In the early '80s, Jesse Diaz was a rising star in the hip-hop world. Now a broke single father in Harlem with two children to support, Jesse finds a shot at redemption in his nine-year-old daughter Priscilla Star, a precocious and immensely talented rapper. Director Gabriel Noble follows four years of father-daughter ups and downs as they navigate the grit and the glamour of the music biz. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
A unique "oratorio for moving image and sound," and a dramatic meditation on the very act of seeing. This extraordinarily
powerful film sets the music of Arvo Pärt's Passio--which has been called one of the last masterpieces of 20th Century music--against images carefully chosen from the billions created during the tumultuous century since moving image media first appeared. Its declared ambition is to manifest the neglected or repressed memory of the human race during this era.
We are proud to have the honor of presenting the North American Premiere of this unforgettable event, and especially happy--since Pärt's music is itself an interpretation of the Gospel of St. John--to arrange for our initial three screenings with live music to be in New York City's magnificent Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. | Read MoreMusic
Dubbed "the French James Dean" for his roles in films by Claude Chabrol (Le beau Serge, Les cousins) and Howard Hawks (Hatari), Gérard Blain's work as director never surfaced in the U.S. This is his masterpiece, a moving account of parental love and obsession, filmed in a rigorous style that recalls Bresson or Dreyer -- sans religion. | Read MoreDrama, Crime, Music
Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are two of many who attest to Seeger's importance in this compelling documentary that is more than a simple biography. Using new interviews, archival footage and home movies, Brown presents a social history through the life of one of this country's most compelling forces for change and, arguably, the most significant folk artist of our time.
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Heather (played by Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins) is a shy lady who works at a helpline call center. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man (played by Oscar winner Jim Broadbent), she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.
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A powerful documentary about the vibrant global resurgence of break-dancing, Planet B-Boy goes inside the underground hip- hop dance scenes around the world, as the best crews prepare for the "The Battle of the Year" -- an annual "World Cup" of b-boying. Director Lee combines spectacular dance footage with poignant insight explaining why these dancers make tremendous sacrifices for their art. In English, French, Japanese and Korean. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
True devotees of music's uniting power, Johnson and Walls hauled recording equipment around the world in search of great music and inspiration. The result is a rousing tribute to both music and the adventurous spirit. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
Time: the mid 1970s. Place: the transatlantic twin cities of New York and London. A revolution in pop music, film, and fashion shatters the establishment's status quo and impacts all future youth generations. Punk: Attitude chronicles how teenage rebellion and social change birthed the defiant punk movement. Featuring interviews with Henry Rollins, Chryssie Hynde, and more.
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In November 2005, just three months after Hurricane Katrina had devastated New Orleans, English pop maestro Elvis Costello joined local R&B legend Allen Toussaint in a Crescent City recording studio to undertake the first major New Orleans recording sessions since Katrina made landfall. Filmmaker Matthew Buzzell was on hand to document the proceedings, which resulted in a Joe Henry-produced album entitled The River in Reverse. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
Relive the triumphant legacy of Queen in this comprehensive documentary of the band's career from the late 1960s to today. Packed full of rare archival footage of the band hashing out their signature overdub sound in the recording studio, mind-blowing live performances, and Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon's candid reflections on their career and the last days of Freddie Mercury, Queen: Days Of Our Lives is any fan's dream. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music