Thursday, April 5 at 10:00 p.m.
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
Adored by people around the world, Elmo is an international icon. But few people know the inspiring story of his creator, Kevin Clash. As a kid growing up in Baltimore in the 1970s, Clash had a dream to be a puppeteer and work with his idol, Jim Henson. With a supportive family behind him every step of the way, Clash made those dreams come true — and his Elmo is one of the most beloved characters of all time. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and directed by Constance Marks, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey includes rare archival footage and interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney, and others, offering a unique look at Kevin Clash’s life on Sesame Street and at the Jim Henson Workshop.
Thursday, April 12 at 11:00 p.m.
When the Drum is Beating
In Haiti, there is one band that has seen it all: Septentrional. For six decades, this 20-piece orchestra has entertaining and inspiring the Haitian people with its infectious fusion of Cuban big band and Haitian vodou beats. At 64, “Septen” has already survived twelve years longer than the expected Haitian lifespan. Its trumpeters, drummers, sax players, and guitarists have been making music through dictatorships, natural disasters, coup d’états, and chaos, navigating the ups and downs, the glory and the tragedy that is Haiti’s history. They embody a particular Haitian trait — the ability to find beauty in places of darkness — which has helped them survive in a place where nothing seems permanent except poverty and want.
Thursday, April 19 at 11:00 p.m.
Revenge of the Electric Car
Revenge of the Electric Car documents how individual leadership can sometimes bring change from within, even in one of the biggest and most entrenched industries in the world. The camera rarely stops moving as it tracks entrepreneurs from very different backgrounds as they ride a three-year roller coaster of acclaim and derision, breakthroughs and bankruptcy, and, finally, success as their designs reach the driveways and kudos of early adopters around the world. The film follows the electric car renaissance through the eyes of four industry pioneers.
Thursday, April 26 at 11:00 p.m.
Facing the Storm
Facing the Storm tells the story through the voices of its three main characters: the American bison, the Americans who understand and care about them, and the landscape they both inhabit: the American West. The film reveals the bison’s behavior — in and out of their natural habitat, and in relationship to one another and to humans — helping us to understand and care about the life of this symbolic giant. Called “Faces the Storm” by Native Americans, bison were observed to turn and walk into snowstorms in order to get through them faster. And while the bison can’t speak for themselves, their story is told by their modern-day heroes: Native Americans, biologists, ranchers and bison advocates who are collaborating in a visionary effort to re- establish bison in their native habitat.