The Battle over Citizen Kane
"Looks at the lives and careers of Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst, and how Hearst tried to suppress the 1941 film Citizen Kane and destroy Welles."
"... this feature documentary explores the role of black actors, black directors and the black audience in American movies. Remember the early 80s -- hip hop had just been born, break dancing filled clubs and streets and Eddie Murphy and the late great Richard Pryor were the only two black stars making it. In an action-packed showcase of clips and interviews, Diahnne Abbott, Rosalind Cash and Alfre Woodard talk about negative stereotyping. Jim Brown, Vonetta McGee and D'Urville Martin come up with alternative solutions to the one-way street that was 'blaxploitation' and discuss new ways of advancing an independent black cinema. There is a rare interview with Lorenzo Tucker, the Black Valentino, about his career with Oscar Micheaux. Joel Fluellen and Vincent Tubbs tell memorable stories of what life was like for the few blacks working in Hollywood in the 50s and 60s (including Dorothy Dandridge). There is a marvelous speech by Sidney Poitier on accepting the Black Hall of Fame 'oscar'. Griffiths' Birth of a Nation is panned. Grandmaster Flash and his 'Message' is the theme tune and the writer Oscar Williams holds the whole show together with his advice to the creative outsider." - Container
Cinema, Mon Amour
"...follows the story of Viktor Purice--manager, former projectionist and lifetime cinephile and his two loyal employees, Cornelia & Lorena, in their everyday battle to preserve Dacia Panoramic Cinema in Piatra Neamt--one of the last remaining cinemas in Romania today. Having lived through 'the golden age' of cinema, Viktor dreams of bringing back the good old glory days, yet struggles to keep up with the new harsh reality. In a theater that lacks heating and is slowly falling apart, with no support from the State who owns the place, it's almost a Don Quixote fight."
"[A] portrait of five obsessive filmgoers whose voracious appetite for films has consumed everything else is their lives. The 'cinemaniacs' have seen thousands of movies. They often cannot hold jobs and are on the verge of poverty, but absolutely must watch films day and night, no matter the cost. The 'cinemaniacs' reveal not only their lives, but their vast encyclopedic knowledge of cinema, from classic pre-code actresses to the least known science-fiction schlock as well as organizational techniques for coping with the complex scheduling difficulties posed by multiple festivals and special screenings of rarities."
The Dying of the Light
"Explores the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists. By turns humorous and melancholic, their candid reflections on life in the booth reveal a world that has largely gone unnoticed and is now at an end. The result is a loving tribute to the art and romance of the movies, and to the unseen people who brought the light to the screens."
Film Adventurer Karel Zeman
"...is a biographical film that looks back at the life, work and significance of a true genius in world cinema. We explore the history and inspiration of the film tricks pioneer, and include interviews with today's prominent filmmakers from Japan to America to understand just why his films are still alive - and in many ways unsurpassed. Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, Koji Yamamura, Kosei Ono and others all discuss their Karel Zeman as their inspiration."
Girl from God's Country: The History of Women in Film
"...is the untold story of the first female independent filmmaker and action-adventure heroine, Nell Shipman (1892-1970), who left Hollywood to make her films in Idaho. An unadulterated, undiscovered adventure tale of a pioneering woman who rewrote the rules of filmmaking, and, in so doing, paved the way for independent voices -- especially female voices in today's film industry."
Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words
"Director Stig Björkman allows us unprecedented access to Ingrid Bergman's world, culling from the most personal of archival materials: letters, diary entries, photographs, and Super eight and sixteen mm footage Bergman herself shot, and following her from youth to tumultuous married life and motherhood. Intimate and artful, this lovingly assembled portrait, narrated by actor Alicia Vikander, provides luminous insight into the life and career of an undiminished legend."
Juke: Passages from the Films of Spencer Williams
"In the 1940s Spencer Williams, the African-American filmmaker and actor, produced melodramas about saints and sinners. Here film critic Thom Anderson assembles excerpts from Williams' films to document scenes of black life in the 1940s. Presented without narration."
The Man Who Saved Ben-Hur
"One man's quest to learn more about his 89 year old cousin, Johnny Alarimo, only to discover that Johnny spent a dazzling career behind the scenes in Hollywood's Golden Age of Film as an assistant director on Ben-Hur. Alarimo shows his private collection of set photographs, recounts the time he went to the Isle of Capri with Rock Hudson and shares fascinating stories and anecdotes about his close friends and confidantes Elizabeth Taylor and Sandra Dee."
"Explores the making and meaning of Film, a 1965 short film starring Buster Keaton, that was written by Samuel Beckett, directed by Alan Schneider, and produced by Barney Rosset. Topics covered include the circumstances leading to the film's production, the production process itself, and the film's critical reception. Includes outtakes, never-before-heard audio recordings of production meetings, interviews, and other archival information."
Rebel Citizen: Haskell Wexler in Conversation with Pamela Yates
"Takes viewers on a revelatory tour of two time Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler's political documentary work, letting the veteran artist and activist share his vision of how to be a citizen in the world."
Tab Hunter Confidential
"In the 1950s, movie star Tab Hunter was America's boy next door. Nothing, it seemed, could damage his skyrocketing career. Nothing, that is, but the fact that Tab Hunter was secretly gay. Now, Tab Hunter's secret is out. In this documentary we will meet for the first time, the real Tab Hunter as he shares with us the whole story of a happy and healthy survivor of Hollywood's roller coaster."