A film about the body-mind-spirit
connections of Seventh-day Adventists, an American-born faith with some
of the nation's leading health care facilities, a membership living 8-10
years longer than their neighbors, and a belief in the near "Second
An award-winning documentary that recalls the life and legacy of the Catholic Cardinal of Chicago, Joseph Bernardin. Profiled are his efforts in the nuclear arms movement, the false accusations of sexual misconduct and his highly publicized battle with cancer.
A magical one-hour glimpse into the conception and installation of Dale Chihuly's artistic outside work. The most comprehensive of all the Chihuly documentaries, this brand new program focuses on his outdoor and landscape installations.
Europe's Christmas Markets, where the medieval town squares or narrow
cobblestone streets come alive with festively decorated wooden stalls
offering a cornucopia of treats and delights, as we travel to towns in
Germany, France and Switzerland accompanied by the Kingston Trio's
special folk arrangements of Christmas carols.
Bear biologist Joe Guthrie, conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, photojournalist Carlton
Ward Jr., and filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus trekked from the Everglades
National Park toward Okefenokee National Forest in southern Georgia. The
team traversed the wildlife habitats, watersheds and participating
working farms and ranches, which comprise the Florida Wildlife Corridor
Presents renowned Peruvian economist and author Hernando de Soto's twenty years of research concluding that only in places where there is widespread personal property ownership - coupled with inclusive, efficient, and transparent business and property law - do economies prosper.
Gumbo Gang on Boogie Bayou is a transmedia platform for four to seven year old children and
their families created to address the obesity and diabetes epidemic by
educating them about the positive outcomes of diet and exercise on
health. The animations, web site, outreach materials and traveling
exhibit focus on increasing physical activity and modeling good
nutrition choices - all to a Cajun beat.
A look at congenital heart defects---a
time-bomb disease that not only is the #1 birth defect in the world but
can be discovered at any time during one's life-- through the eyes of
the children and adults affected, their families and world-renowned doctors, scientists and researches.
Inner Compass601-613 explores
how people make their decisions about ethical, religious, or social
justice issues. Guests include authors, activists, religious leaders,
and other engaging thinkers from around the world. Without asking
beforehand about guests' religious background, the two alternating
hosts openly explore the values and motivations of their guests' life
work. Episodes cover timely areas such as immigration reform, rock &
roll, executive coaching, art, North Korea, sex trafficking, and teen
Inner Compass 501-513 explores
how people make their decisions about an ethical, religious, or social
justice issue. Guests include authors, activists, religious leaders,
and other engaging thinkers from around the world. Without asking
beforehand about guests' religious background, the two alternating
hosts openly explore the values and motivations of their guests' life
work. Episodes cover areas such as Arab Spring, Christianity, working
environments, social media, activism, organic farming, heaven, hip hop,
and education strategies.
returns for Season 3. Host Laura Theodore highlights her delicious and
easy-to-prepare plant-based recipes, inspired by classic favorite
American dishes. Menus include: shish kebabs, burger and fries,
'spaghetti and 'wheatballs,' along with decadent desserts like blueberry
'cheeze-cake' and black forest pecan pie.
half-hour episodes serving up classic, mouthwatering, family style
menus for anybody looking for delicious, nutritious food. This
entertaining cooking series whips up easy to prepare meals for family
and friends to savor.
Laura Theodore, the Jazzy Vegetarian, brings easy and delicious vegetarian cooking to health conscious people of all ages--cooking up mouth-watering nutritious meals and snacks without dairy, meat, eggs or animal products. All of her cholesterol-free recipes are based on traditional American cuisine. Laura's step-by-step instructions make preparing nutritious food easy and her eco-friendly tips help viewers live more balanced sustainable lives. From "Festive Zucchini Lasagna" to "Dazzling Chocolate Desserts," Laura leads the viewer on a down-to-earth path to a heavenly feast.
Travel with filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus
along the Kissimmee River and surrounding regions. Meet the "Keepers
of the Land" and experience a "sense of place" in the vast open spaces
in the cattle country of Florida's private and public lands.
Memory, art and hell collide as an Auschwitz survivor finally
confronts the horrors of his past after 50 years of silence. Polish
Catholic Marian Kolodziej was on one of the first transports to enter
Auschwitz. He survived five years imprisonment and never spoke of his
experience again until after a serious stroke in 1993. He began
physical rehabilitation by doing pen and ink drawings depicting his
memories of the horrific experience at Auschwitz 50 years earlier.
