Set against the backdrop of a country engulfed in turmoil and a neighborhood assaulted by inequality and neglect, QUEST follows Christopher “Quest” Rainey and his wife as they raise their children and nurture the creative sanctuary offered by their home music studio in North Philadelphia. The family evolves before our eyes, and what began as a tender depiction of an American family develops into a stunning illumination of race, class, and community. Ultimately, QUEST reflects the profound beauty of one family whose journey is a testament to love and healing, and whose resilience provides hope for a nation torn apart.
Emily Dickinson is a nonconformist who cannot smooth her own sharp edges, finding herself at odds with the diktats of religion and society. Relief comes in the form of a new neighbor, who offers Emily an equal of the mind, as well as some excellent sassy badinage. But Dickinson’s longings for romance, and insecurities about her own attractiveness, are at odds with the amount of love she has to give. A QUIET PASSION details many facets of Dickinson’s character: her wit and linguistic command; an inescapable melancholy, and her poetry’s ability to connect with other people in ways she cannot.
As reality TV rises to the peak of sensationalism, the expansion between what is considered “pure entertainment” vs. “quality television” has vastly grown. While subgenres like “celebrity,” “lifestyle,” and “competition” still hold their place in the zeitgeist, it is the docuseries that has raised the bar, proving to not only be on par with scripted series, but often surpassing them with a new level of cinematic storytelling. By taking thought provoking, and at times educational, true stories that previously existed only in traditional documentaries and turning them into episodic, high quality docuseries, these producers and executives will discuss how they are playing a role in redefining how the world looks at unscripted television.
At an age when everyone around them is settling down and finding love, Beck and Liam are self proclaimed loners, emotionally hibernating through adulthood. After bonding over their mutual disinterest in relationships, they decide to go away together on a 'friend' trip. And that's when things get weird. Really, really weird.
Famed scientific pioneer Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan) is mysteriously found dead shortly after the unveiling of his latest and most groundbreaking achievement—a device that can extract, record, and play a person’s unfiltered memories. After his death, Gordon’s reclusive wife, Carolyn (Julia Ormond), recedes into her own private world until a mysterious man (Peter Dinklage) knocks at her door, claiming to be a past acquaintance. With questionable motives, he steals the machine in an attempt to unravel his own personal demons, launching an exploration into a troublesome past filled with guilt, grief, and betrayal.
SCHOOL LIFE documents a year in the life of two passionate and inspiring teachers (one of music, Latin and math, the other of literature) working at the only boarding school in Ireland for children ages 7 to 12. Headfort School, a huge building set in idyllic surroundings, is their life. John and Amanda Leyden met there in their twenties, married and have since lived their lives on the school grounds. The current headmaster, a passionate and progressive teacher himself, is a former student of John’s. In addition to teaching, John and Amanda serve as mentors, inspirations and surrogate parents for the children. Their workdays are long and they are both getting on in years, so the couple starts making cautious preparations for the end of their tenure at Headfort. But will they be able to live without the school?
Filmmakers Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane follow the goings-on of the school in fly-on-the-wall style, to poignant, unpredictable and surprising effect.
From footage of Steven Spielberg and John Williams reminiscing about the soundtrack of JAWS to famous scenes from blockbusters such as STAR WARS, E.T, and FINDING NEMO, this ambitious yet endearing documentary walks us through the creative process of scoring a film while also relating the history and science behind the music's goosebump-inducing magic. SCORE features a who’s who of soundsmiths (Hans Zimmer, Rachel Portman, Trent Reznor, several Newmans) and other Hollywood icons as they compose, conduct, explain and rejoice in the music of movies.
THE SECRET LIFE OF LANCE LETSCHER is a deeply personal, psychological portrait of internationally known, and Austin based, collage artist Lance Letscher. Told through memories of trauma and triumph, the film provides a doorway into Letscher’s profound insights on creativity, the subconscious, work ethic and spirituality. Through his intricate artistic process, we witness the artist’s unwavering determination to stay in the moment—free of mind, thought and preconception. Featuring detailed images of more than a hundred of his collages, sculptures, and installations, viewers are offered a visual feast while gaining intimate access into Letscher’s methodical techniques and brilliant mind.