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6:34 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

(I)NTERVIEW: Harvey Hubbell V

CPBN Media Lab

Harvey Hubbell V is many things; chief among them he is a documentary filmmaker. His work has won many awards, including the Gold World Medal for Comedy at The New York Festivals and multiple Emmys. Harvey has worked in many aspects of production, meandering the professional halls of commercial work and feature films (Mr. Deeds, BlackMale), but has found his home in the documentarian world. “Commercials are film-lies” Harvey says, “…documentaries are film-truth”. The search for that film truth has taken Mr. Hubbell all across the great United States, Poland, Peru, and beyond.

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Where We Live
10:03 am
Thu June 13, 2013

The "Pelotero" Comes to New Britain

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Ballplayer: Pelotero is a film about the baseball pipeline between the Dominican Republic and Major League Baseball. One of the characters in the movie was Miguel Sano - a third baseman now in the Minnesota Twins organization.

Back in March, we spoke with one of the filmmaker’s behind Ballplayer: Pelotero, Jon Paley about their next project.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:38 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Live From The Berkshire International Film Festival

Chion Wolf

It began last night with a documentary about some of the greatest backup singers in rock and roll history, including Darlene Love, who is here, and a short film featuring Tony Shalhoub, who was here.

It will close with a screening of the much anticipated film "Frances Ha" directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Greta Gerwig, both of whom will be here. And in between, the Berkshire International Film Festival will show 26 other documentaries, 24 other feature films and 23 other shorts. Roughly 20 different countries will be represented in the mix.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:38 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Live From The Berkshire International Film Festival

Chion Wolf

It began last night with a documentary about some of the greatest backup singers in rock and roll history, including Darlene Love, who is here, and a short film featuring Tony Shalhoub, who was here.

It will close with a screening of the much anticipated film "Frances Ha" directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Greta Gerwig, both of whom will be here. And in between, the Berkshire International Film Festival will show 26 other documentaries, 24 other feature films and 23 other shorts. Roughly 20 different countries will be represented in the mix.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:37 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Samuel Arbesman on The Half-Life of Facts

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Facts change all the time. Smoking has gone from doctor recommended to deadly. We used to think the Earth was the center of the universe and that Pluto was a planet. For decades, we were convinced that the brontosaurus was a real dinosaur. In short, what we know about the world is constantly changing. But it turns out there’s an order to the state of knowledge, an explanation for how we know what we know. Samuel Arbesman is an expert in the field of scientometrics—literally the science of science, and he’ll join us to look at The Half-Life of Facts.

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Where We Live
11:08 am
Tue March 12, 2013

'Marriage In the Movies'

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So how might we best portray the realities of marriage? In a novel, perhaps?  A long-running TV drama or sitcom?  What about a movie?

Serious business indeed. It seems hard to translate the ins and outs of a long relationship in a 2-hour capsule.  Hollywood has been trying since the silent film age, but not always with success.  Wesleyan Film Historian Jeanine Basigner calls a story about marriage a “screenwriter’s nightmare” in her book I Do and I Don’t: A History of Marriage in the Movies.

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Where We Live
12:09 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Let's Get Creative

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We talk about creativity here on Where We Live every so often... it’s one of our favorite subjects. In fact, this year we’ll be partnering with Connecticut Creates - a consortium of creative people around the state - to have more of these conversations.

Today’s “creative conversation” is thanks to two dozen high school students from Watkinson School in Hartford, who are all pursuing a creative arts diploma in music, film, theater, dance, visual arts, or writing.

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Where We Live
12:31 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Portraying Lincoln

Catie Talarski

It’s argued that no one can do as good of a job of portraying President Lincoln on film as Daniel Day-Lewis. 

Lincoln, the movie, is up for 12 Academy Awards. But weeks before the Oscars, Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney is asking the studio to alter an inaccuracy that puts Connecticut on the wrong side of the slavery debate.

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Where We Live
10:40 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Independent Filmmakers in Connecticut

Chion Wolf

The Sundance Film Festival just announced this year’s lineup - and it’s a record year for women. Eight of the sixteen films are directed by women, the most in the festivals 33 year history - the first time the entries have been split between male and female directors. So maybe females in the industry are making strides, but it’s still a hard road for independents of any gender.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:08 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Impostors In Plain Sight

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From Frank Abagnale in "Catch Me If You Can" to "The Return of Martin Guerre" to "The Music Man," we are entertained and amused by stories of impostors.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:09 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

The Nose: "Eastwooding," RNC 2012, And Will.i.am On Mars

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One of the basic rules of showbiz is that you don't overshadow the star.