In this one-hour story, viewers will become acquainted with the "most famous man" they've never heard of. His name was Bill McGowan, a modern-day David in a business suit who fought Goliath on the corporate battlefield, and although his name may not be on the tip of everyone's tongue, virtually every American benefited from his struggles.
Making Waves explores
Philadelphia's historic Boathouse Row, where great rowers and Olympic
champions have trained for over 150 years. It looks at the elite world
of rowing and how it perpetrates exclusion in subtle ways. Beautifully
shot in HD, the documentary focuses on several passionate rowers from
diverse backgrounds. Recounting their own experiences in the sport,
their stories also reveal how far the sport needs to change to truly
reflect today's diverse society.
PRICELE$$ is a filmmaker's personal journey across America to answer a burning question: why are some of our government's most basic policies, like food and energy, so out-of-date...and can anything be done about it? Sharing the suspicion of fellow-citizens and a class of young civics students that campaign money is involved, the filmmakers set out on a spellbinding and at times hilarious ride from rural America to the halls of Congress to find out more, because democracy is a precious resource. In fact, it's PRICELE$$.
An original symphonic concert by Grammy Award-winning pianist & composer Ramsey Lewis about the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. This multi-media program includes a 22-piece orchestra with vocalist Dee Alexander, and stunning historical images that serve to inspire reflection and hope with the audience. This extraordinary concert was produced by WTTWN on November 14, 2010 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Rockin' the Wall presents the history of the Berlin Wall through the experiences of well-know rock
musicians and those who lived behind the wall. Among the rock musicians
featured are Robby Krieger (The Doors), Mark Stein and Vinny Martell (Vanilla Fudge), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot), David Paich (Toto), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), and the group Mother's Finest who played in East Berlin just weeks before the Wall fell.
Takes the audience on a journey from the deserts of
Afghanistan to rural Tennessee and from Iraq to urban New York City. It
shows women functioning as fully accepted and contributing members of a
military unit as well as the devastating isolation and persecution of
those who report rape. Through interviews SERVICE reveals the raw truths of our women warriors fighting in the battlefield called "home".
Schools That Change Communities is a
unique, engaging documentary that turns the current focus of education
on its head. While most US schools keep their students bottled up in
classrooms as a way of increasing their test scores, this very upbeat
special focuses on a diverse range of K-12 public schools in five states
that instead break down the walls between the school and its
neighborhood. By viewing their surroundings as classrooms, students are
not only invigorated, but also more motivated to learn the basics and
how to think critically about solving problems they and the larger world they inhabit now face.
A one hour documentary that takes a timely,
real and unflinching look at the lives and work of American tradesmen.
Exploring socioeconomic aspects related to the modern blue-collar
craftsman, viewers watch the vocational lives of several tradesmen and
see issues encountered by the trades in contemporary America.
A documentary that tells the story of a five-year partnership
between villagers in water-scarce Rajasthan India and students at
Northwestern University, whose campus is located on one of the largest
bodies of water in the U.S.--Lake Michigan.
The Wind Gods
is a thrilling, action-packed documentary relating the story of the
33rd America's Cup yacht race, in which Oracle Corporation owner Larry
Ellison's American yacht USA-17, representing the Golden Gate Yacht
Club, defeated the Swiss-owned Alinghi 5 yacht of Italian entrepreneur
Ernesto Bertarelli. Beautifully shot with unique footage of the famous
race, the film documents Ellison's effort to bring the America's Cup
back to the United States after 18 years.
A tribute to the wonders telescopes reveal, this visually stunning chronicle takes viewers on a sweeping journey from 1609, when Galileo disclosed our place in the galaxy, to today’s thrilling quests to discover new worlds.
A film about the body-mind-spirit connections of Seventh-day Adventists, an American-born faith with some of the nation’s leading health care facilities, a membership living 8-10 years longer than their neighbors, and a belief in the near "Second Coming."
Features an all-women wild-land firefighting crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe that has been fighting fires on the reservation and throughout the United States for more than 30 years. With humor and tenderness, four extraordinary women from different generations of the Apache 8 crew share their personal stories.
13 brand new programs show-casing today's leading visual and performing
artists in America. Join host John Jacobsen as he takes us into the
artists‟ homes, their places of work, and accompanies them on walks
through their neighborhood to bring us into the world of each master
talent. Hear the artists discuss, in one-on-one personal terms, the
challenges, passions, and bliss involved in creating great art.
