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15 to Life

15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story

A film by Nadine Pequeneza
52 minutes, color, Canada, 2014
DVD includes: Closed Captions, Chapter Markers, Bonus Scenes

File under: All Films, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Home Video, Homepage, Juvenile Justice, New Release, Urban Studies

Synopsis

The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. This is the story of one of those children, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida.

At age 15, Kenneth Young received four consecutive life sentences for a series of armed robberies. Imprisoned for more than a decade, he believed he would die behind bars. Now a U.S. Supreme Court decision could set him free. 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story follows Young’s struggle for redemption, revealing a justice system with thousands of young people serving sentences intended for society’s most dangerous criminals.

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“Highly recommended…this is a powerful and disturbing documentary.”

~ Video Librarian  Read the full review here

“Recommended. This thought-provoking program will stir discussions about the criminal-justice system and the prevalence of teenagers “serving sentences intended for society’s most dangerous criminals.”

~ Booklist  Read the full review here

“Recommended . This cutting edge film will bring the viewer into a discussion and evaluation of whether our nation’s juvenile justice system needs to be revised or modified when it comes to adult waiver. Waiver is the procedure of adjudicating a minor as an adult and exposing them to the full extent of the adult criminal process and correctional system. America’s juvenile system is only slightly over 100 years old, but may be in need of revision.

~ EMRO  Read the full review here

“Harrowing. . . . Depicts a justice system that only perpetuates the sort of violence it was intended to keep in check.”

~ Nina Liss-Schultz, Mother Jones


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Brooklyn Farmer

Brooklyn Farmer

A film by Michael Tyburski
27 minutes, color, USA, 2013
DVD includes: Closed Captions, Chapter Markers, Bonus Scenes

File under: All Films, Environment, Home Video, Sustainability, Urban Studies

Synopsis

“Brooklyn Farmer” explores the unique challenges facing Brooklyn Grange, a group of urban farmers who endeavor to run a commercially viable farm within the landscape of New York City. The film follows Head Farmer Ben Flanner, CEO Gwen Schantz, Communications Director Anastasia Plakias, Farm Manager Michael Meier, and Beekeeper Chase Emmons as their growing operation expands from Long Island City, Queens to a second roof in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. The team confronts the realities inherent in operating the world’s largest rooftop farm in one of the world’s biggest cities.

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“Highly RecommendedBrooklyn Farmer covers organic urban rooftop farming as a business. Audiences are convincingly offered a perspective on the cost of farm labor’s exposure to pesticides versus the increased cost of organic vegetables. One urban rooftop farmer cites that “small scale organic farming is un-controversially good.” Further, the director gives reasons as to the benefit of urban farming in plain language citing aesthetics, supply chain reduction and human health. Moreover, the original score by Matt Abeysekera enhances the production value. Viewers are given informative and legible text throughout segments that further serve to educate.” EMRO

*** Recommended. “Michael Tyburski’s documentary short looks at the mission of Brooklyn Grange, a cooperative consisting of NYC-based organic “urban farmers” who haul more than a million pounds of soil up to a suitably sturdy, sunlight-surrounded rooftop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Their goal: to create one of the largest metropolitan roof-farms ever—complete with chickens and beekeeping (using a hive evicted from its former home, a fire hydrant)—with produce going directly to nearby markets. What is most interesting here is that the interviewed crop-growers are entrepreneurial young professionals from backgrounds in finance and non-profit management, who are seeking to make a more positive, sustainable change in the world.” Video Librarian

“This title has been recommended for young adult readers. Both rural and urban teens may be inspired to try their hands at organic gardening.” Booklist

“For years, I’ve relied heavily on documentaries  to help my students understand how broken our present corporate food system is. Enter ‘Brooklyn Farmer,’ an inspiring, invigorating portrait of what urban farming can and should be. Upon watching, my students immediately reached for their shovels and began digging.” David Silver, Associate Professor, Media Studies, Environmental Studies, and Urban Agriculture, University of San Francisco

“‘Brooklyn Farmer’ masterfully demonstrates the promise of sustainable development in America’s most urban setting – New York City. Driven by youthful exuberance and ideals of wholesome food production, through the adaptive reuse of rooftops these young “urban guerrilla pioneers” show how urban gardening can reduce the carbon footprint, lessen urban heat gain, and increase national food security. Its not hard to imagine how such fiscally sound urban food industries could rapidly expand throughout American cities as a principal source of fresh produce.” Nicholas Zaferatos, Professor of Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University

