For her ambitious debut, documentary filmmaker Maria Finitzo followed five adolescent girls for two years, resulting in this authentic portrait of young women at a pivotal point in their...LEARN MORE
Shot over a period of two years, and with unprecedented access to the Aum sect accused of mass killing with poison gas in the Tokyo subway, this astonishing documentary...LEARN MORE
Tatsuya Mori's sequel to A continues to follow the Aum Shinrikyo cult responsible for the lethal gas attack in March 1995 on a subway station in Tokyo. When a law was passed that...LEARN MORE
ABRAZOS: TANGO IN BUENOS AIRES
This faithful and exhilarating representation of the 5th Buenos Aires Tango Festival brings to the screen all the squeezes of the accordion, quick kicks, and guttural songs of heartbreak, deceit...LEARN MORE
AGE OF CZESLAW MILOSZ
This handsome documentary commemorates the 100th birthday of Czeslaw Milosz, the Nobel Prize-winning Polish-Lithuanian poet who spanned his century. Famous cultural figures...LEARN MORE.
ALEX KATZ: WHAT ABOUT STYLE?
For over 50 years, painter Alex Katz has bucked trends in modern art to pioneer and refine his own style of flat, elegant, and realistic figure painting. What About Style? offers...LEARN MORE.
AMERICAN REVOLUTION 2
A gritty but essential documentary charting social turbulence in late 1960s Chicago. American Revolution 2 includes footage of the 1968 Democratic Convention...LEARN MORE.
From his work in the fiction mode to documentary to installation, German filmmaker Harun Farocki has consistently explored ideas of language, ideology, perception, and contemporary...LEARN MORE.
ANIMATION OF ALEXEIEFF
This collection showcases the experimental animations of Russian-born artist/filmmaker Alexander Alexeieff and his American wife and collaborator, Claire Parker...LEARN MORE.
ANNA AKHMATOVA FILE
A moving portrait of the extraordinary Soviet poet, Anna Akhmatova. Although her work was banned and went unpublished for 17 years, her poem "Requiem"...LEARN MORE.
In his work, German filmmaker and media theorist Harun Farocki rigorously explores how contemporary society interacts with audio-visual technology. The Appearance...LEARN MORE.
This film is Moholy-Nagy's cinematic journal, which recorded the meeting of the CIAM (International Congress of Modern Architecture) in August of 1933. The meeting was held on a...LEARN MORE.
ARTS AND MYTHS
This Arte France television production takes viewers into the heart of the "first arts," introducing major artistic pieces from African, Oceania, South America, and Asia. Each of the six half-hour...LEARN MORE.
ARTS AND MYTHS VOL. 2
This Arte France television production returns to the heart of the "first arts," introducing major artistic pieces from African, Oceania, South America, and Asia. Each of the six half-hour...LEARN MORE.
AS GOES JANESVILLE
As Goes Janesville reports from ground zero of the recession-ridden heartland. When bankrupt General Motors shut down their century-old plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, in 2008...LEARN MORE.
AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR
From Kartemquin Films and the makers of Hoop Dreams comes this "impassioned portrait of a quest for truth" (The Chicago Tribune). Carroll Pickett served as minister to death row...LEARN MORE.
AURELIO: REBEL WITH A CAUSE
Narrated by Andy Garcia, this documentary not only unveils the long journey of Cuban classical music composer Aurelio De La Vega, but also unmasks the various faces of nationalism, with...LEARN MORE.
BERLIN STILL LIFE
Berliner Stilleben paints a vivid portrait of Germanyís largest metropolis between the World Wars and examines the social and economic climate during that time. Scenes of street...LEARN MORE.
BIG CITY GYPSIES
This film documents the daily lives of Roma in their winter quarters on the outskirts of Berlin, Germany. The film presents insights into the Romaís complex and often tumultuous society...LEARN MORE.
BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Directed by Oscar nominee Chuck Braverman (Curtain Call), Bottom of the Ninth is a real-life Bull Durham story. This documentary chronicles a season with the Somerset Patriots, a minor...LEARN MORE.
