May 2012 Archives

Sistema Revolution

SISTEMA REVOLUTION follows the inception, development and success of Venezuela's life-changing music program, El Sistema, and how the movement is catching on in other communities. The documentary sheds further light on this revolutionary program which allows any child to attend free music classes - including an instrument to practice with - regardless of their ability to pay. It's a flagship of national achievement and is creating transformative social change, artistic excellence and producing/exporting musicians of extraordinary quality.

For the government, Sistema is essentially a social project; an engine for human development. Poverty means loneliness, sadness, anonymity. For the children of Sistema, an orchestra means joy, motivation, teamwork and the aspiration to success.

SISTEMA REVOLUTION reveals how music changes the lives of children, their families and of entire communities.

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My Dinner with Generation X

Canadian filmmaker Brian Stockton takes his irreverent autobiographical documentaries to the next level with an exploration of Generation X, the often misunderstood and mis-labeled group of people born in the early 1960's. As Generation X came of age in the 1980s, they found themselves wandering aimlessly, under-employed and completely overshadowed by the enormous cohort of early baby boomers that preceded them.


My Dinner with Generation X is a road-movie documentary that mixes candid interviews with nostalgic childhood re-creations of the 1970s, and vintage slacker footage from the 1980s. Noted Canadian Gen Xers like Don McKellar, Mark Kingwell and Mina Shum are featured interviews, as well as demographics experts David Foot and Neil Howe.

 

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Part comedy, part memoir, part whining and complaining, My Dinner with Generation X is a unique experience that goes where no documentary film has ever gone: into the depths of Generation X.

Unspeakable

Stuttering is as old as human speech. The biblical Moses stuttered. Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, King George VI and James Earl Jones were also afflicted with the disorder--yet it remains a medical enigma. Unspeakable examines the nature, history and treatment of a speech impediment that affects about 1% of the world's population regardless of language, culture, class or ethnicity.

Throughout the ages there have been all sorts of explanations for what causes stuttering but attempts at curing it have been as frustrating as finding its cause. While stuttering inevitably causes emotional distress, which aggravates the disorder, there is no evidence that it is a personality disorder. Speech therapy for pre-schoolers who stutter can be quite effective but treatment for older children and adults is often frustrating and disappointing.

John Paskievich, the film's director, is a person who stutters. He also narrates and is an active participant in the film. His story and the stories of others in the film are poignant, funny, angry and courageous, providing eloquent testimony to what it means to live imprisoned in what the poet W.H. Auden called "the tower of stutter."

According to Paskievich, "the film is a call for liberation, not from stuttering, but from the ignorance and stigma that surround it."

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Ron Hynes, Man of a Thousand Songs

A feature length documentary about extraordinary Canadian singer songwriter, Ron Hynes... an insightful and entertaining exploration of the creative process, the genesis of song, the meaning of performance and the vulnerability of an artist compelled to bare his soul through his music.
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