The 12 O'CLOCK BOYS are a notorious urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore - popping wheelies and weaving at excessive speeds through traffic, the group impressively evades the hamstrung police. In Lotfy Nathan's dynamic documentary, their antics are envisioned through the eyes of young adolescent Pug - a bright kid from the Westside obsessed with the riders and willing to do anything to join their ranks. A compelling and intimate personal story of a young boy and his dangerous, thrilling dream.
Coming of age in Brooklyn is an exhilaratingly unique experience. Shot over three years, the film follows sisters Ginger and Dusty, and their friends, as they navigate high school, the city, and the mysterious course from childhood to adulthood.
She had a plum role on “The Wire,” but she gave it up to start a family. In this intimate portrait, actress Brandy Burre tries to juggle her ambitions with domestic life and determine what her most important role is: mother, wife, or actress?
Intimately explores the highly controversial Cast of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. The procedure is now performed by only four doctors in the United States, all former colleagues of Dr. Tiller, who risk their lives every day in the name of their unwavering commitment toward their patients. Directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson have created a moving and unique exploration of one of the most incendiary topics of our time.
Dementia affects millions of Americans, but there’s been a miraculous breakthrough. Through conversations with neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, this emotionally powerful documentary demonstrates how music can awaken every soul.
Oscar-nominated director James Longley’s stirring documentary weaves together the modern history of Afghanistan with portraits of young students and teachers in the old city of Kabul, offering a nuanced vision of a society in the shadow of war.
The alt-right love him. Many loathe him. But all can agree that Steve Bannon is a distinct force. Legendary documentarian Errol Morris puts the former Trump advisor in the hot seat to try and demystify the controversial populist. Can it be done?
Winner of the 1991 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary, American Dream captures working men and women of Austen, Minnesota making tough choices about survival during a time of economic crisis in the American Midwest.
The story of the charismatic Mark Landis, perhaps the most prolific art forger in US history. For over 30 years, he’s duped curators with precise imitations of a vast range of works, from fifteenth century masterpieces to Picasso. Enter Matthew Leininger, a registrar from Cincinnati who was conned by Landis years ago and who has been pursuing him ever since. What begins as a game of cat-and-mouse between Leininger and Landis eventually turns into something more surprising and complicated.
Explores the fabled urban legend known as “The Great Video Game Burial of 1983”. As the story goes, the Atari Corporation, faced with an overwhelmingly negative response to the E.T. video game, disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in a small New Mexico town. For decades, the myth of these cartridges was whispered about among game fans. Director Zak Penn and his team headed to the landfill where they were supposedly buried to determine whether the story had merit.
Tells the story of how an oppressed and orphaned young man came to earn the unmitigated praise of the music industry only to later carry the title: ‘King of the Blues’. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. With Barack Obama, Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger.
Street-smart Ivy League students live as outcasts at their university. They band together to go to Cuba to see if revolution is possible. Intent on sharing their experiences, the students film their journey through the streets of Havana and Santiago. While filming their encounters with AfroCuban youth, breathtaking sites and moving hip-hop performances, the travelers confront realities behind myths of color-blindness and social mobility.
Part film, part baptism, director Khalik Allah brings us on a spiritual journey through Jamaica. Soaking up its bustling metropolises and tranquil countryside, Allah introduces us to a succession of vividly rendered souls who call this island home. From red light districts to lush rain-forests, 'Black Mother' is a loving and lyrical ode to Jamaica and its people, a visual poem that is at once deeply felt love letter and ecstatic street-corner prayer.
What’s it like growing up in a cult alongside your family? Through extraordinary personal footage, filmmaker Cara Jones takes us inside Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church as she grapples with leaving her parents behind with the cult.
Meet the regulars of a closing Las Vegas dive bar as they spend one more bittersweet and debaucherous night telling stories, downing well whisky, and drunk singing. Tomorrow this family of misfits will have lost a home, but for now they drink.
When Bob Leuci turned on his fellow officers to bring down New York’s most corrupt police unit, he was both lauded as a hero and condemned as a rat. 40 years later he tells his side of the story.
