Mr. Christmas

An offbeat, touching portrait of a man who has spent three decades turning his small Northern California home into a beautiful, towering Christmas display people travel across the country to see.
Audience Award – Palm Springs Shortsfest
Special Jury Award – Aspen Shortfest
Best Documentary Short – Cleveland International Film Fest
Best Documentary Short – Rhode Island International Film Fest
Best Short – Philadelphia International Film Fest
Best Documentary Short – California Independent Film Fest
Chicago International Film Festival, Hot Docs, Los Angeles Film Festival, Silverdocs, Little Rock Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, Portland International Film Festival, Indianapolis Film Festival, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Nevada City Film Festival, BendFilm Festival, and more.
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Mountain Men : The ghosts of K2

A BBC documentary which explores the history of climbing K2, the mountaineers mountain, from the early days to the summit with historical footage photographs & re-enactments.
The episode features:
Lino Lacedelli, Achille Compagnoni, Pete Schoening, Charlie Houston, Bob Bates, Ed Webster, Bill Putnam, Dudley Rochester, Bob Craig, George Bell, Tony Streather, Dee Molenaar.
Produced by Mark Conefrey

A Boy’s Life

This is a rare documentary that aired in 2003. It is not currently available in any retail format and until now has been near impossible to find in its entirety anywhere at all. The video is a digitized copy of an original VHS tape from my personal collection that was recorded when it first aired. The film “follows a Mississippi family’s attempts to deal with an increasingly violent and erratic child.”

Nicolae Ceausescu The Unrepentant Tyrant

The Romanian dictator is remembered by those who served him and those who suffered at his hand.

For 24 years, he ruled his country with an iron hand. But the waves of freedom that swept Europe in 1989 cost him his life.
Nicolae Ceausescu will be remembered as much for his sudden death as his long tenure as dictator of Rumania. Through extensive archival footage and interviews with those who served him, BIOGRAPHY┬« chronicles the rise and fall of the man who was utterly consumed with a desire to be the best. See how, together with his wife, he fashioned an image of perfection for himself–and how he eliminated any who dared challenge it. Former communist activists share their memories of the young man who would become a despot, while Richard Nixon (in an interview conducted shortly before his death) talks about his dealings with the inflexible leader. And relive the events that finally toppled his regime and turned the people against him.
From his childhood in rural Rumania to his execution by firing squad, this is the story of one of the most infamous tyrants of the 20th century.