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The "Other" Hemp

Erin Schrode | Posted 08.03.2014 | Green
Erin Schrode

"Weed." "Pot." "Marijuana." The answers began pouring out. College kids are familiar with the five-leaf hemp plant, but only as a drug. The "other" he...

For the Free World: 25 Years After Tiananmen Square

Catherine Bauknight | Posted 08.02.2014 | Home
Catherine Bauknight

On June 3, 1989 I arrived in Beijing to cover a student-led pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square. Less than an hour later, soldiers made their first demand: "Leave the square or we will shoot to kill."

Dear Governor Hickenlooper -- A Film Dispatch

Corinna Clendenen | Posted 07.30.2014 | Denver
Corinna Clendenen

Film is a powerful medium for communicating the look of things, so in a state as visually stunning as Colorado, what better way to deliver a message to the governor?

Petra Costa's Intimate Film Elena Uncovers Truths About Loss, Love and Catharsis

Kristin McCracken | Posted 07.30.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

In its native Brazil, Elena broke records, becoming the most-seen documentary of the year; it also sparked a national conversation about some typically taboo topics.

Fewer Words About Sex, Food and Documentaries

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If we can't trust any prior experts, why on earth should we trust this batch? The message that experts can't be trusted does exactly what it is intended to do: It cultivates distrust.

Fed Up, Confused and Still Eating

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

By all means, see the film Fed Up, if you haven't. If you aren't yet fed up with the toxic quagmire that is the typical American diet, there's a good chance it will get you there.

Farmland and Fed Up: Two Documentaries, Two Reactions From Big Food

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.23.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

With these movies, we see two reactions by Big Agriculture and Big Food to documentaries sounding the alarm about America's systemic problems with food, from how it's produced, marketed, and regulated to its final impact on eaters suffering from a growing list of ailments. But both responses are ultimately problematic.

Dock to Dish Bringing 'Fishermen's Fish' Back To The Community

Liza de Guia | Posted 07.21.2014 | Taste
Liza de Guia

In today's model, the chain of custody isn't as direct as you might think.

Fed Up Documentary Hits Home in Los Angeles...

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 07.20.2014 | Los Angeles
Kimberly Cooper

"I don't want that to happen to me," my 9-year-old son whimpered with tears streaming down his face. We'd just finished watching the documentary, Fed Up - which targets the childhood obesity epidemic and the role the food industry plays in marketing unhealthy foods to children.

Syrian Diaspora: Jordan's Urban Refugees (PHOTOS)

David Maurice Smith | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
David Maurice Smith

Not since the horror of World War II has the planet seen a forced migration the size of the Syrian diaspora that began three years ago when seemingly innocuous government protests escalated into a bloody civil war.

Astoria Characters: The Cigar Aficionado

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.20.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Every time Tomas Hinojal lights a cigar, he thinks of his father. He's puffing on a Davidoff, savoring the smoke as it covers his face like a ski mask.

Must-see Movie: Cyber-Seniors

The GypsyNesters | Posted 07.15.2014 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

Walking into the theater at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival, I expected Cyber-Seniors to be a dry, informative info-nugget on how the Internet could enhance the lives of the older set. I couldn't have been more wrong.

Bettie Page 'Revealed All' to Mark Mori, Director of Sexy, New Biopic

Joshua Kors | Posted 07.13.2014 | Entertainment
Joshua Kors

Few swimsuit models have set the culture on fire quite like Bettie Page.

Errol Morris: 'People Expect Me to Throttle Donald Rumsfeld'

The European Magazine | Posted 07.09.2014 | Arts
The European Magazine

In his new movie The Unknown Known, American film director Errol Morris investigates the causes of the Iraq War and puts Donald Rumsfeld under interrogation. Here's why he chooses understanding over judging and why his movies are political rather than politically motivated.

Brothers On The Line: New Documentary Explores Dramatic Fight for Worker's Rights

Kristin McCracken | Posted 07.09.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

After watching Sasha Reuther's riveting documentary Brothers on the Line, I realize that every education has a significant gap or two, and one of mine involved the fascinating and rich history of labor in America.

Humans of New York: When Comments Become Part of the Art Experience

Susan Kemp | Posted 07.09.2014 | Arts
Susan Kemp

We all have the right to free speech, but I think artists have the right to curate the experience of their exhibition.

ReThink Review: Fed Up -- It's the Sugar, Stupid

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.09.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Fed Up, which is executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric, begins much like a horror movie, as a montage of TV news anchors breathlessly describe a lethal affliction infecting millions of Americans across the country, sowing illness and death for increasing numbers of men, women, and children.

Filmmaker Shares Insight On Documentary

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 07.08.2014 | Entertainment
Gregory G. Allen

The director/producer will be in attendance in Irvington on the 21st and I wanted to dig deeper to learn more about the person behind the camera.

Starving for Higher Wages: UPMC Workers Fast for a Week (VIDEO)

Julie Sokolow | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Julie Sokolow

Since 2012 a battle has been raging between UPMC hospital workers like Chaney Lewis and CEO Jeffrey Romoff, who makes $6 million a year. Chaney has worked at UPMC for over nine years but still only makes $11.97 an hour. Consider this added offense: UPMC enjoys the status of "charitable nonprofit."

Movie Review: Manakamana

Matthew Harrison Tedford | Posted 06.28.2014 | Entertainment
Matthew Harrison Tedford

Manakamana is composed of several static shots spanning the length of a 400-foot magazine of 16mm film, which is incidentally about the length of the trip to the temple.

Documentary Chronicling The Rebuilding Of Ground Zero Hits Netflix

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 04.28.2014 | Entertainment

There are some pretty incredible documentaries on Netflix these days, and now you can add "16 Acres" to that list. Chronicling one of the "most archit...

Revisiting Rana Plaza

Julie Flynn Badal | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Julie Flynn Badal

Tears in the Fabric is a film that is not afraid to look grief squarely in the eye. And that is no small feat in a culture that can so easily go numb to the grim realities behind our consumption.

Promposal: the Movie

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 06.27.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

As a veteran educator, I have had the pleasure, year after year, to be around some of the most talented and inspirational students there are anywhere....

Three Things You Don't Know About Your Tomato

Sanjay Rawal | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Sanjay Rawal

I tried to distance myself from California by moving to New York City, but I never was able to shake my connection to the tomato industry, so three years ago, I began an exposé on the labor practices in agriculture -- something my father, by the way, heartily endorsed.

Building a Transmedia Project for Young Adults With Mental Illness, Their Families and Their Health Care Providers

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Mona Shattell

Telling stories across multiple media forms, tapping the strengths of each, offers the potential to develop meaningful stories in much deeper and more engaging ways.