Academy Award nominated filmmaker explores life in 1960s Mississippi and the momentous impact of "Booker" Wright, a black man who worked as a waiter in an all-white restaurant and voiced opinions on race relations on network TV. The subsequent ensuing fallout had a devastating impact and several unexpected consequences on his life.
Curacao has sent their little league team to the World Series for seven consecutive years. While these children carry a nation's pride, they're also athletes competing at the highest level and having a great time. In this documentary, filmmakers investigate how Curacao has managed to send a scrappy team of Caribbean boys to the Little League World Series for seven consecutive years.
The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers, revelry engulfs the town for ten days. More than three quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics, making the festival a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generations-old business. For the people of Tultepec, the National Pyrotechnic Festival is celebration, delight and real peril.
From director Andrew Rossi comes an electrifying portrait of writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her acclaimed one-woman show "Bronx Gothic." Rooted in memories of her childhood, Okwui fuses dance, song, drama and comedy to create a mesmerizing space in which audiences can engage with a story about two 12-year-old black girls coming of age in the 1980s. With vérité access to Okwui and her audiences off the stage, Bronx Gothic allows for unparalleled insight into her creative process.
In a never-before-seen interview filmed a few years before his death, Sidney Lumet, the director of such film classics as "Dog Day Afternoon," "Serpico," "12 Angry Men" and Network," guides us through his life and work. A working man’s filmmaker who made 44 films in 50 years, he garnered numerous Oscar nominations and worked with the best actors of his generation. Lumet was the quintessential New York storyteller, whose films exhibited a realism that has rarely been seen since.
Award-winning director Manfred Kirchheimer’s “Canners” takes to the streets of New York City in a humanistic ode to the tireless scavengers who earn their daily bread by collecting the city’s bottles and cans.
Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton narrates this documentary focusing on the efforts of everyday people all over the world who are making a difference in the fight against global warming. From Indian students organizing demonstrations to a London PR executive helping companies to become more environmentally responsible to Papua New Guineans who refuse to allow commercial logging on their rainforest land. These are stories of ordinary humans finding solutions to help save the planet.
In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to celebrate the creativity of color guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers, colloquially known as “the sport of the arts”; featuring performances from St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Dev Hynes, Zola Jesus, Ad-Rock, tUnE-yArDs and Ira Gla, the end result is CONTEMPORARY COLOR, a bold and irrepressible snapshot of a one-of-a-kind live experience.
For years, a homeless community took root in a train tunnel beneath New York City, braving dangerous conditions and perpetual night. Through stories simultaneously heartbreaking, hilarious and intimate, tunnel dwellers reveal their reasons for taking refuge and their struggle to survive underground. Filmed in striking black and white with a crew comprised of the tunnel’s inhabitants and scored by legendary turntablist DJ Shadow, DARK DAYS is a soulful and enduring document of life on the fringe.
Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's poignant tribute to his murdered childhood friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle between Bagby's grieving parents and Shirley Turner, Bagby's pregnant ex-girlfriend and suspected killer. What the filmmaker initially intended as a ‘letter’ to his best friend’s unborn child takes on a series of unexpectedly tragic twists as the story unfolds. A deeply powerful documentary that served as a sobering wake-up call to Canada’s bail laws.
Eligio Eloy Vargas, a Dominican Park Ranger in the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park, was found brutally murdered by machete. At the time, he was believed to have been on patrol investigating an illegal charcoal production site often run by Haitians coming across the border into protected Dominican forests. This murder becomes the metaphor for the larger story of increasing tension between Haiti and the Dominican Republic over illicit charcoal exploitation and mass deforestation.
“In 1946, my great-grandfather murdered a black man named Bill Spann and got away with it.” So begins Travis Wilkerson’s critically acclaimed documentary which takes us on a journey through the American South to uncover the truth behind a horrific incident and the societal mores that allowed it to happen. Acting as narrator and guide, Wilkerson spins a strange, frightening tale for a gripping investigation into our collective past and its echoes into the present day.
