Documentary

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Portle

26 Aug , 2016 | Posted by:

A movie about the relationship between a young skateboarder and a filmmaker.

(2015) Directed by Oliver Shahery

Matt Portle and I started off as strangers. This narrative documentary is about how we became friends.
Won Best Short-Film at the Mass Reality Check Salem Film Festival

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BEYOND EMPIRES

15 Apr , 2016 | Posted by:

Why India celebrates an 18th Century German whom the west wants to forget

(2014) Directed by Christopher Gilbert

Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg is an unlikely hero for a culture so far removed from Halle in Germany. Overcoming his orphan status, chronic illness, the opposition of the Danish church, the Danish East India Company, the Brahmins of the Malabar Coast, and racist colleagues, he restores the Tamil language and its cultural treasures to the lower castes of Tamils, through provision of schools including girls for the first time in South Asia, a script for the vernacular language, the Bible translated. He becomes acknowledged by Indians as an expert in their religions. He defends the Tamil slave population and his mission from the hostilities of the East India company and his CFO back in Copenhagen but within 13 years he dies, age 36 when stress induces the return of his illness. But 300 years later in July 2006 we see the Federal government of India join with the State of Tamil Nadu in promulgating a week of remembrance of all his achievements for Tamil life and culture and issuing a Federal postage stamp in his honour. But why is the west embarrassed to give him the same honour?

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Lets Not Pretend

15 Mar , 2016 | Posted by:

short film of a performance event.

(2016)

A visual exploration of people and architecture; voice and meaning.

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Sap Season

9 Feb , 2016 | Posted by:

Every spring at Kearsarge Gore Farm sap is harvested from the surrounding maple tress to create maple syrup and maple sugar products. This is an insid

(2015) Directed by Nick Czerula

Every spring at Kearsarge Gore Farm sap is harvested from the surrounding maple tress to create maple syrup and maple sugar products. This is an inside look at the process and the people at Kearsarge Gore farm.
Kearsarge Gore farm is located on 500 acres of fields and woodlands nestled in the foothills of Mt. Kearsage in Warner, New Hampshire. They are a multi-generational, family-run farm dedicated to conservation and preserving the environmental quality of our surroundings. The entire farm is off-grid, using solar panels and gravity fed water.
KGF have been growing organic vegetables for over 25 years. KGF raises heritage Devon cattle and Dorset sheep. They also run a 3,000-tap maple operation that produces the world's best syrup, which is the basis of this documentary

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The Bridgewater Triangle

4 Jan , 2016 | Posted by:

Documentary film chronicling the history of an area in Southeastern Massachusetts with a long history of reports of unexplained occurrences.

(2013) Directed by Aaron Cadieux & Manny Famolare

In 1983, Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman published his book, Mysterious America. In it, he described a 200 square-mile area in Southeastern Massachusetts with a long history of strange, paranormal, and sometimes, sinister activity. He called the region “The Bridgewater Triangle”.

The triangle includes a number of locations known for unexplained occurrences; the most prominent of which include the legendary Hockomock Swamp and the infamous Freetown-Fall River State Forest. The triangle’s traditional boarders are revealed by connecting the dots between the town of Abington to the North, the town of Freetown to the Southeast, and the town of Rehoboth to the Southwest.

The area hosts an unusually high volume of reports involving strange happenings, baffling mysteries and sinister deeds. From ghostly hauntings and cryptid animal sightings, to UFO encounters and evidence of satanic ritual sacrifice, the Bridgewater Triangle serves as one of the world’s most diverse hotspots for paranormal activity.

The first-ever feature-length documentary on the subject, The Bridgewater Triangle explores the history of this fascinating region. The film features a number of local residents providing first-hand accounts of unexplained occurrences. In addition, an all-star assembly of paranormal researchers, folklorists and authors provide expert analysis regarding the many mysteries of the triangle.

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Release from Reason

31 Oct , 2015 | Posted by:

A documentary (in production) about renowned painter Arthur Polonsky who, armed with fantastic talent and imagination, fueled an American art movement

Directed by Gabriel Polonsky

Enter the fantastic worlds of Arthur Polonsky in a documentary, currently in production, by his son, Emmy nominated Director Gabriel Polonsky.

