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In Search of Blind Joe Death, one of three nifty new First Run features DVDs

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First Run Features is first-known for great films. And greater DVDs.
Santa still shopping? here's a must-have trio.
Known as the father of American Primitive Guitar, many consider John Fahey to be a foundational figure in American folk music. As both musician and musicologist, Fahey made a fundamental contribution to our understanding and appreciation of such music genres as Delta blues, Appalachian bluegrass and New Orleans jazz. In Search of Blind Joe Death combines interviews, performances and archival footage with animation in a musically charged tribute to a tremendously influential composer, guitarist and provocateur. Interviewees include The Who’s Pete Townshend, Chris Funk of The Decemberists and renowned radio personality Dr. Demento. Special Features include rare Fahey performance footage, Fahey Speaks: Woodburn Inn, 1999, performances by Chris Funk, Jimmy Crosthwait, George Winston and others and extended interviews with Pete Townshend, Dean Blackwood and Joe Bussard.

Two worlds collide when cycling legend Jonathan "Jock" Boyer moves to Rwanda to help the first Rwandan National Cycling Team in their six year journey to compete in the Olympic Games. Against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past. Stunningly filmed, Rising From Ashes follows Jock (the first American to compete in the Tour de France) and his Rwandan riders as they slowly learn what it means to be a professional cyclist---how to train, compete, and live the life of a top level athlete. As their strength and confidence grows, the riders of Team Rwanda give their fellow citizens a vision of something greater than themselves and their history: hope for a future. This is a terrific documentary, dubbed :"a masterful tribute to unity, selflessness and redemption in spite of all odds," executive produced and narrated by Forest Whitaker. Also great: Special bonus: The Making of Rising From Ashes.

It's tutu much not to praise a film about 9 girls, 4 weeks and 1 dream. Through the eyes of nine young girls from around the world, TuTu Much is the behind-the-scenes story of what it takes to become a dancer at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.. These girls have been given the chance of a lifetime, a four week long summer audition to get into a professional ballet school. Which girl will prove to be the dancer they are looking for? Who will have the passion, the drive and the endurance to make it? And will she and her family be ready to make the sacrifices? TuTu Much gives us all a rare look at nine remarkable girls and a summer that no one will ever forget.

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