The life and work of Robert Frank—as a photographer and a filmmaker—are so intertwined that they’re one in the same, and the amount of territory he’s covered, from The Americans to landmark films like Pull My Daisy (The Beats) and Cocksucker Blues (Rolling Stones) is intimately registered in his now formidable body of artistic gestures. From Laura Israel, a like-minded portrait of her friend and collaborator. Official Selection, New York Film Festival. Official Selection, Berlin Film Festival
Three incarcerated men face the challenge of a lifetime: transform Eli, an adorable but unruly Labrador puppy, into a highly disciplined guide dog in just 12 months. A story of friendship, hope, and tenderness set against the broken US prison system.
Directed by Michael Almereyda and executive produced by Wes Anderson, Escapes blazes a wild path through mid-20th-century Hollywood via the experiences of Hampton Fancher – flamenco dancer, actor, and the unlikely producer and screenwriter of the landmark sci-fi classic Blade Runner. A consummate raconteur, Fancher recounts episodes from his remarkable life matched with a parallel world of film and TV footage wherein Fancher plays cowboys, killers, fops, cads, and the occasional hero.
End of Life is the product of four years spent by John Bruce and Pawel Wojtasik with five individuals at various stages in the process of dying. In preparation for the project, the filmmakers trained to be end-of-life doulas and documented hundreds of hours of interactions with their Casts. The film employs an immersive, participatory approach intended as an invitation for viewers to explore their body, their senses and their ability to present in relation to their own mortality.
Celebrated filmmaker and photographer Cheryl Dunn turns her lens on the pioneers and masters of New York street photography. Dunn profiles artists spanning six decades, including Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen, Jill Freedman, Jeff Mermelstein and Martha Cooper, revealing that these shooters are as colourful and unique as the subjects they’ve documented. The definitive look at the iconic visionaries of this art form that pays tribute to the spirit of New York City street photography.
Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, Everyday Sunshine charts the turbulent history of the incomparable all-Black ska-punk band Fishbone. The LA band challenged racial stereotypes and industry politics to become one of the most original bands in history.
A 2010 British documentary film about the record-breaking West Indies cricket team of the 1970s and 1980s. An underdog story of how one of the most gifted teams in sporting history triumphed against all odds. A celebration of the power of sports as a vehicle for social change set to a reggae beat featuring Bob Marley and others.
Gamechangers enters the unexplored realm of professional esports as told through the eyes of two of the world's best StarCraft II players, "MMA" and "MC." Together with striking visuals and a mesmerizing original score, go behind the scenes and experience the high pressure, high stakes lifestyle of professional esports.
Generation Zapped is an eye-opening documentary which reveals that wireless technology can pose serious health risks, from infertility to cancer. Through interviews with experts in science and public health, along with people who suffer from high sensitivity to wireless radiation, the film suggests ways to reduce your exposure and protect your family.
Eschewing the tropes of the typical artist biopic, Michael Gregory’s documentary is an unprecedented look at the pioneering Uruguayan sculptor’s work and a fascinating portrait of a renaissance man who lived and worked on his own terms.
A silent fisherman in Texas, a blazing oil field in North Dakota, a mysterious community in Virginia, a women’s prison in Oregon, and a modernist home in California are the ostensible Casts of Austin Lynch and Matthew Booth’s new feature, Gray House. But these explorations of sound, image, and cinematic time seamlessly blend documentary and narrative form, meditating upon nature, isolation, decadence, and destitution.
After graduating from college, young idealist Will Allen joined a spiritual community filled with like minded people looking for some answers to the basic questions of life, led by a charismatic but secretive guru.
A rare look at the life and work of legendary fashion designer Pierre Cardin, whose futuristic designs revolutionized fashion for the masses. The film features exclusive archival footage and interviews with Cardin himself at the sunset of his career.
Want to make millions in a $400 billion global industry? Find out why no one is winning the war on drugs in this provocative investigation, featuring Russell Simmons, Susan Sarandon, David Simon (creator of "The Wire"), and 50 Cent. What starts as a satirical documentary turns into a serious examination of the never-ending War on Drugs.
