Coming to Feeln – December

Each month, we release a new slate of specially curated, family-friendly movies on Feeln. Here is a preview of eight new films that will appear on the site in December 2014.

 

1. Fly Away Home

From the director of The Black Stallion, a father and daughter decide to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air. Jeff Daniels and a young Anna Paquin shine in their roles as they attempt to rebuild their family by helping a family of orphaned geese.

Fly Away Home

 

2. It’s A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

On Christmas Eve, an angel petitions God to send help for Kermit the Frog who has lost all hope after losing the Muppet Theatre. You can expect all the usual Muppet antics in this fun and zany Christmas extravaganza.

It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas

 

3. Prancer

A farm girl nurses a wounded reindeer she believes is one of Santa’s, hoping to bring it back to health in time for Christmas. Her holiday spirit inspires those around her, something her disheartened father is having trouble understanding. Another Christmas classic, just in time for the holidays.

Prancer

 

4. Mr Smith Goes To Washington

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn’t back down. Frank Capra’s classic film, winner of six Oscars including Best Actor and Best Picture, is about an idealistic young politician who won’t compromise his values.

Mr Smith Goes to Washington

 

5. Scrooged

A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. An modernization of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this film is smartly set in Hollywood and sure to make you laugh and scream.

Scrooged

 

6. Seven Years In Tibet

Based on the true story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China’s takeover of Tibet. Brad Pitt delivers a sensitive portrayal of a lone wolf climber who teaches the Dalai Lama about the Western world while learning the customs and traditions of the East.

Seven Years in Tibet

 

7. The Borrowers

A secret family of four-inch people living inside the walls of a house must save their home from an evil real estate developer. Starring John Goodman and Jim Broadbent, this film was based on a novel of the same name that was recently adapted into the animated film The Secret World of Arrietty.

The Borrowers

 

8. Duma

From the director of The Black Stallion and Fly Away Home, an orphaned cheetah becomes the best friend and pet of a young boy living in South Africa. Like many of Carroll Ballard’s films, Duma explores the strong bonds that can form between animals and compassionate humans.

Duma

Don’t Forget the Popcorn! 15 Best Movies for Family Movie Night

Are you and your family looking for a way to enjoy these chilly November nights? Here at Feeln, we have a whole new slate of Family Friendly Movies ready and waiting to be watched. From Apollo 13 to The Secret Garden, from Racing Stripes to Fiddler on the Roof, we have a wide selection of the Best Family Movies. All you have to bring is the blanket and popcorn.

 

1. A River Runs Through It

Based on Norman Maclean’s beloved autobiography, this Academy Award-nominated film is about two brothers growing up in the wilds of Depression-era Montana. Norman is serious and studious, with aspirations of becoming a college professor. His golden-haired brother Paul is rebellious, interested in drinking, playing cards and most of all fly-fishing. Though Norman eventually attains his dreams – and marries vivacious young woman along the way – Paul is the one who attains something like grace by perfecting his skills as a fly fisherman. Contains some language and brief sexual content. This Oscar-winning drama about how what holds us together as a family is stronger than our individual differences.

A River Runs Through It

 

2. Finding Forrester

Author William Forrester earned fame and a Pulitzer Prize and then retreated from the world, not writing another book. Four decades later, Jamal, a teenaged basketball ace and writing prodigy in the South Bronx, breaks into Forrester’s apartment on a dare. When he’s confronted by the bearded recluse, Jamal flees, leaving behind his backpack, filled with all of his writings. Soon the two becomes friends. Forrester helps Jamal deal with a snooty teacher at his high-end prep and Jamal helps Forrester overcome his fears and anxieties. Contains some strong language and sexual references. Sean Connery is at his best as isolated novelist who sets out to teach someone how to write but instead learns how to be part of the world.

 Finding Forrester

 

3. Apollo 13

The Apollo 11 moon landing might have been NASA’s crowning achievement, but the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission might have been NASA’s greatest moment. Astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise were en route to the moon when an on-board explosion sucks away most of the ship’s oxygen supply and electric power. The flight controllers now struggle to bring the three astronauts back home before their air supply runs out. Contains mild coarse language and intense situations. Nominated for nine Oscars including Best Picture, it’s a harrowing true-life thriller that reminds us what we are capable of when failure is not an option.

