Documentary Movies 2017 List

    Dust 2 Glory

    Showcases the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship racing season… more

    Showcases the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship racing season, including the epic SCORE Baja 1000, the world’s toughest point-to-point desert race across a one-thousand-mile course in Mexico’s untamable Baja California Peninsula.

    Dana Brown, Bud Brutsman

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    Miss Kiet's Children

    A portrait of a class of migrant children at a primary school in… more

    A portrait of a class of migrant children at a primary school in a Dutch village. Under the wing of their teacher Miss Kiet, they learn Dutch, fight, fall in love and process their traumas.

    Petra Lataster Czisch

    Act & Punishment

    A music documentary about Russian activists and punk rockers Pus… more

    A music documentary about Russian activists and punk rockers Pussy Riot.

    Evgeny Mitta

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    Frank Serpico

    In the early 1970s, one man stood up to the entire New York City… more

    In the early 1970s, one man stood up to the entire New York City police force. Hailed as a hero by many, hated by others, officer Frank Serpico made headlines when he blew the whistle on a culture of bribery and corruption within the department. This is his story.

    Antonino D’Ambrosio

    Apache Warrior

    A feature-length documentary that puts the viewer inside the coc… more

    A feature-length documentary that puts the viewer inside the cockpit of an elite U.S. Army Aviation Helicopter Squadron as they launch a Deep Attack during the initial surge into Iraq in March, 2003.

    David Salzberg, Christian Tureaud, Eli Baldrige

    Aida's Secrets

    Izak Szewelwicz was born in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons c… more

    Izak Szewelwicz was born in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and sent for adoption in Israel. Many years ago, Izak found and formed a relationship with his birth mother, but was always told that his father had died in the war. In 2013, everything he knew about his personal history changed when he tracked down his adoption files and uncovered that his father had been alive after the war and had reportedly divorced his mother. Seeking more answers, Izak located his birth certificate in Germany. He was shocked to discover another birth certificate—one of a brother he never knew existed.

    Filmmakers and brothers Alon and Shaul Schwarz set out to find answers for their Uncle Izak, uncovering timely questions of identity, resilience, compassion, and the plight of displaced persons as Izak and his brother Shep—both almost 70-years-old—emotionally reunite in Canada before traveling to a nursing home in Montreal to introduce Shep to his elderly mother, Aida, for the first time.

    Alon Schwarz, Shaul Schwarz

    A River Below

    Examines the efforts of two conservationists in the Amazon to bri… more

    Examines the efforts of two conservationists in the Amazon to bring about change by using the national media, only to discover the consequences of their actions come with a high price. Provides an eye opening look at what happens when passion and opinion trump reason and morality.

    Mark Grieco

    The Price of Fame

    The Price of Fame explores the life of Ted Dibiase, Million Doll… more

    The Price of Fame explores the life of Ted Dibiase, Million Dollar Man and his family. They built a Legacy in the ring, but the lasting impact will be felt for generations outside the ring. Discover what the Price of Fame was for Ted, and what he found that changed everything, something Priceless.

    Peter Ferriero

    11/8/16

    On the morning of Election Day 2016, Americans of all stripes wok… more

    On the morning of Election Day 2016, Americans of all stripes woke up and went about living their radically different lives. These were the hours leading up to Donald Trump's unexpected, earth-shaking victory, but, of course, no one knew that yet. Curated and produced by Jeff Deutchman 11/8/16 documents the moments leading up to a defining moment in American history.

    Petra Epperlein, Yung Chang, Alison Klayman… more

    Petra Epperlein, Yung Chang, Alison Klayman, Bassam Tariq, Duane Andersen, Garth Donovan, Vikram Gandhi, Raul Gasteazoro

    Conor McGregor: Notorious

    A rags-to-riches story behind the MMA fighter-turned-boxing star… more

    A rags-to-riches story behind the MMA fighter-turned-boxing star Conor McGregor.

    Gavin Fitzgerald, Jamie D’Alton

    Intent To Destroy: Death, Denial & Depiction

    Pulling back the curtain on Genocide censorship in Hollywood due… more

    Pulling back the curtain on Genocide censorship in Hollywood due to U.S. government pressure to appease a strategic ally, Intent To Destroy embeds with a historic feature production as a springboard to explore the violent history of the Armenian Genocide and legacy of Turkish suppression and denial over the past century.

    Joe Berlinger, Cy Christiansen

    Song of Granite

    The life story of traditional Irish folk singer Joe Heaney, who i… more

    The life story of traditional Irish folk singer Joe Heaney, who is estimated to have recorded in excess of 500 traditional Irish sean nós ('old style') songs.

