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DOCUMENTARIES

 

What happens when documentary filmmakers, whose mission is to probe, explore, reveal, take as their subject one of the world’s greatest living magicians, whose life and art are basically off limits to probing, exploration, and revelation? More than a decade in the making, Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay is the captivating result of this curious conundrum: a mesmerizing journey into the world of modern magic and the small circle of eccentric geniuses who mastered it.

Narrated by Hector Elizondo, with stories from Keith David, C. Everett Koop, Joe "Joey Pants" Pantoliano, Regis Philbin, Ray Romano, Curtis Sliwa, Mike Starr and many more... New York Street Games captures a special time in American history. From Boxball to Ring-o-leavio to Skully, the film addresses the social and cultural importance of these games and the sense of community they engendered.

Destiny Hills (Gvaot Goral) is a story of a man, a tribe, a culture trapped in time, between tradition and progress, East and West. Muhammad, a contemporary Bedouin, is in search of his vanishing identity. As bulldozers destroy his home and community, the fall of these structures mirrors the shattering of his world and the communal life of his tribe.  Stripped of his former identity, Mohammed looks to Islam to rebuild his life.

 

If you could make your deaf child hear, would you? Academy Award-nominated SOUND AND FURY follows the intimate, heart-rending tale of the Artinians, an extended family with deaf and hearing members across three generations. Together they confront a technological device that can help the deaf to hear but may also threaten deaf culture—and their bonds with each other. For Peter Artinian and his wife, both of whom are deaf, a surgical ear implant for their five-year-old daughter Heather means a choice between two worlds: an unfamiliar hearing world and the deaf world, a robust culture in its own right united by a uniquely visual and artistic language. Heather Artinian—precocious, vivacious, and avidly curious about implant surgery—is caught between her deaf parents and her hearing grandparents, as they argue passionately about her future. The debate is sometimes silent, but by no means quiet. When all is done, Sound and Fury speaks volumes about the choices we make and the battles we fight in order to be heard.

Inside the Bubble is a war picture—a road movie & a buddy flick. The film offers a front row seat inside the biggest story of 2004 with unique, exclusive, backstage coverage of the race for the White House, seen through the eyes of the senior staffers & advisers closest to Senator John Kerry. The "bubble" is a private place where the man who would be President surrounds himself only with the people he trusts the most. The "bubble" floats above ground, where media hounds are normally kept at bay. This is the place where a small group of super-humans give everything they have to one man. The "bubble people" put personal lives on hold—sacrificing sleep, health, family, career, cash and sometimes sanity—to work together to defeat a President and lead the nation. In the closest election, in a war against terror…you'll understand what it's like to be one of 5 people helping one man fight for ideas & win your vote on the roller-coaster ride of a lifetime.