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Directors:Lillian Michelson, Harold Michelson, Gene Allen, James D. Bissell, Mel Brooks, Rick Carter, Stuart Cornfeld, Danny DeVito, Gabriel Hardman, Bill Krohn, Patrick Mate, Anahid Nazarian, Norman Newberry, Richard Sylbert, Thomas A. Walsh
Movie fans know the work of Harold and Lillian Michelson, even if they don't recognize the names. Working largely uncredited in the Hollywood system, storyboard artist Harold and film researcher Lillian left an indelible mark on classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski and many more. Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips and candid conversations with Harold and Lillian, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola and others, this deeply engaging documentary from Academy Award®-nominated director Daniel Raim offers both a moving portrait of a marriage and a celebration of the unknown talents that help shape the films we love.
Directors:Peter Bonerz, Jim Carrey, Randall Carver, Danny DeVito, Andy Dick, Milos Forman, Paul Giamatti, Hugh Hefner, Judd Hirsch, Elton John, Carol Kane, Jerry Lawler, David Letterman, Courtney Love, Jon Lovitz
A behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon (1999).
Directors:Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, Fred Durst, Shepard Fairey, Alan Ollie Gelfand, Tommy Guerrero, Ben Harper, Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Rodney Mullen, Steve Olson, Stacy Peralta, George Powell
When six teenage boys came together as a skateboarding team in the 1980s, they reinvented not only their chosen sport but themselves too - as they evolved from insecure outsiders to the most influential athletes in the field.
Directors:Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Matty Ferrigno, Victoria Ferrigno, Mike Katz, Franco Columbu, Ed Corney, Ken Waller, Serge Nubret, Robbie Robinson, Marianne Claire, Frank Zane, David DuPree, Eddie Giuliani, Danny Padilla
Actors:George Butler, Robert Fiore
From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this part-scripted, part-documentary film. Five-time champion Arnold Schwarzenegger defends his Mr. Olympia title against Serge Nubret and the shy young deaf Lou Ferrigno, whose father is his coach; the ruthless champ psyches out the young lion. Sardinian Franco Columbu competes in the lightweight class; at home in Italy he solves a tight parking problem by lifting the car into place. Joe Weider is the marketer; Mike Katz and Ken Waller go for the title of Mr. Universe. Bodybuilding and a celebrity-to-be go mainstream.
In this docu-reality comedy, Nathan Fielder uses his business degree and life experiences to help real small businesses turn a profit. But because of his unorthodox approach, Nathan's genuine efforts to do good often draw real people into an experience far beyond what they signed up for.
Directors:Elvis Costello, Davey Faragher, Emmylou Harris, Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas
Actors:Michael B. Borofsky
HD Video of the September 17, 2004, Elvis Costello and the Imposters "Hi Tone Cafe" small club date in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in front of 200 fans. Original Attractions Steve Nieve (Keyboards) and Pete Thomas (drums), along with Davey Faragher (bass and vocals), and Costello (guitar and vocals) tear it up! Emmylou Harris joins in on vocals and guitar on five numbers (including two "Bonus Songs").
Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation. "Exit Through the Gift Shop" tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy.
Directors:Al Gore, George W. Bush, John Kerry, Marco Krapels, Angela Merkel, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Donald J. Trump
Actors:Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
A sequel to The Inconvenient Truth, the follow-up documentary addresses the progress made to tackle the problem of climate change and Al Gore's global efforts to persuade governmental leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark signing of 2016's Paris Climate Agreement.
Directors:Charles Erickson, Bill Ferguson, Leslie Ferguson
Genres:Music, Adventure, Horror
A father confronts America's broken judicial system to fight for his son's freedom after his son is convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison for a murder based on a dream.
Directors:Donté Clark, Deandre Evans, Molly Raynor, D'Neise Robinson
Genres:News, Psychological, Music, Animation
A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA. Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his experiences. Using his voice to inspire those around him, he and the like-minded youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", with the hope of starting a real dialogue about violence in the city. Will Richmond force Donté to compromise his idealistic ambitions? Or will Donté end Richmond's cycle of trauma?
