On September 12, 2004, just two-and-a-half days before Johnny Ramone's death, a group of musicians and friends-among them Deborah Harry, Eddie Vedder, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers-staged a benefit concert to celebrate The Ramones' 30th anniversary and to raise money for cancer research. Mandy Stein's touching rockumentary captures that unforgettable evening. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
Former Mardi Gras Indian Chief Tootie Montana is a New Orleans icon, famed for his brilliant handmade carnival costumes. When he decides to stage a late-life comeback, however, bitter family rivalries erupt. Filmed pre- and post-Katrina, this colorful portrait celebrates the resilient spirit of a man determined at all costs to preserve a vital cultural tradition.
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The '40s and '50s were a classic period in New York City nightlife, when the saloonkeeper was king and regular folks could drink with celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Jackie Gleason. In this heart-warming, personal doc, Jacobson profiles her grandfather, the king of kings: Toots Shor of the eponymous restaurant and saloon, which was once the place to be seen in Manhattan. | Read MoreDocumentary
If you were a fan of the soft-core Emmanuelle films of the '70s, '80s, and '90s, then Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel was likely your own personal sex goddess. However, Kristel also happens to be an avid painter, and in her directorial debut she waxes nostalgic about the Paris art scene during the start of her film career, a scene that revolved around figures like Hugo Claus, W.F. Hermans, and Kristel's own painting teacher Roland Topor. | Read MoreAnimation
Director Benjamin Ross (The Young Poisoner's Handbook) manages to cram both history and style into this visually stunning and emotionally sobering short. Torte Bluma is inspired by a real-life episode that involved Franz Stangl, the German commandant at the Treblinka Extermination Camp, and the Jewish prisoner who cooked his meals. Ross ably captures the atrocious setting and actor Stellan Skarsgard brings Stangle to life with frightening realism. | Read MoreDrama
Totally Personal creates a historical document both droll and touching out of Begovic and his family's memories, meditations, and observations. The history begins in the communist era, continues through the war that ravaged the former Yougoslavia and into today's post-war period.
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A box office smash in Greece, this mouth-watering crowd pleaser is divided into appetizers, main courses and desserts. Fanis, a Greek lad, lives in multi-cultural Istanbul and develops a life-long passion for cooking in his grandfather's fragrant spice shop. But political tensions drive his family back to Greece, and he returns to Turkey, his dying grandfather, and his childhood love only many years later. | Read More
Evelyn Glennie was an 8-year-old with a knack for music when she started going deaf and doctors told her she would not be able to pursue music. Touch the Sound demonstrates just how wrong they were. Making music everywhere she goes, Glennie, often accompanied by the great Fred Frith, creates joyful percussion out of everything from drums to chopsticks to stiletto heels. A Shadow Distribution release. | Read More
Colombia's rampant kidnappings are the brutal reality at the heart of this nail-biting thriller. A young photographer is abducted, held for ransom, and forced to contemplate imminent death while his family makes desperate covert deals to secure his release. Featuring America Ferrera. In English and Spanish. | Read MoreDrama and Thriller