Mark Mori“Bettie Page Reveals All” is a provocative and intimate look at one of the world’s most legendary sex symbols, told in her own words. In this alluring documentary, the real Bettie Page emerges from the veil of myth and speculation for the first time, through stunning, never-before-seen photographs and archive footage, and exclusive audio interviews recorded prior to her death in 2008. With her engaging Southern drawl and razor-sharp wit, Bettie tells her life story - from humble beginnings as one of six children of an impoverished Tennessee family, to scandalous 50s pin-up model, and to her shocking retirement in 1957 at the peak of her modeling career. Sharing rare details about her short-lived first marriage and many torrid affairs, Bettie offers a keen insider’s glimpse into her role as catalyst to the sexual revolution, emergence as a born-again Christian, struggles with mental illness, and ultimately her return to the public eye in the early 90’s, unaware of her status
Michael Sear & Joseph SharmanThis entertaining sports documentary investigates the Harlem Globetrotters' social and cultural impact, as well as the team's lasting effect on the National Basketball Association. Featuring interviews with basketball players, celebrities, politicians and others, it also shows how the Globetrotters continue to serve as Ambassadors of Goodwill and touch audiences around the world today.
Alex KarpovskyDescribed by The New York Times as "Second City-seasoned masters of long form improv, TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi have become living legends in their field. Their performances of entirely improvised, character-driven, hilarious and wholly original one-hour plays have mesmerized audiences worldwide. Exploring the folds of faith that underlie their relationship and the transcendental forces that govern their improvisation, TRUST US, THIS IS ALL MADE UP will leave you laughing, guessing, and in awe of this altogether remarkable duo.
Rob RapleyMurder of a President recounts the assassination and excruciating final months of President James Garfield's life. A brilliant scholar, courageous general, and fervent abolitionist, Garfield never wanted the job of president. But once in office, he worked tirelessly to reunite a nation still divided 15 years after the Civil War. As he lay dying, the North and South came together to pray for his recovery.
Meg McLagan & Daria SommersU.S. policy forbids women from serving in military units whose primary objective is direct ground combat. So how did a group of female support soldiers end up fighting alongside Marines in some of the most violent counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq War? Powerful and provocative, Lioness traces the stories of five female support soldiers who served in Iraq in various capacities - mechanic, supply clerk, engineer - and ultimately became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat. The film follows the Lionesses' rapid progression from diffusing tensions with local civilians to fierce street-level combat in Ramadi, and in doing so raises such issues as gender and warfare and the deep divide between policy and practice. Together, the experiences of these women illuminate the emotional and psychological effects of war from a uniquely female perspective. Narrating the Lioness stories through a wide array of mediums including first-hand accounts, archival foota
Lea Glob & Mette Carla AlbrechtsenTwo female directors hold an open casting session for an erotic film based on real sexual experiences. 100 curious women turn up, but the auditions take on a life of their own. As the women begin to take control, the casting couch becomes an intimate arena for self-reflection. From an unexpected chorus of honesty comes the potential to rethink the language of female sexuality.
Guido Santi & Tina MascaraThis 90 minute feature documentary chronicles the life and spiritual quest of Nicholas (Nicky) Vreeland, who for the past twenty-eight years has been a Tibetan Buddhist monk. The son of a United States Ambassador, grandson of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, and a photographer by trade, Nicky left his privileged life behind to follow his true calling. He moved to India, cutting his ties with society, photography, and his pleasure-filled world, to live in a monastery with no running water or electricity. There he would spend the next fourteen years studying to become a monk. Then in one of lifeʼs beautiful twists, Nicky went back to photography in order to help his fellow monks rebuild their monastery, one of the most important in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. His journey from photographer to monk, and most recently, to the abbot of the monastery he helped rebuild form the core of the story.
Marino AmorusoOne of the best, most entertaining and insightful films ever done about the greatest team in the history of American sports, the New York Yankees. This award-winning film traces the history of the team from its beginnings in 1903 through to the end of the 20th Century. Narrated by Robert Klein. Winner of the New York Film Festival for Best Script and Best Narration. Featured guests include: Yogi Berra, Hank Bauer, Johnny Blanchard, Phil Linz, Ryne Duren, Mickey Mantle, Willie Randolph, Chris Chambliss, Pat Cooper, Gay Talese, Ray Robinson and many more. Special, rare 1961 interview with Roger Maris.
John Bruce & Paweł WojtasikA deeply moving and revelatory documentary, END OF LIFE from filmmakers John Bruce and Paweł Wojtasik captures the last years of five individuals in the process of dying. Intimately shot for over four years in hospital rooms, homes and work spaces, and employing an immersive, participatory approach, the documentary allows for viewers to reflect on their own feelings and responses to the human body and mortality. Yet, throughout, END OF LIFE remains a surprising and beautiful film. “In our culture, almost everyone fears death,” says Ram Dass, the noted spiritual teacher and author, and one of this documentary’s subjects. By approaching death as closely as possible, Bruce and Wojtasik’s extraordinary achievement here is to disrupt centuries of Western thought and allow us to see the unique quality of life in its final phase.
Jenny SteinOpen your eyes. Trust your heart. Take the journey. Five farmers, a humane officer, an animal rescuer, and a cow named Snickers will make you laugh and cry, expand your consciousness, and challenge your ideas about animal farming. A riveting story of transformation and healing, this award-winning documentary explores the struggle of conscience experienced by several people from traditional farming backgrounds who are now questioning the basic assumptions of their inherited way of life. Acknowledging the sometimes amazing connections they have shared with animals under their care, the farmers reveal the social and economic pressures that led to their inner conflict. Interwoven with the farmers' stories is the dramatic animal rescue work of a newly-trained humane police officer whose sense of justice puts her at odds with the law she is charged to uphold. With strikingly honest interviews and rare footage demonstrating the emotional lives and intense family bonds of farm animals, this gr
Justine NaganFrom the company that brought you "Hoop Dreams," comes a documentary about a rural Midwestern print shop where international artists meet retired craftsmen, and together they navigate the convergence of modern design and traditional technique.
