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  • Meteors

    Movie

    They come at night. Everyone steps out of their homes. They light torches and remember those who have walked these streets before them. In the next few hours, the city is on lockdown and an eclipse appears. At night, meteors start to fall. Blending documentary filmmaking and political commentary,...

  • Black Wax: Gil Scott-Heron

    Movie

    Renowned documentarian Robert Mugge showcases the art, the life, and the personality of the great African American poet-singer-songwriter-author Gil Scott-Heron, the man Melody Maker once called “the most dangerous musician alive” and many have dubbed the forefather of rap music. Perhaps the firs...

  • George Crumb: Voice of the Whale

    Movie

    In 1976, Robert Mugge made his first film about American music, GEORGE CRUMB: VOICE OF THE WHALE, a strikingly original work about the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. Notable for its innovative use of color, this documentary portrait includes a full-length performance by the Penn Contemporary Pl...

  • Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise

    Movie

    Decades ahead of his time, composer, keyboard player, bandleader, singer, poet, and philosopher Sun Ra coupled sci-fi images of outer space with those of ancient Egypt, acoustic instruments with electronic ones, and modern American musical genres (jazz, soul, gospel, blues, swing) with traditiona...

  • The Space In Between: Marina Abramović and Brazil

    Movie

    In search of personal healing and artistic inspiration, boundary-pushing performance artist Marina Abramovic travels through Brazil experiencing sacred rituals and exploring limits between art, immateriality and consciousness. How far will she go to create her work of art?

    Premiering at SXSW, TH...

  • Last of the Mississippi Jukes

    Movie

    Renowned music documentarian Robert Mugge explores the fading traditions of juke joints where the blues was born a century ago and where regional musicians still practice their craft and entertain their fans. The film focuses, in particular, on two well-known Mississippi venues: Jimmy King’s lege...

  • Saxophone Colossus Featuring Sonny Rollins

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    Renowned music documentarian Robert Mugge presents an in-depth portrait of tenor saxophone master Sonny Rollins, among the greatest artists in jazz history. Named after one of Rollins' best-known albums, this 1986 film presents an ensemble performance in upstate New York and the world premiere of...

  • Bending Steel

    Movie

    Chris Schoeck, a 43-year-old Queens native, is training to become a professional oldetime strongman. The story follows Chris’ journey from his early days training in a small basement storage unit to his very first performance on the big stage at New York’s historic Coney Island. Alongside his tra...

  • Hollywood on Trial

    Movie

    In October 1947 nineteen Hollywood personalities were subpoenaed by the House Committee on Un-American Activities to testify about their knowledge or possible involvement in the American Communist Party. The first ten to be called refused to cooperate, claiming their first amendment rights, were ...

  • New Orleans Music in Exile

    Movie

    Like their neighbors, members of the legendary New Orleans music community were devastated by Hurricane Katrina and its tragic aftermath. Renowned music documentarian Robert Mugge creates an emotional portrait of horror, heartbreak, and hope as the musicians who lived through the disaster pick up...

  • Rhythm 'n' Bayous: A Road Map to Louisiana Music

    Movie

    Acclaimed “King of the Music Documentary” Robert Mugge takes his audience on a rollicking ride through Louisiana’s musical backwater bayous. Regional experts guide this trip from historic concert halls to po’boy joints, blues dives, zydeco clubs, gospel churches and intimate family gatherings, a ...

  • The Kingdom of Zydeco

    Movie

    Renowned music documentarian Robert Mugge dives into the black Creole music scene of Southwest Louisiana and documents the attempts, in the mid-1990s, to name a new “king of zydeco.” The original self-proclaimed “king” was the great Clifton Chenier who did more than anyone to develop zydeco’s mus...

  • Advocate

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    Since the early 1970s, attorney Lea Tsemel has made a career out of defending Palestinians in Israeli courts: feminists and fundamentalists, non-violent demonstrators and armed militants. As far as most Israelis are concerned, she defends the indefensible. As far as Palestinians are concerned, sh...

  • What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

    Movie

    The New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael battled to make her mark – fueled by brilliance, unshakable self-confidence, a complicated past, and a deep love of the arts. With over 40 new interviews and never-before seen archival material, WHAT SHE SAID is an unvarnished portrait of a pioneer who was ...

  • Strike a Pose

    Movie

    In 1990, seven young male dancers - 6 gay,1 straight - joined Madonna on her most controversial tour. On stage and in the iconic film Truth or Dare, they showed the world how to express yourself. Now years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour, when they were ambassado...

  • Hockney

    Movie

    HOCKNEY weaves together a portrait of the multifaceted artist from frank interviews with close friends and never-before-seen footage from his own personal archive. One of the great surviving icons of the 1960s, Hockney’s career may have started with almost instant success but in private he has st...

  • Revolution: New Art for a New World

    Movie

    Drawing on the collections of major Russian institutions, contributions from contemporary artists, curators and performers, as well as personal testimony from the descendants of those involved, REVOLUTION: NEW ART FOR A NEW WORLD brings the art of the Russian Avant-Garde to life. This compelling ...

  • The Ice King

    Movie

    John Curry transformed ice skating from a dated sport into an exalted art form. Coming out on the night of his Olympic win in 1976, he became the first openly gay Olympian in a time when homosexuality was not even fully legal. Toxic yet charming; rebellious yet elitist; emotionally aloof yet spec...

  • Rembrandt's J'accuse

    Movie

    In this compelling documentary, director Peter Greenaway presents a fierce criticism of today's visual illiteracy, argued by means of a forensic examination of Rembrandt's masterpiece The Night Watch (1642). Greenaway, who trained as a painter, leads us through Rembrandt's work and seventeenth-ce...

  • Narcissister Organ Player

    Movie + 3 extras

    One of the contemporary art world’s most acclaimed mixed-media and performance artists, the masked and merkin-clad Narcissister is the subject of this smart, sassy documentary that showcases her spectacle-rich approach to explorations of gender, racial identity and sexuality. Directed by the enig...

  • Angry Inuk

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    Seal meat is a staple food for the Inuit people, and many of the pelts are sold to offset the extraordinary cost of hunting. Inuit are spread across extensive lands and waters, and their tiny population is faced with a disproportionate responsibility for protecting the environment. They are pushi...

  • Nazi Junkies

    1 season

    Inspired by Norman Ohler’s international bestseller, Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich, NAZI JUNKIES reveals the all-consuming dependency on drugs that Hitler and the entire nation of Germany had during World War II. The secret journals of Hitler’s personal doctor, Théodore Morell, have suggested...

  • Cassandro, the Exotico!

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    Famed as much for his flamboyant drag and sky-high pompadour as for his show-stopping kicks and flips, Cassandro’s trailblazing ascent as one the industry’s first openly gay wrestlers has resonated internationally for a quarter century. Marie Losier captures the moving, humorous, and always color...

  • Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask

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    Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask explores the preeminent theorist of the twentieth century anti-colonial movements, a man whom Jean-Paul Sartre recognized as the figure “through whose voice the Third World finds and speaks for itself.” Isaac Julien, the celebrated black British director of su...