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Will Eisner: Profession: Cartoonist
rating:2.7

Will Eisner: Profession: Cartoonist

1999Runtime:0 minutes
This three-part documentary colors in the life of celebrated cartoonist Will Eisner, whose inventive work changed the face of comics and graphic novels throughout the 20th century. "Spirit" recounts the story behind Eisner's most famous character. "The Dream" chronicles Eisner's ambitions to be recognized as an artist as well as his pioneering approach to the graphic novel. And in "Master Class," Eisner demonstrates his signature techniques.

Directed by:

  • Marisa Furtado
  • rating:2.7 2.7 Average Rating

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    White House Workers
    rating:2.7

    White House Workers

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    The president and his appointed staff get all the attention, but the permanent employees of the White House are the ones with the tales behind historic events and exciting dramas that have taken place in the storied building. The program features an introduction by former President Jimmy Carter, as well as interviews with the butlers, chefs, housekeepers and other support staff who make sure everything runs smoothly at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Directed by:

  • Marjorie Hunt
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    Footsteps in Africa: A Nomadic Journey
    rating:2.7

    Footsteps in Africa: A Nomadic Journey

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Calling the Sahara their home, the nomadic Tuareg people of Mali have eked out an austere existence in one of the most remote corners of the planet for thousands of years. This film reveals their lives through their music, dance and culture. Using little dialogue or interview footage, the film instead shines a light on the rituals the Tuareg use to keep their culture alive and to remain in harmony with their environment.

    Directed by:

  • Kathi von Koerber
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    Memory Books
    rating:2.7

    Memory Books

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Christa Graf shows how "memory books" help families in Africa deal with impending loss and especially how they become critical touchstones for children once their parents have passed away. In Uganda, where researchers say as much as 35 percent of the population has AIDS, a growing number of infected parents are writing heartfelt books to their children in an attempt to pass on guidance and preserve their memories after they are gone.

    Directed by:

  • Christa Graf
  • rating:2.7 2.7 Average Rating

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    Bill Moyers: Genesis: A Living Conversation
    rating:2.7

    Bill Moyers: Genesis: A Living Conversation

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    Bill Moyers combines the insights of internationally recognized scholars, scientists and religious leaders in this program about the primeval flood, the creation of Adam and Eve, and other stories from the Book of Genesis.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Tatge
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    Savage Planet: Extremes
    rating:2.7

    Savage Planet: Extremes

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    From the snowy avalanche-prone peaks of Utah, Washington and France to the below-sea-level furnace of Death Valley, this Stacy Keach-hosted PBS presentation explores some of the world's most extreme landscapes and the people drawn to them. Survivors' accounts and news footage of avalanches combine with visual evidence of the mysterious sliding stones in Death Valley's Racetrack Playa to showcase opposite ends of the environmental spectrum.

    Directed by:

  • Emma Hawley
  • rating:2.7 2.7 Average Rating

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    The Soldier's Tale
    rating:2.6

    The Soldier's Tale

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Penny Allen directs this compelling documentary account of a soldier's experiences in Iraq as seen from her own perspective, a story told through footage shot when she befriended a U.S. serviceman while living in Paris. When the soldier shows Allen his collection of candid photos and film clips, it alters her entire view of what's really happening on the ground -- and offers a new look at the men and women risking their lives there.

    Directed by:

  • Penny Allen
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    See How They Run
    rating:2.6

    See How They Run

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    This witty look at San Francisco's mayoral runoff between Willie Brown, Tom Ammiano and Clint Reilly provides a candid look at the mudslinging and scandal that seem to accompany all political races. Direct in its delivery, this documentary holds very little back and includes appearances by Bill Maher, Sean Penn, Jesse Jackson, Arianna Huffington and more.

    Directed by:

  • Emily Morse
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Electile Dysfunction
    rating:2.6

    Electile Dysfunction

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmakers Joe Barber and Mary Patel examine the dysfunctional world of American politics through the prism of the 2006 United States Senate race between Democrat Bob Casey Jr. and Republican Rick Santorum. Gullible media, corporate influence and hyper-managed candidate personas are among the myriad subjects covered in this incisive documentary, which includes interviews with Barack Obama, Al Gore, Ed Rendell and many others.

