N IS A NUMBER: A PORTRAIT OF PAUL ERDOS
Directed by George Paul Csicsery, 1993
An award-winning documentary on a unique subject, N Is a Number
explores the strange world of math and mathematicians through the life of Paul Erdos. A man with no home and no job, Erdos was the most prolific mathematician who ever lived and universally revered among his peers.
THE NET: THE UNABOMBER, LSD AND THE INTERNET
Directed by Lutz Dammbeck, 2003
Ultimately stunning in its revelations, Lutz Dammbeck's The Net
explores the incredibly complex back-story of Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber. In German with English subtitles.
THE NEW AMERICANS
Directed by Lutz Dammbeck, 2003
An award-winning documentary series that
enjoyed enormous success on PBS, The New Americans
follows four years it the lives of a group of contemporary immigrants as they
journey to start new lives in America. The detailed portraits of these immigrants
not only result in a kaleidoscope of immigrant life
but also offer "first impressions" of America that
few natives can imagine.
Directed by Jorge Ulla/Nestor Almendros, 1988
The brutal methods employed by Castro's government to maintain a stronghold on the Cuban population are chronicled in this revelatory documentary. Features former Castro comrades and Communist party leaders, writers, intellectuals, and supporters of fallen Cuban dictator Batista. "Stark and terrifying...will chill you to the bone" (NY Daily News
). In English and Spanish with English subtitles.
NOMADS AND NO-ZONES
Directed by Greta Snider & Vanessa Renwick, 1989-2003
Drawn from the raw material of their drifts and detours, here's an album of radical diaries and personal documentaries from two of the West's bravest makers. Gritty glimpses of edgy experience in marginalized cultures, their authentic film stories afford rare access and insight into the lived poetry of a dozen-plus autonomous zones.
Directed by Jana Sevcikova, 1984/1992/2001
In the outlands of Eastern Europe, acclaimed filmmaker Jana Sevcikova spent years chronicling the descendants of immigrants and exiles in these remote lands. The results are three poetic, intimate documentaries that capture the unique lives and customs of people unknown to most of the world. In Czech with English subtitles.
ORIGIN OF CHRISTIANITY
Directed by Gérard Mordillat and Jérôme Prieur, 2003
The world's leading biblical scholars gather for this brilliant and provocative international symposium that created a sensation when released on French television. From Paris to Jerusalem, from Cambridge to Harvard, from Dublin to Rome, these diverse specialists offer a penetrating perspective on the New Testament. Their controversial insights provide the key to unlocking the 2000-year old mystery that is Christianity.
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Directed by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, 2002
This fascinating documentary focuses on the Iranian elections of 2002 and the role of women in Iranian society as Bani-Etemad follows a group of women who run for office and gradually narrows her view to the plight of one woman who attempts an heroic but unsuccessful run for the presidency. In Farsi with English subtitles.
OUT OF THE PRESENT
Directed by Andrei Ujica, 1996
This cosmic, humorous, real-life drama presents the collapse of the Soviet Union from the perspective of a Cosmonaut stranded in space. In May of 1991, flight engineer Sergei Krikalyov blasted off from the Soviet Union. He boarded one of the Soviet Union's crowning achievements, the Mir Space Station, but was unable to return from it as scheduled because the Soviet Union itself suddenly began breaking apart below on Earth. Russian with English subtitles.
TOM PALAZZOLO'S CHICAGO
Directed by Tom Palazollo, 1979-2000
For four decades, filmmaker Tom Palazzolo has been the purveyor of affectionate, poignant, and dark musings on Chicago's urban landscapes, creating low-budget documentaries about the strange, hypnotic, and diverse ethnography of Chicago. Labor Day, East Chicago
(1979) chronicles a neighborhood celebration featuring senior citizens, beauty queen candidates, and the local Lions Club chapter. I Married a Munchkin
(1994) presents the life and times of Mary Ellen St. Aubin, a woman small in stature who lived large. Down Clark Street
(2000) offers a personal perspective on the evolution of Palazzolo's neighborhood over the years.