BRUCE NAUMAN: MAKE ME THINK
A documentary on contemporary American artist Bruce Nauman, known for his challenging, yet playful approach to conceptual art. This is observed in his public art installation...LEARN MORE.
A harrowing account of life on some of the world's most dangerous streets, this documentary follows 13-year-old Carlito as he guides filmmaker Jean-Stephane Sauvaire on a tour...LEARN MORE.
CAVALLO BEHIND BARS
In this real-life story of dictators, political agents, and secret identities, Argentine businessman Ricardo Miguel Cavallo used the code name "Serpico" as an officer of the...LEARN MORE.
CONSPIRACY THEORIES: WHOEVER SAYS THE TRUTH SHALL DIE / UNQUIET DEATH OF JULIUS AND ETHEL ROSENBERG - AN EXCLUSIVE FACETS 2-PACK
Two documentaries that offer perspectives on two unrelated but high-profile criminal cases. On June 19, 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the so-called "atomic spies" of the 1950s, were executed at Sing Sing Prison. Their death only fostered the belief of many Americans that the Rosenbergs were innocent, victims of the anti-Communist paranoia of the 50s, rather than spies who had stolen atomic secrets for the Russians. In the landmark documentary The Unquiet Death of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (The Rosenberg-Sobell Case Revisited, USA, 1974, 83 mins.), Alvin Goldstein looks at the facts and procedures of the Rosenberg case, as well as the climate of the times, interviewing jurors, FBI agents, lawyers for both sides, and the two sons of the Rosenbergs. Using documentary and newsreel footage, Goldstein creates a moving human drama, a "thoroughly researched, solidly developed...superb recreation of history, painting with bold strokes the temper of the times" (Boston Globe). This is joined by Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die (Netherlands, 1981, 60 mins.), a remarkable film on Pier Paolo Pasolini, the poet, political personality, aesthetician, and director of such important and controversial films as Gospel According to St. Matthew and Oedipus Rex. Director Philo Bregstein explores whether Pasolini's murder at age 53 in 1975 was by Pino the Frog, a 17-year-old male prostitute, or an assassination by a group of right-wing fascists. In English and Italian with English subtitles.
Alvin Goldstein/Philo Bregstein---USA/Netherlands---1974/1981---141 mins.
A riveting inquiry into the historical Jesus by the team responsible for the award-winning Origin of Christianity. This sprawling collection delves into the latest archaeological...LEARN ABOUT.
Heinz Emigholz, the premiere purveyor of architectural oddities (Sullivan's Bridges, Goff in the Desert), meticulously documents 15 rooms of the enormous Villa Cargnacco in...LEARN MORE.
DARING DOCS (3PK DVD)
This combo pack is made up of three documentaries from three distinct auteurs that reveal the nonfiction format is about more than a cold, hard collection of facts and figures. In Waiting for Fidel...LEARN MORE
DEDICATED LIFE, A
Kazuo Hara, who rattled the Japanese establishment with The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On and Goodbye CP, turns his camera on controversial writer Mitsuharu Inoue in this powerful...LEARN MORE.
The Bubble Club sofa, BIC Cristal pen, Akari lamp, Hoover 150 vacuum cleaner, Citroen DS 19 automobile, and iMac computer embodied the two requirements of a great design--they were innovative and aesthetically pleasing. Fortunately for their designers, they were also instant successes with the public and had a commanding influence on future product lines. Design not only explores the development and concept of each of these archetypal products, but uses each as a lens to examine a larger historical context. Combining archival images and film excerpts with music and other pieces of popular culture, this unique documentary outlines the social, political, and cultural climate in which each item was invented. "Cleverly allows us to view the 20th century from a new angle" (L.A. Tribune).
Danielle Schirman/Anna-Celia Kendall---France---2006---156 mins.
The Bookworm, Concorde, Conica coffeemaker, Leica camera, Eames lounge chair, and Vespa scooter not only reflect the era that produced them but also anticipated the future. Design...LEARN MORE.
