Wrapped in chains and encased in a crate, magician Harry
Houdini was dropped into New York's icy East River. Horrified onlookers watched
him emerge, unharmed, less than 60 seconds later. Easily the world's most famous
escape artist, Houdini mesmerized audiences with astonishing acts of magic like
the Water Torture Cell. A circus performer turned gifted artist, Houdini
confronted humanity's greatest fears: entrapment, pain, and death.
This inspirational documentary is about a band of courageous
civil-rights activists calling themselves the Freedom Riders. Gaining impressive
access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, it chronicles a
chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the
accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of
personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds.
The moving and surprising stories of three Violence
Interrupters who, with bravado, humility, and even humor, try to protect their
Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. Shot over the course
of a year, this documentary captures a period in Chicago when it became a
national symbol for the violence in America's cities.
Two and a half millennia ago, a new religion was born in northern India,
generated from the ideas of a single man, the Buddha, a mysterious
Indian sage who famously gained enlightenment while he sat under a
large, shapely fig tree. The Buddha never claimed to be God or his
emissary on earth. He said only that he was a human being who, in a
world of unavoidable pain and suffering, had found a kind of serenity
that others could find, too. This documentary by award-winning filmmaker
David Grubin tells the story of his life, a journey especially relevant
in our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion..
Explores the insular religious community, whose
intense faith and adherence to 400-year-old traditions have by turns
captivated and baffled Americans for more than a century. The film
examines the beliefs, lifestyle, and history of the Amish, as well as
their complex relationship to mainstream American culture. The Amish is
part history, part observational documentary that takes viewers into the
world of the Amish.
Robert E. Lee
Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of
the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some,
veneration. This film examines the life and reputation of the general,
whose military successes made him the scourge of the Union and the hero
of the Confederacy, and who was elevated to almost god-like status by
his admirers after his death.