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Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator
rating:3.5

Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator

2002Runtime:0 minutes
Helen Stickler's brilliantly constructed documentary charts the rise of skateboarding culture in the 1980s, using the life of the era's most celebrated skater, Mark "Gator" Rogowski, as a focal point. A mix of jaw-dropping skateboarding footage, '80s nostalgia, music and interviews re-creates the era with great energy and feeling, while presenting an intimate character study of fame gone sour. Stoked premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by:

  • Helen Stickler
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    Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh
    rating:3.5

    Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Joan Allen narrates this riveting portrait of Hungarian poet Hannah Senesh, a remarkable woman who risked her own life to parachute behind enemy lines -- enduring capture, torture and, ultimately, death -- to rescue Jews from Nazi persecution. Ahead of her time and on a mission of incredible odds, Senesh ultimately became a martyr in Israel, evoking the spirit of warrior-heroine Joan of Arc and earning the gratitude of those she saved.

    Directed by:

  • Roberta Grossman
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    Marathon Beirut: For the Love of Lebanon
    rating:3.5

    Marathon Beirut: For the Love of Lebanon

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Deborah Harse directs this documentary that chronicles the Beirut Marathon Association's heroic efforts to put on its annual road race in late 2006, when Lebanon was still reeling from a military invasion and a high-profile political assassination. Despite the upheaval and risk to their personal safety, more than 20,000 runners hit the course in a proud display of their resilient spirit and enduring love for their war-torn land.

    Directed by:

  • Deborah Harse
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
    rating:3.5

    The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    Featuring home movies, interviews and more, this documentary chronicles the deep love between visionary musician Genesis P-Orridge and his wife, Lady Jaye, a couple devoted to "pandrogyny" -- using plastic surgery to make themselves look alike.

    Directed by:

  • Marie Losier
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    Behind the Burly Q
    rating:3.5

    Behind the Burly Q

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Dive into more than a century of decadence with this tantalizing look at the evolution of burlesque. Cabaret star Leslie Zemeckis traces the art form from vaudeville-style variety show through its extinction and contemporary rebirth. Vintage photos, film clips and ads illustrate burlesque's resilient history and how the public's sexual appetite kept it alive amid moral and legal ado. Zemeckis's husband, Robert, executive produces.

    Directed by:

  • Leslie Zemeckis
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    Who Does She Think She Is?
    rating:3.5

    Who Does She Think She Is?

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Academy Award-winning filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll (Born Into Brothels) explores the challenges female artists face when they decide to have children while still pursuing their creative endeavors. Focusing on five diverse women from across the country, Boll's film delves into the connection between motherhood and art and questions the assertion that the pursuits are mutually exclusive.

    Directed by:

  • Pamela Tanner Boll
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    Marshall University: Ashes to Glory
    rating:3.5

    Marshall University: Ashes to Glory

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    In 1979, a plane carrying the Marshall University football team crashed, leaving no survivors. This film documents how a young coach and the five remaining players achieved one of the most heroic comebacks of all time. Combining archival footage with interviews of individuals close to the tragedy, Ashes to Glory tells a tale of remarkable courage in the face of adversity, in the process honoring the memory of those who perished.

    Directed by:

  • Deborah Novak
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    Detropia
    rating:3.5

    Detropia

    2012Runtime:0 minutes
    As the focus of this sobering documentary, the decline of Detroit also reflects the nation's larger failure to keep up in a modern global economy. The film also examines the efforts of its residents to maintain Detroit's vibrant cultural base.

    Directed by:

  • Heidi Ewing
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    The Kid Stays in the Picture
    rating:3.5

    The Kid Stays in the Picture

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on the 1994 autobiography of film producer Robert Evans, this documentary follows Evans's career as he went from fresh-faced clothing executive to Hollywood actor to Paramount executive to legendary producer (Marathon Man, Chinatown). We also follow Evans through a cocaine controversy, into disreputation and low times, and finally to his comeback producing several 1990s films. Evans himself provides the narration.

