How did it happen? A movie about six hospice patients which is funny, touching and passionate. A great score by Mark Orton leads us through the uncertainty — after a terminal diagnosis, we can now live for years, rather than months. The documentary cast members are quirky, wry front-runners in a journey that we will all face — inspiring each other and us in their enjoyment of life.
Want a better brain? Meet Dr. Marian Diamond, renowned teacher and research scientist, and prepare to be smitten. Learn about her many scientific accomplishments and meet the thoroughly charming woman herself, who describes her 60 years researching the brain as “pure joy.” As one of the founders of modern neuroscience, Dr. Diamond has changed forever our paradigm for understanding the brain.
The U.S. military faces a mental health crisis of historic proportions. “Thank You For Your Service” seeks to reveal the reality of war trauma and the failed policies that have brought us to where we are. Director Tom Donahue weaves compelling interviews from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Admiral Mike Mullen, Generals David Patraeus and Loree Sutton and others with the tales of four struggling veterans, and we learn about the wounded warriors who need our help.
Biohacking is a small but energized movement among professional and amateur scientists alike who are taking experimentation into their own hands. Gabriel & Jeff have turned their off-the-grid abode into an environmentally sustainable biology lab where they are developing technologies like contact lenses that help the wearer see infrared. “Science for the Masses” explores the motivation of these individuals as they challenge traditional academic and industry models.
When Van Hoang, a Vietnamese immigrant and nail salon owner, discovers that her health problems, including two miscarriages, are the result of the products used in her salon, she becomes involved in the fight for safe cosmetics. In “Painted Nails”, we witness Van’s transformation from a shy woman who speaks minimal English to a forthright advocate testifying before Congress. This is a heartwarming story of the struggles and successes of an immigrant family.
Paulo, a performance artist from Brazil, is internationally famous in the underground scene for his alter-ego Gazelle and his publication GAZELLAND, a documentation of the gay nightlife community of London, New York and São Paulo. Paulo is also HIV-positive, and with the sudden death of his partner Eric, he embarks on a conscious transformation by filtering what matters in his life. The film brings us into Paulo’s search for a meaningful way to deepen Gazelle’s life.