28    Mar 20135 comments

Competition: Win ‘Labyrinth’ on DVD!

Do you have any secrets passed down through your family's generations?

Labyrinth is the story of two intelligent headstrong heroines, 17-year-old Alaïs Pelletier (Jessica Brown Findlay) from 13th century Carcassonne and modern-day PhD graduate Dr. Alice Tanner (Vanessa Kirby), who experience an adventure that intertwines their lives.

After inheriting a house in the South of France from an aunt she has never met, Alice stumbles upon an 800-year-old archaeological find.

Separated by time, but united in a common destiny, Alice is driven to find out about Alaïs and the past, which leads her through a journey into discovering the stories behind secrets passed down through the generations.

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12    Nov 20123 comments

Birthplace: We all come from somewhere

Ever wonder about where your family comes from and how that place makes you feel?

New York filmmaker Francesco Paciocco did, and the result is a short documentary – Birthplace - about his ancestral home. Importantly, it addresses the importance of where our families come from and what it means to us.

Says Paciocco:

No matter what background we come from, who our parents are or where we currently live, we only have one birthplace.

No matter where we live, our race, color or creed, we all have roots somewhere. History progresses, societies evolve, and people shift location. Origins, however, remain the same.

Past generations of our families crossed mountains and oceans to find better lives. But Paciocco asks how they felt about their choices, and what impact it left on future generations who today have only stories and old photographs to look through.

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30    Jan 20120 comments

The Artist: The magic of cinema of the past

The new silent film, “The Artist,” recently received nominations in all main awards categories for the 2012 Oscars.

A tribute to American silent films, it’s also a nod to early French films such as “The Prince” and the work of the Lumière brothers in the late 1800s.

The Artist - CREDIT: http://www.TheArtistMovie.net

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The success of a black-and-white film - and a silent one, at that – is of great delight to lovers of genealogy and history.

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