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...And the Pursuit of Happiness

Director: Louis Malle
Writer: Louis Malle
Summary: With a nod to his own experiences as a foreigner, French filmmaker Louis Malle documents the immigrant experience in the United States throughout the mid-1980s. The result is a collection of first-person narratives from from various walks of life. The subjects include migrant farm workers, Russian Jews, Cuban exiles, Asian small-business owners and the first Costa Rican immigrant to become a U.S. astronaut.
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...So Goes the Nation

Director: James D. Stern, Adam Del Deo
Actor: George W. Bush, John Kerry
Summary: Examines America's electoral process through the eyes of diverse politicians, activists, and voters in Ohio during the 2004 presidential election between George W. Bush and John Kerry. Shows how the voting public is manipulated by the parties' leaders and their political marketing strategies.
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20 Feet from Stardom

Director: Morgan Neville
Actor: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill
Summary: They are the voices behind the greatest rock, pop and RandB hits of all time, but no one knows their names. Now, in this award-winning documentary, director Morgan Neville shines the spotlight on the untold stories of such legendary background singers as Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, and more. Includes behind-the-scenes footage, vintage live performances, and interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, and Bette Midler.
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9500 Liberty

Director: Annabel Park, Eric Byler
Writer: Annabel Park, Eric Byler
Summary: Documents the first time in U.S. history that an Arizona-style immigration law was actually implemented--and the surprising grassroots position that led to its repeal. Racial tension and threats of violence erupt when Prince William County, Virginia adopts a law requiring the police to question people who appear to be undocumented immigrants. Despite fears of reprisal, a group of citizens launches a 'virtual resistance' using social media, setting up a final showdown with the law's advocates.
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A propos de Nice

Director: Jean Vigo
Writer: Jean Vigo
Summary: What starts off as a conventional travelogue turnes into a satirical portrait of the town of Nice on the French Cote d'azur, and its wealthy inhabitants.
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AbUsed: The Postville Raid

Director: Luis Argueta
Summary: The arrest of nearly 400 undocumented workers in Postville, Iowa, pushed the town to the brink of collapse and severed an economic lifeline to one of the poorest areas in the Western Hemisphere. These are stories in Guatemala and Iowa of the immigrants affected.
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The Act of Killing

Jagal

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn
Actor: Haji Anif, Syamsul Arifin, Sakhyan Asmara
Summary: The filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love.
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Afghan Star

Director: Havana Marking
Summary: In Afghanistan you risk your life to sing. After thirty years of war and five devastating years of Taliban rule, pop culture is beginning to return to the country. Since 2005, millions have been tuning in to Tolo TV's wildly popular American idol-style series, Afghan star. Like its Western predecessors, people compete for a cash prize and record deal. More surprisingly, the contest is open to everyone across the country despite gender, ethnicity, or age.
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African Underground: Democracy in Dakar

Director: Ben Herson, Magee McIlvaine, Christopher Moore
Writer: Ben Herson, Magee McIlvaine
Summary: A ground-breaking documentary film about hip-hop, youth and politics in Dakar Senegal. The film follows rappers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street at the time before, during, and after the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal and examines hip-hop's role on the political process. Originally shot as a seven-part documentary mini-series released via the internet, the documentary bridges the gap between hip-hop activism, video journalism and documentary film and explores and explores the role of youth and musical activism on the political process.
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After Newtown: Guns in America

Director: Jonathan Silvers
Writer: Jonathan Silvers
Actor: Richard Harris
Summary: An unprecedented exploration of America's enduring relationship with firearms. From the first European settlements in the New World to frontier justice; from 19th Century immigrant riots to gangland violence in the Roaring Twenties; from the Civil War to Civil Rights, guns have been at center of our national narrative for four hundred years. Americans have relied on guns to sustain communities, challenge authority, and keep the peace. Efforts to curtail their distribution and ownership have triggered epic political battles. On one side, the cry for gun control gets louder with each mass shooting.
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The Agronomist

Director: Jonathan Demme
Writer: Jonathan Demme
Summary: Tells the story of Haitian national hero, journalist, and freedom fighter Jean Dominique, whom Demme first met and filmed in 1986. As owner and operator of his nation's oldest and only free radio station, Dominique was frequently at odds with his country's various repressive governments and spent much of the 80's and early 90's in exile in New York, where Demme continued to interview him over the years. Dominique fought tirelessly against his country's overwhelming injustice, oppression, and poverty, but it was his shocking and still-unsolved assassination in April of 2000 that gave the director the impetus to assemble more than a decade's worth of material into a celebration of this dynamic man's life and legacy.
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Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer

Director: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill
Summary: This second documentary by Nick Broomfield explores the life of Aileen Wuornos, the prostitute executed in Florida for killing six men. Includes examinations of her childhood, testimony at her trial by Broomfield, and a chilling speech by Wuornos herself.
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Alias Nick and Nora

Director: Richard Schickel
Writer: Richard Schickel
Actor: Kathleen Turner
Summary: Two documentaries saluting William Powell, originally silent film star and loveable villain and Myrna Loy's passage to the reigning queen of Hollywood.
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Alice Neel

Director: Andrew Neel
Writer: Andrew Neel
Actor: Hartley Neel, Richard Neel, Phil Bonosky, Jeremy Lewison, Robert Storr, Cristina Lancella, Juan Martinez, Chuck Close
Summary: A look at the life and struggles of single mother and female artist, Alice Neel. Explores Alice Neel's tumultuous biography and the legacy to paint the subjects of her era, such as Andy Warhol, Allen Ginsberg, Bella Abzug and Annie Sprinkle.
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Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq

Director: Jon Alpert, Ellen Goosenberg Kent
Actor: Interviewer, James Gandolfini
Summary: A new generation of veterans is returning from Iraq. For the first time in American history, 90% of the wounded survive their injuries. But a greater percentage of these men and women are coming home from Iraq with amputations, traumatic brain injuries, and severe post-traumatic stress. For the survivors, two days will forever memorialize their lives: their birthday, and their Alive Day--the day they narrowly escaped death. James Gandolfini sits down with a handful of wounded vets who share their heartbreaking experiences in a way that brings the war closer to home for the rest of us. These ten soldiers talk about their memories, their feelings on their future, and more.
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Almost the Truth

Director: Bill Jones, Alan G. Parker, Ben Timlett
Actor: Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Summary: The legendary British comedy troupe Monty Python are all gathered in front of the camera one last time in this original documentary series that retells the entire Python phenomenon start to finish.
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Amandla! a Revolution in Four Part Harmony

Director: Lee Hirsch
Actor: Vusi Mahlasela, Jeremy Cronin, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Sophie Mgcina, Dolly Rathebe, Sifiso Ntuli, Abdullah Ibrahim, Duma Ka Ndlovu
Summary: Tells the story of black South African freedom music and the central role it played against apartheid. Specifically considers the music that sustained and galvanized blacks for more than 40 years. Focuses on the struggle's spiritural dimension named for the Xhosa word for 'power'. An uplifting story of human courage, resolve and triumph.
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America: Imagine the World without Her

Director: John Sullivan, Dinesh D'Souza
Writer: Dinesh D'Souza, John Sullivan, Bruce Schooley
Summary: In an era where the American Dream seems to have faded into a dark new dawn, filmmakers Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan ponder what may have become of the world if the U.S. had never come into being.
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American Masters: Something to Dance About

Director: Judy Kinberg
Writer: Amanda Vaill
Summary: No other creative figure of the latter twentieth century was as contradictory as Jerome Robbins, and few were as controversial. Theater producer, director, and choreographer, he was a master of the Broadway musical, transforming its possibilities with such works as West Side Story, Gypsy, and Peter Pan, and was one of the greatest ballet choreographers this country has ever produced. Robbins was a five time Tony Award winner, recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, and one of only six directors who won the Academy Award for Best Director for a film debut. This documentary features excerpts from his personal journals, archival performance footage, and never-before-seen rehearsal recordings, as well as interviews with Robbins himself and over forty witnesses to his extraordinary life and career.
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American Promise

Director: Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson
Actor: Oluwaseun Summers, Idris Brewster
Summary: The film begins in 1999, when filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson turned cameras on their son and his best friend, as the boys entered kindergarten at the prestigious Dalton School. Through the intimate experiences of these two families, the documentary reveals complicated truths about parenting, while challenging commonly held assumptions about educational access in the 21st century.
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Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film

Director: Ric Burns
Actor: Laurie Anderson, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons
Summary: Through on-camera interviews and still and motion picture footage the entire length of Andy Warhol's career in art is explored from the 1940's until his death in 1987.
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Araya

Director: Margot Benacerraf
Summary: Explored is a day in the lives of three families living in Araya, an arid peninsula in Venezuela. For centuries since its discovery by the Spanish, the region's salt was collected and stacked into radiant white pyramids. Captured are the breathtaking and unforgettable images from the salineros toiling to build the mountains of salt, a fisherman hauling in huge teeming nets, and a young girl and her grandmother laying 'flowers' of shells on windswept graves.
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The Arbor

Director: Clio Barnard
Actor: Manjinder Virk, Neil Dudgeon, Monica Dolan, Danny Webb, Christine Bottomley
Summary: Andrea Dunbar was an unflinchingly honest playwright who wrote about her distressing upbringing on the Arbor, the notorious Buttershaw Estate in Bradford, U.K. She died tragically in 1990 at the age of 29. This documentary follows her children as they begin to understand the struggles their mother faced. This film comprises personal letters, interviews with Andrea's family and friends, and a reading of her most celebrated play.
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Art:21 Art in the 21st Century

Summary: Contemporary art reflects the ideas of our time, and artists are the creative role models grappling with today's most timely questions. What is the nature of reality? How do we respond to a world in flux? Why do some historical events shape the way we think today, and why have some been forgotten? Explore these ideas and many more in Season Six of Art in the Twenty-First Century. Spotlights contemporary artists at work from Nigeria to New York City, from Beijing to Brazil.
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Babe Ruth

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern
Writer: Steven Hilliard Stern
Actor: Liev Schreiber
Summary: The name 'Babe Ruth' is synonymous with two words- 'home run.' We hear his name and the numbers 60 and 714 instantly spring to mind. Prodigious homers are still described as 'Ruthian.' What other athlete had his name turned into an adjective? Ruth belonged to the Golden Age of Sport, for of all the names that dominated the roaring 20s none was bigger than Babe. Known for devouring everything that appealed to him, he possessed an insatiable appetite for life. Combining historic photographs, newsreel footage, and film clips with reminiscences by former teammates, journalists, chance acquaintances and biographers, this film presents a look at the life of the man who truly made baseball the national pastime.
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Babies

Director: Thomas Balmes
Summary: Follows four babies from different parts of the globe as they navigate their first year of life. Features Ponijao from Namibia, Bayarjargal from Mongolia, Hattie who lives in San Francisco, and Mari from Tokyo.
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Bag It

Director: Suzan Beraza
Writer: Michelle Curry Wright
Summary: Our story follows Jeb Berrier, an average American guy -- admittedly not a 'tree hugger' -- who makes a pledge to stop using plastic bags. This simple action gets Jeb thinking about all kinds of plastic. He embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world.
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Barbershop Punk

Director: Georgia Sugimura Archer, Kristin Armfield
Writer: Georgia Sugimura Archer
Actor: Robb Topolski
Summary: When Robb Topolski set out to share his collection of rare, turn-of-the-century barbershop quartet recordings over the internet, he found his uploads were blocked by his service provider, the nation's largest cable company, Comcast. From this Topolski's findings go public, casting him as a wry David against a corporate Goliath in a battle over how the First Amendment should function in the internet age.
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The Battle Over Citizen Kane

Director: Michael Epstein, Thomas Lennon
Writer: Richard Ben Cramer, Thomas Lennon
Actor: David McCullough, Richard Ben Cramer
Summary: Looks at the lives and careers of Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst, and how Hearst tried to surpress the film Citizen Kane and destroy Welles.
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The Beach Boys: An American Band

Director: Malcolm Leo
Writer: Malcolm Leo
Summary: A candid look at America's favorite clean-cut, candy-striped and harmonic family featuring never-before-released footage from The Beach Boys own archives, and over 40 original Beach Boys songs in full stereo.
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The Beatles Anthology

Director: Bob Smeaton, Geoff Wonfor
Summary: Truly the definitive collection of Beatles material and a must-see for Beatles fans of all ages, this set includes rare and previously unreleased footage of the Fab Four, including an intimate performance by the surviving Beatles recorded in 1994. Dolby 5.1 surround sound and picture restoration enhance this classic assortment of interviews, concerts and music videos.
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Beautiful Losers

Director: Joshua Leonard, Aaron Rose
Actor: Thomas Campbell, Shepard Fairey, Margaret Kilgallen, Barry McGee
Summary: Follows the lives and careers of a group of artists and designers who inadvertently affected the art world.
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Behind the Planet of the Apes

Director: David Comtois, Kevin Burns
Writer: Brian Anthony, David Comtois, Kevin Burns
Actor: Roddy McDowall
Summary: This extensive behind-the-scenes documentary chronicles the amazing Planet of the Apes phenomenon. Travel from production meetings to makeup sessions, then on to the movie set to see the actual filming. Includes interviews with stars Charlton Heston and Kim Hunter, archival photos, and never-before-seen footage.
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Belonging

Director: Minky Schlesinger, Khetiwe Ngcobo
Summary: Born into exile as the daughter of political aemigraes, Kethiwe Ngcobo and her family returned to their longed-for homeland, South Africa in 1994. Now ten years later, Kethiwe, a hip, young woman with a British accent finds herself struggling to find her place in the new South Africa. Hoping to reconcile the warring strands of her identity, Khetiwe seeks healing in her Zulu traditions. At the same time, her sister refuses to participate in any ceremonies as meaningless rituals. Khetiwe is not alone in her journey to find belonging. The country is also in the process of finding itself. This is a personal and honest look at one person's quest for identity.
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Best Boy

Director: Ira Wohl
Writer: Ira Wohl
Summary: Follows Philly Wohl, a cheerful and lovable 52 year old who's been mentally handicapped since birth and still lives with his parents. When his cousin, filmmaker Ira Wohl, questions what will happen to Philly once his elderly parents can no longer care for him, the family embarks on a mission to help Philly become more independent.
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Best in Show

Director: Christopher Guest
Writer: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
Actor: Jennifer Coolidge, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Michael McKean, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Fred Willard
Summary: A comic look at dog show participants (and the pooches who love them).
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Best Kept Secret

Director: Samantha Buck
Writer: Zeke Farrow, Samantha Buck, Francisco Bello
Actor: Janet Mino, Erik Taylor, Quran Key, Robert Casper, Kareen Wigfall, Matthew McNab, Rahamid Saunders
Summary: JFK High School, located in a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey, is a public school for all types of students with special education needs. Janet Mino has taught her class of young men with autism for four years. When they all graduate, they will leave the security of the public school system forever. Best Kept Secret follows Ms. Mino and her students over the year and a half before graduation. The clock is ticking to find them a place in the adult world--a job or rare placement in a recreational center--so they do not end up where their predecessors have, sitting at home, institutionalized, or on the streets.
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Best Man

Director: Ira Wohl
Writer: Ira Wohl
Summary: Follow-up to Best boy which revisits Philly 20 years later.
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Best Worst Movie

Director: Michael Paul Stephenson
Actor: Darren Ewing, George Hardy, Jason Steadman, Jason Wright
Summary: In 1989, a group of unknown Utah actors starred in what would be crowned the worst movie of all time: Troll 2. Now, after two decades of running from this cinematic disaster, the cast can no longer hide from the legion of followers who celebrate them for their ineptitude.
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The Betrayal: Nerakhoon

Director: Ellen Kuras, Thavisouk Phrasavath
Writer: Ellen Kuras, Thavisouk Phrasavath
Actor: Thavisouk Phrasavath
Summary: The epic story of a family forced to emigrate from war-torn Laos after the chaos of the secret air war waged by the U.S. during the Vietnam War, to the mean streets of New York City. Kuras has spent the last 23 years chronicling the family's extraordinary journey in this deeply personal, poetic, and emotional film.
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Beware of Mr. Baker

Director: Jay Bulger
Writer: Jay Bulger
Actor: Ginger Baker, Jay Bulger, John Lydon, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Charlie Watts, Mickey Hart, Marky Ramone, Carlos Santana
Summary: The documentary about the ailing-yet-ferocious Ginger Baker, the brilliant and wildly self-destructive drummer for Cream and Blind Faith. An almost impossible man to be around, he allows the director unprecedented access--even if he strikes him violently on the nose with his cane on the final day of filming.
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Bicycle Dreams

Director: Stephen Auerbach
Actor: Chris MacDonald, Jure Robic, Fabio Biasiolo, Chris Hopkinson, Bob Breedlove, Cat Berge, Patrick Autissier
Summary: They are seekers, madmen, and angels hell-bent on riding across America on a bicycle in less than ten days. Eager to push their bodies to the limit, they set out on a daunting 3000-mile odyssey. But what begins as the adventure of a lifetime is transformed in an instant when tragedy strikes the race. These voyagers discover what is truly at stake as they pedal on, praying for the deliverance only the finish line can bring. By journey's end, some are saved, others are lost, but all learn that the fuel that takes a soul toward its own true destiny is desire.
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The Big One

Director: Michael Moore
Writer: Michael Moore
Actor: Michael Moore, Elaine Bly, Chip Carter, Robert Dornan, Steve Forbes, Mary Gielow, Richard Jewell, Garrison Keillor, Phil Knight
Summary: A behind-the-scenes video diary of the promotional tour for Moore's book 'Downsize this!' He appears at several chain bookstores throughout the nation, signing autographs and delivering wicked political commentary to audiences. Along the way, he stops at various small-town parking lots and malls, gathering brief interviews with assorted Americans. Moore makes several cleverly unexpected visits to people in powerful positions. In Centralia, IL, Moore visits a company who plans to move their factories to Mexico, resulting in massive layoffs. Finally, Nike CEO Phil Knight grants Moore some dialogue.
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Biggie and Tupac

Director: Nick Broomfield
Summary: Nick Broomfield looks into the murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. Talks with their family, friends, business associates and the police. Investigates the rumors of police corruption and music industry betrayals that turned these teenage friends into enemies.
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Bill Cunningham New York

Director: Richard Press
Summary: Documentary on the fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham. For decades, Cunningham 'has been chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirees for the Times Style section in his columnns 'On the Street' and 'Evening Hours.
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Billy Wilder Speaks

Director: Volker Schlondorff, Gisela Grischow
Writer: Volker Schlondorff
Summary: This series of filmed interviews conducted by filmmaker Volker Schlondorff with acclaimed writer/director Billy Wilder is a lively lesson in filmmaking. Wilder tells hilarious anecdotes and offers keen insights into the craft of moviemaking and frank advice about survival in Hollywood. Filmed over two weeks in 1991.
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Black Gold: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Director: Marc Francis, Nick Francis
Writer: Marc Francis, Nick Francis
Summary: After oil, coffee is the most actively traded commodity in the world with $80 billion in retail sales. But for every $3 cup of coffee, a coffee farmer receives only 3 cents. Most of the money goes to the middlemen, especially the four giant conglomerates which control the coffee market. Tracing the path of the coffee consumed each day to the farmers who produce the beans, Black Gold asks us to 'wake up and smell the coffee', to face the unjust conditions under which our favorite drink is produced and to decide what we can do about it.
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The Black List - Volume 1

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Writer: Elvis Mitchell
Summary: As a new chapter begins in this country, The black list offers a dynamic and never-before-heard perspective from achievers of color. This series of inspired--and inspiring--observations on African American life in the 21st century forms a roll call of some of the most compelling politicians, writers, thinkers and performers ever to tackle their fields of endeavor. Watch the interview-portraits contained in The black list, and get a sharper snapshot of where this country has been and where it's headed.
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The Black List - Volume 2

