LADDIE: THE MAN BEHIND THE MOVIES
2017, 84 min, Dir: Amanda Ladd-Jones

Alan Ladd Jr., known to friends and colleagues as Laddie, is the understated studio chief and Oscar-winning producer behind STAR WARS, ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER, CHARIOTS OF FIRE, POLICE ACADEMY, BRAVEHEART, THE OMEN, THELMA AND LOUISE, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, GONE BABY GONE and a staggering 154 more. During his 50-year career garnering 50 Academy Award wins and over 150 nominations, Laddie worked with world-famous filmmakers and actors (many of whom became household names on his watch) and brought to life some of the most influential films of our time. In this new documentary, Amanda Ladd-Jones endeavors to better understand her father - to see him not just as “Dad” or a man who spent the majority of her childhood at the office but the way his collaborators do: as a doyen of modern American cinema.


CLIMATE WARRIORS
2018, fechnerMEDIA,, 86 min, Dir: Carl-A. Fechner, Nicolai Niemann

This inspiring documentary on activism and energy transition presents people from diverse backgrounds fighting the adverse and devastating effects of climate change on our planet. These climate warriors are well aware that energy production and consumption must change soon to preserve the environment and foster human rights. Raising voices of resistance to lobbyists and inhuman social realities, advocates on both sides of the Atlantic offer solutions with cutting-edge technologies and inspiring activism. From victims of pollution to kid activists and revolutionary politicians including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bernie Sanders, the engaging personalities of CLIMATE WARRIORS motivate viewers to join the movement and point the way toward a livable future for everyone.


NEVER-ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI
2018, GKIDS, 70 min, Dir: Kaku Arakawa

In 2013, film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he couldn’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor, his first project ever to utilize CGI. But the artist, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The film even faces the danger of being canceled. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This documentary goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film using CGI.


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