Madeleine Was Here

The Documentary reconstructs events surrounding Madeleine’s disappearance using actors and based on testimony given to the Portuguese police as part of their investigations.

With the search now shelved by the Portuguese police – and no officers in Portugal or the UK dedicated to the case – the investigators (former police officers from the UK) speak about their interest in a series of important sightings in and around the ocean club complex, Praia DA Luz, in the days leading up to may 3rd 2007.

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Madeleine Was Here

Mardi Gras Drag Queens Documentary at Quad

Now playing at New York’s Quad Cinema, The Sons of Tennessee Williams shows how gay activists in New Orleans created gay Mardi Gras krewes and staged drag celebrations that defied local laws against homosexual gatherings, and furthered the cause of gay rights — back in the 1960s.

Filmmaker Tom Wolfe’s first documentary feature is an impressive and entertaining compilation of archival footage, supported with current interviews with the Southern gentlemen who are featured it.

Fascinating history. Great costumes.

So, there’s no need to wait for Halloween on Christopher Street to see spectacular drag. Get thee to the Quad!

If you’re not in New York, The Sons of Tennessee Williams will screen in other venues across the country. And, it will eventually be released on DVD by First Run Features.

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Mardi Gras Drag Queens Documentary at Quad

Theatrical Openings on October 12 and 14

merica the Beautiful II: The Thin Commandments – In this sequel to 2007’s America The Beautiful, filmmaker Darryl Roberts investigates America’s obsession with being thin by putting himself on various weight loss regimes. His down to earth approach is downright inspiring. No gimmicks. Just the goods. Opens on October 12.
Bombay Beach – Alma Har’el’s lyrical and haunting documenary focuses on several outcasts who reside in a remote and rundown community on the shores of California’s land-locked Salton Sea, and dance to the music of Bob Dylan and Beirut. Compelling characters and gorgeous cinematography. Opens October 14. Read my full review
Revenge of the Electric Car – In this documentary sequel to his controversial Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006), filmmaker Chris Paine follows two major auto makers and a couple of start ups in their race to make and market an electric car that would free Americans from dependency on foreign oil. Opens October 14. Read my full review

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Theatrical Openings on October 12 and 14

9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out

Join 23-year architect Richard Gage, AIA, in this feature length documentary with cutting-edge 9/11 evidence from more than 50 top experts in their fields – high-rise architects, structural engineers, physicists, chemical engineers, firefighters, metallurgists, explosives experts, controlled demolition technicians, and more.
Each is highly qualified in his/her respective fields. Several have Ph.D’s – including National Medal of Science awardee Lynn Margulis.
She, along with the other experts, exposes the fraud of NIST and discusses how the scientific method should have been applied and acknowledges the overwhelming evidence of high temperature incendiaries in all dust samples of the WTC.
High-rise architects and structural engineers layout the evidence in the features of the destruction of these three high-rises that point inevitably to explosive controlled demolition.

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9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out

Freed WM3 Attend NYFF Docu Premiere

Dolphin Tale is a narrative feature based on the true story of Winter, a baby dolphin found beached in Florida and adopted by Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where she was fitted for a prosthetic tail that prolonged her life. Winter’s tale is integrated with plot lines involving a lonely boy, single mom and the fiscal problems of the nonprofit aquarium. And the film is ripe with special effects. At one point, Winter, a dophin smile on her face, jumps into the air and, aided by 3D, looks like she’s going to land in your lap.

Both films and their stars are engaging. But, for me, The Whale’s authenticity makes the film that much more compelling and gives it a much greater emotional impact. See them both, compare them for yourself, and let us know what you think. Meanwhile, read my full review of The Whale.

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Freed WM3 Attend NYFF Docu Premiere

The Real Power of Documentary: 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

Documentary film can be influential in creating public awareness about just causes and recognizing those who have made a change for the better.The work of the three brave and determined women honored as this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Laureates has been made known to the world through documentary films.”Pray The Devil Back to Hell”, a documentary made by Abigail Disney, Gini Reticker and Pamela Hogan, and screened widely in international film festivals and for government authorities around the globe.The film is now scheduled for broadcast on PBS on October 18, as part of ITVS Women And Girls Lead series, which includes 50 documentaries about the achievements of women in leadership positions who are changing the world for the better.

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The Real Power of Documentary: 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

ITVS Livestreams Sneak Peek of Women War & Peace Series

The women war and peace series is produced by abigail disney and directed by gini reticker, both of whom will participate in a post screening Q & A, with questions submitted by online viewers. Peace unveiled is about the efforts of three afgan women to make sure that women’s rights in their country not be compromised in the government’s formal peace negotiations with the Taliban

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ITVS Livestreams Sneak Peek of Women War & Peace Series

A brief overview of heavy metal music

Heavy metal music is often described as generating a thick, massive sound that includes guitar solos, amplified distortion, complicated beats and an overall loudness. Basically, heavy metal music was first developed in the late 1960’s with famous groups like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. The lyrics of this type of music focus on depressing subjects which usually includes death, war, and personal trauma. There are some forms of heavy metal music that are extreme wherein they often concentrates on lyrics that are aggressive, while there are also others that are more on philosophical themes. One common theme used in metal is the thought of doing what you want.

Take note that heavy metal music is extremely masculine, therefore, there is no usual dancing that happens just like those from other concerts. Most of the audience will be banging their head or doing some arm gestures. There are also other people that are fond of stage diving or even crowd surfing. If you are thinking of listening to it, you should have an open mind.

Documentaries Opening in October 2011

Dolphin Tale is a narrative feature based on the true story of Winter, a baby dolphin found beached in Florida and adopted by Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where she was fitted for a prosthetic tail that prolonged her life. Winter’s tale is integrated with plot lines involving a lonely boy, single mom and the fiscal problems of the nonprofit aquarium. And the film is ripe with special effects. At one point, Winter, a dophin smile on her face, jumps into the air and, aided by 3D, looks like she’s going to land in your lap.

Both films and their stars are engaging. But, for me, The Whale’s authenticity makes the film that much more compelling and gives it a much greater emotional impact. See them both, compare them for yourself, and let us know what you think. Meanwhile, read my full review of The Whale.

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Documentaries Opening in October 2011

Marine Mammals Star in Doc and Fiction Features

The Whale and Dolphin Tale both focusing on the stories of marine mammals with unusual encounters with human beings, provide audiences with a unusual opportunity to compare the way in which a documentary and a narrative feature tell a similar story. And the acutal animals whose stories are being told appear in both films

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Marine Mammals Star in Doc and Fiction Features