Communities as Classrooms
Communities as Classrooms profiles an educational experiment in participatory democracy at four schools in El Salvador that can serve as a model here in the US – where viewers see students become actively engaged in solving problems in their own communities, not as an extra-curricular activity, but as part of learning math, language, writing and other basic educational skills – skills they see as necessary to solving the issues their communities face.
The acclaimed global affairs series Great Decisions in Foreign Policy 900s returns this season featuring 8 half-hour narrated documentaries on the critical global issues facing America today and a Great Decisions Special–America’s Diplomats (one-hour).
Jazzy Vegetarian 601-613 (NEW)
Laura Theodore is back for a Sixth Season with new guests, delicious recipes from around the globe, and lots of “food with fun” in a brand new kitchen. Chef Laura Theodore, better known to fans as the “Jazzy Vegetarian,” shares scrumptious plant-based recipes from a Bollywood Kitchen Supper to a Tex-Mex Menu. Theodore with help from celebrity guests like top Broadway choreographer Chase Brock shows viewers how to cook healthful, tasty vegan food for family and friends.
Job Centered Learning
Economists, business owners, and labor leaders have raised alarm about a rising skills gap in the United States between the jobs that are available and those with the skills needed to fill them. Job Centered Learning, a very timely one hour produced by award winning filmmaker Bob Gliner, takes a critical look at the wide range of career education some schools are offering – masonry, fashion design, forensic science, welding, aquaculture, culinary arts, aircraft maintenance, animal husbandry – and the different forms they take in California, Arizona, and Massachusetts as representative of models in states across the country.
New Environmentalists From Guatemala to the Congo
The newest in the Mill Valley Film Group’s EmmyAward-winning series featuring inspiring portraits of six passionate and dedicated activists who share a common goal – safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from exploitation and pollution, while fighting for justice in their own communities.
New Environmentalists Series
Compilation of Mill Valley Film Group’s EmmyAward-winning programs with two virtually brand new programs featuring inspiring portraits of passionate and dedicated activists who share a common goal – safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from exploitation and pollution, while fighting for justice in their own communities.
Otherwise It’s Just Firewood
In a feat of musical extreme sports, violinist Daniel Hoffman has just one week to learn to play Irish fiddle with master fiddler James Kelly in County Clare, Ireland, and then to perform with Kelly in concert. Hoffman’s attempt to achieve the impossible and his encounters with Irish philosophers, musicians, and dancers reveals unexpected secrets about himself and Ireland.
Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy
Robert Bly is arguably the leading champion of poetry of the last half-century. Bly’s boundless curiosity and belief that poetry matters in the life of a nation has often put him on the front lines of cultural debate. Documentary recounts Bly’s singular path from farmer’s son on a wintry Minnesota farm to radical anti-Vietnam War activist to working with Joseph Campbell and translating such mystics as Rumi.
Thomas Paine’s To Begin the World Over Again
Riveting theatrical play filled with intelligence and wit. All the triumphs and tragedies of Thomas Paine’s life are in this film of the acclaimed one-man play To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine, shot in front of a live audience at the Lillian Theatre, Hollywood. Thomas Paine, a man largely forgotten and greatly misunderstood, is ironically quoted by all and every political faction in America today. Yet his ideas about democracy, equality, slavery, pensions, healthcare, education and morality would have created a very different kind of nation if they had been acted on.
Too Soon To Forget: The Journey of Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease
Features nine families from a variety of backgrounds who share their stories and common experiences, from loneliness and isolation to the adjustments and healing power of community.
A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea
A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea: Off the shores of New England, in a region steeped in old maritime tradition, comes a modern wave of big ships, energy industries, and a changing climate, now testing the limits of an already crowded sea. But in a pioneering trial of far-sighted planning—pushed by blueprints for offshore wind energy—old residents and new are both coming together to keep their ocean and livelihoods alive.
The Adventists 2
Tells the little-known story of the Seventh-day Adventists’ medical mission work around the world and their more than century-old commitment to provide health and healing in some of the most remote regions on earth. It is filmed in Haiti, Brazil, China, Africa, Peru and the Dominican Republic.
A film about the body-mind-spirit connections of Seventh-day Adventists, an American-born faith with some of the nation’s leading health care facilities, a membership living 8-10 years longer than their neighbors, and a belief in the near “Second Coming.”
Barefoot College, a new documentary from Producer Bob Gliner (Schools That Change Communities, Lessons From the Real World, Democracy Left Behind), that examines a unique community based education program in rural India. While seemingly far removed from the American experience, it offers telling lessons for how the current debate around educational reform might be focused and curriculum transformed in the US.
“I swore I’d never tell.” Glenn Kulik’s heart-wrenching yet inspiring story about childhood sexual abuse, his emergence from keeping the secret and struggles to overcome the trauma.
Cafeteria Man shows what’s possible to change the way kids eat at school. Tony Geraci, food-service director for Baltimore’s public schools, leads the charge to replace pre-plated, processed foods with locally-grown, freshly-prepared meals. “If Tony makes this happen here the way he wants to, I think you’ll see this happening all over the country,” says best-selling author and food activist Michael Pollan in the film.
A magical one-hour glimpse into the conception and installation of Dale Chihuly’s artistic outside work. The most comprehensive of all the Chihuly documentaries, this brand new program focuses on his outdoor and landscape installations.
Christmas on the Danube
Christmas on the Danube is a true holiday treat that will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart, and provide your mind with geography and history, as well. Traveling the majestic Danube river, it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture.
Coastal Dune Lakes (July 2015)
Coastal Dune Lakes features the coastal dune lakes of northwest Florida which are home to many diverse species. Viewers journey with filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus to see what makes these lakes unique and how they are being protected.
