Grizzly Man is a 2005 American documentary film by German director Werner Herzog. It chronicles the death of grizzly bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell; the film includes some of Treadwell's own footage of his interactions with grizzly bears before 2003, of interviews with people who knew, or were involved with Treadwell, as well as professionals dealing with wild bears. He and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard who were both from New York state lost their lives to a grizzly bear on October 6, 2003. Treadwell's footage was found after his death; the bear that killed Treadwell and Huguenard was encountered and killed by the group retrieving the semi-digested remains of the victims. An audio recording of the attack has never been released; the final film was co-produced by Discovery Docs, the Discovery Channel's theatrical documentary unit, Lions Gate Entertainment. The film's soundtrack is by guitarist Richard Thompson. Herzog used sequences extracted from more than 100 hours of video footage shot by Treadwell during the last five years of his life.
He conducted and filmed interviews with Treadwell's family and friends, bear and nature experts. Park rangers and bear experts commented on statements and actions by Treadwell, such as his repeated claims that he was defending the bears from poachers. Park rangers noted; as another example, Treadwell claimed he had "gained the trust" of certain bears, sufficient to approach and pet them. Park rangers pointed out that bears are wild and dangerous animals. One park ranger suggested that the bears were so confused by Treadwell's direct, casual contact that they weren't sure how to react to him. Other park rangers point out that the bears were not threatened by poachers, but Treadwell's actions put them at real risk of harm and death. By familiarizing them with human contact, he increased the likelihood that they would approach human habitation seeking food, cause a confrontation in which humans would kill them. In 2003, Treadwell was camping in Katmai National Park with Amie Huguenard. Treadwell left the park at the end of summer but that year stayed into early October.
This put him and Huguenard at greater risk, as in this period, bears are aggressive about searching for food to store up calories for hibernation during the winter. Herzog speculates that their staying in the season resulted in the deaths of Treadwell and Huguenard. In addition to presenting views from friends and professionals, Herzog narrates and offers his own interpretations of events, he concluded. Herzog notes that nature is harsh. Treadwell's view clouded his thinking and led him to underestimate danger, resulting in his death and that of Huguenard. Treadwell's video camera captured an audio record of the bear attack. Herzog refrained from making this a part of the film, but he is shown listening to it disturbed; the director advised Jewel Palovak to destroy it rather than listen to it. He repudiated his own advice, saying it was Stupid... silly advice born out of the immediate shock of hearing—I mean, it's the most terrifying thing I've heard in my life. Being shocked like that, I told her,'You should never listen to it, you should rather destroy it.
It should not be sitting on your shelf in your living room all the time.' she slept over it and decided to do something much wiser. She did not destroy it but separated herself from the tape, she put it in a bank vault; the coroner gave Palovak Treadwell's wristwatch, retrieved from his left arm, one of the few remains found. Willy Fulton, the pilot who discovered the remains of Treadwell and Huguenard, had noted seeing the lone arm with the wristwatch and not being able to keep the image out of his mind. Treadwell spent 13 summers in Preserve, Alaska. Over time, he believed, he gained some national notoriety for his work with the bears and founded Grizzly People with his friend Jewel Palovak. They worked to protect bears in national parks by raising awareness. Park officials warned him that his interaction with the bears was unsafe to both him and to the bears. "At best, he's misguided," Deb Liggett, superintendent at Katmai and Lake Clark national parks, told the Anchorage Daily News in 2001.
"At worst, he's dangerous. If Timothy models unsafe behavior, that puts bears and other visitors at risk." Treadwell filmed his exploits, used the films to raise public awareness of the problems faced by bears in North America. In 2003, at the end of his 13th visit, he and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard were attacked and eaten by a bear; the events that led to the attack are unknown. Jewel Palovak, co-founder of Grizzly People and a close friend of Treadwell's, had to give her approval for the film to be produced, as she controlled his video archives; the filmmakers had to deal with logistical as well as sentimental factors related to Treadwell's footage of his bear interactions. Grizzly People is a "grassroots organization" concerned with the treatment of bears in the United States. After her friend's death, Palovak was left with control of Grizzly People and Treadwell's 100 hours of archival footage; as his close friend, former girlfriend, confidante, she had a large emotional stake in the production.
