Here are our February 2016 film releases:
FINDING SAMUEL LOWE – An Afro-Chinese-Jamaican Harlem family seeks their Chinese grandfather who was forever separated from their mother – his 3-year-old half-Chinese, half-Jamaican daughter – in 1920. Samuel Lowe returned to China in 1933 with a Chinese wife and 6 children. After a 91-year separation, his Black Chinese grandchildren journey to China where they find Samuel Lowe’s 300 Chinese descendants and the entire clan in reunited. The film takes viewers to Harlem, Toronto, Martha’s Vineyard, three cities in Jamaica and two cities in China to see these families of different races become One.
CHAPLAINS– a new documentary film from award-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier that goes inside the dynamic and inspiring world of chaplains, men and women who represent their own particular faith tradition but are trained to be of comfort and support to people of all – religious or not. With a tradition dating back centuries, chaplains today are on the front lines, often in the midst of life and death situations, where the questions are the deepest and the need for spiritual and pastoral care the greatest. From the war zone to the workplace, chaplains serve as pastor, social worker, counselor, and bridge builder, and “lean into the painful places,” as prison chaplain Karuna Thompson says.
THIS IS NOT A ROBBERY – In 1998, after 86 years of law-abiding life, Red Rountree was caught trying to hold up a bank in Biloxi Mississippi. Before that he had survived the great depression, made a fortune in oil, supported a family and, as he tells it, “never even gotten a ticket for speeding.” In 2003, after a six-year crime spree, a few jail terms and a love affair with a 30 year-old drug-addicted prostitute, he died at age 92 with the undisputed title of “Worldʼs Oldest Bank Robber.” Using material collected during Redʼs last interview, taken in prison months before his death, as well as stories from those who knew him before he turned outlaw (friends, business partners, his second wife) and those who knew him as a notorious criminal (cops, lawyers, judges, bank tellers), the film chronicles both Redʼs career as a bank robber and the long and strange life that led him to it.
CAROLE KING NATURAL WOMAN– A celebration of the legendary singer-songwriter’s life and career from 1960s New York to the music mecca of 70s LA to the present. Carole King joins collaborators and family in new interviews, while rare home movies, performances and photos complete the tapestry.
Available 2/23/2016 on Itunes and Amazon
BECOMING BULLETPROOF – This heartwarming documentary features actors with and without disabilities who meet every year at Zeno Mountain Farm (ZMF) to write, produce, and star in original short films. Founded by two brothers and their wives, Zeno Mountain Farm’s philosophy is to create a truly inclusive community that builds genuine friendships that transcend stigma and stereotypes. For them, their films aren’t about making a statement; “It’s all about making awesome movies.” Inside the whirlwind filmmaking process of mastering lines, pushing through take after take, and grappling with high expectations, “Becoming Bulletproof” chronicles the genesis of a riveting film and a personally and socially transformative experience. The film captures the essence of artistic expression through vibrant human bonds and powerful insights. As one of the actors says: “I do not want pity because I have a disability, I just want to be understood.