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  Press Releases below: American Teacher  |  Pianomania   |  The Sons of Tennessee Williams  
80 minutes, documentary, color, 2011
A film by Oscar® winner Vanessa Roth Produced by Ninive Calegari & Dave Eggers (bestselling author of “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius")

Narrated by Matt Damon

Special Features • Bonus Scenes • More Interviews
UPC: 7-20229-91494-9 | Catalog #: FRF 914949D | SRP: $24.95

Street Date: February 14

  As the debate over America’s public schools rages on, the one thing everyone agrees on is the need for great teachers. Yet while research has shown that teachers are the most important in-school factor in a child’s success, America’s educators are so underpaid that almost two-thirds must work a second job in order to make a living.

Chronicling the stories of four teachers in different areas of the country, American Teacher reveals the frustrating realities of today’s teachers, the difficulty of attracting talented new educators, and why so many of our best teachers leave the profession altogether. Can we re-value teaching and turn it into a prestigious, financially attractive and desirable profession? With almost half of American teachers leaving the field in the next ten years, now is the time to find out.

• Inspired by the New York Times bestseller “Teachers Have It Easy"
• Endorsed by Teachers' Unions representing millions of teachers
• Opened in theatres with an $8000+ per screen average in first week and rave reviews
• Microsoft’s Partners in Learning has launched a community screening tour in more than 400 cities and towns across the country

  This heartbreaking and essential film ought to be seen by anyone concerned about the fate of the public school system, and the nation as a whole.”- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

“A terrific, uplifting and heartbreaking study of what it’s like to teach in America today.”
- David Noh, Film Journal

“Few movies can entertain, inspire, and bring back memories while looking toward the future. American Teacher is one such movie - watch it!” - Katherine Bonnin, Encore Magazine

American Teacher raises important questions about America’s teachers. It should spark a much-needed conversation.” - Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

“Powerful, compelling! A film about education that gets it exactly right.” - Mark Phillips, Washington Post


93 minutes, documentary, color, English & German w/English subtitles, 2010

A film by Robert Cibis & Lilian Franck

Special Features • 5.1 Surround Sound • Director Q&A

UPC: 7-20229-91498-7 | Catalog #: FRF 914987D | SRP: $27.95

Street Date: February 14

  Pianomania takes you into the secret world of sounds - a place where passion and the pursuit of perfection collide with artistic obsession and a little bit of madness.

As Steinway & Sons’ chief technician and Master Tuner in Vienna, Stefan Knüpfer is dedicated to the unusual task of pairing world-class instruments with world-famous pianists. Juggling the demands of the pianist, the piano, and the piece to find the perfect match requires boundless enthusiasm, but also endless patience and nerves of steel. No detail is too small or too inconsequential for Knüpfer, not even the tiniest speck of dust on a piano string. Pianomania is a humorous and surprisingly suspenseful peek into the heated clash of wills between a genius craftsman and the renowned pianists who rely on his talent – including Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel and Pierre-Laurent Aimand – as they search together for that elusive perfect tone.

  “The art of the Steinway whisperer.”- The New York Times

Surprisingly compelling! Too intriguing and entertaining to be left to the specialists... A captivating film not just for pianomaniacs.”- Time Out London

“Absolutely magnificent! An amazing glimpse into the rarefied realm of elite musicians. It's tremendously enriching, and should be seen by all who love classical music.”- Jennifer Merin,

“A fascinating glimpse into a very specialized corner of the music world. Pianist Andras Schiff once said, 'Whatever we do on the piano is a collection of illusions.' After watching Pianomania, you will understand.”
- Tom Huizenga, NPR Music

“Stefan Knüpfer is a co-conspirator, a sorcerer's apprentice, even a piano witch doctor and to watch him in action is addictive.”- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Fascinating, suspenseful! Cibis and Franck are as articulate in their filmmaking as is Knüpfer in his tuning.”
- Bill White, Seattle Post Globe


80 minutes, documentary, color, 2011

A film by Tim Wolff

Special Features • Bonus Footage • Costume Photos • Deleted Scenes • More

UPC: 7-20229-91497-0 | Catalog #: FRF 914970D | SRP: $24.95

Street Date: February 14

  Mardi Gras, drag royalty and a glittering civil rights revolution - where else could these elements come together but in New Orleans? Interweaving archival footage with contemporary interviews, The Sons of Tennessee Williams tells the story of New Orleans' gay Mardi Gras across five decades and uncovers the history of the first civil rights for gay Americans.  
  “Southern grace and Mardi Gras glamour. A new chapter in the history of gay rights.”
- John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter

“Fascinating...quite dramatic!”- New York Magazine

“Glitz, glamour, sparkle and fun! A uniquely engaging, consciousness-raising revelation of the evolution of gay rights.”- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

“Irrepressibly funny!”- The New York Times

“Captures the heart and soul of what has become a sort of Boys Gone Wild As Girls parade. Do Papa Tennessee a favor. Put on your Sunday clothes, top them off with three layers of feathers and bugle beads, and check out this movie!”- Michael Musto, Village Voice

“The significance of this story can’t be overstated.”- Noel Murray, AV Club

“A treasure trove of archival footage!”- New York Post

“Entertaining, captivating and joyful in its celebration of one of the most valuable stories in gay history.”
- Inside Out: Toronto LBGT Film Festival

  In honor of Black History Month, we've put together this collection of ten documentaries about the African American experience. Please let me know if you would like any screeners for review.  

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