Featuring a little-known side of the antiques business, American Pickers follows the adventures of Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, two professional ‘pickers’ who travel the back roads of the nation in search of Americana gold.
From a small Edmonton apartment, his family underfoot, one man has freed prisoners, changed policy, and defied warlords. This man passes by unknown on Canadian streets. But to Somalis across the world, he is a legend. This is the story of Amin Amir: political cartoonist, mentor, hero. After fleeing Somalia in the early 90s, Amin committed his life to ending the suffering of his countrymen. His website, a source of political art for Somalis everywhere, draws over a million hits a month. Each time an Amin Amir cartoon lights up a screen, the Somali people are given a voice. Now living a world away, Amin finds himself at the center of another struggle: the growing crisis of gang crime and Edmonton’s Somali youth. When Amin agrees to mentor a teenage dropout on the brink of joining a gang, his thoughts return to his lost homeland, and to memories buried beneath decades of conflict.
Each episode of Close Encounters reveals the most intriguing and convincing UFO stories on the planet. From the Yukon to Australia–and Texas to Tehran–these are the UFO encounters that defy explanation. By combining first-rate dramatic recreations, live action CGI and interviews with the world’s leading experts, each episode of Close Encounters is steeped in mystery and suspense.
Derby Crazy Love takes viewers inside the adrenaline-filled world of women’s roller derby. Meet Smack Daddy, Raw Heidi, Kamikaze Kitten, Iron Wench and other badass warriors who are changing how we look at women in sport and femininity, one booty block at a time. We also meet the world’s reigning champions, New York City’s ’Gotham Girls’, featuring international derby stars Suzy Hotrod and Bonnie Thunders.
Derby Crazy Love. A smart, fun, sexy ride through an extraordinary subculture.
Feature Documentary – Primitive Entertainment - Director: Jay Cheel
His cable access television show, The Cap’n Video Show, ran from 1990 to 1995, spawning a small but loyal cult following. Each week Ralph Zavadil performed a series of idiotic and occasionally dangerous stunts, challenging the sensibilities of his small Southern Ontario audience. With the advent of the internet and reality television still years away, his unique brand of gross-out stunt comedy was truly ahead of its time. All it took was a broken neck for him to get noticed.
David McCallum was a 16-year-old kid from the mean streets of Brooklyn when he went to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. David has been incarcerated longer than Canadian filmmaker Ray Klonsky has been alive. But Klonsky has spent the last 10 years doing everything he can to help get David out of jail. Why? Because when Ray was a troubled teenager, David helped him turn his life around. Their unlikely bond turns this gut-wrenching wrongful conviction story into a transformative film about going the distance for what you believe.
Jack, a procrastinating graduate student, finds the apartment he is house-sitting has turned into a box with no exit or escape. Inside Jack’s box is another, smaller box that contains another trapped procrastinator named Walter, and so on down through a progression of ever smaller boxes to the Ur-procrastinator himself in box zero. In order to escape, Jack must finish writing his thesis. But the price of completion may be his family, friends, and the very world he lives in. An existential comedy.
Eleven years ago Kenneth Young received four life sentences. He was 15 years old. The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. This is the story of one of those children, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida – one of the most punitive states in the country.
The story of Leonard Crane, the editor of a small town newspaper facing bankruptcy. In an attempt to attract advertisers and readership Leonard begins inventing stories based on old movies. The plan pays off until one of the stories attracts the attention of Lucy, an ambitious reporter from the big city. She exposes Leonard’s hoax. But then Leonard discovers that one of his stories may be true. With a great scoop but no one to believe him, Leonard and Lucy must team up to try to save the town, the newspaper and his reputation.
Potter’s Field is the story of Sam Cantor’s life through his death. After discovering that he is dead Sam is met by his guide Peter. Peter helps Sam to let go of the life he has to leave behind by saying goodbye to his memories and sensations. It’s impossible to know what happens when we die, but no matter what you believe, the universal truth is that your life – the person you spent your entire life becoming – will no longer exist. It’s this fact, the realization that every sensation and memory Sam has gathered throughout his life, will be lost once he moves on that haunts him. The film follows Sam who is guided by Peter in his last moments in between life and death as he struggles to accept his fate, unknowing of what awaits him.
Hendrik Poinar is a bit of a mystery man – as in, he likes to solve them. And he’s part time traveler – as in, he likes to dig up the past. Think Doctor Who meets Indiana Jones. Poinar is an evolutionary biologist – which means he studies the nature of how we humans got here and where we’re going. He happily admits his childhood dream was to travel the world and travel back in time.
Dr. Jennifer Gardy is the intrepid microbiologist who laid her own body on the line in Myth or Science 1. She returns to continue her quest to put health and science claims to the test and discover whether they’re myth or science.
Each episode of Curious and Unusual Deaths presents three of the strangest deaths in history and the science behind them. From the bible salesman who is struck by lightening under a clear, blue sky, to the man who drowned in three inches of water, Curious and Unusual Deaths takes the viewer on a journey into the bizarre. But no matter how strange, every death can be explained