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy originally shot Design Workshops as a silent film to which he lectured when he presented the program of the Institute of Design. Now, after many years, his film can...LEARN MORE.
DISRUPTIVE FILM VOL. 2
The overall aim of the Disruptive Film project is to help construct an alternative history of experimental, political nonfiction media, specifically from the perspective of...LEARN MORE.
DO NO HARM
Do No Harm tells the incredible and often outrageous story of two men in a small, southern town who endured relentless attacks in order to draw national attention to the plight of the...LEARN MORE.
A Doula Story documents one womanís fierce commitment to empower pregnant teenagers with the skills and knowledge they need to become confident, nurturing mothers...LEARN MORE.
From Nasser Taghvai, one of the original filmmakers of the Iranian New Wave, comes this rare glimpse into the performance of a ta'zieh, an ancient and uniquely Iranian passion play that...LEARN MORE.
EXTREME PRIVATE EROS LOVE SONG
In this intensely intimate documentary, filmmaker Kazuo Hara takes on a very difficult subject: his former lover, Takeda Miyuki. A feminist bisexual in 1970s Japan, Miyuki is a maverick...LEARN MORE.
FAR FROM POLAND
A brilliant film. Denied a visa to shoot in Poland, director Jill Godmilow constructs a film over the bare bones of documentary footage while in New York, resulting in a deft...LEARN MORE.
Two explosive, shocking, and profound films from Amos Gitai. Set mostly in the West Bank before and during the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon (some scenes were also shot there)...LEARN MORE.
Gay Rights is an issue heard around the world, including Cuba. Free Havana paints a vivid picture of what it has been like to be gay in Cuba through the candid stories of six gay and lesbian...LEARN MORE.
A documentary by filmmaker and art critic Heinz Peter Schwerfel on controversial German painter Georg Baselitz, who once referred to German painting traditions as "ugly,"...LEARN MORE.
GOFF IN THE DESERT
In this unique documentary, German filmmaker Heinz Emigholz presents the work of inventive American architect Bruce Goff. Apprenticed at age 12 but never formally educated...LEARN MORE.
GOLUB / SPERO
Golub: Late Works Are the Catastrophes (88 mins.) is the final chapter in Kartemquin Films' chronicle of the life and times of American artist Leon Golub. It explores how the painter's images...LEARN MORE.
Maverick documentary filmmaker Kazuo Hara once again criticizes the mores and customs of Japanese society in this unsentimental portrait of adults with cerebral palsy. Focusing on how the...LEARN MORE.
GREAT DAY IN HAVANA
The state of the arts in Cuba's capital city is examined in this documentary by American filmmakers Laurie Ann Schag and Casey Stoll. Cuban artists, filmmakers and musicians...LEARN MORE.
HISTORY OF A SECRET
When filmmaker Mariana Otero was a young child, her mother disappeared. The family told Mariana and her sister, Isabel, that she had gone to work in Paris and never returned...LEARN MORE.
HOME FOR LIFE
"An extraordinarily moving documentary" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times), Home for Life depicts the experiences of two elderly people in their first month at a home for the aged. One...LEARN MORE.
One of the most recognizable works of American art, Edward Hopperís painting Nighthawks encapsulates the alienation and loneliness of the modern urban milieu. His haunting, enigmatic...LEARN MORE.
HOUSE / A HOUSE IN JERUSALEM
Two extremely simple yet utterly profound films, exploring the history of a house in East Jerusalem as a microcosm of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the first film, House (1980)...LEARN MORE.
HOUSE IS BLACK, THE
A revelation of staggering force, lyrically composed by one of the 20th century's leading poets, Forough Farrokhzad. Her first and only film, it depicts the lives and bodies of people tragically...LEARN MORE.
HUNGRY FOR MONSTERS
This gripping documentary captures the nightmare that one family endures after a teenage girl confessed to a teacher that her father molested her. During therapy sessions to recover...LEARN MORE.
The Hungarian immigrant experience is revealed and revered in this documentary by director Peter Forgacs. The filmmaker weaves photographs, home-movie footage, and interviews into...LEARN MORE.