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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…
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 Cockettes - The Rise and Fall of a Legendary Theatrical Troupe
The Cockettes, a flamboyant ensemble of hippies decked out in outlandish gender-bending finery, created a series of legendary, LSD-fueled midnight musicals in early 1970s San Francisco. A diverse mix of genders and races, The Cockettes were an immediate sensation and…
My Voice My Life - Musical Theater Education in Hong Kong
Oscar -winning documentary filmmaker Ruby Yang follows an unlikely group of students from four Hong Kong middle and high schools cast in a musical theater performance. Brought together to sing, dance, and act, the students question their own abilities and…
Kings of Baxter - Can Twelve Teenage Offenders Conquer Macbeth?
In this moving documentary, one of Australia's leading theatre companies, Bell Shakespeare, enters one of the country's largest juvenile justice centres. KINGS OF BAXTER explores the challenging and emotional journey of the young offenders and their teachers as they attempt…
She's the Best Thing In It - Portrait of a Character Actress
Mary Louise Wilson is the most accomplished character actor you've never heard of. While teaching skeptical young students in her home town of New Orleans, she examines whether her life has been successful. Featuring Frances McDormand, Melissa Leo, and Valerie…
La Comédie-Française - The Oldest Repertory Company in the World
LA COMEDIE- FRANCAISE is the oldest continuous repertory company in the world, founded in Paris in the late 17th century. This is the first time a documentary filmmaker has been allowed to look at all the aspects of the work…
Between Fences - Israel's African Refugees and the Theater of the Oppressed
Holot (Hebrew for "Sands") is a detention center in the middle of the Israeli desert that was built to quickly address an influx of African asylum seekers, mostly refugees from Eritrea and Sudan. The migrants in Holot have no legal…
Call Me Marianna - Portrait of a Transgender Woman
Unable to deny the intense feelings of her true gender identity any longer, middle-aged Marianna began the transition from man to woman. The risk of estrangement from her wife, children, and parents became her reality. Homeless for three winter months,…
Still Dreaming - Retired Broadway Entertainers on Stage
At The Lillian Booth Actors Home just outside NYC, a group of long-retired Broadway entertainers dive into a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and find that nothing is what it seems to be. With a play that is…
Angelica [A Tragedy] - An Insightful Look Into the Process of a Performance Artist
Angelica Liddell's dramaturgy is considered one of the most avant-garde in contemporary European theater. As Liddell starts working on her new play, director Manuel Fernandez-Valdes decides to capture her rehearsal process on camera. The hallmarks of Liddell's autobiographical work are…
Theater Of War
Filmmaker John Walter artfully captures Meryl Streep groping for - and then seizing the character in her unforgettable portrayal of Mother Courage in Tony Kushner's adaptation of the Bertolt Brecht masterpiece Mother Courage and Her Children. THEATER OF WAR is…
Making War Horse
Making War Horse is the story of how Michael Morpurgo's children's novel became one of the most popular and acclaimed productions in the National Theatre's history. From its early development in the NT Studio, see how Handspring Puppet Company created…
Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy
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…
Parables of War - Healing the Wounds of War with Dance
Dance, documentary, and drama. All converge in Parables of War in a meditation exploring the timeless question: can civilization bind the wounds of war? Using MacArthur "Genius" choreographer Liz Lerman's, theatrical performance piece Healing Wars as a point of departure,…
Hair: Let The Sun Shine In
Since its overwhelming success on Broadway forty years ago, HAIR: Let the Sun Shine In has inspired generations with its messages of love, non-violence and liberation. This definitive and entertaining documentary highlights the continuing relevance of the show and its…
Asni - Courage, Passion and Glamour in Ethiopia
Asnaketch Worku was an extraordinary musical artist who is as much a cultural icon to Ethiopians as Billie Holiday is to Americans and Edith Piaf to the French. She lived her life on the edge of her artistry, over the…
Making the Boys - The Boys in the Band -The First Mainstream LGBT Play and Subsequent Film
Before Prop 8, Milk or Will & Grace, before the AIDS epidemic, gay pride parades or the Stonewall uprising, The Boys in the Band changed everything. MAKING THE BOYS explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay…
Like Father, Like Son - A Rama Theater Troupe in Myanmar
Part of the Series: Yangon Film School
Zaw Oo is at a crossroads. In order to prevent his centuries-old Rama troupe from dying out he must train the next generation of players. But how can he recommend the life of a poor Rama performer to his own…
Shakespeare Behind Bars - A Theater Troupe in Prison
Murderers, Fugitives, Thieves...Shakespeare would have loved these guys. Shakespeare Behind Bars is an unexpectedly delightful documentary that follows the casting, rehearsal, and presentation of Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, by convicted felons inside Kentucky's Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. Winner of eight…