She had known Treadwell since 1985 and felt a deep sense of responsibility
Capote is a 2005 biographical film about Truman Capote directed by Bennett Miller. It follows the events during the writing of Capote's non-fiction book In Cold Blood. Philip Seymour Hoffman won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his critically acclaimed portrayal of the title character; the film was based on Gerald Clarke's biography Capote. It was filmed in Manitoba in the autumn of 2004, it was released September 2005, to coincide with Truman Capote's birthday. In 1959, the four dead bodies of the Clutter family are discovered on their Kansas farm. While reading The New York Times, Truman Capote is riveted by the story and calls The New Yorker magazine editor William Shawn to tell him that he plans to document the tragedy. Capote travels to Kansas, he intends to interview those involved with the Clutter family, with Lee as his go-between and facilitator. Alvin Dewey, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation's lead detective on the case, brushes him off, but Dewey's wife Marie is a fan of Capote's writing and persuades her husband to invite Capote and Lee to their house for dinner.
Capote's stories of movie sets and film stars captivate Marie. Over time, her husband allows him to view the photographs of the victims; the Deweys and Capote are having dinner when the murder suspects, Perry Smith and Richard "Dick" Hickock, are caught. Flattery, a keen insight into the human condition facilitate Capote's visits to the prison where the accused are held. Capote begins to form an attachment to Smith, he informs Shawn of his intent to expand the story into a full-length book. Following the trial and conviction, Capote gains continued access to the murderers by bribing Warden Marshall Krutch. Capote spends the following years visiting Smith and learning about his life, excepting a year-long stint when he goes to Morocco and Spain to write the "first three parts" of the book, accompanied by his romantic partner Jack Dunphy; the story of Smith's life, his remorseful manner, his emotional sincerity impress Capote, who becomes attached to him despite the gruesome murders. Capote aids Hickock by obtaining expert legal counsel for them and initiating an appeal.
Still he is frustrated, as Smith declines to relate what happened on the night of the murders. Though an effort to provide proper representation and extend Capote's opportunity to speak with the killers, the appeals process drags on for several years. Without the court case being resolved, Capote feels he is stuck with a story without an ending, he is unable to complete his book, he gets Smith to describe the killings and his thoughts at the time in great detail. He has what he wants from Smith, but in the process he sees a callousness and selfishness in his own actions. Now with everything in hand, Capote still must wait for the appeals process to conclude before he feels he can publish his work. In the course of time, Lee's best-selling novel To Kill a Mockingbird is turned into a movie, but Capote is unable to share in the joy of his friend's success, too caught up in drinking through his own misery. With the last appeal rejected, Smith pleads for Capote to return before he is executed, but Capote cannot bring himself to do so.
A telegram from Smith to Harper Lee compels Capote to return to Kansas. There he is an eyewitness as Hickock are executed. Capote talks to Lee about the horrifying experience and laments that he could not do anything to stop it, she replies, "Maybe not. The fact is you didn't want to." The final scenes show Capote looking through photos from the case and at the writings and drawings given to him by Smith. An epilogue points out that In Cold Blood turned Capote into the most famous writer in America noting that he never finished another book. A postscript to the film gives the epigraph he would have chosen for the title of Answered Prayers: "More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones", a quote from Saint Teresa of Ávila. Capote grossed $28.8 million in the United States and Canada and $21.2 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $50 million, sales of its DVD/Blu-ray releases have cashed $17 million, against a production budget of $7 million. Upon its release, Capote received wide acclaim from critics, with Hoffman's performance the subject of particular praise.
