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Our latest documentary films include Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker's Unlocking the Cage, a riveting film that follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise as he tries to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans; the timely All Governments Lie, which exposes past and present government and corporate deception; and the eye-opening The Future of Work and Death, which gives us a shockingly realistic look into the future of human life in the midst of technological advancements.
 
UNLOCKING THE CAGE
A film by Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker


91 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2016

From the filmmakers of Dont Look Back and The War Room comes a real-life legal thriller about one man's lifelong quest to protect "nonhuman" animals.

Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise as he tries to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. Arguing that cognitively complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins and elephants deserve to be treated as sentient, self-aware and autonomous beings, Steve and his legal team are making history by fighting to transform a chimpanzee from a "thing" with no rights to a "person" with limited legal protections. This riveting film captures a monumental shift in our culture as the public and judicial system show increasing receptiveness to Steve's impassioned arguments.


"Take a journey of enlightenment in this eye-opening documentary." - Boston Herald

"D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus bring their relaxed, acute observational style of filmmaking to bear on a thorny tangle of legal and philosophical questions. Observant and absorbing." - The New York Times

"With legal-thriller pacing and emotional intelligence, the film chronicles attorney Steven Wise’s gung-ho effort to get a U.S. court to recognize a chimpanzee as a legal person with protections."   - The Los Angeles Times

"Presents some fascinating legal and ethical issues.... an exemplary piece of documentary storytelling." - The Guardian  

"Riveting." - The Huffington Post

"Thoughtful, Compelling and heroic. The film made me proud to be a primate." - Jon Stewart

DVD Bonus: Music Video "Meant to be Free" (original song by Steve Wise and Alex Forbes)

UPC: 720229917339
 | Catalog #: FRF917339D | DVD MSRP: $24.95

On DVD May 23 | iTunes Now Available
 
ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE
A film by 
Fred Peabody

91 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2016

Independent journalists like Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Matt Taibbi are changing the face of journalism, providing investigative, adversarial alternatives to mainstream, corporate news outlets. Our cameras follow as they expose government and corporate deception – just as the ground-breaking independent journalist I.F. Stone did decades ago.

“AN URGENT AND FASCINATING DOCUMENTARY.
Illustrates the thesis that the mainstream media has become a bought-and-paid-for tool of government and corporate power.” -Variety

"Featuring footage from the last six decades, ‘All Governments Lie’ is a timely, convincing documentary that will cause audiences to question what they see and read. It’s remarkably nonpartisan...a damningindictment of mainstream media."
- Los Angeles Times


"
Worthy testimony that many journalists are in it for the truth." - Village Voice  

"Lucidly argues that powerful interests have been creating supercharged fake stories for decades to advance their own nefarious interests. And the institutional media have too often blithely played along." - The Globe and Mail

"Provocative. Shows the example I.F.Stone set for modern muckrakers." - Toronto Star

DVD Bonus: Extended Interviews

UPC: 
720229917346 | Catalog #: FRF917346D | DVD MSRP: $24.95

On DVD May 23 | On iTunes May 9
 
THE FUTURE OF WORK AND DEATH
A film by Sean Blacknell & Wayne Walsh

89 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2016

In this provocative documentary, worldwide experts in the fields of futurology, anthropology, neuroscience and philosophy consider the impact of technological advances on the two certainties of human life: work and death.

Charting human developments from early man, past the Industrial Revolution, to the digital age and beyond, The Future of Work and Death looks at the astonishing exponential rate at which mankind creates technologies to ease the process of living. As we embark on the next phase of our ‘ advancement,’ with automation and artificial intelligence driving the transformation from man to machine, the film gives a shockingly realistic look into the future of human life.

Featuring a host of knowledgeable but endearingly eccentric experts including author Will Self, futurist Gray Scott, transhumanist Zoltan Istvan, and neuroscientist Rudolph Tanzi, The Future of Work and Death is profoundly insightful, often surprising, and always engaging.

"Thought-provoking...thrilling...massively engaging! The film does an incredible job of lobbing a grenade in front of the audience and not being afraid to leave some of the mess... It is essential viewing." - UK Film Review

UPC: 
720229917353 | Catalog #: FRF917353D | DVD MSRP: $24.95

On DVD May 23 | On iTunes May 9
 
 

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