Liam DaleAll aboard for a nostalgic look at one of England’s most beloved traditions — vintage steam train travel. When steam trains were threatened with extinction, the British public united to conserve carriages and locomotives and even bought unused train lines. This made it possible for today’s generation to travel on vintage steam trains throughout Great Britain. Climb aboard for an up-close-and-personal ride on vintage trains as they cut through the beautiful British countryside. Examine the interiors of the passenger cars from long ago, witness the machinery and mechanisms still used to operate these giant iron beasts, and take a peek at the offices and rooms used by train personnel. Journey through the steam train’s intriguing past, and learn the unique history of these colossal and beautiful machines starting with railways inventor, George Stevenson. Originating from humble beginnings, he pioneered steam locomotive travel and made it possible for lines to be built where it once
Lucy WalkerThe epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Kevin Pearce and Shaun White is documented in this exhilarating ride into the world of extreme snowboarding. With both practicing more and more breathtaking and dangerous tricks leading up to the Vancouver Winter Olympics, everything suddenly changes for Kevin when a horrific crash leaves him fighting for his life. When he recovers, all he wants to do is get on his snowboard again, even though medics and family fear it could kill him.
UnknownOn 4th November 2010, 440 passengers boarded Qantas Flight 32 bound for Sydney. As an airline renowned for its unparalleled safety record, powered by prestigious Rolls-Royce engines, the aircraft defined 'safety in the skies'. Never could the passengers have anticipated the near-calamitous events that followed soon after take-off...
Stephen Nomura SchibleOne of the most important artists of our era, Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific career spanning over four decades. From techno-pop stardom to Oscar-winning film composer, the evolution of his music has coincided with his life journeys. Following Fukushima, Sakamoto became an iconic figure in Japan’s social movement against nuclear power. As Sakamoto returns to music following a cancer diagnosis, his haunting awareness of life crises leads to a resounding new masterpiece. 'Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda' is an intimate portrait of both the artist and the man.
UnknownBlack Code is a gripping account of how governments control and manipulate the internet in order to censor and monitor their citizens. With stories from exiled Tibetan monks circumventing China’s surveillance apparatus, Syrian citizens tortured for Facebook posts, Brazilian activists using social media to distribute alternative news, and Pakistani online violence against women, we see firsthand the high-stakes consequences that an unprecedented level of digital communication can produce. As this battle for control of cyberspace is waged, our ideas of citizenship, privacy, and democracy will be challenged to the very core.
Kent JonesIn 1962, François Truffaut persuaded Alfred Hitchcock to sit with him for a week long interview in which the great British auteur would share with his young admirer the secrets of his cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting - used to produce the seminal book "Hitchcock/Truffaut" - this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plunges us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds and Vertigo. Hitchcock's singular vision is elucidated and brought vividly to life by today's leading filmmakers: Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, WesAnderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich, and Paul Schrader.
Pierre ThorettonThe public life of Yves Saint Laurent was as extravagant as it was decadent, as a design prodigy and then the grand coutourier of an fashion empire he influenced fifty years of style -- but few are familiar with the private life of the legend. In Pierre Thoretton's L'AMOUR FOU, Pierre Bergé, the man with which YSL shared four decades of his life and love, reflects on the equally extravagant history of their personal relationship. Framed around the 2009 auction of the priceless, elaborate art collection amassed by Yves and Pierre personally over several decades, this extraordinary documentary provides an unprecedented look at the life of a mythic personality, whose personal life matched his public for elegance, extravagance and passion. An official selection of the Toronto and TriBeCa Film Festivals, L'AMOUR FOU is an un-missable film event for fans of documentary film and fashion die-hards alike.
Liam DaleWhen the first Harry Potter books magically appeared in bookstores, the world of children’s literature changed forever. Every child and adult alike reveled in the highly imaginative, fantastical world of the boy wizard and when Hollywood spun out its cinematic versions of these beloved tales, the Harry Potter phenomenon was elevated to the status of cultural legend. But just who was responsible for dreaming up such a wild world of witches and wizards, ghosts and giants, spells and sorcery? The answer? J.K. Rowling. And although today this name is now synonymous with the world of magic and wizardry, just who is this enigmatic author, and what influences shaped her life enough to create such fantastical fiction? The truth behind the legend reads like a fairy tale itself, for J.K. Rowling started her illustrious career as a struggling, poverty-stricken single mother who penned her manuscript in an Edinburgh coffee shop and rose to the ranks of a celebrity multi-millionaire. “J.K. Rowl
Avi LewisFilmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. The extraordinary detail and richness of the cinematography in THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING provides an epic canvas for this exploration of the greatest challenge of our time. Unlike many fi
John Little & Robert AndersonThe gripping story of the acclaimed author of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead” in her own words. Revealing the surprising life story of one of the world’s most influential minds, this unprecedented film weaves together Ayn Rand’s own recollections and reflections, providing a new understanding of her inspirations and influences.
Brett HarveyExploring one of the most controversial and provocative positions in the history of sport, Ice Guardians journeys into the lives of those who perform what is undoubtedly the toughest job within the National Hockey League today: the enforcer. Very few understand this position and fewer yet appreciate what is involved in becoming one. Ice Guardians steps beyond the hype and heads directly to the source of the debate... the players themselves. Through their eyes, tough exteriors are shed to reveal the humanity behind a role that struggles to maintain its existence.
Alessandro G.A. D'AlessandroThe Uffizi Gallery in Florence opens the door to an exclusive journey for the
first time in high definition. 40 masterpieces illustrated by an in-depth commentary
and amazing images. Gratify your senses with a visit to one of the most important
museums in the world!
Adam Carolla & Nate AdamsThe world knows Paul Newman as an Academy Award winning actor with a fifty-plus year career as one of the most prolific and revered actors in American Cinema. He was also well known for his philanthropy; Newman's Own has given more than four hundred and thirty million dollars to charities around the world. Yet few know the gasoline-fueled passion that became so important in this complex, multifaceted man's makeup. Newman’s deep seeded passion for racing was so intense it nearly sidelined his acting career. His racing career spanned thirty-five years; Newman won four national championships as a driver and eight championships as an owner. Not bad for a guy who didn't even start racing until he was forty-seven years old.