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Actor: Interviewer, Elvis Mitchell, Kara Walker, Rza, Barbara Harris, Tyler Perry, Patrick Robinson, Valerie Montgomery-Rice, Deval Patrick, Suzanne De Passe, T.D. Jakes, Maya Rudolph, Melvin Van Peebles, Majora Carter, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Davis, Charley Pride
Summary: In this follow-up to the NAACP Image Award-winning The Black List: Volume One, interviewer Elvis Mitchell and director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders explore 15 new African-American lives on the cusp of this historic moment. Now more than ever, The Black List continues a riveting and singular work of video portraiture.
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Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe

Director: James Crump
Writer: James Crump
Actor: Joan Juliet Buck
Summary: Casting aside a certain and comfortable future, Sam Wagstaff became a curator with a taste for unique and controversial photography. In photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who was 25 years his junior, he found not only a romantic partner, but an artistic collaborator. This compelling documentary explores the relationship between the two men during the 1970s and '80s and their influence over the New York art.
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Blackfish

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Writer: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Eli Despres, Tim Zimmermann
Summary: A discussion on the keeping of intelligent creatures in captivity. Employs the story of Tilikum, the notorious performing whale who, unlike orcas in the wild, has taken the lives of several people while in captivity.
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Blessed is the Match

Director: Roberta Grossman
Writer: Sophie Sartain
Actor: Joan Allen
Summary: Narrates the remarkable journey of Hannah Senesh, a young Hungarian poet and diarist, paratrooper and resistance fighter. Told through Hannah's letters, diaries, poems, and the recollections of those who knew her, the film traces Hannah's life from childhood in Palestine to her daring WWII mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary. Narrated by Joan Allen.
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The Blood of Yingzhou District

Yingzhou de Haizi

Director: Ruby Yang
Summary: Documentary on the AIDS epidemic in rural China focusing on one year in the life of a young boy with AIDS whose parents have died of the disease. Looks at how people living with the disease are ostracized. Shows how economic realities force many of the population into selling their blood to make ends meet, a practice that can expose them to unsafe medical practices that can expose them to the virus.
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Bob Dylan, Don't Look Back

Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Writer: D.A. Pennebaker
Actor: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Donovan, Alan Price
Summary: Portrait of the artist as a young man. In spring, 1965, Bob Dylan, 23, a pixyish troubadour, spends three weeks in England.
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Bob Roberts

Director: Tim Robbins
Writer: Tim Robbins
Actor: Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Wise, Gore Vidal, John Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Alan Rickman, Susan Sarandon, James Spader, Fred Ward
Screenplay: PN1997 .B685 1992
Summary: A satirical comedy in which a British documentary crew follows a radical folksinger (and self-made millionaire) turned senatorial candidate as he blends singing, music videos and scandal on the campaign trail.
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Bombay Beach

Director: Alma Har'el
Summary: Decades ago, the Salton Sea, two hours outside Los Angeles, was a tourist hotspot and a symbol of 1950s-era American optimism. Now, a victim of environmental decline, it stands mostly abandoned, its boomtown communities now decaying relics of a bygone era. Visionary filmmaker Alma Har'el investigates one such town, Bombay Beach, and weaves together the stories of its inhabitants with surreal poetry and beauty.
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Bonecrusher

Director: Michael F. Fountain
Summary: In the town of Dante, VA, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, a young coal miner toils a mile underground. Despite the harsh working conditions, Lucas Chaffin takes fierce pride in doing the job once done by the man he loves more than anything, his father. Lucas' father [Luther Trenton Chaffin], nicknamed 'Bonecrusher,' was a strong, handsome man. Now he's withered and sick; coal dust has ravaged his lungs. As life slips away, his greatest concern isn't for himself; it is for Lucas' safety. Bonecrusher is an intimate and moving account of the love between a father and son and the powerful bond they share, a bond that is put to the test. Written by Bonecrusherfilm.com.
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Borat

Director: Larry Charles
Writer: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham, Dan Mazer
Actor: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson
Summary: Fictional Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev travels to America, where his ignorance, prejudice, and boorish behavior produce humorous results.
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Born to Be Wild

Director: David Lickley
Writer: Drew Fellman
Actor: Morgan Freeman
Summary: A documentary that examines the lives of orangutans and elephants orphaned because of poaching and habitat encroachment. Follows the efforts of individuals who work to rescue, rehabilitate, and return these animals to the wild.
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Boston's Greatest Sports Stories: Beyond the Headlines

Summary: In celebration of the Red Sox's 2004 World Series win, The Boston Globe sports staff compiled this look at more than 60 of Boston's most historic sports stories, including highlights from the 2004 World Series. Through interviews, historic footage and The Boston Globe's photo archives, the film covers the New England Patriots' Super Bowl Championships, the 1970 Stanley Cup, the Boston Celtics' 16 World Championships and more.
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The Brandon Teena Story

Director: Susan Muska, Greta Olafsdottir
Summary: Documentary film about Brandon Teena, who arrived in rural Falls City, Nebraska, in 1993 where he finds some new friends. Three weeks later he is brutally raped and beaten by friends who discover that he is actually a woman. A week later the same two men murder Teena along with two other people. This is a tale of Brandon's coming of age struggle with identity and how his gender ambiguity induced feelings of betrayal, confusion and hostility among residents of a town in America's heartland.
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Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times

Director: Don Was
Writer: Don Was
Summary: Candid interviews with family, friends, peers and Wilson himself, chronicling his life.
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Broadway: The American Musical

Director: Michael Kantor
Writer: Marc Fields, Michael Kantor, Laurence Maslon, Martin Starger, JoAnn Young
Actor: Julie Andrews
Summary: This documentary series details the razzle-dazzle history of a unique American art form. Each episode chronicles a different era and features the Broadway shows and songs that defined the period. The series draws on feature films, rare television moments, archival news footage, original cast recordings, still photos, diaries, journals, first person accounts, and on-camera interviews with many of the principals involved in creating the American musical.
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Buck

Director: Cindy Meehl
Actor: Buck Brannaman, Robert Redford
Summary: Explores the life and career of real life 'horse-whisperer' Buck Brannaman.
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Budrus

Director: Julia Bacha
Summary: They not only save the village, but the Barrier is pushed back behind the Green Line into No Man's Land. In the process, Ayed and Iltezam unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today. In an action-filled documentary featuring archival footage of this movement from its infancy, Budrus will inspire and challenge audiences worldwide.
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Bukowski Born Into This

Director: John Dullaghan
Summary: A look at the life and career of Charles Bukowski, a Los Angeles-based poet, novelist and counterculture icon.
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Bully (2011)

Director: Lee Hirsch
Writer: Cynthia Lowen
Summary: This is a character-driven documentary following five kids and families over the course of a school year. Offering insight into different facets of America's bullying crisis, the stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter, who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. Documentary provides an intimate and often shocking glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals' offices.
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Burden of Dreams

Director: Les Blank
Actor: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Mick Jagger
Summary: Goes behind the scenes in the making of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man's attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle. Filmmaker Les Blank captured the production, made perilous by Herzog's determination not to use models or special effects.
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Bus 174

Director: Jose Padilha, Felipe Lacerda
Writer: Braulio Mantovani, Jose Padilha
Summary: An award-winning examination of the tragic series of events that followed a desperate bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro in 2000 that turned deadly when a SWAT team took evasive action against the drug-addled hijacker.
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By the People: the Election of Barack Obama

Director: Amy Rice, Alicia Sams
Actor: John McCain, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama
Summary: Documents Barack Obama's history-making road to the White House as the nation's first African-American president. Follows the former Senator from his decision to throw his hat in the ring to his historic election, and inauguration. Includes interviews, candid moments with his wife Michelle, and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, plus his senior campaign staff, his supporters, aids, and the media.
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Calcutta

Director: Louis Malle
Writer: Louis Malle
Summary: While collecting and editing footage for his documentary Phantom India, acclaimed French filmmaker Louis Malle (My Dinner with Andre) found that he had so much material left over from his stop in Calcutta in the late 1960s that it warranted a separate film. The result is a mesmerizing portrait of a third world city on the brink of chaos, a community plagued by political unrest and social turmoil.
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Capturing the Friedmans

Director: Andrew Jarecki
Actor: Jesse Friedman, Arnold Friedman, Elaine Friedman, David Friedman, Seth Friedman, Howard Friedman, John McDermott, Frances Galasso, Joseph Onorato
Summary: The Friedmans seem to be a typical family from affluent Great Neck, Long Island. One Thanksgiving, as the family gathers for a quiet holiday dinner, a police battering ram splinters the front door and officers rush inside. The police charge Arnold Friedman and his son Jesse with hundreds of shocking crimes. As police investigate, and the community reacts, the fabric of the family begins to disintegrate, revealing questions about justice, family and finally the truth.
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Carcasses

Director: Denis Cote
Writer: Denis Cote
Actor: Jean-Paul Colmor, Etienne Grutman, Charles-Elie Jacob, Celia Leveillee-Marois, Mark Scanlon
Summary: Jean-Paul Colmor is 74 years old. After an accident early in his life he took to collecting cars, wrecks, and junk for the last 40 years. Living among tons and tons of debris, he quietly works each day on his unimaginable property, furnishing and dealing car parts to mechanics and other iron aficionados. One day four intruders visit Colmor in search of a corner of twisted paradise and discover the old man to be a lot more than they expected.
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Carl Th. Dreyer: My Metier

Director: Torben Skjodt Jensen
Writer: Torben Skjodt Jensen, Prami Larsen
Summary: This exhaustive documentary surveys the career of one of the great motion picture directors, following Dreyer's life through interviews with the director and his colleagues, film clips and archival materials.
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The Case of the Grinning Cat

Chats perches

Director: Chris Marker
Writer: Chris Marker
Actor: Voice, Gerard Rinaldi
Summary: In November 2001, Chris Marker became intrigued by the sudden appearance of grinning yellow cat paintings on Paris buildings and began to document them, as well as other incidents and protests in the city of Paris while he filmed. The creator is eventually revealed to be an art collective known as Mr. Chat.
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Casino Jack and the United States of Money

Director: Alex Gibney
Writer: Alex Gibney
Actor: Jack Abramoff, William Branner, Tom DeLay, Donn Dunlop, Kevin Henderson
Summary: This portrait of Washington super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, from his early years as a gung-ho member of the GOP political machine to his final reckoning as a disgraced, imprisoned pariah, confirms the adage that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. A tale of international intrigue involving Indian casinos, spies, sweatshops, and a mob-style killings, this is a story of the way money corrupts our political process.
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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Director: Werner Herzog
Writer: Werner Herzog
Actor: Werner Herzog
Summary: A breathtaking new documentary from the incomparable Werner Herzog, follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. An unforgettable cinematic experience that provides an unique glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago, almost twice as old as any previous discovery.
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The Celebration

Umgidi

Director: Gillian Schutte, Sipho Singiswa
Actor: Sipho Singiswa
Summary: When Sipho, a former Robben Island inmate for 5 years gets a call from his father to help convince his reluctant younger brother to get circumcised, he procrastinates. Then he gets an anguished letter from this brother Vuyo, informing him that he finally discovered he was adopted at birth. Vuyo is in crisis and is convinced that Sipho knows the truth about his biological parents. Sipho returns to Cape Town to help his brother. Sipho was covertly circumcised in the Robben Island prison but failed to perform the full ceremony so he decides to do so now. Meanwhile, Vuyo announces that he is gay which throws the family into confusion. On the eve of the circumcision ceremony, he attempts suicide. This 'acting out' effectively deflects attention from Sipho's ceremony. The film explores a family and a country trying to embrace both modernity and tradition. While Sipho struggles to help his brother accept his roots, his brother desperately wants to escape them. This extraordinary film is made even more complex by the fact that it is filmed by Sipho's wife who happens to be a white woman, both outsider and insider in this tight-knit family drama.
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The Celluloid Closet

Director: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Actor: Lily Tomlin, Tom Hanks, Tony Curtis, Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Fierstein, Shirley MacLaine, Gore Vidal
Summary: The film examines the subtext of more than 100 Hollywood movies -- including Spartacus, Rope and Thelma and Louise -- and charts the cinematic journey of lesbian and gay characters. Film clips are paired with director, producer and actor interviews featuring, among others, Gore Vidal, Tom Hanks and Whoopi Goldberg.
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The Central Park Five

Director: Sarah Burns, David McMahon, Ken Burns
Writer: Sarah Burns, David McMahon, Ken Burns
Actor: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam, Angela Black, Calvin O
Summary: Chronicles America's complicated perceptions of race and crime through the story of the 'Central Park 5'--A group of minority teenagers wrongfully convicted and jailed for brutally raping a white woman in New York.
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Charlie the Life and Art of Charlie Chaplin

Director: Richard Schickel
Writer: Richard Schickel
Summary: Tribute to Charlie Chaplin. Contains commentary and biographical material on Chaplin, clips from movies, and interviews with family members, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr., and others.
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Cinderella of the Cape Flats

Director: Jane Kennedy
Summary: Everyday the working class Coloured women in the garment industry of the windswept flats around Cape Town toil anonymously to make clothes so that other women will look beautiful. Invariably they cannot afford these garments themselves. But for one day a year they come out in all their glory at the Annual Spring Queen pageant. The pageant is created by the workers and their trade union to bring their families together for an evening of solidarity and fun. After working for weeks on glamorous costumes which one will be queen for a day? Set against the preparation for the 2003 pageant, this film explores the lives of working women and celebrates them as creators of beauty. Although the end of apartheid has not taken away the drudgery of repetitive factory labor, this pageant shows working class women inventing their own lively folk culture.
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Circo

Director: Aaron Schock
Writer: Aaron Schock, Mark Becker
Actor: Moises Ponce, Alexia Ponce, Tino Ponce, Alejandra Ponce
Summary: Gorgeously filmed along the back roads of rural Mexico, Circo follows the Ponce family's hardscrabble circus as it struggles to stay together despite mounting debt, dwindling audiences, and a simmering family conflict. Tino, the ringmaster, is driven by his dream to lead his parents' circus to success and corrals the energy of his whole family, including his four young children, towards their singular goal. But his wife Ivonne is determined to make a change.
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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Director: Alex Gibney
Writer: Alex Gibney
Summary: When he was NY's Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer prosecuted crimes by America's largest financial institutions and some of the most powerful executives in the country. After his election as governor, with the largest margin in the state's history, many believed Spitzer was on his way to becoming the nation's first Jewish president. Then, shockingly, Spitzer's meteoric rise turned into a precipitous fall when the New York Times revealed that Spitzer had been caught seeing prostitutes.
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The Cockettes

Director: Bill Weber, David Weissman
Summary: Looks at the rise and fall (1969-1972) of a San Francisco theatrical troupe called The Cockettes. Uses interviews and vintage footage to look at this part of counterculture history.
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Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt

Director: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Writer: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Cindy Ruskin
Actor: Dustin Hoffman
Summary: Using the AIDS Memorial Quilt as a starting point, Rob Epstein's Oscar-winning documentary profiles six people who died of AIDS, helping to put a human face to an illness that, when this film first aired in 1989, was cloaked in fear and mystery. Epstein, with the help of narrator Dustin Hoffman's dignity and gravitas, humanizes the disease and illustrates its carnage, showing how it devastates families and communities.
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A Constant Forge: The Life and Art of John Cassavetes

Director: Charles Kiselyak
Writer: Charles Kiselyak
Actor: Seymour Cassel, Carol Kane, Jon Voight, Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, Annette Insdorf, Sean Penn, Ray Carney, Gena Rowlands, Lelia Goldoni, John Sayles, Peter Bogdanovich, Val Avery, Lynn Carlin, Al Ruban, Julian Schlossberg, John Gallagher, Bo Harwood, Charles Durning, Tom Noonan
Summary: A look at the life and work of John Cassavetes assembled from candid interviews, rare photos, archival footage, and the director himself. The narration is created from Cassavettes' own words. The actors discuss their own performances and those of their colleagues, give insights into Cassavetes's theater work, and into his handling of music in his films.
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The Contradictions of Fair Hope

Director: S. Epatha Merkerson, Rockell Metcalf
Writer: Rockell Metcalf
Actor: Whoopi Goldberg
Summary: Examination of a little known aspect of American history, when newly freed slaves throughout the South formed 'benevolent societies' to respond to abject hunger, illness and the fear of a pauper's grave. 'The Fair Hope Benevolent Society' in Uniontown, Alabama, provides an unprecedented look at the complex and morally ambiguous juxtaposition of the Society with the worldly pleasures of what has become known as the annual 'Foot Wash' celebration.
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The Cruise

Director: Bennett Miller
Actor: Timothy Speed Levitch
Summary: Take an unforgettable ride through the concrete canyons of Manhattan with Timothy 'Speed' Levitch as your guide in this acclaimed documentary. Both an adventure and a voyage, this film is ultimately about the search for worthwhile possibilities.
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Culloden

Director: Peter Watkins
Writer: Peter Watkins
Summary: In 1746 Scots fighting for Bonnie Prince Charlie lose to English forces in Scotland at the brutal battle of Culloden.
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Cutie and the Boxer

Director: Zachary Heinzerling
Actor: Ushio Shinohara, Noriko Shinohara
Summary: In New York City in 1969, nineteen-year-old art student Noriko fell in love with 41-year-old avant-garde artist Ushio Shinohara and put her career on hold to marry and support this rising star of the Manhattan art world. But 40 years later and still struggling, Ushio remains consumed with reinforcing his legacy via his 'boxing' paintings, while Noriko is now finding her own creative voice through a series of drawings.
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Darkon

Director: Andrew Neel, Luke Meyer
Actor: Skip Lipman, Kenyon Wells, Daniel McArthur, Rebecca Thurmond
Summary: Follows the real-life adventures of an unusual group of weekend 'warrior knights,' fantasy role-playing gamers whose live action battleground is modern-day Baltimore, Maryland, re-imagined as a make-believe medieval world named Darkon.
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The Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Family and Life

Director: Stephanie Heredia
Summary: Celebrate the day of the dead (El Daia de los Muertos) through dancers, artists, and storytellers passionate about the most revered Hispanic holiday in the world.
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Deliver Us From Evil

Director: Amy Berg
Writer: Amy Berg
Summary: The true story of the most notorious pedophile priest in the modern history of the Catholic church. Amy Berg travels to Ireland, where Father Oliver O'Grady now lives free under church protection.
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The Dhamma Brothers

Director: Jenny Phillips, Andrew Kukura, Anne Marie Stein
Summary: Inmates serving long sentences at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama, participate in a Vipassana meditation program.
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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel

Director: Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Frederic Tcheng
Writer: Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Frederic Tcheng
Summary: During Diana Vreeland's fifty year reign as the 'Empress of Fashion,' she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie Onassis, and established countless trends that have withstood the test of time. An intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the twentieth century. An enduring icon who has had a strong influence on the course of fashion, beauty, publishing and culture.
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Directors: Life Behind the Camera

Director: Robert J. Emery
Actor: Robert Altman, Robert Benton, Tim Burton, James Cameron, Chris Columbus, Wes Craven, Cameron Crowe, Frank Darabont, Jonathan Demme, Richard Donner, Clint Eastwood, Nora Ephron, William Friedkin, Terry Gilliam, Ron Howard, Lawrence Kasdan, Spike Lee, Barry Levinson, George Lucas, David Lynch, Adrian Lyne, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Sydney Pollack, Rob Reiner, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Bryan Singer, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Robert Zemeckis, David Zucker
Summary: Features 33 legendary directors who reveal intimate and in-depth knowledge about the art of filmmaking, and their own careers in the movies. Includes film clips, interviews, biographies, and interesting facts about each director. Topics include: Everyone has to start somewhere; The art of writing and choosing scripts; The care and feeding of actors; and more.
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Dirty Wars

