100 Years of Hollywood: Carl Laemmle and Universal Studios
The year is 1912. Seeking refuge from Thomas Edison’s aggressive patent-enforcement tactics, a Chicago-based film producer named Carl Laemmle sets up operation in the rural Californian sanctuary of Hollywoodland. Laemmle’s life and work are the subject of this program, especially his creation of Universal Studios (originally the Universal Film Manufacturing Company) and the famous names and productions which emerged from that company. Interviews feature Carla Laemmle, niece of the mogul; Sarah Karloff and Bela Lugosi, Jr., children of famed Hollywood actors; composer Howard Shore; actor John Malkovich; and director Peter Bogdanovich. Archival excerpts and historical insights shed new light on Dracula (1931), Phantom of the Opera (1925), All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), and other film classics.
Maria Finitzo's sociological portrait 5 Girls observes the challenges, travails, hopes, dreams, and triumphs of five Chicago-area teenage girls over the course of a four-year high school tenure.
Directed by Martha Shane, Lana Wilson Institutional Version
A film by Carlos Hernando
Al Franken: God Spoke
The documentary Al Franken: God Spoke follows the comedian-turned-pundit as he goes about his daily business. Through the course of the film, Franken discusses his transformation from comedy to politics, and discusses his ambitions.
Alaa Al Aswany
Part of the Series : The Word and the Bomb: Writing in the Age of Terror
Alan Paton: A Profile
After years of apartheid, open elections were finally held in South Africa in the 1980s. Alan Paton, anti-apartheid activist and author of the internationally acclaimed novel, Cry the Beloved Country, played a major role in freeing his nation from the yoke of institutionalized prejudice.
Directed by Peter Sanders