Beyond Babyland explores the high rate of
infant mortality in the U.S. by focusing on the young black mothers most
at risk and the doctors and organizations striving to help them. Filmed
in Memphis, a city with the country’s worst record of infant deaths,
this documentary shows us that saving these babies is not as much a
medical issue as it is a challenge to change the way we view our poorest
The Big Cypress Swamp: Western Everglades is a breathtakingly beautiful documentary about how the treasured Big Cypress Swamp’s preservation almost didn’t happen, its current state and the wonders of nature that reside within it.
A magical one-hour glimpse into the conception and
installation of Dale Chihuly's ambitious exhibition at San Francisco's
de Young Museum. Viewed by more than 400,000 people in San Francisco,
this attendance-setting and peak-behind-the-scenes exhibition is no
longer limited to only those folks lucky enough to have seen it at the
de Young. Chihuly Fire & Light now gives viewers around
America an opportunity to share the excitement and wonder experienced by
the original attendees as they partake of the extravaganza for
Choctaw Code Talkers is the empowering
chronicle of a story that has been buried in history for nearly a
century — of the Choctaw soldiers who though not yet citizens of the
United States were the original Code Talkers during World War I. With
testimonies from family members and Choctaw tribal leaders, the one-hour
special brings a unique perspective to these forgotten heroes and their
Columbus Day Legacy explores tensions and
contradictions between Native and Italian-American participants in the
ongoing Columbus Day Parade controversy in Denver, CO. This very
personal yet public conflict is visualized through hard questions about
the freedom of speech, the interpretation of history, and what it means
to be an "American".
Discover Europe's Christmas Markets, where the
medieval town squares or narrow cobblestone streets come alive with
festively decorated wooden stalls offering a cornucopia of treats and
delights, as we travel to towns in Germany, France and Switzerland
accompanied by the Kingston Trio's special folk arrangements of
Every War Has Two Losers confronts two powerful ideas: Do wars lead to lasting peace and are wars inevitable?
Based on the journals of William Stafford, a conscientious objector in World War Two and award-winning poet, Stafford reasoned that war was a choice - a human choice – and not inevitable. War was but one way to respond to conflict. Today, with our country at war, it is important to hear from voices, like Stafford’s, with other points of view on how to achieve lasting peace and security. EVERY WAR HAS TWO LOSERS challenges us to think deeper about our beliefs surrounding war and how each of us can contribute to a more peaceful world.
Featuring noted writers, Alice Walker (Pulitzer Prize winner, The Color Purple), Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Maxine Hong Kingston, Michael Meade, W.S. Merwin (Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize), Naomi Shihab Nye and Kim Stafford. Narration by Academy Award winner Linda Hunt. Voice of William Stafford by Peter Coyote. Directed by Haydn Reiss (Rumi: Poet of the Heart).
An uplifting profile of Native American musicians and
dancers that weaves their personal stories and cultural aims with
performances, creating a tribute to the Native American spirit and the
power and universality of art.
The largely unknown story of the Alaska Native
struggle for equality, and the central role in it of an extraordinary
Tlingit Indian woman, Elizabeth Peratrovich, that resulted in the
passage of the Alaskan Anti- Discrimination Bill in 1945.
A multi-media one-act play performed before a packed house of 1,000 longshore workers. Directed by Haskell Wexler and starring Ian Ruskin, this 90-minute special is an intimate exploration of the life and times of Harry Bridges replete with the high drama and biting humor that ran through his life—as well as uncanny parallels to many of our current concerns.
For thousands of years traditional Inuit sports have
been vital for survival within the unforgiving Arctic. Acrobatic and
explosive, these ancestral games evolved to strengthen mind, body and
spirit within the community. We follow four Inuit athletes compete
across the North as unprecedented change sweeps across their traditional
lands revealing the importance of the games today.
Once a star athlete in his community, Beau LeBeau
(Oglala Lakota) now weighs 333 pounds — an unhealthy weight which has
triggered the onset of Type II Diabetes. His mother’s untimely death
from complications due to Diabetes motivates him to drop the excessive
pounds. Enlisting the help of physician Dr. Kevin Weiland and
nutritionist Kibbe Conti (Oglala Lakota), Beau starts exercising and
takes up a traditional Lakota diet of buffalo meat and other Native
foods. He rapidly sheds pounds and encourages others to do the same, but
can he maintain his weight loss amidst the poor diet options and
naysayers on the Reservation?