    Pat Collins

    Mully

    What happens when a six-year-old boy in Kenya is abandoned by his… more

    What happens when a six-year-old boy in Kenya is abandoned by his family and left to raise himself on the streets? MULLY is no ordinary rags-to-riches tale. It's the true story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, MULLY sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, Charles Mully risks everything and sets in motion a series of events that is nothing short of astonishing.

    Scott Haze

    Chavela

    A documentary chronicling the barrier-breaking Mexican ranchera s… more

    A documentary chronicling the barrier-breaking Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas whose international fame peaked after a triumphant return to the stage at the age of 71.

    Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi

    Earth: One Amazing Day

    Earth: One Amazing Day follows the journey of the sun for twenty… more

    Earth: One Amazing Day follows the journey of the sun for twenty four hours as it’s awesome power shapes the lives of all the animals on the amazing planet we call home. Even the most familiar species – ourselves. A breathtaking voyage across the continents and through the oceans and skies; Earth: One Amazing Day is an enchanting, big screen family friendly adventure that proves every day on Earth is heartwarming and inspiring.

    Robert Redford, Richard Dale, Lixin Fan… more

    Robert Redford, Richard Dale, Lixin Fan, Peter Webber

    Dina

    Dina, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadel… more

    Dina, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge. Filmmakers Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini construct seamless vérité scenes that lovingly frame Dina and Scott's vulnerable, yet matter-of-fact romance. Whether at the local nail salon, the warm beaches of Ocean City, Dina's racy bachelorette party, or on honeymoon in the Poconos, Dina captures the cadences and candid conversations of a relationship that reexamines the notion of love on-screen.

    Antonio Santini, Daniel Sickles

    Bobbi Jene

    American dancer Bobbi Jene, who after a decade of stardom in Isra… more

    American dancer Bobbi Jene, who after a decade of stardom in Israel decides to leave behind her prominent position at the renowned Batsheva Dance Company, as well as the love of her life, to return to the U.S.

    78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene

    Director Alexandre O. Philippe pulls back the curtain on the maki… more

    Director Alexandre O. Philippe pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho's cinematic game changer, breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Hitchcock’s dense web of allusions and double meanings.

    Alexandre O. Philippe

    Human Flow

    Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from the… more

    Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

    Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Human Flow is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future. Human Flow comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?

    Ai Weiwei

    Dealt

    Prepare to be inspired and amazed by Richard Turner, one of the w… more

    Prepare to be inspired and amazed by Richard Turner, one of the world's most renowned card magicians, who met adversity head-on and refused to let his disability define him.

    Luke Korem

    The Work

    Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, The Work follows thr… more

    Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, The Work follows three men from outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. The raw and revealing process that the incarcerated men undertake exceeds the expectations of the free men, ripping them out of their comfort zones and forcing them to see themselves and the prisoners in unexpected ways.

    Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous

    Garbage Pail Kids Story

    In the 1980s a bunch of underground cartoonists parodied a popula… more

    In the 1980s a bunch of underground cartoonists parodied a popular doll (whose name can’t be spoken). The resulting commercial trading cards/stickers tapped into an international zeitgeist that was brewing in a young generation who felt that this product spoke to the revulsion they had for the corporate pop culture that was being fed to them. Learn the truth behind the myth of The Garbage Pail Kids.

    Joe Simko, Jeff Zapata

    Dolores

    Raising 11 children while wrestling with gender bias, union de… more

    Raising 11 children while wrestling with gender bias, union defeat and victory, and nearly dying after a San Francisco Police beating, Dolores Huerta bucks 1950s gender conventions to co-found the country's first farmworkers union.

    Brian Benson

    Extraordinary

    Based on a true marriage journey, the film tells the story of u… more

    Based on a true marriage journey, the film tells the story of ultra-marathon runner and college professor David Horton, his wife, Nancy, and their attempt to finish their marriage race well.

    Karen Abercrombie, Kirk Cameron, Leland Klassen… more

    Karen Abercrombie, Kirk Cameron, Leland Klassen, Shari Rigby

    Man In Red Bandana

    This is a story of sacrifice, selflessness and how the actions of… more

    This is a story of sacrifice, selflessness and how the actions of one man have touched and inspired others. Our film is about Welles Crowther, a 9/11 hero. Welles was tragically killed in the lobby of the South Tower when it collapsed. He stayed to help others and his heroics only became known 8 months after the tragedy due to an ordinary object ... a red bandana. The film re-traces the unique manner in which his heroics became known, as well as his last inspirational hour (his finest hour) saving others from the upper reaches of the South Tower. The film, then, depicts Welles’ folklore stature throughout the United States including songs, artwork and babies that have been named in his honor. This legacy section leads up to the revelation of a remarkable secret about Welles that provides the perfect, inspirational ending.

