April 24, 2013 |
The Philadelphia region supports film festivals targeted to virtually every fan base and demographic, from gays and lesbians to Asian Americans and African Americans to horror geeks. Except, that is, for the region's growing Latino community. It's an oversight that local cineastes David Acosta and Beatriz Vieira are trying to remedy. "It has been such a void in the city and the region," said Vieira, vice president for philanthropic services at the Philadelphia Foundation. "And there is such a breadth of film and video work coming from Latin America and the Latin community in the United States.
April 19, 2013 |
Jason Osder was 11, a kid at the Miquon School, when the Philadelphia Police Department dropped a bomb on the MOVE house at 6221 Osage Ave. in West Philadelphia. It was May 13, 1985. By the end of the night, six adult members of the Afrocentric back-to-nature organization - long in conflict with city officials, with police, with neighbors - were dead. So were five children, trapped inside the house. And 60 other rowhouses in the surrounding area had been destroyed by a fire left unchecked.
April 16, 2013 |
BEFORE MICHAEL or Le-Bron, there was Julius, the high-flying, gravity-defying NBA superstar better known as Doctor J. Those too young to have seen Julius Erving in his prime can see footage of him operating when NBA TV airs "The Doctor," a 90-minute documentary set for June 10 at 9 p.m. "If you ever hear Michael Jordan talk, he always says he looked up to and aspired to be like Doctor J," Miami Heat star Le-Bron James said in a statement....
April 9, 2013 |
50 CHILDREN: THE RESCUE MISSION OF MR. AND MRS. KRAUS. 9 p.m. Monday, HBO. EVERY SO OFTEN, a documentary comes along with a story so good, it's easy to imagine it as a feature film. "50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus," which premieres on HBO on Monday to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, is one such documentary: It has the characters, the plot points, and most importantly, it has the goose bumps. Which makes it all the more remarkable that the story of Philadelphians Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, who left their own two children behind to rescue 50 Jewish children from Nazi Europe, wasn't much talked about until recently.
March 29, 2013 |
* FALL TO GRACE. 8 p.m. Thursday, HBO. JIM McGREEVEY and Alexandra Pelosi were bound to cross paths sooner or later. McGreevey is the subject of "Fall to Grace," Pelosi's latest documentary, which premieres Thursday on HBO. The former governor of New Jersey, McGreevey resigned in 2004 after what he said was an affair (a former aide was claiming sexual harassment), famously declaring himself, as his wife looked on, to be "a gay American. " He now works with poor women, many of them in prison, trying to help them turn their lives around.
March 27, 2013 |
For former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, an Irish prince, the story was supposed to end with him in the Oval Office. Instead, he is in and out of jail in Hudson County. Not as a prisoner, but working as a spiritual counselor to a group of incarcerated women - and, at the same time, on what he calls his own journey of redemption. In 2004, McGreevey fell from grace with a thud, resigning office as he famously declared, "I am a gay American. " The married governor quit because an ex-lover - a man McGreevey hired as a top security aide in the wake of 9/11 - was blackmailing him with a threatened sexual harassment suit.
March 23, 2013 |
Looking for something to do Friday night? If you like Pirates, then this is for you. A documentary, Treasure: The Story of Marcus Hook , will be holding a free special preview screening at 7 p.m. in the Marcus Hook Community Center. The film chronicles the efforts of the Delaware County Borough of Marcus Hook to change it image - and future - by highlighting it's history. Pirate history to be exact. Arrr Matey, What say ye? The struggling Delaware River community of 2,400 residents, is sandwiched between two dying refineries.
March 15, 2013 |
IN THE documentary "The Waiting Room," a rookie physician gets advice on how to inform parents their teen son is dead of gunshot wounds: Tell them he didn't suffer while we were working on him, says the veteran. Don't tell them he's gone to "a better place. " Though, any place would seem to be better than the waiting room of this Oakland, Calif., clinic, ground zero for treating the uninsured and the sick. Standout moment: A man with kidney failure seeking dialysis has been bounced around so long he declares that he'd rather be dead than endure any more red tape, and we believe him. So does the treating physician, who watches, speechless, on the other side of any known protocol.
March 15, 2013
* THE WORLD ACCORDING TO DICK CHENEY. 9 p.m. Friday, Showtime. YOU'D HAVE to have strong feelings about Dick Cheney to spend two hours on Friday night watching a documentary about him. Fortunately for Showtime, where "The World According to Dick Cheney" makes its TV premiere this week, plenty of people have strong feelings about Cheney, whose vice presidency made him a lightning rod for controversy. And a willing one, at that. In the excerpts from several days of interviews with documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler ("The War Room," "The September Issue")
March 6, 2013 |
Reading her grandmother's diary descriptions on the way to Philadelphia, Susan Gibbs imagined the great ship in its heyday: ladies in their mink stoles, ballroom dancing, indoor pool, champagne, luxurious spa, and pleasant sea breezes. Her grandfather, William Francis Gibbs of Rittenhouse Square, had designed the world's fastest, safest, and most technologically advanced ocean liner - the SS United States - and saw its launch in 1951. His "queen of the seas" represented, for many, America's optimism and can-do spirit after World War II. The 2,000-passenger ship still holds the transatlantic speed record.