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News Hookup: 5 ‘White Wash’ DVDs With Grammy-Winning Narrator Ben Harper

Chicago – In our latest documentary edition of Hookup: DVD, we have 5 DVDs up for grabs for the home entertainment release of “White Wash”!

The film is narrated by the legendary Grammy Award winner Ben Harper (“Fistful of Mercy,” “Relentless 7,” “Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals”) along with TariqBlack Thought” Trotter of the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group The Roots, which originally scored the film. The “White Wash” DVD will be released on Oct. 4, 2011 by Virgil Films & Entertainment.

The film also features Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Sal Masekela, Sam George, Rick Blocker, Rusty White, Charles Ross, Mark Chapman, John Hoberman, Lee Pitts, Audwin Andersen, Doug Flamming and Andrea Kabwasa from writer and director Ted Woods.

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Lr's The Blu Room: Riding Giants (Blu-ray)

Riding Giants (Blu-ray)Sony Home ENTERTAINMENT2004/Rated PG-13/105 minsNow Available – List Price $24.95 Stacy Peralta, who wrote and directed Dogtown and Z-Boys, the terrific 2002 documentary about the invention and culture of skateboarding, takes a look at where the sport got much inspiration from, big-wave surfing. His follow-up documentary Riding Giants is a passionate yet fun examination of the daredevil sport and its larger than live pioneers who were driven by their thrill seeking instincts. Also serving as the film's narrator, Peralta takes us back to surfing's origins with the humorous “1000 Years of Surfing in 2 Minutes or Less” which reveals the development and evolution of the sport amongst Polynesian cultures in the early twentieth century. Told in a Terry Gilliam animation style, the segment takes the story from pre-Christian Hawaii through the Captain Cook islands to southern California and then to a small group of West Coast refugees who went to the
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Crips And Bloods: Made In America d: Stacy Peralta

Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008) Direction: Stacy Peralta Screenplay: Stacy Peralta and Sam George Narration: Forest Whitaker     In the 1980s and into the first half of the 1990s, gang violence in American urban centers grabbed nightly news headlines with a distant sensationalism that appears almost quaint in the era of the 24-hour news cycle. Perhaps because threats emerging beyond the borders of the United States appear more prevalent or maybe because superficial aspects of the thug life entered the pop culture vernacular, gang warfare in cities such as Los Angeles has bled into the background of media chatter in the last fifteen years. Crips and Bloods: Made in America reintroduces the conversation into the mainstream. Director Stacy Peralta [...]
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Crips & Bloods: Made in America

Release Date: Jan. 23 [limited]

Director: Stacy Peralta

Writers: Stacy Peralta & Sam George

Cinematographer: Tony Hardmon

Studio/Run Time: Balance Vector, 93 mins.

Stacy Peralta, best known for his films about skaters and surfers, may not seem like the best filmmaker to untangle the complicated history of gang violence in Los Angeles. But his previous film, Riding Giants, is one of the rare surfing documentaries that appeals to non-surfers like myself, and applying that same sense of storytelling and visual style to a weightier subject actually works surprisingly well.
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Surf's up for Peralta with Columbia deal

Surf's up for Peralta with Columbia deal
Documentarian Stacy Peralta, whose surfing film Riding Giants opened this year's Sundance Film Festival, has struck a deal with Columbia Pictures to make his narrative feature debut on an untitled surfing film. Peralta will direct the project from a script he will co-write with Sam George, his writing partner on Riding Giants. It's described as an original film and not a remake of Giants, though one of the subjects from the film will make waves in Peralta's new project, he said. Giants, due to roll out next month from Sony Pictures Classics, explores the lives and passions of big-wave surfers from around the world with a heavy focus on surfers Greg Noll, Jeff Clark and Laird Hamilton and three epochs of big-wave surfing. Peralta said his untitled feature will focus on the life and surroundings of Noll, whom he called "the Babe Ruth of surfing."

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