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Films for the 2016 Elections

Posted by Steve -- on 10/4/2016 to News

A selection of our films that provide background on key issues or historical context for this year's election. and beyond.
California High: The Great Marijuana Debate
A balanced look at the controversy over the legalization of marijuana and its far-ranging consequences.

The life and impact of the woman who made history as the first female Vice Presidential nominee of a major political party.

Chronicles the ground-breaking LGBT civil rights victories of the first four openly gay elected California state legislators -- all women.

Oscar Nominee. The history and impact of the voting rights movement through the personal story of a Southern barber and activist.

The story of former Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey, a true political "maverick” who broke the usual party mold for politicians.

New Films for Fall 2016

Posted by Steve -- on 10/4/2016

New Film on Nuclear Weapons Screening at UN

Posted by Steve -- on 10/1/2016 to News
The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs on October 12 is screening THE NUCLEAR REQUIEM,  a new film produced by former ABC News Executive Producer Robert Frye now available from The Video Project.

North Korea’s nuclear tests and the potential for a new global arms race with Russia provide stark reminders of the enormous threat posed by the most lethal weapon ever invented.

Featuring more than 30 top security experts from around the world, THE NUCLEAR REQUIEM  presents an updated, in-depth look at the continuing danger nuclear weapons pose, an honest assessment of the current obstacles to disarmament, and a frank, yet hopeful, discussion of what it will take to overcome the roadblocks to a safer world.

The film includes footage from President Obama’s historic visit this year to Hiroshima, the first by a U.S. President. In his speech, Obama suggests we must "look directly into the eye of history and ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again."

"Intriguing and compelling... highlights the terror and hope nuclear weapons invoke.”
 - William Lanouette, Author, Genius in the Shadows: A Biography of Leo Szilard

"A thoughtful film exploring the contours of our Nuclear Age.”
 - Kelly DeVine, Global Peace Film Festival

Booklist Awards Starred Reviews to Two Titles

Posted by Steve -- on 8/4/2016
The August Booklist Online Video Review, published by the American Library Association, featured four recent Video Project releases, including two given the highest "Starred Reviews":

BIG VOICE
Follows a challenging year in the life of a determined public high school choir director, demonstrating the transformative value of arts education programs.
 
"Starred Review. Enlightening…this thoughtful film shares insights on the power of the arts and the work of a personable, dedicated choir director…." - Booklist

THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL

Journeys into the Chernobyl Dead Zone several decades after the nuclear disaster to find a small community of elderly survivors along with scientists and others.
 
"Starred Review. Captures a land that time forgot and the world has avoided…." - Booklist

The two other  Video Project films reviewed in Booklist are:

FLY BY LIGHT

Follows four teenagers for a year as they seek to overcome the violence in their lives by participating in a peace education program.

"Powerful...An inspiring look at challenges facing many inner-city youth...who 'create a new path by connecting to a world outside their neighborhoods’."
- Booklist


OYLER: ONE SCHOOL, ONE YEAR
How a "community school" helped turnaround a poverty-stricken neighborhood, part of a growing national movement to help better meet the basic needs of poor children.

"Candid... takes viewers on a personalized 184-day tour of (Oyler School)... a full-time facility that offers daily nutritious meals, health care, and other services." - Booklist

American Psychology Association to Screen two Films

Posted by Steve -- on 8/4/2016 to News
Two Video Project films were selected for screening at this week's American Psychology Association (APA) Annual Convention in Denver — HEALING A SOLDIERS HEART and FREE THE MIND.

Here are the APA's descriptions of the two films in the convention program, and links to order:

This documentary follows four Vietnam veterans with severe symptoms of PTSD who go on a courageous journey back to Vietnam to face the emotional demons that have been haunting them for close to 40 years. This profound story addresses healing, loss, and the rediscovery of the human soul. It is about forgiveness and psychospiritual catharsis. As one soldier stated, “When the pain comes back, our hearts come back.”

Can your rewire the brain through contemplative neuroscience? An extraordinary film featuring the pioneering work of Richard Davidson, PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison, about the potential of mindfulness meditation in treating preschool children and war veterans in overcoming effects of trauma.
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