    Matthew Weiss, Chad Verdi, Joshua Sason… more

    Matthew Weiss, Chad Verdi, Joshua Sason, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michele Verdi, Emma Tillinger, Nick Koskoff, Tom DeNucci

    Trophy

    Endangered African species like elephants, rhinos and lions march… more

    Endangered African species like elephants, rhinos and lions march closer to extinction each year. Their devastating decline is fueled in part by a global desire to consume these majestic animals. TROPHY investigates the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation. Through the eyes of impassioned individuals who drive these industries—from a Texas-based trophy hunter to the world’s largest private rhino breeder in South Africa—the film grapples with the consequences of imposing economic value on animals. What are the implications of treating animals as commodities? Do breeding, farming and hunting offer some of the few remaining options to conserve our endangered animals?

    Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz

    Fallen

    Every 53 hours in the United States, a police officer is killed… more

    Every 53 hours in the United States, a police officer is killed in the line of duty. However these losses go mostly unnoticed, overshadowed by sensational, politically charged headlines of the day. Fallen takes a deeply personal look at the stories behind these statistics. More than five years in the making, the film follows the stories of eight fallen officers from across the country. Told through the eyes of those closest to them, as well as the communities they served, these stories offer a sobering glimpse into a routinely overlooked and misunderstood reality

    Thomas Marchese

    School Life

    This observational documentary follows a year in the lives of two… more

    This observational documentary follows a year in the lives of two inspirational teachers at Headfort, the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Housed in an 18th century estate, school life embraces tradition and modernity. For John, rock music is just another subject alongside Maths, Scripture and Latin, taught in a collaborative and often hilarious fashion. For his wife Amanda, the key to connecting with children is the book, and she uses all means to snare the young minds. For nearly half a century these two have shaped thousands of minds, but now the unthinkable looms: what would retirement mean? What will keep them young if they leave?

    Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane

    The Heart of Man

    The Heart of Man is a cinematic retelling of the parable of the P… more

    The Heart of Man is a cinematic retelling of the parable of the Prodigal Son, interwoven with true testimonials of personal and sexual brokenness. Narrative storytelling and documentary filmmaking are combined like never before to reveal the compassionate heart of God the Father for His sons and daughters, illuminating an age-old truth: shame is not a barrier to God’s love, but a bridge to absolute transformation, victory, freedom, and hope.

    Jason Pamer, Serena Karnagy ...Siren, Eric Esau… more

    Jason Pamer, Serena Karnagy ...Siren, Eric Esau, Justin Torrence, Robert Fleet

    Bobbi Jene

    American dancer Bobbi Jene, who after a decade of stardom in Isra… more

    American dancer Bobbi Jene, who after a decade of stardom in Israel decides to leave behind her prominent position at the renowned Batsheva Dance Company, as well as the love of her life, to return to the U.S.

    Steve McQueen: American Icon

    Steve McQueen: American Icon tells the story of one of America's… more

    Steve McQueen: American Icon tells the story of one of America's most enduring and intriguing movie stars. This redemption story chronicles McQueen's exodus from wealth and excess to his little-known search for faith and meaning toward the end of his life. The story is hosted by American pastor Greg Laurie, who is not only an avid fan of "The King of Cool,” but also experienced a similarly troubled childhood as McQueen. In his mint replica "Bullitt" Mustang, Greg travels the country in search of the untold story of McQueen's final chapter and the redemption McQueen found in the skies above Santa Paula. The documentary features interviews with Steve's wife Barbara Minty McQueen who, as a New York model and amateur photographer, took hundreds of never-before-seen candid photographs of Steve in his last years.

    Greg Laurie

    John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs

    John G. Avildsen’s films have inspired millions of underdogs and… more

    John G. Avildsen’s films have inspired millions of underdogs and shaped popular culture for decades, yet most people don’t even know his name. Discover the unknown legend behind Rocky and The Karate Kid in his official biography about a prolific filmmaker who directed seven actors to Academy Award nominations and earned his own Oscar for Best Director.

    Burt Reynolds, Jerry Weintraub, Ralph Macchio… more

    Burt Reynolds, Jerry Weintraub, Ralph Macchio, Kevin Connolly, Sylvester Stallone, Derek Wayne Johnson, Talia Shire, John G. Avildsen

    An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

    A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought the climate crisis i… more

    A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant -- as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

    Scott Z. Burns, Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk… more

    Scott Z. Burns, Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk, Richard Berge, Diane Weyermann, Al Gore, Jeff Skoll, Davis Guggenheim

    Step

    Step documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance… more

    Step documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. As each one tries to become the first in their families to attend college, the girls strive to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city.

