April 29, 2014
Directed by Markus Imhoof
Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof (THE BOAT IS FULL) tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite macro-photography of the bees (reminiscent of MICROCOSMOS) in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis.
Winner of 13 Film Festival Awards
April 30, 2014
Directed by Lynn Lee and James Leong
Welcome to Hollywood Kim Jong-il style. North Korea’s film industry is a vital tool in the regime’s vast propaganda machinery. Now, for the first time ever, foreign filmmakers have been allowed into the country’s only film school – an elite institution where young talents are trained to create works that will not only entertain, but help shape the psyche of an entire nation.
Official Selection – 2013 Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival, 2013 Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, 2013 Southeast Asian Film Festival, 6 other international film festivals.
May 3, 2014
Directed by Various
52 min | Various | Multinational
Presented in English
Recommended for all ages
Filled with humor and energy, this delightful collection of short films offers fun for the whole family!
Directed by Monica Stefanelli
6:34 | 2013 | USA
Elephants are the only animals unable to jump, but that doesn’t stop a baby elephant from trying.
A SAILOR WENT TO SEA
Directed by Sona Jho
1:34 | 2012 | USA
A modern and humorous take on a classic nursery rhyme.
Directed by Jackie Marion
4:04 | 2013 | USA
When Mac the squirrel finds a giant acorn, he wants to keep it all to himself. But what if sharing helps him enjoy the acorn more?
Directed by Akiko McQuerrey
5:00 | 2012 | USA
Meet Papa Cloudy whose tears make rain and who helps fix broken hearts.
THE DELIRIOUS TALES: THE CHICKEN, THE ELEPHANT AND THE SNAKE
Directed by Fabrice Luang-Vija
4:00 | 2012 | France
Filled with action, music and dance, this is the story of a chicken who falls in love with an elephant while keeping her eggs safe from a snake.
Directed by Leonid Shmelkov
5:00 | 2012 | Russia
It’s playtime for a group of imaginary creatures, who love to hop in and out of holes.
Directed by Rihu Unt
5:00 | 2013 | Estonia
When Miriam’s younger brother becomes stuck in a tree while flying a kite, she must figure out how to rescue him.
Directed by Brent Dawes
5:00 | 2013 | South Africa
A fish that loves playing with bubbles does its best to stop the bubbles from reaching the surface of the water where they pop and burst. Will the fish succeed?
Directed by Natalia Chernysheva
5:42 | 2012 | Russia
A boy in Africa receives a paper snowflake in the mail and wakes up to find the savanna desert has been transformed into a winter wonderland!
HEDGEHOGS AND THE CITY
Directed by Evalds Lacis
10:00 | 2013 | Latvia
When a pair of hedgehogs wakes to find their forest home has been transformed into a city, they come up with a plan to get their home back.
May 6, 2014
Directed by Carlos Agulló
84 min | South Africa | 2013
In English, French, Portuguese, Afrikaans, and Spanish with English subtitles.
In English, French, Portuguese, Afrikaans, and Spanish with English subtitles.
In the mid-1980s township violence raged in South Africa and one of the Cold War’s most vicious proxy conflicts devastated Angola. In the midst of this crisis, “Monsieur Jacques,” a foreign commodity trader with connections to all stakeholders in the region, became the lifeline for top-secret contacts. To build trust, he organized a vast prisoners’ exchange. A year later, in 1988, South Africa’s forces and 50,000 Cuban troops began withdrawing from Angola. This foundation of trust became instrumental in securing the release of Nelson Mandela. For the first time, the protagonists of this high-risk venture – African heads of state, battle-tested generals, international diplomats, secret service operatives, and anti-apartheid icons such as Winnie Mandela and ANC leader Thabo Mbeki – recount the true story of how the front line states put an end to apartheid.
May 7, 2014
Directed by Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom
90 min | USA | 2014
**Post film Q&A with director Tyler Measom, moderated by RadioWest’s Doug Fabrizio
An Honest Liar is a feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James ‘The Amazing’ Randi. The film brings to life Randi’s intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor. A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the age of 81, Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics, and even turned his partner of 25 years, the artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos. But when Jose was recently discovered to be living under a false identity himself, it wasn’t clear whether Randi was the deceiver – or the deceived.
Official Selection: 2014 Tribeca Film Festival
May 12, 2014
Directed by Mark Kitchell
101 min | USA | 2012
A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep.
In the twenty-first century, the idea that we are all connected is almost cliché, though it is little understood and rarely acted upon. One twentieth-century social movement understood this concept at its core. It is, in the eyes of many, the most important ever: the environmental movement. It seeks nothing less than saving the planet from its most destructive force—humanity.
Inspired by New York Times environmental journalist, Philip Shabecoff’s, book, director Mark Kitchell returns to the Sundance Film Festival (Berkeley in the Sixties won the documentary Audience Award in 1990) with a must-see film, shot and edited over four years, that documents crucial moments in the history of environmental activism. Dramatic personalities and lush archival images—many never seen before—bring pivotal moments to life in five chapters depicting five stories across five decades. Each illustrates the power of activism and commitment at a unique historical moment, often at tremendous personal cost. A film that will inspire and provoke, A Fierce Green Fire challenges us to rethink our past, our present, and our future on Earth.
Official Selection: 2012 Sundance Film Festival, 2012 DC Environmental Film Festival, 2012 Sheffield Doc/Fest
May 13, 2014
Director by Alfonso Cuarón
91min | USA/UK | 2013 | Rated PG-13
Academy Award® winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney) in command. But on a seemingly routine mission, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Winner: 7 Academy Awards® including Best Director, Golden Globe for Best Director, plus over 50 other awards
May 15, 2014
Directed by Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren
101 min | USA | 2013
John Wojtowicz took pride in being a pervert. Coming of age in the 1960s, his libido was excessive even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both men and women. In August 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover’s sex-reassignment surgery. The act resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later Al Pacino portrayed his crime in Dog Day Afternoon. Drawing upon extraordinary archival footage, The Dog shuffles between the 1970s and the 2000s. We gain a historic perspective on New York’s gay liberation movement, in which Wojtowicz played an active role. In later footage, he remains a subversive force, backed by the unconditional love of his mother Terry, whose wit and charm infuse the film. How and why the bank robbery took place is recounted in gripping detail by Wojtowicz and various eyewitnesses.
Official Selection: 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, 2014 Berlin International Film Festival, 51st New York Film Festival
May 27, 2014
Directed by Marco Bonfanti
76 min | Italy | 2012
In Italian with English subtitles
Renato Zucchelli is the last man to tend sheep in the region of Lombardy, an area increasingly overrun by urban sprawl. Although blessed with family and friends, Renato has a dream to introduce the children of Milan to the all-but-forgotten joys of his profession. Melding reality with flights of fancy, director Marco Bonfanti’s film is a charming concoction with gorgeous scenery and a beautiful soundtrack. Enchanting as the developing journey becomes, however, the irresistible main draw remains Zucchelli himself, a giant of a good-humored man whose ebullience spills over the borders of wherever his fairy tale mission takes him.
Official Selection: 2013 Slamdance Film Festival, 2013 Seattle International Film Festival, 2012 Dubai International Film Film Festival