Schwarzberg's lovingly crafted documentary is a cinematic paean to the splendors of America -- its vast landscape, diverse people, and incomparable natural wonders. The filmmaker packed up his camera and hit the road, recording his encounters with ordinary Americans -- from a Vermont farmer to an Appalachian coal miner -- and set it all to stirring original music by John Mellencamp.
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In this unflinching, behind-the-scenes look at a doomed reality show, a pair of novice TV writers team up with the distributor of the Paris Hilton sex tapes to create a reality show in which contestants are starved on a desert island. More than just gripping entertainment, this documentary poses important questions about how far people will go in pursuit of fame and fortune. | Read MoreDocumentary
Politicians and the media like to talk about the relationship between Wall Street and Main Street, but investigative journalist Leslie Cockburn's debut feature gets to the guts of the matter, visiting defectors from Bear Stearns and Standard & Poor's and other high-level players in the subprime mortgage gamble and, on the flipside, visiting the working-class Americans who were the unwitting chips on the table. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
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Set against a vivid backdrop of American rural landscapes, Alex Mar's meditative documentary artfully weaves together the stories of three young Americans exploring alternative religion: a pagan priestess in California mining country, a Spiritualist in upstate New York, and a Native American father and sundancer in South Dakota, all yearning for fulfilling spirituality in disparate but often strikingly similar ways. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Does contemporary America have a controlling class? This inventive documentary satire featuring Harper's Magazine editor Lewis Lapham sets out to get answers with the help of intellectuals, CEOs, politicians, folksingers, activists, and celebrities. And in the process, two Ivy League graduates ponder their future career possibilities.
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This short film is both a road movie about four young people traveling to Kosovo to donate an ambulance and a documentary about the situation of young Kosovars today, five years after the international intervention. The four travelers interview people they have gotten to know during the last five years on their trips to Kosovo and others who they meet for the first time on this journey. | Read MoreDocumentary
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