    Amanda Lipitz, Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger… more

    Amanda Lipitz, Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon, Gari McIntyre, Paula Dofat

    California Typewriter

    Explores the history and fondness people still carry for the ty… more

    Explores the history and fondness people still carry for the typewriter...

    Tom Hanks, Doug Nichol

    Whose Streets?

    Centers on the activists in Ferguson, Mo., who continues to fight… more

    Centers on the activists in Ferguson, Mo., who continues to fight for racial equality in the wake of Mike Brown's killing.

    Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis, Jennifer MacArthur… more

    Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis, Jennifer MacArthur, Flannery Miller

    Santoalla

    Martin and Margo's arrival in the village of Santoalla challenges… more

    Martin and Margo's arrival in the village of Santoalla challenges the traditions of the town's sole remaining family, igniting a decade-long conflict that culminates in Martin's mysterious disappearance.

    Daniel Mehrer, Andrew Becker

    Bronx Gothic

    Rooted in memories of her childhood, Okwui – who’s worked with co… more

    Rooted in memories of her childhood, Okwui – who’s worked with conceptual artists like Ralph Lemon and Julie Taymor – fuses dance, song, drama and comedy to create a mesmerizing space in which audiences can engage with a story about two 12-year-old black girls coming of age in the 1980s. With intimate vérité access to Okwui and her audiences off the stage, Bronx Gothic allows for unparalleled insight into her creative process as well as the complex social issues embodied in it.

    Andrew Rossi

    The Possession of Janet Moses

    Based on the true story of the Wainuiomata exorcism.

    David Stubbs, Kura Forrester

    City of Ghosts

    The documentary takes viewers into the warzone of ISIS-occupied S… more

    The documentary takes viewers into the warzone of ISIS-occupied Syria, where a band of anonymous activists known as Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently wage a counteroffensive against the terrorist group’s campaign of propaganda and misinformation. Armed with video cameras, these intrepid citizen journalists risk their lives to spread the truth about life under ISIS.

    Maya Seidler, Matthew Heineman, Juan Camilo Cruz… more

    Maya Seidler, Matthew Heineman, Juan Camilo Cruz, Matthew Hamachek, Joedan Okun

    Who the F*** is that Guy?

    Discover the incredible life of Michael Alago, a gay Puerto Rica… more

    Discover the incredible life of Michael Alago, a gay Puerto Rican kid from Brooklyn who went on to shape and reinvent the world’s musical landscape -- first as a 19-year-old talent booker at the legendary Ritz nightclub in New York City and then as a 24-year-old A&R exec who signed Metallica, White Zombie and worked with other notable artists including Nina Simone, John Lydon and Cyndi Lauper. The film tells the tender, loving and sometimes self-destructive story of a man who “just loved music.” He had the passion to bring it to the world on his terms and lived to talk about it. Barely.

    Dito Montiel, Michael Alago, Cyndi Lauper… more

    Dito Montiel, Michael Alago, Cyndi Lauper, Lars Ulrich, Drew Stone, John Lydon, Eric Bogosian, Rob Zombie

    An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

    A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought the climate crisis i… more

    A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant -- as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

    Scott Z. Burns, Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk… more

    Scott Z. Burns, Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk, Richard Berge, Diane Weyermann, Al Gore, Jeff Skoll, Davis Guggenheim

    Love, Kennedy

    The inspiring true story of the miraculous life of Kennedy Hansen… more

    The inspiring true story of the miraculous life of Kennedy Hansen.

    T. C. Christensen

    The B-Side

    Profiles portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman through her work with… more

    Profiles portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman through her work with the Polaroid Land 20x24 camera and her Cambridge, Mass., studio, where she captured families, Beat poets, rock stars and Harvard standouts.

    Errol Morris

    Letters from Baghdad

    The story of Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the Briti… more

    The story of Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day. Bell shaped the destiny of Iraq after World War I in ways that still reverberate today. More influential than her friend and colleague T.E. Lawrence (a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia), why has she been written out of the history?

    Sabine Krayenbühl, Zeva Oelbaum

    Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life

    Features new interviews with singer-songwriter Chris Brown and… more

    Features new interviews with singer-songwriter Chris Brown and reveals long-awaited answers about his passion for making music, his tumultuous and much publicized relationships, and the pitfalls of coming of age in the public eye. It also includes brand-new concert footage, behind-the-scenes access and special interviews from Usher, Jennifer Lopez, DJ Khaled, Mary J Blige, Mike Tyson, Rita Ora, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Jenkins and more.

