Documentaries

GROWING UP GRIZZLY
Year: August 27, 2001
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About: Although short, 47 minutes, Growing Up Grizzly is packed with scenes showing Doug and Lynne Seus working and playing with their grizzlies, Bart, Little Bart, Honey-Bump, and Tank. Little Bart and Honey-Bump’s first year of life, which even includes home movies of the Alaska state trouper who first adopted the two tiny orphans, is the spotlight of this film, but ample space is given to Bart the Bear (of movie fame, and who died during filming) and Tank, grizzly star of Doctor Dolittle 2. For better or for worse, Brad Pitt’s narration and cameo appearance are minimal.

FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM: REVOLUTION & CIVIL WAR
YEAR: 2003
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About: Freedom is the overarching theme of America’s history. It is what has drawn countless human being here from around the world, and it is what generations of American men and women have lived and dies for. “Fighting for Freedom” tells the story of the forging place of American — the Revolutionary War. As that costly war unfolded, it came to be said that American freedom was “born in revolution.” But if America was founded on the promise of a land in which all persons might be free, there was from the start a glaring contradiction: slavery. Slavery undermined America’s “experiment in freedom,” and the Civil War it spawned could be resolved by nothing less than all-out war.

RX FOR SURVIVAL – A GLOBAL HEALTH CHALLENGE
Year: 2005
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About: At the dawn of the 21st century, the health of the world is at a critical crossroads. Malaria, tuberculosis, and other diseases virtually eliminated from
developed countries routinely claim millions of lives in developing nations. More than 40 new or emergent diseases like Ebola fever, SARS, West Nile virus, and avian flu have appeared within the last 30 years. Strains of “superbugs” resistant to our best drugs mystify modern medicine, while HIV/AIDS still lacks a vaccine and continues to ravage the world.

E2: DESIGN (season 1)
Year: 2006
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About: The inaugural season, introducing viewers to the burgeoning sustainability movement among architects and designers worldwide. Episodes explore: the rise of sustainable skyscrapers and apartment towers in New York; community-based sustainable construction in Sonora, Mexico and Austin, Texas; the promotion of green building practices by Chicago’s city government; recycling construction waste from Boston’s “Big Dig” project; China’s determination to improve its building practices, and the global ecological risk it poses if it does not; and the environmental leadership of three extraordinary architects — Kenneth Yeang, William McDonough and Werner Sobek.

E2: DESIGN (Season 2)
Year: 2007
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About: Global in scope and comprising six 30-minute chapters filmed in HD, the second season of e2: Design features the designers and drivers of change in the world of sustainable architecture. Equal parts visual style and storytelling acumen, each episode explores the potential of the built environment to help turn around our global climate crisis.

E2: DESIGN (Season 3)
Year: 2008
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About: Season Three of e2: Design features six more episodes of innovative Design. Learn how designers created green spaces in the urban jungle of Cairo, are fighting to rebuild the devastated 9th ward of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and are creating architecture out of junked tires and appliances in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Each episode presents unique design challenges and triumphs which represent true innovation.

E2: TRANSPORT
Year: 2009
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About: Global in scope and comprised of six 30-minute chapters filmed in HD, e2 Transport examines sustainable transportation alternatives with potentially far-reaching effects. This ongoing series explores real solutions to pressing environmental and social challenges, presented with a combination of compelling storytelling, proactive cinematography and emotive original music.

IF GOD IS WILLING AND DA CREEK DON’T RISE
Year: August 23, 2010
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About: In 2006, director Spike Lee created an astonishing record of the cataclysmic effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans with his epic award-winning documentary, When the Levees Broke. Five years later, Lee returns to New Orleans, to see how the ambitious plans to reinvent the Crescent City were playing out. He finds a patchwork of hope and heartache just as a new disaster unfolds. The four-hour documentary is a continuation of the heart-rending story of destruction and rebirth of America’s most unique city.

HITTING THE APEX
Year: 2015
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About: The story of six fighters – six of the fastest motorcycle racers the world has ever seen – and of the fates that awaited them at the peak of the sport. It is the story of what is at stake for all of them: all that can be won and all that can be lost when you go chasing glory at over 200mph – on a motorcycle.

VOYAGE OF TIME: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE
Year: October 07, 2016
As: Narrator
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About: This documentary examines the origins of the universe, including the beginning of life on Earth.

THE BIG UNEASY
Year: August 30, 2010
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About: Follows three remarkable people–the leaders of two scientific investigation teams, and one whistleblower–as they reveal the true story of why New Orleans flooded.

JOHN LEWIS: CELEBRATING A HERO
Year: August 04, 2020
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About: Primetime special honoring the late civil rights leader John Lewis, featuring live musical performances and segments that examine his life, his work and the principles that guided him.