Annotation:ENCORE - A breathtaking new documentary from the incomparable Werner Herzog, follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man.
Annotation:ENCORE - A real-life 'horse-whisperer', Buck eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment.
Annotation:ENCORE - “This story about Joyce McKinney, a one-time beauty queen who found herself not once but twice at the center of outrageous, tabloid-friendly news stories, is another of Morris' alternately hilarious and disturbing inquiries into the slippery nature of truth.” - Salon
Annotation:ENCORE - A chronicle of the little-known story of Allied airmen imprisoned at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in the final months of World War II.
Annotation:JUST PLAIN WEIRD - Before the Jerky Boys it was a covert audio recording of two older drunken men living in a small flat in San Francisco, who spent their available free time yelling, screaming, hitting and generally abusing each other--and launched a generation of audio verite.
Annotation:TAKE IT ON FAITH - Roko Belic (Genghis Blues) takes us from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the villages of Okinawa, to explore the secrets behind our most valued emotion.
Annotation:LANDSCAPE & MEMORY - Deep in the heart of Patagonia, Chile flow two of the world’s purest rivers, the Baker and Pascua. These free-flowing watersheds drive biodiversity in temperate rainforests, estuaries and marine ecosystems. What happens to the land and culture if they are dammed?
Annotation:LANDSCAPE & MEMORY - Twenty years ago, Kevin Tomlinson visited a town in our geographical backyard—Tonasket—to profile a movement of back-to-the-land “hippies.” See what happens when he tracks them down two decades later.
Annotation:THE POST 9/11 WORLD - Director Janus Metz’s award winning film follows a platoon of Danish soldiers on a six-month tour of Afghanistan in 2009. An intimate, visually stunning account of both the horror and growing cynicism of modern warfare.
Annotation:FOR THE KIDS - Featuring remarkable underwater footage, follow the journey of one little loggerhead turtle as she makes a perilous and astonishing journey. Rated G for the kids.
Annotation:FOOD & FARMING - Follow a couple as they attempt to live on a food stamp budget (about $3 per person, per day), and still eat healthy, well-balanced meals—and find out more about the challenges faced by the millions of people using their food stamps to finance three squares a day.
Annotation:FOOD & FARMING - The South Central Farm was one of the largest urban gardens in the country, and remained so from 1994 until 2006, when it was sold and the farmers evicted. The farm and the fight to save it are the subject of this Oscar-nominated doc.
Annotation:HUMAN RIGHTS - Chronicles the powerful story of Jamie Nabozny, a student from Ashland, Wisconsin. Years of unrelenting bullying took its toll, but Jamie decided to stand up to his anti-gay tormentors with a federal lawsuit--and wins.
Annotation:HUMAN RIGHTS - From 1967-1975, a group of Swedish journalists filmed such leaders of the Black Power movement as Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver. The 16mm cache of tapes was long forgotten, until Danny Glover helped bring them to the big screen.
Annotation:EXPERIMENTAL - If not overtly experimental this is a challenging doc that moves like a poem, revealing a small farming community in Wales only 50 miles from Dylan Thomas’ fictional village of Llareggub. There are profound moments about the pre-mechanized world, slowly fading from our 21st century view.
Annotation:WORLD OF MUSIC - In the early 1970s, Houstons’s Kashmere High School jazz band was transformed into a color-barrier-shattering, award-winning funk powerhouse with the help of their “Prof.” Thirty-five years later, some of the Prof’ss storied alumni return home to pay—and play—a tribute for their beloved teacher.
Annotation:WORLD OF MUSIC - They fell in love in the Academy Award-winning Once—and they fell in love in real life. Along the way, they recorded an album and embarked on a world tour. But a Hollywood ending may not be in store for Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova…
Annotation:WORLD OF MUSIC - Trace the career trajectory, in music and interviews, of the shoulda-been-big-time Fishbone, the punk/rock/ska hybrid that had a huge influence on such bands as No Doubt and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Co-director Chris Metzler will be on hand.
Annotation:WORLD OF MUSIC - This is the exuberant story of Lynda and Jools Topp, the world’s only comedic, singing, yodeling lesbian twin sisters, who have changed New Zealand’s social landscape merely by being their entertaining selves.
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Each October, the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham hosts a month-long celebration of the best documentaries currently available for theatrical exhibition. Visit the Pickford Film Center website (www.pickfordcinema.org) to find out what's screening in October 2012. Or make requests from this list of documentaries that were featured during Doctober 2011 and enjoy them from the comfort of your own home.
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