Lydia TenagliaJEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT explores the remarkable life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. Tower began his career at the renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1972, becoming a pioneering figure in the emerging California cuisine movement. After leaving Chez Panisse, due in part to a famously contentious relationship with founder Alice Waters, Tower went on to launch his own legendary Stars Restaurant in San Francisco. Stars was an overnight sensation and soon became one of America’s top-grossing U.S. restaurants. After several years, Tower mysteriously walked away from Stars and then disappeared from the scene for nearly two decades, only to resurface in the most unlikely of places: New York City’s fabled but troubled Tavern on the Green. There, he launched a journey of self-discovery familiar to anyone who has ever imagined themselves to be an artist. Featuring interviews by Mario Batali, An
Tamra DavisA high-octane tour of the world of action sports, "Keep Your Eyes Open" follows some of the hottest pro-athletes on their quest for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Filmed deep in the barrels of the North Shore, atop the highest peaks of British Columbia, Director Tamra Davis takes you to the heart of the action, capturing some of the most jaw-dropping stunts and gruesome spills ever seen in the worlds of skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, BMX, skiing and motocross.
Joe MantelloCoochie Snorcher. Powder box. Toadie. Fannyboo. Mushmellow. Call it what you like, the vagina is many things to many women. Acclaimed writer/performer Eve Ensler is the star of this innovative special that features some of the candid, funny, painful, yearning insights of women talking about their no-longer-so-private part. Based on Ensler's award-winning stage show of the same name, the special includes all-new interviews and behind-the-scenes commentary added to the original performance material. The end result is a daring and refreshingly liberating experience filled with compassion, humor, intelligence and honesty that will leave you thinking inside the box!
Pete McCormackWhat’s it like to face down the most renowned fighter in the world? Three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali defeated almost every top fighter of the golden age of boxing. Now, experience Ali like never before: through the eyes of his biggest rivals, including Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Leon Spinks, George Chuvalo, Sir Henry Cooper and Larry Holmes. Turning the cameras provides a fresh and impactful perspective on Ali, the sport, talent and courage.
Jacob RosenbergWaiting for Lightning, the story of visionary skateboarder Danny Way, who attempted to jump China’s Great Wall on a skateboard and created a new movement in sport. As a young boy from a broken home in Vista, CA, no one would have ever imagined that Way’s passion for skateboarding would one day bring him and his creation, a ramp of prodigious and dangerous proportions, across many cultural and ideological boundaries to attempt the impossible. Waiting for Lightning is a film about how much abuse the body can sustain, how deep you have to dig to survive the betrayals of family, and how high and far dreams can fly.In association with DC Shoes, a company co-founded by Danny’s brother, Damon Way, the film features interviews by action sports legends such as Tony Hawk, Rob Dyrdek, Laird Hamilton, Rodney Mullen, Travis Pastrana, Matt Hoffman and Ken Block.
Steven CantorUkrainian-born 'bad boy of ballet' Sergei Polunin became the Royal Ballet's youngest ever principal dancer at age 19. But two years later—at the height of his success—he walked away from it all, resolving to give up dance entirely. Steven Cantor's Dancer tracks the life of this iconoclastic virtuoso, from his prodigal beginnings in the Ukraine to his awe-inspiring performances in the U.K., Russia, and eventually the U.S., where he went viral after David LaChapelle filmed him dancing to Hozier's 'Take Me to Church.' Yet beyond celebrating the raw talent and wild ambition of Polunin, whose sights are now set on Hollywood, Dancer considers how wealth and success may not be enough when it comes to finding personal and professional identity.
Patrick ForestierAs the Iraqi government threatens to expel all foreign mercenaries following the Blackwater shootout, the role of private military contractors is once again in the spotlight. There's no denying that the rise of the private military contractor is transforming the way we wage war. They earn four times more than regular soldiers, act with impunity and - in Iraq - outnumber all non-US soldiers combined. 'Private Armies' follows the training and deployment of these men. From skidding around a racing track, practicing escaping from kidnappers, to dodging bullets in Baghdad, it's an eye-opening look at life as a private soldier.
Doug NicholCALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER launches us into the bittersweet moment when a beloved technology, the typewriter, faces extinction. Delivering a thought-provoking view on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, director and three-time Grammy Award® winner and nominee Doug Nichol explores the mythology attached to the classic typewriter, as cultural historians, collectors and various celebrity obsessives (including Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, and Sam Shepard) celebrate the typewriter both as object and means of summoning the creative spirit. The film culminates in the movingly documented struggle of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking.
Alain ResnaisTen years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard) contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps’ quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage. With Night and Fog, Resnais investigates the cyclical nature of man’s violence toward man and presents the unsettling suggestion that such horrors could come again.
Chris James ThompsonWatch while in theaters! A dark and disturbing exploration of America's most infamous serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer, as seen through the eyes of the arresting officer and his next door neighbor.
Andy Heathcote & Heike BachelierSince the 19th century the craftsmen of the family firm Hardy’s have hand-made beautiful cane fishing rods and exotic salmon flies which are cherished by keen fishermen all over the world. This documentary tells of the history of the company, using interviews with family members and archive film from the 1930s, all the while making us realise what this country has lost in skills and the tradition of craft. “The greater issue accumulates forcefully but quietly - the value of craftsmanship in a global economy preoccupied with quantity.” -Ken Russell, The Times
Leslie WoodheadHere's the triumphant, true-life story of an Olympic hero...and just how far he came in order to become the fastest Olympic long distance runner the world has ever seen! Raised under oppressive conditions in one of the world's poorest countries, the Ethiopian boy named Haile Gebrselassie was born to run! When he wasn't laboring in his father's fields, young Haile would be running: the six miles to school and back, while doing chores or simply for pleasure at the end of a long, hard day! In an inspirational and artfully crafted motion picture, the climactic moment comes as the unstoppable Haile chases down his lifelong dream in a stirring Gold Medal performance at the Atlanta Olympic Games.
Greg BarkerThe nearly two-decade hunt for Osama bin Laden is the focus of this fascinating documentary. Filled with riveting testimony and recollections from actual C.I.A. agents, this in-depth account reveals the remarkable true story of the pursuit of the world's most notorious terrorist, beginning with the intelligence gathering of a group of mostly female analysts known as 'The Sisterhood' and culminating in the May 1, 2011 raid in which he was killed.