THE PEOPLE VS. PAUL CRUMP
Directed by William Friedkin/1962
Before directing The French Connection
, The Exorcist
, and Killer Joe
, William Friedkin made one of the most powerful documentaries you've never seen. Paul Crump, 22, was caught up in a failed robbery with four other black men and was sentenced to die in the electric chair. Friedkin so believed in Crump's innocence that he made The People vs. Paul Crump
in order to save his life.
PRISONER OF HER PAST
Directed by Gordon Quinn, 2010
PRISONER OF HER PAST tells the haunting story of a secret childhood trauma that resurfaces after 60 years to unravel the life of Holocaust survivor Sonia Reich. Her son, Chicago Tribune
jazz critic Howard Reich, journeys across the United States and Eastern Europe to uncover why his mother believes the world is conspiring to kill her. Along the way, he discovers remnants of family he never knew he had. He also finds a group of psychiatrists in New Orleans who are helping young traumatized survivors of Hurricane Katrina, so they will not re-experience their childhood terrors. A first-hand experience of the deep scars that traumatic events can leave.
A PUG'S LIFE: THE DOG-UMENTARY
Directed by Marilyn Braverman, 2003
Friendly, warm, and with great personalities, these little dogs inspire abject devotion and loyalty in their owners. There are pug books, pug art, pug parks, pug rescue groups, and pug clubs. A Pug's Life
explores how these canines are used as therapy dogs, make perfect companions for children and adults, and attract customers to retail businesses.
RACE AND HISTORY IN BRAZIL:
DENYING BRAZIL and ALEIJHADINHO: PASSION, GLORY AND TORMENT
Denying Brazil directed by Joel Zito Araujo, 2000
Aleijhadinho directed by Geraldo Santos Pereira, 2001
Race and its impact on the art and history of Brazil are highlighted in this exquisite two-DVD set.
The documentary Denying Brazil
analyzes the issue of race in contemporary Brazilian soap operas,
calling attention to the way archetypes and stereotypes influence identity in the Afro-Brazilian community.
Well-known soap actors Milton Gonzalvez, Zeze Mota, and Maria Ceica offer provocative comments about
Aleijhadinho: Passion, Glory and Torment
is a fictionalized drama about the life of 18thcentury
sculptor Antonio Francisco Lisboa, who was known as Aleijhadinho. Born the son of a slave,
Lisboa struggles with prejudice, mental illness, and disease but never stopped expressing himself through his art. In Portuguese with English subtitles.
Directed by Sam Green, 1997
Millions of Americans have seen Rollen Frederick Stewart, a.k.a. "Rainbow Man", who achieved notoriety during the late 70's by appearing in the crowd at thousands of televised sporting events wearing his trademark rainbow-colored afro wig. Later, after he became a born-again Christian, he added a sign reading "John 3:16".
THE REAL JOAN OF ARC
Directed by Martin Meissonnier, 2008
Long-buried 15th-century documents
suggest another story to Joan of Arc. At the time of the
execution, many people questioned the events at
Rouen, insisting another girl was burned instead.
Then five years later, the rumors began to
circulate—Joan was back! Documentary
filmmaker and musician Martin Meissonnier (Life
) revisits the story of the world's most
famous martyr, taking us back through time to
introduce us to the real Joan of Arc.
Directed by David E. Simpson, 2003
In America during the 1950s and 1960s, the
cultural assumption was that a woman's most
important contribution to society was her ability to
raise happy, well-adjusted children. But, for a mother
whose child was diagnosed with autism, her life's
purpose turned into a twisted nightmare.
Instead of offering help and guidance, the
medical establishment pinned the blame for her child's
bizarre behavior on her "frigid" or "detached"
mothering -- labeling her a "refrigerator mother."
