February 2016 / 4 posts found
At age 101, comic Irving Benson stands alone as the oldest living link to an uniquely American art form – Burlesque. For more than half a century, Irv was a “first comic.” He was the contemporary of great funny-men like Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Phil Silvers, and Jackie Gleason.nnAnd now, Irv’s the last one left. nnIrving headlines a cast of fellow veteran Burlesque and Vaudeville performers. Together with a team of theatre historians, they uncover the roots of American comedy and take us inside the colorful world of the Burlesque show.
A young California surfer has to grow up in a hurry when he is thrown into a Peruvian political prison in 1980. Based on a true story.
TRT: 90 mins • Country of Origin: USA• Language: ENGLISH • Genre: DOCUMENTARY • Produced by:JOHN C. BROWN• BERT SIMONIS•n
n the fall of 1864 Samuel Clemens felt that he was a failure. Recently fired from a newspaper job he didn’t like anyway, he had failed as a gold miner, a silver miner, a lumber baron, a soldier and by now he was destitute. He couldn’t pay for his room and board and was living off his landlady. He posted $500 bail for a friend, Steve Gillis, with money he didn’t have, and Gillis skipped town. Stuck in San Francisco without options, he considered suicide as his only way out. nThat is, until Jim Gillis, Steve’s older brother, offered him a sanctuary. He suggested Clemens join he and fellow gold miners at Gillis’ small cabin in the Sierra Nevada foothills. And the rest is history.nIncluded are interviews with scholars familiar with the ‘Western’ Mark Twain and rare photographs from the archives of the Tuolumne County Historical Society and the University of California Bancroft Library Mark Twain Project.
Welcome to the small swampy town of Jerome, Louisiana where it’s graduation time for the High School Class of 1959. But on the last day of school, five unfortunate students surprisingly learn that they have failed their final English essay and are facing summer school. Luckily, their teacher graciously gives these five students from different cliques (the jock, the girl next door, the nerd, the easy girl, and the cool guy) a second chance if they work together over the weekend to complete one final project of their own choice.n nDespite the conflicts among the group, they are inspired by a 1950’s horror classic to spend the evening alone at a secluded farm to write their own horror story. But crazy circumstances and bad weather intervene resulting in their discovery of an old, mysterious and vacant church deep in the South Louisiana swamp. It is here where nothing seems to make sense and where each is forced to face their biggest fears.n n’1959′ is a feature-length, Alfred Hitchcock style psychological thriller with modern day horror and thrills filmed entirely within southern parishes of the eerie, yet beautiful landscape of South Louisiana, USA.