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Chaïm Soutine: 20th Century Expressionist Artist
rating:3.0

Chaïm Soutine: 20th Century Expressionist Artist

2008Runtime:0 minutes
Famously tormented and secretive, Jewish Expressionist painter Chaim Soutine has remained a somewhat mysterious figure in the world of art since his 1943 death. With this documentary, filmmakers Valerie Firla and Murielle Levy set out to change that. Drawing on information from a handful of old books, an ancient film and Paris's Montparnasse cemetery, the film sheds light on both the man and his work, revealing the deep ties between the two.

Directed by:

  • Murielle Levy
  • Valerie Firla
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    The Astronomers
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    The Astronomers

    1991Runtime:0 minutes
    Outer space is demystified in this riveting series that makes use of interviews, footage, animation and special-effects technology to explore the universe through the eyes of the men and women who know the most about it: astronomers. Six episodes are included in this collection: "Where Is the Rest of the Universe?" "Searching for Black Holes," "A Window to Creation," "Waves of the Future," "Stardust" and "Prospecting for Planets."

    Directed by:

  • Linda Feferman
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    Diana: The Witnesses in the Tunnel
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    Diana: The Witnesses in the Tunnel

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Featuring photos taken by paparazzi and others who happened on the scene, this documentary examines the tragic 1997 car accident in which Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed died, and tells the story of the photographers who were arrested. Produced by the U.K.'s Channel 4, the program reveals a never-before-scene photographic record of the events that transpired in the hour following the crash in Paris's Pont de l'Alma tunnel.

    Directed by:

  • Janice Sutherland
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    The Meaning of Food
    rating:3.0

    The Meaning of Food

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Discover the rich and varied history of American dining in this 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.

    Directed by:

  • Maria Gargiulo
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    The Shield Around the K: The Story of K Records
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    The Shield Around the K: The Story of K Records

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Heather Rose Dominic's engrossing documentary details the laborious but fulfilling process of building a record label -- in this case, do-it-yourself K Records, which is responsible for such discoveries as Calvin Johnson's influential band, Beat Happening. Included are interviews with alternative-music legends Ian MacKaye of Fugazi; Dean Wareham of Galaxie 500; Rose Melberg of Softies and Tiger Trap; and more.

    Directed by:

  • Heather Rose Dominic
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    Rhino Rescue
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    Rhino Rescue

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Beverly Joubert and Dereck Joubert produce and direct this National Geographic documentary that recounts their efforts to rescue black rhinos from extinction. Targeted by poachers, the worldwide population of black rhinos has diminished at an alarming rate, now totaling less than 4,000. Aided by the Botswana Defense Force, the Jouberts helm a historic effort to remove the rhinos from harm's way and relocate them.

    Directed by:

  • Dereck Joubert
  • Beverly Joubert
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    Ballot Measure 9
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    Ballot Measure 9

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, this documentary chronicles the fight over Oregon's State Ballot Measure 9, an amendment put forth by the conservative group Oregon Citizen's Alliance in 1992. Intended to revoke current laws and prohibit the passing of future laws protecting homosexuals from discrimination, Measure 9 provoked an explosive battle between the gay community and conservative factions before its ultimate defeat.

    Directed by:

  • Heather MacDonald
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    Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright's Buildings and Legacy in Japan
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    Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright's Buildings and Legacy in Japan

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright gained renown for his designs in America, but he drew great inspiration from Japan, where he worked for several years. This documentary explores his experiences in Japan and his influence on Japanese architecture. By examining the monuments Wright created in Japan, such as an embassy, a school and hotels, the program offers viewers insight into the brilliant architect's genius as well as his Japanese obsession.

    Directed by:

  • Karen Severns
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    Something Ventured
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    Something Ventured

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    This engrossing documentary traces the genesis of some of the world's most revolutionary companies, such as Apple, Intel and Genentech, and how their investors' visionary practices transformed the way the modern world communicates and does business.

    Directed by:

  • Dayna Goldfine
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    The Police Tapes
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    The Police Tapes

    1976Runtime:0 minutes
    In 1976, two filmmakers rode along with police officers from the South Bronx's 44th precinct to depict the violent crime they saw. The result is this riveting documentary that won multiple awards, including three Emmys. Dramatic footage captures bold gangs, murder investigations and an explosive hostage situation. Surprisingly candid, the officers talk about the frustrations and fears they face as they serve in the savagely violent streets.

    Directed by:

  • Alan Raymond
  • Susan Raymond
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    The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in Hollywood
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    The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in Hollywood

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    The cinematic careers of Latino stars are celebrated in this progressive retrospective that deftly chronicles their many contributions. Movie clips and special interviews are used to narrate the importance of stars such as Anthony Quinn, Rita Moreno, Benicio Del Toro, Antonio Banderas, Desi Arnaz, Salma Hayek, John Leguizamo, Jennifer Lopez, Carmen Miranda and many more, from their beginnings in silent films to more contemporary fare.

    Directed by:

  • Nancy De Los Santos
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    They Made America
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    They Made America

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    In this four-part program from the producers of the "American Experience" series that originally aired on PBS, the innovators whose brainstorms and entrepreneurial spirit gave birth to such landmark advances as the steamboat and the 747 jetliner (as well as the Barbie doll and CNN) are profiled. It's an examination of more than two centuries of glorious growth and invention. Based on the titular book by journalist Harold Evans.

    Directed by:

  • Dan McCabe
  • Megan Gelstein
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    Orphans of Apollo
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    Orphans of Apollo

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    After President Nixon nixed the NASA Apollo Moon program, a group of entrepreneurs grew tired of the decline in space activity and took matters into their own hands -- by negotiating a deal with the Russians to commandeer the Mir Space Station. With a business plan that is truly out of this world, the mavericks behind MirCorp set out to cash in on the final frontier in this extraordinary documentary of a little-known chapter in space history.

    Directed by:

  • Michael Potter
  • Becky Neiman
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    Persons of Interest
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    Persons of Interest

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    In the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, more than 5,000 Arab or Muslim immigrants were taken into custody by the U.S. Justice Department and held indefinitely on the grounds of national security. This documentary consists of a series of interviews with 12 detainees and family members, conducted in a bare room that functioned variously as interrogation room, prison cell and home.

    Directed by:

  • Alison MacLean
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    The Corporal's Diary: 38 Days in Iraq
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    The Corporal's Diary: 38 Days in Iraq

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    This poignant documentary shares the video journal kept by 22-year-old Cpl. Jonathan Santos during the 37 days he served in Iraq before being killed in a bombing on October 15, 2004, along with several other soldiers. Jonathan's mother, Doris Kent, received the journal along with the rest of his belongings after his death, and the film follows her subsequent meetings with family members of other soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

    Directed by:

  • Patricia Boiko
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    Bird by Bird with Annie: A Film Portrait of Writer Anne Lamott
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    Bird by Bird with Annie: A Film Portrait of Writer Anne Lamott

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Directed by award-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock, this arresting documentary chronicles a year in the life of best-selling author and humorist Anne Lamott, best known for titles such as Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith and Hard Laughter. From her life as a recovering alcoholic and single mother to her transformation as a progressive political activist and writer, Lamott's story is one of redemption, faith and creativity.

    Directed by:

  • Freida Lee Mock
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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
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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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