VINYLMANIA: WHEN LIFE RUNS AT 33 RPMS
A trip into the grooves, Vinylmania is a 75 minute feature length documentary about an object that has never lost its soul: the vinyl record. An epic love story, the film is filled with fascinating characters and internationally recognized artists including PHILIPPE COHEN SOLAL (Gotan Project), WINSTON SMITH (Dead Kennedys, Greenday record sleeve artist), PETER SAVILLE (Joy Division, New Order record sleeve artist) and DJ KENTARO (2002 World DJ Champion). Devotion, ecstasy, infatuation, agony – all feelings that the director of the film, Paolo Campana, has experienced from childhood and shares with like-minded record collectors, Djs, musicians and artists (the said vinylmaniacs) in the documentary. Set in 11 different cities worldwide, the director sets out on a global road trip to find out what role vinyl records play in the 21st century. The fascinating characters he meets along the way will delight, amaze and inspire you.
In association with Stefilm International, srl, of Torino, Italy
BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY
BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY tells the story of the legendary musician Bill Monroe, often called the Father of Bluegrass music. His life was the quintessential American success story, beginning with his troubled and lonely childhood through his slow and steady rise to greatness. He is to this day the only musician who has been inducted into four Music Halls of Fame. Monroe was hugely infuential on the formation of Rock and Roll and modern popular music. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia, Ray Charles, Levon Helm, Paul McCartney, Carl Perkins and many more musical stars have cited Monroe as a major influence in the inspiration and formation of their music. The film will star Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) and Olivia Wilde (House, Cowboys and Aliens) along with many other A-list actors soon to be announced. The soundtrack, much of which has already been recorded, will feature a who's who of bluegrass and country musicians.
In association with Bluegrass Movie Productions. Django Productions is serving as a consultant on the film.
Throughout the ages, man has proven himself in competitions that test his strength, courage, cunning, and dexterity….
What you are about to see…
…are NOT those types of sports.
The World Pillow Fighting Championship, The World Bog Snorkeling Championship, The Air Guitar Championship, Octopushing (Underwater Hockey), The Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship, Extreme Ironing, The Wife Carrying Contest. All these and more are held every year around the world but no one’s really heard of them. That’s about to change.
THE STORY OF HOW LOVE CHANGED FISHING
This is a film about a man who was the epitome of the word “sportsman.” Joe Brooks could have been a standout in multiple sports on a professional level. He was a great baseball player who played for a short time for the Baltimore Orioles. He was a bruising boxer, a scratch golfer and a hulking football player. But Joe chose to become a fly fisherman. He chose the solace of the river rather than the roar of the crowds. Yes, he was a superb sportsman, but not just in the traditional sense of a man engaged in a particular sport, but rather as Webster’s dictionary’s secondary definition phrases it, “a person who is fair, generous, a good loser and a gracious winner.”
But our film is not just a story about a great fly fisherman. It is a story of overcoming and redemption. It is one of triumph and achievement. At its heart is a romantic tale of passion, endurance, and a commitment to something greater than one’s self. But most of all it is a love story. The story of how the love of one woman changed a man who then was able to change a sport forever.
THE LAST WILD RACE
Every year top athletes from around the world converge in Chilean Patagonia to test their physical and mental strength as they navigate 600+ kilometers of narrow fjords, imposing glaciers and unexplored mountains on foot, bike and kayak. During ten days of non-stop racing The Last Wild Race documents stories of survival, endeavor, drama and success of the fearless racers. The Last Wild Race stretches the limits of human physical endurance. More than half of the co-ed teams drop out of the race because of physical exhaustion, injury or lack of preparation for the grueling environment that is the Patagonian wilderness. Every athlete is highly trained and they literally put their lives on the line; exposed to the elements, swimming through freezing waters, kayaking through choppy seas, climbing snow covered peaks.
There is little rest and even less sleep during The Last Wild Race. And the powerful drama of this show is not contrived. It is much more than man vs. the wild and well beyond an amazing race. This is a test of human courage and endurance as the competitors fight not only to win, but to survive.