RICK OWENS AND OTHER FILMS BY JAN SHARP
In the touching portrait Rick, Michele and Scarlett
, filmmaker Jan Sharp offers an inside look at the special relationship of cutting-edge fashion designer Rick Owens and fashion fixture Michele Lamy. Owens's influential mix of goth and glamour begins in Los Angeles, where he prepares for a Paris showing that will make him an international fashion icon. At the same time, his partner Michele works to open Les Deux Café in the heart of L.A.'s gang territory. Jan Sharp captures their parallel stories with a great deal of intimacy and love. Two other documentaries complete this volume. Beard: Pecking Order
tracks fashion photographer Peter Beard on location in Africa, shooting the legendary Pirelli calendar with the world's top fashion models. In Chasing the President
, Jan travels to East Timor, where President José Ramos-Horta tries to build peace in the remote border districts of Asia's newest nation.
ROBINSON IN SPACE
Directed by Patrick Keiller, 1997
Architect-turned-filmmaker Patrick Keiller expands and inventively redefines the documentary format in this unique "travelogue" of England. A bit of witty and droll humor is introduced through the commentary of the offscreen narrator (veteran actor Paul Scofield).
SHAPES OF THE INVISIBLE
Directed by Pierre Oscar-Levy, 1997
Using state-the-art technology, Shapes of the Invisible
provides the means to zoom into the atomic structure of 22 objects found in our ordinary world, including flora, fauna, and processed materials. Each object is explored via a seamless camera zoom, allowing us to witness a view invisible to all but the most powerful of microscopes.
Directed by Craig Baldwin, 1995
Craig Baldwin (Tribulation 99
) follows intellectual property controversies across the contemporary arts scene. Playful and ironic, his cut-and-paste collage-essay surveys the prospects for an "electronic folk culture" in the midst of an increasingly commodified corporate media landscape.
Directed by Alexander Sokurov, 1995
In 1994, Sokurov accompanied Russian troops assigned to a frontier military post at the Tajikistan/Afghanistan border to film their experiences. Though Russia had pulled out of its war with Afghanistan in 1989, a shadowy enemy still dogs the Russian troops along the border.
SPOILS OF WAR
Directed by David Blaustein, 2000
An important film detailing the struggle to discover the truth behind Argentine's "Dirty War" of the late 1970s and early 1980s, where tens of thousands of students, leftists, dissidents, and their associates "disappeared" without a trace, most likely abducted, jailed or killed by the Argentine military dictatorship. Filmmaker David Blaustein spent three years interviewing the group, called the "Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo," who relate the brave actions taken when confronted with the government's refusal to disclose the truth. In Spanish with English subtitles.
STALIN: BY THOSE WHO KNEW HIM
Directed by Semyon Aranovich, 1989-1990
The bold documentaries of Semyon Aranovich created a storm of controversy in Russia by revealing the truth behind a violent, repressive era of Soviet history. Includes The Anna Akhmatova File
, I Was Stalin's Bodyguard
, and I Worked for Stalin
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Directed by Harun Farocki, 1997
In this powerful meditation on art and perception, still-life paintings of the Dutch masters are
compared with their contemporary equivalents -- advertisements for beer, cheese, and watches. Farocki
then goes behind the scenes of a modern advertizing office to show ad execs toiling to create their version
of a "still life." Yet, the comparison does not yield what the viewer might expect. In his commentary,
Farocki, who earned money to finance the work by taking on commercial photo shoots, acknowledges the
need for artistic compromise while de-mythologizing the creative process.
STORM THE SKIES
Directed by Jose Luis Lopez-Linares & Javier Rioyo, 1997
With an exceptionally bright force, Storm the Skies
depicts one of the most controversial historical events of the 20th Century: the assassination of León Trotsky, a communist who was instrumental in founding the Red Army and the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party. In Spanish with English subtitles.
THE SUBJECT IS SEX
Directed by Stephen Parr, 2004
Oddball Film and Video curator Stephen Parr presents this look at sex in cinema culled from his own Super 8, 16mm, 35mm and video collection.