    Chris Brown, Andrew Sandler, Andrew Listermann

    Night School

    Indianapolis has one of the lowest high school graduation rates i… more

    Indianapolis has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country. For adult learners Greg, Melissa and Shynika, finally earning their high school diplomas could be a life-changing achievement. Andrew Cohn’s documentary observes their individual pursuits, fraught with the challenges of daily life and the broader systemic roadblocks faced by many low income Americans.

    Andrew Cohn

    Hearing is Believing

    Introduces the world to the young musician & composter Rachel Flo… more

    Introduces the world to the young musician & composter Rachel Flowers. Born premature, she soon lost her eyesight but had perfect pitch. The film illuminates the bonds of family and the divine mysteries of creativity.

    Lorenzo DeStefano

    Score: A Film Music Documentary

    What makes a film score unforgettable? Score: A Film Music Docume… more

    What makes a film score unforgettable? Score: A Film Music Documentary brings 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. A film composer is a musical scientist of sorts, and the influence they have to complement a film and garner powerful reactions from global audiences can be a daunting task to take on. The documentary contains interviews with dozens of film composers who discuss their craft and the magic of film music while exploring the making of the most iconic and beloved scores in history: James Bond, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Titanic, The Social Network, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Psycho.

    James Cameron, Trent Reznor, Matt Schrader… more

    James Cameron, Trent Reznor, Matt Schrader, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Quincy Jones, Rachel Portman

    The Reagan Show

    The Reagan Show is constructed entirely through 1980s network new… more

    The Reagan Show is constructed entirely through 1980s network news and videotapes created by the Reagan administration itself to track former President Ronald Reagan's Hollywood-powered and public-savvy image.

    Pacho Velez, Sierra Pettengill

    Through My Father's Eyes

    Follows the life and early career of UFC fighter Ronda Rousey fro… more

    Follows the life and early career of UFC fighter Ronda Rousey from her humble beginnings living in a car to a UFC trailblazer demanding equal pay in a male-dominated industry.

    Gary Stretch, Ronda Rousey

    Last Men in Aleppo

    Follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helm… more

    Follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization comprised of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards explosions in the hope of saving lives. Incorporating moments of both heart-pounding suspense and improbable beauty, the documentary draws us into the lives of three of its founders – Khaled, Subhi, and Mahmoud – as they grapple with the chaos around them and struggle with an ever-present dilemma: do they flee with their families or stay and fight for their country.

    Kareem Abeed, Feras Fayyad, Søren Steen Jespersen

    Burden

    An unprecedented look into the life of conceptual artist and scul… more

    An unprecedented look into the life of conceptual artist and sculptor Chris Burden. He had himself shot, confined to a locker for five days, and was crucified on the back of a VW bug, only to reinvent himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations and sculptures, all in the name of art.

    Richard Dewey, Timothy Marrinan

    Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

    Movie fans know the work of Harold and Lillian Michelson, even if… more

    Movie fans know the work of Harold and Lillian Michelson, 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.

    Daniel Raim

    Generation Iron 2

    From the director of Generation Iron comes the anticipated sequel… more

    From the director of Generation Iron comes the anticipated sequel that will depict five of the top bodybuilding and fitness megastars on a quest to achieve the ultimate physique and take it to the next extreme level. In the world of social media and the internet, the rules have changed as to what makes an iconic bodybuilding mass-monster.

    Vlad Yudin, Kai Greene, Calum Von Moger… more

    Vlad Yudin, Kai Greene, Calum Von Moger, Rich Piana, Iris Kyle, Mamdouh Elssbiay, Flex Wheeler, Ahmad Ashkanani

    Abacus: Small Enough To Jail

    Tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family… more

    Tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.

    Steve James

    Fight for Space

    In the 1960s and 70s, the Space Race inspired a generation to pur… more

    In the 1960s and 70s, the Space Race inspired a generation to pursue careers in science and technology, and then it all ended. Fight for Space looks at why this happened and re-awakens our sense of wonder and discovery.

    James Muncy, Paul Hildebrandt, Neil DeGrasse Tyson… more

    James Muncy, Paul Hildebrandt, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Jim Lovell, Story Musgrave, Rick Tumlinson, Marcia B. Smith, Bill Nye

    Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation

    The documentary follows The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team on t… more

    The documentary follows The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team on the road as they compete in the 2015 World Box Lacrosse Championships. For the first time ever, the Championship Games were held on an Indian Reservation, in Onondaga in upstate New York, the Capitol of the Iroquois Confederacy.