Apollo 13

 

4. The Secret Garden

Mary Lennox is a young British girl living in colonial India. When her neglectful parents die in an earthquake, she is shipped back to her uncle’s estate in Yorkshire. As she explores the place, Mary not only discovers Colin — a bed-ridden cousin that she never knew she had — but also an abandoned secret garden. As she sets out to restore the space, she learns it has magical powers. Every child wonders what enchanting secrets are hiding in plain sight, and we all hope to find that one place where we belong.

The Secret Garden

 

5. Joyeux Noel

It’s Christmas Eve 1914, and the first World War rages across Europe. Allied and German troops sit huddled in winter weather separated from each other by only a couple dozen yards of bombed out moonscape. Both sides are cold, miserable and longing to be at home with their loved ones. The spirit of the holiday captivates troops on either side of the divide and soon there is an impromptu truce; German, French and British soldiers soon start bonding through celebration and song. This true story was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Contains strong violence and a brief sexual scene.This previously untold story depicts that even in the bleakest days of warfare the warmth of human kindness never goes out.

Joyeux Noel

 

6. Annie

Set in the depths of the Depression, little orphan Annie is a plucky young lass with a shock of red hair and an endless supply of optimism. She lives in a group home run by the tyrannical drunk Miss Hannigan. Life seems hopeless until – Leaping Lizards! – she’s picked to live for a spell with filthy rich industrialist Oliver Warbucks. Soon Annie’s charm and moxie warms the heart imposing Warbucks who decides to help Annie find her long lost parents. But Miss Hannigan and her crooked colleagues look to claim Annie – and Warbuck’s huge reward – as their own. Bet your bottom dollar that this beloved musical will get you singing, smiling, and believing that the sun will come out tomorrow.

Annie

 

7. Avalon

Sam Krichinsky immigrates to Baltimore in 1914, hoping to grasp a piece of the American dream for himself and for his family. Yet, much to his distress, his children and grandchildren begin to ignore their heritage and traditions. His son changes his surname to make it more American, and then moves out to the suburbs when his business is a success. Sam starts to question what one has to sacrifice to live in the land of opportunity. Writer/director Barry Levinson mined his own family history for this touching exploration of the sacrifices made to build a new life for one’s family.

Avalon

 

8. Racing Stripes

Kentucky farmer and former racehorse trainer Nolan Walsh, along with his daughter Channing, takes in a zebra foal that was abandoned by a travelling circus. The zebra, dubbed Stripes by the girl, is soon introduced to a menagerie of wacky barnyard residents — from the snarky pony, Tucker, to a sage-like goat named Franny and the lazy bloodhound, Lightning. When Stripes sees thoroughbreds race at the Turfway Racetrack, he knows that he is destined to race with the best. Channing, Tucker, and the gang helps him along on his improbable dream. With a hilarious cast of voices and an adorable array of animal stars, this high-speed comedy shows that a zebra can, in fact, change his stripes.

Racing Stripes

 

9. My Dog Skip

Go back to Yazoo City, Mississippi in 1942, where young Willie Morris is having a tough time of things. He is an only child, he’s ignored at school, and his only friend, his teenaged neighbor, is about to ship out for war. In short, he’s lonely. So for his ninth birthday, his mom gives him an adorable Jack Russell terrier puppy. The dog, named Skip, of course, helps Willie overcome a pack of bullies, talk to a pretty girl, and even thwart an evil band of moonshiners. Inspired by a true story of how growing up is hard, but having a true friend can make all the difference.

My Dog Skip

 

10. March of the Penguins

Each autumn, as the weather begins to turn cold, the emperor penguins begin the long march to their ancient breeding ground. In this beautifully filmed documentary, we watch as the penguins make the harrowing journey, begin their mating rituals, pair off and handle the harsh weather of Antarctica as they hatch and train the next generation. Even in the coldest place on Earth, the warmth of family never dies out.

March of the Penguins

 

 

11. Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Based on a true story, Preston Tucker is man with some seriously big dreams. Just after the end of World War II, the silver-tongued Tucker sets out to build the “car of the future” complete with such crazy, newfangled features as seat belts and safety glass. Detroit, however, is not amused. Soon Tucker is slammed with allegations of fraud and a S.E.C. investigation. Nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Supporting Actor for Martin Landau. Contains strong language. A passion project for Hollywood legends George Lucas and Francis Ford Copolla, it’s a quintessentially America story about the power of the individual.

