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Bell Hooks: Cultural Criticism and Transformation

bell hooks is one of America's most engaging public intellectuals. In this richly illustrated two-part interview, hooks argues that we can acknowledge the impact of media without denying our own agency or the pleasure we derive from popular culture. Rather than ignoring or denying the power of representation, hooks advocates for critically confronting the influence of media in our lives.
2018; 1997

Lumiere's First Picture Shows

Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory, The Gardener, Arrival of a Train at La Ciot Station and many more are on display in Lumiere's First Picture Show; a collection of firsts from the filmakers that started a business of film production, exhibition and distribution. The acknowledged birth of film history was December 28, 1895 when the first paying audience gathered at the Grand Cafe on Boulevard des Capucines, Paris, for a performance of films on the Cinematographe of brothers Louis and Auguste Lumiere. This program is mostly reproduced from a collection of original Lumiere films unearthed in 1972 from a basement storage area in the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. They were copied using an original Cinematographe as a printer. The program includes twenty films from 1895- [...]
2018; 1898


ASPEN is a film about a town famous in the 19th century for silver mining and now known for its scenic splendor, mountains, skiing, hiking, music, intellectual activity and fashionable people. The film documents the daily life and activities of the people who live, work, visit and play in Aspen in the winter.. "Wiseman’s view of Aspen and the Aspenites is clearly that the place and its people are a study in contrasts, some of them touching and some of them absurd… And even when the people on the screen are behaving in ways that seem foolish or frivolous, the intoxicating seductiveness of the place comes through. ‘ASPEN’ is glorious, town and film." – Tom Shales, The Washington Post
2018; 1991

The Mughal Empire in 18th-Century India

Examine the monumental empire of the Mughals, the Islamic rulers of India. Investigate how the Mughals governed through military skill, administrative brilliance, and religious tolerance. Look at the state of Indian society in the 18th century, and how changes in Mughal politics and economics laid the foundation for the British conquest of India.
2018; 2017

Nicholas on Holiday

Nicholas, his parents and Granny hit the road, heading for the sea, and a stay in the Beau-Rivage Hotel. At the beach, Nicholas wastes little time making new friends, and the group has many adventures in this family comedy. Official Selection at the **BUSTER Copenhagen International Film Festival** and the **Hong Kong French Film Festival**.
2019; 2014


In this Oscar-winning short film, Norman McLaren employs the principles normally used to put drawings or puppets into motion to animate live actors. The story is a parable about two people who come to blows over the possession of a flower.. Oscar Winner for Best Documentary, Short Subject. Nominated for a BAFTA Award.
2018; 1952

The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo

A fresh and genre-defying film about the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author and counter-cultural icon, Oscar Zeta Acosta — the basis for the character Dr. Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, written by his friend, legendary journalist-provocateur Hunter S. Thompson.. Channeling the spirit of the psychedelic 60's and the joyful irreverence of “Gonzo” journalism, THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BROWN BUFFALO shows Acosta’s personal and creative evolution playing out against the backdrop of a society in turmoil.. From his origins in segregated rural California, to his stint as a Baptist missionary in the jungles of Panama, to his radicalization in the Chicano movement of the late 60's, and finally to his mysterious disappearance off the coast of Mexico in 1974, director Phillip Rodrig [...]

Titicut Follies

The film is a stark and graphic portrayal of the conditions that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Massachusetts. TITICUT FOLLIES documents the various ways the inmates are treated by the guards, social workers and psychiatrists.. "TITICUT FOLLIES is a brilliant work of art…" - Robert Coles, The New Republic. "TITICUT FOLLIES is a great work, a near-masterpiece not just of the documentary form, but of moviemaking in any category. It’s a film that transcends the time and place of its manufacture, and it should be seen not just by documentarians and film students but by anyone interested in the movies as a medium capable of powerfully presenting the human condition." – Ray Greene, Village View
2018; 1967


In 1961, over 250,000 Cubans joined their country’s National Literacy Campaign and taught more than 707,000 other Cubans to read and write. Almost half of these volunteer teachers were under 18. More than half were women.. Narrated by Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker, MAESTRA (Spanish for teacher) explores the experiences of nine of the women who, as young girls, helped eradicate Cuban illiteracy within one year. Interweaving recent interviews, archival footage, and campaign photos, this lively documentary includes one of the first Cubans of her generation to call herself a feminist and one of the first openly proud members of Cuba’s LGBT community. With wit and spirit, all recall negotiating for autonomy and independence in a culture still bound by patriarchal structures.. [...]
2018; 2012


Two-time **Sundance Film Festival** award winner SONITA tells the inspiring story of Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, who thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. And her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she's worth {dollar}9,000. Iranian director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami poignantly shifts from observer to participant altering expectations, as Sonita's story unfolds in this personal and joyful portrait. An intimate portrait of creativity and womanhood, SONITA highlights the rarely seen intricacies and shifting contrasts of Iranian society through the lens of an artist who is defining the [...]
2019; 2015

