Of Men and War Coming to Theaters


Of Men and War is discussed on Film Week with Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Wade Major and Tim Cogshell. Listen to it here!


Alive Mind Cinema is proud to partner with Spirituality & Health Magazine to curate our latest online film festival of documentaries. These diverse and intimate portraits showcase what it means to be devoted to your beliefs, spanning the globe in traditions ancient and new.

“Simply and profoundly humanistic, Of Men and War is a massive film wrought from tiny gestures.”

To see playdates for Of Men and War click here!

The Global Seed Vault, the seed storage facility in Svalbard, Norway that some might call the primary subject of our captivating documentary Seeds of Time, has been in the news a lot recently for two main reasons. First of all, the people who take care of and work at the vault are getting worried about the increase in ocean temperatures and other forms of climate change. These changes are having a direct effect on the safety of the over 5 million seeds kept in the side of that permafrost mountain in Svalbard, Norway and many scientists are calling out for attention because it is still widely ignored.

Secondly, the International Center for Agricultural Research in Syria recently had to make the first-ever withdrawal from the vault due to instability in their area. Their crop supplies were becoming dangerously low and they needed more seeds so that they could re-grow some of their most important crops and restabilize supply levels.

The fact that these seeds, which are globally considered by scientists to be a sort of insurance, or fail-safe, for a chance catastrophe that wipes out a large portion of agriculture on our planet, are being widely overlooked and ignored is very concerning. These climate changes facing us are very real and should be treated with much more urgency. It is good that news sources like CNN are beginning to run stories about this, yet it is still a ways away from being a primary concern for most people.

If you are interested in learning more you can visit the film's website or download it for personal use. You can also watch it on Netflix starting next week or buy the DVD.


Steak (R)evolution was mentioned in an excellent article about the recent surge in demand for Spanish steak. Here is an excerpt below.

Turner & George, a butcher’s in London, stocks Galician beef via Txuleta. “We came across the beef through a French film called Steak Revolution, about a guy’s quest for the perfect steak,” says co-owner James George. “Right up until the last minute his favourite steak was this rare type of wagyu, then he went to El Capricho in Spain and said it was the best he’d ever had. We tried it ourselves, and the taste was phenomenal.” They went looking for stock at the same time Borjanovic was offering it. “The fact that they were old cows offset our fears about importing it. It’s hyper-ethical, in a way, because it gives another life to the cow.”
Read the entire article

Steak (R)evolution



Last night The Wanted 18 screened to a packed house at the IFC Center. Co-Director Amer Shomali and special guest Michael Moore were in attendance for a wonderful Q&A afterwards.

The film is Palestine's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. You can watch the trailer and learn more at wanted18doc.com


AMC Classics Film Festival

We're back at it again with another enlightening online festival for all of our loyal fans. This time we are giving you streaming access to all of our Classics!

You will find films like Crazy Wisdom, Monk with a Camera, Being in the World and El Bulli for only 19.95! This deal will be going on until the end of September so take advantage before it's gone.

To begin watching these excellent films follow these short easy steps

1. Click on this link to open up the Online Festival page in a New Tab

2. Navigate to the top left corner of the page and click on the button How To Watch. Once you are on the How To Watch Page you can follow the steps to purchase your ticket and watch these wonderful films!


This past weekend, The Wanted 18 took home the top prize at The Traverse City Film FEstival. In introducing the film before the screening, Festival Founder Michael Moore highlighted the unique and often humorous style of the documentary, saying... "This is one of my favorite films that I've seen this year."

Producer Ina Fichman had this to say about the experience, "It was wonderful screening our film here in Traverse City for such appreciative and engaged audiences. Winning the Best Doc Award was the icing on the cake!"

Wanted 18 filmmakers at Traverse City Film Festival

To learn more check out the film's website!



Steak (R)evolution



In his documentary Steak Revolution Franck Ribière goes in search of the world’s best steak. But this informative foodie film is more than just footage of assorted chefs cooking delicious-looking cuts of meat. The tour encompasses breeders, butchers, grazing practices and genetics. Mr. Ribière uses a Top 10 countdown structure familiar from other searching-for-the-best documentaries, but the rankings are beside the point. This film is all about the meat and the animals it comes from.

The search takes Mr. Ribière to Japan, Italy, South America, Britain, Brooklyn (where the Peter Luger Steak House makes his list) and more. We meet assorted breeds, each with advocates among chefs.

The film has a farm-to-table sensibility, proclaiming the culinary superiority of beef that isn’t raised agribusiness-style and shipped halfway around the world. But within that mind-set is a range of philosophies about what to feed the animals, when to slaughter them, how to age the meat, how to cook it. Selecting the animals can go beyond breed to — yes — personality.

“We look for docile animals with a noble character,” says José Gordon, a breeder and chef in Spain. “This kind of character facilitates a specific marbling.”

Backyard barbecuers may never eat at any of the restaurants seen here, but they’ll come away enlightened about things like what “Angus” really means on their grocery-store cut and whether, when it comes to steaks, bigger is really better.

Web Junkie is coming to POV as part of their summer broadcast line-up! 

Tune in this coming Monday, July 13, 2015 at 10:00 PM. Or, if you can't watch it then, it will be streaming online from Tuesday, July 14 - August 13, 2015!


Amer Shomali, Co-Director of The Wanted 18, and Julia Bacha (Impact Producer) stopped by the studio earlier today to talk with Ayman Mohyeldin about the film. Check it out and go see the film if you can :)

Click on this link to see where it's currently playing!

"Imaginatively interspersing testimonials with reenactments, comic panels and Claymation, the film plays out like an entertaining absurdist satire" - The LA Times

"'The Wanted 18' follows a worthy tradition of highlighting absurdities that arise during [the] conflict" - The New York Times

"[A] humane and moving picture" - RogerEbert.com

"It's an amazing tale that's inventively well told, and speaks to ongoing issues that range well beyond the plight of its titular bovines. Moooove over Michael Moore!" - Women's E News 

The Wanted 18 is playing this week at Cinema Village in Manhattan and the Laemmle Noho 7 in Los Angeles...Don't miss it!