For rapper-turned-filmmaker Ice Cube, the emergence of gangster rap will be forever linked to the Oakland Raiders' move to Los Angeles in 1982. Ice Cube turns the camera on himself to tell how his genre-defining group NWA forged an unlikely relationship with the Raiders, a team whose swagger and style captivated LA during their troubled 13-season stay. | Read MoreESPN, Sports, Documentary, Music
Whoever thinks old style political machines no longer exist has not spent enough time in New Jersey. Curry's compelling documentary follows the 2002 mayoral campaign in which the energetic Cory Booker attempted to unseat longtime mayor Sharpe James. The 2004 presidential campaign was a love-fest compared to what happened in the streets of Newark.
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Over the course of a year, filmmakers Bader and Harrison follow Chicago's most elusive burglar, Kaspar Carr, as he taps phones, cases stores, and pulls off numerous scores. As Carr drags the filmmakers deeper into his murky world of disguises and sinister surprises, the line between documentarian and criminal accomplice becomes increasingly blurred. | Read MoreCrime and Thriller
Guzmán Urzúa makes her feature documentary debut with The Sugar Curtain, an intimate portrayal of the singular experience shared by people of her generation-those living Cuba's utopian dream during the golden era of the revolution. It is also a lament for the end of that dream, which began to fizzle after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In Spanish.
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A factory foreman inspects his workers. An old woman sells peanuts in paper cones. A hospital employee becomes a drag performer at night. Using only images, sound, and music, Perez presents a "day in the life" of 10 ordinary Havana residents, creating a mesmerizing panorama of daily activity in the Cuban capital. | Read More
A dance between camera operator and subject, Swan's Island profiles artist Katy Martin, who covers herself with blue paint and then uses her whole body as a paintbrush. Throughout, filmmaker Bill Brand attempts to draw parallels between the physical gestures essential to painting and the camera movement essential to cinema, while highlighting the simultaneous togetherness and separation of the person filming and the person being filmed. | Read MoreDocumentary
The world fell in love with Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova when their songwriting collaboration in the film Once culminated in a jubilant Oscar® win. But behind the scenes, where Glen and Mar's on-screen romance became reality, a grueling two-year world tour threatens to fracture their fated bond. Gorgeously filmed in black and white, this music-filled documentary is an intimate look at the exhilaration and turmoil created by both love and fame. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
In this riveting documentary, the Johannesburg South African men who call themselves "Swenkas" compete for cash and prizes in an event that's part fashion show, part choreography, and part moral code. While they may work construction during the week, on the weekends the Swenkas get swanky in order to be judged for their suits, their moves, and their cleanliness. In Zulu and English | Read More
This eclectic documentary revisits the public access show Glenn O'Brien's TV Party that aired from 1978 to1982 and visually celebrated the explosive energy of New York's downtown arts scene. Includes show clips of TV Party regulars Fab Five Freddy, Jean Michel-Basquiat, and David Byrne, plus interviews with Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie. | Read MoreDocumentary
Who are the Kings of Leon? This energetic behind-the-scenes documentary provides some fascinating insight for fans and non-fans alike. Known now as an all-American rock-and-roll band with millions of fans around the world, the Kings of Leon remind us that they will never forget their strict Pentecostal upbringing or rough-and-tumble backcountry roots. In fact, that may just be what makes them unstoppable. | Read MoreMusic
This documentary murder mystery examines the death of an Afghan taxi driver at Bagram Air Base from injuries inflicted by U.S. soldiers. In an unflinching look at the Bush administration's policy on torture, the filmmaker behind Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room takes us from a village in Afghanistan to Guantanamo and straight to the White House. In English and Pashtu.
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