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The Marina Experiment - A Father's Voyeuristic Obsession with his Daughter
Marina's father communicated with her solely through cameras and audio recording devices, documenting the emotional violations she endured under his direction. After his death she cleared out storage and discovered over 10,000 photographs, super 8 films and reel-to-reel audiotape interrogations…
Juke - Passages from the Films of Spencer Williams
In JUKE, Thom Andersen, director of cinematic masterworks like Los Angeles Plays Itself and The Thoughts That Once We Had reconsiders the films of Spencer Williams, the pioneering African American screenwriter, director, and actor whose 1940s melodramas centered on sinners…
The Illinois Parables - How Ideology Shapes Society and Memory
In this breathtaking new documentary, noted filmmaker Deborah Stratman recounts eleven episodes from American history to consider how societies are shaped by belief and ideology. Concentrating on her home state of Illinois (often referred to as a miniature version of…
Dead Slow Ahead - Global Trade, Labor and Capitalism
An enormous shipping freighter drifts endlessly across the Atlantic Ocean; its' crew toiling tirelessly below. At times resembling a dystopian science-fiction film, this is trenchant commentary on global trade, labor and capitalism. Winner of the Tios Award at the Ann…
Homo Sapiens
This New York Times Critics' Pick is an ode to humanity as seen from a possible future scenario. HOMO SAPIENS is a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence and the end of the industrial age, and what…
Nails - The Individual and His Work in the Industrial Age
A blacksmith is seen labouring at his forge, shaping nails from single strands of steel rods. The scene shifts from this peaceful setting to the roar of a twentieth-century nail mill, where banks of machines draw, cut, and pound the…
I Was Born in Mexico, But… - Growing Up Undocumented in America
A poetic short featuring the voice of an undocumented young Latina woman who was brought to the U.S. as a child. The film introduces viewers to a personal voice on the immigration debate: DACA, the Dream Act, and other immigration…
Do Donkeys Act? - The Mystery and Intrigue of the Donkey
Narrated by Willem Dafoe, DO DONKEYS ACT encourages us to respect a major language barrier we might not otherwise consider, the mystery and intrigue of donkey utterances. We are invited to "step into their shade and listen closely" as we…
A Train Arrives at the Station - A Celebration of Film History's Most Famous Train Arrivals
Beginning with Ozu's The Only Son , Thom Andersen's latest cinematic treat, a documentary short, is an anthology of train arrivals, comprising 26 scenes from different films made between 1904 and 2015. Official Selection at the Locarno International Film Festival…
The Thoughts That Once We Had - A Personal History of Cinema
Described in an opening text as a "personal history of cinema, partially inspired by Gilles Deleuze," THE THOUGHTS THAT ONCE WE HAD from master cinematic essayist Thom Andersen ( Los Angeles Plays Itself , Red Hollywood ) is a richly…
Down in Shadowland - Secret Lives on the New York Subway
Tom DiCillo's latest film, DOWN IN SHADOWLAND, was made over the course of 7 years. He made the film entirely by himself, motivated by a fascination with the secret lives of people on the subway that began when he first…
A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness - An Experimental Documentary
Winner of Best International Documentary at the Torino Film Festival, this acclaimed film follows a man at three disparate moments in his life; as a member of a small nudist commune on an Estonian island, alone in the wilderness of…
Topophilia - An Examination of Place and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is one of the world's longest conduits for crude oil, stretching 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay in the north to Port Valdez in the south. Mostly raised due to permafrost and only 48 inches in diameter, the…
Bestiaire - A Mediation on Animals in Captivity
Curious, compelling and compassionate, BESTIAIRE, Denis Cote's contemplative portrait of animals in captivity is, put simply, a series of beautifully framed and composed tableaux of a variety of animals at Quebec's Parc Safari; but it's also a complex meditation on…
INAATE/SE/ - The Seven Fires Prophecy
A re-imagination of an ancient Ojibway story -- the Seven Fires Prophecy -- which both predates and predicts first contact with Europeans, INAATE/SE/ is a kaleidoscopic experience blending documentary, narrative, and experimental forms. INAATE/SE/ transcends linear colonized history to explore…
Five Obstructions
Lars von Trier now enters the world of documentary filmmaking alongside his idol, Danish filmmaker Jorgen Leth. In 1967, Leth made a 12 minute feature film called The Perfect Human. In the year 2000, von Trier challenged Jorgen Leth to…
The Royal Road - A Cinematic Essay on Personal and Collective Memory
A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, THE ROYAL ROAD offers up a primer on Junipero Serra's Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity and Alfred…
Ruins Rider
Filmed in the lost territories of the Balkans, RUINS RIDER portrays the secret ruins that triggered trances over the past centuries. Using an array of hypnotic pulsating flickers, filmmaker Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt conceived an explosive kinetic experience. Accompanied by a powerful…
History Lessons - Lesbian History Through Archived Footage
In this wonderfully irreverent yet empowering film, Barbara Hammer traces lesbian history by presenting an extraordinary array of archival footage - and then playfully manipulates it to make it seem as though lesbians were everywhere. From popular films to newsreels,…
Ten Meter Tower (Hopptornet) - An Entertaining Human Experiment on Fear & Humiliation
A 10-meter diving tower. 67 members of the public who have never been up there choose whether to jump off or climb back down. The situation itself highlights a dilemma: to weigh the instinctive fear of taking the step out…