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Posts tagged with "Film"

  • Three Identical Strangers
    Tim Wardle, director

    Film

    A tale of triplets separated at birth raises red flags and questions about the role of nature and nurture

    How much are we shaped by our genetic makeup, and how much does the environment in which we are raised contribute to our physical appearance, our personalities, and our preferences? The relative importance of nature versus nurture is a fundamental question in biology and is notably difficult to study in humans, due to ethical concerns. Read More
  • Closer Than We Think
    Brett Ryan Bonowicz, director

    Film

    A new film celebrates a mid-century illustrator who stoked imaginations with prescient comics

    Directed by Brett Ryan Bonowicz (The Perfect 46, 2014), Closer Than We Think is an eponymous documentary about a mid–20th-century comic strip and its creator, Arthur Radebaugh. The film provides important insight into what made the comic a foundation for other popular science fiction endeavors. More important, however, it shows how the strip directly encouraged… Read More
  • Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
    Alexandra Dean, director

    Film

    A new documentary reveals the underappreciated intellectual contributions of ’40s film star Hedy Lamarr

    Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story begins with a quote from the notoriously beautiful actress: “Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.” This sets the tone for the rest of the film, as Lamarr wrestles with her public image as a Hollywood star, and sometime sex symbol… Read More
  • An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
    Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, directors

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    Al Gore’s climate activism takes center stage once again

    An Inconvenient Sequel, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, offers a snapshot of the superstorms, global summits, and political shake-ups that have occurred in the decade since the premiere of the groundbreaking climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Widely credited with having helped to bring global warming to the fore in public policy discussions… Read More
  • City 40
    Samira Goetschel, director

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    City 40

    In 1945, the USSR built “City 40” along Lake Irtyash for workers and families linked to its Mayak plutonium production plant. It was a “closed city,” fenced in by barbed wire, heavily guarded, and left off of all maps to protect its nuclear secrets. (Russia had 28 such closed cities during the Cold War; the… Read More
  • Sacred Water: Standing Rock
    Michelle Latimer, director

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    Sacred Water: Standing Rock

    When filmmaker Michelle Latimer arrived last spring at the Sacred Stone Camp in North Dakota to document opposition to the nearby construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, she was underwhelmed. Surveying the small group of Native American activists assembled in support of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, she thought, “I don’t know if I can… Read More
  • Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman
    Susan Froemke, John Hoffman, directors; Beth Aala, co-director

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    Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

    Commercial-scale food production and environmental conservation are often viewed as fundamentally at odds with one another. This documentary, based on the book of the same title by Miriam Horn, challenges that idea by bringing viewers face to face with people who produce our food and whose livelihoods depend on the land and sea. Following a… Read More
  • Light on Earth
    Martin Dohrn, director

    Film

    Light on Earth

    From natural sunlight to bulbs that glow and lasers that produce narrow beams, we use light to explore our world, to communicate, for security, and even as a weapon. But turn down the brightness and you can find a range of creatures that create their own light for similar purposes. Aided by advances in the… Read More
  • Water and Power: A California Heist
    Marina Zenovich, director

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    Water and Power: A California Heist

    California produces a number of water-thirsty crops. Agriculture, which contributes to 2% of California’s economic activity, uses 80% of its water. Focusing on how water allocation was determined in the 1990s in what is now referred to as the “Monterrey Agreement,” Water and Power emphasizes the potential money to be made from the commoditization of… Read More
  • The Age of Consequences
    Jared P. Scott, director

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    The Age of Consequences

    Admirals, generals, and veterans are an unlikely bunch to interview for a documentary about global warming. However, in director Jared Scott’s brilliant new work, the focus isn’t on how human activity contributes to climate change but rather how climate change contributes to human activity, rendering these individuals—who have witnessed, analyzed, or offered strategic advice on… Read More
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