Tucker: The Man and His Dream

 

12. Sleepless in Seattle

It’s the middle of the night on Christmas Eve. Jonah, an adorable eight year-old moppet, calls into a national radio talk show from Seattle. His one Christmas wish is that his grieving father, Sam, find a new lady in his life. Meanwhile, Anne is on the other side of the country, listening to the show on a long car ride. She’s so taken with Sam’s story that she makes the rash decision to fly to Seattle and track him down. The problem is, Anne is inconveniently engaged to a guy she’s not crazy about, and Sam hasn’t figured out that Anne is the woman of his dreams. With a clever kid plotting to play cupid, and the undeniable appeal of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, it’s a romantic comedy that can charm anyone.

Sleepless in Seattle

 

13. Fiddler on the Roof

As the eldest three of Tevya’s five daughters prepare to get married, he learns to accept his daughters for the people they are, and the world for what it’s becoming. Family, faith and change are at the center of this epic musical about a Jewish family in a small village in Tsarist Russia at the beginning of the 20th century.

Fiddler on the Roof

 

14. Rocky

Rocky “The Italian Stallion” Balboa is a petty street tough and small-time boxer with a spotty record. Apollo Creed is the world champion whose opponent for a title bout in Philadelphia backs out suddenly. Always the showman, Creed decides to fight a local unknown, picking Balboa’s name almost at random. With the help of his manager, Mickey, Rocky trains his heart out: sparring, jumping rope, and beating up frozen sides of beef. Creed — who usually KOs a boxer within the first three rounds — isn’t expecting much from the fight, but Rocky is determined to prove he is not just another bum. Winner of three Academy Awards including Best Picture, it’s still the gold standard for underdog sports stories.

To Sir, With Love

 

15. To Sir, With Love

Novice teacher Mark Thackeray is assigned to a class filled with rowdy, resentful students who are so awful and undisciplined that they made the previous teacher quit. However, as a former engineer from British Guiana, Thackeray is someone who has faced tough situations before. He soon starts to institute his own style of classroom discipline: he’s going to treat them as adults. Slowly, grudgingly, he starts to win over the class. When he lands an engineering job, Thackeray must decide if he wants to do that job or continue mentoring his pupils. Sidney Poitier brings his commanding presence to this high school drama with one of the most memorable theme songs ever.

To Sir With Love

 

5 Kid’s TV Shows that Parents Will Also Enjoy

As parents, we spend a lot of time watching shows with our kids. But just because a show is made for kids doesn’t mean that we adults can’t enjoy it, too. Here at Feeln, we have a number of quality, Family Friendly TV Shows that your kids will love and that will also make you chuckle or even teach you a thing or two! You may also remember some of these Kids TV Shows, like our reboot of the iconic 80s show Rainbow Brite, from your childhood. These characters are like old friends, and there’s nothing better than sharing them with your kids.

 

1. Rainbow Brite

Rainbow Brite

Rainbow Brite is back! The most colorful hero ever returns to protect Rainbowland from the forces of darkness. We’re restoring the iconic 80s animated series, and–”oh my bows!”–Rainbow Brite rides only on Feeln, starting November 6. Actress and singer-songwriter Emily Osment voices Rainbow Brite, and Molly Ringwald (The Breakfast ClubPretty in Pink), voices The Dark Princess, her main antagonist. Need to recharge your rainbows with a blast of cute and a sparkle of humor? Watch the all-new, limited series event on Feeln.

 

2. Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is an animated series created, produced, and hosted by Bill Cosby, who also lends his voice to a number of characters, including Fat Albert. The show has an educational emphasis and during each episode, Fat Albert and his friends deal with a social issue or problem commonly faced by older children and young adults.

 

3. The New Adventures of Madeline

The New Adventures of Madeline

Take your family on an adventure to Paris with our favorite little French red-head, Madeline, the hero from Ludwig Bemelman’s classic children’s books. She and her charming classmates will teach your little ones about friendship, manners and fun in this award-winning animated series narrated by Christopher Plummer, as their teacher, Miss Clavel, helps keep the girls safe and happy.

 

4. The Adventures of Paddington Bear

The Adventures of Paddington Bear

Join the beloved Paddington Bear on his adventures through London! Windsor Garden’s favorite son, Paddington is eager to help, gets in sticky messes, solves mysteries, and shares his unique point of view with his friends and neighbors.