This heartwarming doc chronicles the life of Caroll Spinney, who was Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on "Sesame Street." For over four decades, Caroll's characters were cherished by generations of children. This loving portrait peels away the instances that inspired his creation of Big Bird. As the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.
Documentarian Marshall Curry investigates the darker side of the fight for our environment in this documentary about the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), a radical group of activists that has gone to extreme lengths to protest against deforestation. The film focuses on Daniel McGowan, a former member of ELF who was sentenced to life in prison when he was found guilty of acts of environmental terrorism after he participated in the firebombing of several Oregon-based timber companies.
For over thirty years, Brooklyn-born photographer Jamel Shabazz has documented New York street life, most famously in his legendary images of the early hip-hop scene, collected in his book "Back in the Days." Director Charlie Ahearn became enamored with the photographs in 2002, and set out to tell the story of Jamel Shabazz the artist, from his army service, work as a corrections officer and creator of a historic body of work, incomparable in it's scope of New York life.
Through electrifying archival footage, exclusive interviews and rare personal letters, this documentary examines the meteoric rise and untimely fall of one of the most iconic and influential rock ‘n’ roll singers of all time: Janis Joplin. This award-winning documentary is directed by Oscar-nominee Amy Berg, produced by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney and features legendary musicians.
Prepare to be enlightened. In Kumare, Vikram Gandhi, a filmmaker from New Jersey, pretends to be a wise guru from India to test his theory that spiritual leaders are just delusions. But when he gains a following of real people, his theory evolves as his fake teachings start to have real impact. In constructing the biggest lie of his life, Gandhi ends up teaching — and learning — the greatest truth: being a guru is what you make it
A gripping nonfiction thriller, Robert Greene’s KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE follows actress Kate Lyn Sheil as she prepares for her next role: playing Christine Chubbuck, a Florida newscaster who committed a shocking act on live television in 1974. As Kate investigates Chubbuck’s story, she becomes increasingly obsessed with her Cast. Winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, this is a cinematic mystery that forces us to question everything we see and everything are led to believe.
A portrait of the life and work of writer Jonathan Lethem. Using the urban landscapes of New York and images of the American road from Maine to California, the film suggests the array of cultural influences that inform the author's life and work.
A groundbreaking, mesmerizing look at the harrowing lives of commercial fishermen, the film is shot by filmmakers and crewmembers alike to capture every angle—from dizzying underwater shots to sweeping aerial views—and immerse viewers in the action.
Four women set out to row across the Pacific Ocean, from America to Australia. As they row over 8,000 miles during their nine months at sea, they must overcome extreme mental and physical challenges to make history.
Filmed over 10 years, Los Ultimos Frikis charts the tumultuous journey of Cuban heavy metal band Zeus, who went from persecuted to government sanctioned. On their first national tour, the band confronts the fate of heavy metal amid changing times.
Before his untimely passing, 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin enjoyed a successful and promising career. ‘Love, Antosha’ offers a deeper portrait of the beloved star through the exploration of his journals, writings, and interviews from colleagues.
Lynch: A History is a kaleidoscopic look at NFL star Marshawn Lynch and his use of silence as a form of protest.
Outside a small bar in Kingston, NY, Mark Hogancamp was beaten nearly to death, his memories wiped away. Seeking recovery, he builds Marwencol, a miniature World War II-era town filled with doll versions of his friends, fantasies, and even his attackers.
When an ice cream shop owner in Orangeburg, SC tries to remove a Confederate flag from his property, he’s met with resistance from the Sons of Confederate Veterans, igniting a fight that reveals the deep-seated racism that the flag still upholds.
SYNOPSIS 34 miners were killed in South Africa in 2012. A police cover-up was suspected.
WHAT The film explores the events that led to the “Marikana Massacre” by featuring the POV of three miners.
WHY It won an International Emmy in 2015.
Are all comedians miserable? Kevin Pollak (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Usual Suspects) sits down with some of the most successful comics working today, including Kumail Nanjiani, Tom Hanks, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Steve Coogan, Larry David, Jim Gaffigan and Judd Apatow, to learn about what drives comedians to be funny.