Liam DaleAs the capital of Scotland, Edinburghʼs got the lot! A sense of history, examples of the finest architecture, fascinating museums and a vibrant cultural life that rivals any of the worldʼs major cities, all add an extra dimension to this premier tourist attraction. If you have plenty of time at your disposal, Edinburgh is ideal for wandering at leisure, but if your time is limited, you need to know exactly where the main places of interest are to be found. “Whistlestop Edinburgh” has been designed to give you a brief glimpse of the cityʼs favorite treasures, ranging from the magnificent castle to the peace and tranquility of Holyrood Park, just a stoneʼs throw from the hustle and bustle of Princes Streetʼs shopping emporiums. Not only does this program offer a comprehensive guide on where to go and what to look out for, it also fills in the background history of the locations, including the stories of such great Scottish heroes as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Mary Qu
Keith MaitlandPacked wall to wall with the greatest music from Texas and beyond, with performances by Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ray Charles, Beck, Alabama Shakes, Wilco, Pixies, and Radiohead, A SONG FOR YOU: THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS STORY is music to the ears of fans everywhere. This film highlights the PBS series’ evolution, proving that after 40 years, Austin City Limits is more relevant now than ever before. Featuring interviews with dozens of artists and fans, and untold insights from long-time producer Terry Lickona, A SONG FOR YOU transcends the TV show and gives audiences a front row seat and backstage pass to the greatest performances of the longest running music show in television history.
Michael Bernard & Gavin FroomeTravelling along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver, the film showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies. This relaxed journey takes us across three generations of Modernist architecture, all finding beauty in their own times, and all taking us back to the basics of true living. A sense of place, light and a deep connection to the earth. Interviewed in Coast Modern are some of the most respected names in architecture, including James Steele, Ray Kappe, Hernik Bull, Pierluigi Serraino, John Cava, Barbara Bestor and Dion Neutra, son of the legendary Richard Neutra.
J.T.S. MooreRevolution OS tells the inside story of the hackers who rebelled against Microsoft’s proprietary software model and created Linux and the Open Source movement. Believing that computer software should be free - economically and intellectually - Richard Stallman and other high-profile technology experts started the Open Source movement. An admirer of Stallman named Linus Torvalds created a new operating system and called it Linux. Linux was freely distributed software that many programmers consider far superior to Windows. Revolution OS paints a compelling picture for tech heads and laymen alike.
Mark Deeble & Victoria StoneA multi award-winning film from Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone, narrated by Ian Holm, tells the story of the seasonal Grumeti - home to the most spectacular population of giant crocodiles in Africa. When it rains in Serengeti, a flash flood sweeps along a sandy river-bed. It is the Grumeti river, a seasonal lifeline for all the creatures at Kirawira - especially its giant crocodiles. Trapped in drying pools, clams and fish become a yearly feast for the riverside creatures. Crocodiles dam rivers, lizards go fishing, storks spear clams and flowers trap the unwary. As it dries on the plains, the great wildebeest herds head out towards Kirawira, where giant crocodiles and catfish are forced to trek along the drying riverbed, in search of permanent water. Aestivation or migration are the only options left for the river’s residents. Then, one morning, the wildebeest arrive to play their part in the seasonal drama of the drying pools - primordial carnage reigns as the desperate herds try to
Annette van TrigtThe most-talked about horse in the world, came, saw and conquered the dressage with his rider Edward Gal. Together they won the heart of millions all over the world, winning three titles at the FEI World Equestrian Games and setting multiple record scores in Kentucky in 2010. An extreme sum of money, somewhere between 10 and 15 million, caused the stallion to move to Germany, after which he took, in name of the Germans, the - what should have been Dutch - golden medals at the Olympic Games. But new owner Paul Schockemöhle shot himself in the foot. He had to find a new rider for Totilas: Matthias Alexander Rath. But it turned out to be a very unlucky combination. Even Dutch top trainer Sjef Janssen got involved, but the highly coveted Olympic medals were not coming in. Due to another injury, Totilas had to leave the competition arena in 2015, which would later turn out the be his last ever performance. Totilas retired in 2015. It was a great loss to his millions of fans all over the wo
T.C. JohnstoneTwo worlds collide when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help the first Rwandan National Cycling Team in their six-year journey to compete in the Olympic Games in London. Setting out against impossible odds, both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past. Executive produced and narrated by Forest Whitaker, this stunningly shot film follows Jock (the first American to compete in the Tour de France) and his Rwandan riders as they slowly but steadily learn what it means to be a professional cyclist - how to train, how to compete, how to live the life of a top level athlete. As they get better and better, the riders of Team Rwanda give their countrymen a vision of something greater then themselves and their history: hope for a future.
Hector GalánAfter a childhood of playing cantinas and honky tonks from Texas to Tennessee, Los Lonely Boys have rocked their way to the top of the American music industry, determined to fulfill their father's long held dream. LOS LONLEY BOYS: COTTONFIELDS AND CROSSROADS tells the story of three Mexican American brothers from San Angelo Texas who are creating a unique sound that melds the core of the early San Angelo music scene of the 1950s and 60s with a signature style they call 'Texican.' Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Hector Galán, himself a San Angelo native, fuses exciting live performances, vivid imagery of West Texas, and intimate personal stories in this feature documentary. Galán was able to capture a magical moment in time when the stars finally aligned in the boys' favor after so many years of struggle. LOS LONLEY BOYS: COTTONFIELDS AND CROSSROADS is a heartfelt and moving account that brings to life Los Lonely Boys' incredible personal musical journey. The film weaves a historical
Alan StivelmanA lonely gaucho lives a solitary existence on a remote farm ever since he witnessed a UFO event. Filmmaker Alan Stivelman - together with the help of well-known scientist and researcher Jacques Vallée -begin an epic journey to help Juan in understanding the deep meaning of his close encounter. This true story shows the long-term consequences of close encounters, proving that no one is exempt from a potential contact.
Howard HallAward-winning documentary filmmaker Howard Hall and the production team behind IMAX® film favorites "Deep Sea" and "Into the Deep" return for a dynamic new underwater adventure, "Under the Sea." Filmed entirely with IMAX® cameras for a vivid, immersive viewing experience unlike any other, this new film will transport audiences to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, including Southern Australia and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as Papua New Guinea and Indonesia in the famed Coral Triangle, for face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea. Discover the habits and habitats of Great White Sharks, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Leafy Sea Dragons, Giant Stingrays, Jellyfish, Green Sea Turtles, playful Australian Sea Lions, six-foot Garden Eels and a multitude of brilliantly colorful fish and sea life as they play out the daily dramas of their lives amidst vast coral formations that rise from the ocean floor.
