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Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got
rating:2.6

Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got

1985Runtime:0 minutes
Clarinetist Artie Shaw became a leading New York studio musician by age 19, then went on to success as a popular bandleader. Filmmaker Brigitte Berman explores Shaw's turbulent life in this Oscar-winning documentary. Through interviews with Shaw, archival footage of his performances and discussions with many of his friends -- including Buddy Rich and Mel Torme -- Berman provides sharp insight into the life and music of this gifted artist.

Directed by:

  • Brigitte Berman
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Right to Risk
    rating:2.6

    Right to Risk

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Eight men and women with significant physical disabilities such as blindness, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, quadriplegia, spina bifida and multiple sclerosis take on the thrilling adventure of whitewater rafting 225 miles through the Grand Canyon. Throughout the course of this life-affirming journey, the courageous participants share their thoughts on overcoming stereotypes and tackling life's challenges head on.

    Directed by:

  • Kathleen Ryan
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Girls Like Us
    rating:2.6

    Girls Like Us

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, this engrossing documentary chronicles four years in the lives of four teenage girls from different social and ethnic backgrounds as they come of age in working-class Philadelphia. As the girls grow up, they confront social and family expectations; explore their feelings about religion, relationships and sex; and experience personal triumphs and tragedies.

    Directed by:

  • Tina Di Feliciantonio
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Two Laws
    rating:2.6

    Two Laws

    1981Runtime:0 minutes
    Put in charge of the filmmaking process, the Borroloola Aborigines of remote northern Australia tell their own story -- through their narrative traditions and with a focus on the issues of importance to them -- in this groundbreaking documentary. Dreamlike in its pacing and visuals, the film traces the community's struggle to live under two disparate laws -- their own and that imposed on them by European settlers.

    Directed by:

  • Alessandro Cavadini
  • Carolyn Strachan
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Family Inc
    rating:2.6

    Family Inc

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Toy tycoon Charles Ting calls on his daughter, New York filmmaker Emily Ting, to help out with the family toy company. Documentary cameras follow Emily's return to Hong Kong, where she soon discovers a host of family secrets and business woes. Dad's a tantrum-throwing control freak, the company's on the brink of bankruptcy and her stepmother sees her as an interfering enemy. Worst of all, Emily's father plans to step down and make her CEO.

    Directed by:

  • Emily Ting
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Gang of Souls: A Generation of Beat Poets
    rating:2.6

    Gang of Souls: A Generation of Beat Poets

    1989Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Maria Beatty's fascinating documentary revisits the prolific creativity and ravenous hunger for social change that was emblematic of America's beat poets, whose key members reflect candidly on the turbulent era. Allen Ginsberg, Diane Di Prima and William S. Burroughs offer keen insights in interviews, while contemporary voices such as Marianne Faithfull, Richard Hell, Lydia Lunch and Henry Rollins weigh in with incisive observations.

    Directed by:

  • Maria Beatty
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Seeking God: The Way of the Monk
    rating:2.6

    Seeking God: The Way of the Monk

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    This captivating documentary from filmmaker Diane Marron explores the unusual and fascinating lives led by the enigmatic Benedictine monks of northern New Mexico's Monastery of Christ in the Desert. Observing their daily routines, filled with chants, rituals and prayers, and capturing candid reflections from the monks themselves, Marron's film offers viewers a glimpse into a world rarely witnessed by outsiders.

    Directed by:

  • Diane Marron
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Bump!: The Ultimate Gay Travel Companion: Gay Beach Escapes
    rating:2.6

    Bump!: The Ultimate Gay Travel Companion: Gay Beach Escapes

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Designed specifically for gay and lesbian travelers, this installment of "Bump!" takes you on a virtual tour of some of the world's most exotic beach locales, helping you plan your next vacation or romantic getaway with relative ease. Hosts Charlie David and Shannon McDonough are your guides to the gay-friendly Spanish beach town of Torremolinos, the charming coastal village of Paraty in Brazil and Mexico's vibrant Puerto Vallarta.

