85-year-old David Attenborough has been narrating nature documentaries for BBC for more than 50 years. His brother, Richard Attenborough, was the actor who welcomed scientists to "Jurassic Park" in 1993.
David Attenborough is the writer and narrator of "Flying Monsters 3D," a big-screen documentary which opened at IMAX theaters in North American on Oct. 7.
Years in the making and narrated by David Attenborough this brand new series reveals a world as alien to most of us as the surface of the moon. These are places of breathtaking beauty and survival against all the odds, lonely lands that feed our imagination and whose wonders we may be witnessing for the last time. www.bbc.co.uk/frozenplanet
World Peace...and other 4th-grade achievements interweaves the story of John Hunter, a teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his students' participation in an exercise called the World Peace Game. The game triggers an eight-week transformation of the children from students of a neighborhood public school to citizens of the world. The film reveals how a wise, loving teacher can unleash students' full potential. The film traces how Hunter's unique teaching career emerges from his own diverse background. An African-American educated in the segregated schools of rural Virginia, where his mother was his 4th grade teacher, he was selected by his community to be one of seven students to integrate a previously all-white middle school. After graduation, he traveled extensively to China, Japan, and India, and his exposure to the Ghandian principles of non-violence led him to ask what he could do as a teacher to work toward a more peaceful world. Hunter teaches the concept of peace not as a utopian dream but as an attainable goal to strive for, and he provides his students with the tools for this effort. The children learn to collaborate and communicate with each other as they work to resolve the Game's conflicts. They learn how to compromise while accommodating different perspectives and interests. Most importantly, the students discover that they share a deep and abiding interest in taking care of each other. Learn more about John Hunter in this inspiring TED talk: www.ted.com
The World Peace Game is a hands-on political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community through the lens of the economic, social, and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war. The goal of the game is to extricate each country from dangerous circumstances and achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention. As "nation teams," students will gain greater understanding of the critical impact of information and how it is used.
As their teams venture further into this interactive social setting laced with highly charged philosophical issues, the skills needed to identify ambiguity and bias in the information they receive will be enhanced and more specifically they will rapidly perceive that reactive behavior not only provokes antagonism, it can leave them alone and isolated in the face of powerful enemies. Beliefs and values will evolve or completely unravel as they begin to experience the positive impact and windows of opportunity that emerge through effective collaboration and refined communication. www.rosaliafilms.com
More than 20 years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall, now 75, decided to give up her career as a primatologist, as well as her private life, in order to devote all her energy to saving our endangered planet. Since then she's been spending 300 days a year scouring the globe on her mission to spread hope for future generations. She has taken on the responsibilities of a UN Messenger of Peace, and has been honored with countless awards. In Jane's Journey, we accompany her on her travels across several continents, and receive unprecedented access to her intense and exciting past. From her childhood home in Bournemouth, England, we embark to Gombe National Park on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in Tanzania, her second home. It's where she began her groundbreaking research nearly half a century ago, and she still returns every year to enjoy the company of the chimpanzees.
Find a theatre near you: www.fathomevents.com. Only $15 (may vary by theatre). Fathom Events Presents via satellite JANE GOODALL LIVE in 500 US movie theatres. Joining Jane in studio is Academy Award Best Actress Charlize Theron plus Jane talks with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station in orbit, and with superstar Dave Matthews, and then the first US showing of Jane's Journey -- with special appearances by Angelina Jolie and Pierce Brosnan. A rare look behind-the-scenes of Jane Goodall's extraordinary life.
Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Driven by his profound sadness and desire to understand his son better, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage, leaving his "California bubble life" behind. Armed with his son's backpack and guidebook, Tom navigates the 800 km pilgrimage from the French Pyrenees, to Santiago de Compostela in the north west of Spain, but soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey. While walking The Camino, Tom meets other pilgrims from around the world, all broken and looking for greater meaning in their lives: a Dutchman (Yorick van Wageningen) a Canadian (Deborah Kara Unger) and an Irish writer (James Nesbitt) who is suffering from a bout of "writer's block." From the hardship experienced along "The Way" this unlikely quartet of misfits create an everlasting bond and Tom begins to learn what it means to be a citizen of the world again, and discovers the difference between "The life we live and the life we choose". THE WAY was filmed entirely in Spain and France along the actual Camino de Santiago.
Solitaire is backcountry skiing forged in the tradition of Western cinema. Born in the spires of Argentina's legendary Las Lenas, a lonely two-year journey begins through an abandoned world, wandering the length of a continent from Peru's Cordillera Blanca to Chilean Patagonia. Lost in the winds of snowbound badlands and the blizzards of primordial forests; seen from a horse's saddle and a paraglider's wings; ridden on ski and board and telemark... Solitaire fuses western-inspired tales of backcountry gambles into landscapes never before visited on film.
Premieres Sept 15th, 2011.
The Pipe is a thrilling documentary, portraying the story of a community tragically divided, and how they deal with an oil pipe that could bring economic prosperity or destruction of a way of life shared for generations. In a remote corner of the west of Ireland sits Broadhaven Bay. It is the perfect picture postcard, where the high cliffs of Erris Head and the Stags of Broadhaven stand sentry at the mouth of the bay against the mighty Atlantic, as if protecting the delicate golden sands of Glengad beach and the tiny village of Rossport which nestles behind the dunes. However this peaceful tranquility belies the turmoil that lies beneath, and the unique nature of the coastline which has sustained generations of farmers and fishermen, has also delivered to Shell Oil the perfect landfall for the Corrib Gas Pipeline. In the most dramatic clash of cultures in modern Ireland, the rights of farmers over their fields, and of fishermen to their fishing grounds, has come in direct conflict with one of the worlds most powerful oil companies. When the citizens look to their state for protection, they find that the state has put Shell's right to lay a pipeline ahead of their own rights.
