Posted on April 14, 2014Written by Kevin McKiernan, Director of Good Kurds, Bad Kurds and Bringing King to China
More than just a good story, Good Kurds, Bad Kurds is an indispensable tool for understanding how the once forgotten Kurds, a population of 35 million who spill across the borders of Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran, are emerging as a potential game changer in the Middle East. Today in Syria, the site of one of the most brutal wars in the world, the Kurds represent the largest ethnic minority, comprising almost 15% of the population. But the issue is regional. Kurdish rebels in Syria have strong ties to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in neighboring Turkey, where Kurds have been battling the U.S.-supported army for more than 30 years. Good Kurds, Bad Kurds provides an eye-witness account of this cross-border conflict and includes an exclusive conversation between the filmmaker and Abdullah Ocalan, the fiery founder of the PKK. Turkey’s current negotiations with Ocalan, who is now imprisoned, hold an important key to peace with restive Kurds in all four countries: Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran.
Posted on March 24, 2014Written by Maryanne Galvin, Director of Rewilding America
Does it seem like your locale is overrun with raccoons, mountain lions, wild pigs, wolves, turkeys, coyotes, beaver, seals and deer? Don’t worry. Chances are you don’t need your eyes checked. In fact, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, a wide variety of species have resurged with fervor over the past three decades, blanketing backyards, parking lots, forests, oceans and open spaces across the USA.
Until this bear—dubbed The Cape Cod Bear—appeared in several cities and towns in southeastern MA, I’d never really given much thought to the implications of coexisting with wildlife in urban environments.
Spurred by my reaction—a mix of fear, ignorance, curiosity, and admiration—I began exploring the many issues realized in this film. For instance, many of us are challenged by our ambivalence when we spot a fawn or raccoon family in our yard. We want to stare, admire or photograph the creatures. Then, we reflect on the headlines about the correlation between the exploding deer population, Lyme disease and rabies in our area. Pest or pet becomes the resounding question, particularly as wildlife become more emboldened.
Is it now our job to maintain the delicate balance of the eco-systems we’ve designed and built? This film urges us to think about the consequences of a wildlife baby boom and offers some practical solutions.
REWILDING AMERICA has screened at film festivals and wildlife conferences from Kuala Lumpur to NYC. The film was well received at the 2013 Animal Behavior Society National Convention in Boulder, and took home the Best Environmental Film Award at the 2013 Film Festival Twain Harte, CA. An Official Selection at the Boston International Film Festival, several of the cast and crew anticipate a warm hometown welcome with the Massachusetts Premiere on April 14, 2014 at the AMC Theater, Tremont St. Boston.
Posted on March 8, 2014Here is the spring screening schedule for Jeff McLoughlin’s film, The Condor’s Shadow. Broadcast and community screening details will be posted at the condorsshadow.com as the information becomes available.
PBS SoCal: March 15 & 16
Boise, ID: April 19
Santa Barbara Audubon: April 23
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry/Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR: May 7
Draper Museum, Cody Wyoming: May 17
PBS San Francisco, KQED: TBD this spring
Posted on February 4, 2014The New York City premiere of Ending Silence, Shame & Stigma: HIV/AIDS in the African American Family was held on February 7th, 2014, on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, on the campus of New York University.
The program featured a post screening panel discussion made up representatives from diverse communities.
Congratulations to director Kat Cheairs!
Posted on February 2, 2014Written by Zev Robinson
The most memorable thing about my six trips to Oporto and the Douro Valley in North Portugal to film Life on the Douro are the terraced vineyards that were carved out of the steep, rough embankments. They are magnificent visual wonders extending for some 130 miles, each vineyard with its own character and form, catching the light differently according to the weather and time of day, as if it were God himself creating a work of art. They are the result of millions of hours of work, first moving boulders out of the way and making the walls of each step of the terraces, and then rolling heavy barrels filled with wine down to the boats to take them down the river to Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, and then ship them to Great Britain and elsewhere. You can see the ghosts of those who sacrificed life and limb to do so, and people still die every year in accidents while working in the vineyards. All that and more goes into producing every bottle of wine.
There may be more magnificent landscapes on this planet, but few where the interaction of man and nature can be so clearly seen, that show man as part of nature, sometimes its master, sometimes at its mercy.
“Life on the Douro” narrates the last three centuries of the region’s history. To make a long story short, the wars between England and France in the 17th and 18th centuries caused the English to look elsewhere for their wines, in particular Portugal and Spain. Brandy began to be added to the wine to preserve it on its long ocean voyage to England, and that was the beginning of Port.