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Coming Home Project
12:33 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Attention on High Number of Sexual Assaults in Military

U.S Navy

On Monday, The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education in Stamford hosted a viewing of "Invisible War," an award-winning documentary about sexual assault in the military. More servicemembers who have experienced this trauma are starting to file claims with the VA.

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Coming Home Project
2:00 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Gold Star Mothers Tell Their Stories in Upcoming Documentary

Courtesy of Nick Forte

Two graduates of the University of Connecticut have teamed up to tell the stories of women who share a common experience. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:29 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Paul Marcarelli & "The Green"

Table Ten Productions

Reality is composed of the public and the private. Paul Marcarelli was the Test Man, the "Can You Hear Me Now" guy for nine years of iconic commercials. During that time, he believed he could not identify himself as a gay man without affecting his income stream. The Test Man had to be Everyman, not part of a sub-group.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
1:58 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

John Sayles' "Amigo"

Variance Films

It has been called "The Forgotten War", but it's not forgotten by writer and director John Sayles, who is on the show to talk about his newest film about the Philippine-American war, "Amigo".

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:12 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

The Nose: Welcome To The 'Land Of Steady Habits'

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Is Connecticut funny? Is Connecticut anything?

In 1992, film-maker Ken Simon made a documentary attempting to probe the identity of the state. He interviewed a range of "experts," including me. The title of this documentary? "Between Boston and New York."

That tells you something. Even a painstaking attempt to pin down what Connecticut is winds up bowing to all the things Connecticut ain't.  There's a somewhat rude anatomical term for this. I'm not going to use it.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:37 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Two Unlikely Movie Gurus Opine On Cinema

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Bill Curry says there should be a National "Bring Your Whole Self to Politics" day in which political people reveal all the complicated sides they have that don't fit into the stark equations that make one a liberal or a conservative, a Republican or a Democrat.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:57 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Faith Middleton Show: Mothers of Bedford

Joshua Davis

Mothers of Bedford is a feature length documentary film that follows five women incarcerated in New York's Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. 

The film examines the struggles and joys these five women face as prisoners and mothers. It shows the normal frustrations of parenting as well as the surreal experiences of a child's first birthday party inside prison, the cell that child lives in with her mother, and the biggest celebration of the year, Mother's Day in prison!

See a screening of this film June 23.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:29 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Hartford Jewish Film Festival

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What makes a Jewish film, well, Jewish?

It's a question for which the Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival has twenty-one star-studded answers, with an eclectic slate of first-run dramatic features, power-packed documentaries, biographies, musicals, comedies and shorts to amaze, inspire and entertain movie lovers. Our international search to discover new and unusual films that take Jewish storytelling to new heights yielded cinematic gems from Argentina, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Romania and the United States.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:37 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Is 'Movie Magic' Dying?

Elizabeth Taylor has died. But the moviegoing experience she embodied died long before her. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:16 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Celebrating Theater-Film Director and Acting Teacher Jack Garfein

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Having arrived in America as a teenage Holocaust survivor, Jack Garfein would soon rise to the top of his field as a teacher and practitioner. He has worked with a who's who of twentieth-century acting, especially those associated with the Actors Studio, the West Coast branch of which he founded.

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:23 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho

 Renowned film critic David Thomson plumbs the horror and inspiration of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest film.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:44 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

The Nose: Oscar Roundup 2010 - What Were Your Favorites?

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The movie that had the biggest impact on the Academy Awards over the last ten years is one that did not win best picture ... or even get nominated - it was  "The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan's 2008 Batman movie that was shunned in 2009.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:17 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

The Nose: Do Movies Need To Be Historically Accurate?

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Movies are usually beautiful lies. If you want to learn about history, read a history book. The most a movie can do is kind of light you up, in a vague way, about its historical subject. You watch "Gandhi," maybe you get why Gandhi was such a big deal.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:04 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Who Deserves An Oscar?

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Finally, Colin and David Edelstein agree on something - Winter's Bone for Best Picture!

America's Greatest Living Film Critic knows his movies. We talked with him about the surprises in the 2010 Oscar nominations and which awards he thinks are a lock. 

Edelstein also dropped some references to a few really interesting movies, a few of which you can find on the sidebar.

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