Documentaries 2012

American Songwriter

American Songwriter

Synopsis

Michael Altman's, American Songwriter is a kaleidoscopic musical road trip down a million mile highway of poetry, philosophy and life featuring Nashville hit songwriter, Danny Darst. Altman's American Songwriter traverses the bedrock and backbone of Darst's gritty lay it on the line storytelling style as one of Americana's most talented song-smiths.
From sea to shining sea, hundreds of songs and stories, sixty years of boot leather and worn out steering wheels, American Songwriter draws you into Darst's struggles growing up poor, how he discovered who he was and found redemption through the love of a good woman. Here is a fascinating portrait of an authentic American man.

Country     / Date of Production

USA  /  March 2012

Runtime
00 hr : 55 min : 13 sec

Director             / Producer
Michael Atman /  Karon Altman

Award 2012

Blind Encounter

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Synopsis

A blind busker on the streets of London has some inspiring views of the world that most of us don't see everyday.

Country           /Date of Production

United Kingdom / December 2011

Runtime
00 hr : 10 min : 10 sec

Director - Producer

Kevin Andrews

Don't Cry For Your Hair

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Synopsis

When everything around you is for sale, what would you do? Sell? Escape? Resist? The film exposes the brutal nature of the modern Russian capitalism and how it affects the most vulnerable social category - women.

Country/Date of Production

USA /  2012

Runtime
00 hr : 56 min : 50 sec

Director - Producer

Konstantin Semin

Award 2012

Eggs for later (Ei voor later)

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Synopsis

In this intimate documentary director Marieke Schellart (35) reveals how she struggles with the biological clock. She would like to have kids, but the right guy has not arrived yet. To give herself a bit more time she wants to extend fertility by freezing her eggs. Marieke openly discusses this emerging issue of modern society.

Country       / Date of Production

Netherlands  / January 2011

Runtime

00 hrs : 49 mins : 30 secs

Director - Producer

Marieke Schellart

I am going to make a Miracle

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Synopsis

I am Going to Make a Miracle looks at the work of the UK based Arcola Theatre and it's Turkish born charismatic artistic director, Mehmet Ergen. The film covers a six month period and includes highlights from five of the theatre's most recent, critically acclaimed productions. The film also highlights the company's desperate fight to secure its financial future.

Country/Date of Production

United Kingdom /  September 2011

Runtime
01 hr : 20 min : 00 sec

Director - Producer
Beverly Andrews

Inside Out

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Synopsis

A documentary for free prisoners.  Stories from inside and outside prison by ex-inmates, who paint a picture of the conditions within prison and the scars left behind. The film provides also insights into the enormous difficulties prisoners face after their release when,burdened with a criminal record, they struggle to integrate themselves into a prejudiced society.

Country  /  Date of Production

Greece  /  2011

Runtime

01 hr : 14 min : 13 sec

Director - Producer

Vangelis Rigas

Award 2012

Mas Man (The Complete Work)

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Synopsis

It is the only film made about the man who reached 80 per cent of the planet in a single night. Mas Man (The Complete Work) explores Peter Minshall's leap from designer in the Trinidad Carnival to an artistic director of the Opening Ceremonies for three Olympic Games, based on his knack for 'making what is small seem big in an Olympic stadium.' Minshall served as an artistic director in the 1992 Barcelona Games; Atalanta, 1996; and Salt Lake City, 2006. Olympic producers found his genius for staging grand spectacles in his native Trinidad, where his themes usually play on good and evil. Where his stage has been the mas, which he brings to the street as theater, way beyond the horizon of masquerade.

Country / Date of Production

Trinidad and Tobago, U S A   / March 2012

Runtime

01 hr : 28 min : 56 sec

Director - Producer
Dalton Narine

Oh Johny

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Synopsis

Johny runs at everyday rhythm. In the sky, time goes by at usual speed.

Country     / Date of Production

Portugal  /  2012

Runtime
00 hr: 17 min : 00 sec 

Writer - Director - Producer
Paulo Carneiro

The Eglouvi Plateau

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Synopsis

The eighty inhabitants of Eglouvi, Lefkada’s most mountainous village, cultivate an organic crop in their fields on the Vouni Plateau, at an altitude of 1000 meters. This is the renowned Eglouvi lentil, considered the best lentil in the world.

The Vouni Plateau contains the unique, ancient settlement of Volti, with its stone houses and threshing floors. The Eglouvi lentil is preserved with the other seeds at the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Regions (ICARDA) in  Syria, with the code number ILL 293.

After the New Year, the women of Eglouvi with their traditional dresses sow their lentil seeds, “with the pagan spirits,” as they say. They then leave the seeds to sleep under the snow. When spring comes, the women return and skillfully weed them. In the summer when the lentils mature, the women uproot them by hand and bring them to the threshing floor, keeping the seeds next year’s sowing.

The women are fewer each year. The Volti settlement is crumbling. This Plateau must be protected for its unique natural beauty, architecture and human activity.

Country   /  Date of Production

Greece    /  2010

Runtime
01 hh : 15 min : 37 sec

Director  - Production
Eleonora Fiorou

 

The Hidden Hand

Hidden Hand

Synopsis

'The Hidden Hand,' examines the phenomena surrounding UFOs, Extra Terrestrials, alien abduction, and the US secret military cover-up of supposed E.T. contact and back-engineering of alien technology. The film incorporates interviews with military insiders like astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, and Col. John Alexander. It also interviews UFO experts like hypnotherapist, David Jacobs, and those who claim to have had actual E.T. contact.
Narrative scenes are interspersed throughout the film to shape the concepts of the film from complimentary viewpoints, weaving a tapestry of fact and fiction into a new world view that may shocking and eye-opening for the viewer.

Country     /   Date of Production

USA          /    May 2012 

Runtime

01 hr: 20 min : 00 sec 

Writer - Director - Producer
James Carman

USKOK

USKOK

Synopsis

The Uskoks were Croatian Habsburg soldiers that inhabited the areas of the eastern Adriatic and the surrounding territories during the Ottoman wars in Europe. Bands of Uskoks fought a fairly successful guerrilla war against the Ottomans, and they formed small units and rowed swift boats. Since the uskoks were checked on land and were rarely paid their annual subsidy, they resorted to acts of piracy.The exploits of the Uskoks contributed to a renewal of war between Venice and the Ottoman Empire. At the Battle of Lepanto a Dalmatian squadron assisted the allied fleets of Spain, Venice, Austria and Papal States to crush Ottoman navy. 

Country / Date of Production

Italy      / January 2011

Runtime

00 hr : 32 min : 00 sec

Writer                     /  Director - Producer
Aniello Zamboni  / Cesare Bornazzini

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