An atheist and a former Islamist extremist walk in to a bar… Joking aside. Sam Harris is a known atheist and the author of The End of Faith, among many others. The End of Faith was Sam’s immediate reaction to the events of 9/11, and includes numerous references to Islam. To roughly quote Sam, he… [Read More]
If you look around your desk, or your pantry, you will almost certainly see products that come to you because of child labor (which is very often slavery).
I don’t consider myself a Luddite, but I know I am more analog that digital. Because of that I’ve never quite caught on to some of the technological advancements that keep coming. Case in point: Bitcoin. So it was with both interest and trepidation that I watched Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain.
Directed by Olivia Martin-McGuire, China Love takes us on a billion-dollar ride of fantasy-exploring, contemporary China through the window of the pre-wedding photography industry. Following couples as they navigate love, weddings and family in preparation for their upcoming marriage, the film also highlights the incredible changes taking place in a nation that is searching for the… [Read More]
Directed by Aaron Wolf, Restoring Tomorrow tells a universal story of hope as a beloved local temple in decay is revitalized through a community’s commitment to recover their history. Wolf follows the journey of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a Los Angeles treasure built by the original Hollywood moguls, that needs to raise millions in order to restore its… [Read More]
Directed by Aaron Wolf, Restoring Tomorrowtells a universal story of hope as a beloved local temple in decay is revitalized through a community’s commitment to recover their history. Wolf follows the journey of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a Los Angeles treasure built by the original Hollywood moguls, that needs to raise millions in order to restore its… [Read More]
The American Dream is that there are no limits to what someone can be. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [sic] are created equal….” But does science, especially genetics, put that into doubt or even undermine it? A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, Genetics and the American Dream takes a look at the… [Read More]
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]