Killing Ed - New Release
Award-winning director Mark S. Hall returns with KILLING ED, a feature film exposing a shocking truth: the largest network of taxpayer-funded charter schools in the U.S. hid a worst-case-scenario - that they operated with questionable academic, labor, and visa standards by members of the “Gülen Movement”, a rapidly expanding, global Islamic group whose leader, Fethullah Gülen, lives in self-imposed exile after accusations of leading a violent coup against the Turkish government. A first-hand look inside the Gülen Movement, KILLING ED crafts never-before-seen interviews with hidden-camera footage to reveal the corruption of those attempting to privatize US public schools.
Directed by Mark S. Hall. Runtime: 97 min.
An Art That Nature Makes - New Release
"Ms. Purcell, whose work recalls a time when the visual arts were often closely linked to scientific inquiry and philosophical speculation, uses her camera to accomplish a more radical species of time travel. Before seeing Ms. Bernstein’s documentary, I had seen and admired some of Ms. Purcell’s art, but never taken the full measure of her accomplishment. Now it’s clear to me that she is without question our greatest living 17th-century photographer."
- The New York Times, A.O Scott
Finding unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed an oeuvre of work that has garnered international acclaim, graced the pages of National Geographic and over 20 published books, and has enlisted admirers such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Errol Morris and Stephen Jay Gould. AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES details Purcell’s fascination with the natural world – from a mastodon tooth to a hydrocephalic skull – offering insight into her unique way of recontextualizing objects both ordinary and strange into sometimes disturbing but always breathtaking imagery.
Directed by Molly Bernstein. Runtime: 75 min.
Yarn - New Release
- The Village Voice
Meet the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colorful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art's hottest trends.
Directed by Una Lorenzen. Runtime: 76 min.
Available all rights: Australia, New Zeland and Asia
Wall Writers - New Release
Before artists such as Banksy and Shepard Fairey became household names, there were graffiti pioneers who were responsible for adding such things as the first ever crown or arrow to their moniker beginning the evolution of style.
Wall Writers explores graffiti’s eruption into the mainstream society during a period of social turmoil in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, and takes a closer look not only at early graffiti’s place on the wall but its place in the culture of the time. Featuring unprecedented access to and exclusive interviews with graffiti’s originators CORNBREAD, TAKI 183, LSD OM, and more than a two-dozen others.
Wall Writers is an exclusive and visually stunning account of the beginnings of the largest art movement of the twentieth Century directed by Roger Gastman and narrated by legendary filmmaker John Waters.
Directed by Roger Gastman. Runtime: 77 min.
Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story - New Release
Palm Springs International Film Festival, Best of Fest Selection
This soulful documentary illuminates the hell-and-back life of the late, great L.A. alto sax legend Frank Morgan. A prodigy who was acclaimed as the natural heir to his bebop mentor, Charlie Parker, Morgan's career was derailed by heroin, which led him into a life of crime. After decades in prison, he made an astonishing comeback, leaving behind recordings of deep, melancholy beauty.
“a fond and forgiving tribute to the man, filled with music that moves beyond happy and sad, and toward something like brilliance.”
- The New York Times
“2015 has been a great year for music docs, with films about Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Kurt Cobain and the Wrecking Crew all scoring with audiences and critics. And here, at year's end, comes "Sound of Redemption" — as good as any.”
- The Los Angeles Times
Directed by NC Heikin. Runtime: 84 min.
8-Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars - New Release
Jack Tramiel invented Commodore in the 1970’s, he envisioned computing for the masses and not just the upper classes. Spearheading the personal technology revolution and combatting giants like Apple and IBM, Commodore became a household name by changing the way in which we interact, create and play with computers. From the advent of the groundbreaking Atari and Tetris games to the evolution of contemporary technological design, GROWING THE 8-BIT GENERATION dives into the home computer explosion and explores Commodore’s key role in shaping the future in which we now live.
Directed by Davide Agosta & Tomaso Walliser. Runtime: 99 min.
Donald Trump and A Dangerous Game
Edinburg International Film Festival, Official Selection
DONALD TRUMP AND A DANGEROUS GAME is the incendiary documentary that reveals the eco-impact of luxury golf resorts around the world and their contribution to global drought. Featuring exclusive interviews with Alec Baldwin, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Donald Trump, the film takes viewers on an international journey to a World Heritage site in Croatia; the extravagant desert city of Dubai, the explosion of new but supposedly illegal courses in China and back to the filmmaker's native Scotland, where Trump continues his controversial building.
Directed by Anthony Baxter. Runtime: 100 min.
Just About Famous
JUST ABOUT FAMOUS shines a spotlight on the overlooked side of celebrity: the lookalikes. Take a trip into the enlightening and often times surreal life of impersonators as a "star studded" cast lead by Elvis, Obama, Lady Gaga and more embark on a journey to one of the premiere celebrity tribute artist conventions.
Directed by Jason Kovacsev & Matt Mamula. Runtime: 95 min.
AFI Docs, Official Selection
Transforming Harry Potter’s fictional competition into a physically demanding, real-life sport, Quidditch has secured its place as one of the fastest growing collegiate club sports today. MUDBLOODS follows the resilient underdogs of the UCLA Quidditch team as they make their way to the Fifth Annual Quidditch World Cup in New York City. Through nail biting victories and losses, the dreamers, creators and athletes who make up this exceptional community come together to make this magical sport into something you could’ve never imagined until now.
Directed by Farzad Sangari. Runtime: 85.
Shake The Dust
Toronto International Film Festival, Official Selection
From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones and journalist-turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, Shake the Dust chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, SHAKE THE DUST is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement.
Directed by David Jacobson & Adam Sjoberg. Runtime: 85 min.
The American Dreamer - Re-released and Digitally Restored
THE AMERICAN DREAMER examines Dennis Hopper at his wildest and most creative period: in the wake of his famed directorial debut, EASY RIDER and completing his follow-up opus THE LAST MOVIE. Surrounded by a cohort of friends, babes and drugs, Hopper attempts to edit his soon-to-be shunned film as his consciousness expands at an alarming speed.
"The American Dreamer presents a startling, candid portrait of a unique personality intersecting with a critical moment in cultural history: New Hollywood."
- The Atlantic
Directed by Kit Carson & Lawrence Schiller. Runtime: 90 minutes.