Winner Best Documentary, Foyle Film Festival November 2010. Honourable Mention, IDFA 2010. Winner Best Documentary Galway Film Fleadh, July 2010.
The Dolphin Tale movie is based on the true story of the friendship between an 11 year old boy and 'Winter' a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.
Release Date: 23 September 2011 - Genre: Family
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr.
Directors: Charles Martin Smith
Born to Be Wild 3D is a 2011 American nature documentary short film about orphaned orangutans and elephants. It's directed by David Lickley, written and produced by Drew Fellman and narrated by Morgan Freeman. It was distributed by Warner Bros Pictures and IMAX Pictures. www.imax.com/borntobewild
TreeStory is a movie and a movement. A must watch!!! Utilizing the power of personal stories as a vehicle to awaken a deeper appreciation for trees. TreeStory will change the way you see trees, and yourself, for good. The ending song is "Let's Go Climb A Tree" by Pete Droge. Add to the film -- send a photo of 'your' tree and write up to 300 words telling your TreeStory. Or donate $5: www.treestorymovie.com
A documentary investigating the tar sands oil extraction project in Alberta, Canada. 8 selected students will head off to Canada to meet with the Beaver Lake Cree first nation who live right in the middle of the biggest industrial project on Earth. The documentary will follow each of the students through their investigations documenting their experiences, thoughts and emotions on seeing the impacts of tar sands oil extraction. Campbell Road Productions.
What happens when you send a request out to the world to chronicle, via video, a single day on Earth? You get 80,000 submissions and 4,500 hours of footage from 192 countries. Producer Ridley Scott and Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald took this raw material — all shot on July 24, 2010 — and created Life in a Day, a groundbreaking, feature-length documentary that portrays this kaleidoscope of images we call life. National Geographic is bringing it to theaters starting July 24, 2011. Prepare to be amazed. Locations: www.youtube.com/lifeinaday
On October 10th, 2010 (10/10/10), thousands of inspired individuals, representing every nation of the world, filmed their perspective and contributed their voice to a collaborative global film project. They amassed over 3,000 hours of footage on the day. Many filmed topics of beauty and culture, while others exposed us to challenges, both global and personal. Founded in 2008, ONE DAY ON EARTH is an online community, a video time capsule, and a media creation platform. It explores our planet’s identity and challenges in an attempt to answer the question: Who are we? www.onedayonearth.org
In this documentary that shadows an Emmy-winning sound recordist at work, writer-director Nick Sherman captures one man's solitary obsession with obtaining "natural" sounds in an aural world that's littered with noise. Recording sounds isn't just Gordon Hempton's occupation, a job he's performed passionately for the past 30 years; to him, it's also an art form -- and his preferred method of communication. "This is a remarkable journey: a quest for imperiled Nature by an artist who never stopped listening."-Ken Burns www.soundtrackerthemovie.com
Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.
Filmmaker Kristin Canty’s quest to find healthy food for her four children turned into an educational journey to discover why access to these foods was being threatened. What she found were policies that favor agribusiness and factory farms over small family-operated farms selling fresh foods to their communities. Instead of focusing on the source of food safety problems — most often the industrial food chain — policymakers and regulators implement and enforce solutions that target and often drive out of business small farms that have proven themselves more than capable of producing safe, healthy food, but buckle under the crushing weight of government regulations and excessive enforcement actions.
We live in the Age of Plastic. It's cheap and practical, and it's everywhere -- even in our blood. But is it a danger to us?
This feisty, informative documentary takes us on a journey around the globe - from the Moroccan Sahara to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, from a factory in China to the highest peaks of the Alps - to reveal the far-flung reaches of our plastic problem. Interviews with the world's foremost experts in biology, pharmacology, and genetics shed light on the perils of plastic to our environment and expose the truth of how plastic affects our bodies and the health of future generations.
Teenager Juliette West's journey ro rescue a giant inspires a movement. Juliette is fourteen years old and she is on a mission to save elephants. After single-handedly raising funds Juliette embarks on a life-altering journey to South East Asia to work with her hero, The Elephant Lady. This is the passionate story of two women, one from the East, one from the West, coming together on common ground, saving elephants. Rattle the Cage Productions -- www.howibecameanelephant.com
In the suspenseful documentary BANANAS!*, filmmaker Fredrik Gertten sheds new light on the global politics of food.
Juan Accidentes Dominguez is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food in a ground-breaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility. This is a film under attack. DOLE sued the filmmakers but were forced to withdraw. www.bananasthemovie.com
Just Do It – a tale of modern-day outlaws , a feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Emily James offering a behind the scenes portrait of UK climate activists. The individuals in the film have picked up the mantle of civil disobedience and direct action – chaining themselves to Parliament, super-gluing themselves to bank trading floors, and attacking coal power stations en-mass.
Just Do It is crowd funded, freeing the film from the constraints of broadcasters. Through a totally unique production model that embraces crowd-funding and the power of working collectively, this film is breaking new ground in independent production. just-do-it.org.uk
The Big Uneasy, a film by Harry Shearer. The inside story on the flooding of New Orleans, the disaster that could have been prevented. The first documentary by long-time "mockumentarian" Harry Shearer (Spinal Tap/The Simpsons) follows three remarkable people – the leaders of two scientific investigation teams and one whistleblower from inside the Army Corps – as they reveal the story of why New Orleans flooded, and where it's on the verge of happening again. Learn more about the film and when you can see it at www.TheBigUneasy.com for more info watch the Democracy Now interview: www.youtube.com