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 90% of critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 8.2/10 based on 187 reviews. The site's consensus reads: "Philip Seymour Hoffman's riveting central performance guides a well-constructed retelling of the most sensational and significant period in author Truman Capote's life." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 88 out of 100 based on 40 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Roger Ebert gave the film a full 4/4 star rating, stating: "Capote is a film of uncommon strength and insight, about a man whose great achievement requires the surrender of his self-respect." Wins for Philip Seymour Hoffman Academy Award for Best Actor BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor National Board of Review Award for Best Actor National Society of Film C
Murderball is a 2005 American documentary film about athletes who are physically disabled who play wheelchair rugby. It centers on the rivalry between the Canadian and U. S. teams leading up to the 2004 Paralympic Games. It was directed by Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro, produced by Jeffrey V. Mandel and Shapiro, it was nominated for Best Documentary Feature for the 78th Academy Awards. Murderball was the first MTV film released through ThinkFilm as well as Participant Media; the film was screened at the United Nations uncut. One of its stars, Mark Zupan, winced when describing how embarrassed he was to have his mother hear his remarks on the sex lives of persons with quadriplegia. Murderball was shot on a low budget; the main camera used was a Panasonic AG-DVX100. The crew rigged a Sennheiser shotgun microphone to use as a boom, relied on Lavaliere wireless microphones as well. Available lighting was used exclusively. Additional light was provided using an inexpensive china ball. In one example of on-the-spot lighting, a flashlight was diffused using only a napkin.
Murderball garnered universally positive reviews. This film is #1 on the Rotten Tomatoes countdown of the top sports movies. Metacritic gives an aggregated score of 87 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Murderball received positive reviews from Hollywood.com and Roger Ebert, who said "This is one of those rare docs, like Hoop Dreams, where life provides a better ending than the filmmakers could have hoped for." The film score was composed and performed by Jamie Saft and the soundtrack album, which featuring selections from Saft's score along with released tracks by Ministry, The Polyphonic Spree, Sam Prekop, The Moldy Peaches, The Whiles and Scratch Massive used in the ducumentary, was released on the Commotion label in 2005. Additional music composed for the film was released on Saft's A Bag of Shells. Allmusic's James Christopher Monger said "Hearing Ministry's Alaine Jourgensen screaming "thieves, thieves & liars, murderers" over the clash of metal on metal during a wheelchair rugby match dutifully amplifies the primal nature of competition when all of the players involved have overcome near-death physical injuries....
The film's producers have compiled a rousing soundtrack that reflects the sport's brutality while maintaining an undercurrent of regretful stoicism. Keyboard player/composer Jamie Saft provides Murderball's backbone, laying down an original score that boasts atmospherics which are both tender and visceral. Other highlights include the engaging "Something" from the Sea and Cake's Sam Prekop, a trippy instrumental from Ween and the Moldy Peaches "Anyone Else But You."". All compositions by Jamie Saft except where noted Ministry: "Thieves" – 4:59 Jamie Saft: "Murderball Remix" – 4:44 Ween: "The F**ked Jam" – 2:55 The Polyphonic Spree: "Light & Day" – 3:24 Sam Prekop: "Something" – 3:47 Jamie Saft: "Robert's Theme" – 2:27 "The Moldy Peaches: "Anyone Else but You" – 2:57 "The Whiles: "Song for Jerry" – 1:31 Chessie: "Follow Me Home" – 6:51 Jamie Saft: "Penultimatum" – 3:21 Scratch Massive: "Keep on Workin'" – 5:12 Jamie Saft: "Dungeonous Warfare" – 1:27 Ministry: "Waiting" – 5:04 Murderball on IMDb Murderball at AllMovie Murderball at Box Office Mojo Murderball at Rotten Tomatoes Mark Zupan's Murderball Journal from 2005, at MTV.com
Elizabeth Tashjian was an artist and the founder of the Nut Museum in Lyme, Connecticut. She championed nuts through the museum, by creating portraits of a variety of nuts and nutcrackers, she was the daughter of aristocratic Armenian immigrants and studied at the New York school of Applied Design for Women as well as the National Academy of Design. In life, she appeared on the shows of Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Howard Stern and Chevy Chase, to promote nuts and the Nut Museum. At the age of seven, her parents divorced. By the age of nine, Tashjian was a concert violinist living with her mother in New York City's Upper West Side. Tashjian remained unmarried throughout her life. In middle age, Tashjian followed her mother in becoming a Christian Science healer, she believed humans had evolved from nuts. In 1950, Tashjian and her mother moved into a large Gothic Revival mansion in Old Lyme. Upon her father's death in 1958 she learned, she continued to live alone in her mansion following her mother's death in 1959.