Eight episodes dedicated to international affairs and foreign policy at a time when many Americans have an increased appetite for global matters. Topics include: Off the Grid: Energy and the U.S. Economy; Race for the Arctic; Running Out: The Global Food Crisis; and Egypt Rising: Pharos to Facebook.
This award-winning series dedicates one episode to each of America’s foreign policy challenges. From global organized crime networks to the rise of China’s military, each episode gives armchair diplomats a deeper understanding of the challenges facing America in 2010. Recommended as “must-see TV” by the New York Times. The Great Decisions in Foreign Policy Television Series is hosted by Ralph J. Begleiter, former CNN World Affairs Correspondent. Guests of note include United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Actress Mira Sorvino, World Bank President Robert Zoellick, New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof and Senator Carl Levin.
A 30-minute television interview series that focuses
on how people make their decisions about an ethical, religious, or
social justice issue. Guests include authors, activists, religious
leaders, and other engaging thinkers from around the world. Inner Compass
often gets to the spiritual aspect of any topic, while most interview
shows start with either a hard-driving religious or a non-religious
focus. Without asking beforehand about guests’ religious background, the
two alternating hosts openly explore the values and motivations of
their life’s work. Episodes cover areas such as racism, marriage,
politics, religious trends, and modern-day slavery.
Inner Compass focuses on how people make their decisions
about ethical, religious, or social justice issues. Guests include
authors, activists, religious leaders, and other engaging thinkers from
around the world. While most interview shows start with either a
hard-driving religious or a non-religious focus, Inner Compass
often gets to the spiritual aspect of the topic. Without asking
beforehand about guests’ religious background, the two alternating hosts
openly explore the values and motivations of their life’s work.
Episodes cover areas such as journalism, pornography, autism, charitable
giving, and prisoner re-entry.
The fourth season of the interview series exploring how people make
decisions about timely ethical, religious and social justice issues.
Guests include authors, activists, religious leaders, and engaging
thinkers from around the world.
The Journey to Palomar, the result of more than five years’ work by Los Angeles filmmakers Todd and Robin Mason, traces George Ellery Hale’s uniquely American story (1868-1938). Viewers watch Hale, considered the father of astrophysics, as he strives both personally and professionally to build first the great telescopes at Chicago’s Yerkes and Mount Wilson Observatories and next the million-pound telescope on Palomar Mountain (near San Diego).
Birds, butterflies, beaver and antelope, wildflowers and frogs—could
their survival possibly be connected to top predators like the wolf and
cougar? Narrated by Peter Coyote, this documentary goes behind the
scenes with leading scientists to explore the role top predators play in
restoring and maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity.
A one-hour special that takes viewers on a modern-day pilgrimage to the
ancient lands where Christianity began. We accompany Emmy-award-winning
producer Dr. Norris Chumley and renowned historian Very Rev. Dr. John
McGuckin as they retrace the steps taken by two 7th Century Jerusalem
monks seeking the wisdom and peace found in silence in their search of
an ancient prayer heretofore unknown in the west.
A television series featuring award-winning short films that Director / Writer / Producer Rick Stevenson and his posse of OFFICIAL BEST OF FEST
curators have plucked from film festivals around the world. Each hosted
half-hour program will explore various themes, including fate,
friendship, saving the world, animation, redemption, and more.
Featuring the life and times of Irène Joliot-Curie, the eldest daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie, and her husband, Frédéric. Less well known than her legendary parents, the Joliiot-Curies were also extraordinary scientists and Nobel Prize recipients. Coming of age in the early 20th Century, Irène’s life is filled with wartime incidents, absent parents, emotional and political turmoil and her brilliance—all of which are revealed in Out from the Shadows.
Paul Newman narrates this colorful and historic story
about his old friend Pete McCloskey. McCloskey was a war hero in Korea… a
peace hero during Viet Nam. He was one of the nation's first
environmental lawyers, co-founder of the first Earth Day and ran for
President against Richard Nixon. In 2006 at the age of 78, he came out
of retirement to lead one more charge for clean government. His life
story offers multiple examples of authentic heroism over a fifty year
career. Pete McCloskey: Leading from the Front is about a man who
dedicates his life to public service and follows his moral compass
regardless of the prevailing political winds.
