|A DEEPER SHADE OF BLUE (Los Angeles Premiere)
Directed by: Jack McCoy Runtime: 91 mins
This is not a surf movie, it is a film about surfing’s deepest roots: in the subconscious; in ancient lore; in the craft of surfboard building; in man’s perpetual quest for a joyful relationship with the natural world.
|CATALINA EXPLORE PROJECT
Directed by: Brandon Vedder and Zac Smith Runtime: 24 mins
Resting off the Southern California coast, Santa Catalina Island has been a symbol of escape and adventure for centuries. From early Explorers who cherished the safety of its harbors, to modern day vacationers, Catalina Island possesses the ability to transport its visitors much further than the 22 nautical miles it lies across the sea.
Directed By: Seth Keal Runtime: 17 mins
A German engineer wonders where his adopted stray cat goes when he is away from home. After he creates a tiny camera for the cat to wear, the photos reveal more than what he expected.
ACC Theatre, Saturday May 5, 2012 2:00pm – 4:00pm (in “Doc Block: Discovery“)
Directed By: Alvin Shen Runtime: 15 mins
Five Kenyan high school boys living in the second largest slum in all of Kenya band together as a hip hop dance crew to try and audition for Kenya’s version of ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ inspired reality show. Facing extreme odds, a near fatal car accident, and despite being the youngest dance team, the boys attempt to dance their way to the top.Watch Trailer Here!
Directed By: Francisco Guijarro Runtime:4mins
Mexican’s Cusine’s beauty, artistry and cinematic braillance will pave the way for other cultural visionaries in the digital revolution of filmmaking.ACC Theatre, Sunday May 6, 2012 2:15pm – 4:15pm (in “Doc Block: Around The World“)
|ROCK THE BOAT
Directed by Randi Mercouffer Runtime: 52mins
In the artificial landscape that is Los Angeles, where even palm trees are imported, nothing epitomizes man’s short-sighted efforts to reshape the face of the earth more than the LA River: modified beyond recognition, its flow tapped before it even reached the surface, the river was used, abused and essentially forgotten. But when an unassuming boater insists on seeing it as a river again, a local controversy takes on national dimensions, and the once-derided eyesore turns into a source of hope for the City of Dreams. ‘Rock the Boat’ is a fun, high-energy and, ultimately, moving film that tells this every-man’s adventure and looks at the price nature has to pay for our urban lifestyle.
Directed By: Hans Fjellestad Runtime: 90 mins
The Strip itself was born in the roaring ’20s as a dirt road connecting Hollywood studios to a new development called Beverly Hills. This “strip” between two cities fell just outside Los Angeles city limits, a no man’s land outside the reach of the LAPD, which gave free reign to both creative and dark forces. Generations of great artists were inspired here and great art was created here, right along side notorious speakeasies, nightclubs, casinos, brothels, and opium dens. It is truly a mix of light and dark, sunshine and noir, that is uniquely L.A.
|THE MOVEMENT: ONE MAN JOINS AN UPRISING
Director:Kurt Miller Runtime:40 mins
In 2004 Rick Finkelstein was paralyzed in a ski accident on Aspen Mountain. With a severed spine and severe internal trauma, he wasn’t expected to live. Six years, nine surgeries, and a lifetime of rehab later, cameras captured his dramatic return to Aspen. Even with the latest gear, expert coaching, and mentorship from the sport’s pioneers, Rick faced a daunting challenge with many risks and no guarantees.
Rick’s friend, witness to the crash: ‘It wasn’t until later that I completely broke down. You realized that it’s just so fragile.” Robert Redford (narrator): ‘Our movement started with the word never. ‘You’ll never walk again… You’ll never see… You’ll never live to age five.’”Never? Our heroes refused to accept that word.”
Directed By: Kim Shelton
Runtime: 94 mins
The Welcome offers a fiercely intimate view of life after war: the fear, anger and isolation of post-traumatic stress that affects vets and family members alike. As we join these vets in a small room for an unusual five day healing retreat, we witness how the ruins of war can be transformed into the beauty of poetry. Here our perceptions are changed, our psyches strained, and our hearts broken. And at the end, when this poetry is shared with a large civilian audience, we begin to understand that all of us are a vital piece of the Welcome as Veterans try to find the way back home. Their examples of unflinching honesty, courage and love lift us up, inspiring all of us once again to feel our common humanity, always the first casualty of war.
Watch Trailer Here!
UNDER AFRICAN SKIESDirector: Joe Berlinger Runtime: 108 mins.
The story of the film, told by Grammy winning musician Paul Simon, as he re-traces the incredible journey of the history of evolution of the legendary Graceland album as well as the cultural and political climate of South Africa during that time.
|WITH GREAT POWER: THE STAN LEE STORY
Directed By: Terry Dougas, Nikki Frakes and Will Hess. Writers: Nikki Frakes and Will Hess Runtime: 80 mins
A feature length documentary on the life and creations of Stan Lee. Stan Lee is the co-creator of Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man and over 200 other characters that can be found in comic books, movie screens, and in retail stores around the world.Watch Trailer Here!