Eva Vitja on researching and reframing Patricia Highsmith in LOVING HIGHSMITH – Nadine Whitney interviews

Swiss filmmaker Eva Vitja Loving Highsmith takes us through the contradictions of famed but reclusive author Patricia Highsmith. Highsmith’s reputation as a difficult and anti-social woman who battled with depression and social ostracism for her sexuality and later with some deeply controversial views is given a new prism through which to view and understand Highsmith’s mercurial nature.

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KAEPERNICK & AMERICA – Review by Martha K Baker

In 2017, San Francisco Forty-niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee at a football game during the national anthem. Others stood. Kaepernick was not protesting the flag as simple-minded people decided: he was protesting police brutality in America. The directors of”Kaepernick & America show the burning of a jersey — No. 7, Kaepernick’s number. And they record the rapture of the people in his hometown when he became a professional football player. Folks at the local restaurant named a sandwich for him. They erased it from the menu after he protested.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 13, 2022: TO WHICH WE BELONG

An optimistic documentary about climate change? Yes, such a thing exists (even in 2022), and it’s called To Which We Belong. As they explore the seemingly vast potential upside of holistic land management — speaking to farmers, ranchers, and even seaweed harvesters around the world — filmmakers Pamela Tanner Boll and Lindsay Richardson present a picture of hopeful, attainable change for a planet in dire need of exactly that.

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HOW THEY GOT OVER – Review by Martha K Baker

This historic documentary describes the indelible link between gospel and rock ‘n’ roll. After gospel’s birth in churches, the Twenties brought the new-fangled radio and the freshly pressed record business to audiences beyond church congregations. The result: keen competition and bold innovations — not always acceptable to the evangelical churches, which thought gospel music was getting too damned secular. Plus, through the years, Clem notes, many gospel singers did not live the life they were singing about.

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TO WHICH WE BELONG – Review by Jennifer Merin

To Which We Belong is an informative and encouraging advocacy documentary from filmmakers Pamela Tanner Boll and Lindsay Richardson. The subject is climate change, and the fundamental message is that we humans can actually manage the use of our land to protect our planet from its demise and, ultimately, our own. As illustrated in the film, what is most immediately needed is restoration of healthy soil. which is not all that difficult to accomplish.

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TO WHICH WE BELONG – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Way back in 2006, former Vice President Al Gore alerted the general public to the topic of climate change and the harm it could do to our planet in his Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Now, more than a decade later, filmmakers Pamela Tanner Boll and Lindsay Richardson’s uplifting new doc To Which We Belong looks at the healthy benefits of holistic farming that allows livestock, crops and groundcover integrated by wise management to work together to stop carbon emissions from befouling the ecosystem.

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THE REVOLUTION GENERATION – Review by Lonita Cook

Josh Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell turn a lens on the question of how Millennials can rescue the world and its future from certain demise, The Revolution Generation defines the crisis, explains why there is a crisis, asks for change and calls on Millennials to take responsibility for it. But it never delves into what change is or even revolution, but rather conflates them in the interest of negotiating The American Dream and fulfilling the potential of The Great American Promise.

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