Director: Richard Rowley
Writer: Jeremy Scahill, David Riker
Actor: Jeremy Scahill
Summary: It's the dirty little secret of the War on Terror: all bets are off, and almost anything goes. The rules of the game and of engagement have fundamentally changed. Today drone strikes, night raids, and U.S. government targeted killings occur in corners across the globe, killing untold numbers of civilians. Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secret fighting force in U.S. history, exposing operations carried out by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress. No target is off-limits for the JSOC 'kill list,' not even U.S. citizens.
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Discovering Hamlet

Director: Mark Olshaker
Writer: Mark Olshaker, William Shakespeare
Actor: Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Branagh
Summary: Derek Jacobi and Kenneth Branagh star in this absorbing documentary, which follows the Renaissance Theatre Company's production of Hamlet from first read-throughs to opening night. Narrated by Patrick Stewart. Chronicles Derek Jacobi's directorial dispute and Kenneth Branagh's first professional appearance as the Danish prince. Bonus disc with hours of never-before-seen footage.
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Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti

Director: Teiji Ito, Cherel Ito, Maya Deren
Summary: Documentary of the Voudoun religions of Haiti. Presents rituals performed by the Rada, Petro, and Congo cults, whose devotees commune with cosmic powers through invocations, sacrifices, and possession.
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Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing

Director: Barbara Kopple
Actor: Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, Emily Robison
Summary: Follows The Dixie Chicks, the top-selling female band ever, from the time of lead singer Natalie Maines infamous anti-Bush statement in 2003 through the triumphant release of their 2006 'comeback' album, 'Taking the Long Way'.
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Dragonslayer

Director: Tristan Patterson
Actor: Josh 'Skreech' Sandoval, Josh 'Peacock' Henderson, Leslie Brown
Summary: Documents the transgressions of Josh 'Skreech' Sandoval, a local skate legend from the stagnant suburbs of Fullerton, California, in the aftermath of America's economic collapse.
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Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding

Director: David Peck, Phillip Galloway
Summary: Features sixteen complete performances filmed thoughout American and Europe interspersed with interviews with Steve Cropper, Jim Stewart, Wayne Jackson and Aelma Redding.
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The Drive: A Driving Tour of Post Katrina New Orleans

Director: Tim Ryan, Matt Wisdom
Writer: Tim Ryan
Actor: Heather Ryan
Summary: Filmed a few months after Hurricane Katrina, this program takes you on a driving tour around some of the city's most devastated areas. Several residents are interviewed.
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Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Director: Chiemi Karasawa
Actor: Elaine Stritch
Summary: A ferocious, funny, and poignant portrait of the one-of-a-kind Broadway legend still belting out Sondheim numbers at age 87, the documentary tribute showcases the brash, uncompromising Tony and Emmy winner both on stage and off. The film captures her immeasurable charm, acerbic wit, and impressive accomplishments with candid footage and interviews with friends and collaborators, including Sondheim, Tina Fey, and Nathan Lane.
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Elvis: That's the Way It Is

Director: Denis Sanders
Actor: Elvis Presley
Summary: Features Elvis in rehearsal as well as in six Las Vegas concerts, along with interviews with fans.
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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Director: Alex Gibney
Writer: Alex Gibney
Actor: Peter Coyote
Summary: Chronicles the rise of Enron Corporation and its disintegration following scandal. Examines the morality of corporate philosophy. Focuses on key Enron executives Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, and Andy Fastow.
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Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin

Von der Schonhauser Allee nach Hollywood

Director: Robert Fischer
Writer: Robert Fischer
Summary: Documents the life of the filmmaker from his birth in 1892 to his departure for Hollywood in 1923. Includes interviews and excerpts from Lubitsch's rarely-seen early work (both as actor and director) and offers fascinating insights into the German film industry in the silent era.
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Errol Morris' First Person

Director: Errol Morris
Actor: Errol Morris
Summary: Errol Morris brings his unrivaled talents to the small screen for a stylized series of intimate interviews with a unique and fascinating array of people. Includes all 17 episodes from the original series.
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Eugene O'Neill

Director: Ric Burns
Writer: Ric Burns, Arthur Gelb, Barbara Gelb
Actor: Al Pacino, Zoe Caldwell, Christopher Plummer, Robert Sean Leonard, Callie Thorne, Vanessa Redgrave, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, Jason Robards
Summary: Eugene O'Neill was one of the greatest playwrights in American history. Through his experimental and emotionally probing dramas, he addressed the difficulties of human society with a deep psychological complexity.
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Every Fucking Day of My Life

Director: Tommy Davis
Writer: Tommy Davis
Summary: In the early morning hours of May 1, 2005, Wendy Maldonado, a mother of four in Grant Pass, Oregon, called 911 in hysterics. 'I just killed my husband, ' she confessed, adding, 'I just want my kids to be safe.' When the operator asked how long her husband had abused her, Maldonado replied, 'Every f---ing day of my life.' The film follows Maldonado and her family in the days before she begins serving a ten-year sentence for the crime ... Drawing on intimate family footage, the documentary paints a revealing portrait of the seemingly desperate conditions that drove Wendy and son Randy to plead guilty to manslaughter in connection with the killing of Aaron Maldonado.
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Every Little Step

Director: James D. Stern, Adam Del Deo
Actor: Bob Avian, Ramon Flowers, Natascia Diaz, Marvin Hamlisch
Summary: For over three decades, there's been one singular sensation: A Chorus Line, the groundbreaking hit musical inspired by the emotional lives of dancers during the audition process. Now the story comes full circle and offers a revealing, unprecedented look at the auditions for the Broadway revival of the perennial classic. The music, the moves and the real-life drama, bringing you closer to the footlights than you ever thought possible.
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Exiles

Director: Kent Mackenzie
Writer: Kent Mackenzie
Summary: An account of the problems encountered by Native Americans living in urban areas and caught between two conflicting cultures, as shown by footage of 12 hours in the lives of a group living in Los Angeles.
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Exit Through the Gift Shop

Director: Banksy
Actor: Banksy, Rhys Ifans, Shepard Fairey
Summary: An eccentric French shopkeeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the Palestinian segregation wall in the West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. Bonus features included.
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F for Fake

Director: Orson Welles, Francois Reichenbach, Gary Graver, Oja Kodar
Writer: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar
Actor: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Elmyr de Hory, Clifford Irving, Edith Irving, Laurence Harvey
Summary: Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In this free-form documentary, the legendary filmmaker gleefully engages the central preoccupation of his career - the tenuous line between truth and illusion, art and lies.
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Fahrenheit 9/11

Director: Michael Moore
Writer: Michael Moore
Actor: Michael Moore, James Baker, Al Gore, Tom Daschle, George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Byron Dorgan, Craig Unger, Jack Cloonan, James Moore, Dan Briody, Carol Ashley, Thomas H. Kean, Rosemary Dillard, Richard Clarke, Martha Brill Olcott, Jim McDermott, Porter Goss, John Conyers, Tammy Baldwin, Lila Lipscomb
Summary: Through actual footage, interviews, and declassified documents, Michael Moore illustrates the connections President Bush has to the royal house of Saud of Saudia Arabia and the bin Laden's, how the president got elected on fraudulent circumstances and then proceeded to blunder through his duties while ignoring warnings of the looming betrayal by his foreign partners. When the treachery hits with the 9/11 attacks, Moore explains how Bush failed to take immediate action to defend the nation.
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Fast, Cheap and Out of Control

Director: Errol Morris
Actor: Rodney Brooks, Dave Hoover, Ray Mendez, George Mendonca
Summary: Acclaimed filmmaker Errol Morris paints a fascinating portrait of four obsessed eccentrics. Morris weaves interviews with a wild animal trainer, a topiary gardener, a robot designer and an expert on the naked mole rat together with old movies, cartoons and stock footage for a compelling, kaleidoscopic look at the very thin line which separates madness from genius.
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Feast of Death

Director: Vikram Jayanti
Actor: James Ellroy
Summary: Follow James Ellroy as he takes a profane trip down memory lane to re-visit the scenes of infamous murders: to Dealey Plaza and the assassination site of U.S. President John F. Kennedy; to the remote location of his mother's 1958 murder; to the lonely field in Los Angeles where the mutilated corpse of Elizabeth Short (aka The Black Dahlia) was dumped in 1947. Includes a skull session with noted Los Angeles detectives and journalists who dissect in graphic detail the tragic life and death of Elizabeth Short, ultimately naming the most likely suspect.
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Festival Express

Director: Bob Smeaton
Summary: During the summer of 1970, a series of music festivals took place across Canada. After the first festival in Toronto, the musicians, their roadies and a film crew traveled by private train to the remaining festivals in Winnipeg and Calgary. This is the story of the Festival Express. The tour was a financial flop, and thanks of a fight between the festival promoters and the film producers, no film was edited or exhibited. So this film is, in effect, a brand new film from 1970. If the tour itself was not a success, the party that accompanied it became legend: take one private train, add eight bands full of talented musicians get impromptu jams fueled by drugs and liquor in every car. The main attraction is two now deceased headliners, Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia, seen both on stage and off. Filmed only two months before Joplin's death, the sequences involving her are truly electrifying and capture her at the height of her self-consuming talent. The Grateful Dead are captured while in the midst of recording and releasing its two essential albums (Workingman's Dead and American Beauty). It captures a pure moment in time when musical hearts and minds beat as one, when musicians of all stripes--without benefit of publicists, handlers, or security goons--came together to work and play hard and leave behind one damn fine-looking corpse.
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The Filth and the Fury

Director: Julien Temple
Actor: Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious
Summary: The musical group Sex Pistols was in existence for only 26 months and recorded only one album, yet they changed the face of music forever. This shocking portrait of arguably the most influential and certainly the most notorious rock group of all time documents their rise from the back streets of London, through their crucifixion by the British tabloids and ultimate implosion on tour in America. Culled primarily from the band's own 20-hour-plus archive it includes candid interviews, performances, rehearsals and recording sessions.
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Finding Vivian Maier

Director: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
Writer: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
Summary: Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Vivian's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photos, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.
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First Position

Director: Bess Kargman
Actor: Participants, Aran Bell, Joan Sebastian Zamora, Miko Fogarty, Jules Jarvis Fogarty, Michaela Deprince, Gaya Bommer Yemini
Summary: Profiles six contestants in the Youth America Grand Prix, a prestigious competition for aspiring young ballet dancers.
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Five Broken Cameras

Khamas Kamirat Muhattamah Hamesh Matslemot Shvurot

Director: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Writer: Nick Broomfield, Guy Davidi
Summary: 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first hand-account of non violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat's cameras, the filmmakers' collaboration follows one family's evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify and lives are lost.
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For My Wife...

Director: David Rothmiller
Writer: David Rothmiller
Actor: Charlene Strong, Scott Brick
Summary: Chronicles the making of an activist for marriage equality for same-sex couples. Charlene Strong was thrust into the spotlight after the tragic death of her wife, Kate. After facing this loss and the heartless discrimination of hospital and funeral home staff, Charlene decided to take a stand. Her dramatic congressional testimony is credited in passing Washington state's historic Domestic Partnership laws. As Charlene finds her voice to speak out against injustice, her journey takes her across the country, finally meeting with President Barack Obama and securing his commitment to equality for all LGBT Americans.
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For Neda

Director: Antony Thomas
Writer: Antony Thomas
Summary: The story of Neda Agha Soltan, a young woman who was killed during demonstrations disputing the results of the election held in Iran in 2009. She became a symbol of the protest movements in Iran when a film showing her dying in the street was broadcast worldwide. To get a true picture of Neda, Iranian journalist Saeed Kamali Dehghan secretly interviews her family. They tell of her commitment to women's rights, personal freedom and self-expression. Also included is commentary by Iranian exiles, journalists, academics, computer media specialists, one of Neda's university friends, and a doctor who witnessed Neda's death.
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Found in China

Director: Carolyn Stanek
Summary: A group of six Midwestern families with Chinese adoptive daughters take a heritage trip to China. The documentary focuses on the 9- to 13-year old girls and their feelings about being adopted as they learn about the culture of their homeland and the circumstances of their adoption.
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Free Angela and All Political Prisoners

Director: Shola Lynch
Writer: Shola Lynch
Summary: A docudrama that takes a gripping look at the historical incidents that created an international movement to free activist Angela Davis, and tells the story of social justice activism that lands her on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.
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Freedom Riders

Director: Stanley Nelson
Writer: Stanley Nelson
Summary: In 1961, hundreds of young people gathered in the South, white and black, to stand side-by-side in deliberate defiance of the region's segregation laws. They countered mobs, physical assault and imprisonment with non-violent protest and deep belief in the ethos of racial equality. This inspirational documentary is about a band of courageous civil-rights activists calling themselves the Freedom Riders. Gaining impressive access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, it chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds.
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Fritz Lang: Circle of Destiny

Fritz Lang, le cercle du destin - Les films allemands

Director: Jorge Dana
Summary: From M to Rancho Notorious, from Metropolis to Moonfleet, the films of Fritz Lang are part of the history of cinema. The first phase of his career was set in Germany, where he returned twenty-five years later to shoot his last three films. It was during this early German period that the director developed his inimitable directorial style. Now those who know the man and his work best reveal the secrets behind his craft.
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Gasland

Director: Josh Fox
Writer: Josh Fox
Summary: In 2009, filmmaker Josh Fox learned his land was on top of the Marcellus Shale, a giant reservoir of natural gas, and that he would be paid to lease his land for natural gas extraction. Fox documented his cross-country trek to find out if the controversial process of hydraulic fracking is actually safe. What he unearthed was a shocking discovery about a practice that is understudied and inadequately regulated, and raced to find answers about fracking before it was too late.
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Gates of Heaven

Director: Errol Morris
Summary: When a pet cemetery in California is forced to close its gates, its dearly departed must be moved to a neighboring cemetery. This begins a strange journey involving eccentric cemetery operators and anguished animal lovers.
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General Idi Amin Dada

Director: Barbet Schroeder
Writer: Barbet Schroeder
Summary: In 1974 a film crew followed Idi Amin Dada, dictator of Uganda, interviewing him and filming him as he worked. Provides a candid portrait of a notorious figure.
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George Segal: American Still Life

Director: Amber Edwards
Summary: Chronicles the life and work of the internationally acclaimed sculptor, whose trademark life-size plaster casts can be seen in major museums and in public spaces throughout the country. Weaves together interviews with the artist; scenes of him at work casting a model in his studio; commentary from his friends, family, critics, and historians; and rare, archival footage of the Pop Art scene in the 60's.
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Ghosts of Abu Ghraib

Director: Rory Kennedy
Summary: Interviews with perpetrators, witnesses, and victims examining the abuses that occurred in the fall of 2003 at the notorious Iraqi prison. Probes the psychology of how typical American men and women came to commit these atrocious acts.
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Ghosts of Cite Soleil

Director: Asger Leth, Milo Loncarevic
Writer: Asger Leth
Summary: Enter the lives of notorious gang leaders who dominate the Haitian slum of Cite Soleil. The reality of life today in Haiti unfolds before us as we get to know two brothers and their stories intimately.
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Girl Model

Director: David Redmon, Ashley Sabin
Writer: Ashley Sabin, David Redmon
Actor: Participants, Nadya Vall, Ashley Arbaugh
Summary: Follows an American modeling scout as she seeks new talent in Siberia and attempts to find work for 13-year-old Nadya Vall in Tokyo's modeling industry, which favors young girls.
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Gloria: In Her Own Words

Director: Peter Kunhardt
Summary: An HBO documentary in which activist Gloria Steinem recounts her personal and political journey, dating back to an era where, she says, "There was no word for 'sexual harassment.'"
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God Grew Tired of Us

Director: Christopher Quinn
Writer: Christopher Quinn
Actor: Nicole Kidman
Summary: Presents the plight of young, male Sudanese refugees, known as 'lost boys,' being displaced to foreign countries due to civil war in their homeland. The film tells the story of three of the lost boys who struggled to come to the United States for a better life, while still attempting to assist the family and friends they have left behind.
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God Loves Uganda

Director: Roger Ross Williams
Writer: Roger Ross Williams
Summary: Examines the role played by the American evangelical movement and the International House of Prayer megachurch in the state-sanctioned persecution of homosexuals in Uganda.
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God's Country

Director: Louis Malle
Writer: Louis Malle
Summary: Over the course of six years, acclaimed filmmaker Louis Malle's (My Dinner with Andre) searing documentary chronicles the shocking economic decline of a small Midwestern farming community in the cradle of America's heartland. After capturing the daily lives of Glencoe, Minn., residents on film in 1979, Malle returned in 1985 at the start of Ronald Reagan's second presidential term to find the town drowning in foreclosures and financial crises.
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Goldwyn: The Man and his Movies

Actor: Dustin Hoffman
Summary: Everybody knows the name Goldwyn. Through this documentary, everyone will get to know the man behind the name.
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Gone

Director: Gretchen Morning, John Morning
Writer: Gretchen Morning, John Morning
Actor: Kathy Gillern
Summary: On October 31, 2007, Kathy Gillern - a veteran Ithaca, New York police officer - received distressing news from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Vienna: her son Aeryn, a U.N. researcher and former Mr. Gay Austria, has disappeared. Upon her arrival in Vienna, police tell Kathy her son was last seen fleeing an exclusive men's sauna downtown and they have no interest in further investigating his case.
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The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick

Director: Mark Steensland
Summary: A profile of the life of the influential science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick presented through interviews with contemporaries and excerpts from his writings. Dick's writing and ideas on reality, humanity and technology which blend West Coast utopianism, counterculture paranoia and mystical experience have been adapted into films, including Blade Runner and Total Recall. Since very little interview footage exists of Philip K. Dick, this documentary relies on audio taped interviews with Dick, allowing him to comment in his own words.
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The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Director: Morgan Spurlock
Writer: Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick
Actor: Peter Berg, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Morgan Spurlock
Summary: Morgan Spurlock brings a comedic documentary about branding, advertising, and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising, and product placement.
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Gregory Crewdson Brief Encounters

Director: Ben Shapiro
Summary: An acclaimed photographer with the eye of a filmmaker, Gregory Crewdson has created some of the most gorgeously haunting pictures in the history of the medium. His meticulously composed, large-scale images are stunning narratives of small-town American life-moviescapes crystallized into a single frame. Shot over a decade with unprecedented access, this film beautifully bares the artist's process and it's as mesmerizing and riveting as the images themselves.
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Grey Gardens

Director: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer
Actor: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edie Beale
Summary: Portrait of the relationship between Edith Bouvier Beale and her grown daughter, Little Edie, once an aspiring actress in New York who left her career to care for her aging mother in their East Hampton home, and never left again. The aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis feed their cats and raccoons and rehash their pasts behind the walls of their decaying mansion, Grey Gardens.
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Grizzly Man

Director: Werner Herzog
Actor: Timothy Treadwell
Summary: Acclaimed director Werner Herzog explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell, who lived unarmed among grizzlies for 13 summers. Features Treadwell's video footage.
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Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll

Director: Taylor Hackford
Summary: Covers the concert at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, to celebrate Chuck Berry's sixtieth birthday, and also discusses his life and career.
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Half Past Autumn

Director: Craig Rice
Actor: Alfre Woodard
Summary: A look at the African-American photographer, poet, novelist, composer and filmmaker Gordon Parks.
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Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues

Director: Morgan Neville
Writer: Morgan Neville, Colin Escott
Summary: Using never-before-seen footage, photos and audio of Williams and featuring interviews with many friends and family who have never spoken on-camera before, Honky tonk blues tells the story of Hank Williams' rise and fall.
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Harlan County, USA

Director: Barbara Kopple
Summary: Chronicles the 1973 Harlan County, Kentucky coal miners' strike against the operators of the Brookside mine and the Duke Power Company, which resulted from the company's refusal to honor the national contract of the United Mine Workers of America when the miners joined the union.
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Havana Suite

Suite Habana

Director: Fernando Perez
Writer: Fernando Perez
Summary: Un dia simple en la vida de diez habaneros comunes. No hay entrevistas, ni dialogos ni narracion: solo imagenes, sonidos y musica para expresar cinematograficamente el dia a dia de una realidad peculiar y unica. Cada uno de los personajes representa la curiosa diversidad de los grupos sociales que se mueven en la ciudad. Porque no hay una sola Habana: hay muchas Habanas invisibles y distintas para vivir. Shows a simple day in the life of ten ordinary people of Havana. There are neither interviews nor dialogue nor narration: only images, sound and music to express cinematographically the everyday events of a peculiar and unique reality. Each of the characters represents the diversity of the social groups found in the city.
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Hear and Now

Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky
Writer: Irene Taylor Brodsky
Actor: Irene Taylor Brodsky
Summary: The daughter of 65-year-old deaf couple Paul and Sally Taylor documents their decision to receive cochlear ear implants that may allow them to hear for the very first time. Although entirely capable and successful without the surgery - Paul as a developer of early deaf-assistive technology, Sally as a strongly communicative and gifted lip reader - the surgery is expected to be life-changing. In the first half of the film the filmmaker, her siblings, and their parents discuss their childhood memories of life with hearing impairment. The second half of the film includes the surgery itself and the aftermath, as Paul and Sally recover, work through health and emotional complications, and begin the discovery process.
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The Heart of the Matter

Director: Ted Kay
Actor: Chris O'Donnell
Summary: Hosted by Chris O'Donnell, The Heart of the Matter focuses on all aspects of congenital heart disease from infancy through adulthood.
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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

Director: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola
Writer: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper
Summary: An in-depth and engrossing look into the making of Francis Ford Coppola's epic Apocalypse Now, as filmed by his wife Eleanor.
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Hell and High Water (2006)

Director: Jim Wills
Summary: Shot in coffee shops, cafes, studios and streets of New Orleans four months after Hurricane Katrina, the film contains interviews with seven New Orleans residents who share stories of loss, history, humor, philosophy, God and the power of nature.
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Hell House

Director: George Ratliff
Summary: Just outside of Dallas, Texas a violent haunted house is serving as the pulpit for a modern-day fire and brimstone sermon. Taking the viewer behind the scenes, this documentary examines why this small town church has resorted to such graphic means of saving souls and allows us a brief glimpse of what they believe they're saving us from.
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Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eleven Films

Summary: Contains a series of documentaries about Henri Cartier-Bresson as well as five major works directed by him.
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Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye

Henri Cartier-Bresson - Biographie eines Blicks

Director: Heinz Butler
Summary: A documentary on influential photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson filmed shortly before his death. Features interviews with Cartier-Bresson and a host of cultural luminaries, including Arthur Miller.
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History of Advertising: Early TV Commercials

Summary: A tribute to the early advertisers who made their entry into TV commercials. It is also a boon to all those interested in advertising and marketing since the beginning of 20th century. Though a bit lengthy by present day standards, these advertising shorts are simple and direct.
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The Hobart Shakespeareans

Director: Mel Stuart
Actor: Ian McKellen, Michael York
Summary: About Los Angeles elementary school teacher and winner of the American Teacher Award, Rafe Esquith, who teaches his students to understand and perform Shakespeare as a motivational teaching tool and unique method of education.
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Hoop Dreams

Director: Steve James
Writer: Steve James, Frederick Marx
Actor: Arthur Agee, William Gates
Summary: Follows the high school careers of two young, African-American men from inner-city Chicago as they pursue their dream of playing professional basketball.
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Hot Wax

Director: Andy Spitz
Summary: Ivy is a big, bubbly black woman who managed to run her own beauty salon surreptitiously during the dark days of apartheid. She lives in Alexandra, a restless and poor township, while her white, mostly elderly, clients live in the tree-lined suburbs of Johannesburg. In her salon she is part beautician, long-time friend, lay counselor and honest commentator to her customers. While she masks her clients' imperfections, she also peels away layers of difference separating the races. It can be easily pointed out that Ivy essentially enjoys the intimacy of a domestic servant, while her white clients maintain their economic privileges and know little about Ivy's private world. But since apartheid's end, Ivy owns her own shop and now meets her clients on an equal footing.
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Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie

Hotel Terminus: Klaus Barbie, sa vie et son temps

Director: Marcel Ophuls
Writer: Marcel Ophuls
Summary: An examination of Klaus Barbie, the infamous Nazi 'Butcher of Lyon' and Gestapo chief implicated in 4000 deaths and the deportation of 7000 Jews, during the Nazi occupation of France. Tracing the 40-year hunt for the war criminal, it exposes a complex web of political intrigue, collaboration and deceit. Weaves together historical footage and interviews with former Nazis, American intelligence officers, South American government officials, victims of Nazi atrocities and witnesses.
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The House I Live In

Director: Eugene Jarecki
Writer: Eugene Jarecki
Actor: Nannie Jeter, David Simon
Summary: For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and damaged poor communities. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than 20 states, it captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels, the dealer to grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, revealing profound human rights implications.
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How to Die in Oregon

Director: Peter D. Richardson
Summary: In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Since then, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. Filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether--and when--to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of the complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.
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How To Survive a Plague

Director: David France
Writer: David France
Summary: The story of the brave young men and women who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation, and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence. This improbable group of activists bucked oppression and infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, helping to identify promising new medication and treatments and move them through trials and into drugstores in record time.
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Hubert Selby Jr.: It'll Be Better Tomorrow

Director: Michael W. Dean, Kenneth Shiffrin
Actor: Robert Downey, Jr.
Summary: Explores the life and career of author Hubert Selby.
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Humain, Trop Humain

Director: Louis Malle, Rene Vautier
Summary: Acclaimed director Louis Malle (My Dinner with Andre) delivers a trio of documentaries chronicling the everyday lives of French citizens. Humain, Trop Humain shadows busy workers bustling inside a French automotive factory.
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I'm Still Here

Director: Casey Affleck
Writer: Casey Affleck
Actor: Joaquin Phoenix
Summary: A raw, fictional documentary on Joaquin Phoenix's career transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper. Sometimes funny, sometimes shocking, and always riveting, the film is a portrait of an artist at a crossroads. Defying expectations, it deftly explores notions of courage and creative reinvention, as well as the ramifications of a life spent in the public eye.
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I'm Your Man (2005)

Director: Lian Lunson
Summary: The life and work of Leonard Cohen is celebrated in Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man. The documentary also includes performances and interviews by artists that Cohen has inspired including U2, Beth Orton, Jarvis Cocker, Rufus Wainwright, and more.
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If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Director: Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman
Writer: Marshall Curry, Matthew Hamacheck
Summary: The remarkable story of the rise and fall of the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat,' told through the transformation and radicalization of one of its members, Daniel McGowan. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry weaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life in prison with a dramatic investigation of the events that led to his involvement with the ELF.
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If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise

Director: Spike Lee
Actor: Kathleen Blanco, Tanya Harris, Mitch Landrieu, C. Ray Nagin, Anisse Parker
Summary: This follow-up to director Spike Lee's documentary, When the levees broke: a requiem in four acts, focuses on the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, five years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Bookending stories of individual heartache and perseverance are two momentous events: the historic 2010 Super Bowl victory by the New Orleans Saints and the disastrous British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Impact: Jewish Boxers in America

Summary: Documentary explores some of America's great Jewish boxers.
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In the Garden of Sounds

Nel Giardino dei Suoni

Director: Nicola Bellucci
Summary: Deprived of his sight at an early age, Wolfgang Fasser turns to his ears for access to a world he once feared would be closed off forever. Awed by the restorative powers of sound, Fasser established a physical therapy retreat for disabled children where they use music and noise to communicate with others and gain control of their own bodies. As they embrace the physicality of sonic vibrations, the children's bodies slowly begin to move in harmony with the world around them.
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In the Land of the Deaf

Le Pays des Sourds

Director: Nicolas Philibert
Writer: Nicolas Philibert
Summary: A documentary that takes the viewer into the land of the deaf, a world of silence inhabited by an estimated 130 million people worldwide. The filmmaker portrays the difficulties and joys of being deaf, offering portraits of a charismatic sign language teacher, a woman forced into a mental ward as a teen, a young man who remembers the first horrifying experience of using a hearing aid, and a deaf couple's marriage.
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In the Realms of the Unreal

Director: Jessica Yu
Writer: Jessica Yu
Actor: Henry Darger, Larry Pine, Dakota Fanning
Summary: Henry Darger, an elderly recluse, spent his childhood in an Illinois asylum for feeble-minded children and his adulthood working as a janitor. He lived a quiet, nearly solitary existence, but his imaginary life was exciting, colorful and sexually provocative. When he died in Chicago in 1973, his landlady discovered in his room 300 paintings, some over 10 feet long, and a 15,000 page illustrated novel ('The realms of the unreal'), which told the epic story of the virtuous Vivian Girls, seven angelic sisters who lead a rebellion against godless, child-enslaving men.
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Incident at Loch Ness

Director: Zak Penn
Writer: Werner Herzog, Zak Penn
Actor: Werner Herzog, Zak Penn, Gabriel Beristain, Robert O'Meara, Russell Williams, David Davidson, Michael Karnow, Kitana Baker, James Gilligan, Steven Gardner
Summary: When renowned director Werner Herzog and fellow filmmaker Zak Penn set off to explore the legend of Scotland's Loch Ness monster, they uncover much more than they bargained for. Unexplained sightings of the creature and chaos among the crew create an uneasy feeling that things aren't what they seem. But what really happened on the infamous lake remains a mystery. Poses the provocative question - where does myth end and reality begin? Home use only.
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An Inconvenient Truth

Director: Davis Guggenheim
Writer: Al Gore
Actor: Presenter, Al Gore
Summary: Former Vice President Al Gore explains the facts of global warming, presents arguments that the dangers of global warning have reached the level of crisis, and addresses the efforts of certain interests to discredit the anti-global warming cause. Between lecture segments, Gore discusses his personal commitment to the environment, sharing anecdotes from his experiences.
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Inequality for All

Director: Jacob Kornbluth
Actor: Robert Reich
Summary: Examines economics professor and Clinton Administration cabinet member Robert Reich's crusade to expose the problem of income inequality in the United States.
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Ingmar Bergman Collection

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Actor: Ingmar Bergman
Summary: Looks at five movies made by Ingmar Bergman (Hour of the wolf, Shame, The serpent's egg, Persona, The passion of Anna) and includes extra materials and featurettes.
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Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie

Ingmar Bergman gor en film

Director: Vilgot Sjoman
Actor: Vilgot Sjoman, Ingmar Bergman
Summary: The year is 1961 and Ingmar Bergman is making a movie - Winter Light. This documentary film offers views on set construction and lighting, rehearsals and editing, as well as intimate conversations with Bergman and members of his cast and crew.
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Inocente

Director: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine
Actor: Inocente Izucar
Summary: Documents the inspirational life of Inocente Izucar, a homeless, undocumented fifteen-year old girl in San Diego, a bourgeoning artist, and the extraordinary challenges she must contend with on a daily basis.
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Inside Job

Director: Charles Ferguson
Actor: Matt Damon
Summary: Provides an analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008. At a cost of over $20 trillion, it caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, this film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia.
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The Internet's Own Boy

Director: Brian Knappenberger
Writer: Brian Knappenberger
Actor: Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee, Cindy Cohn
Summary: Aaron Swartz was a programming prodigy who helped shape the digital landscape of today. He helped develop the internet protocol RSS and was a co-founder of Reddit. Chronicles his pioneering efforts crusading for open access and free speech and the resulting legal nightmare and tragedy that ensued.
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Into the Abyss

Director: Werner Herzog
Writer: Werner Herzog
Actor: Jason Burkett, Werner Herzog, Michael Perry
Summary: In his fascinating exploration of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, master filmmaker Werner Herzog ... probes the human psyche to explore why people kill--and why a state kills. Through intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (scheduled to die within eights days of appearing on-screen), Herzog achieves what he describes as 'a gaze into the abyss of the human soul.' Herzog's inquiries also extend to the families of the victims and perpetrators as well as a state executioner and pastor who've been with death row prisoners as they've taken their final breaths. As he's so often done before, Herzog's investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.
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Invisible war

Director: Kirby Dick
Writer: Kirby Dick
Actor: Interviewers, Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick
Summary: A groundbreaking investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. Follows the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they courageously came forward to report.
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IRL (In Real Life)

Director: Stephanie Tuszynski
Writer: Stephanie Tuszynski
Summary: Taking on the subject of online relationships, IRL (In Real Life) chronicles the life, death and afterlife of an online community called 'The Bronze,' made up of fans from the official website for Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. The documentary looks at the real world consequences that come from making friends online, and what happens to those relationships when they move from the Internet into 'real life.'
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Iron Ladies of Liberia

Director: Daniel Junge, Siatta Scott Johnson
Summary: After fourteen years of civil war, Liberia is a nation ready for change. On January 16, 2006, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was inaugurated President, following a hotly contested election which she won with the overwhelming support of women across Liberia. She is the first elected female head of state in Africa. Since taking office she has appointed other extraordinary women to leadership positions in all areas of government, including the Police Chief and the ministers of Justice, Commerce and Finance. Can the first female Liberian president, backed by other powerful women, bring sustainable democracy and peace to such a devastated country? Iron Ladies of Liberia gives behind-the-scenes access to President Sirleaf's first year in government, providing a unique insight into the workings of a newly elected African cabinet.
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Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?

Director: Michel Gondry
Actor: Noam Chomsky, Michel Gondry
Summary: Innovative director Michel Gondry uses lively animations to illustrate a series of conversations with professor, philosopher, linguist and activist Noam Chomsky as he holds court on his theories, his life and his work.
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Jackie Gleason: Genius at Work

Director: Gregory Hall
Writer: Jeff Forrester
Actor: Marilyn Taylor Gleason, Jeff Garlin
Summary: Features a look at some of Gleason's most popular characters, sketches that haven't been seen since their original live broadcasts, commentary, and interviews.
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James Ellroy: American Dog

Director: Clara Kuperberg, Robert Kuperberg
Writer: Clara Kuperberg, Robert Kuperberg
Actor: James Ellroy
Summary: An in-depth look at the man who became one of American's best crime fiction writer after the brutal murder of his mother. Learn about the writer behind such novels as L.A. Confidential; Black Dahlia; My Dark Places; and more.
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Jane's Journey

Director: Lorenz Knauer
Writer: Lorenz Knauer
Actor: Angelina Jolie, Pierce Brosnan
Summary: In Jane's Journey, we travel with her across several continents, from her childhood home in England, to the Gombe National Park in Tanzania where she began her groundbreaking research and where she still returns every year to enjoy the company of the chimpanzees that made her famous. An inspiring portrait of the private person behind the world-famous icon, featuring a wide range of interviews and spectacular footage from her own private collection (including her years in Gombe).
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Jean Taris, Swimming Champion

Taris, roi de l'eau

Director: Jean Vigo
Writer: Jean Vigo
Actor: Jean Taris
Summary: A short documentary about the swimmer Jean Taris, notable for Vigo's innovative techniques.
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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

Director: Tamra Davis
Summary: In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200, and became best friends with Andy Warhol. Appreciated by both the art cognoscenti and the public, Basquiat was launched into international stardom.
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Jesus Camp

Director: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Summary: Follows Levi, Rachael, and Tory to Pastor Becky Fischer's 'Kids on Fire' summer camp in Devil's Lake, North Dakota, where kids as young as 6 years-old are taught to become dedicated soldiers in 'God's army'. The film follows these children as they hone their 'prophetic gifts' and are schooled in how to 'take back America for Christ'.
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A Jihad for Love

Director: Parvez Sharma
Writer: Parvez Sharma
Summary: Examines the lives of gay, lesbian, and transgendered Muslims in twelve countries as they attempt to reconcile their faith with their sexuality.
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Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew

Director: Matthew Buzzell
Summary: Documentary on jazz singer Jimmy Scott, featuring concert footage, interviews, and archival photos.
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Director: David Gelb
Actor: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazawa
Summary: The 85-year-old Jiro Ono is considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of a 10-seat sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3-star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimages, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro's sushi bar.
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Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Director: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg
Writer: Ricki Stern
Actor: Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers, Don Rickles, Phyllis Diller, Kathy Griffin
Summary: The cameras follow trailblazing comic, Joan Rivers, for a year and cover her entire career from her break on the Carson show, to her heartbreak over the suicide of her husband, and her role on Celebrity Apprentice. Rivers reveals her relentless desire to keep working with humor and empathy. Wickedly funny and surprisingly moving, Rivers is once again returned to the spotlight she so richly deserves and cements her reputation as one of stand-up's towering figures.
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Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale

Director: David Shapiro, Laurie Gwen Shapiro
Writer: David Shapiro, Laurie Gwen Shapiro
Summary: Discusses the life of anthropologist and gay activist, Tobias Schneebaum, and the time he spent among cannibalistic tribes in the 1960s.
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Kingdom of Shadows

Director: Bret Wood
Writer: Bret Wood
Actor: Rod Steiger
Summary: A documentary exploring the evolution of the horror film, surveying more than fifty films, including many early silent films.
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Koch

Director: Neil Barsky
Summary: Former Mayor Ed Koch was the quintessential New Yorker. Ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, Koch, who died in February 2013 at the age of 88, ruled New York from 1978 to 1989--a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy and rampant crime... The tumult of his three terms included a fiercely competitive 1977 election; an infamous 1980 transit strike; the burgeoning AIDS epidemic; landmark housing renewal initiatives; and an irreparable municipal corruption scandal. Through candid interviews and rare archival footage, Koch thrillingly chronicles the personal and political toll of running the world's most wondrous city in a time of upheaval and reinvention.
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Koran by Heart

Director: Greg Barker
Summary: In this 80-minute documentary, three 10-year old children leave their native countries to participate in one of the Islamic world's most famous competitions, a test of memory and recitation known as The International Holy Koran Competition. As the competition reaches its climax, Koran By Heart offers a compelling and nuanced glimpse into some of the pressures faced by the next generation of Muslims.
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Kurosawa: A Documentary on the Acclaimed Director

Director: Adam Low
Writer: Adam Low
Actor: Readings by Paul Scofield, Akira Kurosawa, Kenichi Benitani, James Coburn, Clint Eastwood, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hiromichi Horikawa, Kon Ichikawa, Shuichi Kato, Masahiko Kumada, Hisao Kurosawa, Kazuko Kurosawa, Machiko Kyo, Tatsuya Nakadai, Teruyo Nogami, Iwao Ohtani, Stephen Prince, Donald Richie, Tadao Sato, Tokuzo Tanaka, Isuzu Yamada
Summary: A giant of 20th-century cinema, Akira Kurosawa holds a unique place among the world's most distinguished filmmakers as the only non-Westerner. Yet, surprisingly little is known of Japan's greatest filmmaker outside of his native country, and only a few of his films are familiar to American audiences. Now, with the personal endorsement and participation of his children, Hisao and Kazuko, this film presents a definitive two-hour profile, exploring Kurosawa's work in its entirety. There are film excerpts, archival footage never before seen in the West, interviews with actors influenced by Kurosawa's work, and re-creations from his book 'Something Like an Autobiography' examining the personal circumstances that produced one of the world's greatest cinema artists.
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Kurt and Courtney

