PARIS TO PITTSBURGH
2018, National Geographic, 76 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Beaumont, Michael Bonfiglio

Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future - and the Trump administration’s explosive decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement – this new documentary captures what’s at stake for communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding. Spotlighting the cities, states, businesses and citizens taking action, the new documentary explores the very real social and economic impacts of climate change-fueled disasters, from America’s heartland to the nation’s coastlines. Narrated by Emmy-winning actress and activist Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), the film features local leaders as well as everyday Americans presenting the stories behind climate-related recovery and resiliency, as well as tireless innovative efforts to reduce carbon emissions, including boomtowns formerly reliant on coal such as Pittsburgh, now a city committed to energy efficiency.


AUTISM GOES TO COLLEGE
2019, Rogue Art Films, 64 min, USA, Dir: Erik Linthorst

Autism Spectrum Disorder affects as many as 1.9% of college students; for those who are capable of the academic work, getting in is easy enough - but navigating college on the spectrum can be challenging in many ways. From deciding which school will be the best fit, to interactions with professors and peers, facing roommate situations, handling money, homesickness, finding work, overcoming setbacks and staying on track to graduate, these students come up against all the aspects of college life students typically encounter. This documentary follows five students on the autism spectrum who take us on campus and into their lives to see how they’re doing at college. Packed with insights for student, parents and educators, AUTISM GOES TO COLLEGE offers a first look at what a growing number of neurodiverse students are bringing to campus.


HUGH HEFNER’S AFTER DARK: SPEAKING OUT IN AMERICA
2018, 101 min, Canada, Dir: Brigitte Berman

, 2018, 101 min. Dir. . From the Oscar-winning director of ARTIE SHAW: TIME IS ALL YOU’VE GOT comes this remarkable documentary of one of America’s most influential and controversial cultural icons, Hugh Hefner. In addition to its considered portrait of Hefner as a man of his times who also transcended them, this film features an incredible array of archival footage from his landmark TV series “Playboy's Penthouse” (1959-60) and “Playboy After Dark” (1968-70). Along with martinis and bonhomie, Hef’s shows offered cultural and political insight from luminaries such as Lenny Bruce, Dick Gregory and Gore Vidal, as well as sensational live musical performances by Nina Simone, Joan Baez, Steppenwolf, Ray Charles and Sammy Davis Jr. “An illuminating glimpse at a time when Hugh Hefner was on the cultural cutting edge.” - Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter.


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