A political cartoonist known for his outrageous and subversive art, Mr. Fish’s work has been published in places such as Harper’s, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly and The Village Voice and sites like truthdig.com. In this intimate and revealing documentary, Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End, we are introduced to the dangerously funny cartoonist as he struggles to stay true to his creativity in a world where biting satire has an ever-diminishing commercial value.
Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Film, the story follows the murder of a white woman and the Black teen that everyone—from officers to journalists—was ready to condemn. When his defense lawyer joins the case, everything changes.
From his youth in the East Coast housing projects, to the influence of his parents and family, comes the story behind Nas's groundbreaking 1994 debut album 'Illmatic.’ A look at the early life of one of the most talented rappers of all time featuring Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, Q-Tip, and Busta Rhymes.
Arthur “Killer” Kane, a newly converted Mormon with an alcoholic past, is given a rare opportunity to reunite with his former band, the New York Dolls, for the first time in 30 years. As the film charts the rise of the New York punk band, through their struggles with addiction and the eventual death of some members, we see the personal story of Kane as he has a religious reawakening and desperately tries to reconnect with his bandmates before a possible reunion —- however, tragedy strikes.
Indianapolis has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country. For adult learners Greg, Melissa and Shynika, finally earning their high school diplomas could be a life-changing achievement. Emmy award-winning director Andrew Cohn’s absorbing documentary observes their individual pursuits, fraught with the challenges of daily life and the broader systemic roadblocks faced by many low income Americans.
Author Colin Beavan began the No Impact Project in November 2006. A newly self-proclaimed environmentalist, Colin vows to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year. That is, until his retail-worshipping wife Michelle and their two year-old daughter are dragged into the fray. Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein's film provides a front row seat into the familial strains and strengthened bonds that result from Colin's and Michelle's struggle with this radical lifestyle change.
Every family has its ghosts. The Mosher family has more than most. Shot over a year from one Halloween to the next, the film creates a stunning cinematic portrait of a family who are unique but also sadly representative of the struggles of America’s working class. The film was created to be both a universal story of family struggle and a socially conscious portrait of compelling, articulate individuals grappling with the forces that tear at their homes and relationships.
Americans spend over 300 billion dollars per year on prescription medication. In this documentary, we meet a variety of people who have found themselves addicted to various prescription medications. While some people find the medications have had a positive effect, others feel that their bodies have been damaged and their lives have been changed. This film poses the question: Are we really as sick as we think?
In Tripoli, Lebanon, where family bonds run deep, a 40-year-old man is content still living with his mother. But when she suddenly leaves him, he struggles with his newfound independence and turns to the company of the city and its motley characters.
The story of Donald Trump's election told entirely through Russian propaganda. Horrifying and hilarious, this is a satirical portrait of Russian meddling in the 2016 election revealing a fake news empire and its information warfare tactics. A full-length documentary that shows how Russian media overhyped the election of Trump in a Russo-centric manner and falsified information.
Set against a rural backdrop in one of Florida’s poorest towns, “Pahokee” paints an unlikely portrait of hope and aspiration through four seniors who happily defy the odds created by their environment to find a place in the world after high school.
Wood and metal letters pressed into paper laid the foundation for the modern world. Once essential to communication, letterpress printing unexpectedly thrives in our digital age. This documentary is required viewing for design-centered audiences, advertising and type nerds, history buffs and documentary lovers.
“There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it’s always been a people problem.” In his dazzling directorial debut, Theo Anthony uses the rat as a passageway into the dark, complicated history of Baltimore. A unique blend of history, sci-fi, poetry and portraiture, Rat Film brilliantly breaks documentary norms and dissects how racial segregation, redlining, and environmental racism built the Baltimore we see today.
The result of a decade-long filmmaking sojourn, this inspirational story follows the transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001 – and simultaneously tracks via unprecedented, multi-camera, time-lapse photography the minute-by-minute evolution of the space where the Twin Towers once rose over lower Manhattan. What emerges from the mix is a cinematic experience that provides a direct portrait of how trauma and grief metamorphose into hope and rebuilding.
