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Vampire Secrets
rating:3.3

Vampire Secrets

2008Runtime:0 minutes
Learn the terrifying truth about vampires in this historical study that explains the cultural impact of Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula, traces the origin of common superstitions and reveals the connection between several ancient vampire myths.

Directed by:

  • Diana Zaslaw
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    John Brown's Holy War: American Experience
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    John Brown's Holy War: American Experience

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    After leading a group of abolitionists in a violent raid of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Va., in 1859, Connecticut-born religious zealot John Brown became a martyr -- and a reluctant revolutionary. In this fascinating installment of the "American Experience" series, Robert Kenner and Ken Chowder peel away the layers of Brown's complex and controversial personal history to explore his role as a catalyst for war.

    Directed by:

  • Mark Samels
  • Jacqueline Shearer
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    Coal Country
    rating:3.3

    Coal Country

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Increasingly, Big Coal is spelling big trouble for Appalachian communities whose members have worked the mines for generations. This documentary reveals why with its explanation of the effects of mountaintop-removal mining on the region. Miners, coal company officials and area residents weigh in on the high price of "cheap energy" -- especially when it involves blowing off mountain summits to expose seams. Journalist Michael Shnayerson narrates.

    Directed by:

  • Mari-Lynn Evans
  • Phylis Geller
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    Oceans
    rating:3.3

    Oceans

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Taking viewers deep beneath the ocean's surface, this riveting nature series captures the uncommon beauty of aquatic plant and animal life along with one intrepid team's attempts to fully understand it. The team includes expedition leader Paul Rose, marine biologist Tooni Mahto, maritime archaeologist Lucy Blue, and conservationist Philippe Cousteau Jr., the grandson of famed ocean researcher Jacques Cousteau.

    Directed by:

  • Matthew Gyves
  • Penny Allen
  • Milla Harrison-Hansley
  • Daniel Barry
  • Matthew Dyas
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    Her Name Is Sabine
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    Her Name Is Sabine

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    French actress turned filmmaker Sandrine Bonnaire crafts a deeply personal portrait of her sister Sabine Bonnaire, a 38-year-old autistic woman, and examines the inadequacies of the health care system in this moving foreign-language documentary. After languishing for five years in a psychiatric hospital, Sabine was ultimately transferred to a home in the Charente region of France, where her innate talents blossomed and flourished.

    Directed by:

  • Sandrine Bonnaire
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    The Meaning of Food
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    The Meaning of Food

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    So many cultural and religious celebrations center on food, but how did this come to be? Discover the rich and varied history of American dining in this three-episode series that has filmmakers sitting at the table with guests from across the country who bring to the discussion opinions and experiences informed by their own cultural expectations. What results is a fascinating documentary that leaves viewers with (pun intended!) much to digest.

    Directed by:

  • Maria Gargiulo
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    To Be Heard
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    To Be Heard

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Power Writers is a creative oasis in the hustle and violence of New York's public schools. This documentary chronicles four years in the lives of three young poets who've found the transformative magic of the written word through this unique program.

    Directed by:

  • Amy Sultan
  • Roland Legiardi-Laura
  • Edwin Martinez
  • Deborah Shaffer
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    Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner
    rating:3.3

    Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Freida Lee Mock explores the life and work of Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning playwright Tony Kushner -- who's best known for "Angels in America" -- by combining interviews with noted theater personalities with scenes from his plays. Highlights include appearances by Academy Award-winning actresses Meryl Streep and Marcia Gay Harden, whose inspired performances help bring Kushner's lines to life.

    Directed by:

  • Freida Lee Mock
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    Last Stand at Little Big Horn: American Experience
    rating:3.3

    Last Stand at Little Big Horn: American Experience

    1992Runtime:0 minutes
    In this documentary for PBS's acclaimed "American Experience" series, filmmaker Paul Stekler and Native American novelist James Welch use journals, oral accounts and archival feature films to examine the controversial Battle of Little Big Horn. It's a watershed moment in U.S. history that continues to foster heated debate to this very day. Pulitzer Prize-winning Native American writer Scott Momaday narrates.

    Directed by:

  • Jacqueline Shearer
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    Nature: Why We Love Cats and Dogs
    rating:3.3

    Nature: Why We Love Cats and Dogs

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    The emotional bond between 170 million American dog and cat owners and their furry, four-legged companions is explored in filmmaker-director Ellen Goosenberg Kent's heartwarming and intriguing documentary. An intimate peek into the lives of pet owners who tell poignant, surprising and compelling stories reveals what we inherently know in our hearts -- that the love we share with our animal best friends is unconditional and unbreakable.

    Directed by:

  • Ellen Goosenberg Kent
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    P.O.V.: The Judge & the General
    rating:3.3

    P.O.V.: The Judge & the General

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    The odyssey of Chilean judge Juan Guzmán, who in 1998 began investigating a human rights abuse case against Chile's former dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, is chronicled in this gripping documentary. As he uncovers the disturbing truth about secret detention camps and government-sanctioned murders, Guzmán reflects on how the privileged in Chile's society closed their eyes to the brutality that marked Pinochet's rule.

    Directed by:

  • Elizabeth Farnsworth
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    Miss Gulag
    rating:3.3

    Miss Gulag

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Welcome to Siberian women's prison UF-91/9, where every year, inmates vie for the beauty pageant title of Miss Spring. Focusing on three entrants, this film offers a captivating look at a new generation of women coming of age in post-Soviet Russia. The contestants discuss life before and during incarceration, revealing surprising similarities between the two. At the film's heart is the pageant, which represents something different for each woman.

    Directed by:

  • Maria Yatskova
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    My Country, My Country
    rating:3.3

    My Country, My Country

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Laura Poitras's fascinating Oscar-nominated documentary provides an inside look at war-torn Iraq from the perspective of a Baghdad citizen. The film follows Dr. Riyadh, a physician who serves the people in his community both as a health care provider and as an advocate in numerous areas of their lives. A critic of the U.S. occupation, Riyadh nonetheless supports democracy in Iraq and decides to run as a candidate in the tumultuous 2005 elections.

    Directed by:

  • Laura Poitras
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    Wheedle's Groove
    rating:3.3

    Wheedle's Groove

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Seattle's vigorous soul music scene of the early 1970s is showcased in this beat-rich documentary, featuring interviews and archival performances. Musicians who make an appearance include Quincy Jones, Kenny G and Mark Arm.

    Directed by:

  • Jennifer Maas
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    Pucker Up
    rating:3.3

    Pucker Up

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    From a New Jersey poultry guy to a nerdy corporate exec, the folks profiled here have one thing in common: They're serious about whistling. Kate Davis and David Heilbroner traveled to Louisburg, N.C. -- site of the International Whistling Competition -- to make this joyful movie about the no-nonsense business of competitive whistling. Presenting a year in the lives of several competitors, the film culminates with the event's nail-biting finale.

    Directed by:

  • Kate Davis
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    The Betrayal
    rating:3.3

    The Betrayal

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    During the Vietnam War, the United States performed secret operations in Laos, which led to much destruction in that country. After the war, the fallout of U.S. foreign policy remained, forcing Thavisouk Phrasavath and his family to flee the country. This documentary -- more than 20 years in the making -- follows Phrasavath's journey from war-torn Laos to his painful reunion with his family in Brooklyn years later, and netted an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary.

    Directed by:

  • Ellen Kuras
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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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