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Recommended Viewing: April 2011

DVDgenericCheck out this month's selection of DVDs for creative thinkers.










10 April 2011

Smoking Teeth = Poisonous Gas
Director: David Kennedy

Green Planet Films

Smoking_TeethThis documentary highlights 20 years of pivotal medical research funded by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology into the impact of mercury from dental amalgams.

Smoking Teeth instantly became a best seller for the Academy and the brief internet version is available for free viewing at

This dramatic video has had a tremendous impact on both the public and professional audiences. It has recently been expanded to a full 40 minutes with interviews of experts in the fields of mercury toxicology, environmental medicine, politics and dentistry.

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology patient protection protocols and an actual amalgam removal protocol is demonstrated.







La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet
Director: Frederick Wiseman

LaDanseThe Paris Opera Ballet is one of the world’s great ballet companies.

La Danse follows the rehearsals and performances of seven ballets: Genus by Wayne McGregor, Le Songe de Medée by Angelin Preljocaj, La Maison de Bernarda by Mats Ek, Paquita by Pierre Lacotte, Casse Noisette by Rudolph Nureyev, Orphée and Eurydice by Pina Bausch, and Romeo and Juliette by Sasha Waltz.

The film shows the work involved in administering the company and the coordinated and collaborative work of choreographers, ballet masters, dancers, musicians, and costume, set, and lighting designers.










The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight it
Director: Judith Ehrlich
First Run Features

GoodWarMillions of people from Allied countries fought to liberate Europe from Hitler’s grip during World War II. Yet 40,000 Americans refused to shoulder weapons in “the good war.”

Narrated by Ed Asner, this important film tells the story of a previously ignored chapter of WWII – the American conscientious objectors who refused to fight.

It is a story of personal courage, idealism and nonconformity based on both ethical and religious beliefs – about men whose love of country could not extend to killing their fellow man.

Many were Quakers or others whose religious beliefs interpreted the commandment “Thou Shalt Not Kill” to include war; others were passionate pacifists who felt morally incapable of cooperating with a violent conflict, no matter how worthy the cause.

All lived with the scorn of a nation, and often family and friends as well. While it has been more than half a century since WWII, this particular war story has been almost entirely lost to history until now.






Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Director: Neten Chokling
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Brilliant Moon

Brilliant_MoonThis film chronicles the life of writer, poet, and meditation master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of Tibet's most revered 20th-century Buddhist teachers.

He was an inspiration to all who encountered him, and his many students throughout the world included His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Majesty the King of Bhutan.

Written and Directed by Neten Chokling, director of Milarepa and a close student of Khyentse Rinpoche, and filmed in Tibet, India, Bhutan, the United States and Nepal, Brilliant Moon uses animation, unseen archival footage and photos along with new interviews of Tibet's great teachers, to tell Khyentse Rinpoche's moving life story, from birth to death to rebirth.

Director: Josh Fox

GaslandIn September 2006, theatre director and part-time banjo player Josh Fox received an unexpected letter: a natural gas company offering him $100 000 for permission to explore his family’s upstate New York property, in the lush Delaware River Basin area.

Rather than simply signing on the dotted line, Josh’s curiosity saw him asking questions. After some investigation, he discovered that the method for extracting the valuable resource from the "Saudi Arabia" of reserves, hydraulic fracturing, is exempt from several important pieces of federal legislation, including the clean water act.

As Josh sets out on a journey across America’s heartland, his personal concerns quickly uncover global ones: the multi-million dollar business of fracking has contaminated the water supply, the corporate giants are in cover-up mode, and the PR-spun government has not only turned a blind eye, but has regulated itself out of the picture…

Rough-hewn yet poetic, the film is a desperate plea for scrutiny of a powerful industry that has now turned its eyes on a new, massive and (for now) largely unexplored territory: Australia.






Ayn Rand: In Her Own Words
Director: John Little
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AynRandThis is the gripping story of the acclaimed author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead in her own words

Revealing the surprising life story of one of the world’s most influential minds, this unprecedented film weaves together Ayn Rand’s own recollections and reflections, providing a new understanding of her inspirations and influences.

This profile explores her life and career, using her own writing - both personal, and professional - to illustrate her evolving personal and political views that influenced her writing.

It also chronicles the author's life, from her childhood in Russia to her success as the spokesperson for objectivist philosophy.







DVDs selected by Katrina Fox, Editor-in Chief.

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