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The Watermelon Woman
Cheryl Dunye plays a version of herself in this witty, nimble landmark of New Queer Cinema. A video store clerk and fledgling filmmaker, Cheryl becomes obsessed with the "most beautiful mammy," a character she sees in a 1930s movie. Determined…
The Future of Work and Death - The Impact of Technological Advances on Human Life
'What is humanity?' In this revealing documentary, world experts in the fields of Futurology, Anthropology, Neuroscience, and Philosophy consider the impact of technological advances on the two certainties of human life; Work and Death. Charting human developments from Homo Habilis,…
For the Bible Tells Me So
Does God really condemn loving homosexual relationships? Is the chasm separating Christianity from gays and lesbians too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate? These questions and more are answered in this award-winning documentary, which brilliantly reconciles…
The Bridge Master's Daughter - Cultural Traditions in the Andean Highlands of Peru
In the remote Andean highlands of Peru, Victoriano Arisapana cares for the woven footbridge that has stretched over the gorge for hundreds of years. The secrets of this bridge, the only one left from the ancient Incan empire, have been…
Art House - Exploring the Homes of Artists
In his new documentary, photographer Don Freeman explores the homes designed and lived in by notable American artists, revealing the inventiveness derived from the dialogue between each artist's practice and the construction of their handmade homes. Ranging from the romantic…
American Socialist - The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs
Prolific filmmaker and ethnographer Yale Strom has turned his attention to an early American political hero: Eugene Victor Debs. Bernie Sanders inspired a generation - but who inspired him? Most people in America don't know that the contemporary political movement…
Born in Flames
The movie that rocked the foundations of the early Indie film world, this provocative, thrilling and still-relevant classic is a comic fantasy of female rebellion set in America ten years after the Second American Revolution. When Adelaide Norris, the black…
Invisible Hands - Investigating Modern Slavery of Children by Corporations
This award-winning documentary exposes child labor and trafficking within the supply chains of the world's biggest corporations, which produce some of our most loved items. Filmed across six countries, the documentary offers a harrowing account of children as young as…
The Happy House
Their relationship on the rocks, a young Brooklyn couple heads to a remote bed & breakfast to work things out. But from the moment they arrive at The Happy House it's one disaster after another, and they soon begin to…
James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times - A Great American Humoristst
James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times is the first major documentary on the life and work of one of America's greatest humorists. Known for his classic short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Thurber was a legendary contributor…
Tracking Edith - A Renowned Photographer and Secret Soviet Agent
When she wasn't working as a Soviet agent, Edith Tudor-Hart was taking photos of workers and street children in Vienna and London, documenting poverty and social deprivation. But she also found time to recruit Kim Philby and act as one…
The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye - 6 Short Films by a Groundbreaking Female Filmmaker
Vilified by conservatives in Congress, defended by major newspapers, and celebrated by audiences and festivals around the world as one of the most provocative, humorous and important filmmakers of our time, Cheryl Dunye practically invented a new form of cinema…
Moynihan - The Life and Political Career of a U.S. Senator
Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003) did not just live in the twentieth century, he strode across it: a colossus of ideas and a man of deeds. He was an influential intellectual and sociologist, policy specialist, ambassador and long-serving senator. In an…
Googoosh: Iran's Daughter
Googoosh was Iran's most famous and beloved pop diva, until she was silenced following the 1979 Islamic revolution when female singers were labeled "temptresses" and forbidden to release records or perform publicly in the presence of men. In this award-winning…
TVTV: Video Revolutionaries - The Rebellious Video Makers Who Changed TV
Featuring Bill Murray, Hunter Thompson, Steven Spielberg, Lynn Swan, Goldie Hawn, Abbie Hoffman, Lily Tomlin and more, TVTV is a new documentary about Top Value Television (TVTV), a band of merry video makers who, from 1972 to 1977, took the…
Nelson Algren: The End is Nothing, the Road is All
Nelson Algren: The End is Nothing, the Road is All is an in-depth documentary of one of America's greatest and least understood authors. This compelling life story reveals a unique literary voice through rare interviews, historic footage and the gritty…
The Professor - Tai Chi's Journey West
The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West is a feature documentary about Tai Chi and one of its greatest masters, Cheng Man-Ching, a man who brought Tai Chi and Chinese culture to the West during the swinging, turbulent 60's. Though Cheng…
Secundaria
Secundaria quietly follows one high school class over a three-year period on its journey through Cuba's world famous National Ballet School. Our teenage dancers love to dance, but many of them must dance as their sole way out of poverty…
Lavender Limelight - Spotlight on Lesbian Filmmakers
From Go Fish to Paris is Burning to The Watermelon Woman , this festival favorite goes behind the scenes to reveal seven successful lesbian directors. These talented movie-makers enlighten and entertain as they explore their sexual identity, growing up gay,…
Antarctic Edge: 70° South
A thrilling journey to the world's most perilous environment, Antarctic Edge: 70deg South joins a team of world-class scientists as they explore the fastest warming place on earth: the West Antarctic Peninsula. The filmmakers had unprecedented access to critically important…