    Directed by:

  • Nanette Burstein
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    Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story
    rating:3.5

    Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    Hollywood caricaturist Al Hirschfeld turned simple pencil-to-paper drawings into lively cartoons of some of the entertainment industry's most popular names. His unique style is easily recognizable, down to the famous hidden placement of his daughter Nina's name on every drawing. This Academy Award-nominated documentary takes a look at Hirschfeld's career and features the likenesses of Lauren Bacall, Robert Goulet, Carol Channing and more.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Warms Dryfoos
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    Alone in Four Walls
    rating:3.5

    Alone in Four Walls

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    In rural Russia, children convicted of theft, murder and rape are sent to a home for delinquents. Without the outside world's pressures, they're finally allowed to act as children, but for some of them, this new life proves to be a challenge. This documentary tells the stories of several of these adolescents, who must endure separation from their families and who, upon release, are unlikely to be forgiven for their crimes.

    Directed by:

  • Alexandra Westmeier
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    The Ecological Footprint
    rating:3.5

    The Ecological Footprint

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    In an effort to promote dialogue on the future of our planet, Dr. Mathis Wackernagel outlines the Ecological Footprint, an accounting tool that he co-created to measure Earth's supply of natural resources and how much of that supply we are using. With most countries currently running on ecological deficits, consuming more resources than the planet generates, Wackernagel emphasizes the need for a global commitment to sustainability.

    Directed by:

  • Patsy Northcutt
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    The Ride
    rating:3.5

    The Ride

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Cowboys put life and limb to the test in packed arenas all around the Professional Bull Riders circuit -- a touring show that combines pyrotechnics and bruising competition among 45 of the most skilled riders on earth. The documentary also highlights the lives of the men competing -- part of a unique cowboy culture that lives on in the American West -- as the tour winds its way toward the world title competition in Las Vegas.

    Directed by:

  • Meredith Danluck
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    The Olympiad
    rating:3.5

    The Olympiad

    1938Runtime:0 minutes
    Widely considered one of the greatest sports documentaries ever made, German director Leni Riefenstahl's chronicle of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin was also the first film to incorporate the use of cameras on rails. Riefenstahl, who was herself an athlete as well as a prized member of the Nazi propaganda machine, actually qualified to represent Germany in cross-country skiing but declined, electing to film the event instead.

    Directed by:

  • Leni Riefenstahl
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    A Place Called Chiapas
    rating:3.5

    A Place Called Chiapas

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Featuring a rare on-camera interview with mysterious insurgent leader Subcomandante Marcos, filmmaker Nettie Wild's documentary investigates the rebel movement in Chiapas and the government's attempts to quash the activities of the Zapatistas. One of the poorest regions in Mexico, the southern province of Chiapas drew worldwide attention in 1994 when Marcos and his Zapatista National Liberation Army staged a major uprising.

    Directed by:

  • Nettie Wild
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    American Dream
    rating:3.5

    American Dream

    1990Runtime:0 minutes
    Documentarian Barbara Kopple weighs in with an unsettling account of the months-long strike of employees at the Hormel meatpacking plant, juxtaposed against the Reagan administration's demolition of the nation's air traffic controllers' union. In Austin, Minn., in 1984, Hormel strikers found themselves picketing during the worst climate for organized labor since the 19th century. Kopple won an Oscar for Best Documentary in 1991.

    Directed by:

  • Barbara Kopple
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    Now and Then
    rating:3.8

    Now and Then

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends -- Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta -- recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, they reconcile experiences with boys, secrets, bullies and more. Lesli Linka Glatter directs; Gaby Hoffmann, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Cloris Leachman, Thora Birch and Christina Ricci co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Lesli Linka Glatter
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Now and Then (1995)
    A heartwarming movie about four childhood girlfriends who, in adulthood reunion, relive their experience of the life-changing summer of 1970, including a mystery death, divorce, standing up to the boys, first kiss, and the meaning of true friendship. Each explores her unique identity amidst family and friends. Beautifully directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
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