TAYLOR CHAIN I & II
Directed by Jerry Blumenthal & Gordon Quinn, 1980/1984
Taylor Chain I
chronicles the gritty realities of a seven-week strike at small chain factory in Indiana back in the early 1980s. Volatile union meetings and tension-filled interactions on the picket line provide an inside view of the conflicts of labor negotiations. Taylor Chain II
returns four years later to find that labor and management working together against the odds to prevent the factory from moving overseas, putting people out of work and destroying America's blue-collar work force.
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THEM AND ME, with HEAVEN IN A
TWO FILMS BY STEPHANE BRETON
Anthropologist and filmmaker Stephane Breton
lived among the Wodoni of Papua, New Guinea, and
produced two unique documentaries based on his
remarkable adventures. In French, English and Wodani with English subtitles.
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THE THURSDAY CLUB
Directed by George Paul Csicsery, 2005
In October 1967, documentary filmmaker George Paul Csicsery was beaten by police at an antiwar demonstration in Oakland, California. Thirty years later, he set out to find the policemen who were working that day. Take a trip back to America's turbulent 1960s as Csicsery visits a group of retired Oakland, California, policemen, who recall their days battling antiwar demonstrators and Black Panthers.
Directed by the Borroloola Aboriginal Community, 1981
In this truly one-of-a-kind documentary, an Aboriginal community from the remote Northern Territory of Australia tells the story of their people through their eyes. The Borroloola Aborigines were in control of the filmmaking process, so their history unfolds through their storytelling conventions and focuses on the issues important to them, such as native law and land rights. The Borroloola render this four-part film in dramatic, sensual visuals and a dream-like pacing, but also offer a completely different logic to documenting history and culture.
UNCOVERED: THE WAR IN IRAQ
Directed by Robert Greenwald, 2003
A look behind the United States' decision to declare war on Iraq, detailing the purported lies, misstatements and exaggerations used to justify the preemptive strike against Saddam Hussein.
THE UNQUIET DEATH OF JULIUS AND
Directed by Alan Moorman, 1974
On June 19, 1953, during the height of McCarthyism, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed at
Sing Sing Prison. Produced in 1974, this comprehensive documentary was the first to examine the
Rosenberg's case. Though almost sixty years have passed since the Rosenbergs were likely rushed to
judgment and then executed during a climate of political hysteria, the event resonates in today's highly
charged atmosphere of rabid media coverage and partisan politics.
JOHAN VAN DER KEUKEN:
THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL.1
The films of van der Keuken stretch the boundaries of both documentary and narrative fiction. Rejecting the traditional documentary format as too restrictive, he uses fictional techniques to depict content drawn from real life, resulting in a uniquely personal style that is at once daring yet engaging.
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JOHAN VAN DER KEUKEN:
THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL.2
Directed by 1993-2001
Cogent, complex, and classically composed, the documentaries of Johan van der Keuken reveal his life-long curiosity about the ever-changing world and its inhabitants. His films stretch the boundaries of both documentary and narrative fiction, resulting in a uniquely personal style that is as daring as it is compassionate.
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JOHAN VAN DER KEUKEN:
THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL.3
Directed by 1960-1976
Volume 3 is a 16-film, 3-DVD set that features work from van der Keuken's early to midcareer, including The White Castle
, which interweaves images of the Spanish tourist mecca
Formentara, a community center in Columbus,
Ohio, and factories in the Netherlands to vividly
illustrate the alienation that modern economics
produces around the world.
JOHAN VAN DER KEUKEN:
THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL.4
Volume 3 includes The Flat Jungle
, a featurelength
documentary about the Wadden Sea
, a complex chronicle of a
trip from Amsterdam to Egypt, and The
, a documentary shot in Lebanon in
1975 just before the civil war.
