May 26, 2010
Thai Film Foundation
May 24, 2010
The story of essential infrastructure systems: water, wastewater, and stormwater. These systems provide a critical public health function and are essential for economic development and growth. Largely out of sight and out of mind, these aging systems have not been maintained, and some estimates suggest this is the single largest public works endeavor in our nation's history. Locations featured in the documentary include Atlanta, Boston, Herminie (Pennsylvania), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C.
Looks into the historical planning, building and use of water distribution to support the development of cities and rural areas. Discusses the infrastructure and future of that infrastructure. As important as distribution, the removal of waste water is given great consideration in this documentary. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 50499-D
"A social history of one of our most recognizable national symbols - the residential lawn. Humorous, but thought-provoking, Gimme Green considers the impact of this uniquely American obsession on the environment, our health, and our way of life. Employing an engaging blend of gravity and levity, this documentary follows a lawn of the month contest in a small suburb and a city code enforcement officer as he writes citations for unkempt lawns. It examines the inner-workings of a desert sod farm as well as an artificial turf factory. It questions how lawn pesticides are applied and what their affects may be on our health."
Offers some alternatives to America's green front lawn. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 48167-D
May 20, 2010
May 19, 2010
Danish Film Institute
Tells the personal stories of people who in different ways enjoy a close relationship with a robot. Explaining the differences between a "humanoid" (a robot in the shape of a human being), an "android" (a robot that looks and moves like a human) and a "geminoid" (a copy of an actual human being), the film takes us from the high temple of robot technology, Tokyo, Japan, to Braunschweig in Germany, to Italy and back to Copenhagen in Denmark. This world tour highlights the human need for love and our craving to be loved by others, while examining the cultural differences in how we accept emotional robots in the East and the West.
One type of robot in this story is a baby seal. The seal is used to comfort elders in retirement homes. These homes can be lonely places and the elders who have the baby seal robots enjoy companionship and caring. "Roboticist" Hiroshi Ishiguro builds a creepy replica of himself and an even creepier one of his daughter. Both look very human and from a distance I don't think you can tell the difference. With Hiroshi and others like him it won't be long until some type of human/animal robot is as prevalent as the ipod in our daily lives. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 49755-D
"'Auschwitz: inside the Nazi state' is the result of three years of research, drawing on the close involvement of world experts, recently discovered documents and nearly 100 interviews with camp survivors and perpetrators, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time. Their stories are brought to life through the innovative use of archive footage, dramatic recreations of key ... moments, and their ... testimony"
This documentary explores one of the most horrendous aspects of human nature. Human Beings have the ability to murder without compassion, remorse or guilt. An example of devastating horror of hate, intolerance and greed lessons we have yet to learn. Linda Ellerbee takes us from the planning, building, use, political betrayal through to the liberation of the prisoners. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 39637-D
Out of the present
In 1991, Russian cosmonauts Anatoli Arzebarski and Sergei Krikalev are stranded on the MIR orbital space station due to political upheaval in the Soviet Union. Unable to return to Earth as scheduled, Krikalev becomes the first human to live a record ten months on a space station.
Excellent transitional experience between Soviet Russia and Russia. Fantastic on the ground film and shots of Earth from MIR. Also some very claustrophobic shots of inside MIR. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 33922-D
May 14, 2010
William Greaves Productions
May 13, 2010