Arthur’s mystical art defined him as “one of the most important Boston painters of the 20th century.” His talents led him from Lynn, MA to the booming art scene of post WWll Paris, acclaimed international shows, and a feature in LIFE Magazine. He played a major role in the Boston Expressionist movement (a title that he ironically rejects). In fact, this is one of only a few films to cover this historic yet unheralded era in American art – as told through Arthur’s first hand accounts and 30 interviews with leaders of the Boston art community.

Yet Release from Reason is not a typical “PBS” documentary. At age 89, Arthur lights up the screen with his brilliance, humor, and eccentricity – still painting day and night in his ramshackle art filled Victorian house. Through breathtaking art and intimate cinema verite footage, the film brings to life Arthur’s journey to renowned young artist, relative obscurity, and reemergence in his 80′s with major exhibitions. It explores his fascinating influences and artistic process, and unconventional family of artists. The film is the story of a life devoted to art (at all costs) for 75 years, and the mysterious forces that fuel creativity.

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Talamas Product Spotlight: The 688 & SL6

30 Sep , 2015 | Posted by:

Adam Morrison from our Sales Department explores the Sound Devices 688 and SL-6 combination. He will familiarize you with some of the cool features like Mix Assist and Super Slot technology, and review the unit's compact design.

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Talamas Tech Tip: Voltage Regulation

30 Sep , 2015 | Posted by:

DANGER! DANGER! HIGH VOLTAGE! Mike Duca our Senior Video Technician can save you thousands in damage and repair costs with this essential tip.

DANGER! DANGER! HIGH VOLTAGE! Mike Duca our Senior Video Technician can save you thousands in damage and repair costs with this essential tip.

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America’s Forgotten Heroine: Ida Lewis, Keeper of the Light

20 Aug , 2015 | Posted by:

Historical documentary that focuses on the intriguing life story of this country’s most famous maritime heroine.

(2014) Directed by Marian Gagnon

Intimate portrayal of Ida’s life from age 15 to 69 (from 1857 to 1911) and the passion and moral fiber she intrinsically brought to her work as a lighthouse keeper and unlikely heroine. It also explores the myriad decisions which led to a life of both fame and isolation, Ida’s unexpected celebrity in Newport as well as across the U.S., and the impact she inadvertently had on the early women’s rights movement.

As John Williams Haley, author of The Rhode Island Historian wrote in 1939: "...of all the Rhode Island women who have achieved fame in one way or another...and there have been many...none attained the world renown of a modest little woman who was born and lived most of her life in Newport. In fact, it would hardly be exaggeration to say that she was more famous, particularly during the latter half of her life, than any American woman of the past or present."

While this statement may very well stand today, Ida’s story has largely been forgotten. Gagnon’s goal with this film is to renew the “national memory” of Ida Lewis as an American heroine not only in her hometown of Newport and throughout R.I., but across the United States.

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Who Did It? The Clue VCR Game

17 Jun , 2015 | Posted by:

The first game of a new technology quickly forgotten, it lives on over 30 years after its release.

(2015) Directed by Frank Durant and Tim Labonte

In 1985, Parker Brothers produced the CLUE VCR Mystery Game for VHS.

Filmed in Massachusetts, it would cast a group of unknown actors to portray the iconic CLUE characters such as Col. Mustard and Professor Plum. While most productions were filmed in Hollywood and New York City at the time, Parker Brothers took a chance and broke the mold by filming with New England based talent.

At the time, it became the most successful video board game of its time, revolutionizing the medium of VHS and video gaming. A few years later, Nintendo and Sega would hit toy stores across the country and the VHS began to fade away as the gaming industry quickly changed.

30 years later, the cast and crew reunite to tell the tale which many have forgotten. The trail blazers that helped change the toy market and the actors who put Boston back on the map as a destination for filmmaking, each give their personal and professional opinion on the importance of what the CLUE VCR Mystery Game was all about.