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May 14, 2016
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Overlooked & Underrated Docs & Features
Invitation to Dance
An introduction to America's struggle for full civil rights for the disabled.
A world-veiw by Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson.
Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art
Filmmaker James Crump tells the story of a group of New York artists in the American southwest.
The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey West
The story of Tai Chi Master Cheng Man-Ching.
DREAM/KILLER: The Trials of Ryan Ferguson
A father's fight for justice.
In Pursuit of Silence
A meditation on sound and silence.
Indian Point: A Nuclear Energy Flash Point
An examination of the state of nuclear energy via the re-licensing of Indian Point
Unlocking the Cage: Respect for Nonhuman Animals
Attorney Steven Wise fights for nonhuman animal rights.
The Amazing Nina Simone
A biographical documentary about legendary singer Nina Simone.
Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper
Life story of Gloria Vanderbilt
Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe
Uncovering malfeasance in the vaccine industry.
The Dying of the Light: The Extinction of Film Projection
Tracing the history of film projection.
Print the Legend: Life in the 3-D Printing Jungle
The birth of consumer-based 3-D printing.
The Latin Explosion: A New America
The changing face and culture of the United States of America.
México Pelágico: Young Eco Activists Saving Our Oceans
A group of young people become eco-activists working to improve creature life in the open sea around Mexico.
Matthew Barney: No Restraint
Introducing artist Matthew Barney.
Everything Is Copy: Nora Ephron Scripted and Unscripted
The life-story of Nora Ephron.
Mission Blue: Our Chance to Save Our Oceans
The life and environmental work of marine biologist Sylvia Earle.
How to Change the World: The Story of Greenpeace
A brief history of Greenpeace.
Sembène!: The Father of African Cinema
Biographical documentary of African filmmaker Ousmane Sembène.
Vessel: Promoting Access to Safe Abortions
The birth and growth of Women on Waves, an international organization that provides access to safe abortions.
SlingShot: Clean Water for the World
A profile of Dean Kamen and an introduction to his "SlingShot."
Silenced: How Far Would You Go to Tell the Truth?
Three federal government whistleblowers' lives are shattered by governmental authorities.
PlantPure Nation: Eat Right Now
A new movement to improve Americans' dietary habits.
Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame
A profile of master bicycle builder Giuseppe Marinoni.
Nelson Algren: The End is Nothing, the Road is All
The life and times of Nelson Algren.
Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters
A bio-doc of artist Chet Zar.
Mavis! Stories of the Storied Singer
A biographical documentary about the indomitable Mavis Staples.
Fear No Fruit: The Life and Times of Frieda Caplan
A young woman becomes a wholesale produce distribution queen.
The Pearl Button: A Masterpiece of Documentary Filmmaking
Indigenous peoples, water, death, life, and transcendence in Chile.
The Primary Instinct: The Life and Times of Stephen Tobolowsky
The world according to Stephen Tobolowsky
Who Is Dayani Cristal?: The Lives and Deaths of Migrants
Filmmakers Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal examine migrant tragedies along the U.S.-Mexican border.
The Green Prince: A Bond Beyond War
Sworn enemies become partners and after ten years transcend their worlds.
Where to Invade Next: Michael Moore Conquers the World
Michael Moore invades about a dozen countries and returns with their most valuable resources.
3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets: ‘Stand Your Ground’ on Trial Again
The killing of an unarmed Black teenager by an armed Caucasian in the State of Florida.
Dogs on the Inside: Everyone Deserves a Second Chance
Massachusetts prisoners help find rescue dogs forever homes.
Bolshoi Babylon: Trouble at a Global Icon
An acid attack on the Bolshoi's artistic director opens the window on deep-seeded power struggles.
How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock at his Farm in Normandy
Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht spend time with legendary filmmaker Ricky Leacock.
Making Rounds: Listening to the Patient
Filmmaker Meyer follows two acclaimed cardiologists at Mount Sinai Heart.
A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists
Interviews with New Yorker cartoonists.
Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls
Examination of pervasive denigration of women in India.
Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian
Neil Diamond tours North America tracing the evolution of images of Native Americans as depicted in film.
Greenwich Village: Music that Defined a Generation
The life and times of 1950s and 60 Greenwich Village.
1971: A Small Act, a Giant Impact
A small group of American citizens reveal large-scale FBI malfeasance.
The Widowmaker: A Medical Scandal
A life-saving scan was squelched by medical authorities for decades.
Showrunners: The Art of Running A TV Show
Interviews with some of Hollywood's most accomplished showrunners.
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
How Peggy Guggenheim Conquered the Art World
Neurons to Nirvana: The Benefits of Psychedelic Substances
A survey of psychedelic substances and their potential benefits.
A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone
A brilliant profile of artist/activist Edythe (Edy) Boone.
Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a-Comin
Bob Smeaton's cinematic biography of Jimi Hendrix.
Bottled Life: Nestle’s Business with Water
Nestle's dominance in the bottled water market and its massive adverse impacts.
Above And Beyond: The Untold True Story
The birth of the Israeli Air Force.
This Ain’t No Mouse Music
The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records
Meet the Patels
Ravi Patel looks for a woman to marry.
Becoming Bulletproof: The Melding of Two Worlds
A Hollywood western movie is produced with a cast of disabled actors.
The Other Man: F.W. de Klerk and the End of Apartheid
The role F.W. de Klerk played in ending South African government's apartheid policies.
