Todd Loren was a brilliant businessman and a First Amendment crusader, but he was also known for creating legions of enemies through his insufferable actions. At the height of his success, Loren was fatally stabbed. His murder remains unsolved 13 years later, though clues point to Andrew Cunanan, the reported serial killer who has been linked to the 1997 slaying of fashion designer Gianni Versace.
With interviews from those who worked closest with Loren, alongside commentary from rock stars Alice Cooper and Mojo Nixon, and from comic book publishers Denis Kitchen and Gary Groth. Music by Elvis Costello, Pegboy, and Mojo Nixon, “The Story of Rock 'N' Roll Comics” celebrates the accomplishments of this entrepreneur, and the phenomenon that was Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics.
'The Story of Rock 'N' Roll Comics' will be released on DVD in the April 24th, 2012.
“The Story of Rock 'N' Roll Comics,” from director Ilko Davidov, chronicles the life of Todd Loren: the controversial publisher of unauthorized, illustrated biographies of rock and roll performers.
It is often said that truth is stranger than fiction, and no phrase could more accurately describe Todd Loren’s story. “The Story of RnR Comics” takes a multifaceted look at rock music, comic books, and Loren’s own achievements; including his landmark legal victory that established First Amendment protections for comic books and graphic novels.
In Children in Exile survivors of Soviet deportation to Siberia describe their experiences as the youngest victims of the Soviet system. These crimes against humanity have never been legally confronted, and as one of the interviewed victims states, "a crime should be called a crime."
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within featuring never before seen footage as well as exclusive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues. Born the heir of the Burroughs' adding machine estate, he struggled throughout his life with addiction, control systems, and self. He was forced to deal with the tragedy of killing his wife and the repercussions of neglecting his son. His novel, Naked Lunch, was one of the last books to be banned by the U.S. government. Allen Ginsberg and Norman Mailer testified on behalf of the book. The courts eventually overturned their decision in 1966, ruling that the book had an important social value. It remains one of the most recognized literary works of the 20th century. William Burroughs was one of the first to cross the dangerous boundaries of queer and drug culture in the 1950s, and write about his experiences.
Eventually he was hailed the godfather of the beat generation and influenced artists for generations to come. However, his friends were left wondering, did William ever find happiness? This extremely personal documentary breaks the surface of the troubled and brilliant world of one of the greatest authors of all time. "William S. Burroughs: A Man Within" is the first and only posthumous documentary about this legendary figure.
Sacred Sounds is a one hour documentary shot in Morocco at the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music. With dynamic musical performances in the Islamic, Christian, and Jewish traditions, it explores sacred music through interviews with artists and religious figures. Sacred Sounds breaks down cultural, political, and religious barriers to celebrate our similarities and our diversities.
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From directors Mark Blottner, Denis Mueller, and Ilko Davidov comes a documentary film focusing on the struggles against marginalization of one of America's greatest and least understood authors, Nelson Algren. Told through a compilation of rare archival interviews, historic footage, literary excerpts, and contemporary analysis. Content includes documentary footage of Algren and interviews with Kurt Vonnegut and Studs Terkel. Algren scholars Bettina Drew, Brooke Horvath, and James Giles provide concise literary, social, and historic perspectives. Simone de Beauvoir's influence is explored as well as the damaging activities of the FBI. Impressionistic scenes complement literary excerpts that provide the narrative thread about a writer who gave voice to those who had none.