Directors:Iron Maiden, Vinny Appice, Pat Cash, Bruce Dickinson, Ronnie James Dio, Janick Gers, Derrick Green, Lauren Harris, Steve Harris, Kerry King, Andreas Kisser, Nicko McBrain, Tom Morello, Dave Murray, Rod Smallwood
Actors:Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen
Come fly with Iron Maiden and enjoy the hospitality of Flight 666 as the boys' take on the biggest tour of their career, flying around the world in their own private Boeing 757. This insight into the background noise that is the logistical workings' of the 񟭈 Somewhere Back in Time' World Tour is captivating, both behind the scenes as well as on stage. Performing in front of sell out crowds, this "Rocumentary" is an insight into the minds, bodies and souls of the family that is Iron Maiden.
Directors:Raoul Adamchak, Charles Benbrook, Karl Haro von Mogel, Tamar Haspel, Mark Lynas, Emma Naluyima Mugerwa, Bill Nye, Michael Pollan, Pamela Ronald, Kavin Senapathy, Leena Tripathi, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Alison Van Eenennaam
Actors:Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Food Evolution looks at one of the most critical questions facing the world today-that of food security-and demonstrates the desperate need for common sense, solid information, and calm logical deliberation. Using the often angry and emotional controversy over genetically-modified foods as its entry point, Food Evolution shows how easily fear and misinformation can overwhelm objective, evidence-based analysis. Food Evolution takes the position that science and scientists hold the key to solving the food crisis. But whose science? In the GMO debate, both sides claim science is on their side. Who's right? How do we figure this out? What does this mean for the larger issues of food security, sustainability, and environmental well-being? Food Evolution seeks to answer these critically important questions.
Directors:Carl Apfel, Harold Koda, Dries Van Noten, Inez Bailey, Bruce Weber, Iris Apfel, Duro Olowu, Margaret Russell, Billy Apfel, Alexis Bittar, Naeem Khan, Jenna Lyons, Mickey Boardman, Linda Fargo, David Hoey
Genres:News, Psychological, Music
IRIS pairs the 87-year-old Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even at Iris' advanced age, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life's sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. I feel lucky to be working. If you're lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.
Directors:John Wojtowicz, Carmen Bifulco, Jeremy Bowker, Liz Debbie Eden, George Heath, Bob Kappstatter, Eugene Lowenkopf, P.S. Mueller, Jeremiah Newton, Stan Thaler, Richard Wandel, Randolfe Wicker, Theresa Basso Wojtowicz, Tony Wojtowicz
Actors:Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren
Genres:News, Music, Fantasy
Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz libido was unrestrained even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men. In August 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery, resulting in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast live on television. Three years later, John was portrayed by Al Pacino as 'Sonny'
Directors:Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Hugo Barbier, Jacques Barthélémy, Régis Muller, João Pessoa Mattos, Leny Wanick Mattos, Maria Teresa Salgado Rocha Bastos, Rodrigo Ribeiro Salgado
Actors:Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders
Genres:News, Psychological, Music
For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project which is a tribute to the planet's beauty.
Directors:7 Year Bitch, Valerie M. Agnew, Carrie Akre, Jeff Ament, Dawn Anderson, Michael Anderson, Paul Arkin, Mark Arm, James Atkins, John Atkins, Jon Auer, Love Battery, Leighton Beezer, Martin Bernier, Nils Bernstein
Genres:Psychological, Music, Documentary
The world of grunge. This documentary examines the Seattle scene as it became the focus of a merging of punk rock, heavy metal, and innovation. Building from the grass roots, self-promoted and self-recorded until break-out success of bands like Nirvana brought the record industry to the Pacific Northwest, a phenomenon was born. More than just an examination of the music, this is a look at how this artistic movement became a societal and fashion trend with a major effect on American culture.
Directors:Matt Damon, William Ackman, Daniel Alpert, Jonathan Alpert, Sigridur Benediktsdottir, Ben Bernanke, Willem Buiter, George W. Bush, John Campbell, Patrick Daniel, Satyajit Das, Kristin Davis, Martin Feldstein, Jerome Fons, Barney Frank
'Inside Job' provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China.
Directors:Josh Phillips, Jodi Lynn Thomas, Bill LeVasseur, Brian McCulley, Laurel Harris, Mark Lee, Helen Trencher, Chris Winters, Jason Coviello, Meggie Maddock, Katie Bevard, Glenn Thayer, Jeffery Jesmer, Audrey Walters, Jessica Parnello
Genres:News, Music, Animation, Comedy, Film-Noir, History
At first watch most viewers find many of the sequences in The Creeping Terror so unbelievably awful and ineptly executed that the movie transcends the sci-fi and horror genres and delves into the realm of comedy. But the story behind the film contains all of the elements of classic movie-making that director Art Nelson would have killed to have in The Creeping Terror. It's the sci-fi Ed Wood told by the actual people who helped bring The Creeping Terror to life, recounting the desperate tales of Art Nelson by those who knew him best. There are rather elegantly produced scenes to set up the actual, and hilarious, footage from The Creeping Terror, also included in CREEP! The real monster was behind the camera.
