Cinemax Reel Life (Firm)
Most widely held works by Cinemax Reel Life (Firm)
Devil's playground ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 872 libraries worldwide
Looks at the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition of Rumspringa (literally, 'Running around'), which is a period in a teenager's life, usually between the ages of 16 and 21 years old. During this time, they are set free to explore the world outside the Amish life. Eventually, they can make an informed decision before they make a commitment to join the church, or to leave it. The film follows four teenagers in their time of discovery.
Long night's journey into day ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 497 libraries worldwide
For over forty years, South Africa was governed by the most notorious form of racial domination since Nazi Germany. When it finally collapsed, those who had enforced apartheid's rule wanted amnesty for their crimes. Their victims wanted justice. As a compromise, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was formed. As it investigated the crimes of apartheid, the Commission brought together victims and perpetrators to relive South Africa's brutal history. By revealing the past instead of burying it, the TRC hoped to pave the way to a peaceful future.
Broken silence ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in Spanish and held by 491 libraries worldwide
Some who lived weaves together testimonies of Holocaust survivors now living in Argentina and Uruguay with archival and contemporary footage; it draw parallels between the Nazi regime and the government of Argentinean president, Juan Perón.
Legacy ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 277 libraries worldwide
This documentary is a stirring portrait of a Chicago family from one of the worst Chicago housing projects, as they wrestle with violence, drugs, poverty, and illiteracy. Five years in the making, the Collins family's story begins with the death of the most promising of their members, 14-year-old Terrell, gunned down in the street after a minor argument. His death forces his cousin Nickole, her mother, her aunt, and her grandmother to reassess lives. After surviving for three generations on welfare, together they face up to their weaknesses, develop their own talents, and change their fortunes.
Wisconsin death trip ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 188 libraries worldwide
Based on authentic historical records, this gives a chilling account of the disaster that befell one small town in Wisconsin in the 1890's. Black River Falls seems gripped by a peculiar madness, and its weekly newspaper is full of bizarre stories of violent death and wildly eccentric behavior. As epidemics decimate the infant population and the local economy collapses, the townsfolk are haunted by ghosts, possessed by demons, and terrorized by a cocaine-snorting, window-smashing madwoman.
Questioning faith ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 135 libraries worldwide
The death of a close friend and fellow seminary student challenges Macky Alston's deepest convictions. Alston sets up a network of interviews with a diverse group of New Yorkers to answer questions on how to maintain faith in the face of tragedy.
Devil's playground ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 114 libraries worldwide
Looks at the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition of rumspringa which is a period in a teenager's life during which they are set free to explore the world outside the Amish life. This is so that they can make an informed decision before they make a commitment to join the church at adulthood. Follows four teenagers in their time of discovery.
When I knew ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 98 libraries worldwide
Inspired by the book of the same name by Robert Trachtenburg, more than 150 people in five cities were surveyed about the experience of realizing they were gay. In the resulting film, 16 interviewees--of different ages, sexes, and lifestyles--share their stories describing their own "when I knew" moment. Some experienced confusion and fear, but all have embraced their sexual orientation as essential to their personhood. In a therapeutic and often liberating fashion, the interviewees share their remembrances of recognition, acceptance, resolve, and self-awareness.
Fashion victim the killing of Gianni Versace ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 69 libraries worldwide
This film juxtaposes the rise of a fshion giant from the glamorous world of Paris fashion to the drug-ridden underworld of gay America and a murder by deranged Andrew Cunanan. Friends and family disclose an intimate side to Versace's omnipotent personality.
The eyes of Tammy Faye ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 68 libraries worldwide
Witness the incredible story of the spectacular rise, fall and resurrection of the "Queen of the Eyelashes. This film chronicles Tammy Faye's personal journey from her love-at-first-sight meeting with Jim Bakker, to the making of the most successful television ministry in history, to being crucified in the court of public opinion.
