CLIMATE WARRIORS
2018, fechnerMEDIA,, 86 min, Dir: Carl-A. Fechner, Nicolai Niemann

This inspiring documentary on activism and energy transition presents people from diverse backgrounds fighting the adverse and devastating effects of climate change on our planet. These climate warriors are well aware that energy production and consumption must change soon to preserve the environment and foster human rights. Raising voices of resistance to lobbyists and inhuman social realities, advocates on both sides of the Atlantic offer solutions with cutting-edge technologies and inspiring activism. From victims of pollution to kid activists and revolutionary politicians including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bernie Sanders, the engaging personalities of CLIMATE WARRIORS motivate viewers to join the movement and point the way toward a livable future for everyone.


NEVER-ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI
2018, GKIDS, 70 min, Dir: Kaku Arakawa

In 2013, film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he couldn’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor, his first project ever to utilize CGI. But the artist, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The film even faces the danger of being canceled. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This documentary goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film using CGI.


THE GREAT BUSTER
2018, Cohen Media, 102 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

Acclaimed director Peter Bogdanovich is also a cinema historian who has authored landmark studies of John Ford and Orson Welles, and here he turns his eye to the life and career of Buster Keaton. From Keaton’s beginnings on the vaudeville circuit to the development of his trademark deadpan expression to his career-high years as the director, writer, producer and star of his own shorts and features, this documentary charts the rise of one of America’s most influential and celebrated filmmakers and comedians. Filled with stunningly restored archival Keaton footage and interviews with nearly two dozen collaborators, filmmakers, performers and friends (including Mel Brooks, Quentin Tarantino, Werner Herzog, Dick Van Dyke and Johnny Knoxville), this is the definitive portrait of a true visionary of the silent era.


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