Fanchon The Cricket

Once considered a lost classic of the silent film era, viewers can again “witness Mary Pickford, the curly-haired star of the silent screen, at her most enchanting. Highly Recommended” – Irv Slifkin, Movie Critic.

Based on the “adult fairy tale” by George Sand, Fanchon the Cricket stars Mary Pickford as the title character, a strong-willed waif ostracized by “acceptable society” until she shows them the power of love and understanding.

Directed by James Kirkwood (In Wrong) and boasting exquisite cinematography by Edward Wynard, Fanchon the Cricket was filmed on location in Delaware Gap, Pennsylvania. A natural, sensual and uninhibited Pickford breaks through today’s stereotype of her as “the girl with the curls.” It is also the only surviving film in which both Jack and Lottie Pickford appear with their sister. Once believed to be a lost film, Fanchon the Cricket’s restoration is the result of a unique international collaboration between the Mary Pickford Foundation, the Cinematheque Francaise and the British Film Institute.

In it, a young wild girl Fanchon (Mary Pickford) lives in a forest with her eccentric grandmother who is suspected by the villagers of being a witch. The unkempt Fanchon suffers from her grandmother’s sorceress reputation. One day the girl rescues a boy from drowning, and they fall in love, but Fanchon won’t agree to marry him unless his father asks her.

“There was never a Fanchon like Mary Pickford. Yes, I know that the greatest of the French and the English and the American stars have attempted and have successfully rendered Fanchon, but I stick to my belief that none ever surpassed and few ever approached the work of Mary Pickford.”Moving Picture World, May 22, 1915

“Pickford plays the role not so much as a woodland nymph, but more as a rural hooligan… She is extraordinarily beautiful; the first close-up of her face among the glistening leaves comes as an almost physical shock.” – Kevin Brownlow, Mary Pickford Rediscovered, May 1, 1999

Some background worth noting:

Mary Pickford was one of the 36 founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her career spanned five decades, and she was not only a major actress, but also a successful film producer and businesswoman. During the formative days of the film industry, Pickford was a true pioneer, co-founding Pickford-Fairbanks Studios and along with D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, she launched then the independent film production company United Artists.

The new 2018, original score was created by Julian Ducatenzeiler and Andy Gladbach. Many film historians refer to Fanchon as being comparable to ‘Birth of a Nation’ (1915) and ‘The Poor Little Rich Girl’ (1917).

The physical media edition includes both a DVD and Bluray as well as a special souvenir booklet featuring rare photographs and essays by American author, historian, and journalist Cari Beauchamp.

1915 / 115 minutes / Silent Drama / English / A film by James Kirkwood

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Back to Natural

The multi-award winning Back to Natural provides audiences with a complex understanding of the ways in which race, identity and hair are all related, and offers a compassionate view point on issues that impact African descendants’ sense of self and the often unknown barriers society places on one’s ability to simply exist.

  • How many people know that young children around the world are kicked out of school for simply wearing their hair the way it naturally grows?
  • How many people realize that choosing to not chemically relax one’s hair or wear wigs or extensions can be extremely damaging, impacting a Black person’s ability to be employed?

Back to Natural gives a unique and shocking look at the global policing of Black bodies and the underlying racism against natural looks.

“Explores the relationship between politics, hair, and racial identity in Black communities.” – Evan Dawson, WXXI-NPR (Rochester, NY)

“Extraordinary. [Back to Natural] touched on so many vital, crucial issues within our communities, within ourselves. As individuals and collectively… you illustrated it so well, so dynamically. And I think it’s inspiring, and educational for all of us.” – Actress, Kimberly Elise (Diary of a Mad Black Woman, The Manchurian Candidate)

“Back to Natural is an historic look at not only Black History, but also an exploration into activism-in-motion as it brings to the forefront an investigation into identity and a person’s self-worth. Recommended.” – S. Daniels, Film Release News.

The Natural Hair Movement today represents the peeling off of a decades-long mask that required Blacks to adopt the look and feel of the larger white population. Rooted in an unlikely form of racism, it became compulsory for Blacks to shed their natural looks to secure jobs and find acceptance. Hair-straightening products (many of which proved damaging), wigs, and extensions were commonly used to hide the genuine and natural look of individuals. The psychological influence of hiding in disguise has had great impact across the generations.

Back in the 60’s the “Natural” look resurged but was met with renewed discrimination and prejudice. Considered anti-establishment and part of a Black revolution, it furthered a bigoted societal response.

The movement is now resulting in a newfound freedom though physical authenticity.  And, it’s not a movement for just the young or just in America. It spans across all ages, includes both men and women… and it is worldwide.