In this documentary film, Rob Kuhns interviews authors, critics and filmmakers of the popular film "Night of the Living Dead". He also describes the film's background, production and distribution of the film.
Directors:Werner Herzog, Richard Lopez, Michael Perry, Damon Hall, Lisa Stolter-Balloun, Charles Richardson, Jason Burkett, Jared Talbert, Amanda West, Delbert Burkett, Melyssa Thompson-Burkett, Fred Allen
Genres:Music, Adventure, Animation
Into the abyss explores a triple murder which occurred in the small Texas City of Conroe in 2001. Michael Perry and Jason Burkett, under the influence of alcohol and drugs, murdered a middle-aged housewife; they then gunned down her stepson and his friend. The film features Conversations with the two inmates and those affected by their crime. Unlike many of the films that deal with crimes, into the abyss isn't concerned with figuring out exactly what happened, but rather serves as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.
Directors:Cecilie Bull, Marah Strauch, John Long
Genres:Mystery, News, Music
A heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE-jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular -and dangerous- feats of foot-launched human flight. Experience his jaw-dropping journey in life and love, to the pinnacle of his achievements when he and wife Jean broke the BASE-jumping Guinness World Record in 1984 on the Norwegian 'Troll Wall' mountain range. Incredibly, within days, triumph was followed by disaster. Told through a stunning mix of Carl's 16mm archive footage, well-crafted re-enactments and state-of-the-art aerial photography, Sunshine Superman will leave you breathless and inspired.
Directors:Páll Arason, Ásbjörn Björgvinsson, Hannes Blöndal, Marci Bowers, Terry Gunnel, Petur Halldoresson, Sin Hastings, Reynir Hjartarson, Sigurður Hjartarson, Paula-Jo Husack, Helgi Héðinsson, Ari Karlsson, Douglas Mason, Tom Mitchell, Mitchell B. Morris
Actors:Jonah Bekhor, Zach Math
Genres:Music, Animation, Comedy
Thirty miles from the Arctic Circle, in the northern Icelandic town of Husavik, stands the Icelandic Phallological Museum - the world's only Penis museum. Over 40 years, the founder and curator has collected every specimen from every mammal except for one elusive penis needed to complete his collection: The Human Specimen. The film follows the curator's incredible, sublimely comic, often shocking quest to complete his eccentric collection, and the two intrepid men who have raised their hands to be the first human donor.
Directors:Dinesh D'Souza, Barack Obama, Josh Bonzie, Rich Bentz, Chris Bruza, Burke McCrory, Corey Dykes, Michael D. Arite, Don Taylor, Michelle Swink, John Koopman, Caroline Avery Granger, Lynette Bennette, Jodie Moore, Danny Marroquin
Tells a story of a group of people attempting to lead this country astray - fingers wagging along with tongues, placing blame, from Lincoln to current time on everyone and everything on one side of the equation. Yes! A look at true revisionist behavior - leading savvy viewers to recognize the familiar yet modernized example of classic dramatic irony.
Directors:Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud, Simon Amédé, Maren Baylaender, Eula Biss, Bindy Bitterman, Roger Carlson, Phil Donahue, Karen Frank, Dayanara Garcia, Howard Greenberg, Sylvain Jaussaud, Patrick Kennedy, Virginia Kennedy
Actors:John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
Genres:News, Music, Game-Show
Real estate agent John Maloof explains how a trip to a local auction house, in search for old pictures to use for a history book about his neighborhood, resulted in him bidding and winning a box full of old negatives. John goes through the massive quantity of negatives, describes how impressed he is by the quality of the images, becomes quickly determined they are not reverent to his project and just puts them away. That could have very likely had been the end of the story, if the power of the images had not pushed him to fall in love with photography. John confides that his photo hobby quickly motivated him to set up a darkroom and devote large amounts of time printing. As he learned more about photography, he recognized that those negatives he had bought, then stored, were the work of a real master. In an attempt to confirm his suspicion, he selected about 100 images and put them online with the hope that the feedback would confirm his judgement as to the strength of the images.