 

5. Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures

Jack Hannas Animal Adventures

In this charming and educational series, Emmy Award-winning Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and best pal of the animals, Jack Hanna takes us on adventures around the globe to meet furry, feathered and finned friends. Children of all ages get close up looks as animals prove how smart and talented they are, while Jungle Jack shows us the importance of caring for our bio-diverse planet.

Behind the Scenes of Journey of Dreams: A Feeln Original

This week, we are proud to present the world premiere of the Feeln Original “Journey of Dreams,” available exclusively at feeln.com. Journey of Dreams is a reflective documentary about 10-time world salsa dance champion Liz Lira. In the film, Liz looks back to her beginnings as a 7-year-old Bolivian immigrant who pursued her dream to dance and never gave up. “I feel like I’m telling my story through Liz’s story,” said director Naré Mkrtchyan (“Jill“). “Watching her dance is an inspiration. She loves it so much, and I can see how happy and how free it makes her. She’s found her passion and made it her strength.”

Liz Lira and Naré Mkrtchyan

10-time world salsa champion Liz Lira with Director Naré Mkrtchyan

 

Naré learned salsa dancing in an amateur team that Liz taught. “Even though we were a beginner team, she made us do things that were really difficult,” Naré said. “Our very first performance began with a cartwheel. I’d never done a cartwheel, but she told me, ‘I don’t have a Plan B. You have to do this.’ She pushed me beyond my limits and had faith that I could do it. She’s not just a dance teacher. She’s a life coach.”

Journey of Dreams

“She’s not just a dance teacher. She’s a life coach.”

 

“This beautiful swan was an insecure little duckling when she was a girl,” Naré said. “She had low self-esteem. She thought she was ugly. Then I realized that every woman has these insecurities. None of us feels secure in her own skin. That was my inspiration to tell this story. Don’t let fear stop you. I believe that the dream you’re most scared of is the dream you should pursue.”

LIZ_still6

 

You can watch Liz Lira pursue her childhood dream in “Journey of Dreams,” free for two weeks on Feeln.

 

Cast and Crew

Director: Naré Mkrtchyan

Producer: Rob Fried

Producer: Iris Ichishita

Executive Producer: Naré Mkrtchyan

Line Producer: Rebecca Stone

 

Performers:

Liz Lira Herself

Michael Zazarino Classical Partner

Mandeep Sahota Salsa Partner

Kristina Balyan “Little Liz”

 

Director of Photography: Alice Brooks

Editor: Cristina Malavenda

Original Score: Michael Bahnmiller

Production Coordinator: Iliana Guevara

Production Assistant: Matt Hartman

Production Assistant: Anahit Muradyan

Production Assistant: Annie Sakellar

Production Assistant: Jessica Maroney

1st Assistant Camera: Caitlin Panis

Still Photographer: Dianna He

Gaffer: Jack Alexander

Key Grip: Emanuel Negrila

Swing Grip / Electric: Darshan Kembhavi

Additional Swing Grip / Electric: Bayan Hedayaty

Production Sound Mixer: Justin Fox

Hair & Make-Up Artist: Yovana Gutierrez Production

Assistant Editor: Dustin Elkin

Post Production Sound Designer: Brian Bibbo

Main & End Titles: Delaney Moghanian

Color By: Handcrafted

Colorist: Mitch Anderson

Colorist: Christopher Guerrero

Dancers in Archival footage:

Christian Oviedo

Sergei Tumas

Javier Campines

Abel Peña

 

Prelude No.1 in C Major from “The Well Tempered Clavier”

Johann Sebastian Bach

Performed by: David Hamilton

Exodo II

Juan Blas Caballero

“Suena Mi Tambor”

Composer: Jesus A. Perez

Performed by Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad

Vocals: Ray De Lapaz

License By JP AMISTAD MUSIC INC., (BMI)

 

Special Thanks:

Susannah Bella

Eric Bergemann

Jacob Halajian

Jonathan McConnell

Kristina Quevedo

Albert Torres

World Latin Dance Cup

Mi Salsa Familia

The 5 Most Popular Feeln Originals

If you’re a fan of our Hallmark Hall of Fame movies and our other good family movies, we invite you to check out our Feeln Original short films. Feeln Originals are studio-quality short films written, produced, and edited by our in-house production team. We put a lot of time, thought, and love into these films to make sure they’re packed with Feeln. Here are 5 of our Best Short Films, selected from our beloved collection. These handpicked selections represent the uplifting and heartwarming nature of these finely crafted originals you will only see on Feeln.