SAVE THE QUEEN
Honeybees are dying and a third of the world's food supply hangs in the balance...unless we can Save the Queen. Experiments gone wrong, an epidemic of mites, Colony Collapse Disorder...these are just a few of the deadly factors that are causing the worldwide decline of honeybees.
Time is running out but it is not too late. In this film you will get to know these incredibly industrious creatures through the eyes of the scientists and beekeepers fighting to keep them alive. Not only will you fall in love with honeybees in this beautifully shot film, but you will learn what you can do to save them and help them thrive.
A one-hour documentary that takes an objective and balanced look at the problem and offers real solutions. It's an entertaining film that gives the audience an intricate, close up view of these essential partners in our food production. Produced by Cameron Mitchell and Good Grace Productions in association with Django Productions.
The Legendary Howlin' Wolf
Smokestack Lightning is a groundbreaking documentary film about the life and music of the late blues singer Chester Burnett, The “Howlin’ Wolf”. The film traces Howlin’ Wolf’s journey from an abused runaway child plowing the fields on Mississippi plantations to the legendary Chicago electric bluesman who became the father of hard rock. Singer Toledo Diamond (Dark Streets, 2008) plays Wolf in artful recreations of the singer's powerful presence on stage. The narrations will be interwoven with archival performance clips of Wolf, interview clips of late bluesmen, former Wolf bandmembers, and rock stars telling the story of Wolf and his influence on the white rock bands of the 1960’s. Groups like The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin considered Wolf to be a profound influence on their musical styles. Wolf’s ascent to stardom was a continuous struggle through the racial tensions of the time, from the violent and oppressive plantations of Mississippi to the tumultuous fifties and sixties, when riots, protests and lynchings happened regularly. At a time when white and black societies were violently clashing, black blues musicians and the white rockers that emulated them broke the cultural barriers and fueled the Civil Rights Movement.
The Women Who Soared Above the Glass Ceiling
This is the story of the brave women who struggled to achieve their dream of flying in the male-dominated world of aviation. They faced skepticism and derision as they pursued their ambitions and accomplished amazing feats in military, sport, space and commercial spheres of flight. At the vanguard we find amazing Aviatrixes whose stories will inspire not only women, but everyone.
In 1911, The Detroit Free Press answered the question, “Ought women to aviate?” by quoting flight instructor Claude Graham-White,“Women are temperamentally unfitted for flying because they are prone to panic.”
Aviatrixes tells the stories of the women over the past century who rebelled and defied social norms of their time to make their dreams a reality. These women did not allow prejudices, social and family pressures to hold them back. They risked everything, even their lives, to follow their passions to help change aviation and women’s role in the field.
An American Story
Neon Buffalo is a feature‐length documentary that will tell the story of how the $28 Billion per year tribal gaming industry empowered Indian Country to choose its own destiny. The story will be told by those who have lived it and those who still live it. The history of tribal gaming is the story of altruism distilled to combustible purity. It’s the story of individuals confronting centuries of denigration and self‐doubt to slowly change the fate of many by creating jobs where there were none to be found. It's the story of how the tables were turned against the House, how an extreme long shot became a jackpot for a people the establishment hoped to forget. Against the Catholic Church and the Elks Lodge; against Donald Trump and no‐name attorneys general looking to leave a mark; against state governors, the Feds, Las Vegas, the horse tracks, the dog tracks, an army of lobbyists, and a legion of naysayers; against all odds, tribal governments bet everything they had—and won.
FORMULA: RACE LAB
The Toughest Competition in College Isn't Football
Formula:RaceLAB is a web series devoted to engineering and the challenges that face college and university students around the globe as they attempt to build the ultimate racecar. We experience the successes, the failures, the blood, sweat, tears, outpoured hearts, long nights and sacrificed grades of these young race car builders.
Each year, the brightest minds from universities around the world put their knowledge, nerve and pride on the line in the world’s largest engineering competition -- the Society of Automotive Engineers’ formula-style racing competition (FSAE). Student teams from over 400 universities around the world spend months designing, engineering and testing their own formula-style racecars.