Director: Nick Broomfield
Writer: Nick Broomfield
Summary: A documentary on the life of Kurt Cobain and his relationship with his wife Courtney Love, featuring interviews with Kurt's aunt, Courtney's father, the couple's nanny, and a private investigator that worked with Courtney.
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Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones

Director: Rollin Binzer
Actor: Rolling Stones
Summary: Filmed in Texas in 1972 over four nights of the 'Exile On Main Street' US tour, it was billed at the time as the most powerful rock film ever made and is considered by many fans to be the finest Rolling Stones performance ever captured on film.
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Lake of Fire

Director: Tony Kaye
Summary: A look at the subject of abortion where there can be no absolutes, no 'right' or 'wrong.' Equal time is given to both sides, covering arguments from either extremes of the spectrum, as well as those at the center, who acknowledge that, in the end, everyone is 'right' or 'wrong.'
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Language You Cry In

Director: Angel Serrano, Alvaro Toepke
Actor: Vertamae Grosvenor
Summary: Traces the history of a burial song of the Mende people brought by slaves to the rice plantations of the Southeast coast of the United States over two hundred years ago, and preserved among the Gullah people there. In the 1930s a pioneering Black linguist, Lorenzo Turner, recognized its origin, and in the 1990s scholars Joe Opala and Cynthia Schmidt discovered that the song was still remembered in a remote village in Sierra Leone. Dramatically demonstrates how African Americans retained links with their African past, and concludes with the visit of the Gullah family which had preserved the song to the Mende village, where villagers re-enact the ancient burial rites for them.
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Last Train Home

Guitu Lieche

Director: Lixin Fan
Actor: Changhua Zhan, Suqin Chen, Qin Zhang, Yang Zhang, Tingsui Tang
Summary: Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the world's largest human migration--an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Director Lixin Fan draws us into the fractured lives of a single migrant family caught up in this desperate annual migration. Sixteen years ago, the Zhangs abandoned their young children to find work in the city, consoled by the hope that their wages would lift their children into a better life. But in a bitter irony, the Zhangs' hopes for the future are undone by their very absence. Qin, the daughter they left behind, has grown into adolescence crippled by a sense of abandonment. In an act of teenage rebellion, she drops out of school. She too will become a garment factory worker. The decision is a heartbreaking blow for the parents. Last Train Home follows the Zhangs' attempts to change their daughter's course and repair their ruptured family.
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The Law in These Parts

Director: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz
Writer: Ra’anan Alexandrowicz
Actor: Meir Shamgar, Amnon Strashnov, Dov Shefi
Summary: Explores the four-decade-old Israeli military legal system in the Occupied Territories. Since Israel conquered the territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the 1967 War, the military has imposed thousand of orders and laws, established military courts, sentenced hundreds of thousand of Palestinians, enabled half a million Israeli 'settlers' to move to the Occupied Territories and developed a system of long-term jurisdiction by an occupying army that is unique in the world. The film records the testimonies of the military legal professionals who were the architects of the system and helped run it in its formative years.
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Leona's Sister Gerri

Director: Jane Gillooly
Summary: Tells the story of Gerri Santoro, the real person in the police photograph of an anonymous woman collapsed on a motel room floor, dead from an illegal abortion.
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Let the Fire Burn

Director: Jason Osder
Actor: Michael Moses Ward, Delbert Africa, Louise James, LaVerne Sims, Ramona Africa, James Berghaier
Summary: Shedding light on the fiery 1985 standoff between the group MOVE and Philadelphia police, this documentary dissects the tragedy from all angles, using interviews, archival footage and home movies.
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Leviathan

Director: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel
Summary: A thrilling, immersive documentary that takes viewers deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast-the very waters that once inspired Moby Dick, the film captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the fishermen in starkly haunting, yet beautiful detail.
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Liberia: A Fragile Peace

Director: Steven Ross
Actor: Dion Graham
Summary: Chronicles the period from the departure of [dictator] Charles Taylor to the election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first African woman head of state, and presents the difficulties of rehabilitating a nation destroyed by war.
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Life Itself

Director: Steve James
Summary: The legacy of Roger Ebert's life, recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of the world-renowned film critic and social commentator.
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The Light in Her Eyes

Director: Julia Meltzer, Laura Nix
Actor: Houda Al-Habash
Summary: Shot on the eve of the Syrian uprising, profiles Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher who 30 years ago founded one of the first religious schools for girls in Syria, insisting that education for women is a form of worship that can challenge extremism.
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Lightning Over Water

Director: Nicholas Ray, Wim Wenders
Writer: Nicholas Ray, Wim Wenders
Actor: Nicholas Ray, Wim Wenders, Susan Ray, Tom Farrell
Summary: In 1979, Wim Wenders traveled to New York City to make a film with legendary director Nicholas Ray. As Ray lays dying of cancer, he reflects on his life and career. The resulting film tells a moving story both about friendship and a life in cinema.
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Linsanity

Director: Evan Jackson Leong
Actor: Jeremy Lin, Daniel Dae Kim
Summary: Linsanity is a moving and inspirational portrait of Jeremy Lin. It chronicles his path to international stardom, the adversities he faced along the way, his struggles to overcome stereotypes, and how he drew strength from his faith, family and culture.
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Loot

Director: Darius Marder
Summary: A feature length documentary that follows two WWII veterans and a used car salesman across the globe in search of their buried wartime treasures. During WWII, Darrel was stationed in Europe. Andrew was in the Philippines. In the chaos of combat, they stole valuable treasures and hid them overseas before returning to civilian life in America. Sixty years later back in America, both men have gone blind with little hope of ever recovering their goods. Both want to recover the treasures that they feel are their own, but with their health failing, they need Lance's help to travel halfway around the world to find them. So with time, distance and the odds against them, Lance throws himself into their dubious quests to unearth the past, laying bare family secrets and dark wartime histories in the process.
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Los Angeles Plays Itself

Director: Thom Andersen
Actor: Encke King
Summary: Thom Andersen's landmark documentary explores the tangled relationship between the movies and their fabled hometown, as seen entirely through the films themselves. From its distinctive neighborhoods to its architectural homes, Los Angeles has been the backdrop to countless movies. Andersen takes viewers on a whirlwind tour through the metropolis' real and cinematic history, investigating the myriad stories and legends that have come to define it, and revealing the real city that lives beneath.
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Lottery

Director: Madeleine Sackler
Summary: Focuses on the charter school experience for African American families. In a country where 58% of African American 4th graders are functionally illiterate, The Lottery uncovers the failures of the traditional public school system and reveals that hundreds of thousands of parents attempt to flee the system every year. Follows four of these families from Harlem and the Bronx who have entered their children in a charter school lottery to attend the Harlem Success Academy, a public charter school founded by Eva Moskowitz, a former New York City councilwoman. Out of thousands of hopefuls, only a small minority will win the chance of a better future. Uncovers a ferocious debate surrounding the education reform movement. Interviews with politicians and educators explain not only the crisis in public education, but also why it is fixable. A call to action to avert a catastrophe in the education of American children, The Lottery makes the case that any child can succeed.
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Lou Reed's Berlin

Director: Julian Schnabel
Summary: Filmed at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn over five nights in 2006, and featuring music from his 1973 concept album Berlin.
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Louder Than a Bomb

Director: Greg Jacobs, Jon Siskel
Summary: Tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in [Louder than a Bomb,] the world's largest youth slam.
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Lumiere Brothers' First Films

Director: Louis Lumiere, Auguste Lumiere
Summary: A look at the birth of the motion picture through 85 of the more than 1,500 films made by the Lumire Brothers between 1895 and 1897. These films include views of Moscow, New York, Paris, Saigon, and Jerusalem; vignettes of life in France; and comedy shorts.
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Lumumba, the Death of a Prophet

Lumumba, la mort d'un prophete

Director: Raoul Peck
Summary: Reexamines the independence struggle in the Belgian Congo and its leader, Patrice Lumumba. This multi-award-winning film recounts Lumumba's tragic 200 day rule culminating with his assassination. Combines archival documentary footage of Lumumba with the memories of journalists who reported from the Congo.
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Madonna: Truth or Dare

Director: Alek Keshishian
Summary: Documentary which presents an intimate view of the rock music star, Madonna and a backstage look at her 1990 'Blond Ambition' tour.
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Make 'em Laugh: the Funny Business of America

Director: Michael Kantor
Actor: Billy Crystal, Amy Sedaris
Summary: The documentary explores the currents of American comedy throughout a century of social and political change, illuminating how comedy has tackled and poked fun at our political system, race relations, gender issues, and the prevailing American standards and taboos in everyday life.
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The Making of the President: 1960

Director: Mel Stuart
Writer: Theodore H. White
Summary: Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Theodore H. White, this penetrating documentary -- which earned multiple Emmy Awards -- looks at the hard-contested 1960 presidential election between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon.
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The Making of the President: 1964

Director: Mel Stuart
Writer: Theodore H. White
Summary: Acclaimed producer David L. Wolper presents this landmark documentary (based on Theodore H. White's best-selling book) that analyzes Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson's landslide victory over Republican Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential election.
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The Making of the President: 1968

Director: Mel Stuart, Robert Abel, Fritz Roland
Writer: Theodore H. White
Summary: Based on Theodore H. White's best-selling account of the 1968 U.S. presidential election, this documentary combines expert analysis with rarely seen film footage of the candidates and their campaigns during a critical time in the nation's history.
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The Mamas and the Papas: Straight Shooter

Director: Mark Hall
Summary: Story of one of the most popular music groups from the 1960's - features their greatest hits.
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March of the Penguins

Director: Luc Jacquet
Writer: Luc Jacquet, Michel Fessler
Summary: In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. This courtship will begin with a long journey - a journey that will take them hundreds of miles across the continent by foot, one by one in a single file. They will endure freezing temperatures, in brittle, icy winds and through deep, treacherous waters. They will risk starvation and attack by dangerous predators, under the harshest conditions on earth, all to find true love.
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Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

Director: Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre
Summary: Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic has been redefining art for nearly forty years. Using her body as a vehicle, she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. This is a mesmerizing journey into the world of radical performance and an intimate portrait of an astonishingly magnetic, endlessly intriguing woman who draws no distinction between life and art.
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Marjoe

Director: Howard Smith, Sarah Kernochan
Summary: Filmed before televangelism became a phenomenon, this biography/expose details the rise, fall, and self-exposure of Marjoe Gortner, a one-time child evangelist and church tent preacher. Marjoe would rather have been a rock star-with a different upbringing might have been-but this is as close as he can get. That he manipulates the spiritual passions of his audience is subordinate to the satisfaction of performing and connecting emotionally. Even as he spouts meaningless religious rhetoric, and takes the money of those expecting miracles and salvation, is he not giving the people exactly what they want, performing the spontaneous and charismatic rites of Pentecostal Christianity in a manner that is skillful and respectful of the traditions and expectations of that faith? Thoth: Before high rents sent him to New York to live with his mother and perform at Central Park's Angel Tunnel, Thoth was a fixture at BART stations in San Francisco. Thoth's lovely countertenor, adept violin, and haunting, otherworldly songs are employed in service to his fantasy kingdom. Created in his youth, 'the Festad' serves as the basis for his opera, but began as a refuge from the racism encountered by those of mixed-race in the 1960s. From the son of New York intellectuals to androgynous street performer, Thoth has trod a twisty path, illustrated by this film.
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Mark Twain

Director: Ken Burns
Writer: Dayton Duncan, Geoffrey C. Ward
Actor: Keith David, Kevin Conway
Summary: Recounts Mark Twain's life told primarily through his own words. Samuel Clemens rose from a hardscabble boyhood in the backwoods of Missouri to become America's best-known and best-loved author. The film includes interviews with Hal Holbrook, Arthur Miller, William Styron and many others.
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Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song

Director: David Riva
Writer: Karin Kearns
Actor: Jamie Lee Curtis, Nina Franoszek
Summary: A portrait of actress and singer Marlene Dietrich, featuring vintage film footage and celebrity interviews, directed by her grandson.
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Martha Graham: Dance on Film

Summary: A Dancer's World' takes the viewer inside a rehearsal session of Martha Graham's dance company, 'Night journey' is a retelling of the ancient Greek tale of Oedipus, and 'Appalachian Spring' is the story of a young pioneer couple set to the music of Aaron Copland.
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Marwencol

Director: Jeff Malmberg
Actor: Mark Hogancamp
Summary: After being brutally attacked outside a bar and recovering from a coma and extensive physical injuries, Mark Hogancamp suffered brain damage and nearly total memory loss. Unable to afford therapy he spent the next few years building a scale model, World War II-era town, Marwencol, populated with dolls, where he lived out his fantasy life. Playing in the town and photographing the action helped Mark recover his hand-eye coordination and to deal with the psychic wounds of the attack. He documented everything with photographs. When his photographs were discovered by an art magazine, a New York gallery invited him to show his work, forcing him to choose between his self-contained world and the larger world from which he had retreated.
Review: Surprisingly gripping as any fictional thriller, the documentary Marwencol follows Mark Hogancamp, who after being faced with his recovery from being put in a coma, dedicates his free time to creating an entire miniature town down to meticulous detail. As more people become interested in his work however, Mark has to deal with leaving the world he created to face the one that has troubled him before.
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Matthew Barney: No Restraint

Director: Alison Chernick
Actor: Starring Matthew Barney, Bjork
Summary: Follow the phenomenal journey of renowned artist Matthew Barney and his collaborator, singer-songwriter Bjork, as they embark on an unbelievable filmmaking journey in Japan. From artistic vision to manifestation, this compelling documentary reveals Barney's unique process in creating Drawing restraint 9, a massive cinematic piece that combines a whaling vessel; 45,000 pounds of petroleum jelly; and traditional Japanese rituals in one fantastical love story. It's a rare look at a one-of-a-kind artist who has inspired audiences around the globe.
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Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision

Director: Freida Lee Mock
Writer: Freida Lee Mock
Summary: Reveals the origins of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and tells the story of its 21 year old creator, a Yale architecture student. Lin's plan was selected from over 1,000 different designs. And what began as one of the country's most bitterly disputed monuments became one of the world's most inspirational and frequently visited memorials.
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Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

Director: Alex Gibney
Writer: Alex Gibney
Actor: Chris Cooper, Ethan Hawke, Jamey Sheridan, John Slattery, Alex Gibney
Summary: Investigates the secret crimes of Father Lawrence Murphy, a Milwaukee priest who abused more than 200 deaf children in a school under his control. The film documents the first known public protest against the pontiff himself. The investigation helped uncover documents from the secret Vatican archives that show the Pope, who must operate within the mysterious rules of the Roman Curia, as both responsible and helpless in the face of evil.
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Meeting David Wilson

Director: Daniel J. Woolsey, David A. Wilson
Writer: David A. Wilson
Actor: David A
Summary: David Wilson, a 28-year-old African American, travels into his family's past to find answers about America's racial divide. He learns of a plantation in North Carolina where his family was once enslaved. Wilson discovers that the plantation is owned by a 62-year-old white man, who is a direct descendant of his family's slave master and is also named David Wilson. This discovery leads to a momentous encounter between the two men whose ancestors were on the opposite sides of freedom.
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Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival

Director: Murray Lerner
Summary: The last great rock festival', held on the Isle of Wight in 1970.
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Miss America

Director: Lisa Ades
Writer: Michelle Ferrari
Actor: Cherry Jones
Summary: Tracking the country's oldest beauty contest - from its inception in 1921 as a local seaside pageant to its heyday as one of the country's most popular events - Miss America paints a vivid picture of an institution that has come to reveal much about a changing nation. Using intimate interviews with former contestants, and behind-the-scenes footage and photographs, the film reveals why some women took part in the fledgling event and how the pageant became a battle ground and a barometer for the changing position of women in society.
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Miss Representation

Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Writer: Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Jessica Congdon
Actor: Caroline Heldman, Condoleezza Rice, Dianne Feinstein, Dolores Huerta, Geena Davis, Gloria Steinem, Jackson Katz, Jane Fonda, Jean Kilbourne, Jennifer Pozner, Katie Couric, Lisa Ling, M. Gigi Durham, Margaret Cho, Martha Lauzen, Nancy Pelosi, Pat Mitchell, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson
Summary: Explores how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions in America and challenges the media's portrayals of women. Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.
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More Than Honey

Director: Markus Imhoof
Writer: Markus Imhoof
Actor: John Hurt
Summary: An unprecedented global examination of endangered honeybees spanning from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. With all the hallmarks of a great nature documentary, the film employs the latest in cinematic technology to observe phenomena undetectable by normal eyesight, beautifully portraying the dramatic story of the disappearance of millions of bees in the last decade.
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The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

Director: Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith
Writer: Michael Chandler, Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith, Lawrence Lerew
Summary: In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, concludes that the war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to the New York Times, making headlines around the world. One man's profound change of heart created a landmark struggle involving America's newspapers, its president, and the Supreme Court, a political thriller whose events led directly to Watergate, Nixon's resignation, and the end of the Vietnam War.
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Movies of Color: Black Southern Cinema

Director: Tom Thurman
Summary: Black films of the 1920s through mid 1950s are shown as a mirror of the Black experience of the time. They developed as a reaction to the way African Americans were depicted by film makers such as D.W. Griffith. This program focuses on the innovative works of film makers Spencer Williams, Oscar Micheaux, Eloyse Gist, and Clarence Muse. Includes clips from their various works.
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Much Ado about Something

Actor: Michael Rubbo
Summary: Follows Mike Rubbo as he tracks down the clues as to the identity of the author of Shakespeare's plays. He focuses on the sect that believes in Christopher Marlowe as the best candidate. The chief proponent of the Marlowe theory was Calvin Hoffman.
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My Voyage to Italy

Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Kent Jones, Raffaele Donato, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Martin Scorsese
Summary: Martin Scorsese directs and narrates this remarkable in-depth look at the careers of great Italian filmmakers such as De Sica, Fellini, Visconti, and Antonioni, and their art's profound influence on him.
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The Mystery of Picasso

Le Mystere Picasso

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Actor: Artist, Pablo Picasso
Summary: Explores the mind and motivations of Pablo Picasso as he creates over fifteen works before the camera. Using a specially designed transparent 'canvas' to provide an unobstructed view, Picasso creates as the camera records. He begins with simple works and progresses to more complex paintings, in which he repeatedly adds and removes elements, transforming the entire scene, until at last the work is complete.
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Nanking

Director: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
Writer: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman, Elisabeth Bentley
Actor: Hugo Armstrong, Rosalind Choa, Stephen Dorff, John Getz, Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway, Michelle Krusiec, Leah Liang, Chris Mulkey, Jurgen Prochnow, Sonny Saito, Graham Sibley, Mark Valley, Robert Wu
Summary: Tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China in the early days of World War II and focuses on the efforts of a small group of unarmed Westerners who established a Safety Zone where over 200,000 Chinese found refuge. Told through deeply moving interviews with Chinese survivors, archival footage, and chilling testimonies of Japanese soldiers, interwoven with staged readings of the Westerners' letters and diaries.
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Nanook of the North

Director: Robert J. Flaherty
Writer: Robert J. Flaherty
Summary: Presents a documentary on the life of an Eskimo family pitting their strength against a vast and inhospitable Arctic. Juxtaposes their struggle for survival against the elements with the warmth of the little family as they go about their daily affairs.
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Neil Young Heart of Gold

