Forty years after the beginning of the Chinese invasion, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama compromised in the late 80s on the idea of a free Tibet and offered China the option of a genuine autonomy instead. This adjustment in approach was the beginning of a conflict that is tearing apart Tibetans inside and outside Tibet. The Dalai Lama is without question the leader of all Tibetans. However, they also desire freedom and independence more than anything else.
Seven years in the making, When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun shows an unprecedented inside perspective on the Tibetan community in exile, its young generation and their struggle to free their homeland Tibet. In full HD quality, this film reveals an internal conflict that has been dividing Tibetans and hindering their movement for decades. It also provides scenes from India, Beijing and Chinese occupied Lhasa (Tibets capital) that have never been filmed before in such quality.
Also for the first time, this film introduces the only officially recognized descendant of the Great Religious Kings of Tibet. Continuing a 1400 year old lineage, 18 year old Lhagyari Trichen Namgyal Wangchuk was crowned by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in June 2004 in Dharamsala, India. With exclusive footage from the coronation, intimate interviews and access to the familys archive material, When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun explores the struggle of a young Tibetan King alongside the peers of his generation. It reveals for the first time how they try to reflect on their history while they redefine their identities in this new world of shifting politics and changing religious devotion.
With the countdown to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the controversy about the Olympic torch route as the backdrop, the film uses exclusive interviews and breathtaking environmental footage. The audience is given a rare experience of being part of a movement that takes place within some of the most spectacular sites in the world.
Governor Booth Gardner is fighting his last campaign. After a care of successful political battles, including his tenure as Washington state’s most popular governor, Garnder wants to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Shortly after leaving office the governor was diagnosed Parkinson’s disease, and two decades later it is slowly deteriorating his body towards and ugly demise.
To legalize assisted suicide, Garnder and his colleagues must convince a majority of voters to vote yes on ballot initiative 1000 or “Death with Dignity”. Standing in his way are a number of individuals and groups vehemently opposed to assisted suicide. Similar ballot initiatives have been quashed by such groups in 17 other states.
The Last Campaign of Booth Gardner is an observational documentary following behind the scenes of both sides in this contentious campaign and is an intimate portrait of a man fighting his own physical deterioration to pass the legislation and solidify his legacy.
The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus tells the official and exclusive story of the world’s most beloved and scorned cephalopod, whose remarkable string of eight correct ‘prediction’ during the 2010 Soccer World Cup made him a worldwide superstar. Whether Paul is an honest-to-goodness 21st century oracle, or a tentacle sham, remains a hotly debated topic. What is certain, though, is that Paul’s unmatched string of correct prediction has affected us, made us dream, and impacted popular culture. The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus is a biopic of tentacular proportions—one that ecplire celebrity mania at its most outrageous, the science of probabilities, and the possibility of higher powers.
STILL tells the story of Clyfford Still’s remarkable life and his indelible contributions to American art. Though not as well known as his contemporaries Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, Still was one of the leaders of the Abstract Expressionist movement and deliberately turned his back on the art establishment at the height of his career. His collection of over 800 paintings and 1500 works on paper much of which has never been viewed before, will be housed at the Clyfford Still Museum, which opened in Denver in 2011. Through interviews with leading art and social historians, contemporary artists, and former students, the documentary will reveal, for the first time, the detailed and compelling story of Still’s life, the evolution of his work, and the reasons for his prominent and permanent place in American art.