What makes this film especially timely is the way school funding is being cut. There are programs related to science education that are often in the crosshairs of governmental budget cutters. This film serves as a cheerleader for STEM education.
Screwball is the unbelievably true story of how a petty dispute between two petty criminals brought down the world’s highest-paid baseball player. Director Billy Corben, the outstanding documentarian of Cocaine Cowboys and six other features, illuminates the shady worlds of South Florida’s steroid scene and Major League Baseball’s complicated relationship with performance-enhancing drugs. The film… [Read More]
Every year many fourth grade students read Island of the Blue Dolphins in school. The book is a fictional account based in a historic tale of a Native American woman who spent eighteen years alone on San Nicolas Island (part of California’s Channel Islands). Alone on the Island of the Blue Dolphins is a documentary… [Read More]
For those who saw The Cove and perhaps even felt outrage at what that film portrayed as barbarism, A Whale of a Tale could well provide a balancing picture.
Sometimes we are fascinated by a story. But then there is the story that makes the story even more amazing. That is the case with Three Identical Strangers.
Path of Blood is an opportunity to meet a few Islamic terrorists. Yeah, not the people I look forward to meeting either, but this documentary from Jonathan Hacker gives us a chance to meet some of those in Al Qaeda and we may be surprised at what we see.
“This is what you’d like to see in nature.” Gardens bring us pleasure, even if we have to work to keep them beautiful. Gardens bring a bit of nature close to us, even if it is in an artificial setting. But Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf seeks to make gardens that reflect nature. Filmmaker Thomas… [Read More]
It is only fair that I admit that I have long been a fan of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood and look at Fred Rogers as one of my personal heroes. The show wasn’t on when I was a child, but I discovered it as an adult watching it with my son.
Each year many thousands of people walk the 600 mile Camino de Santiago, a route that has been a religious pilgrimage since the middle ages. Not all those who walk the Camino are religious pilgrims, but even those who do it as tourists may well discover spiritual insights along the way. Strangers on the Earth is the most recent documentary to focus on the Camino.
When motocross rider Aaron Baker broke his neck (C-4, 5, and 6) in 1999, the doctors told him he had a one-in-a-million chance to even be able to feed himself again. Dominic Gill’s documentary Coming to My Senses recounts Baker’s determination and work to regain movement far beyond what the doctor’s expected, eventually allowing him… [Read More]