The life of the Artinian family of Long Island was chronicled in the Academy Award nominated film Sound and Fury that came out in 2000. Sound and Fury: Six Years Later is another engaging look at this extraordinary family in the years since their first movie captured audiences around the world. Sound and Fury ended with 6-year-old Heather’s parents deciding not to implant her. In this stand-alone follow up film we learn that Heather’s parents changed their minds and she finally did get the implant at 9 years old, as did Heather’s 2 younger brothers, her mother, her deaf aunt and her 2 deaf cousins. The film follows Heather in her life today interacting fluidly between the hearing world of her school and the signing deaf world of her parents.
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For 3 years, this half hour film follows the lives of two profoundly deaf children, each given the Cochlear implant at 12 months. Each child has a hearing twin with whom their language development is compared. This insightful 30-minute documentary provides a dramatic demonstration of the power of the cochlear implant, which has been the cause of much controversy and misunderstanding with the signing Deaf community. By following the lives of the twins and their families, one of which is featured in our film SOUND AND FURY, we witness the astonishing growth in the deaf children's speech and hearing as well as their integration and assimilation into mainstream life.
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A feature documentary featuring Kenny Vance, founder of Jay and the Americans, who visits his heros, the legends of Doo Wop, who he saw as a kid perform in the 50’s and 60’s at the old Brooklyn Paramount. They hang out, they reminisce about the beginnings of Doo Wop, and they sing together in scenes that will make your heart skip a beat. Pookie Hudson, Little Anthony, Eugene Pitt, Cleveland Still – these are a few of the legends who we meet in Feelin’ No Pain. And woven throughout is the story of Kenny’s latest band, The Planotones. Started against all advice at 50 The Planotones is a group of middle aged singers who are re-living their teen dream to sing oldies to the cheers of audiences across America.
Playing For Real is a one hour documentary that takes an intimate look
at the extraordinary difficulties of creating a career in big time classical
music. "Playing For Real" follows two brilliant unknown musicians
at the start of their careers. Both artists have won the Young Concert
Artists International Audition which offers its winners the most desirable
of all prizes: a debut in New York with 3 years of nurturing, grooming
and careful hands-on management. Our subjects are Mayuko Kamio, a 14 year
old Japanese violinist who is starting her American performing career
as she attends both Jr. High School and Juilliard, and Adam Neiman, a
22 year old American pianist who has already played several hundred concerts
and as the film closes leaves the YCA nest to join the roster at ICM management.
The verite doc is laced with interviews with many stars of the music world
who were discovered by the 40-year-old YCA; some of these artists include:
Emanuel Ax, Dawn Upshaw, Ruth Laredo, Jean Yves Thibaudet, Michael Tilson
Thomas and Gerard Schwartz. "Playing for Real" premiered on
WNET/thirteen in NY at on April 3rd and will be seen on many other PBS
Beautiful Daughters is a film about the first all transgender production of Eve Enslers THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES. This is the first gathering of the best and brightest of the transsexual community coming together to present a powerful message to change stereotypic views of transsexuals. This film embraces and totally accepts these women. Outrageous, deeply painful, deliciously funny - they tell their stories and we fall in love with them. Beautiful Daughters puts a complex, vulnerable and totally human face on these ladies. We see that they are a part of the fabric of our society and the film inspires acceptance, compassion and inclusion for them.
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"The Opposite Sex"(Jamie's Story and Rene's Story) are 2 feature length documentaries, one profiling a male to female and the other a female to male transexual. Both films were shot simultaneously for the months before during and after their sex change surgery. Each film is a powerful close-up look at the impact of gender transition on families, spouses, siblings and friends. In both stories the real journey is the universal search for identity that all people have to go through to find wholeness. The Opposite Sex: Rene's Story premieres on Showtime
Premiered on Showtime, 2005.
BULLRIDER takes you close in to the remarkable unknown world of
professional bullriding. It's the story of 3 of the worlds top riders
vying for the 2004 World Championship and the million dollar prize. The
aging 2-time world champion, super-star Adriano Moraes, has a widening
lead throughout the season but, despite injuries, broken bones and constant
pain, Justin McBride and Mike Lee fight their way back to a neck and neck
poignant ending at the finish in the Las Vegas finals. These are modern
day gladiators competing in the most dangerous sport on earth. A story
of endurance through pain, human sacrifice and accomplishment, BULLRIDER
also tells a story of America today, a generation away from the warm fuzzy
myths of the American West.
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