Narrated by Jeffrey Wright, RIGGED chronicles how our right to vote is being undercut by a decade of dirty tricks – including the partisan use of gerrymandering and voter purges, and the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court. The film captures real-time voter purges in North Carolina and voter intimidation in Texas.
A rare glimpse into the creative world of the most enigmatic figure in rock history. Tracing the undeniable impact Scott Walker has had on popular music, we explore his fascinating trajectory. From jobbing bass player on LA's Sunset Strip, to his domination of the British pop scene, to his transformation into a genius composer. At age 63, he went into the studio again, working on what could be his greatest artistic statement yet, and we are invited to experience this process with him.
Meet the badass women of competitive sheep shearing—a world that isn’t split by gender, just by skill. For five New Zealand women, the Golden Shears championship is their Holy Grail. This doc tells their stories of passion, purpose and “shear” will.
What effect does digital filmmaking have on moviemaking? Keanu Reeves takes an in-depth look at the future of digital cinema, featuring interviews with cinematic masters James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, as well as cinematographers, colorists, scientists, engineers and artists. They reveal their experiences and feelings about working with film and digital.
Director Wayne Wang (THE JOY LUCK CLUB) takes us into the world of Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food. Chiang opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in 1961 in San Francisco and went on to change the course of cuisine in America. The film is equal parts a delectable showcase of gastronomy and a touching portrait of Chiang’s journey from a childhood in Beijing before the Cultural Revolution to United States restaurateur.
After being wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls during the Satanic Panic witchhunt of the 80s and 90s, four Latina lesbians fight against mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor in this now-classic gay rights 'True Crime' tale that helped exonerate the 'San Antonio Four'. The film received a Peabody Award, a GLAAD award for 'Outstanding Documentary', and a Critic's Choice Award for 'Best First Feature'.
For many Palestinians, Arabian horses are a living symbol of their culture’s resilience; as one breeder says, they are “art mixed with history.” In this new documentary, meet a young Palestinian breeder named Abdel Naser Musleh and his tight-knit family as they navigate the difficulties of raising these delicate animals in the West Bank—where access to vets and training facilities always seems to be a checkpoint away.
This symphonic film weaves vivid images of graffiti-covered elevated subway trains crisscrossing the urban landscape of 1970s New York, to a soundtrack that combines ambient noise with jazz and gospel. An impressionistic portrait of a long-gone city.
In this exploration of science, nature, and Indigenous cosmology set against the otherworldly landscapes of Hawaii, 10-year-old Manu and her mother collect wild, endangered bees in hopes of cultivating disease-resistant colonies.
Modern-day cowboys lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana’s mountains for summer pasture in this unsentimental elegy to the American West. A tribute to those, past and present, who eke out a bittersweet living on the land.
TCHOUPITOULAS is a lyrical documentary that follows three adolescent brothers as they journey through one night in New Orleans, encountering a vibrant kaleidoscope of dancers, musicians, hustlers, and revelers parading through the lamplit streets. The filmmakers fully immerse us into the New Orleans night, passing through many lively and luminous locations and introducing us to the people who make the city their home.
Teenagers didn't always exist. They had to be invented. As the cultural landscape around the world was thrown into turmoil during the industrial revolution, the concept of a new generation took shape. Whether in America, England, or Germany, whether party-crazed Flappers or hip Swing Kids, zealous Nazi Youth or frenzied Sub-Debs, it didn't matter - this was a new idea of youth. Documentary by Matt Wolf based on John Savage’s book "Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture."
From Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze, a deeply moving tribute to Maurice Sendak, a seminal talent whose conflicts with success and obsession with death have influenced his work. Now 81, he is best known for his book, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, which would become one of the most beloved children's books of all time. Through his own words, photos and illustrations, Sendak offers a rare look at his exceptional life. Also features James Gandolfini, Meryl Streep, Catherine Keener, and Tony Kushner.
