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In Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy, actor John Turturro (Barton Fink, Do the Right Thing) takes audiences on a haunting, intimate journey to his maternal homeland of Sicily. There, while exploring the island's vanishing traditions, he is taken under the wing of one of the puppet theater's few remaining practitioners,…
Check It - A Gang of LGBT Youth in Washington D.C.
This film festival favorite follows a group of African-American gay and transgender youth in one of Washington D.C.'s most violent neighborhoods. After being subjected to constant torment and assault, the group formed their own gang for camaraderie and protection. Official Selection at the Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International…
Comic Book Confidential
Comic Book Confidential is a feature-length documentary that profiles twenty-two of the most significant artists and writers working in comic books, graphic novels and strip-art in North America today. In an entertaining and informative combination of interviews, historical footage and state-of-the-art animation techniques, Comic Book Confidential provides a positive answer…
Wild Wheels
Harrod Blank's comic and revealing exploration of Art Cars -- customized automobiles which reflect the individualistic spirit of their drivers. Traveling across the country in his own wildly decorated VW bug, the filmmaker discovers a memorable cast of real-life characters obsessed with transforming their cars into mobile works of art.…
Tokyo Techno Tribes - Japanese Cyber Youth Culture
An informative documentary about contemporary urban life in the most technologically refined city in the world. Cyber youth cultures have developed through the imaginative and novel use of technology in the various media: music, art, pop, manga and fashion. Underlying social, cultural and economic trends are examined such as Japan's…
In Conversation: James Fox
Part of the Series: In Conversation
James Fox first appeared on film in The Miniver Story in 1950. During the 1960s he gained popularity with his roles in films such as The Servant, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, King Rat, The Chase, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Isadora and Performance alongside Mick Jagger. After an absence…
RAT
The witty, charming and unusual documentary profiles one of the most enduring rivalries in nature: man versus rat in their endless struggle to control New York City. The war is fought on every front - in sewer and subway, in tenement and skyscraper alike. RAT captures the real-life horror as…
Leonardo And The Mona Lisa
Part of the Series: Raiders Of The Lost Art
The story of the theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911 from the Louvre and how Pablo Picasso was accused if the crime. Plus the incredible tales of how many other of da Vinci's works were lost to history and had to be reclaimed
Manga Mad - Comics and Anime in Japan
Comics and anime are the biggest pop culture in Japan. Manga are for adults, not only children. Politicians, office ladies and salarymen read them. Racy sexual and violent fantasies, beyond censorship, are given free reign in the world of manga. Obsessive fans are called Otaku. Electric town, Akihabara, Tokyo, comic…
RIP: A Remix Manifesto - Mash-Ups, Copyright and Culture Creation
Join filmmaker Brett Gaylor and mashup artist Girl Talk as they explore copyright and content creation in the digital age. In the process they dissect the media landscape of the 21st century and shatter the wall between users and producers. Creative Commons founder, Lawrence Lessig, Brazil's Minister of Culture, Gilberto…
Driving the Dream - Art Cars
Harrod Blank, who introduced the world to the art car with his moveable epic Wild Wheels, is back with an in-depth look at the personalities behind these multi-wheeled works of art. This time, he focuses on Gene Pool's "Grass Bus", Harry Sperl's "Hamburger Harley", Hyler Bracey's horn and whistle adorned…
Roy Lichtenstein: Reflections
Pop Art draws upon the style and imagery of advertising and popular culture to challenge our preconceptions about the nature of art itself. This film features one of the great pop artists of our time, discussing his work, his artistic process, and the sources of his inspiration. Also appearing are…