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LAST JEWS OF LIBYA

  • Release Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 50 minutes
  • Directed By: Vivienne Roumani-Denn
  • Country: USA
This family memoir recounts the history of a North African community. After WWII, Libya still had a small, but strong, Sephardic Jewish population with its own traditions and dialect. Sixty years later, no one remains. Roumani-Denn tells her family's history--Libyans for centuries, now scattered throughout the Diaspora. Narrated by Isabella Rossellini. In English, Hebrew, Italian and Arabic. | Read More
Female Director(s) and Documentary
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LAST PLAY AT SHEA

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Directed By: Paul Crowder
  • Country: USA
The intersecting histories of a stadium, a team, and a music legend are examined in a documentary that charts the ups and downs of the New York Mets and the life and career of Long Island native Billy Joel, the last performer to play Shea Stadium. Set to the soundtrack of Joel's final Shea concerts, Last Play interweaves personal Joel interviews with exclusive concert footage—featuring guests like Tony Bennett and Roger Daltrey. | Read More
Sports, Documentary, Music
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LAST OF THE FIRST

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Directed By: Anja Baron
  • Country: USA
Baron's touching documentary about the Harlem Blues & Jazz band, formed 30 years ago to honor jazz's underappreciated living legends. The Last of the First is not only an engrossing history lesson but also a loving behind-the-scenes look at the band members' everyday lives and at the swingin' music that has kept them going well into their golden years. | Read More
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LAUNCH

  • Release Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 24 minutes
  • Directed By: Brian Doyle
  • Country: USA
In Launch, Brian Doyle intermingles, in lyrical fashion, abandoned homes and buildings with changing weather patterns surrounding a rocket launch. | Read More
Documentary
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LAY DOWN OLD MAN

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 82 minutes
  • Directed By: Nemo Librizzi
  • Country: USA
The bewildering elements that sparked the powder keg of LA street gang violence are meticulously uncovered in the film, Lay Down Old Man. A two-film-in-one documentary about the history of the Bloods and the Crips, it provides a connecting a history of the rival gangs as told by two of its respective founding members. | Read More
Documentary
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LEAGUE OF ORDINARY GENTLEMEN

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Country: USA
Four modern-day professional bowlers' lives are interrupted when three retired Microsoft executives purchase their dying. Along the way, the film delves into the history and culture of professional bowling from the 60's and 70's to the beer gut and mullet-infested depths of the 80's and 90's that precipitated the Microsoft takeover in 2000. | Read More
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LENNY COOKE

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Benny Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  • Country: USA
In 2001, Lenny Cooke was the most hyped high school basketball player in the country, ranked above future greats LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. A decade later, Lenny has never played a minute in the NBA. In this quintessentially American documentary, filmmaking brothers Joshua and Benny Safdie track the unfulfilled destiny of a man for whom superstardom was only just out of reach. | Read More
Sports and Documentary
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LEONID'S STORY

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 19 minutes
  • Directed By: Rainer Ludwigs
  • Country: Germany and Ukraine
A Soviet family searching for a modest paradise is swept into the immense Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, recalled through small episodes as Leonid's Story.

Screening as part of the Shorts: Long Story Short program. | Read More
Documentary
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