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Class may go until 4:30pm as some videos are more that 2 hours and we would like to have a discussion.
The documentaries shown in this class are diverse, thought-provoking, educational and informational. If you have a documentary or topic that you would like to see, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please participate in the documentaries that you find stimulating. I attempt to get Documentaries with English Subtitles. NOTE: One-time fee of $10.00 for documentaries and movie snacks, paid at the 1st class.
January 28, 2020 – Linda Ronstadt, The Sound of My Voice (2019, 93 minutes) celebrates an artist whose desire to share the music she loved made generations of fans fall in love with her and the sound of her voice. Ronstadt guides us through her early years of singing Mexican canciones with her family, her folk days with the Stone Poneys, and her reign as the “rock queen” of the ‘70s and early ‘80s. She was a pioneer for women in the mail-dominated music industry, an early advocate for human rights and had a high-profile romance with California governor Jerry Brown. Ultimately, her incredible voice was lost to Parkinson’s disease, but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever.
February 4, 2020 – Food Evolution (2016, 92 minutes) From the Academy Award nominated directory Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town) and narrated by esteemed science communicator, Neil deGrasse Tyson, FOOD EVOLUTION is set amidst a brutally polarized debate marked by fear, distrust and confusion: the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Luckily, we have Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s father-in-law in our class.
We will also show the YouTube discussion of “Food Evolution” with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye (2018, 54 minutes) to give further information on how they got involved in this project with Scott Hamilton Kennedy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9wnbcSNM9Q
February 11, 2020 – The Final Year (2017, 90 minutes) A chronicle of President Barack Obama’s administration’s foreign policy team and the events of Obama’s final year in office.
February 18, 2020 – Apollo: Missions to the Moon (2019, 94 minutes) In the late 1960’s, the United States space program neared its goal of landing a man on the Moon, but it was a journey that began years before. This is the story of Project Apollo- 12 years , 12 manned-missions, one impossible goal. With rare archival footage and audio, this remarkable documentary sheds new light on an incredible time in human history.
February 25, 2020 – American Factory (2019, 1h 50 minutes) In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a factory in an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America. Oscar Nominated, distributed by Netflix and is the first film produced by Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Productions.
March 3, 2020 – Ken Burns presents The Mayo Clinic, Faith, Hope, and Science) (2018, 1h 55 mins) tells the story of a unique medical institution that has been called a “Medical Mecca,” the “Supreme Court of Medicine,” and the “place for hope when there is no hope.” The Mayo Clinic began in 1883 as an unlikely partnership between the Sisters of Saint Francis and a country doctor named William Worrall Mayo after a devastating tornado in rural Minnesota. Since then, it has grown into an organization that treats more than a million patients a year from all 50 states and 150 countries.
March 10, 2020 – The Biggest Little Farm (2018, 91 minutes) Documentarian John Chester and his wife Molly work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres of barren farmland outside of Los Angeles.
March 17, 2020 – Stonewall Uprising (2018, 90 minutes) explores the dramatic event that launched a world-wide rights movement. Told by those who took part, from drag queens and street hustlers to police detectives, journalists, and a former mayor of New York, and featuring a rich trove of archival footage, this AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film revisits a time when homosexual acts were illegal throughout America, and homosexuality itself was seen as a form of mental illness. When police raided Stonewall on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. …the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived.
March 24, 2020 – Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017, 100 minutes) is on a mission to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world. The former start of the popular kids show, he is now the CEO of the Planetary Society, an organization founded by Bill’s mentor Carl Sagan, where he’s launching a solar propelled spacecraft into the cosmos and advocating for the importance of science, research, and discovery in public life.
March 31, 2020 – Breaking Habits (2018, 97 minutes) a group of activists led by a self-proclaimed nun seek to legitimize their marijuana farm in Merced County, California.
For April 7 & April 14, 2020 – YOU HAVE A CHOICE I will put several Documentaries up for a choice by the class. The following are examples – you can vote in class or via email:
Pavarotti (2019, 114 minutes) Ron Howard directed movie about the life and work of opera legend, Luciano Pavarotti.
How the Beatles Changed the World (2017, 90 minutes) The history of The Beatles and their influence on everything from music, art, and culture to fashion and politics.
Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018, 2h 13 minutes) A look at the life, work, activism and controversies of actress and fitness tycoon, Jane Fonda.
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (2017, 85 minutes) Through the eyes of famous chefs, audiences will see how they make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system (with Anthony Bourdain).
Oceans (2009, 84 minutes) An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic word. Supplemented with some diving photos/videos from Thailand, Mauritius and Madeira.
Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018, 97 minutes) A documentary that explores the rise and fall of the late Roger Ailes, from his early media influence on the Nixon presidency to his controversial leadership at Fox News.
The Brink (2019, 91 minutes) A fly-on-the-wall chronicle of embattled former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s global mission to spread extreme nationalism.
Of course other documentaries might come available that are even more interesting or pertinent, so we will not choose until later in the semester.
NOTE: If your choice of Documentary is not shown this semester, it can be shown in following semesters.
Instructor(s): Mallory Riegger, Maureen Metcalf, Marianne Vanzyll
Mallory Riegger has a BS in Accounting from University of Arizona and is a CPA. Mallory has handled various jobs over the years, including webmaster, treasurer, secretary, newsletter editor, among many other positions. Since joining OLLI-UA, Mallory has worked with Beverly Jordon in the Documentaries to Make You Think, been the librarian for the DVD library, served as Curriculum Committee member and CT Council member, and was elected to the OLLI-UA Board in 2019.
Maureen Metcalfe is a retired RN who worked primarily in areas of behavioral health/substance abuse. She grew up in western Pennsylvania, land of coal furnaces, steel mills and great ethnic diversity. Prior to moving to Tucson in 1979, she completed training as a Physician Assistant (a job that had no future in southern AZ at the time). She knows a little bit about a lot of things and is happy to share!
Marianne Vanzyll was born and raised in Holland. She speaks five languages, lived in Switzerland for 1 year, and in southern Spain for 8 years before coming to the US. She has been a volunteer with the AZ Cancer center for over 27 years. Marianne loves travel, photography, opera, theater, gardening, volunteering plus much much more.
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