This series presents an array of groundbreaking and distinctive perspectives on contemporary life as chronicled by some of America' s and Europe's most visionary non-fiction filmmakers.
Listening Is An Act of Love: A Storycorps Special (#2614H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
This first-ever animated special from StoryCorps celebrates the transformative power of listening. It features six stories from 10 years of the innovative oral history project, where everyday people sit down together to share memories and tackle life's important questions. Framing these intimate conversations from across the country is an interview between StoryCorps founder Dave Isay and his inquisitive 9-year-old nephew, Benji, animated in the inimitable visual style of The Rauch Brothers.
Homegoings (#2601) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City's historic Harlem neighborhood, "Homegoings" takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. Combining cinema verite with intimate interviews and archival photographs, the film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones "home."
Racing Dreams (#2415H) Duration: 1:26:46 SRND51 TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Fondly described as "Talladega Nights meets Catcher in the Rye," this film chronicles a year in the life of three tweens who dream of becoming NASCAR drivers. Though they aren't old enough for driving licenses, Brandon, Josh and Annabeth race extreme go-karts at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour in the World Karting Association's national series, the "Little League" of professional racing. The film, by Marshall Curry (Oscar-nominated "Street Fight," POV 2005; "If a Tree Falls," POV 2011), is a humorous and heartbreaking portrait of racing, young love and family struggle. Winner of Best Documentary Feature Award, 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.
Only The Young (#2604) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
"Only the Young" follows three unconventional Christian teenagers coming of age in a small Southern California town. Skateboarders Garrison and Kevin, and Garrison's on-and-off girlfriend, Skye, wrestle with the eternal questions of youth: friendship, true love and the promise of the future. Yet their lives are also touched by the distress signals of contemporary America -- foreclosed homes, abandoned businesses and adults in financial trouble. As graduation approaches, these issues become shocking realities. With sun-drenched visuals, lyrical storytelling and a soul-music soundtrack, this film embodies the innocence and candor of its youthful subjects -- and of adolescence itself.
Ping Pong (#2609) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Call this old age, extreme edition: Eight players with 703 years among them compete in the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships in China's Inner Mongolia. British players Terry, 81, who has been given a week to live, and Les, 91, a weightlifter and poet, are going for the gold. Inge, 89, from Germany, has used table tennis to paddle her way out of dementia. And Texan Lisa, 85, is playing for the first time. "Ping Pong" is a wonderfully unusual story of hope, regret, friendship, ambition, love - and sheer human tenacity in the face of aging and mortality. By Hugh Hartford and Anson Hartford.
The Overnighters (#2802) Duration: 1:56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
In a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming, busloads of newcomers find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm, allowing hundreds of job-seekers, some with checkered pasts, to stay despite the congregation's objections and neighbors' fears. When opposition to the "overnighters" reaches a boiling point, Pastor Jay makes a decision with shattering consequences. By Jesse Moss.
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Getting Back to Abnormal (#2704) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: none)
What happens when America's most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a disaster? New Orleans is the setting for "Getting Back to Abnormal," a film that serves up a provocative mix of race, corruption and politics to tell the story of the re-election campaign of Stacy Head, a white woman in a city council seat traditionally held by a black representative. Supported by her irrepressible African-American aide Barbara Lacen-Keller, Head polarizes the city as her candidacy threatens to diminish the power and influence of its black citizens. Featuring a cast of characters as colorful as the city itself, the film presents a New Orleans that outsiders rarely see.