 

1. “The Fork”

A Holocaust survivor encourages her soon to be wed granddaughter. We can’t control all the events of life but we can control how we look at them.

The Fork

2. “Flight of Honor”

World War II veterans Mary Beth and Joel Doss visit their World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. for the first time.

Flight of Honor

 

3. “Curiosity”

12-year-old Clara Ma describes the powerful force that motivates us to investigate the great mysteries of our universe, of our planet, and of our lives. “Every atom in your body was once part of a star.” - Andrew King, Professor of Astrophysics

Curiosity

 

4. “The Little Frog”

Two frogs fall into a hole and surprise everyone. We all do better with positive reinforcement.

The Little Frog

 

5. “The Saint of Auschwitz”

Imprisoned at Auschwitz, Father Maximilian Kolbe protects his fellow prisoners against the Nazis.

The Saint of Auschwitz

Behind the Scenes of Phantom: A Feeln Original

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This week, in the spirit of Halloween, we are proud to present the world premiere of the Feeln Original “Phantom,” available exclusively at feeln.com. Fear: it makes your heart beat faster, your muscles tense, and your face contort. It becomes physically impossible to keep your cool. To see what real people look like when they’re given a fright, we hid a super-high-speed camera inside a haunted maze to capture the hilarious slow-motion reactions of unsuspecting guests as masked monsters jumped out at them. This laugh-out-loud film gives new meaning to the phrase “scared silly.”

“My parents love Halloween and haunted houses, so every year, we’d find the scariest haunted house and go as a family,” said Phantom’s writer, director, and editor James Lee Hernandez (“Stick Together,” “Four Chaplains“). “When I was in high school, my parents took my friends and me to a haunted house. We were all on the basketball team, 6’5″, 6’6″, and we thought we were pretty tough. But at the very end of the maze, a guy came out of nowhere with a real chainsaw. You could smell the gas and feel the vibrations as he revved it up. We didn’t realize that there was no chain on it at the time. We ran out of that place hugging and screaming!”

Phantom slo-motion screams

Every Halloween, Feeln director Ken Carlson (“Big Gus,” “Dating Avi“) turns his home into a haunted house. The maze is free, and people from all over Los Angeles come to Santa Monica to get scared out of their wits. “We didn’t know what a big deal it would be until we arrived,” James said. “There were thousands of people. They closed the street in front of Ken’s house.” When shooting with such a high-speed camera, you need a ton of light. James and director of photography Sean-Michael Smith used a strobe light and a hand-cranked floodlight to capture their victims’ terrified faces.

“For me, it was really important to show people laughing and smiling after being scared,” James said. “Why do we enjoy being scared as entertainment? It’s such an adrenaline rush. It awakens something primal, and afterwards you just start laughing out of relief. Halloween is all about fun and excitement, and when you and your friends are scared silly, it can be a bonding experience. When I watched our footage, I could totally relate. After I’ve been scared, I often wonder, what did my face just do? And now I know!”

Phantom smiles

You can watch others lose their cool and die laughing in “Phantom,” free for two weeks on Feeln.

 

Cast and Crew

Director James Lee Hernandez

Written by James Lee Hernandez & Iris Ichishita

Producer Rob Fried

Producer Iris Ichishita

Executive Producer Naré Mkrtchyan

Line Producer Rebecca Stone

 

Director of Photography Sean-Michael Smith

Editor James Lee Hernandez

Phantom Operator Sean Zaccheo

Assistant Camera Gabriel Diniz

Additional Camera by Dustin Elkin

Chris Commons

Iliana Guevara

Peter King

Cristina Malavenda

 

Special Thanks:

The Carlson Family

Competitive Sheet Metal

Darshan Kembhavi

And all the wonderful people whom we scared!

Last Chance to Watch: Catch These Movies Before November 1

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October 31st is a truly frightening date. Not because of Halloween, but because it’s the last day you can watch some truly great films on Feeln. Here are the movies that are expiring on November 1.

DANCES WITH WOLVES
Rated PG-13
Why We’re Feeln It: Loyalty, bravery, and acceptance of others are the themes that run through this beautifully realized Oscar-winning saga.

PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE
Rated PG
Why We’re Feeln It: With its kooky characters, quotable dialogue, and unmistakable style, this is a road trip everyone will be happy to take together.

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Rated PG-13
Why We’re Feeln It: You don’t have to be a kung-fu fan to be awed by the balletic action scenes or moved by the lushly romantic love stories.

DragonHeart

DRAGONHEART
Rated PG-13
Why We’re Feeln It: It’s a fun, high-flying adventure featuring a brave hero, a sniveling villain, and the most charmingly Scottish dragon ever.

PATCH ADAMS
Rated PG-13
Why We’re Feeln It: Sometimes laughing through tears is the only way we can find the strength to keep going through our toughest times.

BORN FREE
Rated G
Why We’re Feeln It: Truly loving someone or something means doing what is right for them, no matter how hard it is for you.

The Karate Kid II

THE KARATE KID, PART II
Rated PG
Why We’re Feeln It: The second round takes Daniel-san and his karate instructor overseas where they experience how destructive old grudges can be.

PLACES IN THE HEART
Rated PG
Why We’re Feeln It: Sally Field won her second Academy Award for this stirring tale of people looking past race and ability to come together as one.

THE RETURN OF THE MUSKETEERS
Rated PG
Why We’re Feeln It: Alexandre Dumas’ immortal heroes gallop together again with high-flying action and good-natured laughs.

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STRICTLY BALLROOM
Rated PG-13
Why We’re Feeln It: With high-energy choreography, award-winning costumes, and entrancing music, it has everything you could want in a dance movie.

Be sure to check back with us on November 1 for a new batch of incredible movies that everyone can watch together.

The Best Movies for Baseball Lovers

The World Series is finally here! In honor of America’s Favorite Pastime, we’ve compiled a list of twelve great sports movies that will take you out to the ball game. You can watch many of these sports movies online at Feeln. So take out the glove and bat and ball, or the nachos, peanuts, and soda. Enjoy!

1. Ken Burns: Baseball series

Ken Burns Baseball Series

From PBS – The first inning tells the story of baseball’s rise, in only one generation, from a gentleman’s hobby to a national sport played and watched by millions. Viewers meet the first baseball magnate, Albert Goodwill Spalding; explore the game’s first gambling scandal; see the first attempts by women to play the game in the 1860′s; witness the first attempt by ball players to unionize; and learn how the first black professionals were hounded out of the game in the “Jim Crow” 1880′s. Audiences also encounter the greatest 19th century players, Michael “King” Kelly, Cap Anson and Denton T. “Cy” Young.

 

2. Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago Black Sox come.

 

3. Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story

Jews and Baseball

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, this documentary explores the connection between Jewish Americans and baseball, our nation’s most iconic institution. More than just a film about sports, it’s a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism, and the continuation of traditions. Despite stereotypes and hostility from fans and even fellow players, there have been standout Jewish players in every decade from the 1860s to the present. This is the first major documentary to tell their stories.

 

4. The Babe

The Babe

Babe Ruth becomes a baseball legend but is unheroic to those who know him.

 

5. The Jackie Robinson Story

The Jackie Robinson Story

Jackie Robinson plays himself in a film about his historical breaking of the color barrier in Major League Baseball.

 

6. The Bad News Bears

The Bad News Bears

An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.

 

7. The Pride of the Yankees

The Pride of the Yankees

Lou Gehrig, a young engineering student at Columbia University, has an extraordinary gift for baseball. Against the wishes of his mother, and with the secret help of his father, he signs with the one team he has always loved–the New York Yankees. Under the guidance of his hero, Babe Ruth, Lou proves himself as a player, becoming a fan favorite and helping the Yankees become the most dominant team in baseball. He eventually wins the approval of his mother, as well as the heart of a beautiful fan and his future wife, Eleanor. But at the height of his career, the “Iron Horse” of baseball finds himself growing increasingly weaker, voluntarily benching himself after he feels he’s become a burden to the team. A doctor examines him and gives him the dreadful news that he has a rare, incurable disease and only months to live. Released just one year after his death at the age of 37, the film is an inspiring tribute to the short, but incredible life of one of baseball’s greatest legends.

