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The Last First Comic

TRT:90MINS•Language:ENGLISH•nGenre:DOCUMENTARY•nDirected by:JOHN C. BROWN& BART WILLIAMS•nWritten by:BART WILLIAMS Starring:IRVING BENSON, LILLIAN BENSON, SUZANNE CHARNEY
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.

88 Days in the Motherlode: Mark Twain Finds His Voice

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.

Burma: A Human Tragedy

BURMA: A HUMAN TRAGEDY
Year Completed: 2011

TRT: 85 mins

Country of Origin: USA

Language: ENGLISH/ BURMESE (With Subtitles)

Genre: DOCUMENTARY

Directed by NEIL HOLLANDER

Executive Produced by
ANJELICA HUSTON
SABRINA CHEN LOUIE
MICHELLE YEOH

Narrated by
ANJELICA HUSTON

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In this harrowing documentary the brutal regime of the military Junta in Burma is fully exposed. Through interviews with refugees, survivors and Burma’s democratically elected president and Peace Nobel Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the terrifying landscape of an ongoing genocide of the ethnic minorities that flies in the face of international law comes horribly alive. Filmed surreptitiously and under constant life threatening conditions, Burma – A Human Tragedy offers a rare glimpse into the systematic human extermination that has gone pretty much ignored.WARNING: EXTREME CARNAGE AND MUTILATION SHOWN.

Jocking Around

JOCKING AROUND
Year Completed: 2007

TRT: 85 MINS

Country of Origin: USA

Language: ENGLISH

Genre: DOCUMENTARY SPORTS COMEDY

Directed by
JAMES DUDELSON

Cast (as themselves)
TOM ARNOLD
MARC SUMMERS
BRUCE JENNER
JANET EVANS
FRED WILLIAMSON
(and over 20 more)

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The best athletes in the world, both active and retired, ranging from Gold Medal Olympians to World Series Champions, recount their personal favorite humorous anecdotes from their careers. These candid stories offer an insightful and entertaining glimpse into the otherwise private world of some of the world’s greatest and most celebrated athletes.