Directors:Fred Jaggi, Randolf Menzel, John Miller, Liane Singer, Heidrun Singer, Zhao Su Zhang, Fred Terry, Boris Baer, Joseph MacIlvaine, André Maritz, Layne Pauly, Robert Schneider, Eric Robinson, Elisabeth Schild, Tiffany Bate
An in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia.
Directors:Roseanne Barr, Sandra Bernhard, Robert Best, Natane Boudreau, Carla Bruni, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Cindy Crawford, Debbie Deitering, Meghan Douglas, Faye Dunaway, Linda Evangelista, John Galliano, Richard Gere, Yasmeen Ghauri
Isaac Mizrahi, one of the most successful designers in high fashion, plans his fall 1994 collection. He combines inspirations such as the Hollywood Eskimo look, the Mary Tyler Moore show, and Ouija-derived advise like "dominatrix mixed with Hitchcock" into a well-received collection. A behind-the-scenes look at the creative side of fashion.
Why are love and sex so closely tied together? And what if we try and separate the two? Filmed over the course of 4 ½ years, Why Knot weaves the history of monogamy with the personal story of a filmmaker attempting an open relationship with the woman he loves. When his younger brother in Dubai decides to get married, Dhruv's Indian family begins to pressure him to follow suit; but instead, he turns the camera on them and begins to ask pressing questions to understand why we practice marriage and monogamy in a world rife with infidelity. Capturing histories and perspectives from both the East and the West, Why Knot takes us on a dark and at times hilarious journey through the emotional and intellectual landscape of monogamy, offering deeper insight into a universal conflict between our instincts and our morals.
Directors:Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg
Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. The documentary follows the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.
Directors:Kevin Hart, Harry Ratchford, Will 'Spank' Horton, Joey Wells, Dwayne L. Brown, Na'im Lynn, Nathan L. Smith, John Clausell, David Jason Perez, La'Princess Jackson, Dana Hanna, Trina Washington, Traci McKenzie, Shanae Humphrey, Tonya George
Actors:Leslie Small, Tim Story
Filmed at a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden, comedian Kevin Hart delivers material from his 2012 "Let Me Explain" concert tour.
Directors:Michael Polley, Harry Gulkin, Susy Buchan, John Buchan, Mark Polley, Joanna Polley, Cathy Gulkin, Marie Murphy, Robert MacMillan, Anne Tait, Deirdre Bowen, Victoria Mitchell, Mort Ransen, Geoffrey Bowes, Tom Butler
In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar®-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who's telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving. Stories We Tell explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, but at its core is a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families, all interconnecting to paint a profound, funny and poignant picture of the ...
Directors:Ami Ayalon, Avi Dichter, Yuval Diskin, Carmi Gillon, Yaakov Peri, Avraham Shalom
Genres:Psychological, Music, Family
A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.
Directors:Dannis Hackney, Bobby Hackney, David Hackney, Robbie Duncan, Kathleen, Earl V. Hackney Jr., Victor Veve, Majora Florida Hackney, Victor Twiggs, The Beatles, The Who, Don Davis, Brian Spears, Steve Williams, Steve Comegno
Actors:Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett
Genres:News, Music, Documentary
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early ྂs formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hoped of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death's music - and band name - too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made it way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossible ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell...the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.
Directors:Katie Couric, Bill Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, Gary Taubes, Mark Hyman, Michele Simon, Tom Harkin, Tom Vilsack, Margo Wootan
Upending the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, Fed Up unearths a dirty secret of the American food industry-far more of us get sick from what we eat than anyone has previously realized. Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and TV journalist Katie Couric lead us through this potent exposé that uncovers why-despite media attention, the public's fascination with appearance, and government policies to combat childhood obesity-generations of American children will now live shorter lives than their parents did.
Directors:Bruce Lee, Paul Bowman, Daniele Bolelli, Richard Bustillo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Muhammad Ali, Robert Baker, Jon T. Benn, Pierre Berton, Stephan Bonnar, J.J. Brine, Kobe Bryant, Linda Lee Cadwell, Gina Carano, Robert Clouse
Bruce Lee is universally recognized as the pioneer who elevated martial arts in film to an art form, and this documentary will reveal why Bruce Lee's flame burns brighter now than the day he died over three decades ago. The greatest martial artists, athletes, actors, directors, and producers in the entertainment business today will share their feelings about the one who started it all. We will interview the people whose lives, careers, and belief systems were forever altered by the legendary "Father of Martial Arts Cinema". Rarely seen archival footage and classic photos will punctuate the personal testimonials. Prepare to be inspired.
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