 

8. Moneyball

Moneyball

Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

 

9. A League of Their Own

A League of Their Own

Jimmy Dugan is a washed-up ballplayer whose big league days are over. Hired to coach in the All-American Girls Baseball League of 1943, while the male pros are at war, Dugan finds himself drawn back into the game by the heart and heroics of his all-girl team. Based on the true story of the pioneering women who blazed the trail, on the fields and off, for generations of athletes. Contains some mild language.

 

10. For the Love of the Game

For the Love of the Game

After getting stood up by his girlfriend, 40-year-old Detroit Tigers pitcher Billy Chapel heads to Yankees Stadium to warm up for a game against the hometown team. When he arrives, he finds out that his team has been sold and the new owners are planning to trade him. As the game begins, Billy is caught up in his memories and doesn’t realize that he’s been pitching a perfect game.

11. Roy Campanella Night: a Feeln Original

Roy Campanella Night

In 1958, Roy “Campy” Campanella, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history, had his career cut short by a car accident that left him paralyzed. After his accident, Campy thought he’d lose his fans because he couldn’t hit home runs anymore. But a game held in Campy’s honor played to a packed stadium. Campy’s fans showed him that despite his paralysis, he was still their champion.

12. Bill Durham

Bill Durham

A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.

EMILY OSMENT AND MOLLY RINGWALD CAST AS VOICES IN RELAUNCH OF ICONIC MEDIA FRANCHISE RAINBOW BRITE EXCLUSIVELY ON FEELN

Rainbow Brite

LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 14, 2014 –Feeln has announced plans to restore the beloved 80s animated series Rainbow Brite featuring the voices of Emily Osment and Molly Ringwald. The limited run event will launch with three weekly episodes, beginning November 6th, exclusively on Feeln, a subscription video on demand service with curated programming for audiences of all ages.

Actress and singer-songwriter Emily Osment will voice the classic Rainbow Brite, a magical girl who embarks on adventures to protect and save Rainbowland from destruction and dark powers. Rainbow Brite, alongside returning characters Starlite and the Color Kids, continue to deliver a message of optimism, creativity and friendship throughout their adventures.

“Being cast as the voice of Rainbow Brite for the relaunch of this iconic show is truly an honor. I look forward to connecting with the audience, old and new, and going on this exciting adventure together,” said Osment.

Molly Ringwald, known for her roles in the widely popular The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and most recently, ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager, will join Osment in the remake as the voice of villain and main antagonist The Dark Princess. Ringwald’s character will once again attempt to gain control of the universe as she stirs up trouble with an agenda of her own.

“We are thrilled to be relaunching such an iconic show and brand as Rainbow Brite. Emily and Molly are the perfect choices for the voices of Rainbow Brite and The Dark Princess, and we can’t wait to share each episode,” said Iris Ichishita, Head of Production for Feeln.

Hallmark first introduced Rainbow Brite over 30 years ago in 1983. The show was adapted as an animated television program, running 1984 to 1986, and also extended into global consumer products and merchandise.

For more information, visit http://www.Feeln.com.

ABOUT RAINBOW BRITE:
Rainbow Brite is a media franchise that was first introduced by Hallmark Cards in 1983 and adapted to an animated television show from 1984-1986. The beloved Rainbow Brite character, with the help of her friends, introduced generations of children to colorful and imaginative adventures in Rainbow Land. Follow Rainbow Brite at facebook.com/rainbowbrite, @briteisback on Twitter and at briteisback.tumblr.com.

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ABOUT FEELN:
Founded in 2007 by Academy Award winning Producer Rob Fried, Feeln is a movie subscription service showing films that move, inspire and delight audiences of all ages. Subscribers enjoy a wide variety of content, including award winning films, Hollywood blockbusters, Feeln Original Short Films, and Hallmark Hall of Fame® movies. Feeln is available online; on stream-to-TV devices including Roku and Xbox; and on mobile phones and tablets. Follow Feeln at facebook.com/feeln and @Feeln on Twitter.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Natalie Logan
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Jake Slane
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jslane@rogersandcowan.com

10 Best Adventure Movies for Kids & Families

Feeln adventurous? Look no further! I’ve compiled a list of the Best Family Adventure Movies, all available on Feeln. Choose your own adventure with these Family Adventure Movies: a world of dragons and princes, 17th-century France, a remote and magical English village, Qing Dynasty China, the American West, or Never Neverland. Our Adventure Movies for Kids will set you and your family on a magical quest.