Nuts were a lifelong passion. At the New York school of Applied Design for Women and the National Academy of Design, Tashjian created many paintings of nuts and nutcrackers - themes she would continue throughout her life. In 1972, Tashjian founded the Nut Museum in the mansion; the collection contained only twenty nuts, was composed of her own artwork including over one hundred paintings, twenty aluminum sculptures, nut art, nut jewelry and a Nativity scene made of nuts. Many specimens were donated by visitors; the Nut Anthem, a song composed by Tashjian, was sang for all visitors. She hoped to expand the museum into a theme-park larger than Disneyland. Tashjian claimed she did not know the pejorative use of the word "nut" until after establishing her museum, but made frequent comments suggesting she wanted to de-stigmatize the word and the people associated with it. In 2002, after falling in to a coma, Tashjian was declared incompetent and a ward of the state. Despite religious beliefs refusing medical treatment, she recovered, but was confined to a nursing home.
The contents of the Nut Museum were removed and the mansion sold to pay her debts. Maureen McCabe, an artist and art history professor at Connecticut College, her husband Jeffrey Andersen, the director of the Florence Griswold Museum, petitioned the court to preserve her collection, it was sold for"zero dollars" to the college, where it was put under the care of Christopher B. Steiner, a professor of art history and museum studies who had never visited the museum. Steiner advocate for the rest of her life. In 2004, an exhibition of Tashjian's artwork, The Nut Museum: Visionary Art of Elizabeth Tashjian was held at the Lyman Allyn Museum in New London, it was organized by Steiner. In 2005, Tashjian was declared competent, her house had at this point twice been sold. The nut trees on the property had all been removed, she died in 2007. Tashjian was a popular guest on talk shows throughout the 1980s. In a Nutshell, a 2005 film by Don Bernier, documented Tashjian's life. After her death, Steiner resumed work on a book, Performing the Nut Museum: Elizabeth Tashjian and the Art of the Double Entendre, which has yet to be published
Mysterious Skin is a 2004 coming-of-age drama film directed by Gregg Araki, who wrote the screenplay based on Scott Heim's 1995 novel of the same name. The film is Araki's eighth, premiering at the 61st Venice International Film Festival in 2004, although it was not more distributed until 2005. Mysterious Skin tells the story of two pre-adolescent boys who are sexually abused by their baseball coach, how it affects their lives in different ways into their young adulthood. One boy becomes a reckless, sexually adventurous male prostitute, while the other retreats into a reclusive fantasy of alien abduction. Two eight-year-old Little League teammates Neil McCormick and Brian Lackey both experience life-altering events in the summer of 1981 in Hutchinson, Kansas. Neil, the son of an irresponsible single mother and discovering his homosexuality, is sexually abused by the Little League coach, who leaves town after that summer. Brian, with a neglectful father and a mother, working, remembers it starting to rain during a game.
The next thing he remembers is being in the crawl space of a house with a bloody nose, having no memory of the intervening five hours. Neil views the coach's abuse as love and becomes predominately attracted to "bearish" middle-aged men, he begins prostituting himself at the age of 15, continues doing so three years when he moves to New York City, where his best friend, Wendy Peterson, now lives. Neil has an emotional encounter with a client, dying from AIDS in New York. Neil suspects the man wants sex, but soon realizes he wants nothing more than to feel another person's touch. Neil afterward begins withdrawing from prostitution and takes a job as a cashier with assistance and encouragement from Wendy. Brian suffers from chronic nosebleeds and bedwetting years after entering the crawl space. Recurring dreams about being touched by a strange, bluish hand lead Brian to suspect that he may have been abducted by aliens. Another boy wearing the same Little League uniform begins to appear with him in these dreams on.
Brian meets a woman named Avalyn Friesen at 18 who believes she was abducted by aliens. They start to form a friendship, but he panics and refuses to speak to her again when she makes advances towards him. Brian sees a photo of his Little League team as he tries to untangle his confused memories, recognizing a young Neil as the other boy from his dreams. Taking the initiative to meet his former teammate, Brian instead meets Neil's mother and Neil's friend, Eric Preston, learning more about Neil through Eric. Neil returns to Hutchinson to spend Christmas with his mother There and Brian meet for the first time in over a decade. After breaking into the house, rented by the Little League coach, Neil tells Brian what happened that night: the coach offered to drive Brian home with Neil after a baseball game was rained out and Brian did not have a ride home, they all rather went to the coach's house, where the coach performed sex acts on the boys and made them perform sex acts on each other. A porch light caused the atmosphere to have an eerie blue color.
Brian collapsed face-first onto the floor after the coach and Neil put his garments back on, giving him a bloody nose. Brian breaks down crying after learning the truth and is comforted by Neil as Christmas carolers sing "Silent Night". Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Neil McCormick Chase Ellison as young Neil McCormick Brady Corbet as Brian Lackey George Webster as young Brian Lackey Michelle Trachtenberg as Wendy Riley McGuire as young Wendy Jeff Licon as Eric Preston Mary Lynn Rajskub as Avalyn Friesen Elisabeth Shue as Ellen McCormick Bill Sage as Coach Chris Mulkey and Lisa Long as Mr. and Mrs. Lackey Richard Riehle as Charlie Kelly Kruger as Deborah Rachael Nastassja Kraft as young Deborah Billy Drago as Zeke Both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michelle Trachtenberg, by the time the film went into production, were looking for independent films where making money was not the main goal. Trachtenberg was filming EuroTrip in Prague when she first received the script, decided to join production. Gordon-Levitt was praiseful of Araki for allowing him to join production, commented in a 2005 interview: "It is a different role for me, I'll always be grateful to Gregg for believing that I could do a role like this.
I've played the nice kid, the smart one or funny one and the angry one, but Gregg was the first one to call me sexy, I'll always be grateful for that." Araki approached Gordon-Levitt, by struggling to find work for over a year, after seeing him in Manic. Made on a low budget, filming commenced in August 2003 and lasted only three weeks, which gave the cast and crew no possibility of doing retakes. A number of measures were taken to avoid exposing the child actors to the sexual and abusive aspects of the story. Although their parents were given the entire shooting script to review, the boys were given separate scripts which included only the activities they would be performing, their roles and the characters' relationships were explained to them in innocent terms. All of the sexual abuse involving children is implied rather than being directly depicted, the scenes in which this seduction and abuse takes place were filmed with each actor performing alone and addressing the camera rather than the other actor edited together, so the children did not see or hear the performance by the adult actor playing the abuser.
Mysterious Skin received positive reviews. The film received an 85% "Certified Fresh" rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 104 reviews with an average rating of 7.4 out of 10
Bennett Miller is an American film director, known for directing the acclaimed films Capote and Foxcatcher. He has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Director. Miller was born to a painter mother and an engineer father. In his youth he knew actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, he and Futterman were classmates at Mamaroneck High School, all three participated in the New York State Summer School of the Arts. The three would collaborate on Capote. Miller attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, with Hoffman again as a classmate, but dropped out shortly before he would have graduated. While attending NYU, Miller was a founding member of the short-lived Bullstoi Ensemble theater company along with Hoffman and fellow actor Steven Schub, it was during this time that Miller and Schub made a pact that if any of them won an Academy Award, their entire acceptance speech would have to consist of nothing but barking. Miller began his film career directing the 1998 documentary The Cruise.
As described by Wheeler Winston Dixon, the film documented the "tough life of a tour guide on a New York City bus", was made using handheld digital cameras. It was a surprise hit, opened up numerous doors for Miller. Miller turned down several offers of film projects, until he was able to get support to make the film Capote with Philip Seymour Hoffman, who played Truman Capote; the film premiered in September 2005 at the Telluride Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics. In 2006 Miller directed the Bob Dylan music video When the Deal Goes Down starring Scarlett Johansson. In 2008 he directed Johansson's music video for her Tom Waits cover of Falling Down featuring an appearance by Salman Rushdie. In 2009, Miller was hired by Columbia Pictures to direct the film Moneyball, based on the 2003 book of the same name by Michael Lewis, after its previously-hired director, Steven Soderbergh, clashed with producers over the tone of the film; the resulting film, released in 2011, was a commercial success.
Miller's most recent film is Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, a film he began developing in 2006 with Gary Oldman as the lead. The film, produced by Annapurna Pictures and released by Sony Pictures Classics, became a critical success. In his review for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers called the film "a new peak" for Miller, who "takes a scalpel to the privileged worlds of Olympic sports and inherited wealth." It was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay. Miller has directed 6 actors to Oscar nominations: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener for Capote, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill for Moneyball, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher. Hoffman won the Oscar for his work in Capote; as of 2018, Miller appears to be working on a documentary on the topic of future technologies featuring contributions by academics and experts in the field as Danny Hillis, Ray Kurzweil, Kevin Esvelt and professor Sherry Turkle from MIT.
In a 2014 interview, Miller described himself as "a tumbleweed". I don't have a staff. I don't own anything -- I've never owned a car or an apartment." Miller was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for Foxcatcher. He was nominated for the David Lean Award for Direction at the BAFTAs in 2006, he won the Best Director Award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for Foxcatcher, part of the main competition for the Palme d'Or. Miller directs commercials. Bennett Miller on IMDb
Mad Hot Ballroom
Mad Hot Ballroom is a 2005 American documentary film directed and co-produced by Marilyn Agrelo and written and co-produced by Amy Sewell, about a ballroom dance program in the New York City Department of Education, the New York City public school system for fifth graders. Several styles of dance are shown in the film, such as tango, swing and merengue. Based on a feature article written by Sewell, Mad Hot Ballroom looks inside the lives of 11-year-old New York City public school kids who journey into the world of ballroom dancing and reveal pieces of themselves along the way. Told from the students' perspectives as the children strive toward the final citywide competition, the film chronicles the experiences of students at three schools in the neighborhoods of Tribeca and Washington Heights; the students are united by an interest in the ballroom dancing lessons, which builds over a 10-week period and culminates in a competition to find the school that has produced the best dancers in the city.
As the teachers cajole their students to learn the intricacies of the various disciplines, Agrelo intersperses classroom footage with the students' musings on life. The documentary premiered at the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City and was purchased by Paramount Classics and Nickelodeon Movies, it had a limited theatrical release in the United States on May 13, 2005. Mad Hot Ballroom was the second highest grossing documentary in 2005 after March of the Penguins; as of February 7, 2012, it had earned over $8.1 million, making it the sixteenth-highest-grossing documentary film in the United States. Awards bestowed upon Mad Hot Ballroom include: The Christopher Award in 2006 Best Documentary at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2005 The Audience Award at the Philadelphia Film Festival Satellite Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2005 Pierre Dulaine Official website americanballroomtheater.com - Dancing Classrooms Mad Hot Ballroom on IMDb Mad Hot Ballroom on Box Office Mojo