The series of funny and not so funny shorts from below the Equatorial Belt. It Grows - IT'S BIG... IT'S GREEN... IT'S KINDA OBSCENE! IT'S THE FREAKIEST THING YOU'VE EVER SEEN! Zac has a problem. He suffers from 'cyberchondria'. He contracts every disease he ever reads about online! His long-suffering girlfriend Jan has had enough. But that's not his only problem. Something is growing in his garden... and it's growing fast! 25.12 - A gentleman, on Christmas day, yearns for the connection of family. Having a lunch at a restaurant would suffice but what he ascertains is that in order to discover his reality he must explore his illusions. Fighting For Your Life - Quirky and uncomfortable short where your arm may be to short to box grim reaper. Era of Man - When a car belonging to a trio of amateur kidnappers breaks down in the middle of the Australian countryside, they think what harm can come by letting their hostage out to stretch her legs.
"Dog Days Of Winter" is the first feature documentary on the start up of organized freestyle skiing during the early 1970's in America. Told from the point of view of some of the most influential pioneers of the sport, 'Dog Days' tells the story of key people and events that set the stage for the birth of the sport, the spirit that freestyle is rooted in, factors that took the 'free' out of freestyle and reflections on what has become of the sport today.
"What all the freestylers have now, this stage to compete in the Olympics and this whole format whether it's too regulated or not, it's all because of those guys."
Olympic Gold Medalist, Jonny Moseley
"We didn't want to be coined as racers or disciplined skiers, we were the free spirits of skiing at that time."
Freestyle Pioneer, Wayne Wong
7:00pm Wed March 9 Inspired To Ride
On June 7, 2014, forty-five cyclists from around the world set out on the inaugural Trans Am Bike Race, following the famed TransAmerica Trail. Their mission is to cover 4,233 miles in one enormous stage race, traversing through ten states in a transcontinental adventure of epic proportions. Inspired To Ride follows closely the journey of a handful of these cyclists as they prepare, compete and experience what riding 300 miles a day feels like with only a few hours sleep. These racers will rely solely on their fitness, meticulously chosen gear and mental fortitude to get them to the finish. There are no support teams, no follow vehicles and no prize money waiting at the end. They will endure agonizing climbs in the Rockies, driving winds in the Great Plains and sawtooth switchbacks in the Appalachians all for a pat on the back, bragging rights and a cold beer when its all over. Some are out to win, while others are simply trying to finish. Ultimately, this is a story of the human spirit of these men and women making history and inspired to ride in the ride of a lifetime. The audience will experience their journey amidst the jaw-dropping beauty along the TransAmerica Trail with its varied landscapes, intriguing locals and found stories which dot this path of discovery.
Dogs on the Inside - follows the relationships between abused stray dogs and prison inmates working towards a second chance at a better life. In an attempt to re-build their confidence and prepare for a new life outside, these prisoners must first learn to handle and care for a group of neglected strays. This heart-warming story reconfirms the timeless connection between man and dog, showing the resiliency of a dogs’ trust and the generosity of the human spirit in the unlikeliest of places.
In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. This ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery, sacrifice and renewed Jewish pride.
The first major feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in the ’48 War, ABOVE AND BEYOND brings together new interviews with the pilots, as well as stunning aerial footage, to present a fascinating, little-known tale filled with heart, heroism and high-flying chutzpah. The film follows the pilots on their circuitous route from the United States—where they met and trained in secret and struggled to stay two steps ahead of the FBI—to Panama, Italy and Czechoslovakia, where they flew versions of the very Nazi planes they had tried to shoot down in World War II.
“Soars with true adventure! Eye-opening. Indispensable. A fascinating chronicle of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war through the eyes of a daring group of men. Their enterprise spearheaded … with all the intrigue of a spy novel. The twinkle in their eyes is unmistakable as they describe rambunctious younger days.” Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
More than a retelling of the ’48 Arab-Israeli War, ABOVE AND BEYOND examines the motivations of the foreign volunteers—both Jews and non-Jews. It mines the tensions between the Israelis and Machal soldiers. Would the foreign pilots stay in Israel after the war? Were they Americans first or Jews first? The film recounts the personal stories of the young pilots, whose experiences in Israel were life altering. And through their stories, ABOVE AND BEYOND reveals how under-equipped and isolated the Israelis were, how desperately they needed planes and pilots and how critical the actions of these young American men were for the country’s survival.
Filmed in the U.S., Israel and the United Kingdom, ABOVE AND BEYOND is produced by Nancy Spielberg (Elusive Justice) and directed by Roberta Grossman (Blessed Is the Match), with cinematography by Harris Done (The Last Days), special effects by Industrial Light & Magic and an original score from Hans Zimmer’s Studio.