1. DragonHeart

DragonHeart

When young Prince Einon is mortally wounded as he snatches the crown from his dead father’s head, his mother has him taken to a dragon to try to save the boy’s life. In exchange for a promise that Einon will be a better king than his father, the dragon gives a piece of his own heart to save the boy which inextricably links their fates. It’s a fun, high-flying adventure featuring a brave hero, a sniveling villain, and the most charmingly Scottish dragon ever.

 

2. The Return of the Musketeers

The Return of the Musketeers

The Musketeers are back in this third chapter of their stories of heroism, adventure and love in 17th-century France. 20 years after joining forces, the fighters have all moved on with their lives. Athos has a son named Raoul who’s in love with their old foe’s evil daughter. But they must join ranks again to protect the Queen and save the land. Alexandre Dumas’ immortal heroes gallop together again with high-flying action and good-natured laughs.

 

3. Stardust

Stardust

The reason the remote English village of Wall has its name is because of its stone wall that separates this world from a forbidden magical realm. In that town, young Tristan is lad utterly smitten by the village beauty. In exchange for her hand, he promises to steal across the wall to retrieve a fallen star. But it turns out that the star is no meteor but a flaxen-haired maiden who took an epic tumble, and Tristan isn’t the only person looking for her. A ruthless prince wants the girl because she holds the key to the throne, and an evil witch wants her to gain eternal youth. Contains violent scenes and some disturbing images. A romantic and exciting fairy tale with a slightly twisted sense of humor, delightfully wicked witches, and Robert De Niro in a dress.

 

4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

In the Qing Dynasty, two factions of warriors face off using martial arts and deadly weapons when a sword called the Green Destiny is stolen. But it’s not just the perfectly honed weapon that brings the fighters together. It’s their shared history, love and destiny that has them square off against each other and learn life’s mysteries. You don’t have to be a kung-fu fan to be awed by the balletic action scenes or moved by the lushly romantic love stories.

 

5. Dances with Wolves

Dances with Wolves

A lone soldier chooses a transfer to the western frontier and finds true meaning in his life with a nearby Sioux tribe. Contains adult content and language, brief nudity and graphic violence. Loyalty, bravery, and acceptance of others are the themes that run through this beautifully realized Oscar-winning saga.

 

6. Jumanji

Jumanji

A lonely little boy gets trapped in a mystical board game, spending decades lost in a savage wilderness. Then a pair of siblings discover the game, and by playing it, they open up their house to a herd of stampeding animals. Now the only way to get everything back in order is for them all to join up and finish the game together. You might think you have some wild animals in your house, but that’s nothing compared to the critters that get unleashed here.

 

7. Hook

Hook

Let the magic back in your life with this enchanting second chapter to the story of Peter Pan. This time, a middle-aged Peter must duel the vengeful Captain Hook. On the line are the lives of Pan’s children, and this is his opportunity to prove to them that they’re the most important people in his world.

 

8. Free Willy

Free Willy

In a story of triumph, a young and troubled boy who is sentenced to clean up the aquarium he tagged bonds with an orca whale that’s been captured and separated from his family. The boy learns to communicate with the whale, teaching him to do tricks before realizing that the aquarium owner plans to kill the whale. And the race to save the creature is on. Some creatures are too incredible to be caged, and some kids are too determined to be stopped.

 

 

9. The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid

Daniel and his newly-widowed mom, Lucille, move to the Los Angeles suburbs from New Jersey so she can start a new job and a new life. He quickly discovers that sunny Southern California is nothing like home when he becomes the target of school bullies. To learn to stand up to his tormentors, Daniel puts his faith and karate training in the hands of the maintenance man in his apartment building, Mr. Miyagi. It’s truly the best around. It’s exciting, funny, and very, very ’80s, but even younger kids will have fun learning how to “wax on, wax off” with Daniel-san and Mr. Miyagi.

 

10. The Karate Kid, Part II

The Karate Kid II

Mr. Miyagi, along with his star pupil Daniel, ventures to his native Okinawa for the first time in years to see his dying father. Once there, he discovers that his old flame still carries a torch for him and his rival still wants to fight him to the death. While all that is happening, Daniel not only falls for a local beauty but also runs afoul of the town bully, Chozen. Lots of kicking and punching ensue, along with the ultimate ’80s power ballad, Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love.” The second round takes Daniel-san and his karate instructor overseas where they experience how destructive old grudges can be.

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