THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE follows eleven-year old Masha and five-year old twin boys Marcel and Vadim as they leave Russia to spend their first year in Wisconsin as part of the Diaz family. When the reality of bonding with children who have grown up in institutions turns out to be more difficult than they ever imagined, the Diaz's hire two of the world's best developmental psychologists to help them build their new family - through science. Claudio and Cheryl Diaz met at Disneyland in 1990, fell in love, married and had their only daughter Cami in 1997. Cheryl, one of six children herself, always wanted a big family and worked toward making this adoption a reality for six years. Claudio, who fled communist Cuba with his family and worked his way from cleaning toilets at Disneyland to becoming a Disney HR executive, wants to give Masha, Marcel and Vadim the same gift his father gave him – a new life in America.
ABOUT THE FILM Eleven year old Masha Kulabokhova is about to be adopted into fourteen year old Cami Diaz's family. Masha grew up in a Russian orphanage; Cami was born and raised in Wisconsin and has been the exclusive focus of her parents' love her whole life. The process of Masha becoming part of the Diaz family is going to change both girls forever. THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE follows Masha as she leaves Russia to the spend her first year as part of the Diaz family, who have also adopted five year old twin boys Marcel and Vadim. When the reality of bonding with children who have grown up in institutions turns out to be more difficult than they ever imagined, the Diaz's hire two of the world's best developmental psychologists to help them build their new family - through science.
William Dub Lawrence is a man obsessed. As a young rookie cop, he used his savvy investigation skills to help break the Ted Bundy case. His obsession with turning around the systemic failings he saw as a young police officer led to a successful bid to become Sheriff of Davis County, Utah in 1974. Committed to the highest standards of peace officers serving the public good, Dub proudly established his state's first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff thirty years later.
Today, the Pope leads a church with more than one billion Catholics but also a business empire of global dimensions. The Catholic Church is the world’s richest religious institution with vast real estate holdings and its own Vatican Bank.
From the producers of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, FOOD, INC. and WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN, LAST CALL AT THE OASIS presents an inspiring wake-up call for why you should be worried, and why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. With the help of environmental activist Erin Brockovich and such distinguished experts as Peter Gleick and Alex Prud’homme, LAST CALL AT THE OASIS, travels throughout North America shedding light on the vital role water plays in our lives, exposing the defects in the current system, and introducing us to communities in California and Nevada already struggling with its ill-effects, and individuals who are championing revolutionary solutions.
Armed with a motorcycle and a video camera, American Matt VanDyke heads to the Middle East for a "crash course in manhood". Embedding with US soldiers and fighting beside rebels in Libya, he learns the difference between reality and the movie fantasy of war. Point and Shoot, winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival is directed by Academy Award nominated Marshall Curry. Matt VanDyke was a shy and sheltered young man with a privileged Baltimore upbringing. Raised on action movies, in college he studied the Middle East, but had never travelled there. “All my adventures were virtual,” he says. In 2006, the 26-year-old bought a motorcycle and a video camera and set off on a three-year, 35,000-mile journey of personal discovery through Northern Africa and the Middle East. With a gun in one hand and a camera in the other, Matt embeds with US troops in Iraq as a freelance war correspondent, shooting the war and gaining military training from American soldiers who are eager to be filmed in action.
Louis Ortiz, a down on his luck 40-something Puerto Rican resident of the Bronx, looks in the mirror one day and believes he’s found gold—he’s a dead ringer for Barack Obama. With visions of finally living the American Dream, the charismatic Ortiz launches a complete makeover. He dons Obama’s trademark suit, adopts his mannerisms, mimics his voice and steps out onto the street as a presidential impersonator. Taken on by a casting agent, Ortiz and a gang of other political impersonators, including a Bill Clinton and a Mitt Romney, hit the road during the run-up to the 2012 presidential election to perform satirical debates for mostly Republican conventions, throwing Ortiz into conflict with his personal political beliefs. As Ortiz struggles to make ends meet, the distance between the White House and the Bronx becomes increasingly acute. The life of a president isn’t always as easy as it looks.
JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK takes the audience on a year long ride with legendary comedian Joan Rivers in her 76th year of life. Peeling away the mask of an iconic comedian and exposing the struggles, sacrifices and joy of living life as a ground breaking female performer. The film is an emotionally surprising and revealing portrait of one the most hilarious and long-standing career women ever in the business.
As costs for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia spiral to in excess of $50 billion dollars, Putin's Games goes behind the scenes to investigate why the first Winter Games to be held in a sub-tropical resort have become the most expensive Olympics ever. With extraordinary access to top government officials and wealthy Russian businessmen, the documentary follows the preparations from the early stages, exposing alleged corruption, the sky-rocketing budget and the big winners and losers. Putin’s Games questions the entire Sochi nomination, while revealing the environmental and human costs of constructing a faux “winter” for the upcoming Winter Games. “You’d have to spend a long time searching the map of this huge country to find someplace with no snow,” says Boris Nemtsov, a member of the Russian Opposition Coordination Council. “Putin found it.” During the production of Putin's Games, the producers were offered 600,000 euros not to show the film anywhere, but they refused. Recently, Russian authorities tried to cancel its only scheduled screening in Russia, but the largest documentary festival in Moscow went ahead with the premiere and had a standing room only crowd.
Battle for Rio takes you on a pre-World Cup tour of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and looks at what Rio is doing to clean-up its violent slums prior to hosting the world's biggest football match. Rio de Janeiro is known for its stunning natural settings, lively carnival celebrations and magnificent beaches. But for three decades, its spectacular hills have been plagued by drugs and violence. The favelas, the city’s urban slums, are home to millions of people. The vast majority of residents are ordinary people with ordinary jobs, but turf wars between drug trafficking gangs against the fearsome Military Police have turned the favelas into war zones. In preparation for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games, Rio has decided to take back the hills with a unique experiment – a “pacification process.” The city has engaged in an ambitious security operation aimed at freeing its favelas from the control of gangs and drug traffickers with new neighbourhood police forces, the UPP or Police Pacification Units. However, security is not the only rationale behind the program. As with everything, economic interests and international exposure are driving Rio's dramatic makeover.