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The Last Laugh - On Holocaust Jokes and Comedic Taboo
Are we allowed to make jokes about the Holocaust? In this outrageously funny and thought-provoking film, filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein puts the question about comedy's ultimate taboo to legends including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Harry Shearer, Jeff…
Fame High - The Talented Students at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
From the nail-biting freshman auditions to the spectacular year-end performances, FAME HIGH captures the in-class and at-home drama, competition, heartbreak, and triumph during one school year at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). Talented teenagers reach…
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present
Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits--and at times risking her life in the process--she creates…
Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart - The Life and Work of a Treasured American Playwright
This documentary sheds valuable light on all aspects of Lorraine Hansberry's play, A Raisin in the Sun , including the daunting challenge of securing investment and a venue for this production about a working class Black family, the casting process,…
Macbeth
"A harrowing and disturbingly funny parable for the dawn of the 21st century." - New York Times The Royal Shakespeare Company's Macbeth has been lauded as the finest production of Shakespeare's Scottish play for over a quarter of a century.…
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For the Love of Spock - The Life of Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy
A one-of-a-kind documentary sure to unite trekkies worldwide, FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK tells the life of Star Trek's Mr. Spock and the actor who played him, Leonard Nimoy, for nearly fifty years. The film's focus began as a celebration…
Mermaids - Mermaid Enthusiasts Share Their Passion
This feature documentary dives into the allure and transformative power of the universal myth of mermaids; from the sirens of ancient lore to a new subculture of tail-donning women who beckon us into their sometimes humorous and at other times…
Raja Edepus
A theatre production. In the summer of 2006 an adaption of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex was performed at the Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar, Indonesia. This film captures the full transformation of the classical drama into a Balinese-styled stage production.
When Jews Were Funny
Insightful and hilarious, WHEN JEWS WERE FUNNY surveys the history of Jewish comedy from the early days of Borsht belt to the present, ultimately exploring the entire unruly question of what it means to be Jewish.
Hamlet
This production is part of a famous series produced by BBC of all of William Shakespeare's plays. The resulting films, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilized the best theatrical and television directors and brought highly praised performances from…
To Be Takei - Actor and Activist, George Takei
Oh my! This award winning documentary features Star Trek legend, marriage equality advocate, and spokesperson for racial justice; superstar George Takei. Best known for his groundbreaking role of Hikaru Sulu on a certain epic starship and its multi-ethnic crew, Takei…
Dear Mr. Shakespeare - Blackness, Race, and Immigration in Othello
A reinterpretation and exploration of William Shakespeare's intentions when writing Othello . The film examines the play's racial themes in a historical and contemporary setting, while drawing wider parallels between immigration and blackness in the UK today. Nominated for the…
The Year We Thought About Love - Behind the Scenes of Queer Youth Theater
What happens when LGBTQ youth decide to create a play about queer love to tour to area high schools? The Hollywood Reporter writes that the play "shocks, entertains, and awes!" Our award-winning film reveals how the "powers of art elicit…
I Am Chris Farley - The Life and Times of A Great Comedian
Chris Farley lived his life full speed and committed to make everyone around him laugh out loud. This film tells his hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining story for the first time ever - from his early days in Wisconsin, through…
As You Like It
This production is part of a famous series produced by BBC of all of William Shakespeare's plays. The resulting films, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilized the best theatrical and television directors and brought highly praised performances from…
How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) - Artist Melvin van Peebles
Melvin Van Peebles will always be known as the man who not only changed the face of black cinema, but independent cinema forever, when he made his groundbreaking (and taboo breaking) film "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song." But's he's always been…
Julius Caesar
A fast-moving thriller about a struggle for democracy, William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is also a love story between two men united by an explosive act of political violence. Based on the Royal Shakespeare Company's acclaimed stage production, Gregory Doran's film…
Dying Laughing - What it Takes to be a Stand-Up Comedian
Featuring Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, Bob Saget, Jamie Foxx, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Lewis, Steve Coogan, Bobby Lee, & the late Garry Shandling, DYING LAUGHING is a candid look inside the agony and ecstasy of making people…
A Midsummer Night's Dream
This production is part of a famous series produced by BBC of all of William Shakespeare's plays. The resulting films, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilized the best theatrical and television directors and brought highly praised performances from…
Wait For Your Laugh - The Life and Career of Comedian Rose Marie
The life and career of comedian Rose Marie is documented through interviews with friends and colleagues as well as never-before-seen home movies shot by the actress herself. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Hot Springs…