Coexist reveals an unprecedented experiment in government mandated reconciliation following the genocide in Rwanda. Through the stories of people who committed murder and those who survived, viewers will hear inspirational stories of forgiveness and the challenges former enemies encounter in the face of unimaginable pain.
European Christmas Markets
Discover Europe’s Christmas Markets, where the medieval town squares or narrow cobblestone streets come alive with festively decorated wooden stalls offering a cornucopia of treats and delights, as we travel to towns in Germany, France and Switzerland accompanied by the Kingston Trio’s special folk arrangements of Christmas carols.
Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee
Bear biologist Joe Guthrie, conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, photojournalist Carlton Ward Jr., and filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus trekked from the Everglades National Park to Okefenokee National Forest in southern Georgia. The team traversed the wildlife habitats, watersheds and participating working farms and ranches, which comprise the Florida Wildlife Corridor opportunity area.
Great Decisions in Foreign Policy 401-408
The award-winning series — recommended by the New York Times — returns to the airwaves with a brand new format as it frames the most important foreign policy questions of the year.
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Growing Up Green
Growing Up Green showcases a unique statewide effort in Michigan where for the first time, rural and urban schools spanning a broad and diverse population base aim school reform around the environments students inhabit hoping this groundbreaking work can serve as a model for changing the way public education is practiced in the US.
Gumbo Gang on Boogie Bayou
Gumbo Gang on Boogie Bayouis a transmedia platform for four to seven year old children and their families created to address the obesity and diabetes epidemic by educating them about the positive outcomes of diet and exercise on health. The animations, web site, outreach materials and traveling exhibit focus on increasing physical activity and modeling good nutrition choices – all to a Cajun beat.
Hey Kids, Let’s Cook! 301-308
A children’s cooking show like no other. Delights child and adult alike as it entertains and teaches.
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Hockey: More Than a Game
HOCKEY: MORE THAN A GAME celebrates the spirit, traditions and compelling stories behind one of the fastest and most challenging sports in the world.
Jazzy Vegetarian 501-513
Jazzy Vegetarian returns with a new set, new guests, and plenty of quick and easy recipes. From Sunday Brunch to a Garden-Fresh Dinner, “Taste” award winning host Laura Theodore—with help from celebrity guests like Lidia Bastianich—shows viewers how to cook healthy, delicious vegan food for family and friends.
Jazzy Vegetarian 401-413
Jazzy Vegetarian is back, full of celebrity guests and celebratory meals. Award-winning host Laura Theodore–with help from celebrity guests like Ed Begley Jr.–
shows viewers how to cook easy, great-tasting vegetarian food for family and friends.
Jazzy Vegetarian 301-313
Jazzy Vegetarian returns for Season 3. Host Laura Theodore highlights her delicious and easy-to-prepare plant-based recipes, inspired by classic favorite American dishes. Menus include: shish kebabs, burger and fries, ‘spaghetti and ‘wheatballs,’ along with decadent desserts like blueberry ‘cheeze-cake’ and black forest pecan pie.
Journey to a Miracle
Award-winning documentary that showcases a game-changing medical breakthrough in diabetes and the heartwarming stories of three families who experience the treatment as miraculous. The inspiring hour documentary weaves together the stories of brilliant scientists with grateful families who had hoped for a diabetes treatment without the negative effects of insulin, and who have received this new treatment in the form of a simple pill. The discovery has been written about in such prestigious journals as the New York Times, New England Journal of Medicine and the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Forecast.
Kissimmee Basin: The Northern Everglades
Travel with filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus along the Kissimmee River and surrounding regions. Meet the “Keepers of the Land” and experience a “sense of place” in the vast open spaces in the cattle country of Florida’s private and public lands.
Learning from El Salvador
Learning from El Salvador is a new one-hour documentary from award-winning producer Bob Gliner that presents a very timely look at a little understood yet important Central American nation in transition.
Light of the Valley: The 15th Renovation of Swayambhu
Light of the Valley presents the inspiring story of the 15th renovation of the Swayambu Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal, recognized as one of the most important monuments in the Buddhist world. Renowned for its great antiquity and spiritual significance, this historic site has been worshiped continuously through the centuries by the people of Nepal and Tibet. It remains a focus of daily offerings, prayers and ceremonies today.
A Mind in Quicksand: A Life with Huntington’s
Poignant doc about Kim Lile’s slowly coming to terms with her Huntington’s Disease diagnosis and her new reality that portrays her determination, challenges and personal experience.
An inspiring voyage to coral reefs, seaports and watersheds across the country, where unlikely allies-farmers, shippers, scientists, fishermen and conservationists-are working together to sustain the sea and our ocean economies.
Schools That Change Communities
Schools That Change Communities is a unique, engaging documentary that turns the current focus of education on its head. While most US schools keep their students bottled up in classrooms as a way of increasing their test scores, this very upbeat special focuses on a diverse range of K-12 public schools in five states that instead break down the walls between the school and its neighborhood. By viewing their surroundings as classrooms, students are not only invigorated, but also more motivated to learn the basics and how to think critically about solving problems they and the larger world they inhabit now face.
NY Times. Huffington Post, Onion. There’s an almost daily article about worker coops. Shift Change tells the little known stories of employee owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.
Navajo veterans of beautiful Canyon de Chelly, AZ have served as Code Talkers in WWII, Army Rangers in Viet Nam and most recently in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, their dedication and courage in battle has not protected them when they return home. Viewers will see how strong women, traditional healing and western talk therapy are helping these warriors return.
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