[14 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]
Deconstructing the Human Bodies Exhibit & the Falun Gong Genocide

The art exhibits in reference are the competing shows Gunther Von Hagens’ ‘Body Worlds’ and ‘Bodies: The Exhibition’ managed by Premier Exhibitions, a U.S. entertainment company displaying splayed plastinated bodies, a technique or process used in anatomy to preserve bodies or body parts, first developed by Von Hagens in 1977. The water and fat are replaced by certain plastics, yielding specimens that can be touched, do not smell or decay, and even retain most properties of the original sample.

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[14 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]
Deconstructing the Human Bodies Exhibit & the Falun Gong Genocide

The art exhibits in reference are the competing shows Gunther Von Hagens’ ‘Body Worlds’ and ‘Bodies: The Exhibition’ managed by Premier Exhibitions, a U.S. entertainment company displaying splayed plastinated bodies, a technique or process used in anatomy to preserve bodies or body parts, first developed by Von Hagens in 1977. The water and fat are replaced by certain plastics, yielding specimens that can be touched, do not smell or decay, and even retain most properties of the original sample.

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[9 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]
A Documentary Investigation Into the Autistic Self Advocacy Movement

In the last decade, awareness of autism has expanded broadly in large part due to the money raised and spent by the advocacy organization, Autism Speaks. For most people, Autism Speaks is their entry point into learning about autism spectrum disorder either through searches on the web or their wide reaching marketing efforts. However, earlier this year, a group of autism advocates started the Boycott Autism Speaks campaign in order to raise awareness about the inner workings and fear mongering tactics of the fundraising behemoth. CITIZEN AUTISTIC is a 60 minute documentary examination of the activists leading the charge for self-advocacy and their efforts to move the public discourse on autism away from a “causation and cure” mentality to one that allows autistic people to speak for themselves.

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[6 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]
WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THE AMERICAN DREAM? – FREE Film screenings In St. Louis, Chicago, Raleigh and More!

Accidental Activist and filmmaker Patrick S. Lovell Barnstorming Country with FORWARD 13: WAKING UP THE AMERICAN DREAM, Organizing FREE Film Screening & Discussions stemming from mortgage crisis–What the Hell Happened to the American Dream?– Before Mid Term Elections with support from Move To Amend, 350.org, Senator Bernie Sanders’ Office

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[23 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]
Activities For Seniors: The Value of Keeping Active & Senior Citizens in Film

As we at Cinema Libre prepare for the release of our critically acclaimed film, The Little Bedroom (La Petite Chambre), we have come across two brilliant, touching, documentaries that we just had to share with our friends around the world. The Little Bedroom chronicles Edmond (Michel Bouquet, Renoir, The Bride Wore Black), a senior citizen passionate about his plants and classical music, who resists his son pressuring him to give up his home and move into a retirement facility. He sees the move as an attack on his independence and the destruction of the life and memories he had built with his late wife. It got us thinking about the role of the elderly in America and the ways that people keep the senior citizens in their lives active and functional.

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[17 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]
The People’s Climate March & Forward 13: The Mortgage Crisis & The Death of the American Dream

Patrick Lovell made the feature length documentary FORWARD 13: WAKING UP THE AMERICAN DREAM to investigate the causes of the mortgage crisis and is now on a personal mission to screen the film and organize “What The Hell Happened To The American Dream?” conversations in over 20 American cities before the end of 2014. Lovell and his film will screen this weekend in New York City as part of the People’s Climate March activities and will be joined by march organizer Bill McKibben of 350.org, author and former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan and progressive Senator Bernie Sanders (D – VT.)