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JOHAN VAN DER KEUKEN:
THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL.5
In the fifth and final volume of this groundbreaking
collection, the focus is on death and
dying as van der Keuken continues to make films
after learning he is terminally ill. Includes The Long Holiday
, For the Time Being
, Last Words: My Sister Yoka
and Last Words
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VIDEOGRAMS OF A REVOLUTION
Directed by Harun Farocki & Andrei Ujica, 1992
The 1989 fall of the Ceausescu regime in Romania is depicted through found footage, television reportage, and archival footage that suggests how historical change is determined by perspective and being in the right, or wrong, place at the right time. German with English subtitles.
VIETNAM LONG TIME COMING
Directed by Jerry Blumenthal, Peter Gilbert & Gordon Quinn, 1998
In this powerful and moving documentary, able-bodied and disabled American and Vietnamese veterans participate in a 16-day, 1200-mile bicycle journey across a landscape where they once killed to stay alive. Former enemies ride together as one team, joined by well-known cyclist Greg LeMond and Senator John Kerry, in an emotional journey of peace, reconciliation, and athletic achievement.
A VILLAGE ROMANCE
Directed by Bodis Kriszia, 2006
A powerful film about two women who fall in love in a small Hungarian village, once a haven for the lesbian community. One lives in poverty while the other is married to an abusive and alcoholic husband. He threatens her with a trip to family court when he finds out about her secret, but she bides her time until he is out of the picture. In Hungarian with English subtitles.
VOYAGE IN TIME
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky & Tonino Guerra, 1983
This intimate film chronicles celebrated Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky (Solaris, The Sacrifice
, and Stalker
) as he searches locations and explores ideas for his next feature film. Accompanied by famed Italian screenwriter Tonino Guerra (Red Desert
), Tarkovsky explores the countryside and medieval villages of Italy, searching for an internal landscape as much as a literal one. Italian and Russian with English subtitles.
WADI 1981-1991/WADI GRAND CANYON 2001
Directed by Amos Gitai, 1980-2001
Two documentaries by Amos Gitai depict a group of Palestinians and Israelis who nurture a fragile coexistence over a span of twenty years in Wadi Rushmia. In Hebrew, Arabic, Russian and English with English subtitles.
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WAITING FOR FIDEL
Directed by Michael Rubbo, 1974
Filmmaker Michael Rubbo travels to Cuba with the former premier of Newfoundland and a prominent Canadian broadcaster to make a film about Fidel Castro. In Havana, important Cubans promise them access to Castro and chauffeur them about the country. Day after day, the hopeful party waits; but Fidel remains just out of reach. More a personal journal than a documentary, Waiting for Fidel
records each step of this wayward quest to meet Castro.
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WHERE THE HEART ROAMS
Directed by George Paul Csicsery, 1983
The film follows Chelley Kitzmiller, a die-hard fan of romance novels, who organizes the Love Train for readers. She books a train from California to New York so that fans and authors can mingle on their way to the big Romantic Booklovers Conference. Once there, aspiring writers hope that romance will be their ticket to success, while established authors and editors debate what makes a good heroine and how much sex is too much.
WHOEVER SAYS THE TRUTH SHALL DIE
Directed by Philo Bregstein, 1981
Pier Paolo Pasolini (Accatone
, The Decameron
), an avowed Marxist and open homosexual as well as an outspoken critic of Italy's consumer culture and rampant political corruption, was admired by artists and intellectuals but reviled by conservative authorities. Documentary filmmaker Philo Bregstein probes the mysterious circumstances surrounding Pasolini's death to suggest a possible cover-up or conspiracy by right-wing groups. In Italian and English with English subtitles.
WITH JERZY GROTOWSKI, NIENADÓWKA 1980
Directed by Jill Godmilow, 1980
Jerzy Grotowski, a leading figure of the
theatrical avant garde in the 20th century, invited a film
crew to travel with him to the small village of
Nienadówka, Poland in 1980. It was there that he, his
mother, and his brother had been hidden by a peasant
family during the Nazi occupation. Grotowski returns
for the first time since the war, hoping to find the
people and places, the images and the sounds of his
intensely lived childhood -- memories that are indelibly
linked to his art.
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