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Trisha Brown: Early Works 1966-1979
rating:2.5

Trisha Brown: Early Works 1966-1979

1966Runtime:0 minutes
The genius of acclaimed choreographer Trisha Brown comes alive in this comprehensive collection of footage capturing her earliest works, spanning the years 1966-79. Selections include "Homemade" (1966), "Man Walking Down the Side of a Building" (1970), "Roof and Fire Piece" (1973), "Spiral" (1974), "Spanish Dance" (1976) and "Watermotor" (1978). Bonus features include an interview with the artist conducted by art historian Klaus Kertess.

Directed by:

  • Babette Mangolte
  • Carlotta Schoolman
  • Jonathan Demme
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Thing with No Name
    rating:2.5

    Thing with No Name

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Sarah Friedland's harrowing documentary takes an unblinking look into the lives of the millions of Africans living with HIV or AIDS by chronicling the trials and tribulations of two Zulu women suffering with the deadly virus. Counted among the scores of patients living in a region hampered by limited resources and medical support, Friedland's subjects exhibit unquestionable strength in the face of alarming adversity.

    Directed by:

  • Sarah Friedland
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Something Like Flying: The Experimental Films of Debra Stratman
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    Something Like Flying: The Experimental Films of Debra Stratman

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Three short films by media artist Debra Stratman blur the line between abstract and documentary filmmaking, featuring haunting and beautiful visuals. "Kings of the Sky" follows tightrope artist Adil Hoxur on a tour of the Chinese desert; "In Order Not to Be Here" goes undercover in the suburbs to investigate a culture of isolation; and "From Hetty to Nancy" uses handwritten letters to tell the story of two turn-of-the-century friends.

    Directed by:

  • Deborah Stratman
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    The Housemaid
    rating:2.5

    The Housemaid

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Placing her camera in the home of an elderly German couple, director Anna Hoffmann captures the palpable friction between three tangled lives: Lore, who's confined to a wheelchair; Max, her effectively mute husband; and Martina, their Slovakian maid. Frustrated, homesick and alienated by a daunting language barrier, the uprooted Martina desperately wants to go home, but her family needs the income.

    Directed by:

  • Anna Hoffmann
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez
    rating:2.5

    The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, this 2006 documentary profiles the life of Marine Lance Cpl. José Antonio Gutierrez -- a "green card" (non-U.S. citizen) soldier and the Iraq War's first American casualty. A former street kid from Guatemala, Gutierrez traveled to America in search of a better life, only to end up on the other side of the world when he enlisted in the Marines to gain U.S. citizenship after serving.

    Directed by:

  • Heidi Specogna
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Mission: God at Work, Faith in Action
    rating:2.5

    Mission: God at Work, Faith in Action

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Missionaries Steve Saint and Dianne Becker serve as hosts for this series of documentary-style, Christian magazine programs filmed at the Florida-based Indigenous People's Technology and Education Center. This program contains 24 segments featuring evangelists' worldwide efforts, including the Malawi Living Water Project, the Honduras Micah Project, World Team's work in Indonesia and Guatemala's God's Child Project.

    Directed by:

  • Dianne Becker
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    Afro Promo
    rating:2.5

    Afro Promo

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Allowing the mesmerizing collection of promotional film trailers to speak for itself, this entertaining documentary tracks the evolution of black cinema from 1946 to 1976 -- warts and all. With appearances by Sidney Poitier, James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, Pam Grier and many others, the clips run the gamut from the progressive to the offensive, covering everything from blaxploitation flicks to plantation dramas.

    Directed by:

  • Bruce Knapper
  • Jenni Olson
  • Karl Bruce Knapper
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Assunta Spina / The Last Diva: Double Feature
    rating:2.5

    Assunta Spina / The Last Diva: Double Feature

    1915Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on the novel and play by Salvatore Di Giacomo, Assunta Spina tells of a Neapolitan working-class girl (Francesca Bertini) whose livelihood and honor is constantly threatened by people more powerful than herself. The Last Diva is a tribute to Italian silent-film actress Francesca Bertini, including a special interview with the star herself and clips from her films, with a special focus on Assunta Spina (filmed in 1915).

