Scarlet Street, a film by Fritz Lang, 1945


Scarlet Street, a film by Fritz Lang, 1945

A young couple attempt to con a man out of his fortune. Scarlet Street is both film noir and black comedy. This film was directed by German film maker Fritz Lang, who brought us such early film classics as Metropolis and M, enjoyed a short but productive career in Hollywood.

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The Hitch-Hiker, a film by Ida Lupino, 1953

The Hitch-Hiker, 1953

The Hitch-Hiker, 1953

A film by Ida Lupino

If you and your friend are driving along and decide to pick up a hitch-hiker–don’t! That’s what the guys in this film noir did. But he turned out to be a demented, escaped convict, with a gun. Don’t you hate it when that happens? By the way, it’s a true story, so be careful out there!  (Browse our Movie Archive)

Zeppelin vs. Pterodactyls: The Lost Cartoon, an animated short by Bob Northrup, 1942


Zeppelin vs. Pterodactyls: The Lost Cartoon, 1942

An animated short by Bob Northrup

“A rare collaboration between Fleischer Studios and Ub Iwerks resulted in this cartoon, based on the moderately successful Republic Pictures “Zeppelin vs. Pterodactyls” cliffhanger serials. The cartoon was shelved for half a century due to a three way legal dispute between Republic, Fleischer and Iwerks….”

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Five Minutes to Live (aka Door-to-Door Maniac), a film by Bill Karn, 1961

Five Minutes to Live (aka Door-to-Door Maniac), a film by Bill Karn, 1961

Five Minutes to Live (aka Door-to-Door Maniac), 1961

A film by Bill Karn

“Originally released in 1961 as Five Minutes to Live, this low-budget crime drama was later re-released as Door-to-Door Maniac. Fred narrates the film in flashback, detailing a suburban bank robbery that goes awry…” (IMDB)

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March for our lives: students march against gun violence

March for our lives

The March for Our Lives event to protest gun violence in the schools, and society at large, will sweep the nation tomorrow (Saturday, March 24) and extend internationally.

In addition to a massive protest in Washington, D.C., which some predict will draw 500,000 students and protesters to the capital, there are 600 local marches and events planned all across the U.S., totaling 800 world-wide, especially in Europe.

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Students and concerned citizens who can’t attend the event in Washington, D.C. are encouraged to attend one of the local marches to make their voices heard. In fact, to show support for the cause, the popular ride-sharing app Lyft is offering free rides is offering free rides to students in 50 cities to attend the marches.

Students from Florida’s Stoneman Douglas High School will lead the march in Washington. Last month they suffered the loss of 17 peers when a deranged 18-year-old gunman opened fire with an AR-15 rifle on their campus. These students have surprised the nation by taking passionate leadership roles in the anti-gun violence movement since enduring those tragic events.

The marches are peaceful protests planned to encourage kids and their families to take a stand against gun violence, and for reasonable gun control laws. Like last year’s well-attended Women’s Marches following President Trump’s controversial election, the March for Our Lives events will feature a unique symbol: The image of a large eye painted on hands and gloves. It’s intended purpose is to remind law-makers that the people are watching. For the Women’s Watch the symbol was the ubiquitous “pink pussy hat.” The same artist / activist was involved in the development of both symbols.

For more information, enjoy this article from Mashable: everything you need to know about the March for our lives


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The Stupidstitious Cat (Noveltoon), an animated short by Seymore Kneitel, 1946

The Stupidstitious Cat (Noveltoon), an animated short by by Seymore Kneitel, 1946

The Stupidstitious Cat (Noveltoon), 1946

An animated short by by Seymore Kneitel

“A very stupid and superstitious cat awakens and goes through his usual gyrations of ensuring he will not have an unlucky day, making sure he get out of the right side of the bed and other rituals, and then starts his search for breakfast. He captures Buzzy the Crow, places him between two slices of bread and prepares to eat him. But Buzzy, smarter than the average crow…” (IMDB)

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Happy Nowruz!

Happy Nowruz!

The management team of Face Activities wishes everyone a Happy and Prosperous Nowruz!

Nowruz is a delightful holiday of Iranian origin, now celebrated around the world. Also known as the Iranian New Year and Persian New Year, this ancient holiday, with roots in the Zoroastrian Faith, marks the Vernal Equinox, the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and the first day of the New Year for Iranians, and many other peoples as well.

The start of Nowruz is typically celebrated, depending on region and custom, between March 20th and March 22nd, and marks the beginning of 13 days of joyous celebration. The days preceding the start of this holiday are often solemn and contemplative, but Nowruz is a wonderful celebration of light and joy.

The holiday, which spread far and wide with the expansion of the Persian Empire in the ancient world, has been celebrated for over 3,000 years across both Western and Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin and the Balkans. In modern times it’s still a holy day for Zoroastrians, but it’s also celebrated as a secular holiday by many ethnic and linguistic groups.

Modern Nowruz celebrations include a bountiful ceremonial table, filled with culinary treats. In past years, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama always made a point to honor the holiday. We hope President Trump will make an effort to follow suit this year. Please enjoy this archival footage of the former First Lady’s gracious celebration:


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The history of Saint Patrick’s Day

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! This holiday, observed world-wide, is an occasion to commemorate the arrival of Christianity to Ireland, and a de facto celebration of Irish culture in the popular imagination, but it’s ancient roots are a bit more complex, starting with Patrick himself, who was not Irish…

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