Featuring basketball stars Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, James Harden, and Baron Davis, THE DREW: NO EXCUSE, JUST PRODUCE chronicles the story of an elite summer basketball league, the community that birthed it, the man who led it, and the players that call it home. As the nation's foremost Pro-Am basketball league, the Drew League’s impact on South Central Los Angeles is enormous.
A mother recalls how her brilliant teenage son came to shatter their idyllic family through one unthinkable act. Now, left to pick up the pieces, the survivors test the boundaries of their newly defined reality in this moving true crime story.
Following a group of families and their showbiz kids inside the notorious Oakwood child actor housing residence, The Hollywood Complex is a refreshingly honest take on the dreams—and delusions—of aspiring child stars.
Private Adam Winfield was a 21-year-old soldier in Afghanistan when he attempted to alert the military to heinous war crimes his platoon was committing. But Winfield’s pleas went unheeded. Left on his own and with threats to his life, Private Winfield was himself drawn into the moral abyss, forced to make a split-second decision that would change his life forever. Equal parts infuriating and illuminating, THE KILL TEAM looks at the devastating moral tensions that tear at soldiers’ psyches.
Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki’s new film takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. A diverse cast of Americans join the journey, including Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Van Jones, Mike Myers, and Dan Rather.
Filmmaker Brett Story excavates the often-unseen links and connections that prisons – and our system of mass incarceration – have on communities and industries all around us; from a blazing California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires to a Bronx warehouse that specializes in prison-approved care packages to the street where Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson. The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is a film about our criminal justice system in which we never see a penitentiary.
Known as “the artist among architects,” Luis Barragán is among the world’s most celebrated architects of the 20th century. Upon his death in 1988, much of his work was locked away in a Swiss bunker, hidden from the world’s view. In an attempt to resurrect Barragán’s life and art, boundary redefining artist Jill Magid creates a daring proposition that becomes a fascinating artwork in itself—a high-wire act of negotiation that explores how far an artist will go to democratize access to art.
Inside the chapel at California State Prison, Sacramento, three members of the public enter into an intensive group-therapy session with convicts. Over four days, the men tear down their defenses, laying their pasts bare in emotional and sometimes physical ways. The prisoners and civilians are brought face-to-face with the men they were—and the men they want to become.
In Eagle Pass, TX, where the US and Mexico meet along the Rio Grande, a cattleman and the mayor face the dawn of a new reality plagued by cartel violence and border closures. Amongst these struggles, a rich tapestry of life emerges along the border.
From director Michael Almereyda comes a direct, subtle portrait of genius. Tracing connections between the groundbreaking images of William Eggleston — widely considered the father of modern color photography — and the artist’s private life, the film opens viewers to intimate glimpses of Eggleston at work, on the road, and on his home turf of Memphis, Tennessee, tracking his interest in music, drawing, and video as well as photography.
A tender, vibrant portrait of a Beat Generation icon, WILLIAM S BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN explores the brilliant and troubled world of one of our greatest authors. Featuring never-before-been-seen archival footage of Burroughs, as well as exclusive interviews with colleagues and confidants such as John Waters, Patti Smith and Iggy Pop, the film, set to a soundtrack by Patti Smith and Sonic Youth, demonstrates how Burroughs’ works spawned a countercultural movement.
Follows iconic feminist electronic band Le Tigre on their 2004-2005 international tour across four continents and ten countries. Led by outspoken Riot Grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill), Le Tigre confronts sexism and homophobia in the music industry while tearing up the stage via performance art poetics, no-holds-barred lyrics, punk rock ethos, and whip-smart wit in this edgy and entertaining documentary that features never before seen live performances and revealing backstage footage.
Portrait of the seminal avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist, and disco producer Arthur Russell. Before his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, Arthur created music that spanned both pop and the transcendent possibilities of abstract art. Now, over fifteen years since his passing, Arthur's work is finally finding its audience. Director Matt Wolf incorporates rare archival footage and commentary from Arthur's family, friends, and closest collaborators to tell this poignant story.
Produced over the course of a decade, this documentary is a visual journey through the work of renowned fantasy and sci-fi writer Ursula K. Le Guin’s as she comes into her own as a feminist author, inspiring other marginalized writers along the way.