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A Small Act
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A testament to the rippling effect of a single act of kindness, A Small Act follows a rural Kenyan student-turned-Harvard-grad as he tracks down the woman whose sponsorship changed his life.
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A Man Named Pearl
2008 Documentary, Independent
Balanced gracefully on a ladder, deftly carving with his electric hedge trimmer, Pearl Fryar has the elegance and strength of a dancer. Instead, he is a topiary sculptor, an artist whose medium is discarded plant life and whose canvas is his magical and fantastical garden.
One Bad Cat
A story about the role art plays in artist Reverend Albert Wagner.
Sing Your Song: Harry Belafonte
Susanne Rostock's inspiring biographical documentary SING YOUR SONG surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte.
Let's Get Lost
1989 Documentary, Independent, Music
Traveling with the elusive jazz vocalist and trumpeter Chet Baker, the filmmaker Bruce Weber weaves together the life story of a jazz great. The film uses excerpts from Italian B movies, rare performance footage and candid interviews with Baker, musicians, friends, battling ex-wives and his children in what turned out to be the last year of his life. Winner of the 1989 Critics Prize at the Venice Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award, Let's Get Lost has become an important document in the career of the filmmaker on the life of a jazz legend. Since its release in 1989, Let's Get Lost has introduced a whole new generation of jazz enthusiasts to the timeless talent of the late Chet Baker.
A Fighting Chance
With a unique vision that perseverance through the extraordinary leads to progress, Samsung enlisted Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville to showcase the inspiring story of Olympic hopefuls from diverse countries who are defying barriers.
Southern Comfort documents the final year in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual. Eads, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, was turned down for treatment by two dozen doctors out of fear that treating such a patient would hurt their reputations. By the time Eads received treatment, the cancer was too advanced to save his life. Filmmaker Kate Davis follows Robert and a group of trans-gendered Southerners in this captivating and truly touching documentary.
The Flaming Lips: The Fearless Freaks
“The Fearless Freaks is the most intimate portrait of a band you’re likely to see… as heartwarming and heartbreaking as the band’s music itself,” said Bill Crandall of Rolling Stone. Beesley captures the Flaming Lips’ deep-set Oklahoma roots with never-before-seen home movie footage and Coyne family photographs. Performance footage begins with the band’s early punk/noise phase, and continues throughout the years as the band’s shows become increasingly avant garde. At any given Flaming Lips concert, there may be puppets and light shows, animal suits and theatrical blood, balloons and confetti, or even a gigantic, Coyne-inhabited plastic ball, and all are represented in Beesley’s film.
An intimate portrait of a young man destined to make history. Includes a never-before-seen lost interview. Becoming Barack: Evolution of a Leader traces the early path of a man destined to make history and to be a catalyst for global change. Features footage from three of the earliest known recorded interviews with Barack Obama and includes excerpts from Obama's audio book reading of Dreams of My Father.
Marvin's song is an existential love story of loss and grief set against a Lancashire landscape.
Just Like Us
Comedian Ahmed Ahmed hosts a celebration of culture through comedy, by sharing his experience through the Middle East.
2009 Documentary, Biography, Music
Still Bill is an intimate portrait of soul legend Bill Withers, who has written some of the most beloved songs of our time and who truly understands the heart and soul of a man.
In San Francisco's poverty-stricken Tenderloin district, would-be artist Ricardo Papa is trying to make ends meet as a petty drug dealer.
Filmed over four years and across two continents, Elevate traces the extraordinary journeys of four exceptionally tall West African teenagers as they embark for US prep schools, where success can equal college and maybe even a shot at the NBA.
Lena is the light-skinned daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Irish father and Vaughn is a Murri boy doing time in a minimum security prison in North West Australia. Dramatic events throw them together on a journey with no money and no transport.
A Russian classic. Natasha gets lost in busy 1930s Moscow after leaving home to chase her cat. She meets friendly strangers along the way -- many of them children -- and unintentionally changes their lives. A fascinating glimpse of Moscow prior to WWII.
The Man You Had In Mind
The documentary explores the intimate lives of five gay male couples; the forces that bring them together, the journeys they face, and the culture in which they survive and thrive.
Sons of Perdition
Sons of Perdition follows three teenage boys after they escape from a secretive FLDS polygamist sect and must fend for themselves in mainstream America.
I Need That Record! The Death (Or Possible Survival) Of The Independent Record Store
Guerilla filmmaker Brendan Toller unleashes "I Need That Record! The Death (Or Possible Survival) Of The Independent Record Store." A tour-de-force tale of greed, media consolidation, homogenized radio, big box stores, downloading, and technological shifts in the music industry told through candid interviews, crestfallen record store owners, startling statistics, and eye-popping animation.