World

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 6:00pm

Christopher Woon’s first documentary feature explores the intersection of rugged urban b-boyin’ (breakdancing) and the traditional roots of Hmong culture. But instead of the usual generational conflict, Among B-Boys unveils a story of the modern and the traditional actually affirming each other, visually weaving between the older generation’s memory of ethnicity and war and the younger generation’s toprocks, footwork, freezes and power-moves. Woon focuses on three breakers - Impact and Vlln of Underground Flow, and Sukie of Velocity/Soul Rivals Crew—who reveal the path towards b-boy cultural citizenship in America, but continually steer us back to their families, history and community. Produced as a short in 2004 and originally focused on the California Central Valley, the feature film follows the expansion of the Hmong community into the Midwest, with its main protagonists now in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Independent Lens
Thu, 05/01/2014 - 2:00pm

Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America’s future: fast, furious and cleaner than ever. “Revenge” follows the race among major car-makers to be the first, the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. It’s not just the next generation of green cars that’s on the line. It’s the future of the automobile itself.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 7:00pm

Each May, vintage car enthusiasts from around the United States converge on Nevada's Reno-Fernley Raceway to view classic race cars and mingle with millionaire racers, mechanics, self-described "gearheads" and collectors. RENO HISTORIC RACES features scenes from the 2008 event, including footage of the restoration of a vintage car, a visit to Reno-Fernley track (racing's "field of dreams"), a tour of one of the world's great Porsche collections and racing etiquette lessons for the million-dollar-car circuit. In addition, racers describe the adrenaline-fueled thrills of driving these historic automobiles.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 6:00pm

SERVING AMERICA: MEMORIES OF PEACE CORPS highlights the experiences of some of the nearly 3,000 volunteers who served during the early years of the Peace Corps. A mix of archival film and photographs, along with personal stories from former volunteers, tells a story of service and idealism. Interviews convey the volunteers' passion, commitment and bravery as they lived and worked in developing countries, including South and Central America, Africa and the Middle East. From almost fatal obstacles to spiritual epiphanies, these men and women describe their transformative experiences. Donna Shalala, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (1993–2001), recounts the adventure of serving in Iran between 1962 and 1964. “What the Peace Corps really did is make me a citizen of the world,” says Shalala.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 8:00pm

The Emmy-winning SKOKIE: INVADED BUT NOT CONQUERED examines the personalities and issues connected to the attempted neo-Nazi March in Skokie, Ill., a haven for Holocaust survivors since the end of World War II. Produced to mark the event's 35th anniversary, this engaging film's extensive use of archival footage, movie clips and contemporary interviews explore the impact of the Skokie March, then and now, and reveal how a First Amendment debate turned Holocaust survivors into activists. Journalist Aaron Freeman hosts.

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 12:00pm

Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, REBELS WITH A CAUSE spotlights a small group of people who banded together to protect and preserve open spaces near urban areas for parks and farms from rampant development. In doing so, they brought about America's system of national seashores and recreation areas. The film begins in the 1950s and tells the tale of this disparate band of activists who, despite reversals, diversions, and disappointments, persisted in their mission for 20 years. Their cause crosses party lines, unifies seemingly antagonistic foes, falters and is nearly extinguished many times along the way, but is ultimately victorious. REBELS WITH A CAUSE documents a fascinating example of a hard-fought campaign to preserve something important to all Americans – our public lands.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 6:00pm

The American West has been the nation’s battleground for the preservation of wild lands. But have 21st-century growth and energy demands relegated wilderness to the pages of history? In this visually stunning documentary, Robert Redford joins a group of diverse voices in debating the need and purpose of wilderness. Peter Coyote narrates.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 6:00pm

How can the United States meet its ever-expanding demands on the ocean without destroying it? To answer this question, OCEAN FRONTIERS introduces the unlikely allies joining forces to improve conditions in the waters off America's coasts. OCEAN FRONTIERS: THE DAWN OF A NEW ERA IN OCEAN STEWARDSHIP travels to four seaports and watersheds to observe new, long-term approaches to ocean management— from the busy shipping lanes of Boston Harbor to a small fishing community in the Pacific Northwest; from coral reefs in the Florida Keys to the nation's premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta. Along the way, OCEAN FRONTIERS captures inspiring stories of scientists, businesses, farmers, sport and commercial fishermen, governments and citizens coming together to save the seas that sustain them.

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 8:00pm

One-hundred and fifty-one years after Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903) designed New York City’s Central Park with Calvert Vaux, it remains an undisputed haven of tranquility amid one of most unnatural places in the world. OLMSTED AND AMERICA'S URBAN PARKS, narrated by actress Kerry Washington, examines the visionary urban planner and landscape architect's impact on the development of America's first great city parks. Told in large part through Olmsted's own words (voiced by Oscar-winner Kevin Kline), this film weaves together his poignant personal story and pioneering vision with contemporary footage of the lasting masterpieces he left behind.

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 1:00pm

AMERICAN JERUSALEM tells the remarkable story of the pioneering Jews of San Francisco. Drawn to California by the Gold Rush, Jews were welcomed in San Francisco as nowhere else and would go on to build a thriving community, the second largest Jewish community in the United States after New York. With their newfound freedom, Jews played a central role in the transformation of this once-sleepy maritime village into the largest metropolis in the American West. As Jews integrated into mainstream San Francisco society, they were forced to reinvent what it meant for them to be Jewish, to create in essence a new kind of Jew – San Francisco Jew.

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