documentary http://wamc.org en Food For Thought Film: Nothing Like Chocolate http://wamc.org/post/food-thought-film-nothing-chocolate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Food For Thought is a monthly evening of food, film and discussion with a focus on films of social, political, environmental and community interest. Held on the third Thursday of each month at </span><a href="http://www.thelinda.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Linda</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Albany, NY the series is co-presented by the </span><a href="http://www.hwfc.com/‎" style="line-height: 1.5;">Honest Weight Food Co-op</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>This month’s film is <a href="http://www.nothinglikechocolate.com/"><em>Nothing Like Chocolate</em></a> – a documentary about anarchist chocolate-maker Mott Green who operated an unusual chocolate factory in Grenada that turns out delicious creations unknown to a world saturated with industrially produced cocoa.</p><p>Joe Angello was a close friend of Mott Green. Joe is the owner and founder of <a href="http://www.angellosdistributing.com/">Angello’s Distributing, Inc.</a>, local, organic food distribution company based in Clermont, NY. He joins us to tell us about <a href="http://www.grenadachocolate.com/">The Grenada Chocolate Company</a> and the film <em>Nothing like Chocolate</em>.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 84074 at http://wamc.org Food For Thought Film: Nothing Like Chocolate Ken Burns Screens Clips From "The Roosevelts" In Shelburne Falls, MA http://wamc.org/post/ken-burns-screens-clips-roosevelts-shelburne-falls-ma <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Award winning documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, will be at the Memorial Hall in </span>Shelburne<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Falls, MA on February 12 at </span>7pm<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to present clips from his new seven-part film </span><a href="http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/films/the-roosevelts" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>The Roosevelts: An Intimate History</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The 14 hour film will air on PBS later this year. The event will help the </span><a href="http://www.armslibrary.org/library-home.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">Arms Library</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> raise money for the first phase of a multi-year project to restore the historic Pratt Memorial Library Building.&nbsp;To reserve tickets call 413 625 0306.</span></p><p>“The Roosevelts” weaves together the stories of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt – three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.</p><p>Ken Burns has been making films for more than thirty years. Since the Academy Award nominated <em>Brooklyn Bridge</em> in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including <em>The Civil War</em>, <em>Baseball</em>, <em>Jazz</em>, <em>The National Parks: America’s Best Idea</em>, <em>The Dust Bowl</em> – and many others.</p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 83535 at http://wamc.org Ken Burns Screens Clips From "The Roosevelts" In Shelburne Falls, MA Bill Maher At The Palace On 11/10 http://wamc.org/post/bill-maher-palace-1110 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the last twenty years, </span><a href="http://www.billmaher.com" style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill Maher</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television-first on the show </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Politically Correc</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">t and for the last 10 years on HBO’s </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Real Time</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He has written four best sellers including his most recent </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The New New Rules</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">- he started his career as a stand up comedian in 1979 and still performs at least 50 dates a year. He will perform at The </span><a href="http://palacealbany.com/EventsandTickets/EventTickets/event.aspx?eid=cd867ed4-8a0a-4f7c-8fa3-929a268efcc6" style="line-height: 1.5;">Palace Theater</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Albany on Sunday 11/10</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 77169 at http://wamc.org Bill Maher At The Palace On 11/10 FilmColumbia - Chris Schoeck - "Bending Steel" http://wamc.org/post/filmcolumbia-chris-schoeck-bending-steel <p><a href="http://www.bendingsteelmovie.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Bending Steel</em> </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is a documentary from filmmakers Dave Carroll and Ryan </span>Scafuro<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It explores the life of 43 year-old Chris </span>Schoeck<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a Queens, NY native who is training to become a professional </span>Oldetime<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Strongman. The story follows Chris’ journey from his early days training in a small basement storage unit, to his very first performance on the big stage at New York’s historic Coney Island.</span></p><p>The film will screen at <a href="http://www.filmcolumbia.com/">FilmColumbia</a> on Saturday, October 26th at 5pm with a presentation by Schoeck to follow.</p><p>Joe Donahue spoke with Chris at Argot Studios in NYC. During the interview Chris ripped a deck of cards in half and bent a steel spike. Videos below.</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76238 at http://wamc.org FilmColumbia - Chris Schoeck - "Bending Steel" Documentary Feature "Breastmilk" Screening At The Woodstock Film Festival http://wamc.org/post/documentary-feature-breastmilk-screening-woodstock-film-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The documentary feature film, <a href="http://www.vimeo.com/68418128">Breastmilk</a> is screening as part of the upcoming <a href="http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com">Woodstock Film Festival</a>.</p><p>Despite endless research on the benefits of breastfeeding, the stigma surrounding the natural practice has led to a new world of motherhood where maternity confronts sexuality and naturalists are confront a culture of baby formula, breast pumps and skepticism.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The film features a wide range of frank and revealing interviews with breastfeeding women as they addresses the many questions around breast milk. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First time director/producer Dana Ben-Ari joins us now to talk about her experience making the film.