On the march for progress, mankind kept wasting plenty of natural resources underground, water and energy, polluting the environment without analyzing the losses and problems human beings would endure while trying to obtain more and more things to preserve life. But half of those resources could be better saved if people would look above their heads and see a great natural possibility that can be used to generate clean energy. Mixing animation with real footage, Saul and Elaine Bass present an informative short film that advocates the use of solar energy.
Directors: Elaine Bass, Saul Bass Writers: Stan Hart, Saul Bass Star: Robert Millar
On a distant planet, descendants of a crashed spaceship are subjected to mysterious forces that cause them to age and die in just eight days. They must also live in caves to escape the bitter cold of night and the killing heat of day. One young boy is determined to find his way back to the ship that brought them there. But how will accomplish this in the short time left to him?
Directors: Elaine Bass, Saul Bass Writer: Ray Bradbury (story "Frost and Fire") Stars: John Abbott, Noah Hathaway, David Comfort
Seven 15 year-old surfers have been selected from around Australia and overseas to take part in an intensive 12 month residential school program at Blue Water High. At the beachside school they join other pupils in a normal year's academic work as well as receiving special coaching in surfing. At the end of the year, two of the seven will qualify to surf the pro-circuit and win a three-year sponsorship contract. The series is a race into the finals for the wild card, a race to get through the year, and a race to grow up. The seven teens, forced to live, study and train together at the same time become best friends and greatest competitors.
As an only-child to immigrant parents, comedian Jesus Trejo grew up learning many of life's lessons in the most unconventional ways, all while constantly feeling the need to meet his parents' high expectations.
A detail of random people are told that they are a part of a live testing for data on their reactions in the woods without any technology at their disposal . . . when in reality they are the stars of a bored and twisted family who have gathered together for the holidays to watch them all die.
Director: Dakota Gamble Writer: Dakota Gamble Stars: Paul Logan, Gregory Blair, Ben Butler
With Jerry Lewis (1926-2017) as executive producer, this is in essence an autobiography. It follows his career chronologically from the 10-year partnership with Dean Martin to Lewis's career as writer, producer, director, and actor in a series of Paramount pictures. The chronology is told through archival clips, comments by family members and Hollywood friends, comments from Lewis himself, and clips of him in a contemporary nightclub appearance. Lewis vows to live longer than George Burns.
Director: Gregg Barson Stars: Jerry Lewis, Alec Baldwin, Richard Belzer
A week before her college graduation, April Chen, a Chinese-Canadian tech prodigy, is accused of plagiarism by an unrelenting teaching assistant and must fight to prove her innocence in a secret trial held before an academic tribunal. As the day progresses, the motives and interests of all parties concerned are slowly exposed to reveal a complex web of corruption, greed and moral failings.
Director: Li Dong Writer: Li Dong Stars: Celine Tsai, Jonathan Keltz, Mpho Koaho
A band of survivors have all fallen mercy to the same serial killer. When a voyeur agrees to participate in the killer's activities, he realizes he's in way over his head. Now he wants out, but at what cost?
Director: Stuart G. Robertson Writer: Stuart G. Robertson Stars: Michael Lake, Stephen Ridout, Leomar Bondswell
Since the early days, Jerry Lewis - in the line of Chaplin, Keaton and Laurel - had the masses laughing with his visual gags, pantomime sketches and signature slapstick humor. Yet Lewis was far more than just a clown. He was also a groundbreaking filmmaker whose unquenchable curiosity led him to write, produce, stage and direct many of the films he appeared in, resulting in such adored classics as The Bellboy, The Ladies Man, The Errand Boy, and The Nutty Professor. By becoming a "total filmmaker," Lewis surpassed expectations as a comic performer and emerged as a driving force in Hollywood. He broke boundaries with his technical innovations, unique voice and keen visual eye, even garnering respect and praise overseas. However, American critics and the cultural elite tended to reject his abrasive art. While they viewed Lewis as nothing more than just a clown, others like the French recognized him as a true auteur, giving rise to questions that have perplexed American pop culture for over 50 years: Why do Europeans love Jerry Lewis? What is this inexplicable aversion Americans have towards him? Is he just a brash, anything-for-yuk buffoon? Or is he a creative genius? Who is the man behind the clown?
Director: Gregory Monro Writer: Gregory Monro Stars: Jerry Lewis, Martin Scorsese, Sean Hayes
New Jersey, 1950s. Two brothers run an Italian restaurant. Business is not going well as a rival Italian restaurant is out-competing them. In a final effort to save the restaurant, the brothers plan to put on an evening of incredible food.
Directors: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci Writers: Stanley Tucci, Joseph Tropiano Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Marc Anthony
Two girls, at 15; Louise, in a prestigious girls' high school, and Kelly, who was admitted but forbidden by her father to attend. This is the end of their friendship, and from here the film progresses in a backwards time line to a final freeze frame of the girls at the peak of their closeness.
Director: Jane Campion Writer: Helen Garner Stars: Kris Bidenko, Emma Coles, Kris McQuade
Willowdean ('Dumplin'), the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, signs up for her mom's Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.
Director: Anne Fletcher Writers: Kristin Hahn (screenplay by), Julie Murphy (based on the novel by) Stars: Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston, Odeya Rush