ROCK RUBBER 45s is a cinematic odyssey exploring the connectivity of global basketball, sneaker, and music lifestyle through the firsthand lens of authentic NYC culture orchestrator Bobbito García. The film explores García’s youth dealing with mistreatment, educational quandaries, identity, and loss, as well as his ascension to self-determination as an adult freelance creative. The ballplayer, author, DJ, filmmaker has carved an independent career that has inspired millions throughout the world, and has affected the growth and direction of the footwear, hip hop, and sports industries in the process.
This Steven Spielberg-directed exploration into a long-ago episode in African-American history recounts the trial that followed the 1839 rebellion aboard the Spanish slave ship Amistad and captures the complex political maneuverings set in motion by the event. Filmed in New England and Puerto Rico the 152-minute drama opens with a pre-credit sequence showing Cinque (Djimon Hounsou) and the other Africans in a violent takeover of the Amistad. Captured they are imprisoned in New England where former slave Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman) viewing the rebels as “freedom fighters,” approaches property lawyer Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey) who attempts to prove the Africans were “stolen goods” because they were kidnapped. Running for re-election President Martin Van Buren (Nigel Hawthorne) overturns the lower court’s decision in favor of the Africans. Former President John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins) is reluctant to become involved but when the case moves on to the Supreme Court Adams stirs emotions with a powerful defense. The storyline occasionally cuts away to Spain where the young Queen Isabella (Anna Paquin) plays with dolls; she later debated the Amistad case with seven U.S. presidents. The character portrayed by Morgan Freeman is a fictional composite of several historical figures. For authentic speech the Africans speak the Mende language subtitled during some scenes but not others.
Inspired by true events. A young tourist is abducted from her family into the jungles of Trinidad by a dangerous, armed sociopath. While the authorities and her family attempt to find her with no success, she is forced to mentally and physically outmaneuver her captor in an effort to stay alive and escape to safety.
Residents of Detroit’s neighborhoods fight for survival and growth in a city with an uncertain future, working tirelessly to improve their communities in spite of the lack of resources. ? The legacy of broken infrastructure has made Detroit one the most unstable metro areas in the US, yet the characters in our film find ways to succeed and even thrive by activating the power of their community, ultimately making progress in the struggle to take back their neighborhoods from the forces of economic decline and mismanagement.
Father Don Mario has pledged obedience and celibacy. Alas, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Especially when lovely Valeria Billi sets her dark brown eyes and romantic designs on him. Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni show why they are among the screen’s most celebrated duos in this film that’s part romantic comedy, part exploration of human and clerical frailties and 100% shiny star vehicle produced by Loren’s filmmaker husband Carlo Ponti. Loren, The New York Times later noted, “alternately married, divorced, seduced and pined after [Mastroianni] in a total of 12 movies. Of these the most famous were Marriage, Italian Style; The Priest’s Wife; and Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”
A lone trombone playing solo is joined by a trumpet in a duet until a French horn makes it a trio, and so on, as ten instruments, one by one, gather together for a joyous musical performance.
Driven by a desire to understand why her best friend killed herself at 16, Jacqueline Monetta, 18, finds teens willing to talk about their struggles with mental illness and thoughts of suicide. Through her intimate one-to-one interviews, Jacqueline explores the difficulties teens face in this interconnected technology driven world. With unprecedented honesty and openness, they give vivid accounts of depression, anxiety, self-harm, thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts and getting help. Speaking with voices originating inside the community, they encourage teens to get support and to be supportive. Not Alone gives hope to teens struggling with mental illness.