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American Pit Bull
rating:3.4

American Pit Bull

2007Runtime:0 minutes
Thomas Jefferson owned two. Helen Keller and the Little Rascals were also proud owners. So how did the pit bull devolve from America's most beloved dog to its most feared? Filmmaker Marilyn Braverman explores this strange transformation. The intriguing documentary follows the breed from its upper-class roots to its ascendance in the dog-fighting scene and its more recent role as an inner-city guard dog.

Directed by:

  • Marilyn Braverman
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    Sunset Story
    rating:3.4

    Sunset Story

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Sunset Hall in Los Angeles is home to two remarkable retirees, 81-year-old Irja and 95-year-old Lucille. Despite their years, Isja and Lucille exhibit a zest for life and show interest in the world at large. They delight in their past accomplishments and take each day as it comes -- full of promise and relying on each other for friendship. Old age can truly be the golden years, as filmmaker Laura Gabbert proves in her life-affirming film.

    Directed by:

  • Laura Gabbert
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    Journeys with George
    rating:3.4

    Journeys with George

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    California Democratic congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's daughter, Alexandra, followed presidential hopeful George W. Bush on the campaign trail with her camera. The result is a personal portrait of a man who would become the leader of the free world.

    Directed by:

  • Alexandra Pelosi
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    Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light
    rating:3.4

    Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    The son of a Russian-Jewish immigrant, Richard Avedon became one of the most famous photographers in the world of fashion. Beginning with his work in post-World War II Paris, the film follows Avedon's 50-year career photographing both the famous and the not so famous. Avedon himself provides commentary on his signature black-and-white style in this documentary created for the "American Masters" series.

    Directed by:

  • Helen Whitney
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    The Tailenders: POV
    rating:3.4

    The Tailenders: POV

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Like other Christian missionaries, Gospel Recordings blends marketing and emotion to help promote the message of Christian faith to non-Christians around the world. The difference is that this group of evangelists uses technology, specifically, audio recordings in over 5,000 languages, to spread the word. Filmed in Mexico, India, the Solomon Islands and the U.S., this installment of the PBS Series "POV" is a 2007 Independent Spirit Award nominee.

    Directed by:

  • Adele Horne
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    In the Mirror of Maya Deren
    rating:3.4

    In the Mirror of Maya Deren

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Martina Kudlacek gives motion picture pioneer Maya Deren her just due in this fascinating documentary, establishing her superlative contributions to film editing, cinematography and art. In the 1940s, dancer-writer Deren made her mark in the film world with her groundbreaking avant-garde movies. This biographical portrait is a must-see for film buffs looking to expand their cinematic knowledge.

    Directed by:

  • Martina Kudlacek
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    Luther Vandross: Journeys in Black
    rating:3.4

    Luther Vandross: Journeys in Black

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Black Entertainment Television presents a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life and work of soul singer Luther Vandross. Born in Harlem, Vandross developed a love for music after seeing performances at the Apollo Theater as a child. It was time well spent, as his inimitable rhythm and blues vocal stylings have become the "sound of love" for more than 20 years.

    Directed by:

  • Stephanie Frederic
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    Have You Seen Andy?
    rating:3.4

    Have You Seen Andy?

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Still haunted by the disappearance of childhood friend Andy Puglisi more than two decades earlier, filmmaker Melanie Perkins investigates the events of the day he vanished, uncovering new evidence and shocking errors made during the initial inquiry. Featuring interviews with police officers, forensics experts and Andy's relatives, this Emmy-winning documentary explores the possible involvement of several suspects in the unsolved case.

    Directed by:

  • Melanie Perkins
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    Regret to Inform
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    Regret to Inform

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Venturing to Vietnam 20 years after her husband's death, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn finds a landscape filled with the psychological remnants of war in this film about the common ground shared by widows on both sides of the conflict. Filled with archival footage, breathtaking visions of modern Vietnam and tragic stories from American and Vietnamese women who lost their husbands to war, this Oscar-nominated documentary details an unforgettable journey.

    Directed by:

  • Barbara Sonneborn
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    Picture Me
    rating:3.4

    Picture Me

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Go behind the scenes and experience both the glamour and the darker side of the high fashion industry as filmmaker Ole Schell documents girlfriend Sara Ziff's rise to international model status in this revealing film. Taking place over several years, the documentary features interviews with numerous models in the industry and includes appearances by designers Karl Lagerfeld and Nicole Miller, photographer Gilles Bensimon and others.

    Directed by:

  • Ole Schell
  • Sara Ziff
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    The Heretics
    rating:3.4

    The Heretics

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Tracing the history of the Heresies Collective, a group that published a feminist journal of art and politics from 1977 to 1992, this compelling documentary examines its role as an influential part of the broader women's movement. Hundreds of the group's members went on to become accomplished artists of all stripes, and many of them discuss the work they did during those transformative decades for women.

    Directed by:

  • Joan Braderman
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    Cropsey
    rating:3.4

    Cropsey

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Directors Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio explore an urban legend that always disturbed them while growing up in Staten Island, N.Y. -- a rash of child abductions that struck the area in the 1970s and 80s -- in their gripping documentary. The legend became real when a handyman and drifter named Andre Rand abducted numerous young kids, setting off myriad motive theories, frightening residents in the community and tripping up the legal system.

    Directed by:

  • Joshua Zeman
  • Barbara Brancaccio
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    Neshoba: The Price of Freedom
    rating:3.4

    Neshoba: The Price of Freedom

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Forty-some years after the Klu Klux Klan killing of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County, Miss., the mastermind of the slaughter is indicted for murder -- and filmmakers Micki Dickoff and Tony Pagano are there to document what comes next. Following Edgar Ray Killen from indictment through trial, the filmmakers juxtapose Killen's words with those of the victims' families and the community to illuminate the scars of a racist past.

    Directed by:

  • Micki Dickoff
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    Absolute Wilson
    rating:3.4

    Absolute Wilson

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    This provocative documentary from Katharina Otto pays homage to famed stage designer Robert Wilson, who overcame childhood learning disabilities growing up in Waco, Texas, and rose to become one of the most respected avant-garde artists in late 1960s New York. As much a tale of social injustice as a portrait of an artist, this mix of interviews and live performance is testimony to how Wilson's early challenges influenced his creative expression.

    Directed by:

  • Katharina Otto
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    Enlighten Up!
    rating:3.4

    Enlighten Up!

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Armed with the belief that yoga can positively transform anyone's life, documentarian Kate Churchill tracks journalist Nick Rosen's investigation into the ancient discipline, which launches the yoga cynic on a journey halfway around the world. Searching for the true meaning of yoga, Rosen meets a variety of yogis, devotees and gurus who espouse widely different views on the purpose and significance of the age-old practice.

    Directed by:

  • Kate Churchill
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    The Flute Player
    rating:3.4

    The Flute Player

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    After the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia in 1975, 9-year-old Arn Chorn-Pond was thrust into the darkness of Cambodia's Killing Fields. For four years, Arn's musical talent kept him from perishing in a genocide that took the lives of 2 million Cambodians. Now, after living in the United States for 20 years, Arn faces the dark shadows of his war-torn past as he fights to save Cambodia's once-outlawed traditional music from extinction.

    Directed by:

  • Jocelyn Glatzer
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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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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