Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Blackness in the Italian Cinema
"...is a diasporic, hybrid, critical, and cosmopolitan dimension documentary that uncovers the careers of a population of entertainers seldom heard from before: Black actors in Italian cinema. BlaxploItalian cleverly disclosed the personal struggles classic Afro-Italian and African diasporic actors faced, correlating it with contemporary actors who work diligently to find respectable and significant roles."
"What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and '40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and Bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII."
Dawson City: Frozen Time
"This meditation on cinema's past from Decasia director Bill Morrison pieces together the bizarre true history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s. Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson City was settled in 1896 and became the center of the Canadian Gold Rush that brough 100,000 prospectors to the area. It was also the final stop for a distribution chain that sent prints and newsreels to the Yukon. The films were seldom, if ever, returned. The now-famous Dawson City Collection was uncovered in 1978 when a bulldozer working its way through a parking lot dug up a horde of film cans. Morrison draws on these permafrost-protected, rare silent films and newsreels, pairing them with archival footage, interviews, historical photographs, and an enigmatic score by Sigur Ros collaborator and composer Alex Somers..."
First Film: The Greatest Mystery in Cinema History
"...is David Nicholas Wilkinson's thirty three year quest to prove to the world a Frenchman, Louis Le Prince made the first films in 1888 and that the birthplace of motion pictures was not America nor France but in fact the city of Leeds in the county of Yorkshire, England."
The Five Obstructions
"Film director Lars von Trier challenges his idol Jøgen Leth to remake his 1967 film The Perfect Human five times with a change or obstruction each time."
Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror
"The history of Hammer Films and their legacy, narrated by the studio's most beloved stars, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee."
Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
"Movie fans know the work of Harold and Lillian, even if they don’t recognize the names. Working largely uncredited in the Hollywood system, storyboard artist Harold and film researcher Lillian left an indelible mark on classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski and many more. Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips and candid conversation with Harold and Lillian, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola and others, this deeply engaging documentary from Academy Award-nominated director Daniel Raim offers both a moving portrait of a marriage and a celebration of the unknown talents that help the films we love."
Here's Looking at You Boy: The Coming-Out of Queer Cinema
"A documentary about the coming of age of gay films. Traces its development from the 1950s to the 21st century, Back then, whenever a homosexual character appeared, they were doomed to either die or go mad at the end. In recent times, the gay and lesbian film community exudes a self-confidence, which has been characterized by award-winning films.."
"Narrated by Udo Kier, the film asks what the Nazi cinema of the Third Reich reveals about its period and its people. About 1,000 feature films were made in Germany in the years between 1933-1945: musicals, melodramas, romances, costume dramas, and war films. Only a few were overtly Nazi propaganda films. But by the same token, even fewer of them can be considered harmless entertainment. How did the open lies and hidden truths in these films affect the future of German cinema?"
Hollywood's Best Directors Choose Their Best Movies
"Each director selects one of their most compelling films and reveals intimate details about their most influential work while reviewing specific clips from each film. Also includes how famous scenes were staged and shot, and much more."
I Am Devine
"The dynamic, fun, and often poignant portrait of the legendary Divine. Learn about his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth, and his rise to fame as an internationally recognized drag superstar."
The John Wayne Story
"He was a bigger-than-life star and a hero of the silver screen who over 30 years after his passing is still just as famous today as he was at the height of his 40+ years in show business."
Midnight Ramble: Oscar Micheaux and the Story of Race Movies
"Recounts the story of race movies produced for Afro-Americans from 1910 through 1950 and the role played by Oscar Micheaux, the leading Afro-American producer and director. These movies were designed for Afro-Americans, were frequently shown at midnight, and presented Afro-Americans in a positive light. Features interviews with Afro-American actors, actresses, and historians."
"In a farmhouse basement on the Iowa countryside, eccentric collector Mike Zahs makes a remarkable discovery: the showreels of the man who brought moving pictures to America's Heartland."
"Documentary bringing Hollywood's elite composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world's most international music genre: the film score. Features interviews with nearly 60 composers, directors, orchestrators, studio musicians, producers, recording artists, studio executives, agents, and journalists."
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
"The deliciously scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed in Hollywood after World War II and became confidante, aide-de-camp, and lover to many of Hollywood's greatest male, and female, stars. An unsung Hollywood legend, Bowers would cater to the sexual appetites of celebrities, straight and gay, for decades. While the studio PR machines were promoting their stars as wholesome and monogamous, Bowers was fulfilling the true desires of many of them."
Seeing Is Believing: Women Directors
"This documentary film emphasizes the opportunity for women to use their voice through media to change the social and political landscape and achieve full equality. Focus on inspiritng and uplifting young female storytellers through the mentorship and leadership of four diverse directors ... to show how collaboration, rather than oppression, can incentivize all genders to connect to our shared human experience."
Spirits of Rebellion: Black Independent Cinema from Los Angeles
"...documents the lives and work of a small critically acclaimed group of black filmmakers and media artists known as the Los Angeles Rebellion, a group brought together through shared experiences as students in the UCLA film production MFA program between 1967 and 1992"
Successful Teamwork in Filmmaking: From Hollywood's Best Directors
"Looks at the art of writing a movie or choosing a script, the care and feeding of actors, how to work successfully with each actor, why your cinematographer is your best friend and a look ahead to the future of the industry."
The Tyrus Wong Story
"Explores the life of Tyrus Wong, a Chinese-American artist and illustrator, best known for his work as lead artist on Disney's 1942 animated film Bambi."
The Untameable Kirk Douglas
"To make a film about, and with, Kirk Douglas is to travel through the 20th century and, in doing so, revisit practically the entire history of Hollywood. That is a testament to the scope of this life, and the scale of the myth."
Voyage à travers le cinéma français = My Journey Through French Cinema
"Bertrand Tavernier's personal journey through French cinema, from films he enjoyed as a boy to his own early career, told through portraits of key creative figures."