Bryn PryorThey’ve entertained us, enthralled us, aroused us and amazed us. Who are the 30 greatest stars in the history of the adult film business? This documentary, a sequel to the popular Greatest Adult Movies of All-Time, brings the viewer up close and personal into the lives of legendary porn stars who’ve survived the test of time. How these personalities have impacted pop culture while shaping the skin business makes for an in-depth and entertaining film. Hosted by the notorious Mr. Skin, featuring Jenna Jameson, Ron Jeremy, Sasha Grey, Belladonna, Marilyn Chambers and many more, blends rare interviews with the industry's biggest stars, clips of their greatest performances and a peek into their mainstream careers, takes us on a journey of historical and sexual discovery. Additional appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Soderbergh, Rob Zombie and a host of adult stars, directors and trend-setters.
Ky DickensOnly a handful of people have come through major plane crashes alive and alone. Sole Survivors examines four of those stories: The toddler, the "Miracle Girl," the co-pilot and the seeker. They survived when no one else did.
Joerg SteineckLo Sound Desert is a documentary about the Californian Desert music scene, which gave birth to bands like Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age. What basically started by revolving punk rock kids - hidden from narrow-minded authorities of suburban desert communities in the early 80s, became a vibe over the years. Desert Rock, often misinterpreted as musical genre continued its international underground spread until today.
David EvanA poignant, thought-provoking account of friendship and the toll of inherited guilt, WHAT OUR FATHERS DID explores the relationship between two men, each of whom are the children of very high-ranking Nazi officials and possess starkly contrasting attitudes toward their fathers. Eminent human rights lawyer Philippe Sands investigates the complicated connection between the two, and even delves into the story of his own grandfather who escaped the same town where their fathers carried out mass killings. The three embark on an emotional journey together, as they travel through Europe and converse about the past, examining the sins of their fathers and providing a unique view of the father-son relationship, ultimately coming to some very unexpected and difficult conclusions.
Brigid MaherFrom executive producers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (The Business of Being Born), this topical new documentary examines a growing shift in the birthing industry: the rise of Caesarean sections. With C-section rates dangerously over 30% in America, are midwives the solution? In recent years, the idea of a “collaborative care” practice where doctors and midwives manage women’s care together has begun to gain traction. Research has demonstrated that collaborative care models produce better outcomes for mother and baby, including fewer C-sections. This moving and urgent film provides an intimate lens into how midwives across the country work within and better the hospital system, redefining how the US looks at the birthing process.
Carlos SauraDirected by legendary Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura, FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO is an evolutionary musical journey through the light, song and dance of a dynamic and alive art form. Beautifully photographed by famed Academy Award®-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (APOCALYPSE NOW), and showcasing a powerful new Flamenco through dazzling musical and dance performances by emerging talents and the greatest living Flamenco masters, this unique musical odyssey reaches beyond the borders of Flamenco and Spanish culture toward a universal artistic expression.
João Moreira SallesMade following the discovery of amateur footage shot in China in 1966 during the first and most radical stage of the Cultural Revolution, IN THE INTENSE NOW speaks to the fleeting nature of moments of great intensity. Scenes of China are set alongside archival images of the events of 1968 in France, Czechoslovakia, and, to a lesser extent, Brazil. In keeping with the tradition of the film-essay, they serve to investigate how the people who took part in those events continued onward after passions had cooled. The footage, all of it archival, not only reveals the state of mind of those filmed—joy, enchantment, fear, disappointment, dismay—but also sheds light on the relationship between a document and its political context. What can one say of Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, or Beijing by looking at the images of the period? Why did each of these cities produce a specific sort of record?
Ian McCrudden & Robbie CavolinaAnita O’Day was one of the greatest of American jazzsingers and this is her astonishing story—a journey of survival, and above all the endurance of her talent, told in a number of frank interviews with her and with those who knew her. Her career was long and eventful, spanning seven decades, her last album recorded when she was 84. This documentary of a legend was co-directed by Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden who produced with Melissa Davis. Anita O’Day only ever wanted to be a singer and the film showcases performances that date back to the 50s with such artists as Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge, Stan Kenton, Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael. She is shown teaching Billy Taylor how to be a jazz vocalist. She speaks candidly, always candidly, with Dick Cavett, Bryant Gumble and David Frost, with clips from interviews done on 60 Minutes and CBS This Morning. Bert Stern, commenting on his experience filming Anita perform Sweet Georgia Brown for his film Jazz on a Summer’s Day, sa
Justin MoeForever changed by witnessing the devastation of an aluminum plant shutting down in his hometown, Josh Miller sets out on a 30 day journey across America to find out if “Made in the USA” still means anything. Throughout the journey Josh lives off of “Made in USA” products as best he can, and speaks to people in the heart of America about issues facing the country today as the continued outsourcing of the manufacture of goods erodes the manufacturing backbone of the American economy - and the dreams of countless workers around the nation.
Cameron MaierIn 2002, Craig DeMartino was climbing with a friend in Rocky Mountain National Park when a terrible miscommunication occurred; DeMartino fell nearly 100 feet onto the rocks below. He survived, but his injuries were devastating — ruptured lung, fractured spine, pulverized feet, among others — and the accident forever altered his life. He could have retreated into his injuries and given up on climbing. Instead, DeMartino, who had one leg amputated under the knee, got back into his harness. Today, he has climbed grades as hard as 5.13, led an all-disabled ascent of El Capitan and introduced scores of fellow disabled athletes to the joy of climbing.
Al ReinertIn 1986 Michael Morton’s wife Christine is brutally murdered in front of their only child, and Michael is convicted of the crime. Locked away in Texas prisons for a quarter century, estranged from his son, he has years to ponder questions of justice and innocence, truth and fate. Though he is virtually invisible to society, the Innocence Project and Michael’s pro bono attorney spend years fighting for the right to test DNA evidence found at the murder scene. Their discoveries ultimately reveal that the price of a wrongful conviction goes well beyond one man’s loss of freedom.
UnknownIn the age of manscaping, metrosexuals, and grooming products galore - what does it mean to be a man? Oscar nominee Morgan Spurlock and executive producers Ben Silverman, Will Arnett, and Jason Bateman present a delightfully entertaining doc featuring candid interviews from Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, and everyday people weighing in on everything from the obsession with facial hair to body dysmorphic disorder. A FilmBuff presentation.
