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  Press Releases below for: DIRECTORS: Life Behind the Camera  |   HOWARD ZINN: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train- Special Commemorative Edition  LEON BLUM: For All Mankind
   
DIRECTORS: LIFE BEHIND THE CAMERA

Approx. 4 hours on 2 discs, color

A two-disc set featuring interviews with 33 directors, including James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Spike Lee, George Lucas, Tim Burton, and more.
 

UPC: 7-20229-91444-4
Catalog #: FRF 914444D
SRP: $29.95 /
Can. $34.95

Street Date: September 21

 
 

Made in cooperation with the American Film Institute, DIRECTORS: LIFE BEHIND THE CAMERA features thirty-three legendary directors who reveal intimate and in-depth knowledge about the art of filmmaking and, as well, their own career in the movies.

Culled from over 300 hours of interviews, this two-disc, four hour presentation is totally interactive, allowing instant access to a single director, or access to an entire topic involving all directors. Also included are film clips, interviews with guest actors and industry veterans, and biographies and interesting facts about each director.

Topics discussed include: Everyone has to Start Somewhere • The Art of Writing and Choosing Scripts • The Care and Feeding of Actors • Your Cinematographer is Your Best Friend • One of their Most Compelling Films • Will the Industry Survive? • Long After they are Gone

FEATURING (in alphabetical order):

Robert Altman Nora Ephron Penny Marshall
Robert Benton William Friedkin Sydney Pollack
Tim Burton Terry Gilliam Rob Reiner
James Cameron Ron Howard Martin Scorsese
Chris Columbus Lawrence Kasdan Ridley Scott
Wes Craven Spike Lee Tony Scott
Cameron Crowe Barry Levinson Bryan Singer
Frank Darabont George Lucas Steven Spielberg
Jonathan Demme David Lynch Oliver Stone
Richard Donner Adrian Lyne Robert Zemeckis
Clint Eastwood Garry Marshall David Zucker

ALSO FEATURING a wide range of A-list actors and industry veterans, including:

Kevin Bacon Harrison Ford Dennis Hopper
Jennifer Beals Morgan Freeman Michael Keaton
Jerry Bruckheimer Scott Glenn Leslie Nielsen
Leonardo DiCaprio Jeff Goldblum Brad Pitt
Tom Cruise Elliott Gould Kevin Spacey
Ossie Davis Tom Hanks Roy Scheider
Robert Englund Dustin Hoffman Wil Wheaton
 

HOWARD ZINN: YOU CAN'T BE NEUTRAL ON A MOVING TRAIN - SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE EDITION

78 minutes + bonus materials, color

 

A film by Deb Ellis & Denis Mueller
Narrated by Matt Damon • Featuring music by Pearl Jam, Woody Guthrie & Billy Bragg

 
Bonus Features Bonus Speeches & Interviews (Zinn on power and war, philosophy, civil rights and labor activism; excerpts with Studs Terkel; college talks; off-the-cuff interviews) • Zinn’s Recommended Reading List • Speech Transcripts • Film Excerpts • Daniel Ellsberg’s A Memory of Howard Zinn
 

UPC: 7-20229-91431-4
Catalog #: FRF 914314D
SRP: $24.95 /
Can. $29.95

Street Date: September 21

 
 

We mourn the loss of author, activist, historian and beloved folk hero Howard Zinn, who has been an integral part of the First Run legacy for many years. Howard lent his support to many First Run films (many of which he appeared in), the most recent being the Oscar-nominated The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Howard hid copies of the Pentagon Papers for Ellsberg, and he later served as an expert witness for the defense at Ellsberg’s trial. In his recollections of Zinn, Ellsberg writes that his friend is “the best human being I’ve ever known [and] the best example of what a human can be.”

We invite you to learn more about this remarkable man through this new Commemorative Edition of our best-selling DVD, featuring over an hour of new bonus materials.

This acclaimed film looks at the amazing life of the renowned historian, activist and author. Following his early days as a shipyard labor organizer and bombardier in World War II, Zinn became an academic rebel and leader of civil disobedience in a time of institutionalized racism and war. His influential writings shine light on and bring voice to factory workers, immigrant laborers, African Americans, Native Americans and the working poor.

Featuring rare archival materials and interviews with Zinn and colleagues such as Noam Chomsky, YOU CAN'T BE NEUTRAL ON A MOVING TRAIN captures the essence of this extraordinary man who has been a catalyst for progressive change for more than 60 years.

 
 
 

! A striking portrait of a truly great American.” - CBS Radio

“He changed the consciousness of a generation.” - Noam Chomsky

“Before Michael Moore, there was Howard Zinn.” - Boston Herald

! Exciting, moving!” - Christian Science Monitor

“Illuminating, rousing!” - LA Weekly

 
 

LEON BLUM: FOR ALL MANKIND

58 minutes, color

A film by Jean Bodon (Howling with the Angels)

Bonus Features Photo Gallery • Film Notes by Blum's Grandson
 

UPC: 7-20229-91440-6
Catalog #: FRF 914406D
SRP: $24.95 /
Can. $29.95

Street Date: September 21

 
 

This powerful documentary tells the story of Leon Blum – a Jew who served as prime minister of France, and who was also a prisoner of the Nazis at the Buchenwald concentration camp.

Blum, the first Jew to lead France, devoted his life to improving the well-being of workers and was an early champion of women’s rights. In 1936, as the head of the Popular Front, an alliance of leftwing movements, he became prime minister. In 1940, his socialist views and Jewish heritage placed him in jeopardy, and the Vichy government deported him to Buchenwald. After the war, Blum was welcomed home by the French people and was re-elected prime minister in 1946.

Official Selection, 2010 New York Jewish Film Festival

 
 
 

“Jean Bodon brings the life and times of Leon Blum to 21st century relevance.”
- Richard J. Garfunkel, The Advocates-WVOX

“Fascinating...a must see!” - Benjamin Ivry, The Forward

“This loving tribute pays homage to the man and his ideals.” - Hadassah Magazine

“Fascinating and intriguing... It emblazons this crucial historical figure on viewers' minds - never again to be forgotten.” - Marsha Dubrow, The DC Examiner

 
 
 
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