Wednesday, December 2
Hollywood in the High Country
The Appalachian Theatre closed and was boarded up in 2007, ending its 69-year history as the iconic main street cinema in Boone, North Carolina. Hollywood in the High Country: A History of the Appalachian Theatre explores the efforts of the townspeople to purchase and restore the Art Deco landmark, a seven-year project that resulted in the reopening of the theatre as a performing arts center in 2019. The history and significance of the movie house in this remote part of the Blue Ridge Mountains are recounted through the memories of locals who attended screenings as far back as the 1940s. Through a lens that is at times elegiac, nostalgic and celebratory, this feature-length documentary brings to life the enduring magic of the silver screen.
Heart of Gold
Thailand Inspirational True Story : The first female prisoner to have achieved 3 world boxing championship titles and a regional boxing championship title from multiple internationally renowned boxing organizations (WBC, WIBA, WBA PABA) during her time in jail,Siriporn Taweesuk (Samson) At age 11, a naive girl unknowingly entered into drug industry as a drug delivery girl for Amphetamine. Later, she become a drug addict as well as a drug dealer herself. At the age of 16, she is considered one of the most wanted head of drug cartels, causing a hundred of minors to be drug addicts. She was eventually put in jail. But, it does not stop there. While in jail, she engaged a countless number of flights and got a lot of punishments, ranging from quarantined in a poop waste, thrown in a dark room, to isolated in the most torture tiny room (called 10-hole room) in which the entire space in the room just enough for sitting not even standing or laying down. It is literally an 1-meter cube room with 10 holes on the wall for breathing; it was named the most suffocated room in the prison plantation. Her outrage behaviors continue on and on to the point where the prison officers has enough. They gave her the last punishment by using her as a punching bag for other prisoners. She got beaten up pretty badly at first but then her true talent in boxing revealed. The prison officers also noticed that and so made her come to the boxing everyday. She quickly masters boxing in no time and her attitudes/behaviors are also improved. She participated at the boxing championship at the time and was able to won it all and named the first female who got the world boxing champion while in jail. Her fans call her “Samson” after the Legend of goddess who is famous for persistent and bravery.
The Barbell Snatch is an Olympic-style weight lifting move, which many people think of as just a big man lifting a big thing in the air. But I think of it as a combination of beauty and explosive power. A true test of raw strength, where an athlete lifts the heaviest weight possible, sometimes three times their own body weight, off the ground and above their head in one movement. If done correctly, the athlete receives three weight circles, letting them know they have done it.
Mr Emancipation-The Walter Perry Story
Mr. Emancipation is the story of Walter L Perry’s determination to put on a celebration that would transcend divisions of race and class. He staged an Emancipation Day festival that was where everyone wanted to be. Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr, Jesse Owens all headed there because, as civil rights activist Dick Gregory said "The largest Juneteenth celebration was not in America, it was in Windsor, Canada.” A celebration of ending slavery sounds grim. What Walter Perry organized was the exact opposite of grim. For him the Emancipation Weekend was a celebration of life and escape from reality. In the mid-twentieth century, Windsor and Detroit were far from models of harmonious integration. There was blatant discrimination and segregated communities on both sides of the border. But somehow, in the midst of racial tension and fear, all differences were put aside once a year, and black culture was celebrated by everyone. Imagine a miles-long parade. The smell of soul food. Whirling carnival rides. There was live music, talent shows and even the Miss Sepia beauty pageant (the first international beauty pageant for Black women). At its peak the event doubled the City of Windsor's population of 100,000. From 1936 until 1967, that's how Walter Perry celebrated freedom. Perry and his celebration got caught up in the overheated racial politics of the day, sabotage and race riots of 1967 in Detroit. His event never recovered that year and shortly after Walter Perry died…. but the spirit of Mister. Emanciaption still lives on.
A motorcycle cop is still haunted by the traumatic separation from his father when he was a boy. After surviving a near-fatal accident and being framed for police brutality, his whole world falls apart. Unexpectedly, he finds hope in the shape of a terminally ill boy, who reunites him with his father after 28 years. To honor the boy, he creates the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Against the Wall
This is a true life, inspirational short documentary called, AGAINST THE WALL, about the life of Kevin Foster, who became the only person allowed by the Chinese government to ride a bicycle atop the length of the Great Wall, despite being told by doctors he would never walk or talk again after being electrocuted as a child.
Dear Aunt Noa
A worldly transgender environmental activist from bustling LA and a struggling family-man mechanic from small town Ohio walk into a bar, their years of friendship tested by shades of gray in a modern America desperately masquerading in starkly contrasting monotones. Synopsis: Childhood best friends Noa, a transgender environmental activist from Los Angeles, and Jerry, a struggling family-man mechanic from Ohio, reunite over cocktails. But can their bond survive the weight of a violently divisive society? Can we agree to disagree anymore? Is persuasion a dead art or should we just burn it all down? DEAR AUNT NOA explores the conflicting intersection between friendship and ideology. Love and belief. In an "All or Nothing" world where everyone is muting out the other side and retreating to their echo chambers, DEAR AUNT NOA addresses this avoided, uncomfortably painful conversation head on and reveals humans to be the truly nuanced and complex creatures that we are, instead of just crude, digestible caricatures of "us" and "them."
“Manhood,” tells the story of OLIVIA, a little girl awaiting the arrival of her father on her tenth birthday. When DADDY arrives, he gives her a princess tiara and she nervously asks if he’s going to hit her because she’s turned ten. He laughs and says he only hit her brothers to turn them into men. Hearing the benefits of manhood, Olivia asks to be punched in the nose as well. In the basement, Daddy pretends to hit her and Olivia says if her brothers get to be men, so should she. Daddy finally reveals that he didn’t actually hit any of her brothers: the entire ritual is fake. Unsatisfied, Olivia demands to be really hit. She begins punching her father and, trying to protect himself, Daddy accidentally hits her in the nose. She falls, the tiara breaking. Daddy apologizes but Olivia doesn’t hear him as she ascends the stairs with a bloody nose. She puts the unbroken tiara on her head and smiles. She is the man.