Director: Jonathan Demme
Summary: Neil Young: Heart of Gold' is a love letter to the consistency and familiarity of Neil Young's voice, a floating silver reed with all the colors of moonlight in it. The songs are from Young's albums 'Prairie Wind' (2005), 'Harvest Moon' (1992), and 'Harvest' (1972). For the premiere of 'Prairie Wind' Young gathered long-time band mates and old friends like Emmylou Harris for a performance that has the feel of a casual reunion picnic. Held at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium--the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, and a room with what may be the finest acoustics in the universe--the whole ensemble nattily attired in neatly tailored traditional western get-ups, it is as if the ghosts of the Ryman are singing through them. Young's songs speak to ensuring continuity between the past and the present, while cutting a path into the future, and he and his fellow performers open themselves so wholly to their surroundings that they become a part of it.
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Never Stand Still

Director: Ron Honsa
Writer: Nan Penman, Ron Honsa
Actor: Bill T. Jones
Summary: Legendary dancers and choreographers Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Suzanne Farrell, Mark Morris, Judith Jamison, and Bill Irwin appear alongside new innovators to reveal the passion, discipline, and daring of the world of dance. Featured are amazing performances by world-renowned dancers interwoven with intimate interviews, behind-the-scenes insights, and rare archival footage.
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New York Doll

Director: Greg Whiteley
Actor: New York Dolls, Morrissey
Summary: Documents the reunion of recovering alcoholic and recently converted Mormon, Arthur 'Killer' Kane, and other members of the 70s glam rock band The New York Dolls for a performance at the 2004 Meltown Festival.
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No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

Director: Martin Scorsese
Actor: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg, Maria Muldaur, Pete Seeger
Summary: Bonus features including never before seen footage and rare concert performances by Bob Dylan. Includes everyone's prolific favorites: 'Like a Rolling Stone,' 'Blowing In The Wind,' 'Mr. Tamborine Man' and others. Directed by Martin Scorsese.
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No End in Sight

Director: Charles Ferguson
Summary: An insider's look at the decisions that led to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the handling of the occupation. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking officials, as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers and prominent analysts. Examines the manner in which the principal errors of U.S. policy - the use of insufficient troop levels, allowing the looting of Baghdad, the purging of professionals from the Iraqi government and the disbanding of the Iraqi military - largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today.
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Nostalgia For the Light

Nostalgia de la Luz

Director: Patricio Guzman
Writer: Patricio Guzman
Actor: Gaspar Galaz, Vicky Saavedra
Summary: Director Patricio Guzman travels to the driest place on earth, Chile's Atacama Desert, where astronomers examine distant galaxies, archaeologists uncover traces of ancient civilizations, and women dig for the remains of disappeared relatives.
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Notebook on Cities and Clothes

Aufzeichnungen zu Kleidern und Stadten

Director: Wim Wenders
Writer: Wim Wenders
Summary: Focuses on issues of identity -- how individuals see and define themselves based on clothes, where they live, how they see their place in the world. Profiles/interviews fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto as he and his staff prepare for presentation of a seasonal collection. Director/writer Wim Wenders compares the film and fashion industries, illustrating how they parallel one another.
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The Oath

Director: Laura Poitras
Summary: A spectacularly gripping documentary that unfolds like a great political thriller. It's the cross-cut tale of two men whose fateful meeting propelled them on divergent courses with Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo, and the U.S. Supreme Court. The Oath offers a rare window into a hidden realm and the international impact of the U.S. War on Terror.
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One Week Job

Director: Ian MacKenzie
Actor: Sean Aiken
Summary: After graduating from college, Sean Aiken struggled with the question: 'What should I do with my life?' So he created the One-Week Job Project. His goal: to work fifty-two jobs in fifty-two weeks in search of his passion. He traveled across Canada and the United States, reinventing himself as a firefighter, a stock trader, a radio DJ, a martial arts instructor, an NHL mascot, a snowshoe guide, and more.
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Operation Filmmaker

Director: Nina Davenport
Actor: Muthana Mohmed, Dwayne Johnson, Elijah Wood, Liev Schreiber
Summary: During the Iraq War, actor/director Liev Schreiber whisks a 25-year-old Iraqi film student out of Baghdad with the intention of providing the young man with a job on his film 'Everything Is Illuminated.' When Schreiber's new production assistant gripes about doing gofer's work and proclaims George W. Bush a hero, things begin to go downhill on set. An incredible documentary about Hollywood, war, and good intentions gone haywire.
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OT: Our Town

Director: Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Actor: Jose Perez
Summary: Against all odds, the students at Dominguez High School set out to put on the school's first theatrical production in more than 20 years. But what does Thornton Wilder's famous play about life in rural Grover's Corners have to do with Compton, California? [This film] follows the students on their discovery of the power of art and the human spirit.
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Otaku No Video

Otaku no Bideo

Director: Takeshi Mori
Writer: Toshio Okada
Actor: Tsujiya Kooji, Inoue Kikuko, Sakurai Toshiharu, Amano Yuri, Ootsuka Akio
Summary: A thinly fictionalized history of the Gainax anime studio filled with in-jokes for devoted fans of Japanese animation and mangas. Also includes interviews with adult fans.
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         1963-1965

The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan: Live at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965

Director: Murray Lerner
Actor: Bob Dylan
Summary: Winning director Murrary Lerner captures Dylan's metamorphosis from folk prodigy to rock's fiercely confrontational poet who would electrify and inspire an entire nation and become the voice of his generation.
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Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

Director: Robert Greenwald
Actor: Douglas Cheek, Walter Cronkite
Summary: Documentary on the reported conservative bias of Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel (FNC), which promotes itself as 'Fair and Balanced.' Material includes interviews with former FNC employees and the inter-office memos they provided.
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Outrage

Director: Kirby Dick
Writer: Kirby Dick
Actor: Michael Rogers, Tammy Baldwin, Wayne Barrett, Jim McGreevey, Barney Frank, Andrew Sullivan, Tony Kushner, Larry Kramer, Larry Gross
Summary: Reveals politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation while leading secret lives, the double standards the media sets for these politicians, and the harm inflicted. Includes analysis from Congressman Barney Frank, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, activist Larry Kramer, and others.
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Painters painting

Director: Emile De Antonio
Actor: Philip Leider
Summary: Emile de Antonio was a close friend to many New York painters who later went on to become famous. He filmed and interviewed them informally in their studios. Artists included are Willem de Kooning, Andy Warhol, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Jules Olitski, Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland, Larry Poons, Phillip Pavia, and Hans Hoffman.
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Party's Over

Director: Rebecca Chaiklin, Donovan Leitch
Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Summary: This documentary examines how the American political process addresses, and often fails to address, the country's most pressing issues. The film follows Philip Seymour Hoffman as a concerned citizen on an uncensored journey of politics in America.
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Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

Director: Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson
Writer: Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson
Summary: Featuring a wealth of extracts from famous and infamous American movies, Scorsese offers a provocative multifaceted portrait of Hollywood film directors as he charts a comprehensive course through the rich history of the American cinema.
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Phantom of India

Director: Louis Malle
Writer: Louis Malle
Summary: In this groundbreaking documentary, acclaimed French filmmaker Louis Malle (My Dinner with Andre) crafts a deeply personal scrapbook of lively scenes and haunting images shot during his tour of India in the late 1960s. Originally commissioned by France's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and broadcast as a miniseries on European television, the film reveals both the simple joys and sobering realities of life in a third world country.
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Picture This

Director: George Hickenlooper
Writer: George Hickenlooper
Actor: Peter Bogdanovich, Jeff Bridges, Cybil Shepherd, Timothy Bottoms
Summary: This documentary details the making of Peter Bogdanovich's films: The Last picture show and Texasville.
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Pink Floyd: Rock Review

Summary: Drawing on rare concert films, and penetrating interviews with the critics, this is the definitie exploration of the Pink Floyd phenomenon. Featuring extensive archive recordings, the key Pink floyd works from the halcyon days of Syd Barrett through to Pulse are revisited and critically assessed.
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A Place at the Table

Director: Kristi Jacobson, Lori Silverbush
Actor: Jeff Bridges, Mariana Chilton, Tom Colicchio, Ken Cook, Barbie Izquierdo
Summary: 50 million people in the U.S. - one in four children - don't know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.
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Place de la Republique

Director: Louis Malle
Summary: Acclaimed director Louis Malle (My Dinner with Andre) delivers a trio of documentaries chronicling the everyday lives of French citizens. Place de la Republique records the comings and goings of passersby on a popular Parisian street corner.
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Pray the devil back to Hell

Director: Gini Reticker
Summary: Chronicles the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their country. Thousands of women, ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and daughters, both Christian and Muslim, came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.
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Private Conversations: On the Set of 'Death of a Salesman'

Director: Christian Blackwood
Writer: Arthur Miller
Actor: Arthur Miller, Dustin Hoffman, John Malkovich, Volker Schlondorff, Kate Reid, Stephen Lang, Michael Ballhaus
Summary: A behind-the-scenes look at the process of turning Arthur Miller's Pulitzer-prize winning stage-play Death of a Salesman into an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning made-for-television movie.
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Project Nim

Director: James Marsh
Actor: Nim, Herbert Terrace, Stephanie LaFarge, Jenny Lee
Summary: The story of Nim, the chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark 1970s experiment to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. But as Nim's natural instincts take over and the humans trusted with his well-being fail to protect him, Project Nim uncovers the unflinching and extraordinary journey of one animal thrust into human society.
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Promised Lands

Director: Susan Sontag
Writer: Susan Sontag
Summary: Famed writer and critic Susan Sontag's sole documentary project, shot in Israel on the fly in the final days and immediate aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Not only does the film scrutinize the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict, it also brilliantly underscores the deepening divisions within the Jewish thought over the very question of Palestinian sovereignty. Banned by Israeli authorities upon its initial release, it's a visually visceral portrait of a land torn apart.
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The Punk Singer

Director: Sini Anderson
Actor: Kathleen Hanna
Summary: A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s.
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Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

Director: Taggart Siegel
Actor: Commentators, Gunther Hauk, Michael Pollan, Vandana Shiva
Summary: Beekeepers and scientists explore the mysterious worldwide crisis of disappearing honeybees.
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Ram Dass: Fierce Grace

Director: Mickey Lemle
Actor: Larry Brilliant, Wavy Gravy, Ralph Metzner, Huston Smith, Rosemary Woodruff Leary, Ghagavan Das, Krishna Das, Mark Matousek, Robert McDermott
Summary: Richard Alpert, after being expelled from Harvard in 1963 for experimenting with LSD, morphed into Ram Dass, a serious and much loved spiritual leader, author and lecturer. This film visits Ram Dass in 2001 as he remakes his life since suffering a stroke five years ago. Balances fascinating, often hilarious footage from the hippie era with contemporary material and interviews with Ram Dass and his associates.
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Reel Injun

Director: Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes
Writer: Neil Diamond, Jeremiah Hayes, Catherine Bainbridge
Actor: Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch, Russell Means, Graham Greene, Adam Beach, John Trudell
Summary: Hollywood has an impressive track record, one that spans more than 4,000 films, of blatantly misrepresenting Native people and their cultures. Featuring interviews with filmmakers and activists such as Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch and Russell Means, Reel Injun delves into the fascinating history of the Hollywood Indian with razor-sharp insight and humor, tracing its checkered cinematic evolution from the silent film era to today.
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#ReGeneration

Director: Phillip Montgomery
Writer: Phillip Montgomery
Actor: Ryan Gosling
Summary: This film features three intersecting stories of students, parents and artists, each looking for their place in society. #ReGENERATION explores the widespread cynicism in youth and young adults today, and the influences that cause our apathy towards social and political causes.
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Religulous

Director: Larry Charles
Writer: Bill Maher
Actor: Interviewees include Kathy Maher, Julie Maher, Francis Collins, Jeremiah Cummings, John Westcott, Dean Hamer, Steve Burg, Ray Suarez, Mark Pryor, Ken Ham, George Coyne, Reginal Foster, Cathie Boulden, Loretta Hager, Toney Dellinger, Sandra King, Jonathan Boulden, Tal Bachman, Bill Gardiner, Andrew Newberg, Dovid Weiss, Shmuel Strauss, Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda, Ferre van Beveren, Fatima Elatik, Propa-Gandhi, Geert Wilders, Mohamed Junas Gaffar, Muhammad Hourani, Yehuda Etzion
Summary: Though fashioned as popular entertainment with laughs, light moments, and mostly humorous segments, Maher and the filmmakers are serious in castigating the body of literature whose influence on human history has been overwhelmingly negative. A globe-hopping Maher interviews various representatives of the Western religious faiths of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Mormonism. If, as Maher states, 16% of the U.S. population identifies as secular humanists who don't believe in God, then that's a large cross section of the country whose voices are muffled by the status quo. It is to them, not believers, Maher speaks--preaching the gospel of doubt.
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Reporter

Director: Eric Daniel Metzgar
Actor: Eric Metzgar
Summary: Filmmaker Eric Daniel Metzgar tracks New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2007, where the Pulitzer Prize winner seeks to draw international attention to the war-torn country's humanitarian crisis. Metzgar's thoughtful documentary reflects on the current crisis in journalism, with sophisticated reporting being pushed to the margins as fly-by-night bloggers dominate the news cycle.
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The Restaurateur

Director: Roger Sherman
Actor: Danny Meyer
Summary: We follow restaurateur Danny Meyere and his team over a period of 12 years as they experience gut-wrenching construction delays, miss deadlines, and fire a chef. We visit Tabla's chef Floyd Cardoz in his tiny home kitchen, where he creates his now classic watermelon curry. We're there as chef Kerry Heffernan takes over Eleven Madison Park just weeks before opening. Danny Meyer bares all in this portrait. Watching him and his inner circle, we witness firsthand how difficult it is to create a world-class restaurant.
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Restrepo

Director: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger
Summary: This documentary chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, starting in 2007. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, Restrepo, named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats.
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Rewind This!

Director: Josh Johnson
Summary: In the 1980s, videotape changed the world and laid the foundation for modern media culture. This film traces the rise and fall of VHS from its heyday as the mainstream home video format to its current status as a nostalgic relic and prize to collectors who still cherish it. Features interviews with both filmmakers and enthusiasts from the VHS era.
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Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story

Director: Dan Klores, Ron Berger
Summary: March 24, 1962: Rival boxers Emile Griffith and Benny Paret entered the ring for their anticipated world title bout. Earlier Paret allegedly taunted his homosexual opponent with a slur. That night Griffith beat Paret to death in the ring. Tells the story through archival footage and new interviews with journalists, historians and others, and Griffith himself.
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Ringers: Lord of the Fans

Director: Carlene Cordova
Writer: Cliff Broadway, Carlene Cordova
Actor: Dominic Monaghan
Summary: Take a closer look at fans who love both the books and films for Lord of the Rings.
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Rio Breaks

Director: Justin Mitchell
Writer: Vince Medeiros
Actor: Bodie Olmos
Summary: The story of two best friends, Fabio and Naama, as they navigate their way between the pitfalls of life in the slums and the joys of surfing on their favorite beach. Their goal: to win the contest and become professional surfers.
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Ripley's Believe It or Not! The Complete Vitaphone Shorts Collection

Summary: 24 theatrical shorts showcasing Robert L. Ripley's knack for finding the rare, the bizarre, and the unusual.
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Robert Motherwell and the New York School: Storming the Citadel

Director: Catherine Tatge
Summary: American artist Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) is profiled in the context of Modernism and reviews the past fifty years of his creative life. Discussed are the origins of Abstract Expressionism, its links with Surrealism, and its struggle for recognition. Included are scenes of artists Jackson Pollock, Hans Hofmann, and others. Interviews with art critics and historians are featured with scenes from a major retrospective of Motherwell's work at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
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The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter

Director: David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
Actor: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richard, Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman
Summary: A documentary on the Rolling Stones' 1969 tour of the United States, including a performance at Madison Square Garden and a free concert at the Altamont Speedway in California where violence broke out between fans and Hell's Angels who were providing security. Includes performances by Ike and Tina Turner, the Jefferson Airplane and the Flying Burrito Brothers. This special version also contains never-before-seen performances from the Madison Square Garden show, audio commentary by directors Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, excerpts from KSAN Radio's Altamont wrap-up, an Altamont stills gallery featuring the work of photographers Bill Owens and Beth Sunflower, original and re-release theatrical trailers, plus trailers for Maysles films Grey gardens and Salesman, filmographies for Maysles Films and Charlotte Zwerin, and a restoration demonstration.
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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

Director: Ken Burns
Writer: Geoffrey C. Ward
Actor: Peter Coyote, Paul Giamatti, Edward Herrmann, Meryl Streep, Patricia Clarkson, Adam Arkin, Kevin Conway, John Lithgow, Amy Madigan, Joanne Tuc
Summary: Profiles Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics.
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Roy Cohn/Jack Smith

Director: Jill Godmilow
Writer: Gary Indiana, Jack Smith
Actor: Ron Vawter
Summary: Features portrayals by Ron Vawter of two public figures who were both homosexual; conservative lawyer Roy Cohn and flamboyant experimental director Jack Smith, showing that while both men were very different, both died of the same disease.
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Sacco and Vanzetti

Director: Peter Miller
Actor: Tony Shalhoub, John Turturro, Arlo Guthrie, David Kaiser, Nunzio Pernicone, Studs Terkel, Mary Anne Trasciatti, Howard Zinn
Summary: Through interviews and their prison writings, documents the story of Italian immigrants and anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti who were executed for murder in 1927.
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Salesman

Director: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
Writer: Albert Maysles, David Maysles
Actor: Paul Brennan, Charles McDevitt, James Baker, Raymond Martos
Summary: A landmark documentary.... Captures in vivid detail the bygone era of the door-to-door salesman. While laboring to sell a gold-embossed version of the Holy Word, Paul Brennan and his colleagues target the beleaguered masses, then face the demands of quotas and the frustrations of life on the road. Following Brennan on his daily rounds, the Maysles discover a real-life Willy Loman, walking the line from hype to despair.
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SARS and the New Plagues

Writer: Jimmy Martins, Ron Sparks
Summary: Discusses the recent severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreaks in China and Toronto in relation to other 20th century diseases, like AIDS, and the difficulty of preventing the spread of these plagues.
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Saving Face (2012)

Director: Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Summary: Saving face is a harshly realistic view of some incredibly strong and impressive women. Every year in Pakistan, many women are known to be victimized by brutal acid attacks, with numerous cases going unreported. With little or no access to reconstructive surgery, survivors are physically and emotionally scarred. Many reported assailants, typically a husband or someone else close to the victim, receive minimal punishment from the state. Plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad left his prominent London practice to return to his home country and help the victims of such attacks. Two of these women, Zakia and Rukhsana, are victims of brutal acid attacks by their husbands and in Rukhsana's case, her in-laws as well. Both attempt to bring their assailants to justice and move on with their lives with the help of NGOs, sympathetic policymakers, politicians, support groups with other acid attack victims and Dr. Jawad.
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Say Amen, Somebody

Director: George T. Nierenberg
Summary: The legendary film that explores the lives and music of the pioneers of modern gospel music, featuring Willie Mae Ford Smith, Thomas A. Dorsey, the Barrett Sisters and the O'Neal Twins.
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Scenes of a Crime

Director: Blue Hadaegh
Summary: Examines the case of Adrian Thomas, a Troy, N.Y. father, who after ten hours of police interrogation, during which he repeatedly denied causing the injuries that would lead to the death of his son, finally confessed under what some believe to be coercion.
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Schooling the World: The White Man's Last Burden

Director: Carol Black
Summary: If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children. The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is the only way to a 'better' life for indigenous children. But is this true? What really happens when we replace a traditional culture's way of learning and understanding the world with our own? Beautifully shot on location in the Buddhist culture of Ladakh in the northern Indian Himalayas, [the film] takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world's last sustainable indigenous cultures.
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Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria

Director: Victor Silverman, Susan Stryker
Writer: Victor Silverman, Susan Stryker
Summary: Tells the little-known story of the first known act of collective, violent resistance to the social oppression of queer people in the United States - a 1966 riot in San Francisco's impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, three years before the famous gay riot at New York's Stonewall Inn.
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Search for Robert Johnson

Director: Chris Hunt
Actor: John Hammond
Summary: Documentary, using the research of blues scholars Mack McCormick and Gayle Dean Wardlow, on the man many believe was the king of Mississippi Delta country blues.
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Searching for Sugar Man

Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Writer: Malik Bendjelloul
Actor: Steve Segerman, Sixto Rodriguez
Summary: In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career. Unknown to him, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon. Long rumored there to be dead, two fans, record store owner Stephen Segerman and journalist Craig Bartholomew-Strydom, decided to seek out the truth of his fate.
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Semper Fi: Always Faithful

Director: Tony Hardmon, Rachel Libert
Summary: After his daughter dies from a rare form of leukemia, former Marine Corps drill instructor Jerry Ensminger sets out to expose a cover-up of water contamination at Camp Lejeune and other military installations.
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The September Issue

Director: R.J. Cutler
Summary: A behind-the-scenes look at Vogue magazine (U.S.) as editor-and-chief Anna Wintour and her staff prepare the September 2007 issue.
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Shadow of the House

Director: Allie Humenuk
Summary: Shadow of the House is about looking closely. Filmed over seven years, it is an intimate portrait of photographer Abelardo Morell, revealing the mystery and method of his artistic process. The narrative skips across time and space from his early childhood escape from Castro's regime to his status as a world-renowned photographer. The film explores his daily working life as an artist and his eventual return to Cuba after 40 years of living in exile. Shadow of the House uncovers the deep layers of a man who is pushed to confront his past and his familial allegiances as it explores his unique artistic vision.
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Shake Hands with the Devil

Director: Peter Raymont
Summary: Lt. General Romaeo Dallaire was the commander of the UN peacekeeping troops in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide which claimed 800,000 lives. This film follows Dallaire back to Rwanda ten years after the massacre in order for him to come to terms with the atrocities he witnessed there. Dallaire describes his experiences while in Rwanda and how they have since effected him.
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Shakespeare Uncovered

Director: Richard Denton, Nicola Stockley, Janice Sutherland, John Holdsworth
Actor: Ethan Hawke, Joely Richardson, Derek Jacobi, Jeremy Irons, David Tennant, Trevor Nunn
Summary: Six episodes combine history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passion of their celebrated hosts (Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson, and David Tennant) to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare's greatest plays.
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Shakespeare: The King's Man

Director: Steven Clarke
Actor: James Shapiro
Summary: This fascinating three part series chronicles the work of Britain’s greatest writer during the reign of King James I. Columbia University professor James Shapiro researched, wrote and presented the show.
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Show Business

Director: Dori Berinstein
Writer: Dori Berinstein, Richard Hankin
Actor: Ben Brantley, Charles Isherwood, John Lahr, Patrick Pacheco, Michael Riedel, Jacques le Sourd, Linda Winer
Summary: A behind-the-scenes look at four high profile musicals: Wicked, Taboo, Caroline or Change, and Avenue Q. Covers the entire 2003-2004 Broadway season, from casting to the Tony Awards.
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Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist

Director: Kirby Dick
Actor: Bob Flanagan
Summary: Surviving through the pain and anguish of cystic fibrosis is difficult. Bob Flanagan dealt with his pain by living a life of masochism. Sick tells the story of his experiences and his untimely death at 43.
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Side by Side

Director: Chris Kenneally
Writer: Chris Kenneally
Actor: James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, David Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, Keanu Reeves
Summary: Join Keanu Reeves on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking in Side by side. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters.
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Silverlake Life: The View From Here

Director: Tom Joslin, Peter Friedman
Summary: An extraordinary video diary of living with AIDS. Told with guts and humor by longtime companions Tom Joslin and Mark Massi, this powerful documentary celebrates the human spirit while capturing the emotional challenges of living with a fatal illness.
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Sing Your Song

Director: Susanne Rostock
Writer: Susanne Rostock
Actor: Harry Belafonte
Summary: Told with a remarkable sense of intimacy, visual style and musical panache, Susanne Rostock's inspiring biographical documentary surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte. From his rise to fame as a singer and his experiences touring a segregated country to his provocative crossover into Hollywood, Belafonte's groundbreaking career personifies the American civil rights movement.
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Slacker Uprising

Director: Michael Moore
Writer: Michael Moore
Actor: Michael Moore
Summary: Traces Michael Moore's 62-city tour of the swing states during the 2004 Presidential election... Moore's goal was to convince millions of non-voting 'slackers' - mostly between the ages of 18-29 - to give voting a try.
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A Small Act

Director: Jennifer Arnold
Summary: When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She never imagined her quarterly donation of $15 would pave the way for Chris Mburu's journey to Harvard Law School. Years later, Chris has become a United Nations human rights lawyer working to combat genocide and discrimination. He decides to seek out the stranger who dramatically transformed his life and is astonished to learn his benefactor, Hilde, is a Holocaust survivor.
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Soldiers in the Army of God

Director: Marc Levin, Daphne Pinkerson
Writer: Daniel Voll
Actor: Paul Hill, Neal Horsely, Bob Lokey, Jonathan O'Toole
Summary: This film focuses primarily on 'soldiers' in the Army of God, a pro-life group bonded together by the Internet, by organized rallies, and by a common belief that abortions must be stopped at all costs. Includes home life and news footage.
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Something's Gonna Live

Director: Daniel Raim
Writer: Daniel Raim
Actor: Interviewees, Robert Boyle, Conrad L. Hall, Haskell Wexler, Harold Michelson, Albert Nozaki, Henry Bumstead
Summary: An intimate portrait of life, death, friendship and the movies, as recalled by some of Hollywood's greatest cinema artists: renowned art directors (and pals) Robert Boyle (North by Northwest, The Birds), Henry Bumstead (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sting) and Albert Nozaki (The War of the Worlds, The Ten Commandments), storyboard artist Harold Michelson (The Graduate, Star Trek: The Motion Picture), and master cinematographers Haskell Wexler (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Medium Cool) and Conrad Hall (In Cold Blood, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid).
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Somewhere Between

Director: Linda Goldstein Knowlton
Summary: Presents the experiences of four teenage girls of Chinese birth adopted by families in the U.S. Examines questions of race and identity of the adoptees. The young women profiled investigate their origins.
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Somm

Director: Jason Wise
Writer: Jason Wise
Summary: Follows four candidates as they prepare for the Master Sommelier exam, which covers every aspect of the presentation and appreciation of wine.
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The Sorrow and the Pity

Le Chagrin et la Pitie

Director: Marcel Ophuls
Writer: Marcel Ophuls, Andre Harris
Actor: Pierre Mendes-France, Sir Anthony Eden, Claude Levy, Denis Rake, Alexis, Louis Grave, Maurice Chevalier
Summary: Through interviews with participants and newsreel footage, examines the occupation of France by the Germans during World War II as it occurred in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand. Concentrates on the themes of collaboration and resistance.
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The Souls of Black Girls

Director: Daphne Valerius
Writer: Daphne Valerius
Actor: Darlise Blount, Chuck D, Michaela Angela Davis, Dr. Lez Edmond, Pamela Edwards, C'Nay Hines, Gwen Ifill, Juanita Jennings, Regina King, Katie Magrane, Amelia Marshall, Kadija Minah, Kenyetta Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith
Summary: The Souls of Black Girls is a provocative news documentary that takes a critical look at media images--how they are instituted, established and controlled. The documentary also examines the relationship between the historical and existing media images of women of color and raises the question of whether they may be suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of trying to attain the standards of beauty that are celebrated in media images.
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Sound City

Director: Dave Grohl
Writer: Mark Monroe
Summary: In 2012 Dave Grohl purchased the legendary Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios. The board, built in 1972, is considered to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment, having recorded such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Cash, Guns and Roses, Metallica, and many other musical legends. This tells the story of real rock history, and celebrates the music, as Grohl gathers some of rock's greatest artists to collaborate on a new album using this classic console.
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Soundtrack for a Revolution

Director: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
Writer: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
Summary: The story of the American civil rights movement through its music, the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and more, as they fought for justice and equality. Includes new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, archival footage, and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders. Freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and even from the black church.
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Spellbound (2002)

Director: Jeffrey Blitz
Summary: Follows the lives of eight young Americans who share one goal: to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The Bee is as intense a competition as any Olympic match, for both the spellers and their families.
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Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
Actor: William Castle, Roger Corman, Diane Baker, Forrest J. Ackerman, John Badham, Budd Boetticher, Joe Dante, Stuart Gordon, John Landis, Marcel Marceau, John Waters
Summary: This documentary celebrates the work of independent horror movie producer William Castle, who marketed his 1950s-era films with gimmicks such as giving audience members life insurance vouchers in case the movie frightened them to death. Featuring interviews with director Roger Corman and other colleagues of the gleefully shameless promoter, this tribute from filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz also examines Castle's later mainstream career.
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Spinning Plates

Director: Joseph Levy
Writer: Joseph Levy
Summary: Profiles three U.S. restaurants (Alinea in Chicago, Breitbach's Country Dining in Iowa, and La Cocina de Gabby in Tuscon), underscoring the dedication of their owners and staff.
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Standard Operating Procedure

Director: Errol Morris
Writer: Errol Morris
Actor: Chris Bradley, Joshua Feinman, Sarah Denning, Cyrus King
Summary: First revealed to the world through impromptu photographs taken by U.S. soldiers stationed within the facility, this documentary investigates the story and causes behind the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Involving apparent wide-scale abuse and torture of prisoners, the photos forced attention on the decisions and actions that turned the once-notorious Iraqi prison into an even more notorious U.S.-run detainment center. One of the most dramatic moments in recent U.S. military history is examined through interviews with participants and dramatic reenactments.
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Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Director: Paul Justman
Writer: Walter Dallas, Ntozake Sha
Summary: The story of the Funk Brothers, the group of musicians that played on every single hit Motown record from the label's beginnings to 1972.
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Still Moving: Pilobolus at Forty

Director: Jeffrey Ruoff
Actor: Jonathan Wolken, Michael Tracy, Robby Barnett, Itomar Kubovy, Jay Satterfield, Renee Jaworski, Matt Kent, Art Spiegelman, Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, Winston Dynamite Brown, Matt Del Rosario, Eriko Jimbo, Jordan Kriston, Jun Kuribayashi, Nile H. Russell, Annika Sheaff, Christopher Whitney
Summary: In the 1970s, at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA, four male athletes joined a dance class. Their collaborative work led to the creation of Pilobolus and the transformation of modern dance. Pilobolus eschewed the bright lights of Manhattan and settled in rural Connecticut. On the eve of its fortieth anniversary, internationally-renowned, Pilobolus returns to New Hampshire for a Dartmouth-commissioned premiere of a collaboration with cartoonist Art Spiegelman. Still Moving: Pilobolus at Forty focuses on the company's lifecycle--including a founder's death--its evolution, transformation, and regeneration. At their studio, on the road, in community workshops, and on stage, the arts organism Pilobolus thrives.
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Stories We Tell

Director: Sarah Polley
Writer: Sarah Polley
Actor: Rebecca Jenkins, Peter Evans, Alex Hatz, Justin Goodhand, Seamus Morrison, Allie MacDonald, Lani Billard
Summary: A genre-twisting film by director Sarah Polley, who investigates the elusive truths of her eclectic family of storytellers as she playfully interrogates a cast of characters who each relate their version of the family mythology. Polley reveals the essence of family as she uncovers the secrets buried deep within.
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Super Size Me

Director: Morgan Spurlock
Writer: Morgan Spurlock
Summary: Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock embarks on a journey to find out if fast food is making Americans fat. For 30 days he can't eat or drink anything that isn't on McDonald's menu; he must eat three square meals a day, he must eat everything on the menu at least once, and supersize his meal if asked. He treks across the country interviewing a host of experts on fast food and a number of regular folk while downing McDonald's to try and find out why 37% of American are now overweight. Spurlock's grueling diet spirals him into a metamorphosis that will make you think twice about picking up another Big Mac.
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Sylvester Stallone: The Rocky Road to the Top

Director: Kathryn McEachern
Writer: Kathryn McEachern
Actor: Peter Graves
Summary: Covers the life and career of actor, Sylvester Stallone. Includes interviews with Stallone and his family members, associates, and friends.
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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes

Director: William Greaves
Writer: William Greaves
Actor: Patricia Ree Gilbert, Don Fellows, Bob Rosen, William Greaves, Audrey Henningham, Shannon Baker, Jonathan Gordon, Marcia Karp, Steve Buscemi
Summary: Symbiopsychotaxiplasm take one: There have been many films about their own making, but few that examine the creative process from so many perspectives as this one. Greaves uses the shooting of one scene to analyze film production, beginning with directorial fallibility, the inherently collaborative nature of film making, and the creative possibilities that emerge from hardship. In the end, this renders the line between documentary and fiction moot, as Greaves opts for a controlled chaos that transforms the film, into an artifact placed far beyond recognized cinematic norms. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: take 2 1/2: This film begins with two different actors (whose original footage was unused), playing the characters from 'Take One,' meeting after a long time apart. Many of the characters and some of the original crew members return, and appear to be playing versions of themselves rather than themselves, adding layers of reflexivity to the film. With old and new versions juxtaposed, Greaves seems to be analyzing the first film with greater perspective, and re-analyzing the second, too.
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Sympathy for the Devil

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Summary: Scenes from a Rolling Stones writing/recording session for their Beggars banquet album, alternating with scenes of political upheaval, media saturation, and revolution.
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Take the Money and Run

Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen, Mickey Rose
Actor: Woody Allen, Janet Margolin
Screenplay: PN1997 .T24 1968
Summary: Pseudo-documentary that follows the activities of an unsuccessful bank robber.
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Taking on the Kennedys

Director: Joshua Seftel
Writer: Joshua Seftel
Summary: The story of Republican Kevin Vigilante's unsuccessful 1996 campaign for the House of Representatives in his native Rhode Island, in which he was opposed by Democrat Patrick Kennedy (the son of long-time Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy). After initially pledging to run a clean race, Vigilante soon realizes his chances are nil unless he engages in some good old-fashioned mud-slinging.
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Tales from the Script

Director: Peter Hanson
Writer: Peter Hanson, Paul Robert Herman
Actor: Shane Black, John Carpenter, Frank Darabont, William Goldman, David Hayter, Jose Rivera, Paul Schrader, Ron Shelton, David S. Ward
Screenplay: PN1996 .T27 2010
Summary: Screenwriters ranging from newcomers to living legends share their triumphs and hardships in this ... odyssey through the world of movie storytelling.
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That's Dancing!

Director: Jack Haley, Jr.
Writer: Jack Haley, Jr.
Actor: Gene Kelly, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ray Bolger, Sammy Davis, Jr., Liza Minnelli
Summary: From Baryshnikov to break dancing, from Fred and Giner to Shirley and Bojangles, from movement depicted on Grecian urns to the kaleidoscopic pizzazz of Busby Berkely spectaculars.
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The Men Who Made the Movies: William A. Wellman

Director: Richard Schickel
Writer: Richard Schickel
Actor: Robert Wagner, William A. Wellman
Summary: Wellman shares many stories and speaks bluntly of the producers with who he has worked and describes his remarkable star-making and star-spotting abilities. He was responsible for helping actors win Oscars and discovered such notable actors as James Cagney and Gary Cooper.
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The Nazis: A Warning from History

Director: Laurence Rees, Tilman Remme
Writer: Laurence Rees
Actor: Samuel West
Summary: Use interviews with witnesses and perpetrators, along with archival film and records, to examine how a political party as fundamentally evil as the Nazis could come to power in a modern European nation. Discusses the factors that enabled the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in the economically-devastated Germany of the post-World War I era and looks at the role of ordinary Germans in the Nazi regime. Follows the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, from its early promises through the atrocities and suffering of World War II. Includes segments focusing on the occupation of Poland and on the holocaust and concentration camps, particularly Treblinka.
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The Thin Blue Line

Director: Errol Morris
Writer: Errol Morris
Summary: Errol Morris sets out to prove that a convicted hitchhiker did not kill a Dallas policeman in 1976 - and that the lowlife that fingered him did. Based on a true story.
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This Is Elvis

Director: Andrew Solt, Malcolm Leo
Writer: Andrew Solt, Malcolm Leo
Actor: David Scott, Paul Boensch III, Johnny Harra, Lawrence Koller, Rhonda Lyn, Dana MacKay, Ral Donner, Debbie Edge, Elvis Presley
Summary: A definitive biography of the King which contains interviews from the many people who knew Elvis best, including Presley's family members, his friends and employees and Colonel Tom Parker.
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This Is Nollywood

Director: Franco Sacchi
Summary: Examines the burgeoning motion picture industry in Nigeria, most of which is shot on relatively-small budgets with digital cameras. Also follows the shoot of an action-adventure movie (Check Point), whose cast and crew explain the movie-making process in Nigeria.
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This Is Spinal Tap

Director: Rob Reiner
Writer: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner
Actor: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, June Chadwick, Tony Hendra, Bruno Kirby
Summary: Once upon a time, Spinal Tap had a big hit song. Now, nearly two decades later, Spinal Tap still clings to some glint of their lost glory as they embark on an accident-plagued tour across America. In Cleveland, the group gets lost underneath the stage. In Washington, they're accidentally booked at an Air Force formal dance. And in a Chicago record store, no one shows up to get their autographs.
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Three stories of Galicia

Director: Olha Onyshko, Sarah Farhat
Actor: Melana Zyla Vickers
Summary: A documentary [film that] retraces the incredible moral choices made by very ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances: a Jewish family that chose to save the life of its worst enemy, a Ukrainian woman who endured the theft of her children to save her country and a Polish priest who risked everything to end the sectarian hatred that tore at his parish. We may think we already know all there is to know about the Second World War and the events that followed right after, but here are stories that were never told before, hidden behind the Iron Curtain, on an ancient piece of land called Gallicia.
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The Tillman Story

Director: Amir Bar-Lev
Actor: Josh Brolin
Summary: Pat Tillman chose to walk away from a multimillion-dollar football contract and join the military for no other reason than he felt it was the right thing to do. Documented are the facts surrounding the way the military manipulated his tragic death in the line of duty into a propaganda tool.
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The Titanic Chronicles

Director: Wayne Keeley
Writer: Wayne Keeley, James Scura
Actor: Eric Braeden, John Cunningham, Tim Curry, David Garrison, Marilu Henner, Bernard Hill, Emmett James, Steve Kearney, Cloris Leachman, Gloria Stuart
Summary: The American government held a series of hearings to investigate the disaster, chaired by Senator William Alden Smith of Michigan. These hearings were open to the public and filled with eyewitness accounts representing several different points of view.:
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Tongues Untied

Director: Marlon T. Riggs
Actor: Marlon T. Riggs, Essex Hemphill, Ben Callet
Summary: In an experimental amalgam of rap music, street poetry, documentary film, and dance, a gay African-American man expresses what it is like to be gay and black in the United States. Although he deals with social ostracism and fear of AIDS, he affirms the beauty and significance of the gay black man.
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Tongzhi in Love

Director: Ruby Yang
Actor: Frog Cui, Xiang Feng, Long Ze
Summary: Explores the lives of gay men in China and the pressures they face because they are expected to produce children to carry on their family's name.
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Top 10 Heavyweights

