Searching for an artistic voice and a way of expressing oneself. An autistic artist in New Jersey finds the best tools to communicate his wonderful works of art -- despite barely uttering a word -- ("Breaking Boundaries: The Art of Alex Masket") and a young Chicago prodigy connects with her inner performer and discovers her electrifying voice ("The Chicagoans: MaeYa Carter Ryan").
Sat, 08/09/2014 - 1:00pm
Statue at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki, Japan.
IN MY LIFETIME thoughtfully and thoroughly examines the 68-year history of nuclear weapons — the most destructive force ever invented. Filmed in Europe, Japan and the U.S., IN MY LIFETIME focuses on the continuing struggle of citizens, scientists and political leaders working to reduce or eliminate the atomic threat, while others search for ways to build nuclear weapons. In contemporary interviews, former heads of state, United Nations representatives, figures from the nuclear establishment, Manhattan Project scientists, Nobel Peace- and Pulitzer Prize-winners, military personnel and atomic-bomb survivors recount the birth of the nuclear age and detail the key developments that followed. The film shifts between historical events, including the Cuban missile crisis and the historic 1986 Reykjavik Summit between Reagan and Gorbachev to present-day efforts to contain the spread of nuclear weapons. IN MY LIFETIME also details the obstacles — political and human — impeding a solution to this complex global issue.
A Sense of Place
Fri, 08/08/2014 (All day)
VIRGINIA LEE BURTON: A SENSE OF PLACE celebrates the career of Virginia Lee Burton (1909-1968), the groundbreaking author-illustrator of the beloved picture books Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and the Caldecott Award-winning The Little House. This finely wrought documentary explores Burton’s life and art through a treasure-trove of archival materials, never-before-seen photographs, personal documents, sketchbooks, original manuscripts and interviews with family, friends and scholars. VIRGINIA LEE BURTON: A SENSE OF PLACE paints a portrait of a Renaissance woman ahead of her time, whose art and literature remains an enduring part of America’s cultural heritage.
Thu, 08/07/2014 - 7:00pm
Anomolocaris on the hunt (Anomolocaris Briggsi
Hidden in the red hills of Australia are clues to the mysteries of Earth’s birth, how life arose and how it transformed the planet into the world we now live in. Experts unveil the earliest forms of life: an odd assortment of bacterial slime. Life like this would flood the atmosphere with oxygen and spark the biological revolution that conquered the planet. Travel with NOVA and host Dr. Richard Smith to meet the cast in the first scenes of the great drama of life on earth.
Tue, 08/05/2014 - 8:00pm
In the small lobster village of Prospect Harbor, Maine, the closing of the last remaining Sardine Cannery in the United States was in April 2010. A few months later, Boston-based entrepreneur Antonio Bussone purchased the plant in hopes of re-building a lobster processing facility. He also planned on rehiring the laid-off sardine workers, most of whom are women over 65 years old.
Downeast, an experiential story that unfolds over the course of a year-and-a-half, documents Antonio's journey including the troubles he experiences on the first day in the town; local politicians oppose his vision of rebuilding the factory with the use of a $200,000 federal grant combined with his investment of more than $2 million dollars at a town-hall meeting. Undeterred, Antonio moves forward, determined to build and operate one of the first lobster factories in the United States.
Mon, 08/04/2014 - 6:00pm
Finding a sense of place...and purpose in four stories: a young Memphis girl seeks solace and safety in her favorite hiding place ("April"); a family of native descent returns to Lincoln, Nebraska, the land of their forefathers to learn about the past and connect with the present ("White Buffalo Girl"); a whimsical artist who has worked for 35 years creating a visual feast of his most cherished sites throughout San Francisco ("This is Us! Scott Weaver"); a silent film star in Seattle tours the world he knows ("Skip"); and a lifelong Chicagoan explores his city and sees it in a whole new way thanks to a theatre group from the other side of the world ("En Route").
Sun, 08/03/2014 - 7:00pm
In a powerful new memoir, The Death of Santini, the author of The Prince of Tides shares with his legions of readers the further story of his father, the inspiration for The Great Santini. Conroy is interviewed by Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR’s ‘Fresh Air.’
The Passion and Politics of Ed Edelman
Sat, 08/02/2014 - 1:00pm
The Passions and Politics of Ed Edelman: An Untold Story of Leadership, narrated by Tom Brokaw, is the inspirational story of the life and career of Edmund D. Edelman, a political visionary whose courage and humanity transformed the fabric of life in Southern California. Hailed as a leader who bridged political divides and transcended ideological differences, Edelman provides a hopeful alternative to the current politics of polarization and stalemate. Through rich archival footage and interviews with luminaries such as Michael Dukakis, Frank Gehry, Peter Sellars and historian, Kevin Starr, the film provides a unique lens for viewing the political and community life of one of America's great cities – Los Angeles -- from the sixties to the present day. The film is produced by Ed’s wife, Mari Edelman.