Here’s a look at all the great new content coming soon to Valorous TV.
Popular party girl Erica gets a dose of reality when she’s forced to do community service at a soup kitchen. Still reeling from losing her mother to cancer, she is aloof and distant from her father Ethan when she gets into a car accident and is placed at Angela’s Soup Kitchen by her case worker Ramona. She hates it, believing she is being unfairly punished. But a new friendship based on a mutual love for geo-caching and the realization that the patrons of the soup kitchen are much worse off than she could’ve imagined leads Erica to ask herself what is the meaning of life, and where can she find it?
Bass by Kayak follows a small expedition party crossing in sea kayaks from the Australian mainland to Tasmania. Four hundred odd people have made the crossing in the modern era, and Aboriginal Australians did it during the last ice age in canoes. For the seafarer, linking together the perfectly spaced islands feels like a rite of passage. Adventure filmmaker Beau Miles narrates the expedition as the first ever feature film of the crossing via sea kayaks. There is chafe, a storm, bad cooking and an emerging mate-ship between men that barely know each other. The film presents spectacular footage of Bass Strait and the islands that link the mainland to Tasmania. Best Sea Kayaking Film – Reel Paddling Film Festival 2018 & Waterwalker Film Festival 2018. Official Selection: World Tour 2018.
On July 26, Joe Grant set off from his home in Gold Hill, Colorado to attempt to summit all 57 of Colorado’s 14000ft summits. Self-powered and self-supported Joe took just over 31 days to bike and run to all the summits, ascending over 100000ft during the runs and cycling over 1400 miles.The self-imposed parameters of Joe’s trip were simple and clear-cut and unlike life, there were no grey areas. This is, and always has been, the appeal of outdoor endeavours and adventures; the defined simplicity, amidst the chaotic rush of daily life. Official Selections 2019: VIMFF, Cape Town Adventure Film festival.
Love & Support
A comic story of love bordering on insanity. Martin Lewis’s girlfriend just dumped him. His life is going nowhere, fast. Until he joins a support group for lonely hearts and meets Russell, a goofy but likable guy with a girlfriend problem of his own. Martin agrees to help Russell win back his lost love and through a series of outlandish misadventures travels a winding path towards self-discovery.
Against A Crooked Sky
A gripping adventurous story of family love and devotion and of heroism and sacrifices made by the pioneers who tamed the Wild West. After the eldest daughter of a pioneer family is kidnapped by a mysterious Indian tribe, their eldest son risks his life to track her down and rescue her from the savage Indians. Along the way, the boy befriends and recruits a broken down, grizzly trapper to help him locate the unknown tribe and rescue his sister. In order to win back her freedom, he must be willing to sacrifice himself by passing the ultimate test of courage, the “Crooked Sky”, and shield his sister from an executioner’s arrow.
Rise Above is a powerful story about hope and a unique man who has found a way to rise above his own challenges and traumas and in the process inspire so many others to follow in his footsteps. In January 2015 Damien Rider and his prone paddleboard began a marathon journey that he hoped would take him to the shores of Sydney’s Bondi Beach – a distance of 800 kilometres. It was considered to be too great a challenge for even the most accomplished athletes – and Damien was a relative novice to the event. But Damien wasn’t like anyone else, he wasn’t chasing record glory and fame, he was out there for very personal reasons to help him conquer past demons. He endured a childhood of shocking abuse and the effects of this abuse stayed with him into his adult years. For 17 days Damien was out there alone and battled with the elements – the monster seas, violent storms and hungry sharks, yet somehow, against all odds, he made it to Bondi Beach. From the moment he dragged his board up onto the sand of this iconic beach he knew that his life would never be the same again. His journey captured media attention delivering his message that we can all rise above our challenges, no matter how insurmountable they may seem, and connecting with so many.
After a successful baseball career in college and as a coach in the military, Jackie Robinson (playing himself) attracts the attention of Major League Baseball’s Branch Rickey (Minor Watson). Rickey wants Robinson to play in the minor leagues, believing he can become the first player to break the color barrier and play in the majors. The only catch: He is forbidden from defending himself against racial bigotry. Supported by his wife (Ruby Dee), Robinson is steadfast in his determination to win.
A film noir starring Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell and Coleen Gray – and directed by Edmund Goulding. The film is based on the 1946 novel of the same name, written by William Lindsay Gresham. Roustabout Stanton Carlisle (Tyrone Power) joins a traveling carny and unsuccessfully schemes to figure out the mind-reading act of Mademoiselle Zeena (Joan Blondell) and her alcoholic husband, Pete (Ian Keith). But when Pete dies, Zeena is forced to take on Stanton as a partner, and he quickly proves more gifted than his predecessor. Ambitious to a fault, Carlisle abandons Zeena and the carny to reinvent himself as “The Great Stanton,” wowing high-class audiences in a Chicago hotel. Nightmare Alley was somewhat unusual among film noir in having top stars, production staff and a relatively large budget. To make the film more believable, the producers built a full working carnival on ten acres on the 20th Century Fox back lot. Despite a strong promotion campaign, the film was not a financial success upon its original release, due in part to protests against some of the scandalous content. The film has found acclaim and is regarded as a classic.
Based on a short story by Ernest Hemingway published in August 1936 in Esquire magazine. As writer Harry Street lays gravely wounded from an African hunting accident he feverishly reflects on what he perceives as his failures at love and writing. Through his delirium he recalls his one true love Cynthia Green who he lost by his obsession for roaming the world in search of stories for his novels. Though she is dead Cynthia continues to haunt Street’s thoughts. In spite of one successful novel after another, Street feels he has compromised his talent to ensure the success of his books, making him a failure in his eyes. His neglected wife Helen tends to his wounds, listens to his ranting, endures his talk of lost loves, and tries to restore in him the will to fight his illness until help arrives. Her devotion to him makes him finally realize that he is not a failure. With his realization of a chance for love and happiness with Helen, he regains his will to live. Directed by Henry King, written by Casey Robinson, and starring Gregory Peck as Harry, Susan Hayward as Helen, and Ava Gardner as Cynthia Green.
During the height of World War II, members of a resistance movement within the Sobibor concentration camp attempt a daring uprising and escape. As the underground group, including Alexander Pechersky (Rutger Hauer) and Leon Feldhendler (Alan Arkin), devise a plan, they must contend with Nazi officers, Ukranian guards and the realization that anyone apprehended will likely be killed. Initially plotting for a few people to escape, they eventually decide that all 600 prisoners must break out. Winner of two Golden Globe awards.