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Screening Room: Human Stories From Central America

By David Schonauer   Wednesday September 26, 2018

"Gentle and dreamlike, yet present and unflinching." That is how Short of the Week describes a new documentary called "Shelter: Human Stories from Central America." Director Matthew K. Firpo describes his his 14-minute film as "a quiet look at lives on the line." In it, he allows Central American migrants and asylum seekers searching for a better life in the north to tell their ...   Read the full Story >>

Spotlight: In the Front Line to Save the World's Oldest Biome

By David Schonauer   Thursday August 30, 2018

The Cerrado covers 25 percent of Brazil's land mass. The savannah is the world's oldest biome, or community of plants and animals, notes Fabio Erdos, a Brazilian documentary filmmaker and photographer whose work focuses mostly on non-profit and foundation projects. In collaboration with the Brazilian chapter of the non-profit ActionAid International, Erdos, a PPD reader, shot a series of three short films ...   Read the full Story >>

Trending: Behind the Scenes with Lauren Greenfield, Documenter of the Rich

By David Schonauer   Wednesday August 22, 2018

Lauren Greenfield has spent her career looking at wealth. As a photographer, she has photographed affluent teens at play, investors on the lam, strippers earning their hundies, and abandoned mansions in Dubai. As a documentary filmmaker, she looked at the construction of a $100 million house amid last decade's financial crisis. Her recent photographic exhibition "Generation Wealth" gathered together 25 years of work ...   Read the full Story >>

Spotlight: Highlights from July

By David Schonauer   Wednesday August 15, 2018

Ten percent of Americans think Elvis Presley is still alive. It's a point worth keeping in mind while viewing "Big Elvis," a short documentary about a 960-pound Elvis impersonator that is one of our highlighted films from July. Pete "Big Elvis" Vallee, performs in Nevada casinos you've never heard of. But his connection with the King of Rock and Roll goes beyond ...   Read the full Story >>

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