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Video-on-Demand Pick of the Week: 20 Feet From Stardom

Meet the unsung heroes behind the greatest music of our time.

20 Feet From Stardom, the award-winning documentary film, is this week’s Video-on-Demand pick by our Video-on-Demand correspondent, Mimi Spillane.
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Recently released on Video-on-Demand, it is one of the selections in the category for Best Documentary for this year’s Academy Award ceremonies. It is directed by filmmaker, Morgan Neville, who has also produced and written numerous documentaries for both the big screen and television on such luminaries as Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and the band Pearl Jam. Rumors have it that Mick Jagger is in the process of creating a Broadway production based on this film. But, Mimi has a few things of her own to say about this one from the comfort of her own living room. Take a peek.
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Video Film Review: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR has many shades of grey

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR is a journey of self discovery.

Our host, Danielle Winston meets up with today’s panelist, Dr. Linda Succi, at Sottocasa, an authentic Italian pizzeria located in the Boerum Hill neighborhood of downtown Brooklyn, New York, to discuss the award winning and controversial film, Blue is the Warmest Color, with an original title of  “La Vie d’Adele”. The film is based on the comic book, “Le Bleu est une couleur chaude” by Julie Maroh. The screenplay was written by Ghalia Lacroix and the film’s French-Tunisian director, Abdellatif Kechiche. It stars French actresses Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in the title roles.

The controversy over whether this is a straight or gay film has only elevated the curiosity associated with Blue is the Warmest Color. To be sure, it is a film that explores and observes non-traditional relationships in a fashion rarely viewed by the masses. In the video film review above, today’s host, Danielle Winston and our panelist, Dr. Linda Succi, examine these issues and explore a lot more. Don’t miss their insightful observations.

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Video Film Review: WADJDA opens doors to new worlds

WADJDA introduces us to a new voice and sight within a society rarely on view.

Today’s host, Justine Harrison, does a solo act at Videology, the unique movie theatre, video rental and bar hybrid located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to review the international award-winning independent film, Wadjda.

Wadjda, the independent film from Saudia Arabia

In this episode’s video review, our host, Justine Harrison, discusses Wadjda, the directorial debut of Haifaa al-Mansour, the first female writer and director of Saudi Arabia.  This inspiring independent film is also the first to be shot in this country and has received numerous international accolades for its efforts.  Check out Justine’s take on this film and discover why she believes this should be seen by everyone.

Also featured is Mimi Spilllane, our “Video on Demand Pick of the Week” correspondent. She takes a stroll in Central Park in New York City while reviewing “Good Ol’ Freda”, the story of the former secretary to the Beatles, Freda Kelly.

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