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  • Winner Audience Award Best Short Documentary
    Ashland Independent Film Festival
  • Winner Jury Award Best Documentary
    Marin Short Film Festival
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    Destiny City Film Festival
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Brooklyn Farmer Virtual Classroom

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Welcome to the virtual classroom for the film Brooklyn Farmer! We hope to enrich your educational experience so we invite you to take some time to look over the material we’ve assembled on this page for you. If you’re a teacher, please don’t forget to check out the study guide and teachers forum for help in deciding how you might like to use the film in your class.

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The Films of Su Friedrich Collection

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The Films of Su Friedrich Collection

File under: File under: All Films, Film Studies, Health, Homepage, LGBT Studies, Women Studies

THE FILMS OF SU FRIEDRICH 6 VOLUME COLLECTION IS NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD FOR ONE LOW COST!

Digitally re-mastered from the original 16mm negatives, this collection of 14 films is essential for every library, media center, as well as women and cinema studies programs.

Since the 1970’s, Friedrich’s skillful mix of experimental narrative and documentary forms, filled with provocative feminist and lesbian themes, has made her a groundbreaking member of the avant-garde film community and a pivotal force in the establishment of Queer Cinema. This collection of DVDs includes the filmmaker’s classic works such as SINK OR SWIM, HIDE AND SEEK, THE TIES THAT BIND, DAMNED IF YOU DON’T, and THE ODDS OF RECOVERY, as well as EIGHT BONUS FILMS.

Special features: Digitally Remastered from the original 16mm negatives, 8 Bonus Films, Multiple Languages (on selected titles), Scene Selections, Filmography, and Production Credits.

For additional information about each of the volumes, please follow the links below:

Volume 1
THE TIES THAT BIND (55 mins, 1984)

A powerful and meditative film on the political responsibility and personal loss as seen through the story of the filmmaker’s mother who grew up in Nazi Germany.

with Bonus Film:

THE LESBIAN AVENGERS EAT FIRE, TOO
co directed with Janet Baus (55 mins, 1993)

This film documents the first year of actions by The Lesbian Avengers, a group of bold and brazen New York City activists fighting for recognition and equal rights for lesbians.


Volume 2
DAMNED IF YOU DON’T (42 mins, 1987)
Friedrich’s subversive and ecstatic response to her Catholic upbringing.

with Bonus Films:

RULES OF THE ROAD (31 mins, 1993)
The story of a lesbian love affair and its eventual demise.

FIRST COMES LOVE (22 mins, 1991)
A sumptuous and deeply felt examination of love and marriage.


Volume 3
SINK OR SWIM (48 mins, 1990)

A contemporary classic and a landmark in autobiographical filmmaking, SINK OR SWIM is an unflinching account of the highly charged relationship between a daughter and her father.

with Bonus Films:

COOL HANDS, WARM HEART (16 mins, 1979)
A study in performance, voyeurism and the spectator. Private acts become public spectacles on a stage in a crowded street as women perform the familiar rituals of daily life.

SCAR TISSUE (6 mins, 1979)
Scar Tissue uses two sets of images–of men and women in midtown Manhattan and is structured so as to reproduce what is essential in the original event but also to undermine the original event.


Volume 4
HIDE AND SEEK (65 mins, 1996)
The story of Lou, a twelve year old girl coming to terms with her budding sexuality in the mid 1960’s.

with Bonus Films:

GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM (14 mins, 1981)
Gently Down the Stream can be described about as easily as you can hold on to a handful of water.

BUT NO ONE (9 mins, 1982)
The visual material of But No One corresponds to the waking world of the filmmaker, but it is cast in the form of a dream.


Volume 5
THE ODDS OF RECOVERY (65 mins, 2002)
Friedrich turns the camera on herself as a way to analyze her chances for a happier, healthier life.

with Bonus Film:

THE HEAD OF A PIN (21 mins, 2004)
The Head of a Pin reveals the awkward ruminations of the filmmaker and her friends as they attempt to learn about nature.


