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From the Bronx to Yale

High school students from Democracy Prep school in the South Bronx, New York, compete against young people across the U.S. at a ‘speech’ competition at Yale University, a form of competitive acting. Last year’s champion, Stephen, is hoping to regain his crown, but ambitious newcomers are coming up behind him. It’s not only trophies at stake, this could be their only chance of a college scholarship.
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2018; 2016
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Everything Is Copy

Everything Is Copyprofiles the life of Nora Ephron, the writer/director who was known for her acerbic wit and whose films include such cultural touchstones asSilkwood,When Harry Met Sally, andSleepless in Seattle. Written and directed by her son, Jacob Bernstein, the 89-minute film is Bernstein’s personal investigation into his mother’s favorite motto, “Everything is copy”—a philosophy that all that happens in life, good and bad,is fodder for comedy. The film charts Ephron’s career, starting from an early stint as a reporter for theNew York Postto regular columnist forEsquire, theNew York TimesandCosmopolitan; her rise to become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after writer/directors; as well as her high-profile relationshipswith celebrities in Hollywood and in the literary world; and, [...]
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2018; 2016
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I'm No Dummy

Jeff Dunham, Jay Johnson, and Lynn Trefzger are modern masters featured in this entertaining documentary with historian Tom Ladshaw. A surprising and funny exploration of modern ventriloquism, it's a rare window into the inventive creative drive that lets these storytellers do what they do. Ventriloquism is not your grandfather's novelty act; it's a dynamic and comedic art of the highest level.
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2017; 2009
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The Method 2: Based on Stanislavski and Strasberg and Kazan

In this video, acting coach and Strasberg expert Lorrie Hull demonstrates advanced work in Method acting, teaching relaxation exercises, improvisation techniques, and affective memory. The video also features discussions with and demonstrations by Bill Smithers, Brendan Gillespie, Charles Dutton, Bonita Brisker, Joyce Roth, and Betsey Skye.
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2017; 2009
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Society's Response to Suicide

Professor of psychiatry and author Kay Redfield Jamison explains that, ". . . society has a vested interest in keeping people from killing themselves." Dr. Jamison adds that it's important to ". . . make it easier for people to talk about depression, about anxiety, about eating disorders, about alcoholism, about drug abuse problems."
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2015; 2011
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The Power of the Actor: The Chubbuck Technique

Acting coach to some of Hollywood's biggest stars, Ivan Chubbuck explains her 12 step acting technique as outlined in the best-selling book, The Power of the Actor.
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2019