landscape is thrust into the center of controversy, Margo finds herself searching not only for answers, but for the strength to persevere.


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B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography, The (2016)?

Title: The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography
Rating: R
Directed by: Errol Morris
Starring: Elsa Dorfman
Release Date: 6/30/2017
Running Time: 76 minutes

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Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20×24 camera. For the next thirty-five years she captured the “surfaces” of those who visited her Cambridge, Massachusetts studio: families, Beat poets, rock stars, and Harvard notables. As pictures begin to fade and her retirement looms, Dorfman gives Errol Morris an inside tour of her backyard archive.


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Food Evolution (2016)?

Title: Food Evolution
Rating: NR
Directed by: Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Written by: Scott Hamilton Kennedy, and Trace Sheehan
Starring: Raoul Adamchak, Charles Benbrook, Tamar Haspel, Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson
Release Date: 6/23/2017
Running Time: 92 minutes

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Using the controversy over genetically-modified foods as its entry point, ‘Food Evolution’ shows how easily fear and misinformation can overwhelm objective, evidence-based analysis.


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Flag Football (2015)?

Title: Flag Football
Rating: NR
Directed by: Seth Greenleaf
Starring: Wade Davis, Jared Garduno, and Brenton Metzler
Release Date: 3/30/2015
Running Time: 94 minutes

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Three teams and their journey to become the next Gay Bowl Champions. With everything on the line, some teams will come together and others will fall apart, but gay sports will never be seen the same way again.


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