Always a bridesmaid ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 46 libraries worldwide
On the eve of her 30th birthday, Nina Davenport has become obsessed with the institution of marriage and the missing ring on her finger. In "Always a bridesmaid," Nina confronts her fears from the trenches, where she works as a wedding videographer. She cross-examines failed love interests, interrogates nervous brides and wise spinsters, and gathers advice from anyone who will listen.
Paternal instinct ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 44 libraries worldwide
For Mark and Erik, a gay couple, and Wen, a prospective surrogate mother, the decision to have a child together starts them on a three-year journey that will transform their lives. Wen is a married computer programmer and a practicing Wiccan who wants to give the gift of parenthood and is willing to be impregnated by both Mark and Erik to give them two children ... but Mark turns out to be "sub-fertile." Their dramatic quest -- through surrogacy negotiations, insemination attempts, fertility challenges and other upheavals -- is rendered with an unusual degree of intimacy and immediacy.
How do you spell murder ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 33 libraries worldwide
Filmed on location at New Jersey State Prison, a literacy program called L.I.F.E. is spotlighted. Outlines the relationship between illiteracy and crime.
An act of conscience ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
"Chronicles the story of a family in western Massachusetts whose home was seized by federal marshalls and IRS agents after they publicly refused to pay federal taxes as a protest against war and military spending"--Turning Tide Productions web site.
Breasts a documentary ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
Presents interviews with 22 women, most of whom appear topless, speaking candidly about their attitudes toward breasts. The participants represent a wide range of age, size, race and background including two women with mastectomies, another who is concerned about the safety of her silicone implants, a self-proclaimed leader of the "Strong Breast Revolution," a transsexual, a 420-pound comedienne and two mother-daughter pairs. Interwoven with the interviews are segments of breast-related archival footage, including a racy 1920s animated cartoon, a 1950s beauty pageant, and a 1970s bra ad.
Portraits of a lady ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
"In October 2006, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor sat for two 3-hour sessions, agreeing to have her portrait painted by not one, but 25 separate artists. In the end, these painters, some amateurs, some professionals, created vastly different images of the first woman to sit on the U.S. high court, shedding light on both their subject (who entertained the room with anecdotes about herself and other Supreme Court luminaries), as well as the process and heritage of portraiture in American history and politics"--HBO website.
Chain camera ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
In August of 1999 at John Marshall High School, two miles east of Hollywood, ten video cameras were given to students to film their lives. After a week, the cameras were given to ten new students, and then the pattern was repeated the following week. For the next year, these cameras were moved through the student body. This film is a video diary for 16 of these students.
Breasts ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
22 women speak candidly about their attitudes toward breasts.
How's your news ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
A documentary film which features a team of five news reporters with mental and physical disabilities. The crew travels cross-country in a hand-painted RV, interviewing the people along the way.
Creature ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
A boldly compassionate look at gender ambiguity, 'Creature' examines an often misunderstood sub-culture through the journey of one transsexual woman. In 1994, Parris Patton drove a two man crew to the corner of Santa Monica and La Brea in Hollywood, California. It was there that he met Stacey "Hollywood" Dean and began what was to become a four year chronicle of Stacey's odyssey into womanhood. Deep into her transformation, Stacey returns home to North Carolina hoping for, but not counting on, acceptance from her ultra-religious parents.
African American families African Americans--Social conditions Amish--Customs and practices Amish--Social life and customs Anecdotes Apartheid Atrocities Belief and doubt Case studies Cinéma vérité Coming out (Sexual orientation) Documentary films Documentary films Documentary television programs Drama Eccentrics and eccentricities Faith Feature films Film adaptations Florida Gays--Identity Historical films History Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) Holocaust survivors Homosexuality Humor Illinois--Chicago Indiana Inner cities Interviews Jews Lesbians Lesbians--Identity Nonfiction films Pennsylvania Personal narratives Reconciliation Reporters and reporting Rumspringa Sexual minorities Sexual orientation Social history South Africa South Africa.--Truth and Reconciliation Commission Teenagers--Social life and customs United States Violent deaths Wisconsin--Black River Falls World War (1939-1945)