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Frontrunners
rating:3.2

Frontrunners

2008Runtime:0 minutes
The campaign pressures, the rivalries and the emphasis on image could all be taken from a national presidential race. But the candidates profiled in this documentary are competing for student body president at New York's Stuyvesant High School. As the notoriously competitive school's election draws near, the campaign becomes a microcosm for the nation at large, with race, gender and appearance vying for attention with real issues.

Directed by:

  • Caroline Suh
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Paris Was a Woman
    rating:3.2

    Paris Was a Woman

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    Between the World Wars, Paris was the world's artistic capital, attracting cultural titans like Gertrude Stein and others. Through home movies and intimate storytelling, this documentary re-creates the mood of this unique female artistic community.

    Directed by:

  • Greta Schiller
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    I Can't Marry You
    rating:3.2

    I Can't Marry You

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Helmed by Catherine Gray and narrated by Betty DeGeneres -- mother of lesbian celebrity Ellen DeGeneres -- this hourlong documentary tackles the controversial topic of gay marriage in the United States. Via interviews with civil-rights attorney Evan Wolfson and 20 same-sex couples, the film chronicles their struggles against religious opposition and homophobia -- issues not faced by their heterosexual counterparts.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Gray
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    S.W.A.T.: L.A., Las Vegas, and Detroit
    rating:3.2

    S.W.A.T.: L.A., Las Vegas, and Detroit

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    The S.W.A.T. teams of three cities -- Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Detroit -- are featured on this unique disc. Witness all three teams at work as they're called in to cover the most precarious assignments in law enforcement. See how these elite groups are trained specifically for the types of crimes they're summoned for, and take a glimpse at the highly technological equipment and military-style strategies used by these courageous heroes.

    Directed by:

  • Jennifer Gorman Buckley
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Secrets of the Dead: Killer Flu
    rating:3.2

    Secrets of the Dead: Killer Flu

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    This fascinating program explores the flu pandemic that swept across the globe in 1918 and killed some 40 million people, four times the number of casualties from the recently ended World War I. As contemporary virologists and epidemiologists continue their research in an effort to understand where this flu strain originated and what made it so lethal, experts predict we will face a comparable pandemic soon, possibly in the next decade.

    Directed by:

  • Elizabeth Dobson
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Greenlit
    rating:3.2

    Greenlit

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Miranda Bailey helms this wry documentary that follows the making of the film The River Why. The indie drama was intended to be an entirely green production, but Bailey quickly discovers that filmmaking is far from environmentally friendly. The River Why's Zach Gilford ("Friday Night Lights") and director Matthew Leutwyler weigh in on the runaway waste that seems to follow even the most well-intentioned film sets.

    Directed by:

  • Miranda Bailey
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    World's Largest
    rating:3.2

    World's Largest

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Soap Lake was once a thriving resort in eastern Washington, but today it's famous for ... well, not much. But with any luck, the town's efforts to build the world's biggest lava lamp will put it back on the map. Elizabeth Donius and Amy Elliott visit 58 out-of-the way communities that claim the title of largest &NFi;something&NFi_; -- including the biggest rattlesnake and the tallest cornstalk -- and follow Soap Lake's attempts to join this exclusive club.

    Directed by:

  • Elizabeth Donius
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    No Tomorrow
    rating:3.2

    No Tomorrow

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Directors Roger Weisberg and Vanessa Roth detail the 2007 trial of Juan Jose Chavez for the murder of Risa Bejarano, who was a subject of the filmmakers' previous documentary, Aging Out, about teenagers in foster care. Weisberg and Roth grow increasingly concerned when their film becomes a part of the prosecutor's case against Chavez, who himself had also suffered abuse and neglect and is now confronted with receiving the death penalty.

    Directed by:

  • Roger Weisberg
  • Vanessa Roth
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies
    rating:3.2

    Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    A reclusive millionaire who owed his fortune to his father, Howard Hughes staked his fame on many things, including his credits as a producer, director and aviator. But he is perhaps best known for his skills as a Casanova, reportedly romancing Jean Harlow, Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth and Bette Davis. Actor Billy Zane narrates this documentary, which offers a glimpse of the man behind the glamour.

    Directed by:

  • Jeremy Geltzer
  • Mary Jane Morrison
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Circus Kids
    rating:3.2

    Circus Kids

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Kids from diverse backgrounds find common joy in the circus in this lively documentary about a youth troupe from St. Louis, Mo., that travels to Israel to join forces with the young members of the Arab-Jewish Galilee Circus. The language barrier dissolves at the first juggling pass, and the kids bridge the cultural gap in front of Arab and Jewish audiences across Israel, showing grown-ups how to put aside their differences.

    Directed by:

  • Alexandra Lipsitz
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Army of One
    rating:3.1

    Army of One

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a well-to-do stockbroker, a high school dropout and an aspiring modern dancer enlist in the Army with varying degrees of success in this riveting, heartbreaking documentary. Filmmaker Sarah Goodman's award-winning feature debut follows the three young recruits -- Thaddeus Ressler, Nelson Reyes and Sara Miller -- through basic training and deployment over the course of two years.

    Directed by:

  • Sarah Goodman
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Cancer Warrior: Nova
    rating:3.1

    Cancer Warrior: Nova

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Join Dr. Judah Folkman as he shares his 40-year quest for a radically new cancer treatment, including the development of the much-touted drug Endostatin. As a young doctor, Dr. Folkman proposed that a tumor could not grow to be life-threatening if the blood supply to it were blocked. Now, Folkman invites cameras into his lab for a first-person look at the groundbreaking clinical research that offers hope to cancer patients.

    Directed by:

  • Nancy Linde
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Payback
    rating:3.1

    Payback

    2012Runtime:0 minutes
    Drawing from Margaret Atwood's book, documentarian Jennifer Baichwal examines the role of debt throughout human history. The film holds religion, politics, literature and sociology up to the light, finding every aspect of culture touched by debt.

    Directed by:

  • Jennifer Baichwal
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Is It True What They Say About Ann?
    rating:3.1

    Is It True What They Say About Ann?

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Deeply polarizing political commentator and author Ann Coulter is the subject of this authorized documentary by Elinor Burkett and Patrick Wright. Disliked by liberals -- whom she loathes with equal, if not greater, venom -- Coulter seldom watches her words. But who is she, really? Using footage from her numerous public appearances, speeches and interviews, the filmmakers attempt to find an answer to the intriguing question.

    Directed by:

  • Elinor Burkett
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Stagedoor
    rating:3.1

    Stagedoor

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Summer camp is usually filled with activities and crafts, but for the kids of Stagedoor Manor, camp is all song and dance, literally. Spawning superstar alumni such as Natalie Portman, Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Jason Leigh and Felicity Huffman, Stagedoor Manor is a breeding ground for talent. Director Alexandra Shiva follows five dedicated campers through rigorous rehearsals to a theatrical performance that rivals professional productions.

    Directed by:

  • Alexandra Shiva
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Sunshine
    rating:3.1

    Sunshine

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    In this compelling documentary, filmmaker Karen Skloss explores the meaning of family through a personal journey to understand both the legacy of her birth and the non-traditional family she created by co-parenting with her ex-boyfriend. As an unwed teenager, Skloss's mother gave her up for adoption in 1975. Now Skloss reconnects with her biological mother as she contemplates her own relationship with her daughter, 9-year-old Jasmine.

    Directed by:

  • Karen Skloss
  • rating:3.1 3.1 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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