    Directed by:

  • Rowan Nielson
  • Michelle Mama
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas
    rating:2.6

    Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    From the communal councils of Venezuela to constitutional assemblies, grassroots movements and cooperatives, filmmakers Silvia Leindecker and Michael Fox explore the many incarnations of democracy across the Americas. The documentary examines democracy in nations such as Brazil, Colombia and Canada, and features interviews with journalists, cooperative and community members, elected representatives, academics and activists.

    Directed by:

  • Michael Fox
  • Silvia Leindecker
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Paris, Not France
    rating:2.6

    Paris, Not France

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Adria Petty presents a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of heiress and media darling Paris Hilton as she travels the world to wow her fans and expand her business interests. Featuring interviews with Paris and her family, as well as candid thoughts from Donald Trump, Camille Paglia and others, this film presents the case that Hilton is a shrewd businesswoman who uses her vacuous public persona to her advantage.

    Directed by:

  • Adria Petty
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Another Day in Paradise
    rating:2.6

    Another Day in Paradise

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    The concept of fatherhood takes on complicated new definitions in this PBS documentary that follows the struggles of three servicemen working aboard an aircraft carrier on a six-month deployment in the Persian Gulf. Culled from footage captured during the shooting of the series "Carrier," the program profiles three men: one with a newborn at home, one whose son was born in his absence and one who just learned his girlfriend is pregnant.

    Directed by:

  • Deborah Dickson
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    VDL Research House: Richard Neutra's Studio and Residence
    rating:2.6

    VDL Research House: Richard Neutra's Studio and Residence

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Modernist architect Richard Neutra's most personal work was his Los Angeles residence and studio, the Van der Leeuw Research House. This comprehensive tour examines both houses on the VDL grounds, which together illuminate his developing style. Historical photographs and interviews with Neutra's sons; his contemporary John Blanton; and the filmmakers, archivists Lauren Weiss Bricker and Judith Sheine, accompany the visit.

    Directed by:

  • Lauren Weiss Bricker
  • Judith Sheine
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Call to Witness
    rating:2.5

    Call to Witness

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Offering insight into the current struggles over sexuality within organized religion, Pam Walton's groundbreaking documentary tells the stories of three openly gay and lesbian Midwestern Lutheran pastors who have taken a stand against their own church. The film clearly and skillfully outlines the contradictions within a church that supposedly welcomes lesbians and gay men -- but at the same time condemns them.

    Directed by:

  • Pam Walton
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Alma
    rating:2.5

    Alma

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Ruth Leitman offers an unflinching and at times unexpectedly droll look at a deeply troubled Southern family and how its abuses, traumas and addictions are mediated by a regional culture rich in biblical and moral overtones. Margie Thorpe inherits an extraordinary legacy of violence endured by her mother, Alma, and also carries with her the emotional scars inflicted by an alcoholic and abusive father.

    Directed by:

  • Ruth Leitman
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Beirut: The Last Home Movie
    rating:2.5

    Beirut: The Last Home Movie

    1987Runtime:0 minutes
    Winner of several awards on the film festival circuit -- including Best Documentary and Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival -- this gripping film details three months in the life of a Lebanese family inhabiting a heavily bombed Beirut neighborhood. Director Jennifer Fox creates a fascinating portrait of people living through the chaos of war as she explores the complexity of personal and political relationships under stress.

    Directed by:

  • Jennifer Fox
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    International Documentary Challenge
    rating:2.5

    International Documentary Challenge

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Directors and all-volunteer crews from around the world are given five days to shoot and edit a short non-fiction film in the unique competition known as the International Documentary Challenge, which began in 2006. This collection showcases the best films from the first three years of the contest. Selections include films from China, the Netherlands, Israel, Palestine, New York, Seattle, Montana, Japan and more.

    Directed by:

  • Niklas Sven Vollmer
  • Laura Kissel
  • Brendan Gill
  • Gregory Scott
  • Jon Ward
  • Chris Thomas
  • Kevin Thomas
  • Izzy Abrahami
  • Erga Netz
  • rating:2.5 2.5 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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