Summary: Host Brian Kenny, veteran boxing historian Bert Randolph Sugar and a panel of blue ribbon boxing experts debate who the greatest heavyweight of all time was, adding never-before-seen fight footage.
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Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of World War II

Director: LeAnn Erickson
Writer: Cynthia Baughman
Summary: In 1942, a secret U.S. military program was launched to recruit women to the war effort. But unlike the efforts to recruit Rosie the Riveter to the factory, this clandestine search targeted female mathematicians who would become human 'computers' for the U.S. Army. From the bombing of Axis Europe to the assaults on Japanese strongholds, women worked around-the-clock six days a week, creating ballistics tables that proved crucial to Allied success. Rosie made the weapons, but the female computers made them accurate. When the first electronic computer (ENIAC) was developed to aid the Army's calculation efforts, six of these women were tapped to become its first programmers.
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Touching the Void

Director: Kevin Macdonald
Actor: Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron
Summary: In 1985, two young British friends travelled to a remote corner of Peru. Ambitious mountaineers, their aim was to conquer the unclimbed west face of a notorious 21,000 ft. peak "Siula Grande". Their story has become part of mountaineering legend.
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Triangle: Remembering the Fire

Director: Daphne Pinkerson
Writer: Michael Hirsch, Richard Lowe, Daphne Pinkerson
Actor: Tovah Feldshuh
Summary: The fire that tore through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City on March 25, 1911, was the worst workplace disaster in New York until 9/11. Sprinkler systems, fire drills and adequate fire escapes might have prevented the deaths of 146 garment workers (mostly women and teenage girls), but the government refused to pass laws mandating their use in industry. This documentary, made in honor of the 100th anniversary of the fire, tells the story of the fire through descendants of the victims and survivors.
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The Trip (2010)

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Actor: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rebecca Johnson, Elodie Harrod, Dolya Gavanski, Claire Keelan, Justin Edwards, Margo Stilley, Anna Stockton, Kerry Shale
Summary: When Steve Coogan is asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, he envisions it as the perfect getaway with his beautiful girlfriend. But when she backs out on him, he has no one to accompany him but his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon.
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Triumph of the Will

Triumph des Willens

Director: Leni Riefenstahl
Writer: Leni Riefenstahl, Walter Ruttmann
Summary: This film, commissioned by Adolf Hitler to record the 1934 Nazi party rally in Nuremberg, is the 'most powerful piece of propaganda ever produced'. Included are many scenes of gatherings, marches, and parades. The viewer will also hear speeches given by Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, and Hess as well as samples of monumental architecture designed by Albert Speer.
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True Story of the Molly Maguires

Summary: In the 1870's, twenty Irish immigrants suspected of belonging to a secret terrorist organization, the Molly Maguires, were executed in the coal mining region of eastern Pennsylvania. Their crime was the murder of sixteen men, mainly mine officials. Ever since, a debate has raged over who the Mollies were.
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The Two Escobars

Director: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
Writer: Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist
Summary: While rival drug cartels warred in the streets, the Columbian national soccer team took a rapid rise to glory, with Andres Escobar its inspirational captain. Meanwhile the infamous drug baron, Pablo Escobar, pioneered 'Narco-soccer'. After a mistake by Andres led to a loss at the 1994 World Cup, less than ten days later he was gunned down outside a bar, a tragedy documented in this thriller about the intersection of crime and sport.
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Two Spirits

Director: Lydia Nibley
Writer: Russell Martin, Lydia Nibley
Summary: Examines the role of two-spirit people in the Navajo culture in the context of the story of a gay youth named Fred Martinez. Martinez was a nadleehi or a male-bodied person with a feminine essence, who was murdered in a hate crime at the age of sixteen. Discusses the traditional Native American perspective on gender and sexuality and the need for a balanced interrelationship between the feminine and masculine.
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U2: Rattle and Hum

Director: Phil Joanou
Summary: A concert movie following the Irish band U2 on their Joshua tree tour.
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Unfinished Business

Director: Steven Okazaki
Writer: Steven Okazaki, Laura Ide, Jane Kaihatsu, Kei Yokomizo
Actor: Ken Narasaki, Suzie Okazaki, James Hirabayashi
Summary: In the spring of 1942, more than 110,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry were uprooted from their lives and incarcerated in relocation camps. Their stories, along with those who refused to go, are told in this Oscar nominated film.
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Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Director: Ken Burns
Writer: Geoffrey C. Ward
Actor: Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Stanley Crouch, James Earl Jones, Gerald Early, Jose Torres, Randy Roberts, Jack Newfield, Bert Sugar, W.C. Heinz, George Plimpton
Summary: The in-depth and intimate story of one of the most important African Americans to live in the first half of the 20th century. Tells the story of Jack Johnson, who was the first African American boxer to win the most coveted title in all of sports--Heavyweight Champion of the World. Includes his struggles in and out of the ring and his desire to live his life as a free man in race-obsessed America.
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The Unknown Jonathan Winters: on the Loose

Director: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld
Summary: An intimate portrait of one of comedy's most inventive minds.
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Unmistaken Child

Director: Nati Baratz
Writer: Nati Baratz
Summary: Follows the 4-year-search for the reincarnation of Lama Konchog. The Dalai Lama charges the deceased monk's devoted disciple, Tenzin Zopa, to search for his master's reincarnation, a child who may be anywhere in the world. Includes featurettes.
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Up Heartbreak Hill

Director: Erica Scharf
Actor: Thomas Martinez, Tamara Hardy
Summary: Chronicles the senior year of three Navajo high-school students in New Mexico. Thomas, an elite runner; Tamara, an academic superstar; and Gabby, an aspiring photographer, as they navigate their senior year at a reservation high school.
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Valentino: The Last Emperor

Director: Matt Tyrnauer
Actor: Valentino Garavani, Giancarlo Giammetti
Summary: It is a behind-the-scenes look at the world of fashion, featuring unprecedented access to the high temples of Haute Couture. Follows the legendary Valentino and his longtime business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti during the final two years of their careers, and shows the struggles the two men face as they confront the final act of a nearly 50-year career at the top of the world's most glamorous and competitive game. An intimate, engaging and very funny fly-on-the-wall exploration of the singular world of one of Italy's richest and most famous men. Tells the story of his extraordinary life and work, and also explores the larger themes affecting the fashion business today.
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Vernon, Florida

Director: Errol Morris
Summary: Fire up the pickup and head down to this bizarre backwater town with Errol Morris, as he presents a pastiche of fascinating interviews with the weird and wonderful people of Vernon, Florida.
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The Video game Revolution

Writer: Greg Palmer
Summary: Examines the evolution and history of the video game industry, the impact of video games on society and culture, and the future of electronic gaming.
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Vive le Tour

Director: Louis Malle
Writer: Louis Malle
Summary: Acclaimed director Louis Malle (My Dinner with Andre) delivers a trio of documentaries chronicling the everyday lives of French citizens. Vive Le Tour celebrates the cyclists on the world-famous Tour de France.
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Waiting for 'Superman'

Director: Davis Guggenheim
Writer: Davis Guggenheim, Billy Kimball
Actor: Bill Strickland, Geoffrey Canada, Michelle Rhee, Randi Weingarten
Summary: Provides an engaging and inspiring look at public education in the United States. This documentary has helped launch a movement to achieve a real and lasting change through the compelling stories of five unforgettable students such as Emily, a Silicon Valley eighth-grader who is afraid of being labeled as unfit for college, and Francisco, a Bronx first-grader whose mom will do anything to give him a shot at a better life.
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Waiting for Guffman

Director: Christopher Guest
Writer: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
Actor: Lewis Arquette, Bob Balaban, Christopher Guest, Matt Keeslar, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Fred Willard
Summary: Corky St. Clair has created an ambitious musical celebrating his town's 150th anniversary, and dreams of making it big on Broadway.
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Waiting for Lightning

Director: Jacob Rosenberg
Writer: Bret Anthony Johnston
Actor: Danny Way, Travis Pastrana, Laird Hamilton, Rodney Mullen, Mat Hoffman, Ken Block, Rob Dyrdek, Tony Hawk
Summary: The story of Danny Way, a visionary skateboarder who decided to jump the Great Wall of China.
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Walt Disney: On the Front Lines

Summary: See never-before-seen Disney war effort productions, including exclusive declassified material, training, propaganda and educational films. Includes 'Victory Through Air Power,' Disney's 27th animated classic. First hand accounts of the work at Disney.
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Waltz with Bashir

Director: Ari Folman
Writer: Ari Folman
Summary: After not being able to recall the time he spent on an Israeli Army mission during the Lebanon War, Ari attempts to unravel the mystery by traveling around the world to interview old friends and comrades. As the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, his memory begins to return in illustrations that are surreal.
Review: Take a walk down memory lane as former Israeli soldier Ari Folman recounts his nightmares from serving in the Lebanon War and his search many years later to make sense of it. This animated documentary provides striking and surreal visuals to accompany Folman’s quest to understand the war he fought but can no longer clearly remember.
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The War Game

Director: Peter Watkins
Writer: Peter Watkins
Summary: A dramatization of the possible effects of nuclear warfare on Great Britain. Explores the physical damage effects, the psychological effects on the survivors, the societal logic for the existence of nuclear arms, and the attempts to understand how the balance of power keeps atomic weapons in check.
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Warriors of Qiugang

Qiugang Weishi

Director: Ruby Yang
Writer: Thomas Lennon
Summary: Villagers in a remote district of central China take on a chemical company that is poisoning their water and air. For five years they fight to transform their environment and as they do, they find themselves transformed as well.
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Waste Land

Director: Lucy Walker, Joao Jardim, Karen Harley
Actor: Vik Muniz
Summary: Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes viewers on an emotional journey to the world's largest landfill, Jardim Gramacho, in Brazil. Here the catadores, who number in the thousands, work under the hot sun collecting recyclable materials such as bottles, plastic, and metal to be sold to wholesalers. Muniz invites the catadores to add refuse to his art, photographing the work from overhead. The images reveal both the dignity and despair of these garbage 'pickers.' The finished artwork will be on display in museums and auctions around the world. The film offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. Includes bonus features: Beyond Gramacho and An Untold Story.
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We Are Wizards

Director: Josh Koury
Summary: A documentary which profiles some of the major power players in the underground Harry Potter commuity, including a seven year-old rock star, hilarious home-made audio commentaries to the feature films, and online creative writing sites that dare to challenge corporate agents.
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We Interrupt This Empire--

Director: Video Activist Network
Summary: Documents protest demonstrations that shut down San Francisco following the United States' 2003 invasion of Iraq. With the audio backdrop including live broadcasts of SF Independent Media Center's Enemy Combatant Radio and the SFPD's own tactical communications that were picked up by police scanners, takes a look at the protest in San Francisco, as well as critiques of the corporate media's war coverage.
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We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

Director: Alex Gibney
Writer: Alex Gibney
Summary: A gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller, about Julian Assange and the creation of Wikileaks, the controversial website that facilitated the largest security breach in the U.S. history. Paralleling Assange's rise and fall with that of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the troubled young soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents, and multi-layered expose about transparency in the information age and our ever-elusive search for the truth.
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We Were Here

Director: Bill Weber, David Weissman
Summary: David Weissman's We Were Here revisits the San Francisco of the 80s and 90s, using the city's experience with AIDS to open up a conversation about both the history of the epidemic and the lessons to be learned from it. Yet the film reaches far beyond San Francisco and beyond AIDS itself as it illuminates the power of a community that comes together with love, compassion, and determination.
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West of Memphis

Director: Amy Berg
Writer: Amy Berg
Actor: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, Jessie Miskelly
Summary: True story centering on the new investigation surrounding the 1993 murders of three 8-year-old boys in the town of West Memphis, Arkansas. Evidence surrounding the murders exposed the wrongful conviction of three teenagers who lost 18 years of their lives imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.
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What Happened to Kerouac?

Director: Richard Lerner, Lewis MacAdams
Actor: Allen Ginsberg, Edie Parker Kerouac, Gregory Corso, William Burroughs, Steve Allen, William Buckley, Charlie Parker, Neal Cassady, Carolyn Cassady, Gary Snyder, Jan Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Edie Kerouac Parker, Michael McClure, Herbert Huncke, Fran Landesman, Ed Sanders, John Clellon Holmes, Ann Charters, Ed White, Diane DiPrima, Father "Spike" Morissette, Joyce Johnson, Robert Creeley, Lewis Yablonsky
Summary: Investigates the personal history and creative process of Jack Kerouac, father of the Beat Generation, author of 'On the road', and a pivotal figure of the fifties countercultural revolution. Shows what happened when fame and notoriety were thrust upon an essentially reticent man.
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What the Bleep Do We Know!?

Director: William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente
Writer: William Arntz, Matthew Hoffman, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente
Actor: Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, Robert Bailey, Jr., John Ross Bowie, Armin Shimerman, Barry Newman
Summary: Amanda, a divorced photographer, finds herself in a fantastic Alice-in-Wonderland experience when her daily, uninspired life literally begins to unravel. Guided by leading scientists and mystics, she finds that if reality itself is not questionable, her notion of it certainly is. Plunge into a world where quantum uncertainty is demonstrated - where Amanda's neurological processes, and perceptual shifts are engaged and lived - where everything is alive, and reality is changed by every thought.
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What Would Jesus Buy?

Director: Rob VanAlkemade
Actor: Bill Talen, Paul Norman Allen, James Solomon Benn, Savitri Durkee
Summary: Follows Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir as they examine the commercialization of Christmas in America while following the group on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse - the end of humankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt. Delves into issues such as the role sweatshops play in America's mass consumerism and Big-Box Culture.
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When I Walk

Director: Jason DaSilva
Writer: Jason DaSilva, Alice Cook
Summary: In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva's legs stopped functioning and he collapsed. Months earlier, doctors had diagnosed him with multiple sclerosis, which can lead to loss of vision, muscle control, and a myriad of other complications. As his illness worsens, Jason picks up the camera, turns it on his declining body, and sets out on a worldwide journey in search of healing, selfdiscovery, and love.
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Where I Am

Director: Pamela Dryman
Summary: Gay American writer Robert Drake is on the road to recovery, but this is a journey with a difference. Over ten years have passed since a violent and bloody attack by two young men in Sligo, Ireland one dark night left him brain damaged and unable to walk. It also stopped a writing career just as it was about to take off. From his home in Philadelphia we follow Robert as he takes a trip back to Ireland to confront the memories of what happened and lay the past to rest.
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Who Does She Think She Is?

Director: Pamela Tanner Boll, Nancy Kennedy
Writer: Will Dunning
Actor: Maye Torres, Janis Wunderlich, Angela Williams, Camille Musser, Mayumi Oda
Summary: Follows five women, who are both artists and mothers, as they navigate the challenges of making work outside the elite art world. Explores parenting and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art.
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Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)

Director: John Scheinfeld
Writer: John Scheinfeld
Actor: Harry Nilsson, Micky Dolenz, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Al Kooper, Randy Newman, Yoko Ono, Van Dyke Parks, Thomas Smothers, Richard Smothers, Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams, Robin Williams, Brian Wilson
Summary: A brand new portrait of the late Grammy Award-winning musician, Harry Nilsson, who the Beatles once proclaimed as their favorite artist. This gripping retrospective traces Nilsson's rise and his turbulent life as seen by many friends, including Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, Richard Perry, Robin Williams, and more.
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The Who: The Kids Are Alright

Director: Jeff Stein
Writer: Jeff Stein
Summary: Profiles the career of the British band through television appearances, studio footage, and interviews.
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The Who: Who's Next

Director: Bob Smeaton
Summary: Who's next is viewed by many as the greatest testament to the songwriting talent of Pete Townshend and the musical power of The Who. When the album was released in 1971 it climbed to the number 1 spot on the British Album chart and remained in the top 50 for over three months. In the United States, the album went top 5 on the Billboard chart and remained in the top 40 for five months. The story of how The Who came to record the album is told by group members Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, and John Entwistle, together with contributions by those who were close to the group during the making of this classic album.
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Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick

Director: Todd Robinson
Writer: Todd Robinson
Actor: Alec Baldwin
Summary: Explores the life and directorial times of William A. Wellman.
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Wild Man Blues

Director: Barbara Kopple
Summary: Follow Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band on a whirlwind tour of Europe while uncovering Allen offstage as well.
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William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

Director: Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler
Writer: Sarah Kunstler
Summary: In the 1960s and '70s, radical lawyer William Kunstler fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. and represented the 'Chicago 8' activists who protested the Vietnam War. When the inmates took over Attica prison, or when the American Indian Movement stood up to the federal government at Wounded Knee, they asked Kunstler to be their lawyer. Kunstler also represented some of the most reviled members of society, including rapists and assassins.
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William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

Director: Yony Leyser
Writer: Yony Leyser
Actor: Peter Weller
Summary: An in-depth look at the troubled and brilliant world of American author William S. Burroughs, one of the first writers to cross the boundaries of queer and drug culture in the 1950s. Features never-before-seen archival footage and exclusive interviews with colleagues and confidants including John Waters, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Gus Van Sant, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Laurie Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Jello Biafra, and David Cronenberg.
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With My Children

Nabantwa bam'

Director: Victor Kulile Nxumalo
Writer: Victor Kulile Nxumalo
Summary: This film is a fascinating case study of the emergence of social classes even within the same South African family. Two brothers live with their successful and ambitious mother, a market researcher, in a comfortable, middle class Soweto home. The older brother Nhlanhla has suffered a head injury which may be debilitating. In any case, he had no time in the tumultuous decade preceding the end of apartheid to receive an education that would let him take advantage of the opportunities offered by the new South Africa. Street-wise instead, he spends his time hanging out with his home boys, and, in his own words, 'mostly taking care of the dog.' His younger brother, Miles, is a 'born free, ' the first black student at his all white school and now a programmer with a promising career at Microsoft. Though fond of his brother, his life is in complete contrast to Nhlanhla's. Miles has very clear goals and deadlines for himself; his strong motivation shows what a difference it makes to know that there is no ceiling on one's ambitions.
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Women with Open Eyes

Femmes aux Yeux Ouverts

Director: Anne-Laure Folly
Summary: Surveys social conditions faced by women in Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Benin, including circumcision, forced marriage, AIDS, and economic repression. Examines grass-roots efforts toward education and improvement as Africa opens to democracy. Made by a Togolese filmmaker.
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Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives

Director: Peter Adair, Nancy Adair, Andrew Brown, Rob Epstein, Lucy Massie Phenix, Veronica Selver
Summary: Interviews with 26 diverse people who speak out about their experiences as gay men and women.
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Wretches and Jabberers

Director: Gerardine Wurzburg
Summary: Two men with autism, Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, having learned to communicate by typing, travel the globe and meet others with autism.
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YERT - Your Environmental Road Trip

Director: Ben Evans
Writer: Ben Evans, Mark Dixon
Summary: Three friends embark on a year-long journey across the United States in attempt to discover ways in which humanity can work to save the planet, encountering individuals and communities engaged in a variety of environmentally beneficial activities.
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You've Been Trumped

Director: Anthony Baxter
Writer: Richard Phinney, Anthony Baxter
Summary: In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on a celebrity tycoon. At stake is one of Britain's very last stretches of wilderness. American billionaire Donald Trump has bought up hundreds of acres on the northeast coast of Scotland, best known to movie-lovers as the setting for the 1983 classic film Local Hero. And like the American oil tycoon played by Burt Lancaster, he needs to buy out a few more locals to make the deal come true. In a land swimming with golf courses, Trump is going to build two more -- alongside a 450-room hotel and 1,500 luxury homes. The trouble is, the land he has purchased occupies one of Europe's most environmentally sensitive stretches of coast, described by one leading scientist as Scotland's Amazon rain forest. And the handful of local residents don't want it destroyed.