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A Work in Progress: A Short Film by Wes Ball


A work in progress by Wes BallA Work in Progress: A Short Film was created by Wes Ball from Florida State University. His film combines both the worlds of traditional live-action and computer generated animations. The movie is a short journey into the vivid imagination of a lonely girl as she tries to make new friends. Using her imagination she tells the story of a bear that longs for a friend, and tries to find various ways to amuse his acquaintances.



Hope, a film by Luna MediaThis short animated film is a story of native American prophecy. It is the story of mankind, heading down the wrong path, with the hope we will one day find the path of peace and love.

“Hope” is a unique and powerful film with a message of peace for the future. Combining animation, archival footage and live action, in a multi-layered non-linear story, the film brings the viewer on a fascinating journey through human existence. ‘Hope’ is shaped around the knowledge and ideas of Willy Whitefeather, a man in his sixties of Cherokee ancestry, a storyteller, healer, survivalist and an individual of wisdom and heart.

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Call Center: A Hilarious Short Film on Outsourcing


Call Center the MovieThe rise of free trade, globalization, and outsourcing are affecting the daily lives of millions of Americans. This short film is a humorous introduction to the people on the other end. In a world where technology can be your best ally or your worst enemy. Help is just a single call away.  A call to the Call Center! 

If you like this film you can visit the filmmakers web site, buy a copy of the DVD, or just make a donation.

Stunning ‘Il Trittico’ delights opera fans


Douglas W. Schmidt’s set model for Il TabarroA stunning performance of Giacomo Puccini’s complete three-act Il Trittico played to a near capacity crowd at Green Hills Mall in Nashville Saturday, a high-definition big screen broadcast of the New York Metropolitan Opera Live from Lincoln Center. Maestro James Levine conducted.

First performed in 1918, Il Trittico is actually three distinct one-act operas, two heart-wrenching tragedies followed by a light-hearted look at living, dying and “the will.”

The opening segment, Il Tabarro, unfolds its tragedy in the form of a lovers triangle — with the faithless wife Giorgetta (Maria Guleghina) mourning the loss of a child, falling from her husband’s arms into the passionate embrace of an all too eager Luigi (Salvatore Licitra). Guleghina brings a beauty and power to the role, torn between what was, what is and what will be, yearning for the physical love of Luigi, while waging a love/hate war with her husband Michele (Juan Pons), the father of her lost child. Licitar’s voice, in a word, mesmerizes as he sings of his adoration and his frustration at not being able to claim his new love for his own. Pons offers a haunting aria of passion, hatred and despair as he realizes his wife has betrayed him, has triggered in him the power to kill. «Read the rest of this article»

Updated: Must watch TV: Bill Moyers Journal: Buying the War


Bill Moyers star of PBS’s Bill Moyer’s Journal

If you missed seeing it, or if you wish to forward it to your email lists, You can watch Bill Moyer’s Journal:  Buying the war online.

How the administration marketed the war to the American people has been well covered, but critical questions remain: How and why did the press buy it, and what does it say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda?

Set your PVR’s and stock up on popcorn, because this is really gonna be can’t miss TV.

David Swanson, who saw an advance copy of the program, writes, “Spending that 90 minutes on this will actually save you time, because you’ll never watch television news again-not even on PBS, which comes in for its share of criticism.”

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Video: The Powers of Ten


Production art for the Powers of Ten from the Library of CongressIn 1977, Charles and Ray Eames made a nine-minute film called Powers of Ten that still has the capacity today to expand the way we think and view our world. Over ten million people have since seen the film and it continues to be shown in classrooms, business meetings, festivals and retreats everywhere.

Starting with a sleeping man at a picnic, the film takes the viewer on a journey out to the edge of space and then back into a carbon atom in the hand of the man picnic, all in a single shot. It is an unforgettable experience.

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Father and Daughter: A film about longing


Michael Dudok de Wit’s Father and DaughterA father says goodbye to his young daughter and leaves. As the wide Dutch landscapes live through their seasons so the girl lives through hers. She becomes a young woman, has a family and in time she becomes old, yet within her there is always a deep longing for her father.

Father and Daughter is a film about longing, the kind of longing which quietly, yet totally, affects our lives. — Michael Dudok de Wit

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The Ground Truth hits hard


Support the troops, bring them home!The Ground Truth is probably the best documentary I have seen on the costs borne by our troops due to their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. I recommend that everyone buy a copy of this movie as it helps to reward the filmmaker, supports Operation Helmet, and helps to spread the word that it takes more to support the troops than mouthing a slogan, and displaying a yellow ribbon. Take some time to think about that as you spend time with your family this Easter Sunday!

Director’s statement

This film is not about the right or the left, or about blue or red states. It is about the hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers who have been released by the military after serving in Iraq – and the truth they hope to share with their fellow citizens.

I produced and directed THE GROUND TRUTH because I felt it was time to stop hiding behind the politics. No one was writing or talking about thousands of invisible injured soldiers, for the most part young men returning to young wives who must now be their caregivers. «Read the rest of this article»

Looking forward


Franklin StreetIf you build it, they will come.

In the Kevin Kostner film, Field of Dreams, those paraphrased words brought a dream to life. Clarksville has the potential for dreams to come alive.

I love Franklin Street in downtown Clarksville because it reminds me of home, but on a microscopic scale. Refurbished old buildings creatively filled. It has a bit of charm. I know about the ravaging tornadoes, the destructive force which left downtown looking like the dregs of a city whose time has passed. But its time hadn’t passed.

When I read of the proposals for downtown and riverfront development, all I could say was “yes, yes, yes.” And if takes a tax hike to do it, then raise taxes. Find private investors. Seek out “Main Street” grants. Get the bigger businesses involved. «Read the rest of this article»

Video: The fifth estate: The Lies That Led To War


CBC News' The fifth estate

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation‘s program, The fifth estate took a look at the lies and manipulations which lead to the invasion of Iraq and the failure of the media to question the lies which they were being fed by this administration. They point out the many simularities between what we heard then about Iraq and what we are hearing from the administration about Iran. This program first aired on March 7th 2007.

Since the US-led invasion four years ago, the fifth estate has covered Iraq and the war on terror from virtually every angle–the military, media, intelligence, politics–revealing aspects of the story that you didn’t find anywhere else. Now, as the White House warns about the latest threat in the region, this time from Iran, it’s worthwhile looking back to examine the deception, suspect intelligence, even lies, that convinced the world of the rightness of targeting Saddam Hussein. «Read the rest of this article»

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