    Peter Spirer, Peter Baxter, Oren Lyons… more

    Peter Spirer, Peter Baxter, Oren Lyons, Jim Brown, Bill Belichick, Al Gore

    Buena Vista Social Club: Adios

    The musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club exposed the world to… more

    The musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club exposed the world to Cuba's vibrant culture with their landmark 1997 album. Now, against the backdrop of Cuba's captivating musical history, hear the band's story as they reflect on their remarkable careers and the extraordinary circumstances that brought them together.

    Lucy Walker

    Long Strange Trip

    The first full-length documentary to explore Grateful Dead's fie… more

    The first full-length documentary to explore Grateful Dead's fiercely independent vision, perpetual innovation, and uncompromising commitment to their audience that made the Bay Area band one of the most influential musical groups of their generation.

    Amir Bar-Lev, Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff… more

    Amir Bar-Lev, Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff, Justin Kreutzmann, Ken Dornstein, Alex Blavatnik

    All These Sleepless Nights

    After Kris breaks up with his long-time girlfriend, anything seem… more

    After Kris breaks up with his long-time girlfriend, anything seems possible and Warsaw is his playground. Along with best friend Michal, handsome and wide-eyed, they roam the metropolis at night, floating from party to party, dancing until dawn in makeshift clubs and city squares. With only instinct and desire as their guides, big ideas intermingle with drugs and sex and one thing seamlessly gives way to another. However, when Kris falls for Michal’s ex-girlfriend, the indomitable and alluring Eva, the relationship between the two best friends falls apart. Determined to find his true self Kris navigates between his memories and future hopes soon realizing that his crusade to understand life has starting to overshadow living it.

    Michal Marczak

    God Knows Where I Am

    Follows the true life tale of Linda Bishop, a mentally-ill homele… more

    Follows the true life tale of Linda Bishop, a mentally-ill homeless woman who spent four months alone in an abandoned farmhouse, living off of rainwater and apples, waiting for God to save her, during one of the coldest winters on record.

    Todd Wider, Jedd Wider

    Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock

    A deep look into the mind of one of rock’s greatest living photog… more

    A deep look into the mind of one of rock’s greatest living photographers: Mick Rock. Rock’s work with some of the most accomplished personalities of the past forty years—David Bowie, Queen, Blondie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop—created many of the images that would come to define them.

    Barnaby Clay

    Finding Oscar

    In a forgotten massacre during Guatemala’s decades-long civil war… more

    In a forgotten massacre during Guatemala’s decades-long civil war, a young boy was spared, only to be raised by one of the very soldiers who killed his family. Nearly 30 years after the tragedy, it will take a dedicated team—from a forensic scientist to a young Guatemalan prosecutor—to uncover the truth and bring justice to those responsible… by finding the missing boy named Oscar.

    Ryan Suffern

    Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo

    Explores the faltering start of the program to the Mercury and Ge… more

    Explores the faltering start of the program to the Mercury and Gemini missions, the tragic Apollo 1 fire and the Moon landings.

    David Fairhead

    Jeremiah Tower

    Covers the life of Jeremiah Tower, who became one of America’s fi… more

    Covers the life of Jeremiah Tower, who became one of America’s first celebrity chefs, and includes interviews with Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali, Martha Stewart and Ruth Reichl.

    Chris Collins, Susan Porretta, Anthony Bourdain… more

    Chris Collins, Susan Porretta, Anthony Bourdain, Joe Caterini, Amy Entelis, Vinnie Malhotra

    Born in China

    Born in China follows the stories of three animal families, tran… more

    Born in China follows the stories of three animal families, transporting audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet.

    John Krasinski, Lu Chuan, Roy Conli… more

    John Krasinski, Lu Chuan, Roy Conli, Brian Leith, Phil Chapman

    Tomorrow

    In 2012, “Nature” published a study led by more than 20 researche… more

    In 2012, “Nature” published a study led by more than 20 researchers from the top scientific institutions in the world predicting that humankind could disappear between 2040 and 2100. It also said that it could be avoided by drastically changing our way of life and take appropriate measures.

    Shortly after giving birth to her first child, French actress and director Mélanie Laurent became increasingly aware of the dangers and the state of urgency that her son will face in the future. Along with friend and activist Cyril Dion and their crew, she decided to travel the world in search of solutions that can help save the next generations. The result is Tomorrow, an inspiring documentary that presents concrete solutions implemented throughout the world by hundred of communities.