Over 25 interviews were conducted with some of the top intellectuals and professors, global natural-hair influencers, hair stylists and more throughout the US, South Africa, and France. Included among them were:

  • Salamisha Tillet PhD: Distinguished professor, Award-winning Activist, Author, Cultural Critic and Non-profit Founder.
  • Carl Hart, PhD: Distinguished Professor, Public Intellectual, Researcher, and Author.
  • Noliwe Rooks, PhD: Professor, Award-Winning Author, Activist
  • Lori L. Tharps: Associate Professor, Award-Winning Author
  • Jenell B. Stewart: Lifestyle & Natural Hair Blogger/Podcaster/Influencer
  • Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq.: Attorney, Author, Activist
  • Okema T. Moore: Actor, Singer, Writer, Director and Producer
  • Natasha Gaspard:  Award-winning Television Producer, Founder / CEO of Mane Moves Media, Inc.
  • Roxanne Kalie: International Model & Actress Aline Tacit, Hair Dresser, Activist
  • Mireille Liong-A-Kong: CEO, Influencer, Activist, Author
  • Brian Favors, Educator & Activist

The multi-award winning documentary has garnered laurels including:

  • Winner “Best Documentary” / Urban Mediamakers Film Festival
  • Winner “Founders Award / International Black Film Festival
  • Winner “Women in Film Award” / Blackstar International Film Festival

Back to Natural has also earned nominations and appearances at 

  • Capitol City Black Film Festival
  • NYC Film Festival
  • Black Reel Awards
  • African World Festival
  • Barbados Independent Film Festival

“…a powerful call for healing” – Searchlight

2018 / 68 Minutes / 16×9 / Color / English Language / A film by Gillian Scott-Ward, PhD

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Professor Louie & The Crowmatix – Music From Hurley Mountain

From the Holocaust to Hollywood – The Robert Clary Story

In this third production from The Holocaust Education Film Foundation (To Auschwitz and Back, Surviving Birkenau), actor Robert Clary (best known for his role in the television series Hogan’s Heroes) personally tells his “how I got to Hollywood” true story.

What began with a close-knit loving family was followed by the horrors of war, genocide, two years in forced labor camps and three concentration camps, but the result was not only liberation but an ultimate victory over the enemy.

Born in Paris, France (1926) Robert Clary is the youngest of 14 children; raised by adoring parents who supported his artistic desires. At the age of 12 he began a career singing professionally on the radio and he lived a most wonderful life… until 1942 when he was taken by the Nazis, thus beginning an odyssey of horror that would forever haunt him.

Clary was ultimately liberated from Buchenwald on April 11, 1945. He overcame unimaginable obstacles to become a beloved entertainer on television, in the movies and on Broadway, but perhaps he is best known as the iconic Corporal Louis LeBeau on “Hogan’s Heroes.”

With all his success, the tattoo on his arm, number A5714, is a daily reminder of what he lost and, interestingly, what he also gained.

2021 / 49 minutes / 16×9 / English / A film by Ron Small

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I Danced for the Angel of Death

Murderous Trance

PILGRIMAGE

Escape From Sobibor

Imprisoned in a hellish concentration camp, their only hope was to escape. Based on the true story.

This is the story of the mass escape from the German extermination camp at Sobibor, the most successful uprising by Jewish prisoners of German extermination camps (uprisings also took place at Auschwitz-Birkenau and Treblinka).

Following the escape from Treblinka, the Commandant at Sobibor vowed that his camp would never experience the same thing. But those who were its captives, the Jewish laborers who had been spared from the ovens, knew they were on borrowed time, and that their only hope was to escape.

A 5x Emmy Nominee starring Alan Arkin, Joanna Pacula and Rutger Hauer, Escape from Sobibor won a Golden Globe as Best Mini Series or Film Made For TV. In addition, Rutger Hauer won a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor and Alan Arkin was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor.

Based on the factual account of what happened at Sobibor. The British production was directed by Jack Gold (Aces High, The Medusa Touch), and shot in Avala, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). When it originally premiered on CBS ( 10 May 1987) over 31 million Americans watched. The script, by Reginald Rose, was based on Richard Rashke’s 1983 book of the same name, along with a manuscript by Thomas Blatt, “From the Ashes of Sobibor”, and a book by Stanislaw Szmajzner, “Inferno in Sobibor”.

“…ranks right up there with the best of the dramatic Holocaust movies” – cineoutsider.com

“I have seen Schindler’s List and it didn’t touch me anywhere near as deeply as Escape from Sobibor” – Paul Vaughn Thomas, IMDB

Escape from Sobibor carefully balances its frightening yet subtle depiction of the horrors of Nazi Germany’s ‘final solution’ with a rousing study of heroism at its finest, against all odds.

Historic drama / 1987 / 143 minutes / color / English / A film by Jack Gold

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FAHRENHEIT 9/11

When the Wind Blows