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Here’s a trailer for Ken Burns' latest documentary, Dust Bowl, about the lives of those who lived through the Great Plains dust storms of 1930’s America. “[Dust Bowl] is an American story,” says Burns, “about how there are no ordinary people, and how some of the anonymous among us lead incredible lives.”
Legendary civil rights activist Angela Davis is the subject of a new documentary, Free Angela & All Political Prisoners, which is premiering at TIFF 2012. Free Angela & All Political Prisoners, directed by Shola Lynch, details her very-public incarceration in 1970, features some of the first public interviews ever given by Davis, and touches on contentious issues surrounding gun control, freedom of speech, and racial prejudice.
Public space artist and Lavin speaker Candy Chang is one of the featured experts in Gary Hustwit’s film Urbanized, which the New York Times calls a “fascinating, idea-packed new documentary” that surveys “both the challenges and promises facing some of the world’s important cities.” You can see Candy in this trailer, at 1:05, applying a sticker from her “I Wish This Was…” project to an abandoned storefront window.
Innovation speaker Jeremy Gutsche and our friends at Trend Hunter are the subjects of this fast-paced mini documentary (just over two minutes long!) that traces their meteoric rise, and, not incidentally, showcases their very cool offices and staff in Toronto.
The trailer for Moneyball, above. This week, in New York magazine, Brad Pitt talks about how he “quickly became obsessed” with playing Billy Beane, the stats-crunching GM of the Oakland A’s who is the subject of both Moneyball the book and the movie.
I saw it as a story about justice. How is a team with a $40 million payroll going to compete with a team with a $140 million payroll? Any talent they grow is going to get poached by the rich teams. That became really interesting to me.
The chilling new Steven Soderbergh movie,Contagion, about the spread of a lethal airborne pandemic, stars Oscar winners Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, and Marion Cotillard. Pandemic speaker Nathan Wolfe—a renowned biologist and virus hunter whose book, The Viral Storm, is out this fall—served as a technical advisor to the film.