Ancient Marks celebrates the 2,000-year-old human body art ritual of tattooing and scarification. World-renowned photographer Chris Rainier traveled for seven years and to more than thirty countries to capture these rare images which intrinsically link culture and the tradition of body marking as a form of initiation, beauty, and highly ritualized ornamentation. This short features original music composed by Anoushka Shankar, daughter of legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar. | Read More
A young writer threatens to go crazy under the care of his demented mother. On the verge of insanity, he decides to look up three works of art that helped him recover from a previous psychotic episode | Read MoreDocumentary
An intimate and deeply moving tribute to jazz diva extraordinaire Anita O'Day, completed just weeks before her death in November 2006. Packed with terrific clips and anecdotes from friends and fellow musicians, this enjoyable documentary zips along at the speed of her renowned up-tempo interpretation of "Sweet Georgia Brown." | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is given a human face -- actually, as many human faces as a family reunion -- through Israeli filmmaker Elon's quest to find Musa Obeidallah, the Palestinian man who kept house for her family in Jerusalem for more than 20 years. The search begins soon after September 11, in Paterson, New Jersey, one of the largest Arab communities in the country. | Read More
Antoine was born 100 days premature and became blind from the effects of his incubator. Now five years old, he uses a mini boom microphone to discover and capture the sounds around him. Through this visually striking portrait, expertly crafted by Laura Bari, we share both the everyday and imaginary worlds Antoine lives in and learn how he overcomes adversity by creating his own alternative universe of beauty. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, Family Friendly
Brilliantly blurring the borders of narrative and documentary filmmaking, artist-cum-director Clio Barnard beautifully reconstructs the fascinating true story of troubled British playwright Andrea Dunbar and her tumultuous relationship with her daughter. Working from two years of audio interviews, Barnard uses classic documentary techniques, actors, theatrical performance, and Dunbar's own neighborhood to generate a unique cinematic feast while unraveling the truths of a dark family past. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
A joyously uplifting celebration of the creative process and the inventive, outrageous downtown art scene of New York from the past 30 years, Arias with a Twist focuses its lens on the inspired collaboration between cabaret and drag artist Joey Arias and master puppeteer Basil Twist, whose groundbreaking 2008 show brought them some of the biggest success of their careers. Featuring never-before-seen footage of Andy Warhol, Jim Henson, Keith Haring, Grace Jones, and Divine. | Read MoreDocumentary
In 1971, inmates at Attica State Prison seized control of D-yard and took 35 hostages after peaceful efforts for reforms failed. Attica investigates the rebellion and its bloody suppression, revealing institutionalized injustices, sanctioned dishonesty and abuses of power. Provided courtesy of The New York Public Library, Donnell Media Center and New York Women In Film & Television.
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They say all good things come in threes. We're certain the old proverb applies to films too, so this year for the first time we're screening the second and third place films in the Heineken Audience Award competition. | Read More
Although the statistic is alarming--one in 150 children in the U.S. is now diagnosed with autism--this documentary is steeped in a sense of optimism. Filmed over the course of one year, it follows five autistic children in Los Angeles as they write and rehearse their own full-length musical, tossing aside all stereotypes in the process.
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Go behind the scenes like never before at BAM, the nation's oldest performing arts center. Featuring footage of recent BAM performances, interviews with groundbreaking artists like Laurie Anderson and Robert Wilson, and the fascinating history of the creative home to such greats as Pina Bausch, Peter Brook, and Merce Cunningham, TFF alum Michael Sládek's (Con Artist) doc shows that BAM's 150 years were not always easy, but are a testament to the power and stamina of the institution that launched Brooklyn as a cultural mecca. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
A charismatic and visionary poet and filmmaker who emerged in the artistic renaissance of post-WWII San Francisco, James Broughton led a completely unconventional existence in his lifelong quest for creative artistry, sexual and spiritual love and an evolved state of happiness. BIG JOY is a celebratory mosaic of Broughton’s deeply intertwined creative and personal lives, vividly depicted through his involvement with a wide array of artists, activists and spiritual guides. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Detroit is burning. Meet the men and women charged with saving the once-roaring American city that many have written off as dead. With vast stretches of forsaken buildings left as kindling, they face one of the worst arson rates in the world. From executive producer Denis Leary, BURN drives us straight into the heart-pounding fire and introduces us to the characters and controversies that make up the most overworked and underequipped firehouse in the country. | Read MoreThriller and Documentary
Four classmates (Kurd, Christian, Shiite, and Sunni/Shiite) in Baghdad are given cameras to document their last year in high school, resulting in a rare firsthand view of what it’s like growing up where sectarian violence rages right outside the classroom window. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary