Documentaries (D)

Friday, 10 to 11:45 a.m., Tahoe 1007

George and Claire Roper

As usual, the documentaries presented will be quite varied. Some will be enlightening and-or heartwarming, others will be educational and-or maddening, but all will be entertaining. This is a drop-in class with no sign-up or presentation requirements.

Feb. 3: Prescription Thugs, 2015
This hard-hitting and thought-provoking documentary is an expose of Big Pharma, its marketing practices and their impact on the staggering level of addiction to prescription drugs in North America. It questions the motives and ethics of these pharmaceutical manufacturers that earn huge profits from promoting dangerously addictive products. 87 minutes.
Feb. 10: Coming to Light: The Edward S. Curtis Story, 2001
Edward Curtis set out in 1900 to photograph traditional Indian ways that he thought were vanishing. He abandoned his career as a successful portrait photographer and sacrificed his health, marriage and all his assets to create an astonishing body of work. Curtis produced a 20-volume photographic record of Native Americans that was both art and a record of a vanishing people. This documentary tells the story of his life and how he went about taking these wonderful pictures. 83 minutes.
Feb. 17: Divorce Corp., 2014
This arresting documentary examines the aspirations and failures of the nation's family court laws, regarded by many as brutal and deeply flawed. Rather than helping solve families' conflict issues, governmental authorities often do just the opposite. Featured are interviews with whistleblowers, attorneys, judges, mediators, investigators and especially the victims of egregious government misconduct and corruption. The segment on Sacramento's Family Court is particularly unsettling. 90 minutes.
Feb. 24: Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, 2015
In 2011, when music legend Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, he was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, he set out on an unprecedented Goodbye Tour across America that he thought would last five weeks; instead it went for 151 spectacular sold-out shows over a triumphant year and a half. This film documents this extraordinary journey as he and his family attempt to navigate the wildly unpredictable nature of Glen's progressing disease using love, laughter and music as their medicine of choice. Special appearances include Bruce Springsteen, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin and Chad Smith among many others. 104 minutes.