Roadside Attractions, the domestic distributor who has released such hot-button issue films as SUPER SIZE ME, PROJECT NIM and THE COVE, enters into the controversy surrounding health care with its pickup of ESCAPE FIRE: THE FIGHT TO RESCUE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE by Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke. The film, which made waves at its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, will be released theatrically in early October, just as the presidential election hits its final stretch. FIRE explores the broken U.S. healthcare system and the Obama administration’s attempts to reform it (as well as the Republicans’ attempt to block that reform). The film not only points to the problems in the current system, but gives voice to professionals who make concrete suggestions on how to improve the system without bankrupting the government, insurance providers or the public at large. The film is expected to be a catalyst for partisan opinion, particularly of the Supreme Court alters any provisions of the health care reform laws that the Obama administration has been able to put in place as its signature first term legislation.
First-time director Maya Forbes uses her life story to craft a poignant tale of growing up with a manic depressive, father in Boston. Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) delivers an Oscar-quality performance as Cam Stuart, the “polar bear”-a child’s way of saying … Continue reading
Under the Dome is a film by Chinese journalist Chai Jing that focuses on China’s flawed environmental regulations and the devastating effect its having on the nation’s people. What makes this film so powerful is it was released in Communist … Continue reading
It takes a New York native and NYU Film School graduate to capture the marginalized world of two black transgender prostitutes (“trannies”) living on the seedy streets of Los Angeles. Sean Baker, who directed and co-wrote this authentic tale, shot … Continue reading