Randall MacLowrySILICON VALLEY tells the story of the pioneering scientists who transformed rural Santa Clara County into the hub of technological ingenuity we now know as Silicon Valley. The film spotlights the creativity of the young men who founded Fairchild Semiconductor and in particular the brilliant, charismatic young physicist Robert Noyce.
UnknownRise of the Sufferfests is the first documentary about Tough Mudder, Spartan Race and the global obstacle course phenomenon. The film asks why millions of people are suddenly paying to suffer through ice, fire, electricity, barbed wire, mud and more… and what it says about the world we’re living in. It features a colorful cast of characters from the cultish “OCR” community, as well as sharp—and often funny—social commentary from thought leaders like Morgan Spurlock, Tim Ferriss, A. J. Jacobs and Hanna Rosin. It also follows the misadventures of journalist-turned-filmmaker Scott Keneally, a self-proclaimed “beta male” who wanders deep into the crucible, tackling some of the world’s most brutal sufferfests. Far from just a movie about mud, it’s a smart, entertaining film about modern life and the journey of a “just enougher” to steel up in the face of fatherhood.
Robert D. KlineFifty-years after his assassination, John F. Kennedy is still remembered as one of the greatest presidents in United States history. This inspiring documentary recounts the historic moments, accomplishments and challenges of his presidency during an era of change.
Andrew RossiIs college worth the cost? Groundbreaking filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) asks the critical question about the value of higher education, revealing how colleges have come to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. With escalating tuition rates and student-loan debt now over the one trillion dollar mark, the once-great American institution is at a breaking point. Ivory Tower explores the current education crisis from the halls of Harvard, to community colleges, to online learning, providing an astonishing look at the university landscape.
Liam DaleFear, paranoia, terror, yearning—such are the themes synonymous with the works of Edgar Allan Poe. But just how did this troubled author known as the “Master of the Macabre” come to create some of the most terrifying and haunting works of all fiction? What happened in his early childhood that significantly altered the young mind of Poe? Where did the author’s haunting despair and longing for the dead come from? What led him to excessive drinking and opium smoking as a way of escaping reality? And just what were the circumstances behind his mysterious and still unresolved death? These questions and more will be answered in this unique and exciting documentary as we follow in the footsteps of Poe to discover the mystery behind the man who wrote such classics as “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Black Cat,” and countless others.
Michael SchwarzJoin best-selling author Michael Pollan (Food Rules, The Botany of Desire) on a fascinating journey to answer the question: What should I eat to be healthy? Cutting through confusion and busting myths and misconceptions, In Defense of Food shows how common sense and old-fashioned wisdom can help us rediscover the pleasures of eating and avoid the chronic diseases so often associated with the modern diet. Pollan's journey of discovery takes him from the plains of Tanzania, where one of the world's last remaining tribes of hunter-gatherers still eats the way our ancestors did, to Loma Linda, California, where a group of Seventh Day Adventist vegetarians live longer than almost anyone else on earth, and eventually to Paris, where the French diet, rooted in culture and tradition, proves surprisingly healthy. Along the way he shows how a combination of faulty nutrition science and deceptive marketing practices have encouraged us to replace real food with scientifically engineered “food-l
Jeff BowdenGet Back To Dirt takes you inside the soul of American auto racing—the World Class dirt track street stocks—at the legendary Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. Racers careen on and off the track. The speed, the roar, the smell of cheap corny dogs and racing fuel—Get Back to Dirt hurtles toward the championship, which is decided on the final night of the season. “We may never get to Daytona, ” one grizzled driver tells the camera, “But the Devil’s Bowl is our Daytona, every Saturday night. ”
Barry AvrichBLURRED LINES: INSIDE THE ART WORLD lifts the curtain on the provocative contemporary art scene, a glamorous and cutthroat game of genius versus commerce. Go behind the scenes to discover how art is created, exhibited, and sold around the globe. Featuring insider accounts from the most influential and powerful players in the industry, audiences will hear from renowned artists such as Julian Schnabel and Marina Abramovic, experts from prominent museums like MoMA and art fairs like Art Basel , insiders at Sotheby's and Christie's, and leading gallerists. With billions of dollars at stake, witness an unattainable world where the struggle between creative expression and wealth have led to today's dizzying art landscape.
Andrew ZuckermanInspired by the idea that one of the greatest gifts one generation can give to another is the wisdom gained from experience, multi-award-winning filmmaker and photographer, Andrew Zuckerman, traveled the globe to interview more than fifty of the world’s most prominent writers, artists, designers, actors, politicians, and religious and business leaders – all over the age of sixty-five. The resulting film captures their voices, physical presences, words and ideas, providing an extraordinary legacy for the generations that follow and a timeless portrait of the universalities that connect us all.
Ruud PelgrumIn Ecstasy takes you on a journey into the fascinating world of Dance music from within. Listen to 8 top deejays talking about their craft and experience how a new track is composed. Dive into House, Techno, Hardcore and Trance, visit clubs and festivals. This movie treats you to the ultimate insider’s experience in just 65 minutes.
Billy LutherCrystal Frazier, a 21-year-old Navajo, lives on the reservation in Table Mesa, New Mexico. A tom-boy and former high school basketball champ, the beauty pageant presents a new set of challenges for Crystal - as well as the responsibilities that come with the crown. Miss Navajo Nation is a fifty-four year old pageant that celebrates traditional values and language. Contestants must compete in rounds in which the women must showcase their skills as Navajo women, skills they were taught by their mothers and grandmothers, skills that are crucial to Navajo daily life - sheep butchering, fry bread making, and rug weaving, are just some of the challenges. Crystal will compete in the five-day pageant and will be mentored by her mother and sisters, who will be with her every step of the way. Embarking on this journey with her family she learns more about her culture to prepare for the competition. Through Crystal's journey leading up to the competition, former Miss Navajos from the past half-ce
Keith MalloyTo some, the ocean is a fearsome place. But to others, it’s a limitless world of fun, freedom and opportunity where life can be lived to the full. A new documentary presented by Patagonia and directed by Keith Malloy, Fishpeople tells the stories of a unique cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea. From surfers and spearfishers to a long-distance swimmer, a former coal miner and a group of at-risk kids, it’s a film about the transformative effects of time spent in the ocean—and how we can leave our limitations behind to find deeper meaning in the saltwater wilderness that lies just beyond the shore.