Beyond the Call: Vigilante Altruism
Three men go to dangerous far corners of the world to help desperate people.
Women Behind the Camera: Special Edition 2-Disc Set
The emergence of women cinematographers and Directors of Photography.
Paper Tigers: Educating Traumatized Youth
James Redford documents dramatic improvements in the education of traumatized youth.
Racing To Zero: Eliminating Waste in San Francisco
San Francisco proclaims no waste by 2020.
The Brainwashing of My Dad: A History of Right-Wing Media
How the right-wing media grew became a dominating force.
Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman
Mary McDonagh Murphy’s follow-up to her “Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'”.
Welcome to Leith: Something Wicked This Way Comes
A white supremacist attempts to dominate a very small town.
Re-emerging: The Jews Of Nigeria
The rise of Judaism in Nigeria
Toe Tag Parole: To Live and Die on Yard A
'Lifers' speak about their crimes, punishment, and search for justice.
Our Man in Tehran: The True Story of Argo
The rescued hostages and their rescuers tell the story.
Left Behind Without A Choice
Hurricane Katrina Animal Rescue
Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All
An in-depth view of Frank Sinatra's life and character.
Film Adventurer Karel Zeman: Celebrating Imagination and Film Magic
The life and times of imaginative, groundbreaking Czech filmmaker Karel Zeman.
That Sugar Film
Damon Gameau takes a page from Morgan Spurlock’s book.
Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary
The lives and epic relationship of Timothy Leary and Ram Dass.
The Sturgeon Queens: A Deli Dynasty
Four Manhattan generations grow a Jewish deli into an international culinary icon.
The New Rijksmuseum: 213 Years in the Making
The renovation of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum is as complex as its structure is massive.
I Am Femen: An Introduction to Sextremism
The birth and growth of the Ukrainian-born activist group, Femen.
One Cut, One Life: The Lives of Filmmakers
Filmmakers Lucia Small and Ed Pincus face dying and death together.
Top Spin: Seeking Olympic Gold in Table Tennis
Three teenagers' quests for 1012 Olympic gold.
Larry Kramer in Love and Anger
A profile of AIDS activist and hero Larry Kramer.
America’s Blues: The Ubiquitous Genre
Patrick Branson films the blues.
Drop City: A Seminal Community of the Sixties Counter Culture
Dropping works of art inspires a utopian community.
Antarctic Edge: 70° South
A month-long ecological research journey to the Antarctic.
The Outrageous Sophie Tucker: Her Awesome Life
The life and times of a totally amazing superstar.
Southern Rites: Race Relations in a Small Georgia Town
Three stories of wins and losses.
Portrait of Wally: The Face that Launched a Thousand Lawsuits
Who owns this portrait of Walburga Neuzil?
Lost Town: The Destruction of a Town, The Re-creation of a Community
Tells the story of Trochenbrod and the man who saved its spirit.
Bending the Light: Photography and Photographers
Directed by the legendary Michael Apted, “Bending the Light” is a documentary film about still photography and cinematography.
D. Schwartz June 1, 2015
The Greater Good: Another Inconvenient Truth
A Reasoned Look at Childhood Vaccinations
The Dance Goodbye: Profile of Dancer Merrill Ashley
Prima ballerina Ashley Merrill's life in ballet and beyond.
June 30, 2015
Planetary: Reconnect to Something Bigger
” is a cinematic poem about us humans and our planet.
D. Schwartz Jun 28, 2015
Passion and Power: The Technology of Orgasm
Passion and Power: The Technology of Orgasm
” is a brief history of the vibrator and the female orgasm.
D. Schwartz June 26, 2015
Gaming In Color: Rise of the Gaymer Culture
Gaming in Color
” explores the fast-growing LGBTQ video game community.
D. Schwartz June 25 , 2015
A Year in Champagne
The title says it all. No need here for subtitle.
D. Schwartz Jun 20, 2015
Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter
If Martha Hill never existed, where would modern dance be today?
D. Schwartz Jun 17, 2015
Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation
In addition to exposing the horrors of our world, documentary films also reveal the beatific and ecstatic.
D. Schwartz June 15, 2015
In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter
Nearing the end of his life, Saul Leiter is gracefully suffering a man with a camera following him around.
D. Schwartz June 4, 2015
Let the Fire Burn: Brotherly Love City in Flames
In 1985, the leadership of Philadelphia burned down 65 homes—on purpose!
D. Schwartz May 18, 2015
Perfect Strangers: One Used Kidney — Free to a Good Home
Through happenstance Ellie Edwards learned of the dire need for human kidney donors.
D. Schwartz May 1, 2015
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: ENTER HERE
By Amei Wallach, “
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: ENTER HERE
” profiles the Russian-born Ilya Kabakov.
D. Schwartz April 23, 2015
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Covering Scientology could not have been better assigned than to the legendary Alex Gibney.
D. Schwartz April 20, 2015
Living with Lincoln: A Magnificent Obsession
Although Lincoln’s name appears in the title, this film’s central is about the values of research, preservation, and curating.
D. Schwartz May 4, 2015
The Brothers Warner: Founders of the American Film Industry
By Cass Warner, granddaughter of Harry Warner, "The Brothers Warner" documents the four Polish-born brothers incredible success in the film industry.
D. Schwartz May 2, 2015