A generation of artists used creativity as a response to the reactionary politics that came to define our culture in the 1980s. This dynamic and exhilarating documentary brings together more than 50 big-name musicians, writers, artists, and thinkers to trace a momentous social history from the cynical heyday of Reagan and Thatcher to today—and impart a message of hope. Featuring Chuck D, John Sayles, Eve Ensler, Tom Morello, Lewis Black, and many others. | Read MoreDocumentary
During the 1977 World Series, Sports Illustrated reporter Melissa Ludtke was denied access to the players’ locker room. After a very public fight, the door was opened, but the debate about female journalists in the male sanctum of the clubhouse remained. Through interviews with pioneering female sports writers, Let Them Wear Towels captures the raw behavior, humorous retaliation, angry lawsuits and remarkable resolve that went into the struggle for equal access for women reporters. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Sports, Documentary
Jason Osder makes an impressive feature film debut through his unbiased and thorough account of the incidents leading up to and during the 1985 standoff between the extremist African-American organization MOVE and Philadelphia authorities. The dramatic clash claimed eleven lives and literally and figuratively devastated an entire community. Let the Fire Burn is a real-life Wild West story absent the luxury of identifying its heroes by the color of their hats. | Read MoreDocumentary
Rude's longtime association with Joe Strummer gave him insider access to the former Clash front man and his last band, the Mescaleros. Filmed shortly before Strummer's untimely death in December of 2002, the film follows the band on its final tour, blending dynamic live performances, candid interviews, and archival footage. | Read More
Photographer-turned-director Weber composes a heartfelt visual diary incorporating his various interests and obsessions: old movies, war photography, the aftermath of September 11, and his five purebred dogs. An eclectic collage of footage, including home movies of Dirk Bogarde (in which we can glimpse Luchino Visconti, Audrey Hepburn, and Ava Gardner), is tied together by Weber's voice-over. | Read More
He indelibly connected to the streets, buildings, throughfares, and lives that make up the vast narrative of the city he called home. In recognition of his impact on New York City, in April 2002 Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Rudin family unveiled Lew Rudin Way at Park Avenue and 52nd Street. This 60-minute documentary, narrated by Sidney Poitier, tells the story of the man fondly knonw as "Mr. New York" by presidents, masters of industry, and regular New Yorkers alike, and his lifetime of civic and personal leadership. | Read MoreDocumentary
A tour of the Oregon State Hospital conducted to uncover the deplorable conditions there uncovers thousands of corroded copper urns containing the cremated remains of unclaimed psychiatric patients in Library of Dust.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Long Story Short program. | Read MoreDocumentary