Achieving greatness in high school wrestling requires a level of devotion unmatched perhaps by any other sport. That greatness has become a yearly expectation at Lake Stevens High, winner of seven Washington state championships in the past 10 years. Narrated by Lake Stevens wrestling alum Chris Pratt (Moneyball), this riveting documentary follows the team over the course of a season as they fight through injuries and academic issues to maintain their school's legacy. | Read MoreESPN, Sports, Documentary
In the heart of the Eurasian continent, the ancient center of the world where the Silk Road connected China to Europe, the circus is a deeply rooted cultural phenomenon. This film focuses on two circus artists, whose lifelong friendship is affected by the differing political choices they make under the dictatorship in Uzbekistan. In Russian and Uzbek. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Inspired by compassion for others whose loss they recognize as mirroring their own, two courageous women whose husbands died on September 11 turn their grief into a catalyst for action. They travel to Kabul to help other widows, soon recognizing that the plight of the Afghan women leaves them feeling almost blessed. In English and Dari.
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In 1995, three average Americans began delivering humanitarian aid to global hotspots like Afghanistan, Albania, Chechnya, Cambodia, Rwanda, and the southern Philippines. Part Mother Teresa and part Indiana Jones, these silver-haired "Knights of Malta" often arrive before other aid organizations hit the ground, and they stay long after others have pulled out. | Read MoreDocumentary
This docudrama chronicles the philosophies and activities of the hardcore bicycle gangs of New York City, as they vow to take back the streets. The bicycle gangs of New York are: Black Label, who ride tall bikes and wear gang colors; The Land Lords, who track bikes and krylon; The Bicycle Cherries, known for their dirty prom dresses and chains; and Denim Venom, who are the rockers. | Read More
Entertaining and informative, Bigger goes beyond examining the truth about anabolic steroids and the athletes--professional and amateur--who use them. Focusing on his own family's personal history, Bell looks at why Americans feel the need to be the biggest, strongest, and fastest. | Read MoreESPN, Sports, Documentary
Birdlings Two is an experimental documentary about art, invention, fathers, and daughters. The filmmaker muses on her father's business career and its surprising origins at the National Film Board of Canada, where he made computer animation with Normal McLaren. | Read MoreAnimation
In 1985, at the tender age of 13, Mat Hoffman entered into the BMX circuit as an amateur. By 16, he had soared to the top of the sport. Throughout his prodigious career, Hoffman has ignored conventional limitations, instead focusing his efforts on the purity of the sport and the pursuit of "what's next." Academy Award® nominee Spike Jonze and extreme sport fanatic Johnny Knoxville, along with director Jeff Tremaine, showcase the inner workings and exploits of the man who gave birth to "Big Air." | Read MoreSports and Documentary
Where there is no vision, does the artist perish? In this haunting, original first-person narrative, NYC-based French painter and filmmaker Hugues de Montalembert, who lost his sight after a mugger threw paint thinner in his eyes, narrates his journey into sudden blindness and out of despair, as composer-turned-filmmaker Gary Tarn's mesmerizing web of sounds and images recreates the world from his point of view. | Read MoreDocumentary
In the '70s and '80s, the relationship between legendary curator Sam Wagstaff, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and musician/poet Patti Smith was at the epicenter of New York's revolutionary art scene. This engrossing documentary features interviews with Smith and a bevy of art world luminaries including Dominick Dunne, Richard Tuttle, Eugenia Parry and Ralph Gibson.
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Celine Danhier's kinetic doc mirrors the urgent, anything-goes energy of her subject: the DIY independent film movement that emerged in tandem with punk rock in late-'70s downtown New York. New interviews with a dizzying array of artists—including Amos Poe, Bette Gordon, Debbie Harry, Eric Mitchell, Jim Jarmusch, Lydia Lunch, Steve Buscemi, John Lurie, and Nick Zedd—flow into clips from landmark No Wave films, and the still-thrilling music of the era floods the soundtrack. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, Music
Thoughts of revenge are tempered by more practical concerns in The Blood of My Brother, which shows the war in Iraq from the perspective of an Iraqi family grieving the loss of a son who was killed by an American patrol as he stood guard at a mosque. A Life-Size Entertainment and Releasing release. | Read MoreDocumentary
Boxing films are hit with a fierce uppercut in this clever, genre-tweaking documentary about the training regimen and sparring contests of Oxford University students who step out of the ivory tower and into the boxing ring to settle matters with their Cambridge rivals. In underlining the freedom to not care about failing, or about what other people think, Blue Blood paints a winning portrait of the spirit of the underdog. | Read MoreSports and Documentary
The African-American barbershop aesthetic is given a German twist in Bob’s Place, as it charts the daily happenings of Bob, his international customers, and his hair salon located near Frankfurt’s main train station. The entertaining male bonding and camaraderie that ensue are proof that the customer’s identification with their barber transcends cultures. A double winner at the 2004 Regensburg Short Film Festival: for Best Political Film and runner-up for the Audience Award. | Read More
Bomb It tells the story of contemporary graffiti, tracing its roots in ancient rock paintings through Picasso to its place in hip-hop culture in 1970's New York City. This kinetic documentary looks at graffiti on five continents, using guerilla footage of graffiti artists in action. You'll never look at public space the same way again. In English, German, French, Japanese, Portugese and Spanish.
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