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USA , 2008 , 81 min. Led by self-proclaimed King of Swing Larry Levenson, the devotees of Plato’s Retreat gyrated right along with the disco rhythms of New York circa 1977.
chronicles the highs and lows of the sexual revolution in an age of grandiose narcissism....
The Border Wall
USA , 2008 , 75 min.
The Border Wall
is Wayne Ewing’s uncompromising investigation into the potential repercussions of the Department of Homeland Security’s proposal to erect 670 miles of fence that would divide private properties, communities, wildlife reserves—and lives....
By the Numbers
USA , 2008 , 8 min. Claude is obsessed with numbers—and with finding love in all the wrong places. Driven to desperation, he places his fate in the hands of the New York telephone network....
Cinema Q: Of Time and the City
Great Britain , 2008 , 72 min.
- From the original voice of British auteur Terence Davies
(Distant Voices, Still Lives)
comes a visual poem about the director's life in Liverpool from 1945 to 1973. It is a very personal portrait of Liverpool, beyond its Beatles and its football clubs, the home o...
Cinema Q: Wild Combination - A Portrait of Arthur Russell
USA , 2008 , 71 min. This biographical tribute to poet and musician Arthur Russell brings to light the long-overlooked talents of an artist whose avant-garde pop is only now being discovered by an international audience, some fifteen years after his death from AIDS....
Come Back to Sudan
USA , 2008 , 27 min.
Count Basie: Then as Now, Count's the King
USA , 2008 , 71 min. Documentary filmmaker Gary Keys interweaves classic performance recordings with archival clips and reminiscences from former members of the Count Basie Orchestra to bring the eponymous jazz great to life....
Dear Zachary: a letter to a son about his father
USA , 2008 , 95 min. A chilling true-crime story of the murder of Dr. Andrew Bagby,
is also a cinematic scrapbook containing a heartrending letter from filmmaker Kurt Kuenne to the son who would never know his father....
USA , 2008 , 3 min. Reflections of a Texas chaplain working on death row....
USA , 2008 , 70 min. Twins Nicola and Teena Collins unflinchingly investigate the criminal pasts of their father, Les Falco, and his cronies. To both its blame and its credit, London’s East End becomes one of the gang in this fascinating black-and-white documentary....
Fire Under the Snow
USA , 2008 , 75 min. This brilliant documentary relates the extraordinary saga of Buddhist monk Palden Gyatso, whose resilience throughout a life marked by imprisonment, torture, and exile ultimately encapsulates the tragic history of Tibet under Chinese occupation....
USA , 2008 , 99 min. Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s impassioned documentary focuses on a fourteen-acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles—and the pitched battle for its survival between a group of mostly immigrant farmers and the well-connected developer who’s determined to raze it....
Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes
USA , 2008 , 86 min. The remarkable talents of maverick composer, singer, poet, humorist, philospher, and, above all, master storyteller Garrison Keillor shine in this lovingly crafted profile of the creator of the long-running live radio show
A Prairie Home Companion.
Guest of Cindy Sherman
USA , 2008 , 88 min.
MUST END Thursday, May 21
- It’s New York City in the early 1990s. Cindy Sherman is the press-wary luminary of contemporary American art. Everyone wants an interview; nobody gets one—with one exception: Paul Hasegawa-Overacker (H-O), the overactive mouthpiece of p...
Haikus of the Heart
Great Britain , 2008 , 3 min. A collection of lively an unusual personal ads culled from the
London Times Review of Books.
Her Life Is My Teacher
India , 2008 , 11 min.
Her Life Is My Teacher
explores the roots of one man's motivation and lifelong passion to improve the lives of women in southern India....
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
USA , 2008 , 90 min. Settle around the campfire (or into a theater seat) and you shall hear the story of Jason Voorhees—that icon of Hollywood horror born of the
Friday the 13th
series. Complete with interviews from every Jason, the girls that survived him, and those who knew him best....
Jan Saudek: Trapped by His Passions, No Hope for Rescue
Czech Republic , 2008 , 93 min. Czech photographer Jan Saudek is known for some of the most moving and exhilarating images of the past half century—as well as some of the most sexually explicit and shocking. With an unblinking eye, director Adolf Zika chronicles his friend and colleague’s life and work....
Life. Support. Music.
USA , 2008 , 79 min. Eric Daniel Metzgar
(The Chances of the World Changing)
exposes all the pain and hardship, as well as the unexpected beauty, of recovery from a devastating illness in the emotionally layered documentary
Life. Support. Music.
When thirty-four-year-old Jason Crigler, one of the most soug...
Italy , 2008 , 112 min.
is an unforgettable glimpse into a global kaleidoscope of cause and effect that takes us from the dizzying heights of skyscrapers to the depths of the human psyche—all amid narrated passages from sci-fi masterworks....
Must Read After My Death
USA , 2008 , 73 min. Juxtaposing old home movies and family photos with a cache of audio tapes recorded for psychiatrists, first-time feature filmmaker Morgan Dews reveals the ravaging effects of his grandparents’ turbulent marriage in intimate—and deeply unsettling—detail....
USA , 2008 , 3 min. New York City's legendary radio host, Bob Fass, talks with a faithful listener....
USA , 2008 , 29 min.
No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos
USA , 2008 , 97 min. James Chressanthis’s vivid double portrait of the great cinematographers László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond reveals how a pair of Hungarian refugees arrived in Hollywood to help transform American moviemaking in the 1970s....
Not Quite Hollywood
USA , 2008 , 98 min. This fast-paced, hilarious doc argues that American exploitation films of the 1970s and 1980s had nothing on their Australian counterparts—which boasted double the gore, triple the sex, and 100 times the fetishistic car chases. Oh, and boars. Giant, blood-crazy boars....
Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie
USA , 2008 , 62 min. When the work of long-unsung amateur Bigfoot investigators Dallas Gilbert and Wayne Burton finally attracts the attention of a celebrity pro, their bum luck seems bound to change. Documentarian Jay Delaney chronicles their dogged pursuit of the American dream....
Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press
USA , 2008 , 97 min. The battle over obscenity laws in the 1950s and 1960s is encapsulated by this profile of Barney Rosset—publisher of William S. Burroughs, Henry Miller, Malcolm X, and others—who took his free-speech crusades all the way to the Supreme Court in the name of art....
USA , 2008 , 94 min. This documentary explores the controversy surrounding a video game created by the director himself, which pushes the envelope—along with lots of people’s buttons—by reenacting the Columbine tragedy in order to get at the issues underlying school shootings....
Pray the Devil Back to Hell
USA , 2008 , 72 min.
MUST END Thursday, January 29
- Shortly after warlord-turned-president Charles Taylor was elected in 1997, Liberia erupted into civil war for the second time in a decade. Child soldiers ran rampant through the streets of Monrovia, terrorizing the local population, wh...
USA , 2008 , 99 min.
MUST END Thursday, August 13
profiles the lives of three high school seniors from Northeast Philadelphia, each with unique hardships but with the shared goal of winning scholarships to the country's best culinary schools. Their unlikely hero ...
Prince of Broadway
USA , 2008 , 100 min. The life of an illegal immigrant from Ghana who hustles knockoff duds in New York City’s wholesale district is turned upside down when a former girlfriend saddles him with a toddler she claims is his. Kinetic handheld camerawork captures the chaos....
Slingshot Hip Hop
USA , 2008 , 80 min. As fast-paced as its name suggests,
Slingshot Hip Hop
offers an inside look at Palestinian hip hop—a genre born of frustration with the checkpoints, walls, and outbreaks of street violence that shape a new generation’s daily life....
Song Sung Blue
USA , 2008 , 87 min. A ragged slice of Americana,
Song Sung Blue
captures the strange, sad trajectory of Lightning, a Neil Diamond impersonator, and his chanteuse wife Thunder—who, following a freak accident, refuse to abandon their dreams, no matter how delusional....
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story
USA , 2007 , 86 min. Devising outrageous promotional gimmicks, producer-director William Castle reaped big box-office rewards for some of the cheesiest horror flicks of the 1950s and 1960s. This lively doc captures the kooky brilliance of a Hollywood legend....
Stop The Presses! Film + Panel
USA , 2008 , 120 min. Manny Mendoza and Mark Birnbaum’s documentary
Stop the Presses: The American Newspaper in Peril
provides the springboard for this panel discussion about the fate of print journalism in deeply troubled economic times....
Stop the Presses! Film Only
USA , 80 min. In their exhaustive, compelling report on the decline of the American newspaper in the postliteracy era, Manny Mendoza and Mark Birnbaum consider the concomitant rise of cable news and the blogosphere—and what it may mean for the future of democracy....
Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
USA , 2008 , 80 min. Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai went from reforesting the hills of her native Kenya to leading a political movement that would bring down a twenty-four-year dictatorship. This persuasive documentary weighs the dangers and triumphs of her mission....
They Killed Sister Dorothy
USA , 2008 , 93 min. Via courtroom footage and shockingly candid interviews, Colorado-based filmmaker Daniel Junge
(Iron Ladies of Liberia,
SDFF 30) chronicles the search for justice following the execution of an activist nun in Brazil and its implications for the future of the rainforest....
Thing with No Name
South Africa , 2008 , 74 min. Sarah Friedland’s highly personal look at the tragic epidemic of AIDS in Africa focuses on two HIV-positive Zulu women in the starkly beautiful province of KwaZulu-Natal who acquire valuable antiretroviral drugs—only to experience mixed feelings and mixed results....
The Third Wave
USA , 2008 , 94 min. In 2005, four young volunteers arrived in a Sri Lankan village devastated by the tsunami to help out for two weeks. But as they came to know the locals and the extent of their troubles, they committed instead to a year-long rescue mission, captured in this documentary....
Torn from the Flag
USA , 2007 , 95 min. Featuring stunning archival footage and powerful interviews with key players from both sides of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution,
Torn from the Flag
vividly recaptures a pivotal moment in world history....
USA , 2007 , 24 min. This Student Academy Award recipient documents New York City's strange, unintentionally tragicomic Modern Orthodox Jewish singles scene. Relying on traditional matchmakers to find potential mates, the mostly twenty-somethings who belong to it would have lots of choices—if only their expectations wer...
Waltz with Bashir
Israel , 2008 , 90 min.
MUST END Thursday, March 5
- One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari Folman about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there's a connection to their Israeli Army...
USA , 2008 , 90 min. First-time director C. Karim Chrobog documents the life story of Sudanese hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal, once a child soldier who carried an AK-47 at age seven. Now he raps about the horrors of his war-torn homeland, pleading for peace....
Wesley Willis's Joyrides
USA , 2008 , 78 min. Chicago street artist, cult musician, and chronic schizophrenic Wesley Willis survived a violent childhood to devote his much-too-short life to the creative process. Documentarians Chris Bagley and Kim Shively chronicle his improbable rise to fame....
USA , 2008 , 91 min. From Emmy award–winning documentarians Don Hardy and Dana Nachman comes
—a gripping, Kafkaesque, and true account of the breakdown of the American legal system during a high-profile child molestation trial in 1980s California....
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