The Power of the Poor tells the story of how a small group of economists helped defeat Peru’s brutal Shining Path terrorists, pressured the government into making legal reforms that have lifted millions out of poverty, and in the process became repeated targets for bombing and assassinations. It is a look at the vital role that efficient, inclusive laws and private property play in prosperity and social peace.
RFK In the Land of Apartheid tells the little-known story of
Robert Kennedy's inspirational June 1966 visit to South Africa during
the worst years of Apartheid and the connections between the struggle
for racial justice in the US and South Africa.
How the crisis in Northern California’s Klamath Basin— where ranchers,
fishermen, utility companies and Indian Tribes have been competing for
water, food, and energy—was turned into a surprising truce that might
lead to the largest dam removal project ever undertaken, the possibility
of peaceful co-existence and the revival of the region.
RUMI: POET OF THE HEART tells the remarkable story of how a 13th century Persian poet became a bestselling poet in America.
Considered as one of the world’s great and most prolific poets, Rumi espoused a philosophy that encouraged tolerance and universality among the world’s religions and ethnicities. “Gamble everything for love if you’re a true human being,” says Rumi.
Virtually unknown here fifteen years ago, Rumi’s poetry is now widely read due to the translation of Coleman Barks and Robert Bly. Both Barks and Bly are featured in RUMI: POET OF THE HEART along with prominent religious historian, Huston Smith; Deepak Chopra and mythologist Michael Meade. Narration by Academy Award nominee Debra Winger. Directed by Haydn Reiss.
The scale of environmental damage over the last half century is
unprecedented. Falling water tables, shrinking forest cover, declining
species diversity all presage ecosystems in distress. These trends are
now widely acknowledged as emanating from forces of humanity's own
making; ironically however, war, that most destructive of human
behaviors, is commonly bypassed.
The story of Thelton Henderson's path from his childhood in Watts, through his career as the first black attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the US Dept. of Justice— a job he lost after loaning his car to Dr. Martin Luther King—to becoming one of the first Black federal judges. Focusing on some of his most newsworthy rulings, including requiring that tuna fishing be ‘dolphin-safe’ and that basic human rights be provided to even the most hardcore prison inmates, the film reveals the importance of one man’s tenacious commitment to seeing that justice retains its soul.
In a world increasingly polarized by religious conflicts and fundamentalist forces, SOUND OF THE SOUL – award-winning director Stephen Olsson’s new film about Morocco’s Fez Festival of World Sacred Music – offers viewers a timely, thought-provoking and inspiring cinematic journey, reverberating with unity, understanding, and most of all, hope. Release date is October 1, 2009; distributed by EPS (Executive Program Service).
August 29th is the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Re-Released in time for the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and at a time when the eyes of the nation and world are once again turned toward Louisiana's Gulf Coast, Still Waiting: Life after Katrina is the bittersweet story of one African-American/Creole family's resilience and their fierce attachment to place.
A symphony inspired by the Lewis and Clark expedition brings together two individuals from different worlds: Rob Kapilow, a celebrated composer trying to breathe new life into classical music, and Darrell Kipp, a Blackfeet Indian writer fighting to save his language from extinction. SUMMER SUN WINTER MOON tells the story of how their unexpected collaboration creates a unique work of art from the perspective of American Indians today.
Mohawk men in Brooklyn’s Little Caughnawaga helped build the Empire
State Building, Rockefeller Center and the United Nations. Join
filmmaker Reaghan Tarbell as she retraces her grandmother’s mid 20th
Century journeys between her home in Quebec’s Kahnawake Reserve and her
second "home" in Brooklyn’s legendary ironworking community in order to
tell stories about each of their lives.
"Fathers go missing for all sorts of reasons." So begins Video Letters from Prison.
Join the three Oglala Lakota Poor Bear girls as they reconnect with
their imprisoned father in this heartwarming documentary that will
interest all viewers, including families with absent or distant
Walking into the Unknownis a new, Emmy-nominated
documentary that takes viewers along on the personal medical odyssey of
an Ojibwe physician nearing his 50th birthday. Accompanying Dr. Arne
Vainio along his way, we learn about fears and conditions prominent in
Native American men but also, to varying degrees, universal, as together
we all confront our own fears and misgivings about visiting doctors and
Chronicles the controversial life of Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Peterkin for her sensitive portrayal of rural African Americans of the 1920’s. Hailed by W.E.B. Du Bois for her "eye and ear to see beauty and hear truth," this white plantation mistress shattered stereotypes of race and gender before she inexplicably stopped writing at the height of her career.