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Director Mark Wexler embarks on a worldwide trek to investigate just what it means to grow old and what it could mean to really live forever. But whose advice should he take? Does 94-year-old exercise guru Jack LaLanne have all the answers, or does Buster, a 101-year-old chain-smoking, beer-drinking marathoner? What about futurist Ray Kurzweil, a laughter yoga expert, or an elder porn star?
Wexler explores the viewpoints of delightfully unusual characters alongside those of health, fitness and life-extension experts in this engaging new documentary, which challenges our notions of youth and aging with comic poignancy. Begun as a study in life-extension, How To Live Forever evolves into a thought-provoking examination of what truly gives life meaning.
“Engaging…Remarkably spry and lighthearted.”
– NEW YORK TIMES
“A documentary of amazing complexity. Ferociously alive!”
– ROGER EBERT, CHICAGO SUN TIMES
“Anyone expecting to get old should see it.”
– THE BOSTON GLOBE
“A wry, hopeful yet enigma-appreciating documentary about the perils
and possibilities that come with growing old.”
– LOS ANGELES TIMES
“Enlightening and entertaining.”
– HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“How to live forever’ is the perfect film at the perfect moment.”
– AARP THE MAGAZINE
“Amusing and eye opening”
– HUFFINGTON POST
Air Force One aired as a one hour prime time PBS/National Geographic special in July 2001 to some of the highest ratings ever for a documentary. The film weaves together the story of the technological marvel of the “Flying White House” with the history of the President’s unique, personal plane. It includes original interviews with Presidents Ford, Carter, Bush, Clinton, Bush, as well with pilots, engineers, stewards and Cabinet advisors. And it takes us into the private office, the bedroom, even the communications center and emergency operating room of the highest ranking employee in America. After five years of negotiation, Wexler became the first filmmaker to be given exclusive access to the world’s most famous — and most secret — aircraft.
Mark Wexler’s cinematic blend of biography and autobiography centers on his relationship with his father, legendary Oscar®-winning cinematographer and filmmaker Haskell Wexler, whose long and illustrious career is a virtual catalogue of 20th-century classics. Haskell’s collaborations with such world-class filmmakers as Elia Kazan, Milos Forman, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Mike Nichols include such works as WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, COMING HOME, BOUND FOR GLORY and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST. The film features interviews with many of these artists, along with such luminaries as Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas and Sidney Poitier.
But the true “star” of TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE is Haskell himself, a controversial, larger-than life character who challenges his son’s filmmaking skills while announcing with complete conviction that he could have done a better job directing most of the movies he’s shot. As these two men swap positions on camera and behind it – sometimes shooting one another simultaneously – the film looks with honesty and compassion at their attempts to reconcile before it’s too late.
“emotionally charged… the richest documentary of
its kind since Terry Zwigoff’s ‘Crumb’”
– STEPHEN HOLDEN, NEW YORK TIMES
“a stunning personal document –
funny, touching, vital…3 ½ stars”
– PETER TRAVERS, ROLLING STONE
“Touching and truthful…3 ½ stars”
– ROGER EBERT, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
“Four stars… one of the year’s best films…
funny, intimate and surprisingly poignant.”
– CHRISTY LEMIRE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
“Four stars… Compelling! An overview of a great artist’s
life as well as a powerful story of a father and son
struggling to connect.”
– PATRICIA BOSWORTH, VANITY FAIR
“poignant…this is no ordinary documentary.”
– PATRICK GOLDSTEIN, LOS ANGELES TIMES
“A remarkable work — lively…humorous,
deeply revealing of both father and son.”
– KEVIN THOMAS, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Oh brother, where art thou? Well, if he has an identical twin, and it’s early August, he’s probably with him at “Twins Days,” the largest gathering of twins anywhere in the world. In his extraordinary short subject documentary “Seeing Double,” filmmaker Mark Wexler visits the annual festival, held in Twinsburg, Ohio every August, and takes us on a memorable journey into the odd, and oddly endearing, culture of twinhood. Interviewing a number of siblings attending the festival (all of whom not only look alike but dress alike), Wexler reveals the curious, even eerie bond that links twins throughout their lives, from the private invented languages of childhood, through the strange phenomenon of shared physical pain, to the troubled marriages that sometimes arise from intense spousal jealousy. Aired on the National Geographic Channel, “Seeing Double” is a celebration of life, of brotherhood and sisterhood, and of the mysterious connections that make the human family an everlasting riddle.
It was supposed to be an objective documentary about dating and mating in America; it ended up a dangerously intimate film about sex, love, commitment, and kosher chicken. Mark Wexler’s “Me and My Matchmaker” tells the true story of Irene Nathan, a Chicago based shadkham — or matchmaker — who upholds a centuries-old Jewish tradition of arranged matches. While going about the business of bringing singles together, Irene gradually draws Wexler into her world, her net and his own film, changing both their lives forever. Along the way, we meet several of Irene’s clients, including two women Wexler woos and dates on camera. Over the course of the documentary, Irene’s intimacy with the filmmaker grows more complex and ever more delicate, shedding new light on the meaning of friendship and romance — throwing into new light, and confusion — the endlessly fascinating dance between a filmmaker and his subject.
“Entertaining, funny, absorbing, honest, revealing,
surprising, and convincing!”
– ROGER EBERT, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
“Amazing and touching in the way it allows
people to reveal themselves on camera!”
– ROGER EBERT, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
“A warm-hearted, funny, and honest account
of the filmmaker’s perilous search for romance!”
– GEORGE LUCAS
“Alternately touching and hilarious!
A feast of insights and observations.”
Legendary travel writer Pico Iyer hosts this delightful tour of the world’s Matcha tea mecca located in Uji, Japan. Wexler’s breathtaking cinematography and Iyer’s fascinating insights provide viewers a sumptuous feast for the senses and the mind.
Celebrated travel writer Pico Iyer, a global citizen and longtime resident of Japan, has a keen eye for the special and the sacred. Here, he explores the surprisingly fascinating culture of Japanese convenience stores. As the ultimate outsider’s insider, Iyer’s humorous and touching insights reveal the magic of these hidden gems.
Step into the kitchen of celebrated chef Jay Fai, the world’s first recipient of a Michelin star for street food. This 75 year-old shows no signs of slowing down and still prepares every dish herself in her packed restaurant where scoring a reservation takes over two months.
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Filmmaker Mark Wexler, a licensed pilot and life-long airplane enthusiast, was an early adopter of drone technology for aerial cinematography. His keen artist’s eye and steady pilot’s hand produce unforgettable footage of virtually every kind of landscape around the globe.
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