    Directed by:

  • Francesca Bertini
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    Oceania: The Human/Dolphin Connection
    rating:2.5

    Oceania: The Human/Dolphin Connection

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Estelle Myers directs this award-winning program that originally aired on television in Australia and New Zealand, delivering a fascinating investigation of the human-dolphin connection. Diving below the surface of what is commonly known about the graceful marine mammals, the documentary features interviews with people whose lives have been dramatically altered by their contact with dolphins and whales.

    Directed by:

  • Estelle Myers
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    Freaky Circus Guy
    rating:2.5

    Freaky Circus Guy

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Jane Burek directs this documentary that takes you inside the wondrously strange and fascinating world of circus sideshow performers. Burek's film follows the eccentric Ken Harck, whose passion is collecting circus posters from the 1920s and '30s (he has the world's largest collection). Harck takes his obsession to a new level when he decides to launch a sideshow -- complete with sword swallowers and other oddities -- on a New Jersey boardwalk.

    Directed by:

  • Jane Burek
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    Bill Moyers: Genesis: A Living Conversation
    rating:2.5

    Bill Moyers: Genesis: A Living Conversation

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    Three of the world's major religions draw deep spiritual and literal meaning from the stories related in the Book of Genesis, including the primeval flood, the creation of Adam and Eve, and God's fateful summons to Abraham. Bill Moyers combines the insights of internationally recognized scholars, scientists and religious leaders in this PBS program about the text that has held people in sway for thousands of years and continues to do so today.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Tatge
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    Hillbrow Kids
    rating:2.5

    Hillbrow Kids

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    On the lonely streets of the Hillbrow district in Johannesburg, South Africa, homeless black teens ask white passersby for change, in hopes that their earnings will stave off hunger and help end their waking nightmares. In this gritty documentary framed by the narrative of a fictitious storyteller (Regina Ndlovu), German filmmakers Michael Hammon and Jacqueline Gorgen capture the lives of these impoverished young people with unflinching honesty.

    Directed by:

  • Jacqueline Gorgen
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    Dropped
    rating:2.5

    Dropped

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker and music executive Nicole Ehrlich exposes the harsh realities of the music industry by following seven artists who were signed by major labels and subsequently "dropped" unexpectedly. Musicians Hot Karl, Bush Tetras, Wiskey Biscuit, Spearhead, Murphy's Law, OPM and Burning Star tell their stories of living at the mercy of their recording labels, bringing light to just how hard it is to make it in the music biz.

    Directed by:

  • Rosser Goodman
  • Farah Z. Khalid
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Through a Child's Eyes
    rating:2.5

    Through a Child's Eyes

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Through words, artwork and music, this enthralling documentary records what it was like for children to experience the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001. The interviewees are children ages 2-11 who hail from New York, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., as well as children living in America with roots in Afghanistan, Burma and Burundi. Music and children's artwork is used throughout this engrossing film.

    Directed by:

  • Amy Schatz
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    Butterflies
    rating:2.5

    Butterflies

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Ester Brymova examines how the offbeat content created and posted online by Lisanova, Boh3m3, Mr. Safety (aka Lisa Donovan, Ben Going and Cory Williams) and other popular YouTube personalities is changing the face of 21st-century media. In this documentary, these young artists are questioned as flashes in the pan as the "Weblebrities" of the moment or as the vanguard of a paradigm shift in global information distribution.

    Directed by:

  • Ester Brymova
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Design
    rating:2.5

    Design

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmakers Danielle Schirman and Anna-Celia Kendall explore the fusion of form and function in six iconic products that helped define 20th-century design. See how the iMac, Akari lamp, BIC Cristal pen, Bubble Club sofa, Hoover vacuum and Citroën's DS19 went beyond pure functionality to capture the public's imagination and become part of popular culture.

    Directed by:

  • Danielle Schirman
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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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