During the 1977 World Series, Sports Illustrated reporter Melissa Ludtke was denied access to the players’ locker room. After a very public fight, the door was opened, but the debate about female journalists in the male sanctum of the clubhouse remained. Through interviews with pioneering female sports writers, Let Them Wear Towels captures the raw behavior, humorous retaliation, angry lawsuits and remarkable resolve that went into the struggle for equal access for women reporters. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Sports, Documentary
Jason Osder makes an impressive feature film debut through his unbiased and thorough account of the incidents leading up to and during the 1985 standoff between the extremist African-American organization MOVE and Philadelphia authorities. The dramatic clash claimed eleven lives and literally and figuratively devastated an entire community. Let the Fire Burn is a real-life Wild West story absent the luxury of identifying its heroes by the color of their hats. | Read MoreDocumentary
Rude's longtime association with Joe Strummer gave him insider access to the former Clash front man and his last band, the Mescaleros. Filmed shortly before Strummer's untimely death in December of 2002, the film follows the band on its final tour, blending dynamic live performances, candid interviews, and archival footage. | Read More
Photographer-turned-director Weber composes a heartfelt visual diary incorporating his various interests and obsessions: old movies, war photography, the aftermath of September 11, and his five purebred dogs. An eclectic collage of footage, including home movies of Dirk Bogarde (in which we can glimpse Luchino Visconti, Audrey Hepburn, and Ava Gardner), is tied together by Weber's voice-over. | Read More
In this delightful romance, a young American (Amanda Seyfried, Mamma Mia!) travels to Verona, home of Romeo and Juliet, where she joins a group of volunteers who respond to strangers' letters to Juliet seeking love advice. After answering one letter dated 1957, she inspires its author (Vanessa Redgrave) to travel to Italy in search of her long-lost love, setting off a chain of events that will bring them both a love unlike anything they ever imagined. | Read MoreDrama
He indelibly connected to the streets, buildings, throughfares, and lives that make up the vast narrative of the city he called home. In recognition of his impact on New York City, in April 2002 Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Rudin family unveiled Lew Rudin Way at Park Avenue and 52nd Street. This 60-minute documentary, narrated by Sidney Poitier, tells the story of the man fondly knonw as "Mr. New York" by presidents, masters of industry, and regular New Yorkers alike, and his lifetime of civic and personal leadership. | Read MoreDocumentary
A tour of the Oregon State Hospital conducted to uncover the deplorable conditions there uncovers thousands of corroded copper urns containing the cremated remains of unclaimed psychiatric patients in Library of Dust.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Long Story Short program. | Read MoreDocumentary