Volume 6
SEEING RED (27 minutes, 2005)
In this, one of her most deeply personal films to date, Friedrich takes a look back at her evolution both as a woman and as an artist, tackling her own insecurities via several on-camera diary entries.


Reviews

“Su Friedrich is a disciplined and highly skilled filmmaker who teaches school (film and video production at Princeton, to be precise) and has a curriculum vitae of honors, awards, foundation grants, festival entries, one-person shows, and retrospective screenings at Modernist temples appropriate to an artist of her station.” Tom Sutpen, Bright Lights Film Journal

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“As stated on its website,  ‘Children of Srikandi’ is the first film by queer women about queer women from Indonesia.  In addition to the crucial issues addressed… the transnational collaborative processes should be underlined as they would potentially lead to more affiliations and exchanges on gender and sexuality issues in a wider cinematic and social landscape.”

“The film’s tagline, ‘breaking the code of silence,’ is not an overstatement since silence was (and is still) pervasive. Hence, despite the limited space for exploration, the filmmakers have courageously presented their views on various issues, ranging from the memory of growing up as queer, the tension with their families and religion, and confining labels given in the society (as well as within their own lesbian circles). The value of ‘Children of Srikandi’ lies in its process, of ‘coming out’ as a collective, and within it filmmakers help one another as actors and collaborators.”Intan Paramaditha, Pacific Affairs: Volume 86, No. 4 – December 2013

“Intercut with evocative Indonesian shadow theatre and poetic stories, ‘Children of Srikandi’ is a poignant film which explores gender, sexuality, class and religiosity through the voices of queer women in Indonesia. Using the mythological figure of Srikandi as a beacon for transgendered people we are reminded of the fluidity of gender through art and compelling personal narratives.” Nandini Sikand, Assistant Professor, Lafayette College, Film and Media Studies

“’Children of Srikandi’ is the exact film that should emerge from contemporary queer Indonesia, where homosexuality is technically legal yet remains taboo. With its eight chapters each shot in a different mode, by eight different first-time filmmakers, but connected through the traditional wayang kulit (shadow theater), ‘Children of Srikandi’ creatively and articulately engages the complexity and dynamism of Indonesians’ attitudes toward questions of gender, sexuality, kinship, and embodiment.” Brian Bergen-Aurand Assistant Professor English and Film School of Humanities and Social Sciences Nanyang Technological University

“This film gives a unique and moving insight into the lives and dreams of members of one of the most abjected groups in Indonesia, young lesbian women. Telling their own stories, of love and pain, they demonstrate their courage and perseverance.” Saskia Wieringa, University of Amsterdam

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More Reviews Damned If You Don’t

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“Rules of the Road”

“…the light, almost whimsical tone of the film should not blind us to the part of it that is irreducibly personal. Station wagons are everywhere; everybody’s got a sad love story. But only one filmmaker, to my knowledge, has Su Friedrich’s eye….With Rules of the Road, she creates a film like a perfect short story.” Stuart Klawans, THE NATION

“A study of the kind of separation anxiety that never makes it to the therapist, a funeral parade for a love that gets comically, and ironically, stuck in traffic.” Susan Gerhard, SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

“First Comes Love”

“Friedrich is able to convey a very complicated range of emotions with incredible precision. You want to get married, you’re freaked out by marriage. Gay or straight, you’re blown away!”Sarah Schulman, Author, After Delores

“Throughout, Friedrich keeps a gracious distance, building a critique that doesn’t patronize the very real, very naked emotion she captures. A virtuoso of clarity, Friedrich recasts the personal as political, makes the public curiously intimate.”Manohla Dargis, THE VILLAGE VOICE

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More Reviews The Odds of Recovery

More Reviews – The Odds of Recovery

“Over the years, Friedrich has blazed a path for a different kind of filmmaking—and a different kind of filmgoing experience. Lyrical, poetic, passionate and innovative, Friedrich’s films are among the most rewarding cinematic delicacies you’ll ever find.”Jenni Olson, Bay Area Reporter

“…the deft interplay of voices, words and images creates a steady accretion of metaphors and insights that are sharp and multilayered. While Friedrich effectively critiques Western medicine and demonstrates exhilarating filmmaking skills, its true achievement is as self-portraiture, boldly revealing a woman in all her difficult, naked complexity.” Holly Willis, LA Weekly

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