Regarding Susan Sontag

An intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Endlessly curious, passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation. This beautifully constructed documentary tracks Sontag’s life through evocative experimental images, archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words as read by Patricia Clarkson.. From her early infatuation with books to her first experience in a gay bar; from her early marriage to her 15-year relationship with legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz, REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and [...]
2018; 2014


This is the true story of a woman caught in the crosshairs of a spiraling personal life and career crisis. Small-town reporter Christine (Rebecca Hall), feels like she is destined for bigger things and is relentless in her pursuit of an on-air position in a larger market. As an aspiring newswoman with an eye for nuance and social justice, she finds herself constantly butting heads with her boss, who pushes for juicier stories that will drive up ratings.. Plagued by self-doubt and a tumultuous home life, Christine’s diminishing hope begins to fall further when an on-air co-worker (Michael C. Hall) initiates a friendship which ultimately becomes yet another unrequited love. Disillusioned as her world continues to close in on her, Christine takes a dark and surprising turn.. Nominated f [...]
2018; 2016


Young Katarina (Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) hates her job and worries that she may end up like her mother, Birgitta, who is drinking herself to death. Finding her only solace in music, Katarina talks her way into a job as a receptionist in the offices of the Gothenburg Symphony. Although she lives with her layabout boyfriend, Mattias (Martin Wallstrom, Mr. Robot), she nonetheless finds herself entering into an affair with the symphony's conductor, who is married and much older.
2018; 2010

God Help the Girl

From writer/director Stuart Murdoch (lead singer of beloved indie pop group Belle & Sebastian) comes a delightfully different musical. Eve (Emily Browning, American Gods) is a young woman who is low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls: posh Cass (Hannah Murray, Game of Thrones) and fastidious James (Olly Alexander), and together they decide there's only one thing to do: form a pop group.. Winner of a Special Jury Prize for World Cinema - Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival. Nominated for an Audience Award in the 24 Beats Per Second Competition at the SXSW Film Festival. Nominated for Best Film in the Generation 14plus Competition at the Berlin International Film Festival.
2018; 2014

Mr. Hublot

Mr. Hublot is a withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, scared of change and the outside world. But when a very invasive companion, Robot Pet, arrives in his home, Mr. Hubolt's world is turned upside down.. Winner of Best Short Film, Animated at the Academy Awards.
2018; 2013

Sans Soleil

Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet. Sans Soleil is his mind-bending free-form travelogue that journeys from Africa to Japan.
2018; 1983

The Necktie

A mixture of puppet and hand-drawn animation, THE NECKTIE is the story of Valentin and his quest to find meaning in his life. Stuck in a dead-end job, he has forgotten all about the things that used to bring him joy. Years pass, and boredom replaces all his aspirations and hope for the future. It is only on his 40th birthday, when he rediscovers an old accordion hidden in the depths of his closet, that he regains his lust for life.. Nominated for The Annecy Cristal at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Winner of Best Canadian Short Film at the Montréal World Film Festival.
2018; 2008


Winner of the Critics Week Grand Prize at the **Cannes Film Festival**, Oliver Laxe’s stunning new film, MIMOSAS, is a breathtakingly-shot Western that follows a mysterious caravan carrying a dying sheikh into the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. Somewhere in the desert, a caravan is escorting an elderly sheik to the village where he was born. His last wish is to be buried with his loved ones. But death does not wait. Without their leader, the company grows fearful. And at the foot of a mountain pass, they refuse to continue, entrusting the body to two men who agree to carry on and bring it to its final destination. But who are these men? And do they really know the way? Meanwhile in another place, and seemingly another time, a stranger is chosen to find the caravan.
2019; 2016

Impression of a War

For more than 70 years, Colombia has been plagued with armed internal conflict. The ongoing struggle between various guerrilla factions, military and paramilitary forces, and drug traffickers has created a culture of violence and fear that has pervaded every aspect of daily life.. Filmmaker Camilo Restrepo, who, like many Colombians of his generation lived through some of the most dangerous years, confronts the violent history of his country through the marks and traces it has left --- newspaper images (the photos, but also the ink itself) dye-stained rivers that are the color of blood, graffiti on the streets, tattoos on the soldiers who fought in the war.. In this artful, poetic meditation, Restrepo unearths the signs, manipulations and portents that lay behind the violence, behind [...]
2018; 2015

Donald Cried

Peter Latang left working class Warwick, Rhode Island to reinvent himself as a slick, Wall Street mover and shaker. Fifteen years later, when he's forced to return home to bury his Grandmother he loses his wallet on the trip. Stranded, the only person he can think of to help him out is his next door neighbor and former childhood friend Donald Treebeck. Donald hasn't changed a bit, and what starts as a simple favor turns into a long van ride into their past. Nominated for the Grand Jury Award for Narrative Feature at the **SXSW Film Festival**. Nominated Best First Screenplay at the **Film Independent Spirit Awards**. *"Donald Cried is a sympathetic buddy film with much to say about friendship, self-conceitedness, and complacency." - Filipe Freitas, **Film Threat***
2019; 2016