    Melanie Laurent, Cyril Dion

    Citizen Jane

    Citizen Jane: Battle for the City is a story about our global urb… more

    Citizen Jane: Battle for the City is a story about our global urban future, in which nearly three-fourths of the world’s population will live in cities by the end of this century. It’s also a story about America’s recent urban past, in which bureaucratic, “top down” approaches to building cities have dramatically clashed with grassroots, “bottom up” approaches. The film brings us back mid-century, on the eve of the battles for the heart and soul of American cities, about to be routed by cataclysmically destructive Urban Renewal and highway projects.

    The film details the revolutionary thinking of Jane Jacobs, and the origins of her magisterial 1961 treatise The Death and Life of Great American Cities, in which she singlehandedly undercuts her era’s orthodox model of city planning, exemplified by the massive Urban Renewal projects of New York’s “Master Builder,” Robert Moses. Jacobs and Moses figure centrally in our story as archetypes of the “bottom up” and the “top down” vision for cities.

    They also figure as two larger-than-life personalities: Jacobs—a journalist with provincial origins, no formal training in city planning, and scarce institutional authority—seems at first glance to share little in common with Robert Moses, the upper class, high prince of government and urban theory fully ensconced in New York’s halls of power and privilege. Yet both reveal themselves to be master tacticians who, in the middle of the 20th century, became locked in an epic struggle over the fate of the city.

    Corey Reeser, Jessica Van Garsse, Robert Hammond… more

    Corey Reeser, Jessica Van Garsse, Robert Hammond, Jennifer Carchman

    Let It Fall

    Takes a unique and in-depth look at the years and events leading… more

    Takes a unique and in-depth look at the years and events leading up to the city-wide violence that began April 29, 1992, when the verdict was announced in the Rodney King case.

    John Ridley

    Bang! The Bert Berns Story

    Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by… more

    Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by Stevie Van Zandt, about the life and career of Bert Berns, the most important songwriter and record producer from the sixties that you never heard of. His hits include “Twist and Shout”, “Hang On Sloopy”, “Here Comes The Night” and “Piece Of My Heart.” He helped launch the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond and produced some of the greatest soul music ever made.

    Brett Berns, Bob Sarles, Joel Selvin

    Danger Close

    Follows female war reporter Alex Quade’s daring missions to tell… more

    Follows female war reporter Alex Quade’s daring missions to tell soldiers' stories during a series of unprecedented embeds with Conventional Forces and US Special Ops Forces at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Christian Tureud, David Salzberg

    Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

    Movie fans know the work of Harold and Lillian Michelson, even if… more

    Movie fans know the work of Harold and Lillian Michelson, 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.

    Daniel Raim

    Contemporary Color

    In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an e… more

    In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to celebrate the art of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers.

    Turner Ross, Bill Ross IV

    Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe

    A documentary feature about the passion and personalities at the… more

    A documentary feature about the passion and personalities at the heart of today’s new wave of burlesque. On stage and in candid conversation, twelve of today’s hottest performers reveal the naked truth about an exotic world where artifice is a route to authenticity and pretending to be someone else is the ultimate journey to become yourself. These burlesquers put it all on the line in performances that are sexy, funny, elegant and outrageous – and they bare more than just their bodies as they discuss their artistic vision, their financial struggles, the misconceptions that infuriate them and the community that sustains them.

    Violet Ohmigod, Isaiah Esquire, Jon Manning… more

    Violet Ohmigod, Isaiah Esquire, Jon Manning, Angelique DeVil, Zora Von Pavonine, Babs Jamboree, Stage Door Johnnies, Sandria Dore’

    My Scientology Movie

    Inspired by the Church’s use of filming techniques, and aided by… more

    Inspired by the Church’s use of filming techniques, and aided by ex-members of the organization, Louis Theroux uses actors to replay some incidents people claim they experienced as members in an attempt to better understand the way it operates. In a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that the Church is also making a film about Louis Theroux. Suffused with a good dose of humor and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, My Scientology Movie is stranger than fiction.

    Tom Cruise, John Dower, Rob Alter… more

    Tom Cruise, John Dower, Rob Alter, Paz De La Huerta, Louis Theroux

    American Anarchist

    A documentary about The Anarchist Cookbook creator William Powell… more

    A documentary about The Anarchist Cookbook creator William Powell.