Harry SannaOn the battlefields of Afghanistan the pilots, medics and engineers of medevac save thousands of lives in deadly conditions. The mission is sacred - get to them fast and bring them back alive. Journalist and Director Harry Sanna was embedded with a Blackhawk medevac unit in Afghanistan. Living and flying with the unit, he captured unprecedented and unfiltered access to the rush and chaos of their mission. After the completion of their deployment, Sanna followed the team members home, recording their lives and thoughts in the years since their return with an access only afforded to a member of the unit.
Liam DaleThere are few characters from literature that take on a life of their own, but Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective, is definitely one of them. From his first appearance in 1887 in the “Strand Magazine”, Sherlock Holmes and his constant companion Dr. Watson delighted every reader who came into contact with them, and when Conan Doyle, tiring of his masterly creation, killed him off in 1893, there was such a public outcry that he was forced to devise a complex story line to bring him back to life. This program has been designed to explore not only the legend of Sherlock Holmes, but also take you on a journey of discovery through the life and times of his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Beginning with the medical establishments of Edinburgh, where Conan Doyle trained as a Doctor, we will travel to London and Baker Street. Today you'll find that 221b Baker Street, the fictional home of the great detective is in fact the Sherlock Holmes Museum. After enjoying
UnknownWith a new baby and wife to support, out-of-work filmmaker Matt Gallagher tries his hand - and some would say "luck"- at playing poker for a living. This inside journey into the unconventional, often bizarre, underground world of illegal poker clubs finds a world populated by colourful characters, straight out of central casting. A world where the workday starts at midnight, runs strictly on cash, and can change forever with the simple flip of a card. Playing poker to pay the bills means living side by side with risk. But, as Matt soon discovers, the real meaning of risk lies far outside the poker room and can strike in the most personal way. Matt's intimate, first person narrative is joined by the voices of other grinders with stories that range from tales of ultimate success to personal disaster. For the first time ever, Grinders pushes past the conventional curtain of mainstream poker and brings the camera inside the underground poker circuit and into the lives of those chasing the
Ric Esther BienstockA gritty and unflinching descent into the shadowy world of black-market organ trafficking: the street-level brokers, the rogue surgeons, the impoverished men and women who are willing to sacrifice a slice of their own bodies for a quick payday, and the desperate patients who face the agonizing choice of obeying the law or saving their lives.
Kirby Dick & Amy ZieringThe most ambitious cinematic project ever undertaken about a world-class philosopher, Derrida (co-directed with Amy Ziering) is a complex, personal and theoretical portrait of the internationally renowned French philosopher, Jacques Derrida. Best known for generating a movement known as "deconstruction," Derrida's radical rethinking of the founding precepts of Western metaphysics has profoundly influenced the fields of literature, philosophy, ethics, architecture and law, inalterably transforming the intellectual landscape of the 20th and 21st centuries. Filmed over five years across several continents, Derrida is far from a talking heads movie or conventional biographical portrait. A complex and reflexive work that attempts both to capture its protagonist and be a cooperative venture with him, the film's bold, visual style, mesmerizing score by Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, and novel editorial approach create a rich, lively cinematic experience, which simultaneously provoke
James CarmanThe Hidden Hand is a controversial EBE Award winning documentary that explores the possibility of an extraterrestrial presence here on Earth. The film takes a keen look at a range of topics like alien abduction, human/alien hybridization, the military’s reverse-engineering of alien technology and the government cover-up of anything related to extraterrestrials. Is preoccupation with the extraterrestrial a form of cultural madness or is something really going on? How would E. T. contact change the religious and political institutions of our society? The shadowy world of UFOs is suddenly brought to light.
Nina RosenblumAmerica and Lewis Hine is an award-winning, critically acclaimed documentary, narrated by Jason Robards, Jr. and Maureen Stapleton. It portrays the life and times of America's pioneer social photographer, Lewis Hine (1874-1940), who recorded the development of industrial America during the first four decades of the 20th century and whose photographs were used to enact child labor laws. Between 1902 and 1926, fourteen men, women and children poured through Ellis Island to become part of the American labor force. Lewis Hine was present at this great drama; his photographs capture the essence of the immigrants courage and aspirations as they faced the rigors of life in the New World. For the next thirty-five years, in over 15,000 photographs, Hine followed the story of these newcomers as they lived and labored to build America, from the sweatshops of New York's Lower East Side to the mines, mills, and factories across the nation during the early years of this century. Hine's dedication t
Marilyn HigginsThe Clintons are nothing if not the ultimate survivors. Nearly two decades after they burst onto the national stage they're still dominating it. As one of the most powerful couples in politics for the last few decades, the Clintons' continued political influence has not been without complication. Opinion aside, Bill and Hillary Clinton are a powerful partnership.
Liam DaleWhen “The Da Vinci Code”, written by Dan Brown, was launched on an unsuspecting literary world, few would have predicted the publishing phenomenon that this incredible book was destined to become. However, mention “The Da Vinci Code” today, just about anywhere, and you’ll find that everyone has heard of it and the majority have read it! This would be remarkable enough if “The Da Vinci Code” was purely a work of fiction, but the interwoven facts, that are indeed the backbone of the novel, put it in a class of its own. Yet the history, paintings and locations that inspired Dan Brown’s tale are equally as fascinating as the book itself, and this program has been devised to take you on an intriguing journey of discovery in search of the facts behind the fiction. Follow in the author’s footsteps from the elegant Louvre Museum in Paris to the beautiful Chateau de Villette in the heart of the French countryside, and then travel on to London for Westmin¬ster Abbey and the Te
Joe BerlingerFrom Academy Award®-nominated director Joe Berlinger, WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER is a sweeping and revelatory documentary film that follows the trial of the infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, using the courtroom action as a springboard to examine accusations of multi-faceted corruption within our nation’s law enforcement and legal systems. This real-life documentary, based on Bulger’s trials, mirrors the narrative feature release of BLACK MASS starring Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger.
Mark EdlitzSTAR WARS isn't just a series of films. It's an indelible part of the last thirty years of American culture, going far beyond mere entertainment. For some, its become a way of life. Join us as we profile a unique group of individuals whose love of STAR WARS goes well beyond mere movie fan. JEDI JUNKIES is a fun, affectionate and funny look at a series of people whose personal and professional lives were changed forever by this incredible franchise.
Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer CorbellBased on the best-selling book by George Knapp & Dr. Colm Kelleher, Hunt for The Skinwalker investigates the confidential, most extensive scientific study of a paranormal hotspot in human history. Skinwalker Ranch in Utah is famous throughout the world because of the myriad of frightening, seemingly supernatural events that have been reported in the scenic basin surrounding the property for hundreds of years. Sightings include orbs, UFOs, animal mutilations, unknown creatures, poltergeist-type activity, and many other inexplicable incidents. An exhaustive, multidisciplinary scientific study began in 1996, spearheaded by an enigmatic Las Vegas billionaire. A team of PhD-level investigators was deployed to collect evidence and spent more than a decade on the ground, interviewing witnesses, searching for explanations, and directly confronting an unknown intelligence. Recent headlines have revealed that a second, government-funded but confidential study was initiated by the Defense Intelli
Will BakkeAlex, Matt, Michael, and Will have grown up as Bible-believing Christians who did all the right things. As they’ve grown older, they’ve realized that the Jesus in the Bible doesn’t exactly look like the healthy, wealthy, American Jesus they’ve been trained to know and love. They soon realize that their biases and allegiances to worldly things have determined their views on Christianity. So, they decided to leave the United States for a while and reexamine what Jesus says about certain topics. Their travels feature 10 European cities including Barcelona, Rome, Budapest, and Munich. Beginning in London, they narrate from a roundtable in a studio city by city, tackling topics such as materialism, sexuality, alcohol, and entertainment. As the journey progresses, they build a deep bond with each other and discover a new meaning for the words, “trusting in Jesus.” By the end of their adventure, they truly begin to understand the joy and redemption that comes from giving up the wo
Gabrielle AnwarIn a post sexual revolution world, where you can purchase a vibrator just as easily as a pair of shoes, roughly one-third of all women have never experienced an orgasm. Armed with shocking sexual data, a bunch of insecurities and a determination to unlock the key to feminine sexual energy, filmmakers Catherine Oxenberg and Gabrielle Anwar seek out sexual experts, tantric masters, researchers and everyday women to unearth the full female potential.
Marco VisalberghiBy the time Caravaggio died he had changed the face of the art world forever. But the paintings that now fetch millions and adorn the walls of the world's most prestigious galleries were painted by a murderer with a bounty on his head. In this captivating investigation archaeologists work tirelessly to track down Caravaggio's long lost remains, and finally establish the cause of the troubled young genius' demise.
Tommy Sowards & Joachim SchroederOver a period of 10 years, filmmakers Joachim Schroeder and Tommy Sowards hit the streets to follow a group of teenagers from L.A.'s Rollin' 20s Bloods documenting the violent and troubled lives of one of the toughest gangs in the country.
Hilari ScarlThis multi-award winning documentary offers a rare and powerful glimpse into the lives of four extraordinarily talented Deaf entertainers (actor Robert DeMayo, singer TL Forsberg, drummer Bob Hiltermann, and comedian CJ Jones) as they strive to cross over into mainstream popular culture. Their intertwined and gripping stories bring to light the universal need to be seen. Director Hilari Scarl, whose involvement with the Deaf community began when she toured with the National Theatre of the Deaf, insightfully captures the many obstacles these performers face daily with equal measures of humor and emotion. The New York Times Critics’ Pick calls it “Complex, candid and all-but essential viewing for hearing audiences” and USA Today raves, "Hilari Scarl's powerful and moving film about the unsung community of deaf entertainers does something few documentaries accomplish: It takes us into a world we know little or nothing about and not only enlightens, but entertains. Scarl has captured
Matthew WhitemanThe official BBC documentary. An emotional documentary, which tells the true story of two great drivers and the managers that almost killed them. This film features unseen footage and exclusive interviews from friends, colleagues and family members of both drivers, as well as the journalists who worked on the Formula 1 circuit at the height of their rivalry in the mid-1970s. Formula 1 was at its sexiest, most glamorous moment in 1976, a time when it seemed Playboy racers ruled the world. But the reality was very different. The weak were preyed on by the strong. There was no margin for error: if you made a mistake, you died. Grand Prix was mortal combat and the drivers knew it. Hunt and Lauda were at the mercy of their ferociously ambitious team managers every time they raced. In the mind of Ferrari's Daniele Audetto, and McLaren's Alastair Caldwell, 1976 was to become a legendary battle between Ferrari and McLaren. Both teams craved victory - whatever the cost. Like gladiators, Hunt an
Matthew LongfellowCream were rock’s first true supergroup combining the extraordinary talents of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce in a power trio that formed the template for most hard rock during the seventies and remain a huge influence on the genre to this day. Disraeli Gears was their second album and featured two huge hits Strange Brew and Sunshine Of Your Love. This addition to the acclaimed Classic Albums series features brand new interviews with Clapton, Baker and Bruce along with lyricist Pete Brown, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, John Mayall and Manfred Mann, along with archive live footage, acoustic performances and original studio tracks.
Kristina BorjessonAn independent scientist is joined by former members of the official investigation into the crash of TWA Flight 800 (1996) to blow the whistle on the cover-up of the real cause of the crash.
Morgan NevilleOver the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences. "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble", the latest film from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary "20 Feet from Stardom" and the critically-hailed "Best of Enemies", follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. Blending performance footage, personal interviews and archival film, director Morgan N
Robert KennerInspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.
Errol MorrisThirty years before the antics of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears were regular gossip fodder, Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney made her mark as a tabloid staple ne plus ultra. Morris follows the salacious adventures of this beauty queen with an IQ of 168 whose single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams leads her across the globe, into jail, and onto the front page. Joyce’s labyrinthine crusade for love takes her through a surreal world of kidnapping, manacled Mormons, risqué photography, magic underwear, and celestial sex—until her dream is finally realized in a cloning laboratory in Seoul, South Korea. By turns funny, strange, and disturbing, TABLOID is a vivid portrayal of a phenomenally driven woman whose romantic obsessions and delusions catapult her over the edge into scandal sheet notoriety and an unimaginable life.
Katie DellamaggioreImagine a school where the cool kids are the chess team! Welcome to I.S. 318. This irresistibly uplifting doc tells the stories of five members of the chess team at an inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. These are kids that you will not soon forget. A FilmBuff Presentation.