This is a fine exploration of the impact of an unwanted pregnancy on a 20-something woman in Brooklyn. It's funny, crude, and deep enough to be meaningful and memorable. Importantly, it is entertaining as well.
aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female
twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable
brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking
about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old
underwear. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job, and finds herself
pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky
waters of independent adulthood for the first time. As she grapples
with an uncertain financial future, an unwanted pregnancy, and a
surprising new suitor, Donna begins to discover that the most terrifying
thing about adulthood isn’t facing it all on her own.
THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the
over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to
alcohol and other drugs.
Historically, intense social stigma and discrimination have
kept recovery voices silent. Mass media depictions of people with addiction
have filled this vacuum, reinforcing stereotypes about people with a
preventable and treatable health condition. There are over 23 million Americans
in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. They, their family
members, friends and allies are building a grass roots social justice movement.
Courageous addiction recovery advocates have come out of the shadows and are
organizing to end discrimination and the criminalization of addiction, and
advance recovery-based solutions.
With the release of The Anonymous People documentary film,
Faces & Voices of Recovery and our partners are collaborating to launch a
new campaign, MANYFACES-1VOICE.ORG to engage and mobilize the newly emerging
constituency to transform public attitudes and policies affecting people
seeking or in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Whether
behind the scenes or on the front line, every recovery voice is needed.
Lee Tamahori's (Along Came a Spider) powerful adaptation of author Alan
Duff's best-selling novel centers on the troubled life of a Maori
family crippled by poverty, bigotry, alcoholism and domestic violence.
Rena Owen stars as Beth Heke, a beleaguered mother who struggles to care
for her three children while battling the demons of her erratic, often
violent husband, Jake (Temuera Morrison). 103 minutes
In 2009 the young Eluana Englaro
because of an incident remains in a coma. The girl is deemed incurable
and therefore the parents opt to commit an act of euthanasia for their
daughter; but in Italy it isn't a legal to do this particular process,
for which the Church and politics are hurled ruthlessly against the
parents of Eluana. In the mean time some episodes occur among
acquaintances of the girl, a young woman decides to kill herself wanting
to ingest a massive dose of heroin, but she is persuaded to stop by a
nurse; while a member of the political government of Berlusconi refuses to align himself with the party and plans to vote against a bill that will make euthanasia illegal.
Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an
American street photographer born in New York City. Although born in the U.S.,
it was in France that Maier spent most of her youth. Maier returned to the U.S.
in 1951 where she took up work as a nanny and care-giver for the rest of her
life. In her leisure however, Maier had begun to venture into the art of
photography. Consistently taking photos over the course of five decades, she
would ultimately leave over 100,000 negatives, most of them shot in Chicago and
New York City. Vivian would further indulge in her passionate devotion to documenting
the world around her through homemade films, recordings and collections,
assembling one of the most fascinating windows into American life in the second
half of the twentieth century.
This documentary is a portrait of a fascinating and reclusive woman. She is, perhaps, the Emily Dickenson of street photography.
What is aging in Sam Berns, is aging in all of us. But in Sam’s body,
the process is rapidly accelerated. When Sam was diagnosed with progeria
at age two, his parents, Dr. Leslie Gordon and Dr. Scott Berns refused
to accept that they would lose their son by age 13, the average age of
death of a child with this disease. Eleven years later, Sam is 13 and
his parents’ incredible race to save their son, has led to testing the
first experimental drug that might prolong the lives of Sam and 28 other
children from around the world that share this disease. Their
discoveries may one day shed light on unlocking the aging process in us
all. Life According to Sam is an inspiring film about the power of
family and how we make the most of our lives in the time we are given.
Sam Berns died at age 17 on January 10, 2014. See: Sam Berns/C2S.
This is an HBO film. I will try to find out how to obtain a copy. Not available on NetFlix yet.
Netflix:Loosely based on true events, this drama follows Ron Woodroof, who
refuses to accept he'll die in 30 days when he's diagnosed with AIDS in
1986. He extends his life and eventually helps many other AIDS patients
by smuggling medications from abroad.
From the Web: A son of Texas, Ron Woodroof is an electrician and rodeo cowboy.
In 1985, he is well into an unexamined existence with a devil-may-care
lifestyle. Suddenly, Ron is blindsided by being diagnosed as
H.I.V.-positive and given 30 days to live. Yet he will not, and does
not, accept a death sentence. His crash
course of research reveals a lack of approved treatments and
medications in the U.S., so Ron crosses the border into Mexico. There,
he learns about alternative treatments and begins smuggling them into
the U.S., challenging the medical and scientific community including his
concerned physician, Dr. Eve Saks. An outsider to the gay community,
Ron finds an unlikely ally in fellow AIDS patient Rayon, a transsexual
who shares Ron's lust for life. Rayon also shares Ron's entrepreneurial
spirit: seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling
non-approved medicines and supplements, they establish a "buyers club,"
where H.I.V.-positive people pay monthly dues for access to the newly
acquired supplies. Deep in the heart of Texas, Ron's pioneering
underground collective beats loud and strong. With a growing community
of friends and clients, Ron fights for dignity, education, and
acceptance. In the years following his diagnosis, the embattled Lone
Star loner lives life to the fullest like never before. (2013. 117 minutes)
DJE: The Dallas Buyers Club highlights the roadblocks the FDA placed for
patients to get needed care and the greed of PhRMA and many physician
"researchers" who benefited from the drugs they were developing.