    Charlie Siskel

    Mr. Gaga

    Tells the story of one of the most important choreographers livin… more

    Tells the story of one of the most important choreographers living today, Ohad Naharin, who studied with some of the greatest dance figures of our time and created the daring new “movement language” Gaga. Meeting him at a critical turning point in his life, this spirited and insightful documentary introduces viewers to a most engaging, controversial, and always entertaining figure constantly battling for artistic perfection. E

    Tomer Heymann

    Oklahoma City

    On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh, a former soldier deeply influ… more

    On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh, a former soldier deeply influenced by the literature and ideas of the radical right, parked a Ryder truck with a five-ton fertilizer bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City. Moments later, 168 people were killed and 675 were injured in the blast. OKLAHOMA CITY traces the events—including the deadly encounters between American citizens and law enforcement at Ruby Ridge and Waco—that led McVeigh to commit the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history. With a virulent strain of anti-government anger still with us, the film is both a cautionary tale and an extremely timely warning.

    Barak Goodman

    I am Not Your Negro

    In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent descr… more

    In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing an unavoidable endeavor he was about to embark on: the writing of his last book, Remember This House. The book was to be an account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his friends — Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Malcolm X. Their murders permanently traumatized an entire generation. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of this manuscript. In this documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.

    Samuel L. Jackson, Raoul Peck

    Kedi

    Follows the hundreds of thousands of cats who have roamed the met… more

    Follows the hundreds of thousands of cats who have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people’s lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can.

    Ceyda Torun

    Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis

    This HBO Documentary Film follows the American rock band Eagles o… more

    This HBO Documentary Film follows the American rock band Eagles of Death Metal as they recount their experiences before, during and after the tragic terrorist attack at their concert in Paris on November 13, 2015 – a heinous act of violence that claimed 89. The film spotlights the deep bond of friendship between band co-founders Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme as well as the intensely personal connection that the Eagles of Death Metal has always had with their devoted fans. That relationship, coupled with a profound sense of responsibility to help the Bataclan survivors cope with their physical and emotional wounds, inspired the band to return to Paris: first to perform with U2 at a rescheduled concert three weeks after the attacks, and later to finish the Paris show at the Olympia concert hall in front of their fans, many of whom were survivors of the earlier show.

    Colin Hanks

    Dying Laughing

    A feature-length documentary on the agony and the ecstasy of maki… more

    A feature-length documentary on the agony and the ecstasy of making people laugh. A stand-up comedian must be the writer, the director and the star performer—and in stand-up there is no rehearsal, no practice, no safety net, as it only works in front of a live audience, with feedback being instantaneous and often brutal.

    Kevin Hart, Steve Coogan, Sarah Silverman… more

    Kevin Hart, Steve Coogan, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Lewis, Lloyd Stanton, Paul Toogood, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld

    Kiki

    Documentary on New York City's vibrant underground ballroom scene… more

    Documentary on New York City's vibrant underground ballroom scene fueled by young LGBTQ people staging elaborate dance competitions.

    Twiggy Pucci Garcon, Sara Jordenö, Chi Chi Mizrahi… more

    Twiggy Pucci Garcon, Sara Jordenö, Chi Chi Mizrahi, Gia Marie Love, Divo Pink Lady

    The Sunshine Makers

    Reveals the untold story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, the unl… more

    Reveals the untold story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, the unlikely duo at the heart of 1960s American drug counter-culture. United in a utopian mission to save the planet through the consciousness-raising power of LSD, these underground chemists manufactured a massive amount of acid, including the gold standard for quality LSD, ‘Orange Sunshine,’ all while staying one step ahead of the Feds.

    Antarctica: Ice and Sky

    A portrait of French glaciologist, Claude Lorius, whose groundbre… more

    A portrait of French glaciologist, Claude Lorius, whose groundbreaking research in Antarctica gave us the first clear evidence of man-made global climate change.

    Lorius discovered his destiny as a college student when he joined an expedition to Antarctica in 1955; land essentially untouched by scientific experiment. He would go on to participate in twenty-two expeditions during his long career, facing unforgiving conditions and brutal personal challenges that were rewarded with an amazing discovery: using ice cores thousands of meters deep, tiny air bubbles suspended in the ice reveal the composition of the planet’s atmosphere over nearly a million years.

    Luc Jacquet

    They Call Us Monsters

    An exploration of the blurring line between childhood and adultho… more

    An exploration of the blurring line between childhood and adulthood, Antonio, Juan, and Jarad, all teenagers between 14 and 16, face decades in adult prison. To pass the time, they sign up for a screenwriting class and collaborate on a short film about their lives. What immediately becomes clear is that while the gravity of their alleged crimes haunts every frame, these young men are still simply teenagers. Do they deserve a second chance? The question is a societal conundrum beyond legislation and data. To their advocates, they're kids. To the system, they're adults. To their victims, they're monsters.

    Ben Lear