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ADVENTURES IN PLYMPTOONS

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When it comes to independent animators, Bill Plympton is the undisputed king. His illustrations have been featured in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Penthouse, and National Lampoon. Since 1981, when his political cartoon Plymptoons was syndicated nationally, he has become a major force and inspiration in the animation world. His work is recognized instantly: he's the guy behind the animated morphing heads, which became famous on MTV, as well as the opening credit sequence for “The Simpsons.”

Moving into motion pictures, Plympton earned two Academy Award® nominations, has directed and animated over sixty animation shorts, live action features, music videos, commercials and documentaries including: “One of Those Days,” “How To Kiss,” “25 Ways to Quit Smoking,” “Plymptoons,” “The Tune,” and “Mutant Aliens.” He’s the only artist who has animated six feature length films ...all by himself.

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AFTER THE END

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'After the End' is a documentary film about the effect of loss in each of our lives. Following the stories of people who have each experienced the death of a loved one, the film explores what it means to lose someone without losing ourselves in the process.

Guided by Andrew Morgan, who lost his father in a cycling accident, the filmmakers journey across America speaking with families who have recently experienced a loss, sharing their heartfelt stories about working through the experience. Through interviews with hospice coordinators, bereavement specialists and experts on grief counseling, including Alan D. Wolfelt (author, educator and founder of Center For Loss & Life Transition), Rev. David M. Smith and Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (via archival video), the author of the seminal work on grief issues, “On Death and Dying,” we are reminded that by sharing our pain, we allow ourselves to heal.

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AMAZONIA VERTICAL

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Auyan Tepui is the highest table mountain in the Amazon. The indigenous Indians believe that demons still live on the top of it. Extreme explorer Becko Ondrejovic managed the first complete traverse and was so fascinated with its vertical lines, he decided to come back with his friends. Together, they climbed up the totally virgin wall. AMAZONIA VERTICAL is a film that presents the power of nature and adventurous discovery of a lost world. A film which will affect the emotions in us all.

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AMERICAN BULLFIGHTER

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Realizing that he had hit rock-bottom, filmmaker Alex LeMay (Desert Bayou) did what anyone fighting an alcohol addiction would do - learn to be a bullfighter. After he finds an ex-surfer-turned-bullfighting-instructor, Alex heads to San Diego and discovers that he is not the only one on a journey to redemption. A Korean teenager, a soft-spoken geneticist and a rocker from Los Angeles join him on an adventure that includes bullfights in Mexico and Spain. But it is in Spain where Alex's road to rehab takes a gut-wrenching turn - his father is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now he must decide whether to return home or stay the course.

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AMERICA SO BEAUTIFUL

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Americans have been taken hostage in Iran, but in the seedy dying discos of 1979 Los Angeles, a naive young immigrant is hostage to his own American dream. Houshang, or "Hank" when he's pretending to be Italian to get past prejudiced doormen, sees the disco club circuit as his ticket to a better life. Houshang's ambition leads to a chaotic and desperate journey of lost identity, forbidden love and betrayal.

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  • Director: Babak Shokrian
  • TRT: 91 mins
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AMERICAN ZOMBIE

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Filmmakers Grace Lee ( The Grace Lee Project ) and John Solomon ( Nonsense Man ) team up to shoot a documentary about high-functioning zombies living in Los Angeles and their struggles to gain acceptance in human society.Despite their wildly different working styles, Grace and John manage to chronicle the hopes and dreams of four fascinating subjects: IVAN, a convenience-store clerk...

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  • Director: Grace Lee, John Solomon
  • TRT: 91 mins
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A RIVER OF WASTE

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A RIVER OF WASTE: THE HAZARDOUS TRUTH ABOUT FACTORY FARMS exposes the truth behind our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. From the dangerous use of arsenic, antibiotics, and hormones, to the massive dumping of sewage into fragile waterways, the film documents the vast catastrophic impact on the environment, health, and the individual lives damaged and destroyed.

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ARTIC EXTREME

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Crossing the Arctic Ocean from Russia to Canada through the North Pole has remained the last, almost impossible dream of Arctic explorers. This is the true life story of four polar explorers who tried to make this dream come true using only their own strength and without any aircraft support. These explorers reached the North Pole in 75 days. From that moment on, the expedition was fraught with continuous return drift, large areas of open water and extreme weather fluctuations. You will no doubt be drawn into this unbelievable story that only a polar explorer can tell.

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A SECOND KNOCK AT THE DOOR

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A Second Knock at the Door is an award-winning documentary that offers a rare glimpse into the lives of military families dealing with the loss of loved ones due to friendly fire. Through interviews and investigative reports, this film explores key incidents that forced families of the fallen to embark on individual, but integrally linked quests for the truth after the Army attempted to bury the truth within the "fog of war."

Unwilling to allow these soldiers to be defined by their death, A Second Knock at the Door explores the men outside of their uniforms through the eyes of the communities that saw them not only as heroes, but as son, husbands, fathers, fiancés and friends.

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