The Revolutionary Optimists takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Kolkata (Calcutta), India where lawyer-turned-activist Amlan Ganguly has created a multi-faceted program, Prayasam, which empowers children to improve their communities. With some families working in the brickfields carrying 1500 bricks a day to earn $1.45–and many of children facing the same (lack of) employment options–Amlan creates schools and afterschool clubs that empowers the children and give them the opportunity to dream and to make those dreams into a reality.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday November 19, 2012 5:00 pm|
In the short documentary From Silence to Recognition, father and son filmmakers David Hughes Duke and John Duke explore a painful part of the history of Emory University and its Jewish students: the consistent abuse of Jewish students in the University’s School of Dentistry which lead to a 65% flunk-out/withdrawal rate over the thirteen years that John E. Buhler was the Dean of that department.
|By: Kit OConnell Monday September 3, 2012 5:00 pm|
What does it mean to be Jewish today? What viewpoints and political outlooks are truly Jewish and who gets to decide?
This dilemma sets Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman’s 2011 film Between Two Worlds off on a wide-ranging journey through modern Jewish culture. This journey begins at the 2009 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the oldest and most popular festival of its kind.
|By: Elliott Monday June 11, 2012 2:15 pm|
Here’s a preview of our Monday Night Movie — Pink Ribbons, Inc. Join us tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET, hosted by Lisa Derrick.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday March 5, 2012 5:00 pm|
Dustin Lance Black’s play 8 -based on the trial transcripts of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the landmark case which pitted marriage equality against its conservative foes, is one of the most important works of modern theater. A federal appeals court refused to allow the release of the trial videotapes because the trial judge, Vaughn Walker, had promised the pro-Prop 8 defendants that the videos would only be used by the court. 8 shows the arguments that justify bans on marriage for gay and lesbian couples, the testimony on marriage history from expert witnesses, and the arguments used to justify the ban on marriage equality.
|By: Teddy Partridge Monday March 5, 2012 2:00 pm|
We’re planning to combine’s tonight’s movie, featuring the terrific play, “8″ — about the Proposition 8 Trial and an all-star cast — with a welcome party for all our current, new and about-to-become members. So if you’ve been thinking about becoming a member of Firedoglake and haven’t signed up yet, this is a great time to do so.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday February 27, 2012 5:00 pm|
A smart and poignant documentary, Phunny Business: A Black Comedy tells the story of All Jokes Aside, one of the most influential comedy clubs in the United States, which during its nine year run in Chicago became proving ground for some of the biggest names in comedy. In 1990, on a trip to Los Angeles Raymond Lambert, an MBA working in Chicago for entrepreneur Chris Gardner (The Pursuit of Happyness), visited The Improv on Mo’Bettah Mondays, the club’s black comedy showcase night.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday February 13, 2012 5:00 pm|
Tonight we have a special double feature. Co-directors Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman will discuss their Academy Award nominated film If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front for the first two-thirds of Movie Night before Sam leaves us, and in the final half hour we’ll delve into Racing Dreams, a look at three ‘tween NASCAR hopefuls during a season of the World Karting Association races, which Marshall directed.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday January 23, 2012 5:00 pm|
Gary Jenkins, who brought us Negroes to Hire, joins us again tonight with another compelling and carefully crafted documentary about Kansas, slavery and the Civil War. With Freedom Seekers: Stories from the Western Underground Railroad, Jenkins traces the history of “Bloody Kansas,” and its place in the abolitionist movement. The Kansas Territory was key in the balance of the states before the Civil War, as neighboring Missouri was a slave state, bordered by two free states, Illinois and Iowa.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday December 26, 2011 5:00 pm|
On holidays, Movie Night can be a surprise, and tonight is no exception. Santa gave us a huge present, and some relief for me too, since I hadn’t been able to find a guest available for the night after Christmas, until John Roecker guerrilla-released his dark romance, They’re All Out Without You, on Vimeo. The 30 minute feature, based on characters from Green Day’s punk rock opera album, American Idiot, delves into sex, death, love and angst, showcases the director’s narrative skills, knowledge of film and his actors’ talents.