    Directed by:

  • Joe Barber
  • Mary Patel
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Fatherhood Dreams
    rating:2.6

    Fatherhood Dreams

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    An insightful look at four gay men who are fathers, this documentary follows married partners Randy and Drew raising an adopted baby boy, Steve co-parenting two daughters with a lesbian couple and Scott working with a surrogate mother. In addition to recounting each individual's struggles against ignorance and fear to become a father, filmmaker Julia Ivanova explores their day-to-day experiences raising young children.

    Directed by:

  • Julia Ivanova
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Heaven
    rating:2.6

    Heaven

    1987Runtime:0 minutes
    Pull up a cloud and take a ride through Heaven. Created and directed by the multitalented Diane Keaton (Annie Hall, Baby Boom), this film takes a wonderfully lighthearted look at the Great Beyond and people's beliefs concerning the possibility of an afterlife. Keaton intersperses outrageous interviews with extraordinary film footage from European and American film classics such as Metropolis, Green Pastures and Stairway to Heaven.

    Directed by:

  • Diane Keaton
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Weather
    rating:2.6

    Weather

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    Everyone talks about the weather, but how much do you really know about it? The acclaimed Eyewitnesss series mixes eye-popping visuals with actor Martin Sheen's keen narration to explain a broad range of natural phenomena. Hurricanes, heat waves, hailstorms, tornadoes and more are explored. Also, learn how the fickle temper of the planet can bedevil even the most well-equipped and well-intentioned meteorologist.

    Directed by:

  • Edwina Vardey
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Mona Lisa Revealed: Secrets of the Painting
    rating:2.6

    Mona Lisa Revealed: Secrets of the Painting

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Meet the real Mona Lisa in this revealing documentary that employs photographer Pascal Cotte's super-high-resolution pictures to illuminate many previously unknown components of the canvas. Leading historians use Cotte's powerful photographs to glean clues about Leonardo da Vinci's artistic techniques and to draw some surprising conclusions about the famous portrait and its mysterious model.

    Directed by:

  • Caroline Cocciardi
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Death: A Love Story
    rating:2.6

    Death: A Love Story

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Michelle Le Brun and producer-actor Mel Howard train their documentary cameras on themselves to chronicle Howard's yearlong battle with terminal liver cancer. It's all here -- from different treatment regimens to Howard's final breath with Le Brun poised behind the camera. The resulting film is a poignant and stirring testament to the power of love over imminent death.

    Directed by:

  • Michelle LeBrun
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Notes on Marie Menken
    rating:2.6

    Notes on Marie Menken

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Though relatively little known today, filmmaker Marie Menken -- a fixture of New York's thriving experimental film scene from the 1940s to the '60s -- inspired such artists as Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol, Kenneth Anger and others. Interviews with avant-garde masters, archival footage and vintage photographs combine to create an illuminating portrait of an overlooked legacy in this fascinating documentary.

    Directed by:

  • Martina Kudlacek
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Shoot 'em Up: The Truth About Vaccines
    rating:2.6

    Shoot 'em Up: The Truth About Vaccines

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    It's something we learn from day one when raising children in America: Vaccines are vitally important. But are they necessary, or even healthy? In this documentary, mother and filmmaker Judy Apicella discusses the issue with experts. They suggest that America's mandatory vaccination policy serves drug companies -- not children -- and argue that some vaccines contain harmful chemicals that can lead to autism, asthma and other health problems.

    Directed by:

  • Judy Apicella
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Now and Then
    rating:3.8

    Now and Then

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends -- Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta -- recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, they reconcile experiences with boys, secrets, bullies and more. Lesli Linka Glatter directs; Gaby Hoffmann, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Cloris Leachman, Thora Birch and Christina Ricci co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Lesli Linka Glatter
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Now and Then (1995)
    A heartwarming movie about four childhood girlfriends who, in adulthood reunion, relive their experience of the life-changing summer of 1970, including a mystery death, divorce, standing up to the boys, first kiss, and the meaning of true friendship. Each explores her unique identity amidst family and friends. Beautifully directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
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