Unit 6 Films

The Endless Summer- This is a film directed by Bruce Brown about two surfers who start their search for the perfect wave in California and travel to different continents and countries in their search. Bruce Brown follows two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, on a surf trip around the world. Despite the balmy climate of their native California, cold ocean currents make local beaches inhospitable during the winter. They travel to the coasts of Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii in a quest for new surf spots and introduce locals to the sport. Other important surfers of the time, such as Miki Dora, Eugene Harris, Phil Edwards and Butch Van Artsdalen, also appear.

On Any Sunday- This film directed by Bruce Brown is about the journey motorcycle riders take in order to achieve their goal in getting the number one spot. It was nominated for a 1972 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. Brown tried to show the unique talents needed for the different forms of racing. For instance, the motocross riders were typically free-spirited types, while desert racers were often loners. In Grand National racing, Brown showed the differing personalities, such as the business-like approach to racing displayed by Mert Lawwill versus the carefree approach that wild young rookie David Aldana became known for

Sicko - Made in 2007. A film directed by Michael Moore, exploring the issues of health insurance in America, depicting its roots, comparisons, and rise to place. The film talks about the decisions some people have to make, nobody should have to choice a body part they want to keep. The film shows how sad and scary the corrupt American health care is. The film investigates health care in the United States, focusing on its health insurance and the pharmaceutical industry. The film compares the for-profit, non-universal U.S. system with the non-profit universal health care systems of Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Cuba. Interviews are conducted with people who thought they had adequate coverage but were denied care. Former employees of insurance companies describe cost-cutting initiatives that give bonuses to insurance company physicians and others to find reasons for the company to avoid meeting the cost of medically necessary treatments for policy holders, and thus increase company profitability. Another one of Michael Moore's controversial movies depicting the healthcare system of America, and the perspective of the denied.

Dogtown and Z Boys-Sub-titled "The Birth of Extreme", this documetary takes a look at the transformation of skateboarding from its former image as a land-bound pastime for surfers to its status today as an extreme and acrobatic sport in its own right. Starting from the California surf community of Dogtown, the film follows the evolution of modern skateboarding through it's 70's heyday, its decline during the 80's, and its eventual (and highly lucrative) return in the 90's. This film mainly used archival footage and photographs of the Z-Boys to show what it looked like for them back in the 1970s. "Dogtown and Z-Boys" shows people such as Tony Alva, Jay Adams, and Stacy Peralta making skating what it is today and how they and the sport as changed as a whole over the years.

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill- A homeless musician finds meaning to his life when he starts a friendship with dozens of parrots. 2005 documentary film directed, produced, and edited by Judy Irving. It chronicles the relationship between mark Bittner, an unemployed musician who is living rent-free in a cabin in Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, California, and a flock of feral parrots that he feeds and interacts with. Much of the documentary focuses on the individual parrots, and their relationships with one another.Bittner notes that there is humor in the piece, which he believes makes it different from many other nature documentaries. This film shows a very unique man who lives his life for the birds and that is all he wants to do. H
e is very dedicated and into what he does and he will always have a very great love for parrots.

Dust to Glory- A documentary on the Baja 1000, an annual off-road race held in Baja, Mexico that attracts hundreds of racers, their souped-up machines, and thousands of fans. The race includes a variety of vehicles, motorcycles, dune buggies, Volkswagen Beetles, trophy trucks, and quad bikes. The race trails around harsh terrain and active highways, leading to probable accidents during the course of the race. An action-adventure documentary chronicling the most notorious and dangerous race in the world--the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Rivaling the Indy 500 and 25 Hours of Daytona, the race across Baja's peninsula is unpredictable, grueling and raw--just like the uncharted American West of yesteryear. To capture the vast desert panoramas and intense action of the race, the film team utilized, fifty-five cameras, four helicopters, a four-passenger buggy camera car and a crew of over eighty people. Thousands of participants, generations of families and racing icons such as Robby Gordon, Mario Andretti, Jimmy Vasser and Motorcycle Supercross legend Mike Mouse McCoy joined together to experience the thrill and glory of the infamous race--an event of sheer human determination.

Who Killed the Electric Car?- A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future; explores the creation, limited commercialization, and subsequent destruction of the battery electric vehilcle in the United States, specifically the General Motors EV1 of the mid 1990s. The film explores the roles of automobile manufacturers , the oil industry , the US government , the Californian government , batteries , hydrogen vehicles , and consumers in limiting the development and adoption of this technology. Directed by Chris Paine, Starring Martin Sheen , Ed Begley Jr. , Phyllis Diller