</span></p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:50:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 73805 at http://wamc.org Documentary Feature "Breastmilk" Screening At The Woodstock Film Festival Dancing at Jacob's Pillow: Never Stand Still on PBS Great Performances http://wamc.org/post/dancing-jacobs-pillow-never-stand-still-pbs-great-performances <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.jacobspillow.org">Jacob’s Pillow</a> in Becket, MA is home to America's longest-running dance festival, is a National Historic Landmark, and is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Their 81st Season continues in Becket, MA through August 25th.</p><p>On July 26, the documentary film about <a href="http://www.firstrunfeatures.com/neverstandstill/">Dancing at Jacob's Pillow: Never Stand Still</a>, will air nationally on PBS Great Performances. Director of the film, Ron Honsa filmed interviews and performances at The Pillow over the course of several seasons.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 69927 at http://wamc.org Dancing at Jacob's Pillow: Never Stand Still on PBS Great Performances BIFF - "Girl Rising" http://wamc.org/post/biff-girl-rising <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This Saturday night the documentary&nbsp;<a href="http://www.girlrising.com"><em>Girl Rising</em></a> will screen at <a href="http://www.mahaiwe.org">The Mahaiwe</a> in Great Barrington, MA as part of <a href="http://www.biffma.org">The Berkshire International Film Festival</a>. The screening and the following panel discussion is presented in cooperation with the <a href="http://www.interdependencemovement.org">Interdependence Movement</a> and <a href="http://www.10x10act.org/">10×10</a>.</p><p>The thesis of <em>Girl Rising</em> is simple: educating girls in the developing world will bring about transformational change. Every day, millions of girls wake to a world that does not see them. But dollar for dollar, they are the best investment in the developing world.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Girl Rising</em> tells the stories of nine real girls from around the world - girls in Cambodia, India, Nepal, Egypt, Peru, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Haiti, and Sierra Leone. A female writer from each country has written the girl’s story and in the film, each vignette is narrated by an esteemed actress - including Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Kerry Washington. That’s 9 countries, 9 girls, 9 writers, and 9 actresses. In between each girl’s story, the filmmakers share statistical information in an engaging manner and those presentations are narrated by Liam Neeson.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 65967 at http://wamc.org BIFF - "Girl Rising" BIFF - Tom Donahue - "Casting By" http://wamc.org/post/biff-tom-donahue-casting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Tom Donahue’s documentary, <a href="http://www.tashtegofilms.com/castingby.html"><em>Casting By</em></a>, takes us through the last 50 years of Hollywood history from an entirely new perspective -- that of the casting director. Pioneers like Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster were iconoclasts whose exquisite taste and gut instincts helped to put an end to the studio system and usher in a new Hollywood. They broke away from traditional typecasting and brought actors like James Dean, Dustin Hoffman, Bette Midler, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, and Gene Hackman to the screen.</p><p>Tom Donahue combines personal narratives from actors, directors, and casting directors with extensive archival material to reconstruct the untold tale of Hollywood’s most invisible and unheralded profession.</p><p><em>Casting By</em> will screen as part of <a href="http://www.biffma.org">The Berkshire International Film Festival</a> on Sunday, June 2 at <a href="http://www.thetriplex.com/">The Triplex</a> in Great Barrington, MA. A Q&amp;A will follow the screening with Casting Directors 
Gretchen Rennell and Elissa Myers.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 15:45:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 65880 at http://wamc.org BIFF - Tom Donahue - "Casting By" BIFF - Kevin Pearce - "The Crash Reel" http://wamc.org/post/biff-kevin-pearce-crash-reel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>22-year-old Kevin Pearce had just come off of the most successful competitive season of his snowboarding career, challenging the dominance of his friend and rival, snowboarding legend Shaun White. Kevin’s professional ascent came at a time when snowboarding tricks were becoming more and more breathtaking – but also more dangerous.</p><p>On December 31, 2009, while riding the slopes of Park City, Utah in final training for the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kevin missed his landing and took a hard fall.</p><p>He was airlifted to the hospital, where doctors scrambled to save his life as his family flew from their home in Vermont to be at his side. When Kevin finally woke up from his coma - that was only the beginning of a long road to recovering from his Traumatic Brain Injury. From language to vision, motor skills to memory, Kevin had to come to terms with his new impairments.</p><p>This is the story told in <a href="http://www.thecrashreel.com/"><em>The Crash Reel</em> </a>- a film by two-time Academy Award nominated filmmaker, Lucy Walker. <em>The Crash Reel</em> is screening at <a href="http://www.biffma.org">The Berkshire International Film Festival</a> on Friday at 6:30pm at <a href="http://www.thetriplex.com">The Triplex</a> in Great Barrington, MA.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 65886 at http://wamc.org BIFF - Kevin Pearce - "The Crash Reel" BIFF - Darlene Love - "20 Feet From Stardom" http://wamc.org/post/biff-darlene-love-20-feet-stardom <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Millions know their voices, but few know their names. In his compelling new film <a href="http://www.twentyfeetfromstardom.com/"><em>20 Feet From Stardom</em></a>, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century.</p><p><em>20 Feet From Stardom</em> is the opening night film at <a href="http://www.biffma.org">The Berkshire International Film Festival</a> - it screens tonight at <a href="http://www.mahaiwe.org">The Mahaiwe</a> in Great Barrington, MA at 6pm. The film features interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>One of the backup singers featured in the film is the incomparable, <a href="http://www.darleneloveworld.com/">Darlene Love</a> - and she will be in attendance at The Mahaiwe.</p><p>From her first number one recording, “He’s A Rebel”, through her string of label hits with legendary producer Phil Spector, to the countless songs she sang backup on for artists like Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Dionne Warwick, Cher and Aretha Franklin, Darlene Love has blazed a trail of success in the music industry and was inducted into the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 65884 at http://wamc.org BIFF - Darlene Love - "20 Feet From Stardom"