When 25-year-old NYCB dancer Justin Peck begins to emerge as a promising young choreographer, he is commissioned to create a new ballet for the Company's 2013 Winter Season. With unprecedented access to an elite world, the film follows Peck as he collaborates with musicians, lighting designers, costume designers and his fellow dancers to create Paz de la Jolla, NYCB's 422nd new ballet.
Nicholas Vreeland walked away from a worldly life of privilege to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Grandson of legendary Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, and trained by Irving Penn to become a photographer, Nicholas' life changed drastically upon meeting a Tibetan master, one of the teachers of the Dalai Lama.
It examines a critical yet overlooked moment of transformation in Palestine, long before the Balfour Declaration and British Mandate period usually considered the matchstick for today's ongoing struggles. It was a time when identities were fluid and few Arabs or Jews living there could imagine the conflict that would engulf their region for the next century.
In every animal's life, there comes a time when it must stand on its own, and face the world alone. For a few, this happens just moments after birth, others have the advantage of home schooling under the watchful eye. But growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators, and making friends does not always come naturally. These are the trials of young animals all over the world, as they prepare to leave home.
Twenty-five years ago, NASA launched one of the most ambitious experiments in the history of astronomy: the Hubble Space Telescope. This single telescope has helped astronomers pinpoint the age of the universe, revealed the birthplace of stars, and uncovered black holes lurking at the heart of galaxies. In honor of its anniversary, Nova tells the remarkable story that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it.
For two years filmmakers, rangers, and scientists follow a family of the recently-discovered Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys. The monkey society, formed in response to the hardships of the Himalayas, endures those hardships with a mixture of kindness, violence, cooperation, and interdependence.
Coming like a bolt out of the blue amidst an otherwise tepid and uninspiring era for rock music, Guns N' Roses' 1987 debut album was quite literally a life-changing release for many music fans. But while this stunning record was then, and still is now, the band's defining statement, it should not be forgotten that in its wake came the most ambitious recording project that any group had undertaken since the rock age began.
Looks at the world of the delicatessan, the creation of Jewish immigrants as a way of preserving ethnic culinary traditions in the New World. Profiles Ziggy Gruber, co-owner of Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessan Restaurant in Houston and third-generation deli man, as well as other deli owners and aficionados in the U.S. and Canada.
Reexamines the Vietnam War and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted by the iconic host of The Dick Cavett Show from 1968-75. Those interviews, combined with archival footage, network news broadcasts, and newly filmed interviews with Cavett and other experts, provide fresh insight and perspective on this controversial chapter of American history.
200,000 years ago we took our first steps in Africa. Today there are seven billion of us living across the planet. How did our ancestors spread from continent to continent? This is a global detective story, featuring the latest archaeological discoveries and genetic research. On each continent, we track down the earliest members of our species, Homo sapiens. Who were these First Peoples? What drove them to the ends of the earth?
Long before 9/11, a far deadlier, little-known attack from the ocean depths struck our shores, lasting three-and-a-half years and claiming 5,000 lives. Now, famed undersea explorer Bob Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, investigates the wreck of one of the attack craft, a German submarine that lies at the bottom of the gulf just a few miles off New Orleans.