August 27, 2013
Shakespeare High is [a] ... documentary that follows a diverse group of California high school students as they prepare for and compete in the 90th Drama Teachers Association of Southern California Shakespeare Festival. Through their passion and working together toward a common goal that reflects and transcends their ethnic and socioeconomic divides, the dedicated teens manage to overcome their own personal hurdles and history. The film focuses primarily on under-privileged teens and highlights the life-changing effects drama programs such [as] this can have on young people. The film follows a compelling group of teens with moving and dramatic personal stories.
This looks to be a great program to allow high school students to express themselves and to escape the possible frustration of troubled home life. It is not just for disadvantaged students it is for everyone to participate in. It's a very good program and a pleasure to watch. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 59032-D Released in 2012 90 minutes
August 12, 2013
Pina Dance, dance otherwise we are lost
Originally conceived as a collaboration between filmmaker Wim Wenders and choreographer Pina Bausch, Pina ultimately turned into a tribute to Bausch following her death in 2009. Consists primarily of performances of Bausch's works by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch with brief interviews with Bausch and members of the dance group.
One of the best documentaries I have seen in a long time. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 60388-D Released in 2011 103 minutes
December 05, 2011
The Catherine Wheel
Set to an original score by David Byrne, the dance grew out of Twyla Tharp's fascination with Saint Catherine who was martyred in the fourth century.
Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation.
Well shot and excellent music. Experiencing the technical quality of these dancers is a complete joy. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 56436-D 87 minutes 1983